Actsafe Safety Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Violini as the new Chair and Dr. Roslyn Kunin as the new Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.
Ted Violini is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) 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 non-governmental organizations (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 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 (UBC). 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 WorkSafeBC, 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, and taught at several Canadian universities including Simon Fraser University and UBC. She served twenty years as Regional Economist for the federal government in B.C. and Yukon and ten years as the Executive Director of the Laurier Institution. She is in private practice as a consulting economist.