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The Invest Vancouver Board is comprised of leaders from a cross section of the region:

  • Metro Vancouver Directors
  • Academic Institutions
  • Agriculture
  • Board of Trade and Chambers of Commerce
  • Business
  • Community Organizations
  • First Nations
  • Industry Associations
  • Labour
  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority & Vancouver Airport Authority



Chair, Metro Vancouver Board and Councillor, City of Burnaby1Chair, Metro Vancouver Board and Councillor, City of BurnabySavDhaliwalChair<div class="ExternalClass72042E31E5A446B2B90138289DDDB1F3"><ul><li>​Sav Dhaliwal was elected Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board in November 2018, prior to which he served as a Board Director for 10 years. He has been a Councillor at the City of Burnaby since 2002.</li><li>Sav has served as President of the Union of B.C. Municipalities and Lower Mainland Local Government Association and worked with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as the Chair of the Standing Committee for Municipal Finance as well as Infrastructure and Transportation Policy.</li><li>Prior to local politics, Sav enjoyed a long career in the private sector working in information technology at TELUS.</li><li>He served not-for-profit organizations in Burnaby, including the Burnaby Minor Hockey Association, Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame Committee, New Vista Society and the Burnaby Lions Club.</li><li>Sav was recognized by the Government of Canada, the University of British Columbia, the Goel Family Charitable Foundation, the Fiji Association of British Columbia, and the Chetna Association of Canada for his outstanding services to the Community.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Board and Mayor, City of North Vancouver2Vice Chair, Metro Vancouver Board and Mayor, City of North VancouverLindaBuchananVice Chair<div class="ExternalClass3ED443B01CEC4218899E90AFF496DF01"><ul><li>Mayor Buchanan, an exceptional leader, a collaborator, and a strong advocate for the community, was elected Vice Chair of the Metro Vancouver Board in 2018. She is also the Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Finance and Intergovernment Committee.</li><li>Mayor Buchanan envisions making the City of North Vancouver “The Healthiest Small City in the World” and is a strong supporter of improving quality of living for residents, focusing on programs and services, public spaces, arts and culture, and infrastructure that makes the city a “people place”. </li><li>Mayor Buchanan is the principle author of the North Shore Child and Family Friendly Charter, and as City Councillor championed the creation of the Child, Youth and Family Municipal Strategy, and the Dementia Friendly Action Plan.</li><li>Previously, as School Trustee, Mayor Buchanan played a leadership role in the revitalization of the City of North Vancouver’s schools, notably the successful restoration of Ridgeway Elementary, a significant heritage building.</li><li>During her long career in nursing, she provided preventative health services working with the Squamish Nation, worked in schools and community clinics, and delivered health promotion to children, youth, and families.</li><li>Mayor Buchanan graduated from UBC with Honors and attributes her parents with instilling in her the importance of family, community, and an understanding of the diverse people who live here.</li></ul> <br> </div><br>,

 Management Board



President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade7President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Vancouver Board of TradeBridgitteAndersonBoT/CoC<div class="ExternalClassEB833C8BFC08458B8CC335058225C778"><ul><li>Bridgitte is the first woman to lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in its 133-year history. Her focus is on building a more competitive and sustainable economy while evolving the Board's programs to foster a more diverse and inclusive region.<br></li><li>She came to GVBoT from Edelman, a global public relations firm, where she led the Vancouver office, the city’s largest communications agency.<br></li><li>Bridgitte’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of disciplines, including business, communications, government, and public policy. </li><li>She served as Press Secretary to Premier Gordon Campbell, leading communications during the 2009 BC election and the 2010 Winter Olympics. </li><li>Bridgitte holds the ICD.D designation from ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and an IAP2 Certification in Public Participation.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Secretary-Treasurer, New Westminster & District Labour Council19Secretary-Treasurer, New Westminster & District Labour CouncilJanetAndrewsLabour<div class="ExternalClassDEE83D6C534749CEA9CF3CB866C87C4E"><ul><li>Janet is the full-time Secretary-Treasurer of the New Westminster & District Labour Council, which represents over 60,000 union members in 14 municipalities in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. </li><li>A member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union Local Lodge 764, Janet has served on her Local’s Executive Board, as both Women’s and Political Action Committee Chairperson, on Bargaining Committees, and as Chief Steward of her bargaining unit. </li><li>Janet is currently serving as one of the Metro Vancouver region labour council representatives on the BC Federation of Labour Executive Council and is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. </li><li>She has a BA in Classical Studies as well as a MA in Classical Archaeology from UBC.