GovernanceGovernance, Region<div class="ExternalClass6E1A3FB5C74548048F314CAAF0D2988B"><h3>The Invest Vancouver Board is comprised of leaders from a cross section of the region<br></h3></div>rgba(3,239,194,.95)

Invest Vancouver / About Us / Governance

​​​​The Invest Vancouver Management Board is the standing committee of the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) Board responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for Invest Vancouver, and for providing advice and recommendations directly to the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board.​

​The membership of the Invest Vancouver Management Board is appointed on an annual basis by the Metro Vancouver Board Chair. The term for each appointed sectoral representative is one year, with a maximum of four consecutive years, except at the discretion of the Metro Vancouver Board Chair.

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

  • Metro Vancouver Board
  • Business
  • Industry Associations
  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, YVR, and TransLink
  • Academic Institutions
  • Boards of Trade/Chambers of Commerce
  • First Nations
  • Utilities
  • Labour
  • Community Organizations
  • Federal and Provincial

Review the 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, visit the Metro Vancouver website.

 Chair and Vice-chair



Mayor, City of North Vancouver2Mayor, City of North VancouverLindaBuchanan<div class="ExternalClass38BE462FC1724F6A8FF18A87FAE66B30"><p>Linda Buchanan is serving her second term as Mayor of the City of North Vancouver. Prior to being elected Mayor, Linda was a public health nurse for 30 years, working with children and families. She also served two terms as a City Councillor and a term as a School Board Trustee.</p><p>Her goal is to build an inclusive and healthy community for all people. By focusing on shared prosperity, mobility, sustainability, vibrancy, and people-friendly places, Linda aims to improve livability across the City. Linda has championed making the City of North Vancouver 'the Healthiest Small City in the World' and has put the health and wellbeing of residents at the heart of her decision-making.</p><p>Born and raised in the City, Linda knows this community well and raised her own four children here with her husband Kevin. A proud hockey mom, Linda believes in the power of sport and recreation. She loves the City's amazing local art and jazz music scene, and can often be found riding her bike on the Spirit Trail. Linda holds a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and in 2019 she received the Centenary Medal of Distinction for her achievements in nursing.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Buchanan_Linda_Headshot_2023.png
Councillor, City of Surrey32Councillor, City of SurreyHarryBains<div class="ExternalClass384F7EE93ADC4395B7C232F4FD69D180"><p>​Harry is a lawyer, a father and a long-term Surrey resident and has lived here for over 30 years. Harry has seen Surrey grow up all around him. Harry understands and appreciate how the decisions we make today will have long term effects on the residents of this City today, and decades from now.</p><p>In his role as a lawyer, he has worked with business owners and residents throughout the City of Surrey. Through his work, he has developed an understanding of the problems faced by Surrey residents in their daily lives. </p><p>He earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Business (with Honours) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Harry is actively involved in volunteering as a coach to his son's hockey teams with the Surrey Minor Hockey Association.</p><p>Committees and Community Groups:</p><p>•            Metro Vancouver Board – Director</p><p>•            Invest Vancouver Management Board – Vice Chair</p><p>•            Metro Vancouver Regional Culture Committee – Member</p><p>•            Surrey Hospitals Foundation – Ex-Officio Member<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Bains_Harry_Headshot_2023.png

 Management Board



President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade7President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Vancouver Board of TradeBridgitteAnderson<div class="ExternalClass555593C23E4C4950A4BF5B65F983E852"><p>Bridgitte Anderson is the President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade - Western Canada's most active and influential business association, known for influencing decision-makers, and educating, connecting with, and engaging our communities.</p><p>Bridgitte is the first woman to lead the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in its 136-year history. She is committed to building a more competitive and sustainable economy while evolving the Board's programs to foster a more diverse and inclusive region.</p><p>Her career has focused on public policy, business, and journalism. Prior to Bridgitte's current role, she was the Vancouver General Manager for Edelman, a global public relations firm advising clients on crisis communication, media strategy, and government and stakeholder relations. Following a 20-year career in journalism, Bridgitte also served as Press Secretary to BC Premier Gordon Campbell, leading communications the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2009 BC election.</p><p>Bridgitte holds the ICD.D designation from ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and IAP2 Certification in Public Participation.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Anderson_Bridgitte_Headshot_2023.png
Secretary-Treasurer, New Westminster & District Labour Council19Secretary-Treasurer, New Westminster & District Labour CouncilJanetAndrews<div class="ExternalClassDEE83D6C534749CEA9CF3CB866C87C4E">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.</div><div class="ExternalClassDEE83D6C534749CEA9CF3CB866C87C4E"><br>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.</div><div class="ExternalClassDEE83D6C534749CEA9CF3CB866C87C4E"><br>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.</div><div class="ExternalClassDEE83D6C534749CEA9CF3CB866C87C4E"><br>She has a BA in Classical Studies as well as a MA in Classical Archaeology from UBC.<br></div><br>,
