BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ted Violini is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Theory+Practice, a Vancouver-based SaaS scale-up. Theory+Practice deploys ML and AI solutions that enable enterprises in the Retail, Finance, and Insurance sectors to gain a deeper dynamic understanding of their customers. By establishing AI engines that continuously learn from customer interactions and improve over time, Theory+Practice helps brands get closer to their customers, anticipate their needs, and meaningfully serve them.
Ted specializes in people enablement and actively facilitates building people up to perform their best. With his philosophy of “people are the key to an organization’s success,” Ted brings a special type of care and support to his role as Theory+Practice’s COO.
Ted has over 20 years of executive operations and project management experience across diverse industries, including NGOs, commercial construction, finance, and technology. This background has given him extensive experience in people enablement, human resources, contract management, corporate administration, security and compliance, and organizational finance. He has managed mission-critical projects with budgets ranging from $100K to $150M. He knows how to generate a return-on-effort by assembling and leading diverse teams to accomplish organizational goals with limited risk.
Ted has sat on multiple boards in the Not for Profit sector and appreciates the work he has been able to do in the NGO and charity sectors. A highlight of Ted’s career occurred during his role as General Manager at the Dalai Lama Center when he directed the effort of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Vancouver in 2014. Ted is passionate about the science of well-being and has a long experience being involved with workplace health and safety.
DR. ROSLYN KUNIN
DR. ROSLYN KUNIN
Dr. Roslyn Kunin is one of those rare economists who can make the often difficult subject of economics understandable and even interesting.
She was educated in Quebec and Ontario, finishing her studies with a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Columbia. The University of Victoria has granted her the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws. The Institute of Corporate Directors has granted her the ICD.D designation.
She has been awarded the Crystal Ball Award by the Association of Professional Economists, the Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA and a Canada 125 medal for service to Canada and is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
Dr. Kunin was a director of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and is now on the council of Applied Sciences Technicians and Technologists of BC. She was Chair of the Haida Enterprise Corporation and has served the community in many positions including Chair of WorkSafe BC, Chair of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, Director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, Director of the Canada West Foundation, Governor of the University of British Columbia, Chair of the Vancouver Crisis Centre, member of the National Statistics Council and Vice-President of the YWCA. She has published numerous articles and books.
In her career, Dr. Kunin has worked in the private sector, written a weekly newspaper column, taught at several Canadian universities including Simon Fraser and UBC. She served twenty years as Regional Economist for the federal government in B.C. and Yukonand ten years as the Executive Director of the Laurier Institution. She is in private practice as a consulting economist.
MICHAEL VAN DIJK
MICHAEL VAN DIJK
Michael manages the accounting function at PwC Global Licensing Services Corporation (GLSC), an entity responsible for executing and administering global licensing and IT services contracts on behalf of member firms across 155 countries.
He moved to Vancouver 16 years ago and for the bulk of those years oversaw the financial operation at the Automotive Retailers Association group of companies as the Director of Finance and Operations. Prior to the move he worked in Amsterdam, serving as Finance Director at CBS Television International, a global producer and distributor of syndicated television product, and as Financial Manager at Paramount Pictures International, a film and entertainment content company.
He received a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) degree in 1995 and a Bachelors of Commerce (BCom) degree in Financial Management in 2001 from the University of Pretoria. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Rob Larson works as the Business Agent for the DGC BC and is responsible for the management and administration of the Collective Agreement. He is the chief negotiator of the DGC BC contract. Rob also participates in marketing endeavours through MPPIA to promote BC as a production destination. Rob actively runs the Reel Thanksgiving Challenge in support of the Greater Vancouver Foodbank. He has various Board positions for the Leo Awards, Whistler Film Festival and now sits as the Motion Picture Worker Representative on the Actsafe Board.
Tracey is a lawyer by training, called to the bar of Ontario in 1993 and the bar of BC in 1998. She has worked in the entertainment and motion picture industries for 23 years and for the past 10 she has been the labour relations representative for the major U.S. studios in Canada. She has been involved with Actsafe since its beginnings and currently is the Employer Representative for Motion Picture.
Dave has been an Actsafe Performing Arts Standing Committee member since early 2018 and a Board member since 2019. He is a member of IATSE Local 118 (Vancouver, stage) and its Safety Committee and has served on the Local’s Executive Board as a Member-at-Large. His background also includes many years in association management, communications, and educational services through both employment and service with local, provincial, national, and international organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in human resources management and is a Certified Association Executive – a professional designation awarded by the Canadian Society of Association Executives.
In the early 1980’s, Miles planned to attend Malaspina College’s tech theatre diploma program and to carry on to the University of Victoria for a degree in theatre – but after a year and a half in Nanaimo, he was hired by the college full time as the Technical Director of the theatre and was able to work on a large fully professional summer theatre festival called “Shakespeare +” in Nanaimo. It was also here that he began to be interested in worker health and safety in the performing arts and how that can fit in to the regulatory world of WorkSafeBC.
Miles moved to Victoria and was able to work at the McPherson Playhouse and Royal Theatres, and became the Production Manager at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria. In Vancouver, Miles has worked on Expo 86 as the Technical Director of one of the theatres in the Canada Pavilion, toured with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and, as a member of IATSE Local 118 / 168, worked as a stage hand in all the major Vancouver venues. He has also toured internationally with various large Broadway musicals such as “Phantom of the Opera” and “Showboat”.
Miles has been the Technical Director of the three Civic Theatres (Queen Elizabeth Theatre, The Orpheum, and the Vancouver Playhouse), employed by the City of Vancouver for the last 21 years, and has been an active participant in Shape/Actsafe since its inception in 1998.