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Board of Directors

HeadWay - Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson's Centre Society is governed by a Board of Directors and committees of the board who are interested in assisting through their personal and/or professional experience with Parkinson's.

If you have a strong desire to serve the agency through your personal commitment to good governance, fund development, and fundraising, enjoy working with a team, are confident in carrying out volunteer projects that suit your personal or professional interests then please contact us about board membership.  Email the office or call us at 250-475-6677. 

2019/2020 Board Members

President: Reg Beniac

Reg has a proven executive management track record and over 20 years of international experience leading teams in the design, build and implementation of business operations, sales, accounting, and financial systems. Reg consulted to a variety of private and public-sector organizations and ministries engaged in projects encompassing strategy development, system optimization, operational efficiency, executive leadership, and service design. His experience included being the key architect in the design and implementation of a US Banking and Capital Markets regulatory compliance management system, which included Singapore, United Kingdom, and Australia. Further, Reg led the design and release of a key tax service initiative through a financial service retail network in Canada. 

Reg is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria, Victoria British Columbia) and a graduate supervisor for the Smith School of Business (Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario). He serves as a board member on local charities, a mentor to the UVic MBA mentorship program and is a key contributor to a locally based entrepreneurship society. Reg earned a degree in Economics from the University of Victoria, an MBA from the Smith School of Business as well as is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Vice-President: Jennifer Peaker

Jennifer is a capable, resourceful, and personable IT leader with over 20 years of experience in service delivery and project management in the areas of software design and development, user experience (UX) design, and service design. Her work centers on building relationships, facilitating effective communication and collaboration, creative problem solving, managing change, and removing roadblocks so that teams can be successful.

Treasurer: Fei Zhang

Fei Zhang is a Management Accountant with proven results in unlocking the inherent value of business and financial data. Fei currently works for BC government focusing on Business Intelligence, Performance Management, Quality Management, and Customer Satisfaction. With his strong connections in China, Fei helps organizations from both North America and China doing business internationally. Also, Fei is a Project Course Advisor for the three MBA and EMBA programs of Queen’s University. Prior to joining the government, Fei managed a decision support department, providing analysis and advice to the senior management team in the areas of sales, business development, and strategic decision in a Fortune 500 financial service company. Fei also managed key portfolios and regional offices with two other Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies in China.

Fei holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a MSc. Degree in Computer Science from the University of Victoria. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant. His education background from China includes a Bachelor and a MSc. Degree in Life Science.

Secretary: Michael Shepherd 

Michael Shepherd, Q.C. joined the board in March 2018 and became its secretary in May 2018.    

Michael retired from a career with the BC public service at the end of January 2018, having spent over 30 years practicing law within the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General with a focus on solicitor’s services in the areas of financial, corporate and commercial law.   He was recognized with a Queen’s Counsel appointment in 2012 and has received a number of awards related to his public service career including a Premier’s legacy award in 2017.  

Michael believes strongly in community service and has served on a number of boards of charitable organizations over the years including the Our Place Society and Threshold Housing Society. He currently also sits on the board of The Canadian Heritage Arts Society which operates the Canadian College for the Performing Arts. 

Michael’s interests include reading, listening to quality music of all kinds, nature walks, pickleball, lawn bowling, traveling, attending sporting events and the theatre, keeping in shape and just enjoying being retired.

Michael Groot

Michael is currently a master’s student at the Boston University School of Medicine, where he is writing a thesis and working as a Research Assistant in a pulmonary research lab. This role has allowed Michael to publish academic research in the field of pulmonology. Prior to these experiences, Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts.

Michael’s father lived with Parkinson’s disease for a 15-year period. Towards the later years of his illness, Michael’s family found HeadWay and the comforting and supportive environment that it created. Based on this positive experience, Michael joined HeadWay to use his personal experience with Parkinson’s to give back.

Over the past few years, Michael has volunteered at several sites including the Royal Jubilee Hospital and Our Place Society. At RJH, these positions included the emergency department, patient care center, and renal unit. At Our Place, Michael also helped with a range of different roles.

Personally, Michael enjoys activities such as marathon training and squash.

Barry Ringstead