Anne Giardini, O.C., Q.C.
Simon Fraser University
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Anne Giardini, O.C., Q.C., is a corporate director and Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. She was previously Canadian President of Weyerhaeuser, an international forest products company, after serving Weyerhaeuser's Canadian General Counsel. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and has received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lexpert Zenith Award, the Robert V. A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice and exceptional contributions to the Corporate Counsel bar or community. A former columnist for the National Post, Anne is also the author of two novels and has edited a book of writing advice.
Evi Mustel, CMRP
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Evi Mustel is the co-founder and one of the principals of Mustel Group, a Vancouver-based market and opinion research company. She has over 30 years experience in the research industry. With extensive experience conducting research in virtually every sector of business, Evi has specialized expertise in communications, public affairs, and customer satisfaction research.
Her clients include provincial, regional and municipal governments, federal government agencies, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and business and professional associations. Evi has designed and conducted studies on many of today's most important economic, environmental and social issues.
Vice-Chair and Policy Council Chair
President and CEO
Kryton International Inc.
Senior Partner, Consulting
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Christopher is a Senior Partner and the Regional Team Lead for BDC Advisory in the British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. He has acquired a deep expertise in the SME space, having personally provided 350+ Canadian private companies with management consulting solutions to help them grow, become more efficient and enhance their management capabilities. Christopher now oversees marketplace operations and business development teams for BDC Advisory in the region, transforming it into one of the largest and fastest growing management consulting firms in Greater Vancouver.
Christopher is privileged to have served his country as an Officer in the Canadian Army (Reserve) and was a recipient of the “Top 40 Under 40” award from Business In Vancouver in 2017. He holds an Executive MBA (Corporate Finance) from Queen’s University and attained the Certified Management Accounting designation (now Chartered Professional Accountants), receiving the organization’s “Strategic Excellence Award” in 2010.
Christopher is the first and only student participant from our Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Signature Program to have advanced through the organization to a position on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
Finance and Audit Committee Chair
President and CEO
Pacific Blue Cross
World Trade Centre Committee Chair
Twin Brook Developments Ltd.
Mr. Dhir is a seasoned Sales, Marketing, and Communications Executive who has a passion for challenge & community service. Robin Dhir is President of Twin Brook Developments Ltd. which focuses on the development, construction, and management of real estate. Established in 1999, Twin Brook has holdings and business ventures in Canada, India, and the United States. Simultaneously, Mr. Dhir is a Strategic Advisor with B.C.’s largest Business Law Firm, Fasken Martineau.
In 2015, Robin was elected to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Board of Directors. In 2016, Mr. Dhir was asked to join and was elected to the United Way of the Lower Mainland Board as well. He was appointed by the Minister of International Trade to a Crown Corporation of the BC Government called Forestry Innovation Investment in 2017. Also, in 2017, Robin was appointed to the Board of the Abbotsford Airport Authority by Abbotsford City Council.
In March 2008, Mr. Dhir was named as B.C.’s 100 Most Influential Indo–Canadians by the Vancouver Sun. In December 2011, Robin was selected amongst an accomplished group of Young Professionals by Business in Vancouver as one of BC’s Top 40 Under Forty. In 2013, Darpan Magazine’s Extraordinary Achievement Awards Gala selected Mr. Dhir for the Advancing Philanthropy Category. Also, The Goel Family Charitable Foundation & UBC awarded Robin with the Nehru Humanitarian Award for all of his community and fundraising efforts.
Immediate Past Chair
Robin Silvester, ICD.D
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
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As president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Robin Silvester oversees the federal body responsible for facilitating Canada's trade through the Port of Vancouver, Canada's largest port.
Before joining the port authority in 2009, Robin served as chief executive for the Australian property and facilities management business, United Group Services ANZ. Prior to that, he was a member of the P&O Ports global executive team, with placements in Vancouver, London and Sydney.
Robin is a chartered engineer, Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D, and a graduate of Cambridge University.