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Chair of the Board, Coast Capital Savings10Chair of the Board, Coast Capital SavingsRobertArmstrongBusiness<div class="ExternalClass45E190BBF6CC4C90A7F4932CFD837F3E"><ul><li>Bob is Board Chair of Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union. He also serves on the boards of the Armstrong Hospitality Group (owner of the Rocky Mountaineer) and Ballet BC, and is involved in board and advisory roles with several community organizations and non-profits.</li><li>Prior to focusing his energies on board and advisory work, Bob spent much of his career with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, serving in senior executive positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Strategic Development Officer. Before that, Bob worked at Teekay shipping, Cannell Production Services, and KPMG.</li><li>Bob is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and obtained his ICD.D accreditation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Owner, Kim Baird Strategic Consulting15Owner, Kim Baird Strategic ConsultingKimBairdFirst Nations<div class="ExternalClass33213AFED7464624BE618C4D6F622616"><ul><li>Kim is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and offers First Nation related and strategic advice to industry, government, and First Nations. </li><li>Kim was the Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for over 13 years. During this time, she negotiated and implemented British Columbia’s first urban treaty, replacing the Indian Act with self-governance for her community. </li><li>Kim has served on several Boards including BC Hydro, Canada Infrastructure Bank, Vancouver Board of Trade, Canada Public Policy Forum, and Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation. </li><li>Kim will become the third Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in October. </li><li> Kim is a member of both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.</li></ul></div><br>,
Mayor, District of West Vancouver23Mayor, District of West VancouverMary-AnnBoothMetro Directors<div class="ExternalClass52D3E142EB274C5CA16E35CACC74BB7F"><ul><li>Elected in 2018, Mary-Ann brings a decade of experience in municipal government, serving on the West Vancouver District Council since 2011. </li><li>Mary-Ann is on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors, is the Chair of the Indigenous Relations Committee, and serves on the Finance and Intergovernment Committee and the Mayors Committee. </li><li>Mary-Ann was a school trustee from 2005 to 2011 with the West Vancouver Board of Education, which she chaired in the last three years. </li><li>Mary-Ann practiced law for almost 20 years, including positions as a civil litigator, business law lecturer, provincial crown prosecutor, and in-house counsel. She holds both Commerce and Law degrees from UBC. </li><li>Mary-Ann is driven by a desire to make her community as livable, vibrant, and inclusive as it can be.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Councillor, City of Vancouver22Councillor, City of VancouverChristineBoyleMetro Directors<div class="ExternalClass71B7BD6ED969437585B1F9AB32B07B78"><ul><li>Christine was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2018. She is also a Metro Vancouver Director, and sits on Metro Vancouver’s Indigenous Relations Committee.</li><li>As an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, Christine was part of leading national efforts within the United Church to divest its funds from fossil fuels. She travelled to the Vatican for events around the release of Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and the economy as well as participating in the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris as a civil society delegate.</li><li>Christine has worked to support progressive local governance and led strategic communications at the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance where she contributed to the development of GreenJobs BC. She has also spent many years in front-line social service roles at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and at Grandview Uuqinak’uuh Elementary School in East Vancouver.</li><li>Christine has a BSc. in Global Resource Systems, with a focus on Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies, from UBC and a MA in Religious Leadership for Social Change from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.</li><li>Christine is passionate about tackling inequality, contributing to climate solutions, dismantling systemic racism, and deepening democratic engagement.</li></ul></div><br>,
