DVA Board of Directors 2011-12

President, Ross Wheatley – President, Heritage Office Furnishings

Ross Wheatley Ross Wheatley is the President and Partner at Heritage Office Furnishings based out of the Vancouver Head office.  He joined Heritage in 1981 and has held a number of marketing related positions from general line sales through to his current position.  Ross also currently acts as a Director for the IFMABC; the International Management Facility Management Association as well as being a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Membership committee.  Representing Heritage Office Furniture and being a native Vancouverite, Ross is keenly interested in the successful development of our city from a social and economic point of view.  Heritage Office Furnishings lives and breathes with the success of Vancouver and BC as a whole.

Graham McGarva First Vice President, Urban Development & Transportation Committee
Graham McGarva – Principal, VIA Architecture

Graham McGarva is a Principal of VIA Architecture. His 30+ years of experience in the planning and architecture of progressive “community building” projects include the place-making of numerous elements of the redevelopment of Vancouver’s False Creek—Concord Pacific Place, GM Place, International Village, Roundhouse Neighbourhood, the master planning for Southeast False Creek model sustainable community—and the Millennium and Canada rapid transit lines. Graham’s many municipal assignments often require the integration of disparate professional disciplines and stakeholders. Outside of Canada, Graham has helped VIA to establish an office in Seattle, and has worked in China, Russia, Malaysia, and the USA.

Herman Mah Second Vice President, Community Issues Committee
Herman Mah – Campus Manager, BCIT Downtown Campus

Herman Mah is the manager of the BCIT Downtown Campus. His portfolio also encompasses managing commercial real estate leases at the various BCIT satellite campuses. His professional experience includes being the general manager of the Great Northern Way Campus, the marketing manager for the former Open Learning Agency, and working in new media with the online Yellow Pages. In terms of community involvement, he serves as a VP of the DVA and is the chair of its Community Issues committee. Herman is a mentor with the Vancouver Board of Trade "Leaders of Tomorrow" Program. He was also very active as a Big Brother to four "little brothers" over a span of 20 years.

Raewyn Seeto Treasurer and Vice President, Small Business
Raewyn Seeto - Senior Manager, Hay & Watson Chartered Accountants

Raewyn grew up in South Vancouver and now lives and works in Downtown Vancouver. Raewyn is an audit senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP, working on a variety of different clients from clients in the manufacturing industry to clients in construction and real estate. She obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2000, after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. At play, Raewyn enjoys travelling, skiing, golfing, hiking and dining at her favourite downtown restaurants. She is looking forward to continuing her work with the Downtown Vancouver Association.

Keith Sashaw - President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association

Keith Sashaw was appointed the President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association on March 26th, 2001. In that position, he is the senior staff person of the largest construction association in BC, representing particpants in the non-wood frame construction industry. Prior to coming to VRCA, Mr. Sashaw was the Executive VP of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC, the provincial trade association representing the electrical contracting industry. Mr. Sashaw was the Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Home Builders' Association of BC from 1985 to 1999, and was responsible for the operations of the industry association representing the residential construction industry at the provincial level.

Mr. Sashaw has been active in a number of other areas, including serving as Secretary to the VanASEP Training Society, an innovative partnership focused on working with the aboriginal community to train workers for the construction industry. In addition, he serves on a number of advisory committees for BCIT and other organizations and is the co-chair of the Construction Cluster for Building opportunities with Business organization, and is a Trustee to the BCCA Group Benefit Plan.

Vice President, Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee
Max Reimer – Artistic Managing Director, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company

Max has acted, choreographed and directed at most major regional theatres in Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, London, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ottawa and Charlottetown. He was Managing Artistic Director at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario (1996 - 2008), and became the Artistic Managing Director of the Playhouse Theatre Company in Vancouver in 2009.



Greg Ford - Managing Partner and VP, Pacific Region, The Headhunters Inc.

Greg is the Managing Partner & Co-Founder of The Headhunters Inc. as well as TalentClick Employee Assessments.  Before that, Greg worked as a Partner at The Caldwell Partners International, and as VP of a national consulting company. Clients have included many Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Finning, Telus, Deloitte, and more. Greg also teaches at Simon Fraser University and is a speaker and published author. He lives in North Vancouver, Canada with his wife and three children and enjoys skiing, golfing, and hockey.

Doug King - Fenix Energy

Dave Leung – Project Manager, Westbank Projects Corporation

Dave Leung is Development Manager and Project Director for Westbank Projects Corp. a real estate development company in Vancouver.  On behalf of Westbank, Dave has managed a number of projects for the Westbank since 1998 of various building types and uses, such as the Woodward’s Redevelopment.  Dave is also a registered architect and a Member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.  Prior to joining Westbank, Dave was an Associate with a medium-size architectural firm.  Dave’s interest in the Vancouver Downtown is business and personal since Dave works and lives in downtown.

Jas Sandhu Director
Jas Sandhu – Vice President, Colliers International

Jas is part of the investment and land divisions and has worked with a number of national and international organizations providing a variety of real estate services. Assignments include land and investment properties acquisitions and dispositions, property valuations, and strategies planning of real estate assets. Public clients include the Ministry of Transportation and the Government of Canada; Private clients include Intrawest Corporation, TD Canada Trust and Concert Properties Ltd. Jas volunteers his time for a variety of community organizations, including: Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP): Development Issue Committee, Member, Vancouver Board of Trade: Economic Development Committee, Director, Downtown Vancouver Association (D.V.A.), Vice President, Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (B.C.), Member, City of Surrey: Development Advisory Committee, and Charter Member, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE).

Bruce Shepherd – Pacific Newspaper Group

Bruce Shepherd is the Director of Retail Advertising for Pacific Newspaper Group. Bruce joined The Vancouver Sun and The Province in 1995 and has extensive Sales and Marketing experience in newspaper, television and radio. Bruce graduated from BCIT Broadcast Communications in 1991 and is still an active member of BCIT Alumni as a guest lecturer. He has recently joined the Children's Hospital volunteer team and has been an active fundraiser for Canuck Place and Raise-A-Reader for many years. In 2002, he won Canwest's highest honour, the prestigous Izzy Asper Award for innovation and dedication to the community. As a lifelong resident of Vancouver and one of the DVA's newest members, Bruce is excited about contributing to his City through the DVA.

Dick Vollet – CEO, Streetohome

Dick Vollet has 20 years experience as an executive in Vancouver, most recently as Vice President, Mountain Operations with the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Committee. Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years in a variety of executive roles with a focus on operational execution, recruitment and development, organizational expansion or growth, and strategic implementation. He has served as member of the Board of Governors with the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and Junior Achievement, has served on the Board of Advisors to Ronald McDonald House and volunteers with the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

Jinny Wu – Communications Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre


Laurie Anderson – Executive Director, SFU Vancouver

Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of SFU Vancouver. Anderson has worked at the school board in a senior leadership capacity for the past 12 years. He began as director of community and continuing education services, moved to associate superintendent in 2002 and was interim superintendent in a transitional phase in 2009. SFU’s executive search committee was unanimous, citing the complexity of his background in a large urban educational organization combined with his self-professed vocation for teaching. Anderson has a long history with SFU and its flexible degree-completion options, having earned three education degrees at the university while working full-time.

Paul Dragan – Owner, Reckless Bike Stores

Paul Dragan owns Reckless Bike Stores. He’s a guy with one goal in mind. More people riding more bikes, more often. Not just because it’s good business, but also because cycling is Paul’s passion. His love of bikes blossomed when he was a competitive cyclist. Now, that same drive to lead the pack motivates him to make cycling accessible to all and fuels his commitment to making Reckless Bike Stores great places to shop for cycling products.

Like all good leaders, Paul walks his talk, almost always commuting by bike, whether he’s headed to one of the Reckless locations or the many meetings in his schedule. Paul’s successes give him opportunities to give back to the cycling community too. He’s a valued member of the City of Vancouver’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. As a Director of the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC), Dragan represents fellow retailers at the national level. Most recently, as Vice-President of the Third Wave Cycling consulting group, Paul’s expertise is helping cities and municipalities understand how better cycling infrastructure is a great investment and a perfect way to deliver quality of life improvements and economic benefits to their regions.

Marni Fraser - Operations Manager, UBC Robson Square

Sharman King Director
Sharman King – CEO, Book Warehouse

Sharman King has been CEO of the Book Warehouse group since its formation in B.C. in 1980 and has overseen its steady growth to become a dominant multi-store bookseller in the Greater Vancouver area. Mr. King is also active as a performing professional musician in studios and theatres. He is currently bass trombonist of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and was previously bass trombonist of both the Edmonton Symphony orchestra and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra. Mr. King was a member of the famed Buddy Rich Orchestra and has been privileged to perform with Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Paul Anka, Jack Jones, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach and Luciano Pavarotti. He has appeared in over three hundred television programs in international distribution.

He is active as a board member of The Downtown Vancouver Association, The Vancouver Musicians Association, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, MusicFest Vancouver and the advisory committees of Vancouver City College and Douglas College.  He is currently a member of the Finance committee for Vancouver Opera is a voting member of both the Academy of Recorded Arts and Sciences and the Canadian Music Centre.

Dennis Ng - President and CEO, King George Financial Corporation

Dennis Ng is the President and CEO of King George Financial Corporation, a real estate company headquartered in Vancouver. Born in Singapore and raised in Vancouver, he is a graduate of UBC who has worked in Construction IT and Real Estate over the last 10 years. Dennis also serves as a director of CT Management Corporation and Allied Hotel Properties Inc.


Jim Nicholson - Director, Customer Care – BC Hydro

Jim Nicholson is currently the Director, Customer Care for BC Hydro. A respected leader in BC, Jim has held senior leadership roles with Transcontinental Printing, ACR Group, Knightsbridge, and Fletcher Challenge Canada. His background includes leadership roles in international sales and marketing, manufacturing, supply chain and human resource management.

Jim is active in a number of industry associations and is a Past Vice President of the Board for the North Shore Counseling Centre Society. He is longstanding member of the Vancouver Board of Trade, the BC Human Resource Management Association and is currently the Vice Chair, Customer Connections and a member of the Executive Planning Committee for Western Energy Institute representing leading Western North American Utilities. He serves on the Customer Council for the Canadian Electricity Association which represents Utilities across Canada as well as a number of internal Executive Steering and Governance committees within BC Hydro.

Jim is a Certified Master Trainer, BCIT graduate and has completed Executive programs at the University of British Columbia and The Kellogg School of Management.

George Wong – Principal, Magnum Properties Limited

A recognized leader in the marketing and sales of condominium projects since 1991, George Wong is renowned for his ability to create effective and efficient sales and marketing programs that speak directly to an identified target audience, resulting in high-velocity absorption and an increased return on marketing investment.

George is a regular guest speaker at the Urban Development Institute and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Under George's leadership, the Magnum team has sold more than 6,800 unites with a total value of more than $2.6 billion.

George is enthusiastic about joining the Downtown Vancouver Association and contributing to his city.


Lyn HellyarWest End Business Improvement Association

Ultan Kampff - Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA)

Claude Lemay - Strathcona Business Improvement Association

Wes Regan - Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA)

Wes Regan is the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HXBIA). HXBIA is one of Vancouver's newest Business Improvement Areas, located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where Wes has worked in the non-profit Community Economic Development sector since 2009. Passionate about the green economy and local food, Wes is a founding member of the Vancouver Urban Farmers Network. Equally passionate about education, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Langara College Alumni Association and is a student mentor with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment.


Roger Bayley Roger Bayley – Principal, Merrick Architecture

Roger Bayley is principal of Merrick Architecture, which he co founded in 1984 with Principal Paul Merrick. Roger currently serves as the Design Manager for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Village development, Millennium Water. This clearly defined role within the project’s architectural contract addresses the coordination of the 150-plus consultant teams across all aspects of the project. Roger prepared and wrote the original RFP submission for the Olympic Village on behalf of the developer, Millennium SEFC Properties Limited, including assembly of the consultant team, the scope of work proposed, and the scheduling and program definition. This 300-page program document has defined the evolution of the project since its award in April 2006 and continues to provide the framework for the coordination of the consultant teams and two major contractors. Roger has also been instrumental in addressing the concerns and demands of the City of Vancouver Planning and Permitting team, the sustainability objectives, client coordination and requirements of The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee’s 2010 ‘overlay’ and operational program  that will see the housing of 2800 athletes for the 2010 games.

Phil Boname Phil Boname – Urbanics Consultants

The founder and President of Urbanics Consultants Ltd., Mr. Boname has had over 45 years of experience in all facets of urban land economics and development consulting. He has been directly involved in the planning, programming and implementation processes of numerous publicly and privately initiated development projects throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

As well as his work for Urbanics, he holds numerous positions, both past and present, with such organizations as the Vancouver City Planning Commission (Vice Chairman); The International Council of Shopping Centres (Faculty Advisor); the Washington, DC.-based International Downtown Association (Chairman); National Capital Commission’s Advisory Committee (Chairman); the Downtown Vancouver Association (President); The Urban Development Institute, Pacific Region (Founding Director and Vice President); and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (Founding Director and Vice President).

Robert Glass - Development Partner, Macdonald Development Corporation

A native of Vancouver, Bob spent the early part of his career in St. John's Newfoundland where he was the Vice-President, Finance for the largest property development company in Atlantic provinces. Upon his return to Vancouver 19 years ago, Bob joined Macdonald Development as a development partner for a number of development and investment projects in BC and Alberta. Bob has five children and he resides in Vancouver with his wife, Linda. Bob has been a director of the DVA for the past 10 years and is a Board member of the DVBIA.

