Executive Director, BC Unclaimed Property Society
Alena Levitz has been the Executive Director of the BC Unclaimed Property Society since 2011. The BC Unclaimed Property Society was established in 2003 to administer the unclaimed property program for British Columbia. In this capacity, Alena oversees strategic planning and operational activities for the Society as well as providing legal advice.
Alena has substantial legal expertise with a particular emphasis in the areas of wills and estates as well as estate administration. She oversaw complex estate files for the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC during her five years spent with that office. She has broad experience in stakeholder relations, government relations as well as policy analysis gained during her four years with WorkSafeBC. Alena obtained her LL.B from Queen’s University and holds an LL.M degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Partner, Murrick Insurance Services
A founding member and President of the Nakamun Group, Floyd Murphy has an extensive background in financial, retirement and estate planning.
In addition to serving as Past President of the New Westminster Life Underwriters Association, Estate Planning Council of Vancouver and the BC Mainland Chartered Life Underwriter chapter, he served on the national board of Advocis for nine years, including one year as Chairman and CEO.
Floyd also served on the National Board of the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors for nine years, including one year as Chairman and CEO. He has chaired virtually every committee of the National Association, including Taxation and Legislation, Nominating, Education and Executive/Finance.
He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the area of comprehensive planning and has spoken to hundreds of public and industry audiences from coast to coast over the last 40 years.
Floyd is Past President of the Vancouver Estate Planning Council, and Past President of the Denman Place Mall Merchants Association, and has served as a board member of Canada Place Corporation, and the Vancouver Foundation.
President and CEO, Vancouver Foundation
Kevin was appointed President and CEO of Vancouver Foundation in September 2013. Before joining Vancouver Foundation, he served for six years as President and CEO of CARE Canada in Ottawa, one of Canada’s leading development and humanitarian aid organizations and has lived and worked in many countries, including: Mali, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
He is currently a Director of Imagine Canada, serving on the Board since 2009. Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to strengthening charities and non-profits. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
He graduated in 1989 with a B.Sc. (Specialist/Honours) from the University of Toronto. In 2005, he earned a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. In February 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.
William J. Hallett
Vice President, Finance and Operations Vancouver Foundation
Bill Hallett joined Vancouver Foundation after serving as CFO of the Vancouver Board of Trade. Prior to joining the Board of Trade, he was the VP, Finance and Accountability for the Rick Hansen Foundation and prior to that held the Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer roles for Sport BC. Bill has also worked extensively in the corporate sector. With an active interest in sport Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Olympic Committee, Triathlon Canada and the Coaches BC.
A Chartered Accountant by profession, Bill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.
Ursula Botz is a lawyer who was called to the BC bar in 1991, and has worked as Crown Counsel with the Ministry of Justice (formerly Ministry of Attorney General) since 1992. For much of this time, Ursula has focused exclusively on appellate practice, representing the Crown on indictable appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal and, occasionally, in the Supreme Court of Canada. She currently holds the position of Administrative Crown Counsel in the Appeals Section of the Crown Law Division in Vancouver.
Over the years, Ursula has organized various advocacy and professionalism courses for junior lawyers and law students, and she is a regular contributor to continuing legal education courses in the field of criminal law. Ursula is a past President of the Vancouver Bar Association, and was the nominee of that Association to the Board of Directors of Vancouver Foundation. During her eight-year term on the Board, she also served as Chair of the Distribution Committee and Chair of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. Ursula currently chairs the Greenest City Community Grants Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming with her Masters group, cycling, and travelling.
Ursula has served on the Board of BCUPS since 2009, and is currently the Society’s Vice-President.