Board of Directors

Bryce Zurowskipresident

I joined the NSWC in 2015, and my family and I are active participants in tennis, hockey, pickleball, summer camps, and social events at the club. Our 3 children are enrolled in hockey and tennis, my wife and I are active tennis and hockey players, and our involvement in the club has become a staple of our everyday activities. I personally am also an active mountain biker, golfer, and skier, and I’ve made fitness and recreation a pillar of my life.

Professionally, I have background in marketing, financial management, general management and entrepreneurship. After a commerce degree at the University of Calgary, my career began in brand marketing and led to general management in the brewing industry, where I learned the tenants of successful long-term brand management, operational excellence and human resource stewardship in a public company setting. I then spent time in the design industry, working with clients in the food & beverage, construction and hospitality industries, among others. Much of my work in this industry was with multidisciplinary teams to understand the motivations, decision-making style and stress behaviors of disparate team members, leading to renewed corporate and brand strategies.

Currently, I own and operate a company that I acquired with a business partner in 2013, driving growth through M&A activity and the development of a strong leadership team. My focus is on our corporate vision, capital deployment, operational process improvement and future acquisitions.

I have been a long-time volunteer hockey coach, a spring hockey program manager, a member of the Entrepreneurs Association, and have been a board director for a non-for-profit organization.

Graham Wilsonvice president

Graham has been a Director of the North Shore Winter Club for the last six years and has served as the Vice-President of the Club for the last three years. In this regard he has acted as a member of the Executive of the Club, as the Chair of the Governance Committee, as a member of the Finance Committee, and as the Liaison to the Tennis Committee. Prior to retirement, Graham was the EVP and CFO of a multi-billion energy company and also had responsibility as the President and CEO of its non-regulated business. In addition to the Winter Club, Graham has served on the Board of Directors of a number of companies in diverse sectors, and as Director and Treasurer of Shaughnessy Golf Club

Graham is an enthusiastic tennis player and he and his wife enjoy the sports and the camaraderie experienced in the Club.

Doug Bellsecretary

I have been a member since 1993, playing Senior Men’s hockey as well as being part of the NSWC Weasel tournament team. I own and operate a conglomerate of 6 corporations in manufacturing and distribution with 930 employees, and selling to 45 countries world-wide. I have strong finance, marketing, human resources, and business development skills with a high level of legal and accounting business knowledge.

From the very beginning in 1993, I have had a very high level of passion for the NSWC: “Our Club”. I have had the honor to lead our Membership through some troubled times in the early 2000’s, and watch it evolve to become economically stable and a thriving Family Club. I bring to the Board 20+ years of Club experience and history; a passion to excel; and a clear and impartial perspective to represent the Membership’s interest in the evolution of “Our Club”.

Leanne Dennistreasurer

I am a Chartered Accountant (CA) and completed my Chartered Accountancy with Ernst & Young in 2000.  I hold a B.A in Psychology and a B. Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.  My work background includes several years in public accounting practice in Saskatoon and Calgary with both large and small firms.  I moved into the Private Equity market in 2001 as a Controller with Tri-West Capital Partners in Calgary for 4 years. I then moved into public healthcare when I joined the Provincial Health Services Authority in B.C. as a Business Analyst and promoted later to Finance Director.  I then worked from the home for several years bringing up two children.  In 2016 I purchased Uniglobe Travel Eastern Canada and in the spring of 2023, added the Western Canada region creating a national entity. I am currently a Director for Uniglobe Travel Canada, a corporate travel agency business that does over $1 Billion in annual billings.

My family and I are active members at the North Shore Winter Club.  The kids are involved in both boys and female hockey, junior tennis and various summer programs.  My husband Frank plays senior men’s hockey at the club and both Frank and I are very involved in tennis and enjoy pickleball and social events at the club.

I have been a Director at the NSWC since November 2020.  I have acted as the Chair of the House Committee and a member of the Finance Committee for the past three years.  I am also currently a member of the Facilities Committee as we plan and prepare for many significant capital projects. I have also been engaged recently with the Search Committee as we look for a new Chief Operating Officer.  I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute significantly to the Club that means so much to me and to our family.

Kim Lyonsdirector

My family and I joined NSWC in 2017 we actively participate in Hockey, Tennis, Marlins, Pickleball and as many social events we can.  I enjoy volunteering my time to make our experience and the rest of the members experience the best it can be. I believe that getting involved is the only way to make positive change. 

As an already very active NSWC member, volunteer, and current board member I am seeking re-election to the Board of Directors.  The past few years have been very interesting to say the least. With one term under my belt and a pandemic hopefully in the rear-view, I am looking forward to working hard with the other Board of Directors trying to achieve the NSWC’s strategic goals and Objectives.