Tsawwassen Member, Judicial Council, Tsawwassen First Nation46Tsawwassen Member, Judicial Council, Tsawwassen First NationAndrewBak<div class="ExternalClass922E77DBB13B443E8CACB5726C6734EE"><p>Andrew Bak is an alumnus of the SFU Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA program. Andrew was part of the team that negotiated and implemented th​​e Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement – the first urban treaty in the history of British Columbia and the first modern treaty negotiated under the British Columbia Treaty Commission process. Andrew has served his community twice, as an elected leader first as an Executive Council member under Tsawwassen's last term of Indian Act governance, and as a Legislator under Tsawwassen's first term of self-government. He has served on several boards, including the Mayor's Council on Regional Transportation, and the Laurier Institution and is currently appointed to the Tsawwassen First Nation Judicial Council.</p><p>Andrew's business interests include leasing properties for residential and commercial use - and was involved with the music industry, for several years, producing recordings and live events, and is al​​so an avid visual artist.​<br></p>​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></div>, Bak_Andrew_Headshot_2023.png
Mayor, City of Richmond50Mayor, City of RichmondMalcolmBrodie<div class="ExternalClassBCBA3B882ADF43579E70D434EA2225CE"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a member of Richmond City Council since 1996. Following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001 and was re-elected in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2022.</p><p>Mayor Brodie has been appointed as First Director to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver since taking office in 2001. He has been active on various Metro Vancouver committees. He has represented Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority as a Trustee since 2006, Vice Chair from 2009-2015, and Chair since March 2015. Mayor Brodie was appointed by UBCM to the Local Government Policing Modernization Roundtable in January 2022 and previously to the Local Government RCMP Contract Management Committee from 2013-2017. He was also UBCM's appointee to the PRIMECorp Board of Directors from 2013-2014. The Mayor was a Director on the Board of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) from 2002-2007 and served as Chair in 2006-2007. Since then, he has been a member of the TransLink Council of Mayors and was recently appointed as Mayors’ Council Designate to the TransLink Board.</p><p>Mayor Brodie is the Chair of the City’s General Purposes Committee and the Finance Committee. In addition, the Mayor is an ‘ex officio’ member of the remaining four Standing Committees of Council.</p><p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practising lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community. In honour of his contributions and achievements in the community, Mayor Brodie was a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada (1992), the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the Canada 150th Anniversary Medal (2017) and Richmond Centre Outstanding Constituent Award (2023).​</p>​<br></div>,
Chief Executive Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.14Chief Executive Officer, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.QueenieChoo<div class="ExternalClass626A701BB45C4151B3BA08211D44297B"><span style="font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:14.6667px;"><p></p></span></div><p>As the 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.</p><p>Queenie has been an active volunteer in the community, serving on the Canadian Armed Forces' Joint Task Force Pacific Advisory Council on Diversity, OMNI (TV) Pacific Advisory Council, City of Richmond Seniors Advisory Council and the Honorary Governor's Council of Vancouver Foundation.  </p><p>Queenie completed her Master of Nursing degree at the University of Alberta, and has been honoured with the Excellence in Nursing Administration Award. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.</p><p>In 2016, Queenie was a recipient of one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards. That same year, she was recognized by BC Business as one of the province's 35 most influential women. She was appointed by the Minister of National Defence as Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2018 and was also named to Vancouver Magazine's Power 50 list that year.  </p><p>In 2021 and again in 2022, Queenie was placed on Business In Vancouver's BC 500 list of the most influential business leaders in British Columbia. In 2022, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. was presented with a national Service Excellence award from Metropolis Canada and in 2023 Queenie was presented with a Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee pin for her significant community contributions.<br></p><br>, Choo_Queenie_Headshot_2023.png
Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser University3Vice-President, External Relations, Simon Fraser UniversityJoanneCurry<div class="ExternalClass493603732F024098B5224545ABF6EF18"><p>Joanne Curry has made a career of advancing higher education locally, provincially, and nationally, and connecting the university with its many communities.  Her leadership in establishing SFU's Surrey campus in 2002 as its inaugural Executive Director 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.</p><p>As Vice-President External Relations and member of the University's Executive 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.</p><p>Joanne is currently a member of several boards and committees including the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, the Burnaby Civic Innovation Lab, the SFU Community Trust, and SFU's India Advisory Committee. She has served on the Burnaby Board of Trade, the Board of Community Living BC, and Surrey Board of Trade. She has been a member of SFU's Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and is deeply involved in Truth and Reconciliation at SFU.</p><p>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. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, Curry_Joanne_Headshot_2023.png