Chief Executive Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.14Chief Executive Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.QueenieChooCommunity Organizations<div class="ExternalClass626A701BB45C4151B3BA08211D44297B"><ul><li>As CEO for one of the largest non-profit organizations in Canada, Queenie leads innovative social service programs in the areas of newcomer settlement, English-language training, employment and entrepreneurship, family, youth and seniors programming, community development, affordable housing, and seniors care.<br></li><li>In March 2020, she was appointed by BC Premier John Horgan to serve on the Provincial Economic Recovery Task Force, involving provincial leaders which will guide the province to ensure that the economic response to COVID-19 is effective and responsive to the needs of British Columbians.</li><li>Queenie has been an active volunteer throughout Canada, serving on the Canadian Armed Forces' Joint Task Force Pacific Advisory Council on Diversity, OMNI (TV) Pacific Advisory Council, the BC Premier's Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee, and appointed by the Minister of National Defence as an Honorary Naval Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy.<br></li><li><span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif;">In 2021, Queenie is named as one of the BIV BC 500 – the most influential business leaders in British Columbia.</span><br></li><li>Queenie completed her Master of Nursing degree at the University of Alberta, and has been bestowed with the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award. She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award. In 2016, Queenie was recognized by BC Business as one of the province's 35 most influential women.</li></ul></div><br>,
Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University3Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser UniversityJoanneCurryAcademic Institutions<div class="ExternalClass367C92E1726A47A7801C309476FED81B"><div><ul><li>Joanne Curry has made a career of advancing higher education locally, provincially, and nationally, and connecting the university with business and community. Her leadership in establishing SFU’s Surrey campus in 2002 and helping to create SFU’s new vision of the engaged university has improved the university’s capacity to enhance the social and economic well-being of BC communities.</li><li>As Vice-President External Relations and member of the University's senior leadership team, Joanne plays a strategic role in engaging with stakeholders and raising the profile of the University. She is the institutional lead for community engagement and accountable for government relations, communications and marketing, and ceremonies and events. She also has oversight for the Vancouver and Surrey campuses, SFU Art Galleries, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit, SFU Public Square, and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.</li><li>Joanne is currently a member of several boards and committees including the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association and the Burnaby Board of Trade (including its Business COVID-19 Recovery Task Force). She has served on the Board of Community Living BC, the Regional Prosperity Initiative Advisory Group, and Surrey Board of Trade. She has been a member of SFU’s Aboriginal Reconciliation Council.</li><li>Joanne holds a Doctorate of Business, Bath University, UK; a Masters of Business Administration from SFU; and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) with Distinction from the University of Manitoba. She was also awarded an honorary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her area of research has been on the role of a university in regional economic development.</li></ul></div><p> <br> </p></div><br>,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Richberry Group6President and Chief Executive Officer, Richberry GroupPeterDhillonAgriculture<div class="ExternalClass4579BFDCE88B430485A780760E31C28D"><ul><li>Peter is CEO and Chairman of the Richberry Group of Companies, an agribusiness enterprise with operations in British Columbia and Quebec. The Richberry Group are one of Ocean Spray Cranberries' largest shareholders and suppliers. Peter is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Spray Cranberries Ltd. </li><li> Peter was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada where he is Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee. </li><li>Peter recently chaired the B.C. Government’s Food Security Task Force that had the goal of producing more food in the province and reducing waste through the better use of technology and innovation.</li><li>In terms of past achievements, Peter has served as Vice Chairman of British Columbia Ferry Corporation, Vice Chairman of Agriculture Land Commission as well as on the Boards of Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Vancouver Airport Authority, Simon Fraser University, and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundations. </li><li>Peter was also on the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee Board as Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation Board. </li><li>Peter holds a BA degree in History from UBC and a L.L.B. with honours from the University of Leeds and later received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the same institution.<br><br><br></li></ul></div><br>,