I work full time at the District of West Vancouver where I manage and lead a team who provide municipal services and information to residents and visitors at Municipal Hall from Property Taxes, Utilities, Permits, Bylaw infractions and anything else the public is seeking.  Currently, I sit on several work-related committees: the safety committee, recognition committee and Municipal Hall info committee.  Formerly I sat on the District of West Vancouver’s North Shore Emergency Management Communication committee.

Renata Smidovadirector

Brian Tracey once said: “Become the community leader that people would follow voluntarily: even if you had no title or position.”

I have endeavored to live my life by these words, both personally and professionally. Life is a journey that never stops teaching us. Life is constantly evolving. I believe that it is how we cope. challenge and learn from it, is what defines us. I am of the opinion that we all have a duty to use our journey to enrich our lives personally and professionally, as well as the lives of our families and our communities.

I draw on my experiences as a child in Europe, as an adult in Canada, and when having to start up my professional career again in nursing. As a young adult, UNESCO army graduate and immigrant, I learned to facilitate various situations for my own survival. I have been a registered nurse, clinical educator and healthcare leader with Fraser Health for over 20 years. All of my unique experiences brought with them a different set of challenges and solutions that were instrumental in my development and shapes who I am today. All of my successes are related to these important factors; curiosity, strong work ethic, passion for human kind and my community.

I am an active and proud NSWC member, volunteer, hockey mom and tennis player.  As a Director on the NSWC Board, I will draw from 20 years of professional leadership and family centered approach to create meaningful opportunities for each and every single member of our NSWC community. I will work collaboratively, as well as, be part of a network of like-minded professionals who aspire to make NSWC better for all of us.

I look forward to fulfilling my commitment towards the club strategies, goals and commitments through the NSWC Board of Directors platform in order to continue my lifelong journey to learn.

Deb Gilldirector

My family joined the NSWC in 2015 – for the same reason that many do – we were looking for a stronger hockey program (with better access to ice!) for our (then-7-year-old) son.   We didn’t realize then how much ‘the club’ would become a central part of our community and family as it has since we walked through the door for the first time.  Both of our children have found sports that they love and we all have found lifelong friends.

My professional career has been spent working with technology companies to realize their corporate goals by working across the business to plan the evolution of product portfolios. A key aspect to success in my role is communication and collaboration across teams – and I utilize this skill in organizations where I volunteer as well.  I have deep experience working closely with legal, finance, engineering, and operational professionals to execute on growth and profitability goals – and love building businesses forward!

I can be found at the club year-round almost daily.  Our family has been heavily involved in both hockey and the Marlins swim team for a number of years – which is where I have spent many of my volunteer hours.  But most of all, we enjoy the connections that we have been fortunate to make within our membership and our fantastic staff.

Elsa Adamickdirector

My family and I are active members of the NSWC with me being an active tennis/pickleball player and frequent gym user, both my boys in the minor hockey program, and my husband having coached and volunteered on various initiation-age hockey teams. He’s even known to show up for an occasional senior men’s league game! We love the fitness facilities and can be found enjoying the pool almost daily in the summer months.

I’m a commercial lawyer by trade and have experience in litigation and commercial transactions, and in my current work, advise on a large variety of contracts and day-to-day matters involving governance, procurement, facilities/leasing, IT, and privacy. I bring thought leadership to complex problems and develop clear and executable solutions to solve them.

Outside of work and Club activities, I love running and biking the trails of the North Shore. I am also the Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee at my kids’ elementary school, which liases with the school and school district regarding parent concerns, organizes community events and school-based programs, and raises funds along the way to enrich students’ education with diverse experiences both in and outside of the classroom. I’m passionate about creating connections within communities, as those connections enable communities to thrive and function effectively.

As a Director of the NSWC Board, I will draw from both my personal and professional experience in guiding the NSWC towards fulfilling its short and long-term goals and strategic vision, all while considering the needs and concerns of all stakeholders at the NSWC. The grit and tenacity I’ve learned from the long days in the office and long hours on the trails will serve me well in helping the Club tackle its upcoming facilities improvements and any challenges that arise along the way. I look forward to collaborating with the Board and staff at the NSWC, and hope to help create meaningful opportunities, experiences, and improvements for all.

Paul Brackstonedirector

My wife Susan and I have 3 boys. Two have played minor hockey at the club, from Cookie Monsters through U18, and all three have participated in the Marlins over many years.

I was a competitive swimmer throughout my childhood and into university. At university I captained the University of Victoria ultimate team to several national titles and also won several Canadian National Championships at the Open and Masters levels. I represented Canada several times internationally, including winning two gold medals and a silver medal over three world championships.

I graduated with a physical education degree from UVic and worked as a teacher for a few years before returning to UVic to complete my law degree. I was awarded the Law Society Gold Medal for highest academic standing in my graduating class. I have worked for 20 years at a law firm in Vancouver, and am now the co-managing director of that firm.

Through my sports and work experience, I have developed the management and leadership skills to help guide an organization like the NSWC, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the success of the club.

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