Board of Directors

Alexia Jones


Alexia launched Alexia Jones HR/LR Consulting in 2019 where she develops partnerships and collaboration between managers, union representatives, employees and other stakeholders in order to strategize successful approaches to complex labour relations issues and implement creative solutions to workplace problems. Alexia has worked in HR/LR in both the public and private sectors for over 20 years.

Outside of work, Alexia is an avid fan of reading and in particular loves Canadian literature. The book club that Alexia belongs to is over 10 years strong and have often been heard to describe themselves as a wine club with a reading problem.

Kyla Epstein


Kyla Epstein lives with her child on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples also known as Vancouver, BC. Kyla is thrilled to be serving on the VWF board and co-chairing the Equity & Justice Committee.

As the Member Engagement Officer for the BCIT Faculty & Staff Association Kyla works to support people who are working every day for high-quality, applied, public post-secondary education.

Kyla is an active volunteer having served on many boards and most recently was a member of the City of Vancouver Civic Asset Naming Committee, a Director with the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), a past Chair of Vancouver Public Library, and has been a BCLTA library trustee governance trainer since 2018. Kyla currently serves on the Vancouver Writers Festival board, is an active member of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for her child’s school, and in 2017 she was selected to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC).

Robert McLean


As an investment advisor and portfolio manager with Richardson GMP, Robert provides access to a comprehensive range of services to help build and protect wealth. Specializing in charitable giving strategies, he works with families, corporations and foundations to enhance their philanthropic legacy.

Robert is heavily involved with educating youth on the topics of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility. Through seminars, classroom presentations and mentorship opportunities, he looks to engage with students in classrooms and lecture halls around British Columbia.

Actively supporting local sports and charities, you can often find Robert at fundraisers and community events throughout the greater Vancouver area. Robert has a tendency towards reading non-fiction but occasionally dips into his wife’s library of classical literature and modern fiction. He proudly founded the Vancouver Club’s Literary Society.

Holman Wang


Holman Wang is a lawyer who also finds time to make children’s books. He and his brother, Jack, are the twin powers behind the board book series Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns, which abridge literary and cinematic classics into just 12 words and 12 needle-felted images.

In 2015, they created a Google Doodle celebrating Laura Ingalls Wilder. Their unique artwork has been exhibited around the world, including at The Original Art exhibition in New York (Society of Illustrators), the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and the National Museum of Play.

Hurriya Burney

Hurriya Burney is a full-time banker and a part-time blogger. As Vice President – Commercial Banking, at RBC, Hurriya, along with her team, is committed to supporting the growth of small and mid-sized local businesses. Outside of work, Hurriya enjoys mentoring early-career professionals and sharing insights on leadership, careers, and diversity on her blog on Hurriya holds an MBA in Finance from the University of British Columbia.

Natascha Kiernan

Natascha Kiernan is an experienced independent director who currently serves on several public, private and non-profit boards. She is also the principal and founder of Bellevue Strategic Advisory, which advises clients on the negotiation and structuring of major corporate transactions.

Natascha previously practiced corporate law for approximately 15 years and held senior positions at several major international law firms in both New York and London. Prior to relocating to Vancouver with her family, she was a Counsel in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where she represented corporations, financial institutions and international governments in mergers and acquisitions, complex debt and equity financings and other strategic transactions.

Natascha holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Victoria, where she studied Creative Writing and English Literature. Despite pursuing a busy corporate career, she has always maintained her love of writing and literature and she is passionate about creating opportunities for those of all ages to engage with writers and the written word.

Tracy Rogers

Tracy has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember, happily reading anything and everything, and is thrilled to join the Vancouver Writer’s Fest Board.  Her love of literature propelled her to complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, but as a realist, Tracy knew she did not have the creative chops it takes to actually write a novel, so she turned her mind towards business where she has worked at the executive level in Human Resources for the past twenty plus years.

Currently, Tracy is Vice-President, Human Resources for the McLean Group of Companies, leading and developing all HR strategy and initiatives for their diverse  business portfolio including:  Vancouver Film Studios, Blackcomb Helicopters, Signal Communications, Pacific Backlot Services, Blanca Realty, and Harbour Landing Construction.  Prior to joining the McLean Group: worked as HR Director, Western Canada for Unisource, a publicly held Fortune 500 Company. Handled 1500 employees including unions across Western Canada, as well as highly involved in HR strategy within the U.S., and Mexico. Other previous work includes consulting and mentor leadership.

In addition to her B.A., Tracy holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, post-graduate Diploma in HR Management from BCIT, and a Chartered Professional Human Resources designation.

Amanda Ross

Amanda Ross is a longtime Contributing Editor of both Vancouver magazine and Western Living magazine, as well as former Contributing Editor of enRoute magazine and Avenue magazine.

As a veteran of the magazine world, she’s been Editor-in-Chief of various publication (Deckchair, HomeSpa) and continues to freelance for myriad publications including the Globe and Mail, Travel + Leisure, Relais & Chateaux, Chatelaine and BCBusiness. She’s a keen Jane Austen devotee thanks to a Masters in 19th-century British Literature, but she’s equally as passionate about travel and design.

Nisha Sikka

Nisha lives on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam peoples, also known as Vancouver, BC, with her husband and two cats. Nisha is a lawyer at Donovan & Company where she represents First Nation clients on a variety of matters. Nisha obtained her J.D. from the University of Alberta and her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Simon Fraser University.

Outside of work, Nisha is an active volunteer. She is the legislative liaison for the Canadian Bar Association’s Aboriginal law section (B.C. Branch) and volunteers as Duty Counsel for a variety of Amici Curaie’s free legal clinics. Nisha loves literature, travel and photography.