Principal at PWF Consulting 20Principal at PWF Consulting PaulFaoroLabour<div class="ExternalClass6C4D014C552449638A0AF3A4B0D906B3"><ul><li>Paul is the past President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees - a British Columbia Division representing over 100,000 members providing public services in BC. <br></li><li>Over his career Paul has held numerous elected positions at all levels within CUPE and the broader labour movement. <br></li><li>Paul has recently started his own consulting firm providing strategic guidance on complex labour relations matters, employment issues, stakeholder relations, and political affairs.<br></li></ul></div>,
Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British Columbia8Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of British ColumbiaJockFinlaysonBoT/CoC<div class="ExternalClass9BF4C9C2C0454DC6A57D7DDED6BA496B"><ul><li>Jock directs the Business Council’s work on economic, fiscal, tax, environmental, regulatory, and human capital issues of interest to the province’s business community. </li><li>Jock also sits on the Boards of GenomeBC, the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, and Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. He is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council. In 2019, he was appointed by the BC and federal governments as a member of the Expert Panel on Housing Supply and Affordability. </li><li>In the past, Jock was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada and served on the National Statistics Council, the principal advisory body to the Chief Statistician of Canada, and on the boards of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, the Canada West Foundation, and the B.C. Innovation Council. </li><li>He is a past president of both the Association of Professional Economists of B.C. and the Ottawa Economics Association. </li><li>Jock holds a master’s degree from Yale University, an undergraduate and MA from UBC, and a post-graduate diploma in economics from the University of London. Jock is a Fellow of Royal Roads University and received an honorary doctorate from the same.</li></ul></div><br>,
Former President, Invest Vancouver30Former President, Invest VancouverDavidFlaks<div class="ExternalClass18DD50B5346C42389CC6438DBCCF6C6F"><p></p><ul style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:7pt;font-family:"segoe ui";font-size:9.75pt;"><li>​David Flaks has devoted the last decade of his professional career to economic development and, more specifically, to helping build an economy that serves and strengthens all communities, and that works for and uplifts all residents.</li><li>Prior to leading Invest Vancouver as President (January 2021 through June 2022), David served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Southern California’s premier economic development leadership organization. In this role, he leveraged and brought together the capabilities of the LAEDC’s mission-delivery department areas into a single powerful and collaborative force, integrating expert economic research and applied analysis teams with a highly effective “idea to export” capacity building program, along with the public policy, advocacy and message delivery systems.</li><li>Prior to that, David held the position of LAEDC Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Initiatives where he implemented the first-ever, consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in L.A. County, and helped shape legislation and policies on key economic development issues.</li><li>Prior to the LAEDC, David served as Communications Director for the Democratic nominee in a US Congressional race, and previous to that, served as President of David Flaks Capital, a DC-based financial advisory services firm, which helped arrange for the placement of more than $102M in equity and debt securities for medical technology companies.</li><li>David received a B.S. in Philosophy with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, his J.D. from American University, Cum Laude, and graduated as Valedictorian from the George Washington University with a M.A. in Political Management.</li></ul></div>,
Dean, UBC Sauder School of Business; Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy, UBC4Dean, UBC Sauder School of Business; Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy, UBCRobert W.HelsleyAcademic Institutions<div class="ExternalClassA02A1DDC487E484ABCFC86A8998B3481"><ul><li>Under Robert’s leadership, the UBC Sauder School has seen its research profile strengthened, introduced innovative new programs and experiences for students, increased diversity and transparency in governance, developed innovative cross-campus collaborations, and expanded the school’s global partnerships. During his tenure, the school has become a key driver of innovation and entrepreneurship both at UBC and in the larger community.<br></li><li>Prior to becoming Dean, Robert served as Senior Associate Dean, Faculty and Research, Director of the UBC Centre for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and Chair of the Urban Land Economics division. Before coming to UBC, he served at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley as a Professor and Chair in Real Estate Development, and was a co-chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. </li><li>Robert has published widely in the areas of urban and public economics, real estate, and public policy and has held a variety of editorial positions, including serving as co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics. </li><li> He earned his Masters and PhD degrees in Economics at Princeton University, and a BS in Economics with honours and Mathematics at the University of Oregon.</li></ul></div><br>,
