Board Members

President –  Alison Narod

Alison Narod is a partner in the Vancouver law firm, FARRIS, VAUGHAN, WILLS & MURPHY. Alison practices in the areas of labour, employment, family, human rights, workers compensation and administrative law. She rejoined the ACT Board in 2017 following an absence of several years; she was a founding member of ACT’s Board of Directors in 2004.

Vice President – Blair Whelan 

Blair Whelan is Chief Technology Officer – RAZR Marketing with a depth of experience in the technology sector. He has a family member with autism and has an interest in supporting community initiatives that use technology to meet the needs of families and professionals for information.

Secretary – Anne Stoll

Anne Stoll is a University of British Columbia graduate, a Registered Dietitian, holds an MBA (Marketing) and is an experienced, award-winning pharmaceutical specialty sales professional. In addition to her business experience, Anne’s motivation to advocate for the autism community is driven by her son who was diagnosed with ASD 8 years ago.

Treasurer – Brent Shirley

Brent Shirley is an independent management consultant. He has over 35 years of experience in accounting and information technology and is the president of his own consulting firm, BVS Advisory Inc.  Brent has worked with a wide-range of businesses and has held senior roles on specialized and complex financial systems projects for large regulated public utilities, transportation companies and financial institutions. He has an adult son on the autism spectrum.

Board Director – Rajan Bains, CA, CPA, CFA

Rajan Bains brings over 20 years of financial accounting and tax experience to his role on the Board. He has been a partner and the Chief Financial Officer of the Plenary Group North America for the last 13 years. Rajan also has non-profit experience, having served as the Director and Treasurer of the Learning Disabilities Association of Vancouver (LDAV) from 2000 to 2012. Rajan’s son was diagnosed with ASD at the age of two which has motivated him to volunteer and to help support other families with children on the spectrum.

Board Director – Pharid Jaffer

Pharid Jaffer is a technology consultant in Vancouver. He has held senior management information technology roles in the financial services sector for more than 15 years. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been active in the community from BCIT to the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow program.

Board Director – Alisa Lipson, MD

Alisa Lipson, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is a pediatrician with expertise in autism diagnosis and an interest in building the knowledge of professionals about the need to identify and diagnose ASD as early as possible.