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President1PresidentDavidFlaksPresident<div class="ExternalClass6A99C770380F44D0A1AAD94233D037A2"><p>​David Flaks has devoted the last decade of his professional career to economic development and, more specifically, to helping build an economy that serves and strengthens all communities, and that works for and uplifts all residents.</p><p>Most recently, David served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), Southern California’s premier economic development leadership organization. In this role, he leveraged and brought together the capabilities of the LAEDC’s mission-delivery department areas into a single powerful and collaborative force, integrating expert economic research and applied analysis teams with a highly effective “idea to export” capacity building program, along with the public policy, advocacy and message delivery systems.</p><p>Prior to that, David held the position of LAEDC Senior Vice President (SVP) of Strategic Initiatives where he implemented the first-ever, consensus Strategic Plan for Economic Development in L.A. County, and helped shape legislation and policies on key economic development issues.</p><p>Prior to the LAEDC, David served as Communications Director for the Democratic nominee in a US Congressional race, and previous to that, served as President of David Flaks Capital, a DC-based financial advisory services firm, which helped arrange for the placement of more than $102M in equity and debt securities for medical technology companies.<br></p><p>David received a B.S. in Philosophy with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin, his J.D. from American University, Cum Laude, and graduated as Valedictorian from the George Washington University with a M.A. in Political Management.<br></p> <br></div>https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/DaveFlaks.jpg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/DaveFlaks.jpg
Executive Vice President2Executive Vice PresidentJacquieGriffithsExecutive Vice President<div class="ExternalClass62E3D7968A99400691C6D0BDCB17A602"><p>​Since 2014, Jacquie has been the Director of Regional Employers Services with Metro Vancouver. In this role, she led a team providing human resources and workforce strategy support to local governments in the Metro Vancouver region.</p><p>She has worked in the mining, banking, education and municipal sectors and progressed through a series of roles including that of Chief Negotiator for the BC Public School Employers’ Association. In addition, Jacquie served three terms as a Referee for the Employment Insurance Commission of Canada and has been recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s “40 Under Forty”.</p><p>Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia as well as a Master of Arts from Royal Roads University. As a volunteer, Jacquie has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and is currently a director and chairs the finance committee for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) BC and Yukon.<br></p><p><br></p></div>https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/JacquieGriffiths.jpg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/JacquieGriffiths.jpg
Vice President, Strategic Investments3Vice President, Strategic InvestmentsChrisHeineVice President, Strategic Investments<div class="ExternalClassFB50E360AEAE429CA0F150AAC351F746"><p>​Chris Heine has served in trade promotion and investment attraction roles for almost 10 years, helping overseas companies recognize B.C. as a preferred place to do business and supporting B.C. companies to access export opportunities in new markets. In his investor services capacity with the Province of B.C., Heine worked to attract job-creating foreign direct investment to all corners of B.C., supporting international clients in making positive and informed business decisions for the benefit of our industries and our communities. Most recently, Heine was seconded to the position of regional trade commissioner with the federal government, supporting B.C. advanced manufacturing clients and promoting intergovernmental collaboration.<br></p></div>https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/ChrisHeine.jpg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/ChrisHeine.jpg
Vice President, Regional Collaboration4Vice President, Regional CollaborationKatieFitzmauriceVice President, Regional Collaboration<div class="ExternalClass8F27747D01A54447A5DAFCC0171E75A0"><p>​Responsible for identifying and developing key partnership opportunities and collaborative efforts, Katie Fitzmaurice is committed to advancing equitable and sustainable prosperity throughout the Metro Vancouver region.</p><p>Most recently, Katie was a Senior Regional Human Resources Advisor for Regional Employers Services with Metro Vancouver. In this role, she developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to identifying and addressing workforce labour supply challenges to local government employers within the Metro Vancouver region.</p><p>Prior to joining Metro Vancouver, she has worked for the Business Council of British Columba, the BC Public School Employers’ Association, and BC Hydro. Katie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Her proudest volunteer role to date involves leading a bike ride 4,500 kilometers from Amsterdam to Istanbul to fundraise money for a socially innovative project.<br></p><p><br></p></div>https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/KatieFitzmaurice.jpeg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/KatieFitzmaurice.jpeg
Senior Advisor5Senior AdvisorMeganGerrytsSenior Advisor<div class="ExternalClass3E10973FBD1B4438BCED909A3AE69DA5"><p>Since 2016, Megan has held positions of progressive responsibility in Metro Vancouver’s CAO’s Office. In her previous role, she was responsible for leading policy development initiatives and managing corporate-wide programs with a focus on enhancing the sustainability and resilience of the organization.</p><p>Megan has a Bachelor of Arts, as well as a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. She brings a passion for local government and seeks to collaboratively develop solutions for tackling the issues facing the Metro Vancouver region. She has held positions at the federal, provincial and local levels of government.<br></p><p><br></p></div>https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/MeganGerryts.jpg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/MeganGerryts.jpg
Corporate Project Coordinator6Corporate Project CoordinatorPeytonWinsladeCorporate Project Coordinatorhttps://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/PeytonWinslade.jpg, https://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/PeytonWinslade.jpg
Office Coordinator7Office CoordinatorSilvanaMahOffice Coordinatorhttps://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/FemalePlaceholder.JPG, Placeholder
Senior Economist8Senior EconomistGregoryFreemanSenior Economisthttps://investvancouver.ca/about/our-team/PublishingImages/MalePlacerholder.JPG, Placeholder

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

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