Ian Boeckh, MA
President and Director
Ian is the President and a Director of the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF), a private family foundation that is dedicated to transforming mental health services. He was appointed President of GBF in June 2016 and had previously held the position of Executive Chair. During Ian’s tenure in senior management positions with the Foundation, he has overseen the development of the strategic plan and has been involved in a number of large-scale projects in integrated youth services, indicators for Canada’s mental health care systems and some major collaboratives in the mental health sector in Canada and internationally.
Ian is also a Director of the Mental Illness Foundation of Quebec, whose mission is to promote mental health and raise awareness through its Partners for Life program, educating secondary school students on how to recognize the signs of mental health problems and how to seek help.
Ian’s career has spanned a number of fields including mental health, natural resource management and policy, economic and financial forecasting, as well as investment management. His professional background is primarily in the area of economics and finance. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and Masters of Economics from the University of British Columbia.
Outside of work, Ian has a passion for outdoor activities including hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and canoe tripping. Ian and his wife, Karen, live in Montreal and are the parents of three young adults.
Robert Boeckh, MA
Western Canada Operations and Director
Rob is the Manager of Operations of Western Canada and a Director of the Graham Boeckh Foundation. He is also the Chief Investment officer for Boeckh Investments. Rob is currently on the Board of the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative and the Victoria Youth Clinic. Previously, he co-wrote the Boeckh Investment Letter, and worked in Resources Management for Parks Canada and the Capital Regional District of Vancouver Island.
Rob lives in Victoria with his wife and two children.
Danielle Kemmer, PhD
Vice President and Executive Director, International ALLIANCE of Mental Health Research Funders
As Vice President, Strategy and Initiatives, Danielle is involved in strategy development and oversees the foundation’s projects and activities.
Danielle joined GBF in 2015, bringing her background in research and research management to the foundation. She holds a Masters in biochemistry from Paris VII and a PhD in functional genomics from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. After pursuing postdoctoral studies at McGill University, Danielle joined Genome Québec where she managed several large-scale genomics projects. In particular, she was the driving force within the organization to better understand the societal context and implications for genomics research.
At GBF, Danielle plays a key role in strengthening the foundation’s relationships within the research community, which is a vital part of GBF’s programs and initiatives. She is also the Executive Director of the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, a collaborative of research funders from around the world with the objective to increase the impact of mental health research funding. Strengthening ties to key stakeholders from around the world, Danielle has been instrumental in contributing to the foundation’s efforts to promote collaboration and unity within the mental health sector, a sector that has been highly fragmented.
Danielle is a socially conscious vegetarian who lives with her husband and two daughters in the Mile End in Montreal.
Elana Ludman, BCom and Masters in Social Policy and Development
Program Director, Youth Mental Health
Elana Ludman is the Program Director, Youth Mental Health. Prior GBF, Elana worked at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where she was the Social Innovation Advisor and Interim National Lead, WellAhead. In these roles, she worked closely with the President to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and advance organizational priorities in child and youth mental health, early childhood development and Indigenous reconciliation.
Before joining the McConnell Foundation, Elana worked at the Canadian Government as a Program Advisor in the Ministry of Employment and Social Development, where she advised on their children and families portfolio and supported non-profit organizations across the country as they scaled their social innovations. Elana has also worked in the community sector, with Habitat for Humanity Argentina as a Field Coordinator, and with Santropol Roulant, a youth-run non-profit organization in Montreal, where she served as the Director of Development and Communications for five years.
In her spare time, Elana sits on the Board of Directors of Apathy is Boring, a national organization looking to engage young people in democracy through art and technology, and the Museum of Jewish Montreal, a local organization re-defining the definition of museums as it looks to engage people across cultures and generations.
Elana holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and a Masters in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics.
William Powell, CA
Bill has been with the Graham Boeckh Foundation since its inception and is also the Chief Financial Officer of Boeckh Investments Inc. Before Boeckh Investments Inc., he spent 16 years as CFO of BCA Research, a financial publishing firm in Montreal. Bill is a chartered accountant (CA), has a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University. He also serves as a financial advisor to the Board of Directors to other private foundations in Montreal.
Gwen manages the day-to-day administrative operations, as well as organizing events for the Foundation. She has extensive experience working in the public and private sector as an Executive Assistant. She also enjoyed her experiences while travelling throughout Canada and the U.S. as a trainer in the retail industry.
Having grown up with an immediate family member who suffered from schizophrenia, Gwen’s commitment and desire to make a meaningful contribution to the Foundation is very personal to her. Knowing that transformational change to the mental health care system will improve the lives of youth today is a great motivator for Gwen.
Gwen enjoys spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Diane Viens, BA
Diane manages communications for GBF and works closely with the Chair and executive.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations at McGill University in Montreal and has worked in human resources, office management and executive offices in the telecommunications and biotechnology industries.
Motivated by discovery, challenge and progress, she finds it inspiring to work for the Foundation as the team works to guide the evolution and raise the bar to improve the standards of access and care for youth with mental ill-health.
Diane has many personal interests including hiking, gardening, theatre, travel, history and, in particular, enjoys spending time with family and friends.