Our People

Paul Latour

Founder & Executive Director
Bio

Paul Latour

Paul is a motivational speaker and the creator of HeroWork, a program that inspires people, communities, and companies to come together and complete modern-day versions of old fashioned barn-raisings.

Paul has produced and directed two one-hour TV broadcast specials on HeroWork projects. He has given keynotes and seminars on community building, leadership, and storytelling for such organizations as Alberta Culture, the Project Management Institute, the BC Ombudsman, Rotary, and Administrators of Volunteer Resources of BC, plus others.

He has also been featured on Global National News, on the front page of the Times Colonist, and the Victoria News, as well as featured in the Globe & Mail.

Lisa Jeffery

Operations Manager
Bio

Lisa Jeffery

Lisa Jeffery is passionate about strengthening communities through mobilization and fun events. Volunteer Board Secretary to the HeroWork Board of Directors since 2015, Lisa's background in human resource, project and administrative management will further add to the team's ability to create positive impact and transformation in communities. Lisa holds diplomas in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. An avid cyclist, runner and Vespa rider, Lisa is the mother of three sons, all of whom are far taller than her now.

Peter Smither

Head of Project Management
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Peter Smither

Peter is the President of Iron Triangle Project Management Inc. This firm focuses on project and portfolio management needs within the construction industry, and also provides broader PM training and consulting.

Peter has 30+ years experience developing and leading Construction, IT and Publishing Projects in both Ontario and British Columbia. Having started in the trenches, Peter supplies a practical hands-on awareness interwoven with his formal education to devise, plan, implement, oversee and close projects efficiently.

His qualification includes:

  • Project Management Professional Certification (PMP)
  • MBA with a Specialty in Project Management (MBA PM)
  • Graduate Diploma in Management (GDM)
  • Certificate in Project Management (CPM)
  • Bachelor Honours, Queens University (BAH)

Board of Directors

Annette Wall

Board Chair
Bio

Annette Wall

Annette has a lengthy career in executive leadership in government and as a management consultant.  She has held position as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ministries of Finance, Health and Labour.  In her work, Annette has and continues to contribute to organizational development, governance, change management and workforce strategies.  She works with a focus on building strong teams, establishing collaborative leadership strategies and fostering strategic relationships, all of which she brings to HeroWork.

In addition to her consulting practice, Annette currently holds a position of Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University and acts as mentor and coach for the Human Resources Management Association.  She holds a masters degree in leadership and professional designations in the human resources field.

Annette has three adult children and three grandsons.  She loves to golf, read, and especially to hike with her puppy, Jackson.

Annette has a passion for collaborative leadership and is dedicated to helping build and promote this through HeroWork.

Morgan Clark

Treasurer
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Morgan Clark

  • Effective and organized accounting professional with extensive experience in public practice servicing a diverse range of clients
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, thrives in complex, dynamic environments
  • Strong technically ‐ accounting, audit, budgeting and information systems
  • Enthusiastic and experienced facilitator – successfully lead multiple course offerings with very positive feedback

Brent Pearce

Vice Chair
Bio

Brent Pearce

Bio coming soon!

Susan Tinker

Director of Communications
Bio

Susan Tinker

Bio coming soon!

Nathan Lang

Director
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Nathan Lang

Nathan Lang grew up in West Africa and South America where he learned the early on the value of community. He works at Hilti as a Technical Account Manager where he supports onsite projects in Victoria enjoying teaching Firestop, Chemical-Mechanical Anchoring and Powder/Gas Actuated courses at VICA & Camosun College. He has previously worked with Tremoco, Abell Group, Jim PattisoICGroup & as a business owner. He currently serves on the boards of ECABC & the BCWACA. Nathan lives in Victoria & is married & blessed with 2 children and 2 grand children.

Marie Graf

Director
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Marie Graf

Marie brings extensive experience in helping organizations (including not-for-profit) use creative and innovative approaches to meet their challenges and opportunities. She has held senior leadership roles in the public sector (Government and Crown Corporations) and in the private sector. Marie’s 35+ years of experience encompass senior management, human resource development, organizational change evolution/ interventions, directing multi-million dollar projects, and supporting/ championing the success of organizations, groups and communities.

In 2004 she was invited to join Royal Roads University as an Associate Faculty. She is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Leadership program; Master of Arts in Global Leadership program; and the School of Communication and Culture. Marie also supervises graduate studies students.

Her volunteer work includes: Greater Victoria Library board member, Canadian Cancer Society (Victoria) volunteer, and Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS) volunteer.

Marie’s mission is to live her life with passion and purpose. She has spent years embodying her mission in everything she does. Marie is excited to be supporting HeroWork.

Cheryl Rowley

Director
Bio

Cheryl Rowley

When Cheryl Rowley left Los Angeles for Victoria in 2011, she was leaving an illustrious, lifelong career in residential and hospitality design. As the principal – and creative director – of the 40-person Cheryl Rowley Design, she had created literally dozens of dazzling hotel interiors for Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Kimpton, Starwood and Four Seasons, and countless equally extraordinary environments for residential clients across the globe. She had won virtually every award her industry offers, and some of them over and over again. So it’s no surprise that, after almost 40 years, she was ready – very ready – for quiet and peace: for cooking, gardening, and walks on Island View beach. She came to live with her husband in the woods of North Saanich, and wound down for a couple of years. Then she started looking. Last fall, in the Times Colonist, Cheryl found what she was looking for. She went to work with Herowork, first in demolition and then in decoration – painting, really – on the Oak Bay project for Threshold. She spent all four weekends at it, much of the time on the floor. And now she’s coming back for more. “I am pleased and proud to be part of this extraordinary organization,” Cheryl said. “I look forward to this next project, and I hope to many more.”