Introducing our 2016 recipient of support

Early this year, we started the Project Change Foundation with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place by supporting and empowering emerging change makers. There’s a lot of amazing people who are doing some remarkable things to create positive change in communities across our country. We want to help them achieve their goals.

To do this, every year the Foundation will invest time and money in Canadian change makers who are working hard to make the world a better place. In addition to financial investments, we provide free advisory support and mentorship to help kick-start early-stage organizations that contribute to community or the environment. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means its funds are invested directly in the organizations we support.

At a gala event on Wednesday, November 25th, we introduced the Foundation’s inaugural recipient of support, The Lipstick Project. Established in 2012 and based in Vancouver, The Lipstick Project serves men, women and children who are facing significant health challenges by offering compassionate care through free, professional spa services.

With the Foundation’s contribution to their work, The Lipstick Project’s team will begin to lay the groundwork for expansion to other cities like Surrey, Squamish and Calgary, and aim to increase the impact of their growing organization. They truly embody our mission of making the world a better place by creating positive and measurable social change.

The amazing women behind The Lipstick Project
The amazing women behind The Lipstick Project


If you would like to be added to the Project Change Foundation Talent Bank, from which we draw expert volunteers for our grant recipients to aid them with strategic tasks such as fundraising, accounting, governance, human resources, marketing, etc., please send me an email directly with some information about your skills on which we can draw.

The Foundation’s connection to the broader community sends an important message to our emerging leaders and change makers: that our organizations and community members are invested in them, care about social and environmental responsibility, and promote these values. Please connect with me if you have ideas for how we can support the work of other change-makers in our communities.


Project Change Foundation Reception


Dear friends and colleagues:

I would like to invite you to our launch party at the Vancouver Convention Center on Wednesday, November 25th, 6 – 8 pm. Join us in celebrating the launch of the Project Change Foundation, a new public foundation and registered charity that invests in emerging Canadian change makers who are endeavouring to make the world a better place.


  • Presentation of our inaugural grant recipient: The Lipstick Project
  • The Hummingbird Trio, a jazz trio featuring the vocal talents of Cindy Dai
  • Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
  • Door prizes and silent auction

Come to reconnect with old friends, and meet some new ones too. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on the event, and to let us know you would like to attend, please click here.


Joe Kelly
Founder, Project Change Foundation

(Entry by donation)

Meet the board of the Project Change Foundation

I’m very pleased to introduce the board of the Project Change Foundation, a new public foundation and registered charity that invests time and money in Canadian change makers who are endeavouring to make the world a better place.

Joining me on the board are the amazingly talented Jessica Bouchard, Gordon Johnson, Robin Turnill, and Holman Wang. Collectively, the group brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in management, operations, human resources, fundraising, media and communications, and legal affairs.

Every year the Foundation will provide financial investments, as well as free advisory support, to help kick-start early-stage community-based organizations in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. For more information, or to apply for support, please click here.

Board of the Project Change Foundation

Jessica Bouchard

Jessica BouchardA creative and resourceful development professional, Jessica Bouchard has enjoyed over a decade of fundraising success in both the public and private sectors. She has worked as senior-level fundraising executive for the largest arts organization in Western Canada; crossed over to the private sector and successfully raised a real estate private equity fund of $120 million; and is currently Campaign Director for Presentation House Gallery’s new facility (the future Polygon Gallery), which has just recently announced its lead gift and future name. Jessica is passionate about raising money for the arts, and is Immediate Past President of Electric Company Theatre and a member of the Fundraising Committee of the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.

Gordon Johnson

Gordon JohnsonAfter 37 years of experience in the Canadian hospitality sector, Gordon has recently embarked on a new career in the seniors housing industry, currently holding the position of Vice President, Operations Western Canada for Revera Living. Gordon held senior roles with Delta Hotels and Resorts over the last 30 years with postings from Halifax to Whistler and many points in between. Most recently, Gordon was Regional Vice President for Delta in British Columbia overseeing multiple hotels across the region and was also the General Manager of the Delta Burnaby Hotel. Gordon has been an active member in industry affairs and has served in leadership roles for various organizations including Tourism Vancouver, most recently as Chair, Tourism Calgary and is a past Director of the Hotel Association of Vancouver and Tourism Burnaby. He has a Bachelor of Hospitality from Vancouver Community College.

Joe Kelly

Joe KellyDr. Joe Kelly is an educator and innovator in environmental and social change for communities, organizations and individuals. He has 20 years of experience providing consulting and advisory services to a wide range of businesses, governments and non-profit organizations. Since 2009, Joe has served on the Faculty of Global and Community Studies at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. He teaches university courses and corporate workshops on how to think and act like a change maker, has authored numerous articles in mainstream media and academic journals, and has presented to audiences around the globe. He holds a doctoral degree in resource and environmental management, and bachelor and master’s degrees in statistics. Personally, Joe is actively involved in community service and has led several volunteer committees and initiatives.

Robin Turnill

Robin TurnillRobin Turnill has 15 years of management and consulting experience in both the public and private sector. She was the previous Chief Operating Officer of Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, and has held a number of senior level Human Resources and Labour Relations roles in her career. She is currently an Instructor in the School of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and owns a private Human Resources consulting practice. Robin serves as a Board Director for four non-profit organizations that include Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, Kids Up Front Foundation, Electric Company Theatre, and BoardVoice. She is the Chair of the Human Resources and Governance Board Committee at Kids Up Front Foundation and the Vice-President of the Electric Company Theatre. Robin has a Master of Human Resources Management from York University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and holds her designation as Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Holman Wang

Holman WangHolman Wang is a former teacher and lawyer. After practicing law for seven years (including five years with Bull, Housser & Tupper), Holman left the legal profession in 2012 to become a full-time children’s book maker. He and his twin brother, Jack, are the authors and illustrators of the popular board book series Cozy Classics, which abridges beloved novels like Pride and Prejudice and Moby Dick into word primers with just 12 words and 12 needle-felted illustrations. The series has been featured in the New York Times, People, The Wall Street Journal, and Parents. Their latest series is Star Wars Epic Yarns, which adapts each film in the original Star Wars trilogy into the Wang brothers’ innovative board book format. Holman currently serves on the board of Boca del Lupo, an innovative Vancouver theatre company. He has a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and a B.Ed., M.A. and J.D. from the University of British Columbia. He speaks frequently about his work and career transition, including talks at Google, Lucasfilm, SXSW, Star Wars Celebration, Maker Faire and Comic-Con.