Robin serves on a variety of boards and committees, including the Association of Canadian Port Authorities; Greater Vancouver Gateway Council; Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; Western Transportation Advisory Council; Canada West Foundation; and British Columbia Business Council. Robin is also a member of the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders in B.C. focused on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Member at Large
President and Publisher
Business in Vancouver Media Group
Sue joined Business in Vancouver Media Group in January of 2015 as VP of Sales and was promoted to President and Publisher 6 months later. Since that time BIV has doubled their circulation of their weekly business newspaper as well as added 5 new titles to their magazine division that now publishes over 24 titles a year. With the recent addition of an in-house studio, they have added a one-hour live radio news broadcast, weekly podcast as well as their morning slots on Global News. This media company is bucking the trend and in the past year have hired several additional staff members to both their editorial and sales team as well as shown significant growth to their bottom line.
Joining the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade several years ago - Sue now sits on their Executive as well as the Board of Directors. In addition, Sue also is an active member of NABS (National Advertising Benevolent Society) and has chaired their Golf Committee for the past 5 years.
Mary Anne Davidson
President and CEO
Iain Black, ICD.D
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Iain Black, ICD.D
Iain Black has lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade since October 2011. Over these five years, the iconic 130-year-old organization has experienced a modern renaissance, with dramatic membership growth and a rediscovered relevancy for 21st-century business, government and thought leaders. Prior to the Board, Iain spent 15 years in the technology and new economy sectors, culminating in increasingly complex CEO assignments in both private and publicly-traded companies. He then pursued a lifelong passion of public service, successfully seeking election twice to the provincial legislature (in 2005 and 2009), where he was appointed minister in three different cabinet portfolios.
2017-18 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rita Andreone Q.C.
Lawson Lundell LLP
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Ms. Andreone is the Lawson Lundell LLP firm Chair and a Corporate, Investment and Governance Senior Partner. She is published, quoted and nationally recognized as a lawyer for large and small businesses, international private equity investments, governance, and she has deep experience in asset/investment management, hospitality, travel and mining. Her broad director experience also specifically includes internet registry governance, insurance oversight, risk and enterprise resource management, talent management, government relations and strategic planning. She was born and resides with her family in Greater Vancouver and has a long history of community and professional service.
Kim Baird O.C.
Kim Baird Strategic Consulting
Barbara Brink C.M., O.B.C.
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Barbara was the founder, Chair and CEO and driving force behind the creation of Science World. She currently sits on the Boards of CPABC, Junior Achievement of BC, Architectural Institute of BC and the West Vancouver Community Centres Society which she founded and chaired. She is Co-Chair of the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Cabinet. She Chaired the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, 2 year Chair of the United Way Campaign, founder of Leadership Vancouver, and Vice Chair of the Laurier Institution. She was on the Board of Legal Services Society and the West Vancouver Police Board. She is a consultant in Governance.
Brent is currently Chair of the Board of Boyden Canada, one of the largest and leading executive search firms in Canada, with five offices and over 120 professionals across the country conducting critical executive placements from coast to coast. Globally, Boyden includes 70 offices in 40 countries, with Canada among the top three largest countries within the Boyden network. 4
Since 2014, Brent has served as Managing Partner of Boyden's Vancouver office. With a team of 30, the Vancouver office has been servicing clients in Western Canada for 47 years, conducting CEO and executive level recruitments for public sector, private sector, and not for profit clients.
Brent is currently a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet, which raises millions of dollars annually to support over 300,000 people in the Lower Mainland. He is also a Board Member of the Take a Hike Foundation, an alternative education program that engages at-risk youth in BC. He is a past Board member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the UBC Alumni Association.
Export Ventures Group
Alice Chen is the CEO of Export Ventures Group, an agency regarded as the authority on international trade and finance with the Greater China Region. EVG's portfolio of companies share a common theme of "innovating and optimizing the distribution of goods, services and capital" honoring her a place among 'Business in Vancouver's Top 40 under 40' in 2013.
Alice joined PwC's China Business Network in 2015 as a deal advisor originating and structuring M&A transactions which facilitates the flow of capital in a globalized economy.
She is also a Board Director of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and a Member of its Policy Council. The Vice Chair of the GVBOT Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative, Mentoring through the Minerva Foundation and YMCA, Delivering keynote addresses to Professional Women's Network and SUCCESS.
"I had many people who helped me and I just want to pay it forward."
