2016-2017 Board of Directors

2016-2017 New Westminster Chamber of Commerce Leadership.

 

Stan Weismiller

Stan Weismiller
Chair

stan@winvan.com

Stan Weismiller was born and raised in Victoria and moved to Coquitlam in the early 1970s. The eldest of five children, he learned at an early age to work hard and finish what you start. Graduating from Centennial High School, he immediately registered at Simon Fraser University. Stan graduated SFU with a B.Sc. Co-op degree in 1981.

Stan started working at Winvan Paving Ltd., a family owned business, as a labourer on a full-time seasonal employee during the summers in the mid-1970s. After graduation from SFU he started in the business full-time as an estimator and is now Winvan’s President and General Manager. Winvan Paving Ltd. has been located in Braid Industrial Area of New Westminster since 1960 and is a road building company that specializes in asphalt and concrete paving, asphalt milling, grade preparation and road re-construction.

He and his wife raised their family in Abbotsford and volunteered in various groups such as Scouting, coaching sports and participating on Church committees. Stan works with his siblings in the business and he now has some of his family taking on important roles within the business.

Stan joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2013 after the Chamber’s Executive Director detailed the change in direction the Chamber Board of Directors was taking with local issues. He was asked to participate on the Board of Directors in the fall of 2013 to fill a vacancy. The first year of participating on the Board of Directors has been very interesting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.

The opportunities to learn about our City, the different types of businesses located within the City and the employees that earn a living by working in the community are interesting. The difficulties that businesses face with uncompetitive taxes, problematic environs and regulation changes are challenging. The rewarding aspect is that we all learn so much about each other while working together to address the challenges that local businesses face. We have a dedicated Board that works well together for the enhancement of the whole City.

 

 

James Woods

James Woods
Past Chair

woods@cassadylaw.com

James Woods is a business lawyer at Cassady & Company in New Westminster. He advises clients on most aspects of business law: starting or buying a business, leasing, employment issues, shareholder agreements, shareholder disputes, reorganizations, succession planning and selling a business. He also drafts wills and handles commercial loans and real estate deals. James’ clients range from start-ups to established multi-generational family businesses.

James grew up in Burnaby. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked in the sporting goods, telecommunications and news media industries. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian Studies from the University of British Columbia and his Law (Co-op) degree from the University of Victoria. James started his legal career as an adviser to public companies in the energy and mining sectors before switching focus to owner-operated businesses.

Outside the office and his duties with the Chamber, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys and playing tennis.

 

Stephen Bruyneel

Stephen Bruyneel
Chair Elect

bruyneel@telus.net

Stephen Bruyneel formed SB Communications & Public Affairs Ltd. in 2009 to offer clients the benefits of his 20+ years of senior experience in the private, public and government sectors. His clients include provincial Crown Corporations and Agencies, resource and energy companies, the transportation and infrastructure industry, the clean technology sector, progressive real estate developers, professional associations and not-for-profit groups.

Prior to opening his own firm, Stephen developed and/or led the communications and public affairs function at some of BC’s leading companies, including BC Hydro and Power Authority, the Corix Group and Couverdon, the real estate business of TimberWest Forest Corp. During this time he gained a reputation as an industry leader in strategic communications, issues management, business media relations and stakeholder relationship building.

Stephen has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology) and Master of Arts Degree (Political Science), both from the University of British Columbia. He has always been very active in the local community, including as a mentor in the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow program and a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, where he was an in-demand speaker for the Leadership Giving program. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Peter Baetsen

Peter Baetsen
Treasurer

peter.baetsen@gmail.com

Peter Baetsen is a Chartered Professional Accountant at McLaren Trefanenko Inc. in New Westminster. He assists business corporate clients and personal tax clients with financial statement preparation, tax returns, bookkeeping and payroll support.

Before moving to British Columbia, Peter grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. Prior to joining the NWCC board, Peter served as Chair of the CGA-BC Burnaby Royal City Chapter holding various volunteer positions over 5 years.

During the summer months, you can find Peter with his family, camping, berry picking, and attending the local farmer’s markets.

 

Paul Butler

Paul Butler
Executive Board Member

pbutler@wscu.com

Paul Butler is a highly qualified Branch Manager at the Hastings Heights branch of Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) in Burnaby. Born in New Westminster and raised in Burnaby, Paul returned to his New West roots upon completion of his undergraduate studies in Business Administration at the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic in 1998.  A graduate of St Thomas Moore Collegiate in Burnaby, Paul started his career working as a TEFL teacher before moving into the travel and tourism industry. Whilst living abroad between the early 1990’s until 2002, Paul operated a travel services business in Prague, where he learned first-hand the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.

