The four past chairs of the Foundation (from left to right: Donald Wilson, Val Strijack, Ted Butterfield, Bryan McPherson - Current Chair)

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC (previously named British Columbia Foundation for Prostate Disease) was formed in 1997 to: improve knowledge, prevention and treatment of Prostate Cancer.

The Foundation was formed in the Lower Mainland by Prostate Cancer support group members dedicated to the fight against Prostate Cancer. It is a non-profit organization under the Society Act devoted to promoting Prostate Cancer health and awareness, assisting support groups, supporting research dedicated to improve treatment, and finding a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Originally the Foundation was made up of Lower Mainland steering committee members, who were a group of Prostate Cancer survivors representing various support groups in the Lower Mainland. Some early initiatives of the Foundation were to affiliate themselves with the Canadian Prostate Cancer Network (CPCN) and hold a large fundraising event. The first fundraising event was the Do it for Dad Walk/Run which took place June 1999. That first event netted $25,000 for the Foundation and was the basis for the now very successful Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer.



Bryan McPherson,

Bryan is a Chartered Accountant and is a Chief Financial Officer for a Vancouver based private investment company. His professional skills include treasury, finance, income taxation and management team leadership. Bryan is a Prostate Cancer survivor and has been cancer free since 2005. Prostate Cancer is in Bryan’s family; his dad was diagnosed at 58 and passed at 62; his brother was diagnosed at 46 (11 years ago) and is in fine health.

For years Bryan has been actively involved in Prostate Cancer fundraising including working with UBC VGH Foundation, Motorcycle Ride for Dad and Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live events.

Ted Butterfield, Past Chair

Ted is a chartered accountant and currently the CFO of International Water-Guard, a global leader in aircraft water treatment and innovative water system solutions. Ted has significant experience in managing the financial and business operations of public companies. Prior to joining IWG in September 2000, he served as CFO and Director of Finance, Business or Performance Management with a public aerospace component manufacturer. He has also served as the senior financial officer of several other public and private companies in the manufacturing, distribution and financial sectors. Ted is a member of the North Shore Prostate Support Group and himself a Prostate Cancer survivor. Ted has recently volunteered with Operation Red Nose, and as a Director with both the Rotary club and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver.

Jeff Morgan, Vice Chair

Jeff Morgan has a business degree from Simon Fraser University, is a Chartered Accountant and has been a Vice President at the Adera Group of Companies since 1999. Jeff is responsible for the successful operations, financial and tax reporting for a group of commercial real estate investment companies including the mortgage investment company Terrapin Mortgage Investment Corp. Jeff brings his management skills to many areas of the board of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC including areas of Awareness, Fundraising, and events. Jeff joined PCFBC in 2008 to put his passion to fight cancer to work toward what Jeff believes is the most prominent cancer effecting men, that has a very low awareness rate, no known cause and where the research and treatment are underfunded relative to the incidents in our population.

Judy Rothwell, Treasurer

Judy is a professional accountant previously a partner with KPMG International in Vancouver. She has over 25 years of experience providing financial, tax, estate, investment and accounting advice to individuals and owner-managed businesses. Judy is also a board member for a number of other Canadian registered charities. She has been involved with the Foundation for many years in the areas of treasury, fundraising events and other functions.

Len Gross, Director

Len is the Facilitator (Chair) of the Vancouver Prostate Support and Awareness Group known as Vancouver PSA Group. He is one of the founding members of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. He is the founding member of the Canadian Prostate Cancer Network (CPCN) which is currently known as Prostate Cancer Canada Network and is a past member of the Advisory Board. Len has served on numerous other boards and advisory committees in the community. He is also a driver for Meals on Wheels and Gadabouts programs for seniors in Burnaby. Len was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in May of 1992, choose surgery as his treatment option and is currently experiencing a low level elevation in PSA reading and has been living with the side effects associated with the treatment.

