Our Board

Peter Mortifee (Chair)

Peter is a founder of the Somerset Foundation and has been its Chair since its inception in 2001. Their mission is “to support social innovation and service”. Through Somerset, he engages with social purpose organizations where his input and interest relates primarily to organizational governance, structure, strategic policy and finance. He is a member of the global Ashoka Support Network and is inspired by social entrepreneurship.
His former career was as a specialist medical doctor. Quite simply, he is passionate about Pivot’s work and has been involved in one way or another with supporting Pivot since 2002. He resumed the role of Chair of the Pivot Foundation in 2015 because he believes that Pivot’s impactful trajectory is bold, timely, and achievable.
Rock on…

Lucy Zhang (Treasurer)

Lucy Zhang joined the Pivot Foundation board as treasurer in 2016.  She brings a wealth of finance experience to her role on the Pivot Foundation board.  Lucy moved to Victoria from China to pursue an MBA.  She continued her studies to become an accountant and is now a registered CPA.  Lucy is very proud of her Chinese heritage and enjoys travelling back to her home city of Suzhou. Lucy is also a proud Canadian, having become a citizen in 2008.  Lucy enjoys spending her time with friends, her partner, and especially her puppy, Tofu.

Susan Adams

Susan Adams is a retired lawyer. Having lived in Strathcona for over 20 years, she has seen the challenges faced by those living on the margins in the DTES. She joined the Pivot Foundation Board because she is passionate about how Pivot uses the law so successfully to create a more just and equitable society. Susan is part of a private sponsorship group of a Syrian family and volunteers as a teaching assistant at MOSAIC. 

When not cheering the Pivot Foundation on, Susan enjoys working out at the Y, watching her cat Sweet Pea chase flies, and postponing her renovation.

Don Rosenbloom

Don Rosenbloom is a retired Vancouver lawyer who had an extensive background as a civil litigator, having handled historic legal cases involving aboriginal, environmental, civil rights, and constitutional matters. He represented the National Association of Japanese Canadians regarding the redress settlement for that community’s WWII internment.

Concerning environmental litigation, he was the lawyer on a number of major BC court decisions, and was legal counsel to the David Suzuki Foundation for 20 years. Don was junior counsel on the historic SCC Nisga’a aboriginal rights case in 1971. He has appeared before Canadian Parliamentary Committees and a U.S. Congressional Committee. More recently he represented the Government of Poland at the Braidwood Taser Inquiry, and has appeared at a number of other royal commissions.

He has sat on many boards concerning the arts, environment, children’s health, and sports. He was a founding director of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Bid Corporation. Don taught as an adjunct professor at the UBC Law School for 20 years.

Ed Levy

Ed first became deeply impressed with Pivot when he attended an event at Hollyhock in the early 2000s. In addition to previously serving on the Pivot Foundation Board and working with a family foundation, ILLAHIE, since 2000 he has served on a number of boards including BC Civil Liberties Association, Tides Canada, Lawyer’s Rights Watch (Canada), Neal Squire Society, Oncolytics Biotech, WelTel, and Lund Harbour Board.

Prior to retiring in 2002, Ed taught philosophy of science at UBC and then joined the biotechnology company, QLT, which developed the first medical treatment for macular degeneration, an eye condition that is one of the leading causes of blindness. Ed and his wife Julia divide their time between Vancouver and Lund, BC.