District 3 Director, United Steelworkers21District 3 Director, United SteelworkersStephenHuntLabour<div class="ExternalClass2F72D9AA8C0E47F4B3DC8047C776A304"><ul><li>Stephen serves as the elected District 3 Director of the United Steelworkers that represents 45,000 members across western and northern Canada and brings his experience in different sectors, including copper, coal, potash, and forest products industries to the negotiating table. </li><li>Steve has served on numerous national, provincial, and international bodies concerning workplace health and safety and mining, including serving six years as the lone workers’ representative on the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia. He currently serves as mining co-chair of IndustriAll, a global union federation representing 50 million workers in 140 countries. </li><li>Steve is an advocate for the safety and human rights for all workers, including for the rights of Temporary Foreign Workers and championing the union’s “Stop the Killing” campaign. </li><li>Steve holds a charter director designation from McMaster University’s DeGroote Business School and the Conference Board of Canada.</li></ul></div><br>,
Chief Executive Officer, Foresight11Chief Executive Officer, ForesightJeanetteJacksonBusiness<div class="ExternalClass78DD8467565943ECB2354F013F7D7598"><ul><li>Jeanette Jackson, a multi-award winning sustainability champion, leads Foresight, a cleantech ecosystem accelerator empowering entrepreneurs and energizing a world-class cleantech industry across Canada.</li><li>At Foresight, Jeanette has spearheaded programs and advisory work, which have now helped over 500 entrepreneurial companies, generated over $250M in funding, and created over 5,000 jobs.</li><li>A successful entrepreneur across multiple industries, Jeanette has secured millions in investment dollars, project funding and revenue, led cross-functional teams, and developed innovative programs for entrepreneurs, industry, and investors.</li><li>Jeanette believes that collaboration is a critical success factor to large-scale transformation, and is leading ground-breaking pan-Canada sector engagement projects to align Canada’s long-term economic, social, and environmental goals.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
President, North Shore Studios and Mammoth Studios17President, North Shore Studios and Mammoth StudiosPeterLeitchIndustry Associations<div class="ExternalClass88E0EF842A6C4B5A820CF851EB7CC7B6"><ul><li>Peter is the President of North Shore Studios and Mammoth Studios and Chair of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA) of B.C.<br></li><li>Peter is the Vice Chair of BlueShore Financial Board and a member of the Board of Governors of the B.C. Business Council. In the past, he has been the Chair of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and on the B.C. Chamber of Commerce Board. He has served on Canada Revenue Agency’s Small Business Advisory Committee and Film Advisory Committee.<br></li><li>Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He successfully completed his ICD.D course from the Institute of Corporate Directors. </li><li>Peter was honoured with a fellowship by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C., a Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, and an honorary doctorate degree from Capilano University.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Council Member, Squamish Nation Council16Council Member, Squamish Nation CouncilChrisLewisFirst Nations<div class="ExternalClass64B01807431543EC94189D0725DB8673"><ul><li>The Ancestral Name of Chris Lewis is Syeta’xtn. </li><li>Chris was elected to his third consecutive four-year term as a member of the Squamish Nation Council. As one of two Spokespersons for the Nation, Councillor Lewis is currently focusing on the following areas: Rights and Title and Intergovernmental Relations; Education; Economic Development; Governance; Planning and Capital Projects; and Fisheries and access to our aquatic resources. </li><li>Syeta’xtn is honored to chair the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors as well as serve on the Boards of the N’chakay Development Corporation, MST Employment and Training Society, and the Coho Society of the North Shore. </li><li>Previously, Chris was a founding Board member of the MST Development Corporation and worked for many years at the national and provincial level for the BC Assembly of First Nations focusing on First Nations advocacy and policy. </li><li>Raised by his grandparents, Chris was encouraged to learn the traditional ways of the land as well as further his academic education. Along with traditional teachings, Chris obtained a BA in Geography and Planning, with a minor in First Nations Studies from SFU.</li></ul></div><br>,
