Board Members

Jag Madan – Treasurer

Jag started with RYSA in 2009. He has volunteered with Special Olympics, Paralympics and elite athletes in sports such as baseball, ice hockey, lacrosse and track & field.  He has also volunteered with the United Way and has mentored students to achieve their best and contribute to society in a meaningful way.  Jag is inspired by the fact that kids are our future and have so much potential to develop their skills and knowledge when an environment that promotes learning and development is provided.

Ms. Samina Tajwar – Director

Ms. Samina Tajwar is a certified Project Management Professional and holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia, as well as an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Samina has spent the last 10 years with Mitacs Inc.,where she managed a strategic partnership with the Government of British Columbia to pilot a program integrating academic research and evidence-informed policy-making at the provincial level. Prior to that, she was the Director of Integrated Business Planning at Mitacs, where she led the executive team through a three-year project integrating and streamlining the organization’s business systems.

Jerry Huang – Director

Mr. Huang is an experienced finance and capital markets professional in the natural resources, banking & tech space. He has extensive experience in corporate development and investor relations roles with mining and resource companies globally. He has over 10 years of public companies experience, executing on strategic and financing initiatives for junior companies on joint ventures, financings, and deals over $90M to date. Previously he worked with CIBC in Financial Advisory roles managing high networth portfolios. He graduated with Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia jointly with Jiaotong University in Shanghai. He has also completed the Chartered Professional Accountant PEP program. He has been on the board of RYSA since 2011, having other volunteering experience with Pearson hospital, Marpole Community Center, and helping raise $50K for scholarships for Kwantlen University College.

Pam Khinda – Director

Pam Khinda is the Senior Program Coordinator and a term faculty at Vancouver Community College (VCC).  She has an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Post-Secondary from Simon Fraser University, Online/eLearning Instruction certificate and Provincial Instructor Diploma from VCC and is a certified MBTI facilitator.  In addition, Pam is a term instructor in SFU’s Career Development Practitioner Certificate training and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) through BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association). Pam has extensive experience in teaching, project development, implementation and management, proposal writing, curriculum development and career counselling/case management.

Prior to joining VCC, Pam worked at Connections Community Services Society (CCSS) as the Manager of Youth Programs for 3 years during which she managed a variety of  employment, children’s and youth programs.  Pam is excited to have re-joined CCSS and is looking forward to serving the organization and the community as a board member.  Pam describes herself as a perpetual student who loves to learn new things and spend time with her family and friends.  She enjoys biking, hiking, gardening and reading mystery novels.

Mursal Khyabani – Director

Mursal Khyabani is the Manager of Business Development at the UBC Sauder School of Business and has worked at UBC since 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC and has been working in the career development space for over 10 years. Her work spans developing a career readiness model, building strategic industry partnerships and driving equity and inclusion in the workplace. She is also a Certified Emotional Intelligence coach and has taken coursework in human resources, project management and strategic planning. Prior to joining UBC, Mursal worked at Connections Community Services for 3 years as a Program Coordinator/Employment Counsellor for the JobOptionsBC and Urban Older Workers Programs. She is thrilled for the opportunity to continue serving her community and the organization in her capacity as a board member. In her spare time, Mursal enjoys travelling, reading, listening to podcasts and practicing calligraphy.

We are also currently accepting new nominations for board member recruitment. Please fill out the “Nomination Form” and email or fax it back to us if you are interested in becoming a board of CCSS.