Alexandra Montgomery
Carl James Schwarz
Jennifer Wong
Karla Mukai
Lenita Wong


Alexandra Montgomery is an operational and philanthropy leader in the not-for-profit sector with almost thirty years of experience in senior executive positions. Alexandra was the Executive Director of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto where she led the Museum’s transforming and award-winning expansion. Alexandra recently left her position of Director and CEO of the Bill Reid Gallery, after overseeing a transforming renovation, to move to Banff. She is an active volunteer and has served on the Board of the PuSh International Festival, the advisory council for the School of Creative Industries Program at Ryerson University and the Arts Administration Program at the Schulich School of business. In 2017 she was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

Carl James Schwarz is a faculty member in Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University with expertise in counting wildlife (people and animals).

Raised in the Lower Mainland of BC, Jennifer Wong appreciates all that is offered by this beautiful and diverse part of the world. Jennifer has worked in community development, marketing and fundraising for numerous organizations in the non-profit sector including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon, Science World British Columbia and the Department of Athletics at University of British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Jennifer enjoys active living and experiencing the natural beauty B.C. and the Pacific Northwest has to offer. While long distance running was a large part of her past, Jennifer’s joints are thankful she enjoys cycling equally as much. Whether it is mountain trails or the open road, Jennifer can’t wait for her two and half year old son, Riley to get comfortable on two wheels so she and her husband can ride at the same time! This winter, you can bet she will be strapping the skis on Riley to see how he fares.

Karla Mukai is a lawyer with expertise in contractual disputes and personal injury litigation.  As a former director of Tonari Gumi, she has a special interest in elder law and estate litigation.

Born and raised in multicultural Vancouver, Lenita Wong finds her interests and hobbies to be as eclectic and diverse as the city she lives in. She studied International Business, Human Resources and Marketing at Simon Fraser University, but has chosen a technical field in Business System Analysis. Her passion lies in traveling because she enjoys being immersed in different cultures, learning about various behaviours and of course, tasting different varieties of foods. She began volunteering for the Powell Street Festival in 2009 because of its rich arts and culture and its connection to the community.