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Invest Vancouver / About Us / Governance

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

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.

 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>,
Chair of the Board, Coast Capital Savings10Chair of the Board, Coast Capital SavingsRobertArmstrong<div class="ExternalClass45EBECCD4E444A10A586DCF54311CCD1"><p>Bob is a seasoned executive and corporate director who contributes his financial expertise, governance experience, communication skills and understanding of customer-focused technology to his board and advisory roles.  Bob is Board Chair of Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union and he also serves on the boards of the Rocky Mountaineer and Ballet BC. </p><p>In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Bob works with a number of non-profit and community organizations.  He chairs the board of the Chris Spencer Foundation and is an active member of Social Venture Partners.</p><p>Prior to focusing on board and advisory work, Bob spent 18 years with Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where he held several executive positions including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Strategic Development Officer. Bob is an FCPA/FCA and has his ICD.D designation.</p><p>Bob is a lifelong resident of Metro Vancouver and he and his wife have three adult children.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Armstrong_Robert_Headshot_2023.png
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
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>,
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 Chief Executive Officer, BC Hydro44President and Chief Executive Officer, BC HydroChrisO'Riley<div class="ExternalClass09269B7C9341422AB5BF8A2D64E80CAA"><p>​Chris O'Riley leads BC Hydro, B.C.'s largest Crown corporation and the fourth largest company in the province as ranked by annual revenue. Powered by water, BC Hydro safely provides reliable, affordable, clean electricity to its five million customers. To ensure a reliable supply of this critical product, BC Hydro is spending approximately $2.9 billion per year over the next 10 years to refurbish and expand its electricity assets. With construction of the Site C Project currently underway, BC Hydro continues to seek opportunities to support clean energy development in B.C., such as through low-carbon electrification.</p><p>Chris has held positions throughout the organization and across the province during his 32-year career with BC Hydro, including working with customers, leading operations, overseeing capital projects, and managing risk for BC Hydro's trading subsidiary, Powerex. Chris is a Professional Engineer in electrical engineering and holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.<br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end"></span><br></p></div>, ORiley_Chris_Headshot_2023.png
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, Translink29Chief Executive Officer, TranslinkKevinQuinn<div class="ExternalClassDB65E5E26F5D451D92A3D716006ECFBC"><p>Kevin Quinn is the Chief Executive Officer of TransLink, Metro Vancouver's award-winning transportation authority. As CEO, Kevin Quinn oversees management, planning, finance, and the growth and delivery of bus services, SkyTrain, SeaBus, HandyDART, and West Coast Express transit services, as well as cycling and walking infrastructure, five bridges, and the Major Road Network.</p><p>Under Kevin's leadership, TransLink has released several plans that shape the future of transportation in the region, including Transport 2050, TransLink's latest Regional Transportation Strategy and Transport 2050: 10-Year Priorities, the Climate Action Strategy, the Customer Experience Action Plan, the 2022 Investment Plan, and the Real Estate Development Program.  </p><p>With sights set on the future and feet grounded in the present, Kevin takes every opportunity to listen to customers' needs and ensures that TransLink continues to make strides forward for a better tomorrow by putting sustainability, reconciliation, and inclusion at the forefront.</p><p>Kevin serves on the board of directors for the American Public Transportation Association and is a member of the Presidents Group, a group of executives championing accessible and inclusive workplaces.</p><p>Prior to his time at TransLink, Kevin served as Administrator and CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA). Kevin holds a master's degree in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and was recognized as one of Mass Transit magazine's Top 40 under 40 transit professionals.<br></p><p><br></p></div>, Quinn_Kevin_Headshot_2023.png
President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of Vancouver27President and Chief Executive Officer, Port of VancouverRobinSilvester<div class="ExternalClass0D4CC7E9BED04758B1BDFB469242D667"><p>Robin Silvester leads 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. The port handles approximately $200 billion in trade annually and sustains 115,000 jobs across Canada in the supply chain alone. </p><p>In just over a decade leading the port authority, Robin has overseen unprecedented port growth due to port authority-led infrastructure investments in Vancouver's gateway, which have supported and catalyzed private-sector investments throughout the port. During Robin's tenure, these investments in the gateway have helped drive more than 40% growth in international trade through the Port of Vancouver. </p><p>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.  </p><p>Prior to joining the port authority Robin held senior roles in a variety of industries including executive roles with P&O Ports based in London, Vancouver and Sydney.</p><p>He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Cambridge University and has completed a corporate finance program at the London Business School, and the ICD Directors Education Program.  </p><p>Robin is currently a board member and former chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, a vice president representing North America at the International Association of Ports and Harbors, an executive member and chair of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, a director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council, and a member of the executive committee of the British Columbia Business Council. </p><p>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. He has served as chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, including chair of its Policy Council, and a past board member of the British Columbia Maritime Employers' Association, and of the Canada West Foundation. <br></p><p><br></p></div>, Silvester_Robin_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
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_Headshot2023.png
President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority26President & CEO, Vancouver Airport AuthorityTamaraVrooman<div class="ExternalClass2F014928D4DD4F24B5A7FA3B3FEDF136"><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p></div><br>,
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

2023 Meetings




Invest Vancouver Management Board Vancouver Management Board2/10/2023 9:00:00 PM2/11/2023 12:00:00 AM, Agenda797791489Metro Vancouver Boardroom, Minutes, Presentation
Invest Vancouver Management Board Vancouver Management Board4/21/2023 5:30:00 PM4/21/2023 7:00:00 PM, AgendaMetro Vancouver Boardroom, Minutes, Presentation
Invest Vancouver Management Board Vancouver Management Board7/14/2023 4:00:00 PM7/14/2023 7:00:00 PM, AgendaMetro Vancouver Boardroom
Invest Vancouver Management Board Vancouver Management Board10/13/2023 4:00:00 PM10/13/2023 7:00:00 PMMetro Vancouver Boardroom


Invest Vancouver acknowledges that the Metro Vancouver region’s residents live, work, and learn on the shared territories of many Indigenous peoples, including 10 local First Nations: q́ićəý̓(Katzie), q́ʷɑ:ńƛ̓əń (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), máthxwi (Matsqui), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), qiqéyt (Qayqayt), se’mya’me (Semiahmoo), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), scəẃaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) and sə́lílwətaʔɬ (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.

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