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:

Sylvia Ellis

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.

John Chandler
Past President

Phone: 604.839.8777
Email: [email protected]

John is a Vancouver-based specialist in delivering onsite Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud training courses.  For the last 22 years, he has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including health care, aviation, advertising and construction as well as with the federal government and municipalities. The combination of a formal Train-the-Trainer course combined with over 35 years real-world business experience provides John with the skills necessary to design and deliver cost-effective training solutions for his clients.

Stephen Welscher
Vice President, Classifications

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.

Susan Semeniw
Vice President, Events

Phone: 604.488.0866
[email protected]

Kevin McLeod
Director of Participation

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.

Linda Chu
Director of Sales

Phone: 604.813.8189
Email: [email protected]

Linda comes from a strong service background of over 20 years in the hospitality industry, where she managed people and processes at first-class hotels and became adept at maximizing productivity. This experience, combined with her client-focused, non-judgmental approach and proven effective systems, allows the Out of Chaos team to deliver highly effective, customized organizing & move management solutions.

Linda is also the founder of the BC Chapter of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) and was awarded their Founders Award for 2016.  She is a National Media Spokesperson for POC and can be seen and heard on various radio, print and television appearances.

Allan Robertson
Vice President, Director of Finance

Phone: 604.671.5654
Email: [email protected]

Matt Vondette
Director of Member Services

Phone: 604.990.3960
Email: [email protected]

Christy Fox
Director of Programs

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.

Vance McCarthy
Director of Community

Phone: 604.254.9571
[email protected]

Vance has been in the flooring business his entire adult life. My career began in wholesale as a manufacturing rep then in 1991 joining Beatty Floors in sales. In 2014 I became President and owner of the company, a role I am enjoying immensely.  I am thrilled to assist people who want beautify their world with new floors.  I joined Vanex in 2012 at the recommendation of Ray Salama. This organization has provided such positive results. Whenever I find myself without an answer to a business challenge, Vanex members come to the rescue.

Peter Moore
Director of Marketing

Phone: 609.429.10210
[email protected]

Patricia Tait
Executive Director

Phone: 604.684.0660
Email: [email protected]

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Phone: 604.684.0660
Fax: 604.205.5490
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300 – 1275 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 1A6