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 2016 to 2018

Val has specialized in Change Management for 24 years. Her consulting experience and knowledge is in leadership development, team effectiveness consulting and IT project work across multiple business sectors.

She has 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 Prosci certified, has a MBA from the University of Calgary and a BA in Political Science from UBC.

Over Val's career, she has seen Change Management evolve from a nice-to-have competency to a respected profession. As an ACMP chapter, we provide a platform for networking, learning and career growth for our members, requiring us to be structured and well organized.

She welcomes this opportunity to offer her extensive experience as a practitioner, her organizational abilities, and previous not-for-profit Board experience to the role of Vice President to help to advance our profession and our chapter.

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 Events - Jennifer Coleman - term 2016 to 2018

Within the first 9 years of Jennifer's career, she was a consultant (Andersen and Deloitte) specializing in system implementations and change. Currently she is a Change Expert in the HR board area at SAP. The focus of her work is to ensure employees are engaged in SAP's strategy, connected with the culture, informed about changes and understand their impact.

In SAP in the past 9 years, Jennifer has led many change initiatives. In the Talent & Leadership Center of Excellence, she owns the Simple Change community, which focuses on the mindset of change, leading change and knowledge sharing.

Jennifer enjoys inspiring ah-ha moments and wants to bring that to ACMP Vancouver events.  Every human is unique, so are the changes we go through - we can learn a lot from each other.  She is organized, loves developing and facilitating workshops and is a big believer in experiential learning.

Director of Communications - Erin Creak - term 2016 to 2018

Erin is currently a Senior Change Management Advisory with BC Hydro. Prior to this year, she led a change management team at UBC in the Faculty of Medicine. Erin's background is in communications and she spent 11 years in strategic communications roles in the education and non-profit sectors before moving into change.

Erin's efforts to improve the practice of change management have included the development of standardized processes and tools for change management in the Faculty of Medicine and integration into the organization's PMO.

Erin is passionate about customer experience best practices and incorporates this thinking into her change management work.

Director of Partnerships - Kelli Fitzmaurice - term 2016 to 2018

Kelli's passion is facilitating change through connecting people and building relationships. In her 20+ years working as an independent consultant in Change Management and 10 years in Project Management, she has experienced first-hand how critical the people side is to both project and organization success.

She is excited to bring that passion to the role of Director of Partnerships and believes building partnerships with educational institutions, other chapters and associations is integral to achieving our chapter mandate and advancing our membership.

Kelli has worked in a variety of sectors including Energy, Utilities and Higher Education specializing in developing change strategies, strategic communications and building change management frameworks and capabilities. She is a PMP,  Prosci certified, has a BSC from the University of Toronto and is pursuing her CCMP.

Kelli looks forward to contributing to this role through leveraging relationships built while working at the University of British Columbia, client organizations and attending and presenting at ACMP conferences.

Director of Membership - Jeanne Towe - term 2016 to 2018

Jeanne has been a Change Management Advisor at BC Hydro since 2015.  While she is new to my formal change management role, she has had experience supporting change initiatives in her past recruitment roles at BC Hydro and PwC.

Prior to her role as a Board member, Jeanne worked closely with the ACMP Vancouver Board to revamp the Chapter’s monthly newsletter content and template. She brings experience having been part of a working Board of a marketing association serving as a Director of Promotions and then as Vice President.

She is dedicated to continuing the growth and success of the Vancouver Chapter of ACMP.  She's looking forward to the opportunity of developing a membership strategy that balances the different needs and career stages of Chapter members, while ensuring close alignment with the Board and the overall Chapter objectives.