Meet the Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) Board
BRUCE CLAYMAN, President, completed his doctorate in Condensed Matter Physics at Cornell in 1968, after earning a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in 1968 and was promoted to full Professor in 1980. At SFU, in addition to his Physics research and teaching, he served in several senior administrative roles including Dean of Graduate Studies and Vice-President, Research. He has also served as senior executive at several external organizations involved in research and technology transfer. After leaving SFU in 2004, Clayman served as the founding President and CEO of the Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver. The Province of BC awarded a $40.5M grant to establish a Digital Media Master’s program and the Centre for Digital Media at the Campus. He joined the Board of Directors of the JMPS in 2006 and now chairs the Board. Clayman has been recipient of over $1M in research grant and contract funding and is the author of well over 100 refereed articles and conference proceedings on Condensed Matter Physics and more recently about the commercialization of knowledge arising from university research as a tool for economic growth.
BARRY MCKINNON, Treasurer, is a founding principal of the technology consulting firm McSquared System Design Group, Inc. He had been in the sound system contracting field since 1976, and then made the move to consulting in 1991. He’s been an avid supporter of dance and live theatre since the mid 1980’s and has been on several arts organization boards since that time.
SALOMEH AHMADI, BHSc, MBA, is a professor, consultant, researcher, and activist. A community organizer, since she was a youth in the west end of Toronto, she’s passionate about radical change, authentic collaborations, and creative thinkers who imagine what’s not yet possible. She centres equity-seeking groups, the interrelations across community, justice, and socio-economics. She is lead researcher on a federally-funded project on affordable housing, and she is dedicated to amplifying community participation in the design, implementation and solutions surrounding their needs. She teaches in the field of social services, child and youth care, and community development. She is also open to creative collaborations and partnerships.
DARLENE HABER is an award-winning producer for network television news, documentary television and radio programs. As CEO of Mediavisions, Darlene has run a media production company, created media think tanks for the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, and produced interactive tools and multi-media programs for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. She is also the Executive Producer of the radio show, The Deciders on KABC in Los Angeles, California.
RUP SIDHU is an interdisciplinary artist and facilitator residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh nations (Vancouver BC.) As an artist, Rup’s work reflects his upbringing and is a cultural hybrid of musical expressions ranging from groove oriented hip hop beats, to contemporary fusions of classical ragas; remixes of vintage bollywood tunes to ambient creations. He has been nominated for both Leo and Jesse awards for his original compositions for dance, theatre and film productions. Rup has produced fourteen albums with emerging artists, including Shane Koyzan’s debut release American Pie and PIQSIQ’s debut album Altering the Timeline. Rup’s solo family-oriented project, RupLoops, has toured internationally and across Canada, logging over 500 performances to date, in schools, theatres, and festivals to critical acclaim. As a facilitator, Rup’s work meets at the intersection of social justice and the arts. For the past 20 years he has been growing his understanding and leading workshops based in anti-oppression and liberation-based practices. He has facilitated and taught programs in universities, public schools, youth prisons, and communities throughout Canada, USA, UK and India. Rup brings a focused presence, strong leadership skills and a contagious enthusiasm, which effectively engages, inspires and guides participants through his process-oriented work. rupsidhu.com ruploops.com rubysingh.ca
JAN VOLKER graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto then completed her Master of Education from San Diego State University. She is retired nurse and has 4 children and 8 grandchildren. She has always been involved with social enterprises. She worked in Long Term Care as Head Nurse for Yaletown House for 9 years and worked for St James society in the downtown East Side managing 3 homes for mentally challenged adults. She taught nursing in between children and jobs.
Her last employment was with the Provincial body called the Patient Care Quality Review Board. This committee was the final review stage for patients with complaints in the health care system. Its concern was to respond to complainants in order to improve the quality of care.
She established a “social concerns network” which focused on helping new and established organizations with promotion, fund raising and networking. She volunteered for the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 10 years. She has promoted the Arts by hosting fundraisers and house concerts.
She sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Yaletown House, a long-term care facility in Vancouver. She is also the director of the Legacy committee at St. Francis-in-the-Wood church.
She has been involved with ICASC for many years and remains amazed at all that has been accomplished for so many people in so many different locales.