The BC Chapter salutes Pat Elemans, a valued member of our Executive Committee, taken too soon.
It is with a heavy heart that we must share the news of the passing of Pat Elemans, former Chair of the Victoria branch of the B.C. Chapter. Pat’s courageous battle with cancer ended on March 30, 2020.
In addition to Pat’s tremendous contributions to the ICD, she most recently served as the Assistant Dean of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. She had left the school last summer to receive treatment.
During her tenure as Chair of our Victoria branch, Pat played an instrumental role in growing it to where it is today: A strong and united network of senior corporate leaders committed to building better boards, making better decisions and building a better Canada.
Jennifer Coulson, current Chair of the Victoria branch of the B.C Chapter shared, “Pat was one of the most positive individuals I have ever come across and I was hoping she would be there to mentor me for many years to come. My thoughts go out to her family and all those she touched in her personal and professional life”.
The former Chair and now Past-Chair of the B.C. Chapter, Fiona Macdonald, recounted “No surprise to those of you who know her, Pat was a dream to work with - she oversaw the growth of the Vancouver Island branch into a successful, mature organization, while making it look effortless. She created a highly effective organizational team that will carry on behind her. Her reach extended to the larger ICD organization, and we all benefited from her ideas and or when she moderated sessions in Victoria or Vancouver. Pat was smart, stylish, and a lovely person who was an integral part of the community throughout British Columbia. She leaves with us a legacy of personal commitment, and we all miss her and pray she rests in peace”.
“While we will all miss Pat’s enthusiasm and positive attitude, her legacy of commitment and passion to serve and help others is an example of what we should strive for everyday and make it part of our DNA. Thank you Pat for showing us great leadership. You will be missed but not forgotten,” said Tim Manning, Chair, B.C. Chapter.
Her loss is being felt around the region by organizations and community groups with which she was involved during her 16 years in Victoria.
Pat is survived by her husband, Roman Hahn.