221A membership elects new and returning Board of Directors

221A membership elects new and returning Board of Directors

July 23, 2020

On July 15, 2020, the Society's membership gathered via video conference for the 13th Annual General Meeting. Members received reports on the activities of the 2019-20 fiscal year from cheyanne turions, Vice-President and Brian McBay, Executive Director, alongside a presentation of the Audited Financial Statements by Ross Gentleman, Treasurer. Furthermore, members moved to re-appoint Buckley Dodds LLP as the Society's Auditor for the 2020-21 fiscal year, agreed to the election of Jeff Derksen, Julia Aoki and Katy Young for a term of three years, and to the re-election of Laura Kozak for a term of one year, Russell Baker for a term of two years, and Ross Gentleman for a term of thee years. The Society thanks all members for their ongoing support and their participation in the AGM and welcomes the new and returning Board Members of 221A.

Information about 221A's Board of Directors

221A is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who have a responsibility for the management of the Society and for setting and ensuring the organization is meeting its charitable purposes. In practice, like many non-profit organizations, the Board of Directors place an emphasis on approval of policy and longer-term planning, delegating day-to-day responsibilities to the Executive Director. In 2019, 221A's membership made a Special Resolution, adjusting the Society's Bylaws to establish terms of three years where Board Members serve for staggered terms of office such that approximately 1/3 of the Board of Directors shall be elected each year. The six elected and re-elected members join Board Members Am Johal, Baharak Yousefi, cheyanne turions, Gillian Siddall, Linus Lam and Simranpreet Anand, filling all vacancies for a total of 12 members on the Society's Board of Directors.

Jeff Derksen is the Dean and Associate Provost of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at SFU and an associate member of SFU’s Department of Geography. Following his doctoral work on globalization, national cultures, and multiculturalism, he worked on urbanism and globalization (with a focus on gentrification and the transformation of cities) and on the cultural and spatial aspects of the long neoliberal moment. In 2004, Jeff formed – with the artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber — the research collective, Urban Subjects, whose work on cities, militancy, and autogestion has been presented in the form of edited volumes, bookworks, curated exhibitions, public posters, situations and para-academic seminars. Jeff was a Fulbright fellow at City University of New York in 1999 and was later a research fellow at The Centre for Place, Culture and Politics (2001-2003) where he worked and collaborated with the geographer Neil Smith.

Julia Aoki is an administrator, writer, researcher, and advocate. Currently the Executive Director of Megaphone, she has served as General Manager and Programming Director of the Powell Street Festival, the General Manager of VIVO Media Arts Centre, and volunteered with advocacy organizations, such as the Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres and DTES SRO Collaborative. Her writing on cultural expressions and community formations that are overlooked and underserved by commercial and political mechanisms and practices, can be found in TOPIA, Space and Culture and a collection by Lexington Books.

Katy Young is an Architect who lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territory. She has 12 years of experience in cultural, commercial, residential and institutional architectural projects in the US and Canada. She has led renovations as a project manager at a construction firm and her design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia, where she returns regularly as a guest critic. Katy is an Architect AIBC at Patkau Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.


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