From guiding a community through change to inspiring a team to perform at the highest levels, leadership takes many forms.
In the Global News and 980 CKNW Leadership Series presented by FortisBC, we speak with some of today’s top leaders about what it takes to make decisions and set priorities that impact the lives of others.
We find out what qualities are needed to inspire and what challenges all leaders face.
This year’s hosts are Chris Gailus, Neetu Garcha, Michael Newman and Simi Sara.
Join us starting Nov. 6 for the Global News & 980 CKNW Leadership Series presented by FortisBC.
The segments will air on Global on Saturdays, starting Nov. 6 for four weeks at 10:00 a.m.
They will also air on BC1 Sundays, starting Nov. 7 for four weeks at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir
Biography of Kukpi7/Chief Rosanne Casimir
Casimir is a strong, confident Secwépemc woman leading by example as the 14th elected Kukpi7/Chief for Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc. She is honored to be working as the community’s political advocate and to be building on the previous leadership’s initiatives. She looks forward to what the future holds for Tḱemlúps as Chief and Council continue to support membership and develop pride as Tk’emlúpsemc, exercise Title and rights, and build economic security for future generations.
Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir is a political advocate, wife, mother, godmother, grandmother (Key7e), and a proud owner of a Jack Russell.
Professional and academic achievements:
As Chief, Casimir is committed to building a strong and supportive Chief and Council that develops respectful and professional relationships with all internal and external parties. As a team, Chief and Council are focused on a wide range of issues including addressing, Le Estcwéý (“the Missing” children), the 2021 wildfire season, the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the community, creating opportunities and programs that meet the needs of membership, supporting the development of much-needed community infrastructure, creating more economic development opportunities and many more diverse issues that contribute to the overall well-being of the membership. The goal for all Chief and Council is a community that is safer and healthier for future generations.
WATCH: Surrey school superintendent Jordan Tinney on helping others achieve their dreams
Biography of Jordan Tinney
As Superintendent/CEO of Surrey schools, Tinney leads one of Canada’s largest school districts.
For the past 15 years, he has had the great fortune to lead in both the rural and the urban context and has an appreciation for places big and places small.
Remaining active in supporting public education is near and dear to his heart and Tinney enjoys presenting, facilitating and leading conversations about change, organizational cultures and the challenges and joys of leadership.
With a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Ph.D. in Curriculum and as a trained and certified Executive Coach, Tinney believes in supporting and nurturing the people that deliver and lead services and programs in service of learning.
Active on social media and enjoying his passion for writing through his blog, Tinney believes in sharing as a means to broaden outreach as a way to support all who work and serve in education.
WATCH: Vancouver Whitecaps coach Vanni Sartini on being the best version of yourself
Biography of Vanni Sartini
Vanni Sartini arrived in Vancouver as the Whitecaps FC first-team assistant coach prior to the start of the 2019 Major League Soccer season. Following two years as an assistant, Sartini’s role evolved to lead the club’s full-time Academy program as the director of methodology and U-23’s head coach.
Sartini oversees the implementation of development, training and coach education philosophies used throughout the club.
On Aug. 27, 2021, Sartini was appointed acting head coach of the first team and has led the MLS side to a record of seven wins, four draws and two defeats. The recent form has propelled the ‘Caps up the standing and they are on the verge of qualifying for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2017.
The native of Florence, Italy, was a national coach educator for both the Italian Football Federation from 2010 to 2016, and for the United States Soccer Federation from 2016 to 2018 – the latter of whom he led the U.S. Soccer Pro License Coaching Course, the federation’s highest level of coaching education.
Sartini holds a UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching certification available, and speaks Italian, Spanish, English and is learning Japanese.
As a professional coach, Sartini was head coach of A.S. Mezzana for three seasons, an assistant coach with A.S. Livorno Calcio – whom he helped earn promotion to Serie A – and an assistant coach with S.S.C. Bari. He later worked in opposition analysis for the Italian youth national teams at the U-17, U-19, and U-21 levels.
WATCH: Iskwew Air Founder and CEO Teara Fraser on empowering others to bring their full selves to work
Biography of Teara Fraser
Becoming a pilot was transformational, truly giving this young Métis woman wings. Fraser
is the founder of Iskwew Air – the bridge between traditional air service and the sustainable technology of the future.
She believes that together in this innovative space we will rematriate, reimagine, and rebuild our air transportation system – centering equity, resilience, and sustainability.
As the visionary of the Raven Institute, she is particularly inspired by the RavenSPEAK – Indigenous changemakers visible, masterful, amplified, and connected. Teara is a proud Métis bridge builder.