Neal Cormack is Stantec's Regional Leader for British Columbia responsible for the operation, management and leadership with over 800 staff in 10 offices across B.C. Neal has been with Stantec for 15 years and has been in his current role for just over a year prior to which he was the Manager for Transportation in Alberta for 7 years. Neal's background includes international experience in both the Consulting and Construction industries, providing design and construction expertise for a variety of infrastructure projects. In the community, Neal's volunteer roles include coaching youth rugby for the Capilano Rugby Club in North Vancouver.
Bennett Jones LLP
Radha Curpen is the Vancouver Managing Partner and co-Chair of the Bennet Jones' Aboriginal law practice. She has deep experience in regulatory compliance, and crisis prevention and management, including the transportation of dangerous goods by all means of transportation, the defence of environmental litigation, and the avoidance and defence of environmental related prosecutions. She negotiates with regulatory authorities and Aboriginal communities on project developments and approvals. She manages and advises on contaminated site issues in several jurisdictions in North America and the environmental assessment process and advises on environmental issues in commercial transactions in Canada and the United States. She advises on Business Sustainability.
She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for the Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility course. She is called in British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba and is admitted to the New York Bar. She practises in both English & French. Recognized as one of Canada's leading environmental lawyers by The Best Lawyers in Canada, as a leading practitioner in environmental law by The Best Lawyers in America, in environmental law by Chambers Global and recognized among Canada's leading energy lawyers by Lexpert®.
Ms. Dauphinee is managing director of the Fiore Group of Companies, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies, focussing on food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, with a proven track record in natural resources. She serves as director of Pure Freedom YYOGA Wellness Inc., Alter Eco Americas, Great Ontario Food Company, VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, CKNW Orphan’s Fund, the Radcliffe Foundation, and TELUS Science World Chairman’s Committee. From 2001 to 2011 she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of the Province of British Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
David Garofalo was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp in February 2016. Prior to joining Goldcorp, David was President, CEO and Director of Hudbay since July 2010. Before joining Hudbay, David served as Senior Vice President, Finance and CFO with Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (1998–2010). David was named Canada's CFO of the Year by Financial Executives International Canada (2009) and Top Gun CFO by Brendan Wood International (2009 and 2010) and was recognized by IR Magazine with awards for Best Investor Relations by a CFO (2009 and 2010) and Best Investor Relations by a CEO (2011). A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Comm.), David is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).
LaSalle College Vancouver Yaletown
Peter Higgins is currently the President and Chocolate Scientist with Purdys Chocolatier, Canada's leading Chocolatier that started in Vancouver in 1907.
Peter started with Purdys in 1998 as the GM of Manufacturing and Distribution and has had a series of progressive responsibilities since then, transitioning to Chief Operating Officer in 2007 and to President in 2012. Peter has brought much operational effectiveness to Purdys combined with a relentless focus on exceeding Customer expectations and experience at all times. At the heart of Peter's leadership expertise is his success in leading teams and ensuring that a "people first" culture thrives at Purdys Chocolatier, while customers know Purdys for the highest quality chocolate and the highest quality service.
Purdys is recognized today as Canada's leading Chocolatier due to Peter's leadership focus on invention and creation in all areas of the business. Furthermore, he has made Purdys a leader in Cocoa Sustainability, transitioning Purdys to 100% Sustainable Cocoa since 2014 which in turn impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of cocoa farmers in developing countries throughout the world.
Some of the Boards Peter has been a part of through his career are the BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) 2004-2014, the Confectioners Manufacturing Association of Canada (CMAC) 2007-2012, the Retail Council of Canada as Director 2012-2014 and as part of the Executive Committee, as Treasurer, from 2014 – present.
Peter has been an active part of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2013 and has also been active as a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce over the past several years.
Mark Hoag, CPA, CA
Mark Hoag, CPA, CA, is a Partner with MNP's Private Enterprise group in Vancouver with a focus on working with owner-operated businesses.
Mark works extensively with clients who have expanded internationally and has assisted on projects that include succession planning in multigenerational business operations. He has experience serving clients across Canada and internationally and has worked in Vancouver, Ottawa, and London, England.
In addition to the GVBOT, Mark is on the board of the Women's Enterprise Centre. He is also involved with youth soccer with the Vancouver Athletic Football.
Mr. Hoff is Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Ledcor, an employee-owned construction, resource, and transportation company HQed in Vancouver with operations across North America.
