Co-Chairs of the Board
Jill Guthrie, CPA, CA & SFU graduate, was an Owner/Partner of Renaissance Group Chartered Professional Accountants Ltd. and then moved to a part-time consulting position with the firm about five years ago.
Jill worked in public practice advising mainly professional clients and smaller/medium owner managed businesses for about 30 years coordinating their financial reporting, tax and cash flow short-term and long-term planning throughout their lives.
Jill was also a volunteer Council Member for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and spent 7 years on their Practice Review and Licensing Committee.
Having focused on starting and building a 25 person CPA firm and mentoring new CPA’s entering the profession, Jill is looking forward to the role of Treasurer at Seva Canada and helping the Society use their limited resources to achieve their mission.
Marty Spencer, M.D.
Martin (Marty) Spencer got his medical degree from the University of Chicago and his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Western Ontario. He is currently in private practice in Nanaimo specializing in cataract and intraocular lens surgery.
Marty has volunteered with Seva for many years in India, Nepal, Tibetan Areas of China, China, Madagascar, Malawi, Cambodia, and Guatemala. He has also designed several instruments for cataract surgery, as well as two intraocular lenses.
He has published and lectured extensively on topics related to cataract surgery, particularly in low-income countries. Marty is the recipient of many awards including the Governor General's Sovereign Medal for Volunteers (2016), Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development (1997), the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award (1999) and the Achievement Award of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (2004).
Aside from his three daughters, Marty’s interests include photography, cinema, reading, ultimate frisbee, running, snowboarding and windsurfing.
Glen is a Senior Portfolio Manager with BMO Nesbitt Burns. He provides investment management to executives and business owners. He was inspired to become involved with Seva Canada by his cousin who had volunteered for years as an ophthalmologist.
Glen was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Vancouver as a child. He has been married to his wife Jackie since 2002 and together they are raising three young children.
Kanya Adam teaches at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Political Science. Her work focuses on Transitional Justice and Peacemaking in Divided Societies. She completed her doctoral degree at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University and her B.A. In International Relations at the University of British Columbia. Her work has focused on The Politics of Redress, Human Rights and Comparative Truth Commissions.
Her childhood and formative years were spent travelling and living in various divided societies: South Africa, Egypt, Germany and France. Living and studying in South Africa in particular, witnessing the effects of apartheid laws on her mother’s family and the black community there, had a great impact and imparted in her a life-long desire to work in the field of human rights and social justice.
She is the Past President and Chair of MOSAIC, a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time on Pender Island in the garden and on the water with her two daughters and family.
Paul Courtright is a Founder of the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) and a professor at the University of Cape Town.
Paul Courtright and his wife, Dr. Susan Lewallen, established the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology in Moshi, Tanzania in 2001 and lived there until 2012, spending the next 4 years in Cape Town, South Africa. He handed over the reins of KCCO to Dr. Robert Geneau in 2016.
He started work in the eye care field in 1979 as a Peace Corps volunteer working with leprosy patients in South Korea. After completing his Masters (1984) and Doctorate (1988) he has worked in Egypt and Ethiopia (1 year each), Malawi (4 years), Tanzania (11 years) and South Africa (4 years).
He and his wife moved to San Diego, into a life of semi-retirement (depends upon whom you talk to) in 2016. Currently, as a consultant, he is the Trachoma Technical Lead for Sightsavers' trachoma elimination programmes in 9 countries in Africa. He is the Assistant Editor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology and has published 250 scientific articles and book chapters. He was the recipient (with his wife) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Blindness Prevention Award (2008), the Premio Vision Mundi de Lucha Contra la Cuguera (2011), and the Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award (for KCCO in 2015).
Paul and Susan have two sons, Jim and Tom, both of whom have spent the last 3 years working in Africa or the South Pacific. Paul has been working with Seva Canada since the mid-1990s, at that time to design the Tibet Eye Care Assessment. He has been an avid fan of Seva Canada for many reasons, including the professional way in which Seva Canada approaches its engagement, the willingness to respond to needs identified in the field, and the willingness to invest in new ideas, new areas, and new people.
David Fine, M.D.
David Fine is a comprehensive eye physician and surgeon who has been in private practice since 2003 serving the communities of Delta and North Vancouver.
After graduating from McGill in 1991, he spent two years travelling and working abroad. He found that his travel experiences in some of the more remote parts of the world were the most inspiring and interesting, but also heartbreaking due to the poor health of the inhabitants of these areas. This led David to pursue a career in international health. He obtained a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and graduated from UBC medical school in 1998. It was during his Master's degree that he went to Aravind Eye Hospital to perform an epidemiologic study on ocular trauma. This experience encouraged David to become an ophthalmologist and he completed his residency in ophthalmology at UBC in 2003.
He provides outreach clinics to many northern communities in British Columbia that do not have a resident ophthalmologist and enjoys volunteering in other countries and providing training to many Seva-sponsored programs.
In his spare time, he enjoys open water swimming, hiking with his sheepadoodle on the north shore, and spending time with his wife and two year old son.
Sasipriya (Sashi), currently works as a consultant at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), a unit of Aravind Eye Care System in Madurai, India (anchors a three year consulting project involving five eye hospitals from Sub Saharan Africa). She served as a consultant for Seva Foundation, USA and Alina Vision, a Singapore based for-profit organization with a mandate to promote affordable eye care models in emerging markets. Prior to that, Sashi worked at LAICO for 16 years. During her tenure at Aravind, she was involved in various projects including tele-ophthalmology, pediatric eye care, human resource development, and primary eye care services. She also led LAICO's consultancy division for a decade and contributed to implementing four funded consultancy projects that benefitted at least 50 eye hospitals from India and other developing countries.
For Sashi, volunteering on a not-for-profit board like Seva Canada is a natural extension of her beliefs in giving back to the community. In her spare time, Sashi likes to study history, dabble in photography and is an amateur trekker who is planning to scale Ladakh in the future.
During the past 25 years, Neil has followed his passion for working in organization development and leadership support initiatives, some of which have been in India, Vietnam, Nepal and Thailand.
Originally from Ontario before being lured west by the rivers and mountains, Neil holds a BA in political science from University of Toronto, MA in Experiential Curriculum from University of Northern Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Organization Change and Leadership from the University of Oregon.
Neil is now living in Lantzville on Vancouver Island with his wife Deidre, and balances outdoor pursuits with his consulting company Pacific Leadership Design, research in professional learning communities and teaching summer graduate studies in Organizational Change.