Advisory Panel

  • John Appleby

    John Appleby

    John has been involved with Honour House since the outset, serving on the board as director and treasurer through its formative years and into its fifth year in operation. He stepped down in early 2013 when he retired and moved to Duncan, BC.

    He is a former Victoria stockbroker and business development consultant. In 1990, he moved to Vancouver where he later founded a company specializing in the design and development of a high speed freight transfer system. In addition to this he was the president of a number of community organizations including the Delta Chamber of Commerce and Trails BC, where he was heavily involved in the development of the Trans Canada Trail. He still chairs the Advisory Board for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainability, Infrastructure and Transportation Economics at the School of Business of the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

    John spent over thirty years as an army reservist, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, having served as the Commanding Officer of 11 Victoria Service Battalion and in the appointment of Senior Staff Officer (Administration), British Columbia District.

    In addition to the board of Honour House, he has served on the boards of a number of military support organizations including: as president, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Regimental Association; as president, the British Columbia Veterans’ Commemorative Association; as first vice president, the Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver; and as a member of the City of Vancouver Remembrance Day Observance Committee.

  • michael

    Michael Flanigan

    Michael Flanigan is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Urban Land Economics and Finance. For the past twenty years, he has specialized in real estate development in the Vancouver Lower Mainland and has been extensively involved in over three billion dollars of commercial and residential mixed-use projects in the Greater Vancouver marketplace.

    In 2001, after five years as Director of Leasing and Vice President for Hong Kong based Henderson Development (Canada) Ltd., Michael joined the City of Vancouver as the Deputy Director of Real Estate Services.In 2006, Mr. Flanigan took over as Director of Real Estate Services and is responsible for the strategic planning and financial management of the City’s $3.2 billion Property Endowment Fund.

    Additionally, he currently oversees a number of the City’s major real estate interests including the anchor block redevelopment of the Woodward’s Project in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the East Fraser Lands project (a 116 acre new mixed use community consisting of over 5,000 new residential homes and a neighborhood shopping centre), the City’s new Federal Office complex downtown, and has worked closely with the SEFC Project Office on developing the Olympic Village in South East False Creek.

    Michael is also extensively involved in Community Planning and Financing Vancouver’s growth. Working closely with Vancouver’s development community, he is committed to maximizing the delivery of community amenities, park space, public infrastructure, childcare service, and heritage building retention while commensurately facilitating economically successful real estate developments for the private sector. Michael is also proud to promote the City’s Green Capital agenda and is committed to the City’s goal of ending Vancouver street homelessness by 2015.

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    Victor Coroy

    LCOL (Retired), CD

    Vic is a retired army officer with a career spanning 39 years of regular and reserve force service in Canada and in Europe.

    He served as an artillery officer and military pilot. At senior levels his duties involved planning for  national and international joint and combined military operations and as the Canadian representative on several NATO assignments.

    On leaving the army, he was the CEO of a consulting firm where he worked on several National Defence Headquarters studies as well as military information management projects for Defence Research Establishments. His consulting career also included a number of assignments with private sector agencies and businesses.

    He is the past Executive Director of the Conference of Defence Associations and the CDA Institute, formerly a Director of the Atlantic Council of Canada, National VP Canadian NATO Defence College Association, VP Air OP Pilots’ Association, a former member of the Board of Governors, Commissionaires BC and is the Past President of Royal United Services Institute of Vancouver.

  • walter

    Walter Francl


    As Principal of Walter Francl Architecture Inc., Walter brings to our team extensive experience in providing design and project management leadership on a variety of complex civic projects. Walter has over 25 years experience as an Architect and Structural Engineer.

    He combines conceptual design ability with project management skills and technical expertise. Walter has been active within the profession, serving on numerous professional committees.

    He is a Past President of the Architect’s Institute of British Columbia, and has in the past and is again currently serving on the Vancouver Urban Design Panel and Development Permit Board. He has also been an advisory member of the Development Permit Board.

  • jake

    John (Jake) C. Kerr

    CM, OBC, LL.D

    Currently Managing Director of Lignum Forest Products and the Managing Partner of the Vancouver Canadians baseball team, Kerr has been involved with many charitable and cultural organizations, including the Vancouver Foundation for a number of years, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee.

    With a distinguished career in the forest industry and a commitment to community involvement, Jake’s many contributions have been recognized with the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

  • debbie

    Debbie Lepore

    BBA, CA

    Debbie is a native of British Columbia with a passionate love for the outdoors. Debbie worked as a Chartered Accountant for Price Waterhouse Coopers where she became team leader for Dreams Take Flight, an organization dedicated to providing a trip of a lifetime to 125 disabled or socially challenged children.

    After the horrific attack on her fiancé, Captain Trevor Green, Ms. Lepore dedicated her full time and energy to be Trevor’s advocate and to spearhead his recovery.

    Debbie and Trevor reside in Nanaimo with their daughter Grace and are writing a book to share their story of hope and survival.

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    Don Vandervoort


    Don VanderwebDon has been involved in the Construction Industry for 50 – plus years of the non-residential sector having held a number of roles in business and the Vancouver Construction Association.  These include Past Chairman of the board of Directors and the Life Member Committee.  Don is currently involved on the Project Review Committee for the annual awards recognition.  Recently has received the LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for his service to the Construction Industry.

    Don was born and raised in British Columbia & served with the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada retiring as a Sergeant.  He is also Past President of the Regimental Association, thus providing additional valuable background and understanding of the requirements of this position and individuals who will benefit.