He previously served as Senior Director, Provincial Government Relations, Western Canada for Bell Canada / Mobility, and as CIBC's Regional Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Western Canada.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hoff held the posts of Executive Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board and Policy Advisor, Asia, Africa and Development to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Active in community circles, he currently serves on the boards of VIA Rail Canada and the Jack Webster Foundation.
Concord Pacific Developments Ltd.
Michael leads the British Columbia sales organization for Commercial Accounts. His team focuses on delivering technology based solutions to clients enabling them to grow through effective communication and collaboration.
In a competitive industry, Michael's priority is to build an advantage through the development of what he believes is TELUS' largest asset: its people and culture. Michael's passion for technology and innovation is superseded only by his passion for developing his team members. He believes in instilling an entrepreneurial spirit within his team, and measures his own success as a leader by how many team members he inspires to unlock their true potential and achieve success previously not thought possible.
Michael lives by TELUS' philosophy to Give Where You Live, and when he isn't cheering on his kids at a soccer game, hiking in the local mountains, or hitting the ski hills, he can be found helping others achieve their goals. Currently, Michael is an active supporter of BC Children's Hospital and the Langley Youth Soccer Association. He serves as a board member for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs; the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade; and Junior Achievement British Columbia.
Sarah McCullough is a communications professional with more than two decades of experience in British Columbia's natural gas sector.
Most recently she served as director of external affairs and communications for Spectra Energy's Canadian LNG business, responsible for development of natural gas infrastructure investment opportunities related to liquefied natural gas in Western Canada, as well as development of strategies to address market, regulatory, and stakeholder risks associated with potential LNG projects. Prior to assuming this role, Sarah served as director of government relations for Spectra Energy Transmission's Western Canadian operations, responsible for leading the organization's government relations and climate change functions. Sarah has significant experience in communications and stakeholder outreach, policy development, advocacy strategy and execution, and local and Aboriginal supply chain inclusion.
Jessica served as President and CEO of BC Hydro from July 2014 to July 2017, overseeing one of the largest utilities in Canada, with 6,000 employees, over $5.8 billion in revenue, providing 98% clean energy and the third lowest rates in North America.
As part of a new focus on customer service and employee engagement, Jessica led a brand, vision, and values refresh resulting in the company being named in 2016 as the #1 most influential brand in BC, as well by Forbes as Canada's #1 employer.
Jessica has been named to Canada's 40 Under 40™, 35 most influential women in B.C., and Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women.
Patricia Mohr is the former Vice-President, Economics & Commodity Market Specialist at Scotiabank's Executive Offices in Toronto. Ms. Mohr worked closely with Corporate and Investment Banking – including the Mining, Oil & Gas and Forest Products teams – and with Global Risk Management, preparing the commodity price forecasts for credit adjudication at The Bank.
Ms. Mohr developed the 'Scotiabank Commodity Price Index' – the first index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. Pat is a frequent speaker at international conferences such as 'China Mining 2015' in Tianjin, the International 'Gold & Silver Symposium' in Lima, Peru, PDAC in Toronto and the Platts' 'Crude Oil Markets Conference' in Houston. Pat has spoken many times to the annual forest products conventions of COFI and the Maritime Lumber Bureau.
Ms. Mohr has a passionate interest in furthering Canada's international trade, as a Director on the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Pat has also recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Avalon Advanced Materials, a Canadian mining company serving industrial clients with lithium, tin and specialty metals. Ms. Mohr is a Director of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) – channelling public funds into leading-edge R&D for GHG mitigation. Reducing the carbon footprint of the Alberta oil sands, and securing Alberta's economic success in a lower carbon world are key objectives.
The Next Big Thing
An award-winning serial entrepreneur, speaker, and strategic advisor, Meredith Powell is committed deeply to championing diversity in leadership and technology.
Meredith has built three companies in the fashion industry, launched B2B marketplace Shopthefloor.com, and created a charity to benefit young entrepreneurs called The Next Big Thing. Currently, she is an active growth advisor to global innovators through her firm, Powell & Company, including Leavetown.com, Slyce.it, and artificial intelligence fintech Finn.ai.