Dean of Sauder School of Business, Sauder School of Business, UBC; Innovate BC Professor33Dean of Sauder School of Business, Sauder School of Business, UBC; Innovate BC ProfessorDarrenDahl<div class="ExternalClass03B6894BA8944E0E868C5D60E5D688F6"><p>​Darren Dahl is the Dean and Innovate BC Professor at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia. His current research interests are in the areas of new product design and development, creativity, consumer product adoption, the role of social influence in consumer behavior, and understanding the role of self-conscious emotions in consumption. His research has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, and published in various texts and such journals as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Management Science, and Journal of Consumer Psychology.  Professor Dahl teaches in the areas of business strategy, marketing, and creativity/innovation at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels. He has won awards for both his research (e.g., Killam Research Prize) and his teaching (e.g., 3M Teaching Fellow) efforts.</p><p>Before coming to UBC in 2002, he held a faculty appointment at the University of Manitoba for four years. He also has been a visiting professor at Stanford (2009), Columbia University (2008), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (in 1997 and in 2001) and the Thammasat University in Thailand (2005, 2006). Before entering academia, Dr. Dahl worked with Coopers & Lybrand chartered accountants in the areas of audit and insolvency. He has consulted and organized education programs for a number of non-profit and for-profit organizations such as Cathay Pacific, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, General Electric, YVR, Vancouver Public Health, Teekay Shipping, Lululemon Athletica, Earls Restaurants, BCLC, McDonalds, Agent Provocateur, Daehong Advertising – Korea, and LIC India. Professor Dahl received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Dahl_Darren_Headshot_2023.png
Executive Director, DigiBC34Executive Director, DigiBCLocDao<div class="ExternalClassA2D5D5B02CBE49E991991516FC3E020E"><p>​Loc Dao is the Executive Director of DigiBC - the Creative Technology Association of BC representing over 250 companies and 14,000 people in the video game, animation, VFX, XR, and virtual production industries. He's the acting chair of the board of the Canadian Interactive Alliance representing over 900 companies working in Interactive Digital Media in Canada and is on the management Board of Invest Vancouver.</p><p>Loc co-founded the first public media digital studios at CBC and the NFB and led in the invention of new forms of storytelling such as the interactive documentary and immersive experiences that were recognized by academics, peers and critics globally. </p><p>Loc was the first Chief Digital Officer for the National Film Board of Canada and has advised the Government of Canada on digital policy, the Canada Media Fund on digital media strategies, and the Province of BC most recently leading the first sectoral talent and growth strategy for Creative Technology in BC. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, Dao_Loc_Headshot_2023.png
Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE BC35Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE BCTrevorDavies<div class="ExternalClassB37D745F6FD2454A997E37D00A8FAE29"><p>​Trevor Davies is the Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE BC and is responsible for the Union's administrative and financial operations. Prior to being elected to his current role, Trevor worked as the Occupational Health and Safety Advisor for the City of Colwood and was the President of CUPE Local 374. In addition to his position at CUPE BC, Trevor is also on the Board of Directors for Pacific Blue Cross, and a Trustee on the Canadian Union of Public Employees Pension Plan.  He also previously served on the Board of Trustees for the BC Municipal Pension Plan. Trevor has a certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Victoria, and is an alumnus of the Labour College of Canada and the Governor General Leadership Conference.<br> <br></p></div>, Davies_Trevor_Headshot_2023_sourced.png
Secretary Treasurer, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada36Secretary Treasurer, International Longshore and Warehouse Union CanadaBobDhaliwal<div class="ExternalClass11B7688F43294080A122D6EEFBB04F2F"><p>Bob Dhaliwal is currently serving his fifth two-year term as secretary treasurer of ILWU Canada. He was elected to the position in 2014. Bob began his longshore career with ILWU Local 502, New Westminster, British Columbia in 1988. Shortly thereafter he left the industry for a time to continue his studies and completed his commercial pilot's license and his Bachelor of Science in biology from Simon Fraser University.  He returned to the longshore industry in 2002.</p><p>Bob has extensive experience in board governance.  He currently sits on numerous boards and committees.  These include the ILWU Canada executive board and the Longshore Contract Executive Board, both of which his is the recording secretary. He is also currently serving as the lead trustee of the longshore pension and benefit plans with over $2 billion in assets. He serves as one of the directors for Community Savings Credit Union and the International Transport Workers Federation has asked him to chair a working group whose mandate is to study automation and the future of work.</p><p>He lives in Burnaby, B.C. with his wife and two children. His hobbies include playing guitar, reading and basketball.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></p></div>, Dhaliwal_Bob_Headshot_2023.png
Councillor, City of Vancouver37Councillor, City of VancouverLisaDominato<div class="ExternalClass8B06E578441C4CD695896E0C1EB696A2"><p>​First elected to Vancouver School Board in a 2017 by-election, then to Vancouver City Council in 2018 and re-elected in 2022, Lisa is passionate about making things better. A bridge builder, driven by a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community, Lisa's 20+ years in government administration, public policy, communications, and stakeholder relations are centred on one simple question: How can I help?</p><p>Her expertise is built on senior management roles in the BC Public Service focused on social policy, as well as serving as the former Chief of Staff to the Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, and as political advisor to the Minister of Management Services.</p><p>Committed to improving the availability of affordable housing and mental health supports, Lisa served for six years as a Vancouver Kettle Society board member and board chair, as well as on the boards of FamilySmart and the Kiwanis Club of Victoria.</p><p>Lisa's priorities on Council include housing, livability, affordability, small business, community safety, mental health and addictions response, quality services, emergency preparedness and climate resiliency.</p><p>In addition to her Council responsibilities, Lisa also serves on the Board of Metro Vancouver. This role includes Chair of the Climate Action Committee, member of Invest Vancouver and member of the Chair's Financial Task Force. She previously served as Metro Vancouver's Chair of the Performance and Audit Committee and Vice-Chair of the Liquid Waste Committee. Lisa is also the past Chair of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). </p><p>Lisa holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. </p><p>She is also a busy mom to two amazing young girls and stepmom to an adult daughter.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Dominato_Lisa_Headshot_2023.png
