Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
of Business Communicators
International AIDS Society
Director, A Love Story
Pacific Northwest Film Festival
Judge’s Award for Directing
Brandy is responsible for overseeing our entire team and ensuring that all deliverables are of the highest standard. Her dynamic leadership style has grown from over seven years of experience in executive management. She is passionate about everything she does, and provides our team with on-the-ground direction, leadership, and innovative vision on every project. Brandy is also known as our in-house fashion analyst and trend spotter: she ensures that no yoga pants are worn to the office. Ever. You are welcome.
Her experience in population health, community non-profits, and the creative field has helped her to identify the need to bring public and population health experts, researchers, and creative minds together under one roof to solve complex problems. This combination ensures that creative solutions are evidence based, and that research problems are approached in a community-driven, creative, and human-centred way. In 2012, she co-founded Be the Change Group to fill the very real need for this approach.
Her expertise is also rooted in more than 15 years of experience in the health, education, and environment sectors, working locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Brandy has provided strategic direction and leadership for clients including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Health Organization, Jhpiego (a Johns Hopkins university affiliate), the BC Emergency Medicine Network, Interior Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control, the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Gulf States Health Policy Center, and Skills and Education Group.
Brandy also has over 20 years of experience in the creative field, including as a professional photographer and an award-winning director, receiving accolades for her work on The 30 30 Campaign. The campaign pieces together the dynamic history of HIV in Vancouver, told by and for those who were there.
In 2009, Brandy founded the Does HIV Look Like Me? International Society, a non-profit organization to work globally to reduce the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. In 2011, Brandy envisioned and led the organization’s innovative implementation of Canada’s first rapid-HIV-screening project in dental settings. In addition, in 2014, when Brandy was contracted by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to serve as the interim executive director of AIDS Vancouver, she restructured the 30-year-old organization to fit within the new HIV model in VCH, which focuses on the shift to HIV treatment-as-prevention strategies.
Brandy graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology.