Melissa Sands, CPA, CA

Executive Financial Officer and VP Corporate Finance

Melissa Sands has spent 25 years working with numbers to identify opportunities to make organizations more successful through the development of better financial and management systems. Melissa holds a BA in economics and an MBA. She is a chartered professional accountant and certified financial planner.

As executive financial officer, Melissa leads and directs all aspects of financial management in support of the vision, mission, values and goals of the museum and archives. She provides strategic advice in relation to financial planning, budgeting and forecasting, management of the Royal BC Museum’s financial resources and strategies for the Royal BC Museum’s capital investments. She is the key point of contact with the board of directors with regard to financial and funding arrangements, and reports on financial performance and management issues to the board of directors, CEO and executive, Treasury Board and other stakeholders. She also holds the position of corporate secretary to the board of directors.

Melissa and her husband returned from a four year adventure in Singapore in 2015 where she was director of Finance and Operations for a large retail company. Prior roles include chief financial officer with a Victoria business, principal associate with an investment firm and accountant with Price Waterhouse. She brings significant leadership experience and a proven track record of success in achieving measurable outcomes.


Melissa holds a BA in economics and an MBA. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.

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