Councillor, District of West Vancouver38Councillor, District of West VancouverNoraGambioli<div class="ExternalClass4EBCB301BBBA4713AC6CCA37970DCCD6"><p>Nora Gambioli first joined Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2018 for her third term as councillor.</p><p>Nora has deep roots in West Vancouver. Since the early 1920s, four generations of her family have lived here. She has a strong interest in the community, and much of her life has already been devoted to public service.</p><p>For more than 25 years, Nora has served on boards, committees and working groups in West Vancouver, including West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society (2010-present), Climate Action Working Group (2009-2010), Parks and Environment Advisory Committee (2003-2006), West Vancouver Community Days Committee (1985-2001). She is currently serving on the Invasive Plants Working Group.</p><p>A graduate of Gleneagles Elementary, West Vancouver Secondary, UBC and Dalhousie, Nora's early career included teaching secondary school science in West Vancouver and owning her own education business. She has worked abroad as a teacher and lawyer and has spent much of her career in the non-profit sector—as a Project Manager for the Law Courts Education Society of BC and Executive Director of the Canadian Breast Cancer Network in Ottawa. As such, Nora has spent many successful years managing budgets, staff and public money.</p><p>Nora will support policies that maximize value and services for tax dollars, ensure thoughtful development of land and infrastructure, protect, restore and defend the natural environment, and encourage a strong sense of community for residents of all ages. She is an open-minded listener, and an advocate for West Vancouver who will work with the community, staff and stakeholders to find creative and cost-effective solutions.</p><p>Nora now lives in Ambleside with her husband and their two children.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Gambioli_Nora_Headshot_2023_sourced.png
President and Chief Executive Officer, Surrey Board of Trade39President and Chief Executive Officer, Surrey Board of TradeAnitaHuberman<div class="ExternalClass9EEFB3066874416EA19D94B464BF2EB0"><p>​Anita Huberman has been the President & CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade for 17 years for one of the top 10 Boards of Trade/Chambers of Commerce in Canada, and for one of the largest cities in Canada. She has been with the Surrey Board of Trade in a variety of roles for 30 years. Anita and her team serve more than 6,000 member contacts. Anita is a highly visible advocate for Surrey businesses at all levels of government with a demonstrated history of evolving, reinvigorating and transforming civic, business & social organization industries.</p><p>She is an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy (appointed by Canada's Minister of National Defence, just re-appointed for her third term till 2024), holds the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, was a Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 award winner, awarded the 2019 Surrey Community Builder of the Year and received a Canada 150 Community Medal. In 2022, Anita won SFU's Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2021, she was announced as being 1 of 15 Outstanding Canadians for her work in the private sector and through the pandemic.</p><p>Record of community service includes:</p><ul><li>Co-Chair of Canada's Disability Business Inclusion Council</li><li>Board Director for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT)</li><li>BC Premier's Economic Task Force</li><li>SFU President's Advisory Council</li><li>SFU India Advisory Council</li><li>KPU Business Program Advisory Committee</li><li>OMNI TV Advisory Council, Destination BC Advisory Council</li><li>Director for IC-Impacts Research Centre of Excellence at UBC (for improving the lives of people in India and Canada, particularly in First Nations communities).</li><li>Trustee of Canada's National Film Board for six years, appointed by Canada's Minister of Heritage.</li></ul><p><br></p></div>, Huberman_Anita_Headshot_2023-2.png
President and Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences BC40President and Chief Executive Officer, Life Sciences BCWendyHurlburt<div class="ExternalClass06874B172D7B4427A9DBBA815BBEE8CA"><p>Wendy Hurlburt is the President and CEO of Life Sciences BC, holding a critical leadership role in B.C.'s dynamic life sciences ecosystem. She uses a collaborative approach to support the thriving sector and cultivate relationships between local SMEs, global partners, educational institutions, and the government. Wendy elevates the sector as a highly regarded spokesperson in key international markets. In addition, Wendy is acknowledged as a promoter and advocate for the sector, attracting new business and investment opportunities to the province.</p><p>Before joining Life Sciences BC, Wendy held multiple leadership roles with Johnson & Johnson in strategic and business planning, finance, partnerships and business development, operational transformation and quality and regulatory compliance. Prior to J&J, she held Chief Financial Officer roles for both the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Lexmark International in its Canadian and South Asian divisions.</p><p>Wendy is passionate about volunteerism and seeks out tangible ways to give back. She is a member of the Government, Budget, and Finance Committee for the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (GVBOT); the Clinical Trials BC Advisory Council, Michael Smith Health Research BC; the external advisory committee of the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcomes; and a data governance advisor to the Association of Privacy Professions Vancouver Chapter. She is also a Canadian Chamber of Commerce Life Sciences Strategy Council committee member and a board member with Invest Vancouver and Science World. </p><p>Wendy's backgrou<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span>nd includes chairing the Finance and Audit Committee for adMare Bioinnovations. She holds an MBA from Queen's University, a B.A. from Western University, and a Strategic Leadership Certificate from UBC's Sauder School of Business.​​<br></p></div>, Hurlburt_Wendy_Headshot_2023.png
Chief Executive Officer, Foresight11Chief Executive Officer, ForesightJeanetteJackson<div class="ExternalClass1F95E19B863D425FA9CE3D3C0CEC4E81"><p>Jeanette is currently the CEO of Foresight, a cleantech ecosystem accelerator that is empowering entrepreneurs and energizing a world-class cleantech industry across Canada. She is a multi-award winning sustainability champion, a sought-after public speaker, and a leading advisor to the cleantech industry.</p><p>Since taking on the role of Foresight CEO, Jeanette has spearheaded the organization through a remarkable growth and vitalization pathway. Foresight's programs and advisory work have now helped over 900 entrepreneurial companies, generate over $1.35 billion in funding, $475 million in revenues and create over 7500 green jobs. Our innovation adoption platform with industry is trending to over 70 mT of reduced GHG emissions by 2033. Cleantech is our passion!<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Jackson_Jeanette_Headshot_2023.png
President, North Shore/Mammoth Studios41President, North Shore/Mammoth StudiosAmyLang<div class="ExternalClass8A12B5691CC24B15890A48374F1E808C"><p>​As President of North Shore and Mammoth Studios, Amy oversees all aspects of the operations and administration of the two production facilities. Amy is also actively involved in industry building initiatives and works closely with MPPIA and Creative BC to champion long term growth of the film and television industry in BC. Amy previously held the position of Director of Finance & People at Bosa Development for the past 5 years and prior to that worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Vancouver) from 2007 to 2017. During her years with PricewaterhouseCoopers Amy worked with both public and private companies across a broad range of industries including mining, forestry, financial services, retail, film & entertainment, and technology. Her time also there also included working with PricewaterhouseCoopers (San Jose) focused exclusively on private equity venture capital in the life sciences & bio medial field. Amy was also involved in leading the training and development programs for the CA (CPA) exams and has also worked as an Adjunct Professor in the accounting department at UBC Sauder School of Business.   </p><p>Amy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Professional Accounting from University of Saskatchewan, and is a CPA-CA. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, Lang_Amy_Headshot_2023.png
Councillor, City of Burnaby42Councillor, City of BurnabyRichardLee<div class="ExternalClassAD20E0B24CD240A986A9E6FD72DDE2CC"><p></p><p>Before being elected to serve as councillor in the City of Burnaby on October 15, 2022, Richard T. Lee served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of British Columbia from 2001 to 2017. While serving as an MLA, he was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from September 2015 to May 2017.</p><p>Richard also has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific and as members of the Cabinet Committees on Strong Economy, Open Government and Engagement, Jobs & Training and Climate Action and Clean Energy. He also served as member of Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations as well as many Legislative Select Standing Committees.</p><p>Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a professional staff at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle research facility. In 1976 he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics and later a Master of Science from UBC in Applied Mathematics.</p><p>Richard immigrated to Canada in 1971 to live with his grandfather who came to Canada in 1913. Hr married his late wife Anne and settled in Burnaby in 1986, where they raised 3 children.</p><p>Richard was an active volunteer in the community, having served as Founding President of the BC Cultural Diversity Association, and served as director of BC Heritage Language Association, Burnaby DPAC, Burnaby Chinese Parents' Association, Burnaby Multicultural Society, and Civic Education Society.</p><p>Currently Richard T. Lee serves as Chair of Traffic Safety Committee and Vice-Chair of Executive Committee of Council, Access Advisory Committee and Community Heritage Commission.</p><p>Richard will make sure that City Hall focuses on making life more affordable for families.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Lee_Richard_Headshot_2023.png
Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Simon Fraser University16Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Simon Fraser UniversityChrisLewis<div class="ExternalClass64B01807431543EC94189D0725DB8673"></div><p>The Ancestral Name of Chris Lewis is Syeta'xtn.</p><p>Syeta'xtn recently completed his third consecutive four-year term as a member of the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council. Currently, he is the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation in the President's Office at Simon Fraser University. </p><p>As a former Spokespersons for the Squamish Nation, Chris has proven leadership and experience in the following areas: Rights and Title and Intergovernmental Affairs; Education; Economic Development; Governance; Planning and Capital Projects; and Fisheries and Aquatic resources. Currently, he is focusing on Reconciliation and how we move forward in Post-Secondary institutions and all levels of government.   </p><p>Syeta'xtn is also honored to have served as a founding Board member of the following Host Nation boards: MST Development Corporation; N'chakay Development Corporation, and MST Employment and Training Society. After completing a six-year term as member of the Simon Fraser University Board of Governors, Chris was given Board Chair Emeritus recognition and received SFU Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award for his inspiring, engaging and community focused leadership to his alma mater. Further, Chris was recognized by Vancouver Magazine when they included him on their "Power 50" list in November 2020 for his leadership and influence. Chris also worked for many years at the national and provincial level for the BC Assembly of First Nations focusing on First Nations advocacy and policy. </p><p>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 Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Planning, with a minor in First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University. He also enjoys many outdoor activities with his wife Jennifer, daughter Madison and son William.<br></p>,
President and General Manager, Coast Mountain Bus Company51President and General Manager, Coast Mountain Bus CompanyMichaelMcDaniel<div class="ExternalClass3702EA3701CA4681B7EE2E5F1149DFE9"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​​Michael McDaniel is the President and General Manager of Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), the largest operating company in the TransLink enterprise. He joined CMBC in 2018 as President and General Manager following three years on the CMBC Board of Directors of which he served two years as Chair.<div><br><div>Prior to joining CMBC, Michael was President and CEO of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) for fifteen years and was responsible for its overall operation, including community and government relations. During his tenure, Michael led the PNE through its transition from provincial ownership to the City of Vancouver. He was also instrumental in developing a long-term future for the PNE and Hastings Park, including a City Council approved 30-year Master Plan and an approved governance structure. Before his appointment as President and CEO, Michael held the role of Vice President of Human Resources, managing employee and labour relations, performance management, recruitment and retention, payroll, benefits, and occupational health and safety. </div><div><br></div><div>Michael also has previous experience in the hospitality, tourism, and entertainment industry for companies both locally and in the United States, and has spent time as a contract consultant, providing expertise in corporate and management development. </div><div><br></div><div>Michael sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) as Vice Chair of Finance as well as Invest Vancouver, a standing committee of the Metro Vancouver Regional District Board. </div><div>In 2005, he was recognized as one of Vancouver's "Top 40 under 40" by Business in Vancouver. </div><div><br></div><div>Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. <br><br></div></div></div>,
Mayor, Village of Anmore49Mayor, Village of AnmoreJohnMcEwen <div class="ExternalClassF27A8397981645969DB7638A9E531DA1"><p>John McEwen was elected Vice Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Board of Directors in 2022 following eight years as a Board Director. Vice Chair McEwen has served as Mayor of the Village of Anmore since 2014. Before that, he ​served as a councillor for six years. For the past four years, Vice Chair McEwen has chaired Metro Vancouver’s Regional Parks Committee. During that time, the committee has successfully increased funding to purchase additional land for regional parks while planning for a more connected greenway system.</p><p>In addition to his roles as Vice Chair and Mayor, Vice Chair McEwen runs his own business, providing remanufactured toner cartridges to lessen the impact on waste as well as servicing printing machines to optimize output. Vice Chair McEwen has lived in Anmore with his wife Kerri for more than 15 years. They share three children in their 20s, each starting off on their own path in life.</p><p> Vice Chair McEwen also has an incredible love of sports, playing basketball through high s​​chool, college and university. He still plays socially with friends and former teammates, and also enjoys volunteer coaching.​</p> ​<br></div>,
Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority55Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, Vancouver Airport AuthorityMikeMcNaney<div class="ExternalClass45E675F84A8B452F9A11F5D0C6FDCF8E"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Mike McNaney joined the Airport Authority in January 2022. As Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, Mike is responsible for YVR’s Government Relations, Indigenous Relations, Corporate Communications and Strategic Customer Relationship teams.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></div>,
Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Jobs Economic Development and Innovation47Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Jobs Economic Development and InnovationFazilMihlar<div class="ExternalClassAE2F0E9D0F164D9EBE6BB084527AEFB5"><p>Fazil Mihlar was appointed effective December 7, 2022, as Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs Economic Development and Innovation. Prior to this role, Fazil was Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation; Deputy Minister, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness; Deputy Minister, Climate Leadership; Assistant Deputy Minister, Institutions and Programs Division, Ministry of Advanced Education; and Assistant Depu​ty Minister, Oil and Strategic Initiatives Division, Ministry of Natural Gas Development.  Before joining government in 2013, Fazil was Associate Editor of The Vancouver Sun newspaper.</p><p>Fazil has been nominated twice for a National Newspaper Award for best editorial writing in Canada.  Before joining The Vancouver Sun in 1999, Fazil managed the Royal Bank Financial Group's public affairs department for B.C. and the Yukon.  He was also Director of Regulatory and Labour Market Studies at the Fraser Institute and managed a small business consulting group at Simon Fraser University. </p><p>Fazil holds a B.A. in Economics from Simon Fraser University, an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London, England.  He has also completed a Certificate Course on Risk Management at Harvard University and the ICD-Rotman Directors' Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors.</p><p>Fazil is the author/co-author of many research reports including A Review of the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement, The Cost of Regulation in Canada and The Rational Consolidation of Banking in Canada.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></p> <br></div>, Mihlar_Fazil_Headshot_2023.png
VP, Communications and Public Affairs, Canada's Digital Supercluster43VP, Communications and Public Affairs, Canada's Digital SuperclusterCherylMuir<div class="ExternalClass093B318463744B5FA8B7DE42BC98576C"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Bio coming soon!<em></em>​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></p></div>, Muir_Cheryl_Headshot_2023_sourced.png
Owner and President, Mustel Group12Owner and President, Mustel GroupEviMustel<div class="ExternalClass178FB4B3A8A643CF9DF3E470A19B4C41"><p>Owner of Mustel Group, a Vancouver-based market and opinion research company, Evi has over 30 years of experience in designing and conducting research on today's most important economic, environmental, and social issues.<br></p><p>Evi serves as Chair of the 58 West Hastings Advisory Committee (a joint partnership between City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Chinatown Foundation) and is a director of Shato Holdings (developer and owners of White Spot). Evi is also the Honorary Vice-Consul for Estonia in Vancouver.<br></p><p>In the past, she has served as director/executive board member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (past Policy Council Chair), YMCA, International Women's Forum (IWF), and Easy Park.<br></p><p>Evi is a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional (CAIP) and holds a BA with honours degree from McMaster University.<br></p></div>, EviMustel.jpg
President and CEO, Vancouver Community College45President and CEO, Vancouver Community CollegeAjayPatel<div class="ExternalClass839352D0A1B742C9B5D470ED0B26C68B"><p>​With over 20 years of experience in post-secondary, Ajay Patel was appointed President and CEO of Vancouver Community College (VCC) in January 2020, after joining VCC as Vice-President, Enterprise and International Development from his previous role as Vice President, External Development at Langara College.</p><p>As a provincial leader in the international education sector, Ajay played a key role in securing the University Mobility in Asia Pacific (UMAP) International Secretariat at VCC from 2021 to 2026. He recently completed his term as Chair for the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and will continue this year as Past Chair. He also serves as the Vice-Chair on the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE).  </p><p>In 2022, Ajay was appointed to the Multicultural Advisory Council of BC, the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) Board of Directors, and the Creative Technology Education Committee for DigiBC.</p><p>Ajay's ongoing commitment to International Education across the post-secondary sector was recognized in 2019 with the BC Council for International Education Distinguished Leadership Award. He has received numerous other awards including the City of Vancouver Parks and Recreation's Volunteer of the Year, the Sport BC President's Award, and the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award in 2021. </p><p>At VCC, one of Ajay's priorities is to lead the college into a promising future by implementing the Strategic Innovation Plan, including a Campus Plan designed to guide VCC's development over the next 10 years.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Patel_Ajay_Headshot_2023.png
Chief Executive Officer, MOSAIC13Chief Executive Officer, MOSAICOlgaStachova<div class="ExternalClass18C7824D64704934810BF303BD49D00A"><p>Olga Stachova is the CEO of MOSAIC: a registered charity serving immigrant, refugee, migrant and mainstream communities in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, as well as throughout the province of BC. Its broad range of services include settlement support, English language training, employment assistance, and family services among others. As one of the largest immigrant serving organizations, MOSAIC serves over 30,000 clients annually from 51 accessible locations in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.</p><p>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.</p><p>Olga joined MOSAIC after a long career as Chief Operating Officer at Mitacs, a national non-profit organization delivering research and training programs to graduate and postgraduate students in Canada through partnerships with the private sector and the federal and provincial governments.</p><p>Olga has a Master's Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. Prior to immigrating to Canada, she was Senior Project Manager at Management Partners, the leading HR consulting company in the Slovak market. She was highly successful in her role of recruiting personnel for international organizations opening subsidiaries in Slovakia.</p><p>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. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, Stachova_Olga_Headshot_2023.png
Senior Vice-President, Customer and Corporate Affairs, BC Hydro53Senior Vice-President, Customer and Corporate Affairs, BC HydroDianaStephenson<div class="ExternalClassB2746802B2024F67846620775C9EF419"><div><div><div><div>Diana Stephenson is BC Hydro’s Senior Vice-President of Customer and Corporate Affairs. She joined BC Hydro in December 2021, and has nearly two decades of electricity industry experience in Western Canada’s regulated and competitive electricity marketplaces. Diana’s team works directly with customers, stakeholders, Indigenous Nations, employees, regulatory bodies, and our shareholder – the provincial government – to support our customers, conservation and teams within our organization.</div><div><br>Before joining BC Hydro, Diana served as Vice-President, Public Affairs & Sustainability with ENMAX Corporation. During her time with ENMAX, she led the organization’s public affairs, shareholder relations, environmental, social and governance (ESG), branding, governance, communications, executive projects, organizational change management and community portfolios.<br><br>From 2010 to 2012, she was the Chief Governance Officer for Mountain Equipment Co-op, where she held a range of organizational and stakeholder accountabilities. She also worked for BC Hydro and the former BC Transmission Corporation from 2001 to 2010, holding roles in corporate governance, regulatory affairs and executive project management.<br><br>Diana currently serves on the board of WaterAid Canada, part of a global not for profit organization working to increase access to and awareness of the critical need for clean water, sanitation and hygiene in economically challenged and marginalized regions across the world. She is also on the Human Resources board committee of the BC SPCA.<br><br>Diana holds a Bachelor of Sociology from Simon Fraser University and a corporate governance designation from the Institute of Governance Professionals. ​<br></div></div></div></div></div>,
Director General, Business Growth & Competitiveness, Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)48Director General, Business Growth & Competitiveness, Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan)DavidTsui<div class="ExternalClassF7F0504A9082418BBB3A014827E7D62A"><p>David Tsui is currently Director General, Business Growth & Competitiveness at Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan). In this role, he leads the agency's investments into companies to help them scale globally and become more competitive.  Previously, he served as a trade commissioner at Global Affairs Canada, rising to Regional Director and Deputy Director where he led teams attracting investment and supporting ambitious BC companies to increase their global trade especially in the Indo-Pacific.  Specializing in Asia and technology, he has worked to increase Canada's advantages including initiatives improving Canada-US-Japan ties on quantum computing and understanding technology development in natural resources.</p><p>David represented Canada at the inaugural gathering of the Canada-Vietnam Joint Economic Committee in 2022 and began his federal career at other ministries including ISED and Privy Council Office where he developed economic intelligence on life sciences, climate technologies and venture capital. David has held business strategy positions at Societe Generale Hong Kong and in technology startups. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Political Science) from the University of British Columbia.<br></p><br></div>, Tsui_David_Headshot
Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam24Mayor, City of Port CoquitlamBradWest<div class="ExternalClass5295C6D2352244A491918F60F56F93A0"><p>Brad West was first elected Mayor in 2018, receiving the most votes ever by a municipal candidate in the city's history. In 2022, Brad was the first Mayor in Port Coquitlam to be acclaimed to another term in office.</p><p>Prior to his time as Mayor, Brad served three terms as a City Councillor. He is widely recognized for his strong, common sense leadership, his focus on what matters to Port Coquitlam families, and his ability to get things done.</p><p>Under Brad's leadership, Port Coquitlam has been making significant improvements to the quality of life of its residents. With a focus on delivering the core responsibilities of the city, there has been tremendous progress on the community's priorities while carefully and responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. Port Coquitlam is being widely recognized as one of the best cities to live in the province.</p><p>Brad is a life-long resident of Port Coquitlam and, along with his wife Blaire, is proud to be raising his two young sons in our community. The West family keeps busy with soccer, hockey, lacrosse and enjoying time in our beautiful parks and trails.</p><p>Brad is a graduate of the University of Victoria, St. Francis Xavier University and completed a program in Leadership at Harvard University.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, West_Brad_Headshot_2023.png
President and CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority52President and CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port AuthorityPeterXotta<div class="ExternalClass5D6284B9669C4D87A09C9138E98A820D"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​Peter Xotta is the president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency responsible for enabling Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port. Peter joined the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s executive leadership team over a decade ago, most recently serving as vice president, operations and supply chain.<div><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br><div>He started his port career over 35 years ago—nearly 30 of which have been spent at the port authority—and progressively advanced through various roles. Today, he applies the experiences, relationships, and passion he has cultivated throughout his life and career to his role as the port authority’s president and CEO. </div><div><br></div><div>Peter is particularly interested in work that keeps the port competitive and goods moving efficiently for the benefit of all Canadians, such as addressing resiliency and fragility in the supply chain and developing innovation within operational systems. </div><div><br></div><div>Prior to his appointment to president and CEO in 2023, Peter’s diverse portfolios at the port authority included port operations, business development and strategic projects. </div><div><br></div><div>Peter sits on the boards of Invest Vancouver Management, Burnaby Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. He previously served on the boards of the Freight Management Association of Canada and the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. He is also the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. </div><div><br></div><div>Peter has a master of business administration degree from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business and has served as a mentor in the program. </div><div><br></div></div></div>,
AVP & Chief Economist, Central 1 Credit Union54AVP & Chief Economist, Central 1 Credit UnionBryanYu<div class="ExternalClass7FC7969BB3CB4FE0805C1356199694D8"><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Bryan leads and mentors Central 1's team of economists who empower credit unions with practical and unbiased forecasting, reporting and analysis. The team provides objective, expert-driven economic analysis that enables credit unions to clearly evaluate issues emerging on an international, national and local level – helping credit unions make informed decisions.</p><p>Bryan joined Central 1 in 2010 and was most recently Deputy Chief Economist since 2017. In addition to managing the team's broad research agenda and economic forecasts, he continues to write key economic reports including interest rate forecasts, and economic outlooks and commentaries. </p><p>Prior to Central 1, Bryan was an economist at the B.C. Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. In addition to presenting his insight and analysis at over 100 events, Bryan has written a weekly article in the Vancouver Sun and then in Business in Vancouver. He is the past-president of the Association of Professional Economists of B.C.</p><p>Through his engaging economics reports Bryan has become Central 1's local celebrity, with his work featured by various media outlets including the Globe and Mail, BNN, Bloomberg and BC Business. When he's not keeping busy as our Chief Economist, Bryan can be found spending time with his wife and kids or volunteering with various charitable and industry associations.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></div>,

2024 Meetings




Invest Vancouver Management Board Meeting Vancouver Management Board Meeting2/2/2024 9:00:00 PM2/3/2024 1:00:00 AM, Agenda910513838Metro Vancouver Boardroom, Minutes, Presentation
Invest Vancouver Management Board Meeting Vancouver Management Board Meeting5/23/2024 5:15:00 PM5/23/2024 8:00:00 PM, Agenda949306959Metro Vancouver Boardroom, Presentation
Invest Vancouver Management Board Meeting Vancouver Management Board Meeting9/13/2024 8:00:00 PM9/14/2024 12:00:00 AMMetro Vancouver Boardroom
Invest Vancouver Management Board Meeting Vancouver Management Board Meeting11/21/2024 5:00:00 PM11/15/2024 8:00:00 PMMetro Vancouver Boardroom


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