Board of Trustees
The Board is elected by our voting members at the Annual General Meeting – all active Team Members are eligible to vote plus any Team Members who might be on Leave of Absence.
John Mitchell FRSA
Chairman of the Board
John’s career as a human resources executive, management consultant and lecturer led him to the challenges of integrating technologies to enable positive social change and bring about a more just and compassionate world. To that end he started in 1988 the conceptualization and planning of what became ICO and began to assemble a worldwide team connected together by the Internet. He is Co-Founder of ICO along with Bill Robson who has now retired to become Vice-Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation.
In his career as a human resources executive, John has developed and introduced many innovative employee involvement and engagement programs and has lectured on organizational behaviour, management and labour relations at BCIT as well as at other colleges and universities as a guest lecturer.
John was a co-founder and was responsible for the management and development of CARLA which successfully orchestrated the changes to Residential Leasehold laws and brought positive fundamental change to millions of households in England and Wales by introducing Commonhold. John subsequently was appointed as a Director to the Board of the Leasehold Advisory Service, an agency of the Ministry of Housing and Environment.
John believes that governments, public servants and non-profits should be open and accountable. His work has received considerable media coverage including the Times of London, featured in TV and Radio programs as well as numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
He volunteers with ICO and enjoys travelling, music and family history. John has been involved with the Scout Movement as a President and Commissioner. He and his wife, Christina, live on a 42 foot motor yacht in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He has two adult children and three grandchildren and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Jim Avery MBA, PMP
Jim has an Executive MBA from Athabasca University and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, certified through Project Management Institute (PMI).
Jim relocated to Victoria, BC from Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2012 after taking time off to travel, sailing to and in the Caribbean, participating in the 2011 Caribbean 1500 Ocean Rally. Prior to this move, he worked in the car rental industry in Canada for eighteen years in both management and project management positions. Before moving to the city, Jim grew up and worked on dairy farms in Southern Ontario.
Jim is Manager – Client Project Management, THPS with Telus Corporation and based in Victoria, BC, Canada and has been with ICO in various organizational roles since 2012 and latterly as Chief Executive Officer.
Katie Jackson CPA CA
Treasurer and Trustee
Katie Jackson CPA CA was born and raised in Victoria, BC. After spending a year volunteering in Dublin, Ireland, she returned to BC and completed her Bachelors of Commerce at the University of British Columbia in 2012 and then went on to get her CPA, CA in 2015. After a few years working in Vancouver, she now works as a Tax Manager with Deloitte in Victoria. She has a passion to utilize her finance and business skills to give back to communities. Katie is also interested in Corporate Social Responsibility and encouraging the green movement.
Always finding time for travel, she has taken various extended leaves throughout her education and working career to explore Central America and South East Asia. Katie is keen to keep on travelling the world and to continue experiencing and learning from new cultures. In her spare time, Katie enjoys hiking, camping, biking, and generally just being in the outdoors!
Katie participated in the BC Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2016, she was a campaign leader for the Deloitte United Way campaign in 2017, and now she is looking forward to focusing more of her time with ICO. She has been with ICO since February 2015 as a Project Co-ordinator and has undertaken the CRA Annual Return for ICO since 2015.
Secretary and Trustee
Duncan Malkinson was born and raised in Dawson Creek, BC. Upon his graduation from High School in 2011, he was elected to the Dawson Creek City council. Through this opportunity, he was appointed as a council liaison to the Dawson Creek Watershed Society, and to the Dawson Creek Library Board. During this time, he worked for a number of community non-profits, such as the Dawson Creek Ski and Rec Association, and the Dawson Creek Golf and Country Club. During this time, he also worked as a substitute teacher. He has also volunteered for a number of community causes as well, such as the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department, the Dawson Creek Historical Society and the local KIWANIS Club.
Duncan currently attends the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) working towards an undergraduate degree in International Studies and Economics, and he is also the General Manager of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS) at the UNBC. Duncan Malkinson has been a pro-bono volunteer with ICO since the summer of 2018, first as a Special Projects Assistant to the Chair and then as an Assistant to the Board. He’s very passionate about principled decision making, the Millenium Development Goals, and the empowerment of others.
Chair of the Council of ICO Communities
Tony brings more than 40 years operational and human resources experience to ICO. His career has spanned theme parks and world expositions, to international equipment manufacturing, to currently commercial and industrial cleaning services. Across all these industries, Tony has been able to leverage his expertise in creating strategies to improve productivity and efficiency; balancing budgets; managing quality assurance programs; and supervising, hiring, and training employees. Tony worked with John Mitchell building the human resources and organization for a large Pulp and Paper Complex, it was during that time in 1988 that Tony and John worked on the first conceptual document that led eventually to ICO.
Born in Braga, Portugal, Tony immigrated to Canada at age 13. Twenty years later he immigrated again, this time to the United States. Tony lives in Ohio with his wife of more than 20 years, Tammy and their daughters Ashten and Morgan. In addition to serving as congregational president for his church, Tony enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in his young daughter’s multiple activities.
Tony has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.
Wally Eamer MBA
Wally Eamer has worked for 20 years within governments on sustainabilty, environment and protected area issues in western Canada. He currently works in these issues with a group of First Nations/aboriginal peoples of northern Vancouver.Island and adjacent mainland as they implement Ecosystem Based Management with other governments, communities and the private sector.
In 1997 and 1998 Wally also lived and worked in Honduras. He has a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He loves wilderness hiking and lives in Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada.
Vice-Chair of the Council of ICO Communities
Emily is a Mexican-Canadian, working full time in the Non-profit Housing sector. Though she has diplomas in both General Management, Advanced Human Resources management, and is pursuing her BBA, her true passion lies in diversity management, volunteerism, and making a positive difference in the lives of others through her work.
