Dr. Lois Nahirney
President and CEO, dnaPower Inc. and SkinDNA Inc, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Lois Nahirney is passionate about creating a healthier world by helping people take power over their health. As the Founder and CEO of dnaPower, her businesses are revolutionizing preventative healthcare by bringing state of the art DNA information to people to help them make better diet, fitness and health decisions based on their unique genetic makeup.
She has identical twins adopted from Vietnam (one transgendered) which led to a fascination in DNA. She solved years of personal health problems by learning about a simple weakness in her genetic make up, and committed to bring that information to others.
Before becoming a biotech entrepreneur, Lois was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Resources for Teekay Corporation and a senior executive with BC Hydro, WMC, Crystal Decisions and Fletcher Challenge.
Lois has a Doctorate of Business Administration in International Business which involved study in 6 countries and a Master of Business Administration from Ivey. She was a page in the Canadian House of Commons, an international Rotary scholar in New Zealand and an intern in the Prime Minister’s Office in Canada. Lois has extensive board experience and has received her Fellow in Board Governance designation and was selected as a Canada Diversity 50 board candidate.
Lois is also passionate about advancing women in business. She is Co-Chair of We for She, Co-Chair of the Women’s Executive Network and Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, , Former Chair of the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council, and board member of Vietnam Education Society (VES), a family charity that builds schools in Vietnam and sends girls at high-risk of being trafficked to summer camps and school on scholarships.
For her work, Lois has been recognized with awards from Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, BIV Influential Women in Business, YWCA Women of Distinction, BC Business Women of Influence and Canada 150 Community Service. Her family charity, VES, was awarded a Medal of Honour from the Vietnamese Government for its contributions to girls and youth in Vietnam.
Lois is a yoga, travel and hiking enthusiastic, and lives in North Vancouver with her family, dog and cats.