Meredith is Startup Canada's 2016 National award winner for promoting entrepreneurship, BC Business Magazine's "Top 35 Most Influential Women", and a two-time YWCA Women of Distinction nominee.
Elise Rees, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Elise Rees, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D is a retired partner of Ernst & Young LLP, and is a strategic senior executive with over 35 years' experience advising clients on finances and tax, specializing in mergers and acquisitions for the last 14 years. She is a trusted business advisor and was recognized as a 2015 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. As a partner in Big 4 focused on the transaction world, Elise advised Boards and senior management on complex issues for Global Corporations as well as Private Equity and Sovereign Wealth Funds. She has advised clients on Risk and Risk Management Strategies as well as a senior client service partner for global businesses.
Elise is now an independent director serving as Chair of EasyPark, Parking Corporation of Vancouver; and as a director of Enmax Corporation, an Albertan power utility, Great Panther Silver, an international mining company and Westland Insurance Group, an insurance brokerage with a property and casualty insurance subsidiary. She has served in various roles with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade including Secretary-Treasurer.
Vancouver Airport Authority
Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), is the driving force behind YVR, known for its innovative approach, forward-looking strategy and exceptional customer care. His strong aviation background spans diverse roles at home and abroad as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, pivotal roles at YVR and CEO positions with Vantage Airport Group at six airports in three countries.
Since rejoining YVR as President & CEO, Craig has overseen the airport's vision to become a world-class sustainable connecting hub linking Asia to the Americas. Craig leads a dedicated team to deliver an amazing airport experience focused on safety, efficiency and comfort.
Under Craig's leadership, YVR has grown at one of the fastest rates in Canada—having welcomed a record 22.3 million passengers in 2016. YVR was voted YVR Best Airport in North America for a record eight consecutive years at the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Lorne Segal, O.B.C.
Kingswood Properties Ltd.
RBC Royal Bank
Todd Shewfelt is Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services with RBC Royal Bank. He is responsible for leadership and direction of B.C.’s team of Commercial Bankers serving business clients from 16 centres across the region. Clients include mid-sized private and public companies from all industries that are based in B.C.
Todd has been with RBC for 14 years, and during his banking career, has held a number of leadership positions covering a broad range of customer markets. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in many local community organizations and boards.
Ernst & Young LLP
Bruce is a Partner and the BC Private Client Services Tax Leader for EY. He has been practicing for over 25 years and has been a partner for 13 years. He has considerable experience advising Boards and Senior Executives on a range of issues including succession planning, governance, estate and trust planning.
Bruce works with a wide range of diversified private businesses and has experience engaging in proactive tax planning for companies in Canada and globally. Bruce has considerable experience managing the myriad of issues associated with family business.
In addition to bringing substantial technical and leadership skills to the overall direction of his mandates, Bruce is a trusted advisor to his high net worth clients on cross-border tax issues.
SAP Labs Canada
Kirsten Sutton has more than 20 years’ experience in the technology industry and currently holds the roles of managing director of SAP Labs Canada and global head of engineering for SAP Jam. As managing director, Kirsten is responsible for inspiring innovation within the 2700-strong Canadian development organization, managing SAP’s four research and development hubs across Canada. As head of engineering for SAP Jam, Kirsten leads a global team of 100 developers to deliver cutting edge cloud collaboration software to more than 34 million users worldwide. Kirsten holds degrees in linguistics and creative writing and is a certified chef, two skills that lend to her artistic and creative flair she brings to the technology industry.
Taymor Industries Ltd.
Vivian Zalkow is actively involved in the leadership of the Zalkow Group of Companies. As CEO of Taymor Industries, where the principal ownership of the company by the Zalkow family dates back to 1948, she has played a pivotal role in positioning the company as a leader in the decorative hardware industry in North America. The founding values of continuous learning, collaboration, and innovation continue today, ensuring the sustainability and success of the company.
Vivian’s additional involvement, in other integral entities in the Zalkow Group of Companies, includes Mason Investments, a diversified real estate management company, Norco Bicycles, a leading brand of high-performance bikes and accessories, and the Zalkow Foundation, established to support medical advancements and community. In alignment with the values of the Zalkow Group and grateful for the expertise obtained as an FCPA, Vivian is personally committed to contributing her time to several Boards and committees, currently including the GVBOT and YPO.