She loves volunteering at ICO and all the opportunities it has given her to grow personally and professionally, as well as the friends she has made through it. In her two years with the organization she has worked as Assistant to the Chair, Lead of the Centre for Team Members, Victoria Community Representative, and worked to build out the Council of ICO Communities. In her spare time she enjoys collecting records, spending time in nature, and taking photos.
Claire Butler LL.B
Claire is a lawyer in Vancouver B.C. practicing primarily in the area of Family Law. Claire holds a Law degree from Thompson Rivers University and completed her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Victoria. After spending three months in Southeast Asia, Claire returned to Victoria and got involved with ICO’s Communications Centre. She soon became the Editor of the website and a Team Leader in Communications. Before being called to the Bar of British Columbia, Claire provided pro bono advocacy services through Access Pro Bono’s Mental Health Program, representing clients at Review Panel Tribunal Hearings. Claire also volunteered as a student advocate through UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, and provided representation to low income members of her community.
Claire is passionate about advocacy and has a strong background in writing, research, and applied ethics. Claire is sharing her talents and values as a Director of the Foundation. Claire enjoys fine arts, music, travel, yoga and volunteer work.
Tassiana is from the South of Brazil and she moved to Victoria, Canada in 2015. She currently attends Camosun College where she is working on her Post Degree Diploma in Human Resources, and she also holds degrees in both Public Relations and Communications as well as Leadership and Business Management. Her work experiences include employee relations, human resources and communications. She is passionate about meeting new people and learning about new cultures. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking with her husband, and spending time with their dog.
The Leadership Team of the Foundation is led by the President and Chief Executive Officer who reports to the Board via the Executive Vice-Chair. The Leadership Team is responsible for the operations and administration of ICO Worldwide.
Wayne Overton CA, CIA, CPA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Overton CPA, CA, is a Chartered Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. With his experience in public practice and his extensive experience in airline and manufacturing industries, he contributes his strong leadership and organizational skills to ICO. His key focus areas in his approach have always been rooted in a keen interest in driving value, providing mentorship, and ensuring continuous positive growth.
Recently, Wayne’s opportunity to bring financial leadership to Innovativecommunities.org Foundation has led to a sustainable improvement in financial activities and reporting in the organization. Working collaboratively with initiative leads, the leadership team, and other members of ICO has been a great source of inspiration and engagement.
When not traveling, Wayne’s favorite pastimes are running, hiking and spending quality time with his wife Sue, his two children and their partners, and his five beautiful grandchildren.
Chief Operating Officer
Lead – Operations Group
Jennifer received her Kinesiology Degree from the University of Waterloo and moved to Campbell River BC, in 1997. Jennifer has a health, safety and ergonomics background with forestry and healthcare experience. She has developed and facilitated workshops in peer coaching, communications and safety and utilizes her leadership skills both in her work with VIHA as well as in her work with Nepal.
Jennifer and her husband Brad McLoughlin have organized numerous trips for volunteers travelling to Nepal, including a group of 33 high school students from Campbell River. Planning the logistics and safety for travel, accommodation, food, village living, volunteer working, hiking, orphanage visits and sightseeing can be daunting but sharing her love for Nepal and it’s people with her friends is a joy. The benefits that have been realized within an entire village in Nepal, sparked from a single friendship, are a constant reminder that we CAN make a difference if we have a friend to share the experience with.
Jennifer is an outdoor enthusiast who has biked across Canada solo, enjoys camping and hiking, and has coached youth volleyball for over 12 years. Jennifer and her husband live in Campbell River, BC, Canada.
Dawn Robson CHRP
Lead – Properties Group
Dawn has over 20 years of private sector leadership experience and is taking these skills into the non-profit sector. Her focus has been in the Human Resources field and has provided support at both the strategic and operational level. She has worked in a number of sectors providing expertise with change management, employee relations and organizational design. Dawn is a Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP) with a Bachelor of Administration Degree and works as Human Resources Consultant in a Victoria based consultancy.
Dawn has been in Victoria since 2001 and has been an active volunteer. She enjoys kayaking and cycling.
Lead – ICO Institute
Sophia is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Stony Brook University in New York. Her research is a qualitative examination of how people in privileged positions can forge solidarity with people in marginalized positions, using Canadian international development workers as a case study. Applying the sociology of emotions, affect theory, and intersectional perspectives, she investigates how and when privileged people can recognize their complicity with injustice and act against the status quo. In so doing, her research explores new models for solidarity ‘from above’ that engage power and privilege from the center, rather than the margins. She teaches statistics and the sociology of gender, and also writes on sexual and domestic violence and global perspectives on feminist goals. She has a Masters in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics (UK), and a BA in International Development Studies from McGill University in Canada. She is also the student representative for the American Sociological Association section on Altruism, Morality, and Solidarity.
She hopes to become a university professor at an institution where she can continue to research and to engage her students in questions of social justice and their own roles in social systems. Although her current research has not taken her back to Kenya and Ghana where she conducted field work in 2007, 2009-10, and 2012, she is happy to maintain connections with a few friends in these countries and hopes to visit them in the future. Originally from Victoria, BC, Canada, she is always delighted to return home to family and to be near the ocean. In her spare time in New York City she enjoys running, singing in a choir, and leading a book club.
Ligia Sodre Rocha
Lead – Engagement Group
Originally from Brazil, Ligia came to Victoria in 2016 to obtain a Post-Degree Diploma in Human Resources at Camosun College. She also holds a degree in Business Administration and has extensive experience in administration and customer service. In 2017, she met an ICO member and began her friendship and collaboration with ICO. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, as well as dancing and listening to music.