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Age-Friendly Business Members of Board of Standards


Jill Hightower, M.A.

Jill retired as the Executive Director of the B.C. Institute Against Family Violence in 1998. Currently, she is a partner in a small research and educational consulting group with a specific focus on social and health issues affecting older adults. Jill has published and presented her research at North American and European conferences, and in community forums. She is the recipient of the Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre Senior Leadership Award, a member on the United Nations Sub-Committee on Older Women (SCOW) of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (CSW). Jill is a member of the British Columbia Premiers Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors Issues, a member of the Complaints Committee of the BC College of Psychologists and an active participant in the Seniors Network (SNAG) on the Sunshine Coast.

Greg Marchildon, LL.B, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History as well as a Professor at the University of Regina, Dr. Marchildon serves as the Executive Director of the Commission (Chaired by Hon. Roy Romanow, Q.C,) on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Dr. Marchildon was Saskatchewan's Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Minister to the Premier and advised Cabinet on the establishment of the Fyke Commission on Medicare . From 1994 until 1996, he was as the province's Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this capacity, he built up the province's international relations and trade policy capacity and was a key participant in the early social union negotiations that led to the National Child Benefit and the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA) .

Robert N. ("Bob") Ransom

Bob has served the Canadian financial services industry for over 30 years. After leaving law school he worked as a trust officer for 7 years, followed by a 2-year career as a stockbroker and 12 years in head office Advanced Marketing with two Canadian life insurance companies, servicing the marketing, tax and quasi-legal needs of life insurance agents and their clients. For the past 12 years Bob has operated his own consulting firm, working with financial services organizations such as Advocis, the Canadian Securities Institute. The Institute of Canadian Bankers and the Insurance Institute of Canada, in addition to his many years of work with AFB. Bob is the author or co-author of several texts on insurance, estate and financial planning and the Advocis certification course for new life insurance agents, in addition to being a regular lecturer across Canada. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bob has been a CLU, ChFC and CFP Designee.

Sandra Eve Roberts, CPCA, Lt. Cdr. (Retd.)

Sandy is a veteran police and military officer, who served for a total of seventeen years. During her military career she held a staff officer position, commanding a field operations team and distinguished herself as an accomplished investigator and operator in the areas of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, military risk management, security and as a VIP bodyguard.

After retiring from the military with the senior Commissioned officer rank of Lt. Commander, Sandy entered the world of business and exercised her management and operational expertise in the executive management positions of Operations Manager of an Investigation Company, Director of Corporate Communications and Assistant General Manager of a Warehouse Company, Director of Corporate Operations for the Canadian Academy of Senior Advisors (CASA) and Business Development Manager for a Security Company.

Sandy Roberts has conducted training courses and presented seminars to both the public and private sector. Sandy taught operational intelligence and counter intelligence trade craft to military field operators, lectured at the East London Technical College on Mechanised Accounting and has conducted seminars on interpersonal skills and Management, concentrating on teaching the art of Kinesics.