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.

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)

Linda Morrison

Operations Manager
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Linda Morrison

Linda has an extensive background in human resource management with the public sector in AB and BC public sector.  She is most happy solving problems and managing change and is eager to assist HeroWork in developing and designing processes to streamline work flow and program areas.  More important, however, Linda is thrilled to be able to give back to charities in the Greater Victoria area.

Linda holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University, an Event Management Extension Certificate from Mount Royal University and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Camosun College.

Linda was born and raised in Victoria and spent 14 years in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  She is happy to be home where she can spend more time with her nieces and nephews.

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.

Brent Pearce

Vice Chair
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Brent Pearce

Bio coming soon!

Mark Luidzuis

Director
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Mark Liudzius

Mark Liudzius is the Victoria Branch Manager and a Vice President at Kinetic Construction. Starting his career in the construction industry as a bricklayer’s helper, Mark then worked his way through a Carpentry apprenticeship, achieving his Red Seal trade designation in 1986 and graduation from BCIT Building Technology program in 1995. He has been with Kinetic since 1997.

Mark helped develop and implement the Kinetic’s Youth Enhancement Program; he is keenly interested in social change and is actively involved in mentoring and coaching the junior staff members for guidance and career development. He is actively involved in company charity initiatives and promotes staff involvement in various events such as Movember (Prostate Cancer), Canstruction (Mustard Seed Foodbank), and HeroWork. Mark also assists in Kinetic’s annual golf fundraiser event which raises money for various organizations including BC Childrens Hospital, MADD, BC Cancer Society, and others.

In addition to being a member of ASTTBC, Mark is also a LEED Accredited Professional and earned his Gold Seal Certificate in Project Management from the Canadian Construction Association. Mark has been a member of the BC Construction Association’s Construction Innovation Committee since 2011. Earlier this year he also became a member of the Vancouver Island Construction Association’s Standards and Practices Committee, which is currently looking at ways to introduce Social Procurement into the tender process for publicly funded projects. He has recently become a student of LEAN Construction practices.

Deborah Hunt

Treasurer
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Deborah Hunt

Bio coming soon!

Susan Tinker

Director of Communications
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Susan Tinker

Bio coming soon!

Cheryl Rowley

Director
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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.”

Marnie Mitchell

Director
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Marnie Mitchell

Marnie is a strategically-oriented and analytical professional with a successful record of results in association, provincial government and consulting industries.  Throughout her career as CEO of the BC Pharmacy Association and, as an Executive Director within the BC government, she has identified opportunities for new collaborative working arrangements and successfully pursued the development of several inter-industry and inter-provincial collaborations.  As a consultant, she has assisted clients in creating collaborative working relationships with government. 

Marnie has volunteer sector experience as a Chair and Board member of the Mid-Main Community Health Clinic in Vancouver; as Chair and Board member of the Canadian Foundation for Pharmacy; and as a ski instructor for disabled persons with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports.

She holds a BA and MA and incomplete PhD (all but dissertation). Two adult children, currently producing a small crop of grandchildren, and a large lively poodle round out the family scene. 

Graeme Wright

Director
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Graeme Wright

Graeme comes to HeroWork because of the tremendous impact he's seen from Radical Renovations right in the local community. Graeme bring his mix of leadership experience to the board with a background in corporate, not-for-profit, and as an entrepreneur. After 12 years in corporate management, Graeme decided to take apply his experience to the not-for-profit sector, joining the BC SPCA in overseeing the operations of animal shelters here on the west coast, and now brings that not-for-profit experience to HeroWork. Graeme and his wife also own a busy yoga studio in James Bay. Graeme is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads. Graeme and his wife have two boys and he enjoys mountain biking, yoga, triathlons, hiking, camping, and anything soaking up the wonderful west coast lifestyle. Graeme is passionate about leadership, social development and improvement, and building strong, sustainable teams and organizations. 

Lisa Jeffery

Executive Secretary
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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.