Owner and President, Mustel Group12Owner and President, Mustel GroupEviMustelBusiness<div class="ExternalClassC188373597434A0D9F99B7A5490D8F0C"><ul><li>Owner of Mustel Group, a Vancouver-based market and opinion research company, Evi has over 30 years of experience in designing and conducting research.</li><li>Evi is Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Policy Council and was Chair of the 2018 Economic Scorecard Committee.</li><li>Evi serves as Director for Shato Holdings (owners of White Spot), International Women’s Forum (IWF), 58 West Hastings (a joint partnership between City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Chinatown Foundation).</li><li>In the past, she has served as director of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, YMCA, and Easy Park.</li><li>Evi is a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional (CAIP) and holds a BA with honours degree from McMaster University.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Deputy Minister, Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation31Deputy Minister, Jobs, Economic Recovery and InnovationBobbiPlecas<div class="ExternalClass26D13405B7F4460AA3C61DFE49EC422A"><ul><li>Bobbi Plecas was appointed Deputy Minister, Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation on November 26, 2020. The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation champions small businesses, supports the growth of BC’s tech sector, nurtures innovation across the economy, supports economic development throughout the province, and promotes BC as a preferred place to invest and do business internationally. The Ministry is working to achieve these goals as set out in the recently launched StrongerBC Economic Plan.</li><li>Prior to this role Bobbi was Deputy Minister, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat. In this capacity she advanced British Columbia’s interests with the federal government, other provinces and territories, US states and other foreign governments. Previously, Bobbi was Deputy Minister of Climate Change where she led the development of the cross-government CleanBC plan, aimed at reducing climate pollution through a transition to clean energy.</li><li>Bobbi has been a member of the provincial public service for more than 30 years, has worked in 12 different ministries and has held a variety of executive roles across government. She lives in the province’s capital city, Victoria, with her husband and two daughters.<br></li></ul></div>, Bobbi Plecas
Chief Executive Officer, Translink29Chief Executive Officer, TranslinkKevinQuinnIndustry Associations<div class="ExternalClass4C5827CC8FC046D2AE3CB40CDA719C68"><ul><li> Kevin Quinn is the Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver's award-winning transportation authority. As CEO, Kevin Quinn oversees management, planning, financing, and delivery of a growing world-class transportation network that includes bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART, and West Coast Express transit services, along with five regional bridges, walking and cycling paths, and the Major Road Network. </li><li> Before joining TransLink, Kevin served as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. </li><li> Kevin holds a master's degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2010 and was recognized as one of Mass Transit magazine's Top 40 under 40 transit professionals. </li></ul> <br> </div> <br>,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of Vancouver27President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of VancouverRobinSilvesterPort Authority & YVR<div class="ExternalClass4FBDFD4BA02440F7BC43FE2FB2CCD386"><ul><li>For more than a decade, Robin has led the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency responsible for enabling Canada's trade through the Port of Vancouver, which is Canada's largest port.</li><li>During Robin's tenure, shared investments in the gateway have helped drive more than 40% growth in international trade through the Port of Vancouver. </li><li>Under Robin’s leadership, the port authority set and is actively advancing a vision to make the Port of Vancouver the world’s most sustainable port—a port that is a global leader at delivering economic prosperity through trade, protecting the environment, and enabling thriving local communities. </li><li>Prior to joining the port authority, Robin served as chief executive for Australian property and facilities management business United Group Ltd. and held senior roles in Vancouver, London, and Sydney with P&O Ports, including acquiring and operating Centerm Terminal in Vancouver. Robin has held business management and strategy roles in the U.K. steel and chemicals industries. </li><li> Robin is a member of the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders in B.C. focused on helping increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and is a past chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. </li><li> He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University and has completed a corporate finance program at the London Business School.</li></ul></div><br>,
