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Brian Szabo has been a director of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce since 2015. He is a Partner with BDO Canada, focusing primarily on providing assurance and advisory services to private companies in the real estate sector, and to various public sector organizations, including local governments, colleges, health authorities and school boards. Brian counts a number of North Vancouver private companies and public sector organizations among his clients. Brian was also on the board of directors of the BC Government Finance Officers Association for 12 years, and is a past director and board president of the North Shore Chena Swim Club. Brian and his family are long-time residents of North Vancouver. He can often be seen on his bike or running one of the many trails of the North Shore mountains.
Scott Allman is the AVP, Business Group at BlueShore Financial. His leadership experience comes from 18 years in the financial services industry, 15 of those at BlueShore. Scott and his team of advisors focus on supporting the success of the local business community by providing personalized, expert financial advice to their clients. He enjoys connecting with business owners to learn how he and his team can help them achieve their goals. He also strongly believes in the value of creating a common voice advocating for shared community interests. Scott previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce and holds an MBA and financial planning designation.
Dave Dunbar joined Western Stevedoring in 1997 as Controller. He was appointed Group Controller, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary in 2011. Prior to joining Western, he spent several years with Cominco Ltd. at various locations including the start-up and operation of the Snip gold mine in Northwestern British Columbia that was in production from 1991 – 1999. He is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association and an Associate Member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
Annie is Director of Continuing Studies at Capilano University.
Prior to her role at Capilano University, Annie was Vice-President of Science at TELUS World of Science where she participated in the organization’s $40 million capital campaign and fostered partnerships with schools, government, and industry. She also led the development of content at the science centre.
Annie has also worked in the intense environment of a start-up organization; helping to get Quest University in Squamish off the ground. She is a member of the Rotary Club, volunteers on the board of director of a brand new nonprofit organization, and advises the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education.
Annie holds graduate degrees in Education, Science, and Writing, and certifications in nonprofit management and museum studies.
Ron Spence is the Owner and CEO of a North Vancouver software company. A resident (married with 2 adult children) of North Vancouver since 1980, Ron had management career at Richardson Terminal for 30 years. Not wanting to retire quietly, he started a software company in 2009, specializing in web applications for safety managers in the USA and Canada. Ron has served as director/treasurer of 3 different non-profit boards in the Vancouver Scandinavian community. He is active in the sport of floorball, running a league in North Vancouver as well as serving on the boards of the national and international organizations. Ron has been an active Ambassador of the North Vancouver Chamber, serving as the friendly face of the Chamber to new members as they orient themselves to the challenges of starting a business.
Julianne is an employment lawyer, business owner, Lower Lonsdale resident, and mother of two young children. In her practice as a legal advisor to North Vancouver businesses, her mission is to inform business owners about their rights and obligations as employers, and help to simplify the tangle of rules that governs employment in this province. She feels successful when she helps a local business to overcome a difficult workplace dispute, or improve their contracts and policies to bring clarity and efficiency to their relationships with their staff. Her favourite part of her job is meeting business owners and forming a network of local entrepreneurs – and that’s another reason she’d be delighted to join the board of the Chamber. Julianne hopes that her legal training can be an asset to this great organization. She’d like to help the Chamber work with local businesses to keep North Vancouver vibrant.
Kari Koskela is the Vice President of Operations with PARC Retirement Living, which operates two independent retirement living residences on the North Shore (Summerhill PARC and Cedar Springs PARC), as well and Mulberry PARC in Burnaby and Westerleigh PARC in West Vancouver. Prior to joining PARC Retirement Living, Kari spent 25 years in hotel business with brands like Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Ritz Carlton Hotels and most recently as the General Manager of the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. Kari is originally from Finland, and has been a North Shore resident on and off almost 20 years. On his time off you can find him embracing the North Vancouver lifestyle on trails, bike and skis.
Nathalie Callender is the Innovation and Marketing Director for North Shore ConneXions Society, providing multiple services for adults and children living with developmental disabilities on the North Shore. She passionately leads various programs that benefit not only people with disabilities but also the local community such as employment services, social enterprises, and recreation services.
With an education in psychology and hypnotherapy, one of Nathalie’s favourite topics is personality and how our methods of communication are understood by each other.
Nathalie is also known internationally for her current role as Global Operations Director at Trebuchet Pivot, a crisis management firm based in Australia training boards and executive teams to make effective decisions during crises.
Nathalie’s entrepreneurial career spans continents and industries. Selling her accounting & business solutions firm in Australia in 2006, she moved to Canada, building and operating a 10 year business in the entertainment industry elevating the careers of talented performers internationally through artist promotion and music & video awards.
As a North Shore business and home owner for 12 years, Nathalie is excited about and invested in the future of business and lifestyle in her local community.
Peter Kvarnstrom is Publisher for the North Shore News as well as President, Community Media for Glacier Media Group. Peter is currently Secretary Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Canadian News Media Association. He also serves as a Director with Vividata, West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Gibsons Community Building Society as well as serving as Director and Research Chair for the Flyer Distribution Standards Association.
Chris Thompson is Sales & Marketing consultant specializing in customer experience, tourism and hospitality. Previously he was the Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Business Development for Grouse Mountain and prior to that Chris spent 20 years at Intrawest in a variety of roles including VP of Business Development and VP of Strategy. Chris has served as Board Member for the Canadian Resort Development Association and has a BA in Political Science from McGill University. In his spare time he is an avid skier and mountain biker and a coach for the North Vancouver Football Club. Chris lives in Lynn Valley with his wife and son.
John is a partner with Lakes, Whyte LLP, a law firm which is been part of North Vancouver since 1986. His legal practice is focused on civil litigation. He assists North Shore businesses and residents with problems ranging from contractual disputes and employment conflicts to personal injury claims and estate questions. John graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1991 and was called to the B.C. Bar in 1992. He is a former federal prosecutor and has developed a knack for finding effective and cost-efficient means of assisting his clients with their legal issues. John was raised in West Vancouver and is now raising his own family in North Vancouver. He has served as the president of the North Shore Multicultural Society, the North Vancouver-Lonsdale Liberal Riding Association, and the North Shore Bar Association. He participates in several North Vancouver community activities, largely connected with his children’s extracurricular pursuits, and is an enthusiastic amateur trombonist.