Paul joined Westminster Savings in 2002, and has since completed his certification in Financial Management – Financial Planning, Distinctions in Business Management as well as Distinctions in Leadership at British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is currently completing his designation as a Fellow of the Credit Union Institute of Canada and a B.Comm Leadership at Thompson Rivers University. Paul is licensed as a Mutual Fund Representative and Branch Compliance Officer with Credential Asset Management Inc. from the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada.

Paul has extensive business experience in responding to the needs of members, delivering exceptional customer service and training employees to help them develop and reach their potential. With his desire to give back to the New West community and make a difference in the ongoing transformation of the city, Paul is well positioned to play an active role in connecting local businesses and advocating on their behalf through the Chamber.

Brett Pavan

Brett Pavan
Director

Brett.p@lnco.com

Brett Pavan is a partner of Loren Nancke & Company, an accounting firm that has been serving the community for over 25 years. Brett joined the firm in 2004 after several years of experience working with small businesses. Since that time, the firm has grown dramatically and is regularly recognized as a leading accounting firm in the lower mainland.

Brett specializes in personal and corporate tax services for incorporated professionals and small to medium-sized businesses. His role as partner is to mentor young members of the firm, help guide them in their professional development, and continue building a team that thrives and delivers exceptional service. He is passionate about teamwork, leadership and the principle that respect and trust is earned through commitment and dedication.

Widely known as “accountants with personality”, the Loren Nancke team has been a strong supporter of the New Westminster community and enthusiastic participants in community events. Brett actively promotes a healthy work-life balance and has a variety of interests including soccer and hiking the local trails with his dogs.

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Patti Goss

Patti Goss
Director

pattigoss@shaw.ca

Patti Goss has resided in New Westminster for the past 40 years and watched the City grow, develop and change so much, especially in the last 10 years. As a realtor with Re/Max Advantage for the past 23 years, it has been very interesting to observe.

She has been involved with the community pretty well the whole time she has lived here. First as her son was growing up she was on the New Westminster Hockey Association Board, New Westminster Baseball Association, as well as a member of the Parent Advisory Committee.

She was then asked to become a director for the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the board of the Burnaby/ New Westminster/ Tri Cities Real division. She has also volunteered with the “Meals on Wheels” program, for seniors for the past 15 years.

Patti Goss is happy to promote and sponsor all sorts of important and worthwhile events put on by different organizations throughout the year. In 2004 she was awarded the Realtors’ Care Award from the Real Estate board of Vancouver.

 

 

 

Lara Graham

Lara Graham
Director

lgraham@burnabynow.com

Lara has worked in community media for the past two decades in the lower mainland in a number of roles including senior account manager at the North Shore News, sales and marketing director with Burnaby NOW and The Record and most recently appointed to publisher in these two markets. Lara has also worked in sports marketing, spending a few years with the BC Lions Football team.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, she grew up in Coquitlam and graduated from BCIT in marketing management, specializing in advertising and sales. Lara has served as a director on the Lower Lonsdale Association Board and Burnaby Hospital Foundation and is currently on the board of directors for the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and Burnaby Board of Trade.

She is an expert in brand marketing and works with local business to extend their reach in print, digital and through social media. Lara publishes a number of magazines in as part of her publisher role with The Record and Burnaby NOW. Lara is married with two children and lives in Coquitlam.

Al Hyland

Al Hyland
Director

hylanda@douglascollege.ca

My background over the past 30 years has been in educational marketing and entertainment. I have served as director of marketing for a chain of Canadian art colleges and as vice-president of marketing for a chain of private career colleges. Before that I operated a record label and managed the Yale Hotel.

Al Hyland if a media strategist for Douglas College, British Columbia, and is a certified expert on online and mobile marketing, and web analytics. Previously he directed all marketing for two chains of Canadian career colleges. He currently serves on the Board of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce. Al is a graduated in business and marketing at Capilano University, and digital design at Thompson Rivers University. He was honored with a President’s Distinguished Service Award from Douglas College. He holds certifications in six online, social media, and mobile marketing platforms

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Rnold Smith

Rnold Smith
Director

Rnold2@gmail.com

Ronold has been in a leadership role in business for over a decade and has been an entrepreneur since he was a teenager. Over the course of his career he has set the example of continuous improvement on both a personal and professional level.