Chief Executive Officer, MOSAIC13Chief Executive Officer, MOSAICOlgaStachovaCommunity Organizations<div class="ExternalClass175D3ACC5B3B479D91FA01F9A8A882B5"><ul><li>Olga leads MOSAIC in serving immigrant, refugee, migrant, and mainstream communities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, as well as throughout the province of BC. As the largest provider of employment services for newcomers in BC, MOSAIC partners with over 1,400 employers, assisting them in accessing qualified employees from diverse backgrounds. </li><li>Olga has over 20 years of experience managing fast growing, distributed, non-profit organizations, as well as operational expertise in program design, delivery, and evaluation, and a proven track record of building strategic partnerships among diverse stakeholder groups. </li><li>Prior to MOSAIC, Olga was Chief Operating Officer at Mitacs, a national non-profit organization delivering research and training programs to graduate and postgraduate students in Canada.<br></li><li>Olga immigrated to Canada from Slovakia, where she was a successful Senior Project Manager at Management Partners, an HR consulting company, where she successfully recruited personnel for international organizations opening subsidiaries in Slovakia. </li><li>Olga holds a Master’s Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Slovakia. </li><li>Olga is the recipient of the 2009 Business in Vancouver Top Forty Under 40 Award as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.</li></ul></div><br>,
Co-Founder and COO, Digital Technology Supercluster28Co-Founder and COO, Digital Technology SuperclusterBillTamIndustry Associations<div class="ExternalClass4C5827CC8FC046D2AE3CB40CDA719C68"><ul><li> Bill Tam is recognized as one of the pre-eminent leaders of the B.C. tech sector. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill has been actively involved with technology and start-ups as a founder, executive, investor, advisor and board member for the past 20 years. </li><li> In 2017, Bill co-founded the development of the Digital Technology Supercluster and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. The Digital Technology Supercluster is part of the Government of Canada's $950-million, five-year Innovation Superclusters Initiative to drive large-scale collaboration among industry leaders, small and medium enterprises, and post-secondary institutions to develop and scale high-potential technologies in Canada. </li><li> A champion of entrepreneurship, Bill forges partnerships across private and public sectors to accelerate economic growth and foster inclusiveness. He serves on the Steering Committee of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor initiative – a cross-border partnership between B.C., Washington and Oregon to develop and promote a globally recognized hub of innovation and commerce. </li><li> Bill also serves on the Innovation Committee of the Rideau Hall Foundation and is as an industry advisor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. </li><li> He earned his MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) from McGill University. In 2018, UBC awarded Bill the Applied Science Dean's Medal of Distinction for his contributions to the engineering and tech community. </li></ul> <br> </div> <br>,
President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority26President & CEO, Vancouver Airport AuthorityTamaraVroomanPort Authority & YVR<div class="ExternalClass2F014928D4DD4F24B5A7FA3B3FEDF136"><ul><li>Tamara Vrooman is an award-winning leader, known for her exemplary track record leading large, complex institutions in both the private and public sectors and her bold positions on sustainability and inclusion.</li><li>Prior to joining YVR as President & CEO, she served for nine years on YVR’s Board and for 13 years as the President & CEO of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, transforming the business into a global reference point for values-based banking.</li><li>She currently serves as Simon Fraser University’s 12th Chancellor, chairs the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation and is the recipient of the Order of British Columbia (2019), Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy (2016) and BC CEO of the Year Award – Major Private Company, Business in Vancouver (2015), among many other citations.<br></li></ul></div><br>,
