Board of Directors

Board of Directors Elektra Women’s Choir 2018 – 2019 

Paul Knickerbocker – President

Paul has been married for 16 years to his  best friend Sharon Hayles – probably better known than he is  to the Choir Members as Owner of Diane’s Lingerie. Paul has  been an entrepreneur for the majority of his work life – 3 major careers – sporting goods / textiles & apparel / corporate travel – where he is now an Independent Contractor with a global company – Vision Travel Solutions.

Allison Tremblay – Past President 

Allison Tremblay is a labour, employment and human rights lawyer with Victory Square Law Office. Her clients are unions, individual workers, and pension and benefit plans. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. She participates on the Canadian Bar Association’s Pension law committee.  Allison has degrees from the University of British Columbia (LLB) and Simon Fraser University (BA). Outside of work, Allison enjoys singing in Elektra Women’s Choir, hiking and spending time with her partner and their one year old.  

 Holly Kennedy – Vice – President 

Holly is going into her 19th season of singing with Elektra and this will be her 2nd time serving on the Board of Directors.  Holly has been singing since before she could talk and can’t remember a time she wasn’t singing in a choir.  Born and raised on the West Coast Holly works in the beauty industry for a Vancouver based organic skincare company as a Diversion Specialist.  Away from choir Holly is proud auntie to her two nephews and loves to spend time with family and friends.

Danica Kell – Secretary

Currently singing her 6th season with Elektra, Danica Kell has served as Secretary to the Board for the past 2 years.  Danica works as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Development Officer at the University of British Columbia, managing the support of proposals to major federal funding opportunities.  She also serves as Secretary to the Board of the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA) and as a member-at-large for the Surrey Choral Arts Project Society (SCAPS). Almost equal to her passion for choral music, Danica loves travel, and jets out of Vancouver (which she also loves) just as often as her schedule and bank account allows.   

Grace Zheng – Treasurer

Grace brings to Elektra an extensive financial/accounting background. Grace was a Senior Manager at PWC for 13 years, and has recently joined BC Hydro.

Directors at Large

Simone Lemieux 

Simone grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she studied mechanical engineering. She moved to Vancouver in 2015 for a position in BC Hydro, and has been happily living in BC ever since. Finding a musical community in Vancouver was a top priority, and Elektra has been the perfect fit.

 Caitlin Robinson 

Singing in her 9th season with Elektra, Caitlin has also been an active board member since 2011, previously as Secretary and member at large and currently as Vice President. Caitlin is a Senior Business Analyst at TELUS helping lead their customer digital adoption strategy. Outside of work and Elektra she is also actively involved with the Foundation Fighting Blindness and serves on their fundraising committee for their annual fundraiser Comic Vision which has raised $8.4 million for sight-saving research since inception.

Russell Smith

Russell is a Director and Portfolio Manager with Odlum Brown. He is married to Gillian Smith and they have five children.  He has known Elektra for about 14 years. He is a former singer with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir. He has sat on several boards in the Vancouver area and brings with him expertise in the area of governance, among other things. .

Matt Tipping 

Matt Tipping Matt is an IT specialist, focused on networks and security. Until the spring of 2017 he had his own small company, but now he works for a Canadian company, Fully Managed. Matt lives in North Vancouver, where he grew up.