Board of Directors

The activities of the Vancouver Executive Association (“VanEx”) are governed by the Bylaws of the Association. Eleven directors of the Association are responsible for the regular activities and administration of the Association, supported by the organization’s Executive Director.

Susan Semeniw

Susan Semeniw
President

Phone: 604.488.0866
Email: [email protected]

Bio to follow shortly.


Sylvia Ellis

Sylvia Ellis
Immediate Past President

Phone: 604.641.4387
Email: [email protected]

Sylvia has been with CIBC Wood Gundy for 23 years and The Stan Clark Financial Team for 10. The Team is a wealth management group specializing in preserving and enhancing wealth for professionals, business owners, retirees and their families. Based on the principles of bevavioral finance, they use a disciplined, rules-based approach to investing combining proprietary strategies and leading-edge technology. Sylvia and her husband Craig live in Yaletown with their dog, Lucky. They enjoy traveling and attending plays, sporting events and concerts.


Kevin McLeod

Kevin McLeod
Vice President of Growth, Director of Classification

Phone: 604.474.3631
Email: [email protected]

Kevin McLeod spent the early part of his career working in operations and regional management for small and medium-sized companies in BC’s fishing and home renovations industries. In late 2006, Kevin changed gears and started Yardstick Services, delivering a range of digital services that deliver a return on investment for business owners. Kevin enjoys giving back to the local business community. He has judged the Small Business BC Awards for four years and is on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau.


Stephen Welscher

Stephen Welscher
Vice President of Activities, Director of Events

Phone: 604.683.6905
Email: [email protected]

Stephen entered the financial services industry in 2004 as a contract advisor with Sun Life Financial. With graduate business degrees in finance he brings a solid financial background to the table and specialises in life and health insurance vehicles for incorporated business owners and professionals. Stephen and his team serve clients in the spirit of family values, life enjoyment, trust and good fellowship. The goal is to find solutions that will enrich the lives of hard working Canadians by protecting and growing their net-worth. Stephen and his spouse Lisa live in Deep Cove with their three adopted dogs. The couple enjoys the outdoors, boating, scuba diving, and they love to travel.


Allan Robertson

Allan Robertson
Vice President of Operations, Director of Finance

Phone: 604.671.5654
Email: [email protected]

Bio to follow shortly.


 

Paul Sweeney
Director of Sales

Phone: 604.678.5222 ext. 101
Email: [email protected]

Paul entered the business software and ERP software industry after a varied career. With a Bachelor of Commerce and 19 years experience in software Paul helps small and medium business use software to increase business velocity without adding more people. With a focus on mutual success and long term relationships Paul delivers effective solutions that provide excellent returns. Paul lives with his family in Richmond where he also volunteers with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Excellence Awards Committee.

 


Christy Fox

Christy Fox
Director of Marketing

Phone: 604.306.2991
Email: [email protected]

Christy Fox has been working in the Landscaping industry since 2006 before founding Momentous Impressions Ltd. Prior to her landscaping career, Christy was an elite member of Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team for six years. Following major reconstructive knee surgery, Christy pursued her ambition in business. She graduated with a BBA from Simon Fraser University where she was an Honorary Business Student and esteemed member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Christy also volunteers her time on the board for Better Business Bureau where she has been an active Director since 2013 and elected Chair in 2015.


Matt Vondette

Matt Vondette
Director Participation

Phone: 604.990.3960
Email: [email protected]

Bio to follow shortly.


 

Peter Moore
Director of Member Services

Phone:
Email:

Picture and Bio to follow shortly.


 

Richard Johnson
Director of Program

Phone: 604.266.7006
Email: [email protected]

Richard is a partner with Kent Employment Law, and Employment and Human Rights law boutique with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria. 

Richard articled in Alberta in 2006 and was called to the Bar in Alberta in 2007.  He has practiced exclusively in the areas of employment, labour and human rights for approximately 12 years.  He handles many high-conflict cases and has appeared before all Courts in Alberta and BC, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal.

Richard’s style and expertise is well-suited to companies looking to revitalize their workforce and retain their talent, be they established businesses in traditional industries, startups in more contemporary fields, or something in between. His understanding of the full range of workplace cultures also allows him to ably represent individuals who are employed within those systems.

A recognized authority on the full spectrum of employment law issues, Richard is often called upon by the media to comment on topical workplace issues. He is the General Editor for the Lexis-Nexis publication Workers’ Compensation in British Columbia, has authored columns for several legal and other publications including The Lawyer’s Daily.  Richard is an enthusiastic and active member of the VanEx community.


 

Barbara Manuel
Director of Community

Phone:
Email: [email protected]

Barbara has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years and is currently a Senior Financial Advisor with a specialization in Business Banking at CIBC. Barbara is committed to her Community and she currently serves on the board of directors for the Vancouver International Soccer Festival as well as the Vancouver Executive Association. In addition to her focus on Financial Planning for the Business Community, Barbara is passionate about health and wellness and has completed her Yoga Instructor Certification in 2013.


Patricia Tait

Patricia Tait
Executive Director

Phone: 604.684.0660
Email: [email protected]

Patricia studied studied Linguistics, French and German as a Foreign Language at University of Leipzig, Germany and also holds a BA in Tourism & Travel Management.

In 2007, Patricia transitioned into the Association Management Industry. From her role as Account Manager and Executive Director for more than a decade at two Vancouver based Association Management Companies, she has gained a thorough understanding of the non-for-profit, convention and recreation cycle.

Her professional experience include the understanding of board structures, governance, event & conference planning, budgeting, marketing, strategic planning, and communications.

Patricia has worked as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Executives Association since April 2018.

Patricia lives in Vancouver wit her family. In her free time she volunteers for the Vancouver Westside German School and the Vancouver Thunderbirds Minor Hockey Association.

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