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.

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 – Denise Ching

Denise Ching is Director & Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities. Denise’s previous board experience includes the BC Lions Foundation for Children with Disabilities, Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts, as well as membership on the investment committee of the BC Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia and mentor to UBC’s Portfolio Management Foundation.

Board Director – Blair Dwyer

Blair Dwyer is a lawyer, practicing tax and estate planning law since 1985, first on Bay Street in Toronto and since 1992 in Victoria. Blair has been on ACT’s Advisory Council since its inception over 12 years ago. He also presents an online workshop for ACT and has contributed a chapter on wills and estate planning to ACT’s Autism Manual for BC. For more on Blair’s extensive engagement in community and professional boards and support for ACT, see

Board Director – Karen Kalynchuk

Karen Kalynchuk is an experienced health administrator. Currently she is project manager on an early intervention project at the University of British Columbia, focused on children with autism spectrum disorder.

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.

Board Member – Nicole Provost

Nicole Provost is a founder and director of the MayDay Youth Choir for Neurodiversity. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of British Columbia and is currently studying aviation at the University of the Fraser Valley. A former summer student employee at ACT, Nicole has presented on a panel at an ACT conference on women and girls with autism and is well known for her positive attitude for engaging our communities in activities that promote neuro-diversity.