Board Members

President - Daniel Watt - term 2017 to 2019



Daniel leads the Enterprise Change Management function for BC Hydro. His team is involved in a variety of large scale projects – ranging from process improvements, technology implementations and safety initiatives to organization-wide, transformation programs.
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 Alberta 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 - Vanessa Simpson - term 2018 to 2019

Vanessa is a change manager whose change management practice is centred on interpersonal dynamics. She believes communication is at the heart of all successful changes.
Vanessa earned an MA in New Media and Society from the University of Leicester in the UK, a degree in English and Psychology from SFU, and a diploma in Professional Writing from Douglas College.
She uses her educational and life experience in individual and group identity, transitions, loss, resiliency, and communications to support organizations and their employees through technology, process and cultural transformations.

She's Prosci certified and has also taken Prosci’s Experience Practitioner Program. As a member of the Board, Vanessa is looking forward to being part of the larger change management community.

Treasurer - Grace McKeown - term to 2018 to 2019

Grace's career started in health records and finished with Fraser Health Authority’s internal consulting team called Strategic Transformation Team (STT). She was a founding member of the STT team that was established in 2002. She graduated from BCIT in Health Record Administration and Health Care Management.

She was born in Golden, BC, raised in North Burnaby, and has lived in Port Moody the past 28 years. She is married with 3 children and 2 dogs and has her PMP, CCMP (first 500!), Prosci certification, and CTI Coaching certification.

Grace is excited to be a part of ACMP Greater Vancouver Chapter Board and the opportunity to give back to the profession.

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 Member Engagement - 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.