Executive Director & Chief Empowerment Officer: Matthew Smedley
Rev. Matthew Smedley currently serves as the Executive Director & Chief Empowerment Officer of Mission Possible in Vancouver, BC. Since 2007, Matt has helped Mission Possible transition its programming from offering basic street-level care to being a leading community economic development organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Matt has served as a pastor in the inner city and has over 5 years of experience working in the construction trades. He holds a graduate certificate from SFU in Community Economic Development, has done coursework in theology and sociology, and has a B.S. from Cairn University.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife, daughter, three sons and a cat.
Board of Directors
Kris Alexander was raised in North Vancouver, and currently resides in Gastown where he has lived for 8 years. In 2012 he opened the Imperial with a couple of friends, located on the corner of Main & Hastings. Aside from the Imperial, Kris owns a family business in the renovation/construction field, Long Life Windows and Doors, specializing in windows and door replacement and installation.
Jason Evanow was born and raised in North Vancouver BC. Shortly after getting married Jason decided to partner with his brother in the family business. After joining the business Jason found an environment with great potential and enjoyed the challenging industry Pacific Restaurant Supply was rooted in. Jason is currently the CEO and part owner of Pacific Restaurant Supply. He is rooted in East Vancouver, working in the heart of Strathcona.
Jonathan Gibson is a CPA at Loewen Kruse, a local firm that specializes in tax planning for mid-sized businesses and charity audits. Previously, he worked at World Vision's US headquarters. and while there, he worked with the major donor development team on their first $500 million capital campaign.
Helen Jackson is the Sales Manager for bulk packaging at Norseman Inc. in Langley. Having spent almost 20 years with the company, she is proud of the relationships she has built with her colleagues and customers. Helen’s volunteer experience spans 30 years. She has worked at several shelters and raises funds for the Children’s Hospital, Jaaja Barb’s House of Angels and the MS Society. For the past 10 years she has led a group of dedicated volunteers cook a fabulous five course meal at a Sunday Night Community Dinner in Surrey. Helen resides in Langley.
Maksim Mihic was appointed General Manager, DP World (Canada) Inc. He brings with him over 20 years of marine terminal experience specializing in operations, process improvements, equipment design and acquisition, and project management. Maksim joined DP World in 1996 as an Electrical Engineer, assuming senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including Director, Container Operations. Prior to joining DP World, he worked in the electric power industry as a System Control Engineer and was a member of a research team for Western Canada studying the link between electric power lines and leukemia. He is currently a member of the WESTAC Board of Directors, serving on the Executive Committee. Maksim lives in Vancouver with his wife Jovanka and their three children: Aleksandar, Anastasija, and Stefan.
Pam Ryan is president of Lucent Quay Consulting Inc., a Vancouver-based communications and engagement firm dedicated to creating superior, supported outcomes. Pam has more than 25 years’ experience in transforming the transportation landscape of Vancouver and the lower mainland. She was drawn to Mission Possible because she believes that supporting meaningful work for all is key to Vancouver’s continued resiliency as a community, and because she particularly appreciates MP’s commitment to inclusion and celebrating diversity in delivering on its mission.
James Struthers is a corporate, commercial and real estate lawyer at Miller Titerle + Company, a business and Indigenous law boutique operating in BC since 2009. He primarily works with small to medium sized businesses, non-profit organizations and Indigenous groups regarding corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate access rights, transactions and development, governance and public funding matters. James is a board member of the British Columbia Civil Discourse Society, the President of the BGuiled Debate Society, a semi-retired singer-songwriter and a terrible golfer (though he’ll still challenge you to a game of skins). James has been a board member since January, 2020, and is excited to support Mission Possible in its provision of transitionary, dignified employment to one of Canada’s most underserved populations, and in its effort to improve the character of and sense of community in the DTES, and to bridge the gap between charity and commerce.