Board & Staff
2020 Board of Directors
Michelle Collens, President
Michelle joined the board in 2013, was elected President in 2019 and represents British Columbia Golf on Golf Canada’s Provincial Council.
A complete bio can be found here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/michellecollens
Patrick Kelly, Immediate Past President
A member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation), Patrick has held a number of high level positions including a five-year term as Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of BC and Executive Director of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Kris Jonasson, Ex-Officio
The Chief Executive Officer of British Columbia Golf, Kris has been in the position of CEO (previously designated as Executive Director) for the BCGA since 1996. Prior to joining the association he spent five years as a Tournament Official with the Canadian Professional Tour. Kris is an active member of the board of the Greater Vancouver First Tee in addition to being treasurer of the Allied Golf Association of British Columbia.
Shauna Wilton, Director
An avid recreational golfer, Shauna is a Partner at Cascadia Strategy Consulting Partners. In her 20+ year career she has been a trusted advisor and leader in both the public and private sectors including 4 years as the Deputy General Manager of the Vancouver Park Board. She has volunteer and board experience at the local and national level and is a life-long participant in sport.
David Lee-Fay, Director
David joined the board of British Columbia Golf in 2018 and has extensive experience in board oversight, championship administration and sponsorship/marketing.
A complete bio can be found here: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/david-lee-fay-a237273
Naomi Yamamoto, Director
An 8-year member of British Columbia's Legislature (2009-17), Naomi held 5 cabinet positions including Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business. She is also former President and General Manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Wilda Schab, Director
Wilda holds a B.Ed. (business), MA (Communications) and is a former city councillor and senior executive in the business services and golf tourism sectors. Her previous golf volunteer activities include the CLGA executive National Director of Rules and Amateur Status; President of the SK Ladies Golf Assoc.; Chair 1996 National Women’s Amateur Golf Championship; and, Chair 1986 National Junior Women’s Amateur Championship.
Greg Moody, Director
Greg is a retired business owner in North Vancouver. He is a 36-year member of Seymour Golf Club, a nationally certified, level three rules official, and a long-term active member of the Zone 4 committee. As Chair of the Zone Council, Greg joined the board of British Columbia Golf in 2019. He has served on the Championship Committee and is the current chair of the Finance Committee.
Sheila van Gisbergen, Director, Zone Council Chair
An avid golfer of 20+ years, Sheila is retired and loves both recreational and competitive golf. She joined the BC Golf Board in 2020 and is the present Chair of the Volunteer Recognition Committee as well as an active volunteer with Zone 6, and BC Golf Championships. Sheila feels privileged to have also volunteered with Golf Canada, the PGA, LPGA ,Championship and Qatar Masters European Tour.
Joe Higgins, Director
With over 25 years of experience, Joe is an accomplished, internationally recognized coach for both men's and women's teams representing Canada in wheelchair basketball at the World Championship and Paralympic levels. His work with Paralympic athletes has resulted in gold medals for Canadian wheelchair athletes since the early 1990's. Joe has also been honoured with awards at the Provincial, National and International level with his skills seeing him oversee training for high performance athletes not only in Canada but for programs in countries around the globe.
Michael Cook, Director
Michael spent many years involved with law enforcement as a corrections officer at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre and also held security roles at various venues. He's put together a strong volunteer record including time as a youth basketball coach, Cub and Scout leader and supporter of the Firefighter's Burn Fund of Victoria. During this stretch he has been a constant contributor to the game of golf in British Columbia with BC Golf Zones 5 and 6 junior programs and has been a BC Golf Rules official since 2009.
Brent Lindberg, Director
Brent has a long association with British Columbia Golf and is a certified rules official as well as being the Zone 3 Chair & Sr. Championship Chair. Brent is a golf course owner/operator having been Director of Operations & Administration with Tall Timber GC for 30 years and more recently has become involved with 18 Pastures Golf Course.
British Columbia Golf Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Senior Manager of Field Operations (Rules & Competitions)
Managing Director of Player Development
Director of Finance and Administration
Manager of Membership
Manager of Network Service (Course & Slope Rating)
Manager, Communications/Website Editor
Manager, Golf Participation
Program Assistant, Performance