Board of Directors

Lorne Tyrrell, MD, PhD

Director and Chairman

D. Lorne Tyrrell is the Glaxo SmithKline Chair in Virology in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Alberta. Since 1986, he has focused his research on viral hepatitis. Supported by Canadian Institute of Health Research and Glaxo Canada, Dr. Tyrrell’s work on the development of antiviral therapy resulted in the licensing of the first oral antiviral agent to treat chronic hepatitis B infection – lamivudine – in 1998. Dr. Tyrrell holds more than 50 international patents for his studies on viral hepatitis. Dr. Tyrrell was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry from 1994 – 2004 at the University of Alberta and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gairdner Foundation. The Canada Gairdner International Awards recognizes excellence in medical science research globally. Dr. Tyrrell has received numerous prestigious awards including the Gold Medal of the Canadian Liver Foundation (2000), the FNG Starr Award of the Canadian Medical Association (2004), the Principal Award of the Manning Awards Foundation (2005) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Dr. Tyrrell was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. In April 2010, Dr. Tyrrell was appointed as the inaugural director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology at the University of Alberta. On April 28, 2011, Dr. Tyrrell was inducted to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2015, he was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Killam Prize in Health Sciences.

Rosanna Chau, M Comm, FCPA (HK), FCPA (Aust), CPA-CGA


Ms. Chau has over 37 years of experience in international corporate management, strategic investments and finance. Throughout her career, she has served on the board of directors of twelve publicly-listed companies spanning multiple industries, including property, hotel, bio-tech, construction and building materials, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, and consumer electronic products, and geographical locations, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Europe. Ms. Chau holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has been awarded the Certificate in Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Way to Health at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has professional accounting qualifications and experience in different jurisdictions and is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the CPA Australia and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Alan Chan, BA


Mr. Chan was the Executive Director of ITC Corporation Ltd. (now known as PT International Development Corporation Ltd. (investment holding) from March 2009 to March 2017.  He is now an executive director of ITC Properties Group Limited (“ITC Properties”). At ITC Properties, Mr. Chan is involved with the investment and development of commercial, hospitality and residential projects. In addition, he is the lead in developing new policies for green and sustainable practices throughout the group. Mr. Chan is also currently an advisor to BEE Inc. (Bisagni Environmental Enterprise). Prior to joining ITC Properties, Mr. Chan worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs Group with a focus on capital raising, mergers & acquisitions and strategic advisory for financial institutions in Greater China and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chan is a graduate of Duke University majoring in Political Science – International Relations and minoring in Philosophy and Economics.

J. Douglas Gilpin, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D.


Douglas Gilpin, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D., retired from the partnership of KPMG LLP in 1999. In 2008, Mr. Gilpin received a Life Service Award from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in recognition of 40 years experience in delivering professional services to business and the community. During his 18 years tenure as a partner in Advisory Services at KPMG he served as an audit engagement partner. He was a member of the KPMG’s National Quality Assurance, the National Financial Institutions and Insurance Groups and he was the Quality Assurance Partner for the Edmonton office for 10 years. Mr. Gilpin has consulted on corporate governance, including compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act 404 and National Instrument 52-109 reporting for issuers listed on the TSX. Mr. Gilpin has served as a director of Canada Health Infoway (“CHI”), Afexa Life Sciences Inc. (“Afexa”), Alberta Innovates (formerly Alberta Innovates Technology Futures) (“AITF”) and on the Board of the Health Quality Council of Alberta (“HQCA”). He was the chair of the governance committee and a member of the audit committee of CHI, and was the Chair of the audit committee for each of AITF and HQCA. He currently is a director and chair of the audit committee of The Institute of Health Economics. Mr. Gilpin is executive chair of The Inspections Group Inc., a privately owned company that performs safety code inspection services, building, plumbing and gas and electrical inspections in compliance with the Safe Codes Act of Alberta. Mr. Gilpin is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and received his ICD.D. designation from the Institute in 2011. Mr. Gilpin was elected as Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2012.

Peter H. Kappel


Mr. Kappel is a former investment banker who now manages a private investment portfolio. A former chartered accountant with KPMG in Vancouver and Frankfurt, he made the transition to investment banking with JP Morgan (New York/Frankfurt) after business school. He also served in senior roles at Nomura, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Calyon and DVB Bank in London. In the latter three, he was the Managing Director in charge of their respective European Securitisation businesses. He was responsible for many ground breaking transactions, a regular speaker at ABS conferences and a founding and former executive committee member of the European Securitisation Forum of the Bond Market Association. He holds an MBA from the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires (“INSEAD”), a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Victoria and received his Chartered Accountant designation through the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. Mr. Kappel is on the Board of Partnerships British Columbia, where he serves as Audit Committee Chair.

David Ju, CPA-CA


Mr. Ju is a Vice President of Concord Pacific Group, a Canadian multi-industry investment group with a diverse portfolio of businesses in Canada, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Mr. Ju has extensive experience in financial services and large-scale real estate development projects in both the United States and Canada. A Chartered Accountant by training, Mr. Ju was a former member of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vancouver and New York, where he consulted on transactions, and advised on corporate governance and assurance matters, including compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act 404 for clients listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange as well as the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Ju holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.

Director Emeritus Paul Westdal, MSc, PAg

Served as Director from 1999 - 2012.

Mr. Westdal is a founder of B.M.W. Canola Inc., the Manitoba based company that developed the technology acquired by Burcon NutraScience Corporation in October 1999. Mr. Westdal is a professional agrologist, belonging to the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He is President of Agri-Tec International, a consortium of grain based construction companies located in Winnipeg. Mr. Westdal was previously the Director of Marketing for the Canadian International Grains Institute. He has been employed for over 30 years in various positions in Canada and abroad with the Canadian Wheat Board. Mr. Westdal has over 31 years of experience marketing and developing sales of agricultural products around the world. Mr. Westdal holds Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba.