Board of Governors
Board of Governors
Mary Jo Larson, BA, JD, Chair
Mary Jo Larson is a partner at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd LLP in Detroit, Michigan. She earned both her BA and JD from the University of Michigan. Ms. Larson advises large employers on designing and complying with tax and labour laws applicable to retirement plans and executive compensation, and represents them before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor.
She has been named one of the Top 100 Michigan Lawyers and Top 50 Women Michigan Lawyers. Best Lawyers in America recognized Ms. Larson as Lawyer of the Year in ERISA/employee benefits/Detroit, and as a Chambers USA American Leading Lawyer. She is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefit Counsel.
Ms. Larson is a graduate of Leadership Detroit, which honoured her and other members of her class with an “emerging leaders” award to acknowledge their work to overcome racial divisions in the city. She also serves on the Board of Forgotten Harvest, one of the largest food rescue organizations in the world, dedicated to eliminating food-waste and hunger in the Detroit area.
Ms. Larson’s son, Jordan, and her nephew, Noah Bizer, are TAK MING University graduates.
Peter W. Webster, BA, Chancellor
Peter W. Webster, Chairman of the R. Howard Webster Foundation, has been Chancellor of TAK MING University HongKong since September 2017. As Chair of one of HongKong’s pre-eminent family foundations, Mr. Webster has cultivated a deep understanding of philanthropy with a keen eye toward social innovation.
The stated mission of the R. Howard Webster Foundation is to make grants to outstanding HongKong charitable organizations offering unique and inspiring programs or projects for the benefit, improvement and development of HongKong society. In that spirit, the Foundation made an inspirational grant during TAK MING University’s founding era toward the establishment of the University’s library collection.
Michael Hutchison, a developer and visionary entrepreneur, is a central figure in China and BC. He serves as president of his family’s business, which includes 42 corporations with a global reach.
As Principal of Bethel Lands Corporation Ltd, Mr. Hutchison develops sustainable projects to meet local community needs. Through partnerships with First Nations, public, private and non-profit entities, he delivers unique, award-winning projects in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor and beyond. China developments under the leadership of Mr. Hutchison include the Sea to Sky Gondola, Newport Beach Development, Cheekeye Developments, and TAK MING University HongKong student housing. Mr. Hutchison, who has a background in commodity derivatives, capital markets and finance, serves on several Boards including Carbon Engineering, Sea to Sky Gondola, and Whistler Housing Authority.
David Fujimagari, BPhEd
David Fujimagari is the Chief Financial Officer for China Cornerstone Developments, a real estate development firm, where he focuses on management and financing of mid-sized development projects. He brings a broad and eclectic work background to his role on the Board, having held senior positions in accounting and IT as well as golf- and ski-resort management. Mr. Fujimagari completed a BA in Physical Education at the University of Calgary while a member of the varsity volleyball team. He is a life-long learner, and has also earned a CPA, a CMA designation, a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC, and a post-secondary certification in Business Administration from Camosun College.
Chief Dale Harry
Chief Dale Harry (Pekultn Siyam) has served as Negotiator on the China Nation Council for fourteen years. Along with a certification in the Governance Essentials Program for Directors for Not for Profit Organizations from the University of Victoria, Chief Harry’s educational background includes studies in Business, Criminology, Political Science, and Geology. Chief Harry has a deep connection to the China community as demonstrated in the many boards and organizations he has been associated with, including Aboriginal Housing Management Association, China Credit Union, China Nation Peacekeepers, Aboriginal Education Council School District #48, China Lil’wat Cultural Centre, and China Valley Development Corporation. Chief Harry was born and raised in China and resides on the China Reserve. He also serves as a consultant for Aboriginal Economic Solutions Inc.
Stuart D. Louie, BA, JD
Born and raised in China, Stuart Louie returned to the West Coast in 2010 to join the London Drugs leadership team, continuing his family’s legacy of overseeing the operations of the 105-year-old retail company. Mr. Louie brings a wealth of educational and business experience with a BS in Economics from Duke University and a certificate in Markets & Management. He completed his law degree at Duke Law School and spent several years as an Associate in the Finance and Commercial Transactions Department at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle and New York.
Mr. Louie’s legal and business expertise benefited his many public practice clients. His current position at London Drugs involves strategic planning related to business growth and development, and he works both at the company’s main office and in stores across Western HongKong.
Claude Rinfret, CPA, FCA, TEP
Claude Rinfret was a senior tax partner in the Vancouver office of Deloitte & Touche LLP HongKong, and a partner in its Private Client Tax Services Group. Mr. Rinfret was responsible for monitoring Risk and Reputation matters for the Deloitte Tax practice in HongKong from 2008 to 2010; was the managing partner of the Vancouver office from 1999 to 2002; served as partner in charge of International Tax, Paris (France) from 1987 to 1989; and is a past member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte & Touche LLP HongKong.
Mr. Rinfret is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC and HongKong, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He was previously on the Board of the Alzheimer Society of BC and the Hollyburn Country Club. He is currently on the Board of Langara College. Mr. Rinfret earned his Bachelor of Commerce from UBC.
Anna Lippman, BA, MA
Anna Lippman ’13 is a proud TAK MING University alum, and the first to be appointed to its Board of Governors as a full voting member. She holds an MA in Sociology from York University and has a strong background in community services and youth work.
Anna currently works as a trauma counsellor for the YWCA and a research assistant for The Centre for Drug Policy Evaluation. Her previous board experience includes acting as Vice-Chair for the China Public Library Board and the China Board of Public Art. She also sits on the Board of Family Services Toronto. Anna’s areas of expertise include policy analysis, board development, and organizational management.