Larry P. Phillips / Chair
Larry Phillips is recently retired from a career in the information technology industry where he established a solid reputation as a business leader and senior practitioner.
He was the Fujitsu Consulting Vice President responsible for sales and service delivery to public and private sector clients in British Columbia. In this capacity he managed the Vancouver and Victoria offices and was a member of regional and national management committees. Larry was also a Partner with Ernst & Young and Regional Consulting Director with the LGS Group. In his consulting years he built a strong practice in strategic planning, project direction and contract administration.
Larry has always had an interest in the art of Bonsai. He is an active member of the Vancouver Island Bonsai Society and Curator of the HCP Bonsai Garden.
He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and a Certified Management Consultant.
Gordon Gunn / Treasurer
Gordon joined the HCP board as Treasurer in 2012. In his professional post, he serves Advisory Services branch of KPMG in Victoria. In this role Gordon works with education and not for profit organizations, as well as branches of federal, provincial and municipal governments. In addition to his credentials in accounting, Gordon sports various certifications in information systems and management.
Gordon currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer for Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society, and as Director for Financial Managment Institute of Canada, Victoria Chapter.
The Chwyl family moved from Calgary to Victoria in 2001 upon Ed’s retirement after 30 years in the oil and gas industry. Ed continues to be involved in the “oilpatch”, serving on four boards: Baytex Energy Corp., Long Run Exploration, US Oil Sands Inc., and Kaisen Energy Corp. While in Calgary, Ed’s volunteer work included serving as chairman of the Petroleum Society, chairman of the Calgary YMCA, and chairing the inaugural capital campaign to build Webber Academy, now ranked as the top private school in Alberta.
Since moving to Victoria, he has served as the chair of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, as president of the Victoria Master Gardening Association, as president of the Holy Cross Catholic Parish, and as a board member of the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific.
He is also an advisor and financial supporter of the Ukrainian Canadian Archives and Museum of Alberta which is currently being built in Edmonton. Ed and Mary have three children, all attending university… at Calgary, Waterloo, and Pale Alto, California. Now that they are empty nesters, Ed and Mary will be adding extensive travel to their schedule.
HCP member and volunteer
Maintains the garden’s irrigation and drainage systems
Helped establish a corporate sponsorship with Westech Irrigation
Recently retired with a background in managing retail stores
Has extensive Board experience including Victoria Home Builders Association and the Rhododendron Society
Board interest: establish corporate sponsorship program
HCP member and volunteer
Helps maintain the herb gardens
Graduate of the HCP’s Pacific Horticulture College (PHC)
Manages her own landscape and garden maintenance business
Board interest: represent the view of students and participate in EducationCommittee
PhD, MPA, BA
Rhordon is a consultant and educator who teaches courses on performance management, strategic planning and management, strategy execution, professional sales, communications, and leadership practices at the University of Victoria.
Rob manages his own landscape business and has a degree in landscape architecture from UBC.
Having hired several graduates of the PHC, he has high regard for the quality of our graduates.
Rob is also on the Board of Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria.
R. J. (Jim) Haskins, ISP, CMC
Jim is a retired Management Consultant with over 35 years experience in both public and private practice. During his career he gained a depth of understanding in the management of professional services firms with a focus on resource allocation and human resource management. In later years his work shifted to increasingly focus on broader HR services as well as workplace conflict resolution and organizational governance.
In addition to holding a designation as a Certified Management Consultant, Jim holds a designation as an Information Systems Professional. He is also the recipient of a number of awards including the Canada Medal.
Jim has always devoted a portion of his time to working with charitable organizations. In addition to serving on a number of private society boards, he was also a long term member of the National Council of Scouts Canada, and a Director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Victoria.
His personal interests include music, art and Bonsai. He is one of the founders of the Bonsai Garden at the HCP and is an active member of the Vancouver Island Bonsai Society.