2020 TWU Alumni Board Nominees

Here are your nominees for the 2020 TWU Alumni Board. Please review each candidate carefully, and keep the ideal candidate for a board member in mind. To vote for these nominees, please register your information on our website database. The election will take place at the video-conference AGM on March 7th.

Please also take a moment to review the proposed bylaw changes.

Josh Williams (’15)

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Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
  • Previous experience serving on a working board
  • Experience working in a member-focused organization
  • 3+ years work experience in a leadership position
  • Experience planning events
  • Strong background in financial management and analysis
Education summary:
BBA – Trinity Western University 2015
MBA – Australian Institute of Business 2018
PMP – Working towards accreditation
Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience:
Work Experience

Smart, Savvy + Associates
Marketing Operations (2017-2019)
Worked along side many TWU alumni.
Worked with top tier clients and their executive teams.
Including:
-UBC
-SFU
-TWU
-Best Buy
-Coast Capital Savings
-Lululemon
-Translink
-MEC

Community Training Australia
Marketing & Sales Manager (2015-2017)
Sat on leadership team and managed team of over 15 people.

Volunteer Experience
MSProductions
AV & Production Specialist (2019-Current)
Setting up production needs for events of 500 – 10,000+ in size.
Including:
-Crystal Gala
-Glow Light Festival
-Canadian Student Leadership Conference
-Tourism Abbotsford Gala
-Hospice Society Gala
-Breakfast with the Chief (Police Fundraiser)

Toastmasters
Vice President of Education (2019-Current)
Previous Vice President of Public Relations (2018-2019)
Arranged 25th anniversary event for the community.
Regular committee meetings.

TEDxAbbotsford
Co-Organizer & Chief Financial Officer (2016-Current)
Planning and setting up events of 300+ people since 2016.
Currently establishing a board and setting up as a non-profit.

Graeme Esau (’08)

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Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
  • Previous experience serving on a working board
  • 3+ years work experience in a leadership position
  • Strong background in financial management and analysis
  • Strong personal network of and connections to TWU alumni living outside of the Lower Mainland
Education summary:
I attended TWU from 2004 to 2008, completing my B.A. in International Studies with a stream in International Political Economy and a minor in Geography. I also attended the Laurentian Leadership Centre, receiving a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Applied Public Affairs.

From 2010 to 2012 I did my M.A. in Public and International Affairs – with a focus in Development – from the University of Ottawa.

In addition, I recently received a designation from the Governance Professionals of Canada Education Program.

Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience:
– Nutrition International (June 2015 – present; Ottawa, ON). Policy Officer – Governance and Innovation.
Responsible for managing the organization’s governance systems and board of directors for this large NGO that works in 60 countries with an annual budget of more than $80 million. Overhauled the organization’s governing bylaws and am responsible for implementing the organization’s risk management process.- Children of the Promise (Sep. 2016 – present; Cap-Haïtien, Haiti). Member of the Board, Treasurer, and Chair of the Governance Committee.
Led the board through a year-long transition to a policy governance model. Currently the treasurer of this Christian non-profit with an annual budget of approximately $1 million.- The Meeting House Church (Sep. 2012 – present; Ottawa, ON). Elder.
Have been a member of and volunteer with the church and led a home church (small group) for the past seven years.- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (Nov. 2014 – June 2015; Ottawa, ON). Planning Analyst.
Contributed to the metrics and programming for NSERC’s strategic plan.- United Nations Development Programme (Sep. 2013 – April 2014; Harare, Zimbabwe). Junior Professional Consultant.
Worked in monitoring and evaluation of UNDP’s poverty-reduction programs in Zimbabwe.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/graeme-esau/

Charissa Hurt (’15)

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Which of the following Desirable Criteria do you meet?
  • Previous experience serving on a working board
  • Experience working in a member-focused organization
  • Experience planning events
  • Strong personal network of and connections to TWU alumni living outside of the Lower Mainland
Education summary:
I completed my BA with a double major in English and Theatre at TWU in 2015. Following the completion of my undergraduate degree, I went on to complete a Master’s in Arts Management with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of Oregon (’17).
Summary of Work & Volunteer Experience:
– Development Coordinator, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver (2019-Present)
– Patron Services Manager, Pacific Theatre (2018-2019)
– Pacific Theatre Apprentice (2017-2018)
– President/Treasurer, Board of Directors, Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (18/19 Theatre Season)
– Member, Board of Directors, Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (17/18 Theatre Season)