Board Members

President - Grace McKeown - term 2019 to 2021


Grace began her journey in change management in 2000 as part of a newly formed team at Fraser Health Authority. The team support senior leaders in implementing change in a complex environment. applying strategy consulting and an integrated project management and change management approach. Grace was PROSCI certified in 2012 and achieved my CCMP in 2017. Grace is currently an independent consultant and continues to work with clients in developing and implementing change initiatives. Grace was interested in running as the chapter President after 1.5 years as the chapter Treasurer. Acting as Treasurer provided Grace with the understanding and experience required to lead our Chapter. The Board has recognized continuity as a key factor in a sustainable chapter and Grace can bring that stability in the transition of this role. During her time on the Board, Grace has held the responsibilities of the Treasurer role and also supported a variety of chapter events. Over the past year Grace has led the new and intermediate segment activities that included a network social and "virtual" change chats. During her employment with Fraser Health, Grace was a member of the steering committee for a HealthCare Communities of Practice. Grace also participated in the UBC Sauder School of Business Advisory Group supporting the development of the Change Management certificate program.

Outgoing President - Daniel Watt - term 2019 to 2020


Prior to joining BC Hydro in 2011, Daniel held senior manager roles in Human Capital and Change Management at PwC. Previous to PwC, he worked with Accenture and Bank of Montreal. Daniel grew up in Albert and attended the University of Calgary where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology. Soon after graduation, he moved to British Columbia and later completed an MBA at Royal Roads University. Daniel holds CHRP and PROSCI certifications and is an active member with ACMP and HRMA.
Daniel is dedicated to growing the change management profession and creating opportunities for people to become involved in change management. Since joining ACMP four years ago, he has attended two ACMP conferences in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the Pacific Northwest Change Symposium at the Microsoft Campus and attended most of the Vancouver Chapter ACMP meetings.

Daniel encourages his employees and the consultants he works with to become actively involved in developing the change management profession and joining ACMP. He has developed a strong network of practitioners in Vancouver and along the west coast of the United States.

Vice-President - Val Johnson - term 2018 to 2020


Valerie has specialized in Change Management for over 25 years. Her consulting experience and knowledge is in leadership development, team effectiveness consulting and IT project work across multiple business sectors. She developed her expertise through formal education, years of practical experience as an independent consultant and as a member of IBM Global Services and Accenture. She is CCMP and Prosci certified, has a MBA from the University of Calgary and a BA in Political Science from UBC. Over her career, Valerie has seen Change Management evolve from a nice-to-have competency to a respected profession. In the past two years she has had the opportunity to support the growth of ACMP, both at the chapter level as Vice President and involvement in the Chapter Leader Forum at the global level. She looks forward to continuing the work within the ACMP Greater Vancouver Chapter to implement the member engagement strategy the Board has developed and bring even more value to the Chapter’s members!

Secretary - Carrie Elrick - term 2019 to 2021


Carrie has been involved in a number of change management roles over several years. Most recently, in her company, Project Rescuers, Carrie helps organizations get projects back on track using her 4-step process to diagnose the root cause, develop an intervention plan using change management tools and process, test the solution and implement the new way forward enterprise-wide. Carrie has implemented change management solutions in industries such as health care and tech as well as Indigenous-focused organizations. Carrie believes change management is an integral component to introducing change intro organizations. She enjoys being part of the promotion of change management activities at the organizational level and helping to shape the delivery of the change management focused activities for members of the Vancouver chapter. Carrie was on the board in the Victoria ACMP chapter and enjoyed helping develop a community of practice to promotoe the profession accomplished through activities such as setting up events, meeting other change practitioners and enhancing skill and knowledge in the area of change management. I have also established the Victoria-Vancouver satellite change management group in Victoria, which is growing.

Treasurer - Annie Smith - term to 2019 to 2021


Annie has over ten years experience in change management and has led several large-scale, multi-stakeholder initiatives including two major reorganizations for one of the fastest growing health authorities in BC, and was change lead preparing BC Cancer for the largest change in its history - moving from a paper-based to an electronic health record. Annie endeavors to build change management capacity with the project teams she supports through training, workshops and coaching. Annie is interested in supporting ACMP Vancouver because she believes in developing and advancing the profession of change management. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, she also understands the role of Treasurer can help our chapter thrive. Annie joined ACMP in 2018, and since then has participated in several events including webinars, socials and other learning events. Annie currently volunteers with the Advanced Practice Committee as well.

Director of Communications - Catherine Jensen - term 2018 to 2020


Cathy was first introduced to Change Management in 2009. She immediately recognized the importance and power of change principles to improve the outcomes of the projects she was leading. She found the Change Management world fascinating and was energized by the new perspective of “the people side of change”. Whether she’s working with a sponsor on breathing life into a powerful vision, creating effective, concise messaging or building an encouraging, supportive team environment - she’s found her dream job. Much of her work experience has been in healthcare, and over the years she’s worked on projects ranging from small business start-ups to large provincial technical implementations. She’s proud to be one of the first 500 CCMP’ers! Cathy is delighted to contribute to the ongoing elevation of our profession as a member of the ACMP Greater Vancouver Chapter Board. She sees it as an opportunity to honour her mentors and give back to the profession.

Director of Partnerships - Leslie Fast - term 2018 to 2020


Leslie has been working with organizations for over 20 years to successfully implement strategies to support business transformation, organizational development and change management. She's worked with private, publicly traded, public sector and non-profit organizations, across a wide-variety of industries. With a keen interest in helping companies transform their business and develop their practices, she advises on and creates impactful strategies to achieve desired business outcomes. She's both a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Leslie is interested in developing partnerships with other professional associations and educational institutions that are beneficial for ACMP Vancouver and its members. These relationships are vital in elevating our profession and practices and she can see their importance through her recent involvement as a Change Management Advisory Committee member for the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Director of Membership - Felicia Granger - term 2019 to 2021

Felicia currently leads the Change Advisory and Recognition teams in People + Culture at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Her team supports building change capabilities and providing change advisory and support to large scale initiatives contributing to the transformation of health care delivery for exceptional care and making a great workplace. Felicia's change management experience spans from business transformation, ECM strategy, technology programs, culture projects with teams to strategic HR program redesign. Felicia is PROSCI certified, and holds an MBA in Strategic Consulting from Sauder School of Business at UBC and a BBA from Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining VCH, she worked for Kodak Graphic Communications and Creo. Felicia's passion is mentoring and coaching, and I dedicate time to improve practices of change management through hosting workshops, 1:1 consultations, and contribute to communities of practice in change and recognition.