Mayor, City of White Rock25Mayor, City of White RockDarrylWalkerMetro Directors<div class="ExternalClassFDB86A2655964B46B7048C2CD730DBF8"><ul><li>Darryl Walker was elected to the Office of the Mayor, for the City of White Rock, on October 20, 2018.</li><li>Mayor Walker’s public service career began over 40 years ago when he first joined the BC Public Service, in 1973, as a Health Care Worker at the Riverview Hospital/Forensic Institute, until his retirement in 2014. Throughout his career, Mayor Walker was also active with the BC Government and Service Employees Union, where he served as Provincial Vice President (1999 to 2008) and President (2008 to 2014), prior to his retirement.</li><li>In addition to his extensive career in public service, Mayor Walker believes in giving back to the community. For example, he has coached many kids’ sports and was a recent member for the City of White Rock’s Economic Investment Committee and Environment Advisory Committee.</li><li>Mayor Walker moved to White Rock in 1970. Both his daughter and son graduated from Semiahmoo Secondary School and were involved in sports locally. In his spare time, Mayor Walker’s hobbies include theatre and gardening.</li></ul> <br> </div><br>,
Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam24Mayor, City of Port CoquitlamBradWestMetro Directors<div class="ExternalClass4C5827CC8FC046D2AE3CB40CDA719C68"><ul><li>A life-long resident of Port Coquitlam, Brad West was first elected to Council in 2008. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014, receiving the most votes of all candidates both times. In 2018, Brad was elected as the 16th Mayor of the City of Port Coquitlam.</li><li>Brad's key priorities for his municipality are: ensuring it is the best place in BC to raise a family; making life more affordable for everyone, especially working families and seniors; ensuring responsible financial management; attracting more and diverse businesses and amenities, especially to the downtown; promoting sports and recreation opportunities for young people; and enhancing the natural environment, rivers, trails, and parks.</li><li>Brad lives in PoCo with his wife Blaire. In 2017, the couple welcomed their first child, Liam. Becoming a dad motivates Brad every day to make Port Coquitlam a place that future generations will be proud to call home.</li><li>With a young son, a mortgage and the costs of raising a family, Brad understands first-hand the challenges facing many people in our community. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria, St. Francis Xavier University and most recently completed a program in Leadership at Harvard University.<br></li></ul> <br> </div><br>,
Executive Director, Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce9Executive Director, Cloverdale District Chamber of CommerceScottWheatleyBoT/CoC<div class="ExternalClass4CCB3F090BC74EAEA5733914F884F645"><ul><li>Scott brings a wealth of experience in operations and membership development to his role at the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce. </li><li>Skilled in business-to-business and business-to-consumer integrated direct response marketing, Scott also brings decades of experience in magazines and newspapers – both print and digital – in terms of circulation distribution and newsstand and subscription sales. </li><li>Scott is passionate about fastpitch, serving on as a member of the Delta Fastpitch and as Delta’s Minor Fastpitch representative for Softball BC. He has coached and worked behind the plate as an umpire. Scott recently joined a group of Canadian coaches and players travelling to Uganda to train Ugandan and Kenyan umpires.</li></ul></div><br>,
Divisional Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers Association18Divisional Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers AssociationAndrew Wynn-WilliamsIndustry Associations<div class="ExternalClassC35775C98B114232A9E96E955B219A5D"><ul><li>Andrew Wynn-Williams joined CME as the Divisional Vice President, BC in October 2016. He is responsible for CME BC’s strategic vision, managing relations with members, and advocating on behalf of their interests. He leads the development of new CME programs to bring additional value to members through training and business development.</li><li>He is an experienced professional who has worked to create policy change with a variety of board-driven organizations since 1995.</li><li>Andrew spent eight years as the Director of Policy and Communications for the BC Chamber of Commerce, six years as the Director of Operations for the Premier’s Technology Council, and over three years as the Executive Director of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.</li><li>Through this work he has developed expertise in policy development, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and communications strategies. He has developed a particular strength in working to simplify complex issues and communicate them effectively.</li><li>Andrew is active in the community holding various board positions with the local soccer association. He has been married for over 30 years and has two grown children.<br></li></ul></div><br>,

2023 Meetings



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Management Board Terms of Reference

All meetings of the Management Board are live-streamed on the Metro Vancouver website. To view past agendas and minutes, please visit the Metro Vancouver website.

Invest Vancouver acknowledges that the region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Squamish, Tsawwassen, and Tsleil-Waututh.

Invest Vancouver respects the diverse and distinct histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, which collectively enrich our lives and the region.