Mark White, Director

After 12 years in his family’s business, Mark joined the security industry. He owned and operated an alarm company called Pacific Protective Systems from 1974 to 2006. While in business, he helped form the Alarm Association of B.C. and later served as President. He was instrumental in helping the BC group of companies amalgamate with the national association, which went on to become the Canadian Security Association. In the 1980s, Mark spent 10 years as a Director of “United Services Credit Union”. During that time he developed an extensive knowledge of Corporate Governance. Mark also volunteers for a number of Jewish organizations as well as the Canadian Cancer Society as a councilor with “Cancer Connection”. He assists in operating the Vancouver Prostate Group as well as serving on the BC Support Group Council.

Dr. Michael Cox, Director

Dr. Michael Cox is an Associate Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia and the Senior Scientist at The Vancouver Prostate Centre. Dr. Cox is a molecular and cellular biologist who earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina for studies on how oncogenes impact neuronal growth and differentiation. He began his work on cell signalling networks in prostate cancer at the University of Virginia. His research program is dedicated to understanding how prostate cancer, the most frequently diagnosed male malignancy, initiates and progresses, and to finding ways of halting advanced disease progression.

Peter Fairey, Director

Peter Fairey is a partner in Gowlings’ Vancouver office, practising in the Business Law Group. He brings a broad range of experience in corporate/commercial transactions, as well as a general knowledge of tax, securities, trusts, and immigration law to his other areas of practice on behalf of clients in the P3, life sciences, entertainment, publishing and IT and alternative energy industries. Peter is a past Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and a past Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia.

Ian Wilshaw, Director

Ian is an Advisory Partner at KPMG and leads KPMG’s Transaction Services practice in Canada.

Ian has been advising clients on mergers, acquisitions and disposals for over 16 years. Ian has provided services in a wide range of industries including private equity, resources, software, manufacturing, services, retail, leisure and telecommunications. The focus of Ian’s work has been the provision of independent information and advice to assist companies in the maximization of shareholder value through transactions.

Ian started his career in the UK before moving to Toronto in 2003 and then relocated to Vancouver in 2005.

Ian is also a Director and Treasurer for the Vancouver chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Seth Allen, Director

Seth, Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, is a founding partner of the Pinkowski-Allen Financial Group at Raymond James Ltd. He has been licensed in the investment industry for over 15 years and Seth holds an MBA in Global Asset Wealth Management from Simon Fraser University. Seth sits on the Raymond James Private Investment Management Group Steering Committee along with being a voting member on the Raymond James Investment Advisory Strategy Group (IASG).

Seth’s past and present charitable endeavours include the Odd Squad, the STAND Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation BC (serving as Director), the Children’s Hospital, SPCA and Union Gospel Mission. He has been a member of the Performance Review Committee for the BEAM endowment fund at Simon Fraser University since 2011.


Ray Newstead, Director

Ray is currently the General Manager for Refrigerative Supply, a wholesale distributor of equipment and parts to the HVAC and refrigeration industry. He has a CPA, CGA designation as well as a business degree from Athabasca University. He brings several years’ experience in senior management roles in wholesale distribution and manufacturing. Ray has extensive experience in strategic planning, finance, IT and human resources. Prior to his current role, he was the CFO and Vice President of Operations for a national HVAC wholesale distribution company

Ray is also a Director and Secretary-Treasurer on the HRAI Wholesalers Board of Directors.

Tim Kikkert, Director

Tim is the Corporate Business Technology Solutions Manager at BC Hydro for a portfolio of project and sustainment activities across numerous business areas. He is a certified project management professional with a graduate degree in Physical and Health Education and over 15 years of experience in the utility sector. Tim’s father and uncle are Prostate Cancer survivors and have been cancer free for over 10 years. Tim has been actively involved in Prostate Cancer education and fundraising for many years and recently completed a six week motorcycle awareness ride as editor of the Canadian Route 66 Association newsletter. He was the top fundraiser for the annual Vancouver Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live for 5 years, is currently a member of the ride executive and assisted in the recent development of a rider fundraising kit to assist ride participants in becoming more effective fundraisers.

Honorary Directors


Val Strijack,
Honorary Director

Val was a past chair of the foundation and one of the founders.  Val was also leader of the Abbotsford support group for 15 years.

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