Peter Jackman Peter Jackman – Director, Development & Donor Services, Vancouver Foundation

Vancouver Foundation started in 1943 with one person, $1,000 and a vision. Investment has since grown over time to make Vancouver Foundation the largest community foundation in Canada and one of the largest in North America with more than $700 million distributed across BC over the last 67 years. Peter is engaged in the community as Vice President of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, board member of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund as well as past President of the Downtown Vancouver Association.

Ray LeBlond Ray LeBlond – Director, Corporate Development & Communications, Tourism BC

Ray LeBlond joined Tourism BC in 2000. In recent years, much of his focus has been on maximizing the tourism opportunities associated with hosting the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Ray has been involved in key roles with several diverse organizations. He served as president of the Downtown Vancouver Association for three years, and is a past-president of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He was a founding member of the Advisory Board for the MBA in Public Relations and Communications Management program at Royal Roads University, and spent five years on the Executive of the Board of EasyPark in Vancouver. In February 2008, he was appointed by City Council to the Vancouver City Planning Commission. 2009 activities include helping create the BC Partnership for Sustainable Tourism and serving on the Host Committee for the 2009 Junos Awards.

John Rogers John Rogers – Partner, Burns Fitzpatrick, Rogers & Schwartz, LLP

John is a partner in Burns, Fitzpatrick, Rogers & Schwartz, LLP, a downtown Vancouver law form.  He commenced his practise with The Office of the Public Trustee and prior to joining the firm, had been a partner with other Downtown Vancouver law firms. He is a registered Trade Mark Agent.

Appointments and community activities include:  Past Lecturer Justice Institute, occasional Lecturer Professional Legal Training (Bar Admission) course on corporate, real estate and business law; Lecturer 2001 Symposium of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys on International Aspects of Trusts; Contributing Author BC Personal Property Security Practice Manual; Occasional commentator on legal matters on radio and television; Director EasyPark, Past President of Downtown Vancouver Association, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and West Richmond Community Association. Past Coach Richmond Bantam Baseball.


Honourable Larry Campbell The Honourable Larry W. Campbell - Senator – Senate of Canada

Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, Campbell became a steelworker in Hamilton in the 1960s. In his first career move, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was transferred to Vancouver in 1969, later joining the RCMP drug squad in 1973. With more than twelve years experience with the RCMP, Campbell transitioned into death investigation, establishing Vancouver’s first District Coroner’s Office in 1981 and becoming the Chief Coroner for British Columbia in 1996. In this capacity, he became the inspiration behind the popular CBC drama Da Vinci’s Inquest, as well as its spin-off, Da Vinci’s City Hall. Larry Campbell was intimately involved with the television programs, writing and collaborating on scripts for the series.

A huge proponent of the Four Pillars approach to ending drug abuse, Campbell ran for Mayor when he felt this strategy was being neglected. In 2002 he was elected by the citizens of Vancouver under the banner of the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) in what was a landslide election. Carrying on the legacy of his predecessor Philip Owen, Mayor Campbell spearheaded the approval and establishment of North America’s first legal safe injection site and continued to champion the Four Pillars Drug strategy. In addition to drug and crime prevention, he was also instrumental in the successful Vancouver bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In August 2005, Campbell was summoned to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Paul Martin. As a Senator, Campbell has continued his work on drug policy, mental health, and aboriginal issues. Senator Campbell is currently a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Aboriginal Peoples and Legal and Constitutional Affairs. In addition, he is a member of the Liberal Urban Caucus and continues to work as an advocate for Canadian municipalities. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from City University in Vancouver.

Ann Cowan Ann Cowan


Jeff Dowle Jeff Dowle

Jeff is a long time Vancouver resident, active at senior levels in business and the community. Formerly Executive Vice President at HSBC Bank Canada, he is now involved with a number of charity and business Boards including: Apec Business Advisory Council - Member for Canada, Vancouver Board of Trade - Past Chair/Governor, BC Children's Hospital Foundation - Past Vice-Chair/Governor, Vancouver Foundation – Director, Vistra Capital Corp – Advisor, Upper Canada Forest Products Group – Director. In 2003 Jeff was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal and in 2005 he received the British Columbia Community Achievement Award.

Philip W. Owen

Dave Park

Leslie Peterson Leslie Peterson, Q.C. - Boughton Law Corporation

Les Peterson is a founding partner of the firm and continues to practice in corporate/ commercial, conflicts adjudication, transportation and administrative law matters. Mr. Peterson represents clients in making submissions to all levels of government and appears before administrative boards and regulatory tribunals. He has also served as an arbitrator in international commercial and other arbitrations. Career Highlights include: Past Attorney-General of British Columbia (1968-1972), Chanellor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, Member, Order of Canada and Fellow, Royal Society of the Arts.

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