His passion for supporting people to live outstanding lives has made the development of excellent teams one of his highest priorities. He has extensive experience in customer service, business strategy, business management, sales and marketing.

He has worked in the following industries, Law, Corporate Finance, Film and TV, SaaS (Software as a Service), Not for Profit, Professional Services, Live Entertainment Events, and the Hospitality Industry, Business Consulting and Education. His board experience helps him understand the challenges of many different types’ organizations which he uses to help his clients get the results they really want.

Rowland England

Rowland England
Director

rengland@starlightcasino.ca

Rowland England grew up in England for the first 22 years of his life, then after travelling all over the world settled in Canada, spending 3 years living in Whistler, 3 years in Toronto and the remainder in Vancouver. He has spent his entire career working in the hospitality industry, working for major corporation such as Whitbread Brewing in the UK, Hard Rock Café in Whistler, The Keg in Vancouver and currently he is the General Manager of Starlight Casino, after spending 9 years in the BC casino industry. The last 3 years have been spent with Gateway Casino & Entertainment Ltd. as the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis and 6 years prior to that were with Great Canadian Casinos in senior analytical roles.

Rowland has a passion for the mountains and the city lifestyle that Vancouver can offer. He loves spending time with his 2 children and all the activities they can get involved in.

Rowland is an accountant with a CPA, CMA designation and also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honors in Hotel & Catering Management from the University of Portsmouth, UK. He has a great interest in seeing New Westminster flourish as a city and sits on the Board of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce and also as a Director on the Board of Tourism New West.

Angela Falbo

Angela Falbo
Director

angfalbo@gmail.com

Angela Falbo was born in Burnaby and moved to New Westminster to attend high school in 2001. She loves her adopted city and makes giving back to her community a priority which is one of the many reasons she is delighted to be a member of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce.

Angela is a Key Account Manager at FortisBC where she works with a variety of large key commercial accounts and plays an integral role in the retention and growth strategies for her sectors. Previously, Angela implemented and designed energy efficiency programs for low income customers at BC Hydro. She believes energy efficiency and energy management practices in business are important and should be strategically and thoughtfully done so companies can maintain a cost effective bottom line that ensures they can keep their focus on their business.

Angela has spent time volunteering with Big Sisters of BC, Junior Achievement and coaching a high school volleyball team. She enjoys reading, golf, tennis and exploring New Westminster with her fiancé, Kyle.

 

 

Karima Jivraj

Karima Jivraj
Director

Bof7034@bosleys.com

Karima Jivraj started her career with the Royal Bank of Canada in 1990. After leaving the RBC in 1995 and doing some travelling, Karima came back to focus on a career in facilities management with companies like Purolator, Rogers, Seeton Shinkewski Design Group. Xanatrex Technologies and finishing off at the UBC Building Operations department in August of 2010.

 

In March 2011, after several months of intense hands on training, Karima became a franchise owner and opened a Bosley’s by PetValu store in New Westminster at Columbia Square. Her award-winning, community-focused, business is the premier destination for those with loveable furry family. Since opening her business in 2011, Karima and her team assist several local rescues and the New Westminster Animal Shelter by arranging pet adoptions into forever-homes and doing fundraising and community outreach events.

 

In a short-time, Karima has made a strong, positive impact in the community, developing relationships with locals and their furry friends. The Bosley’s New West team can be seen throughout the year at several key community events like the Pawfest, Downtown New Westminster events, and in store events. The store is also well known for popular annual community events.

 

Dae San Oh

Dae San Oh
Director

DaeSan.Oh@BDC.ca

Dae San Oh is an Account Manager at Business Development Bank of Canada. He supports entrepreneurs in all industries and all stages of development facilitate their growth and success by providing professional advice and business financing. He also works with BDC Capital and BDC Advantage who offer Venture Capital and Consulting services to meet the unique needs of SME’s.

 

Dae San was born and raised in Korea and moved to Canada when he was 16. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting form University of British Columbia and also attended Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Korea University during his study. Before starting his career in Commercial Banking, he worked at PwC Korea.

 

Having been a professional Taekwondo athlete, he enjoys practicing after work hours with his fellow masters.

 

Franko Borri

Franko Borri
Director

franko@fraserriverpb.com