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.
Immediate Past President
VP of Growth/Director of Classification
VP of Operations/Director of Operations & Finance
Allan Robertson is a detail-oriented executive as well as a visionary. He has used his cooperative leadership style running small businesses for four decades in various technology industries. Allan’s understanding of, and care for, people makes him a good listener and persuasive communicator. He has hands on skills in accounting, technology, systems analysis and design, automation, computer programming, electronics, and construction.
VP of Activities/Director of Program
Phone: 604.678.5222 ext. 101
Director of Sales
Cy is a Professional Engineer with a passion for improving businesses with custom software tools. He founded Spot Solutions in 1999 and is the CEO of a team of 30 software developers, analysts, project managers, SharePoint specialists and other information technology professionals. Recognizing that no single software tool is right for every situation, the firm develops custom software, mobile applications and SharePoint solutions that are optimized for the needs of the many enterprises they serve throughout Western Canada.
Cy graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989 with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering, and earned the designation of Professional Engineer in 1995 with the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Prior to his current role, Cy worked at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, and later at the Research Division of Ontario Hydro as an Engineer / Scientist with a specialization in computational analysis of structures and impacts.
Director of Marketing
Real Estate was his family business in the mid 1970’s and during his university years Don served as a director of Fuller & Associates Realty Inc. based in Kerrisdale. For 27 years, he has been involved in all aspects of real estate business including: development, advising, sales and marketing, and recently he educated himself for rental property management, as well as, strata management.
Director of Member Services/Future of Membership
Director of Participation
Michael Barillaro has over 20 years of experience in the electrical field and is the owner operator of PWPC Electrical Services since 2016 taking over from his father who started the company in 1975.
Michaels goal is to provide exceptional service and value with every project. Being reliable and putting the clients best interest at heart has led to PWPC having long term clients that it’s been servicing for 30 plus years.
Director of Events
Sonja is an Account Executive with over 20 years in the insurance industry, managing a diverse book of Commercial Insurance businesses including Realty, Construction, Property and Casualty, Fitness, and Professional Lines.
Integrity and being client-focused are always Sonjas top professional priorities. She is truly dedicated to assisting her clients identify and understand their coverage needs, as she believes that for every problem there is always a solution.
Using a logical, thoughtful, and strategic approach while reviewing client needs and available markets for both new and existing clients, Sonja understands that success is reached when she has done her best to explore options to find the best possible solution for her clients, especially during hard market conditions. She stays on top of changes in both the insurance market environments and client needs to identify innovative solutions, ensuring her clients will always receive the best coverage.
Director of Community
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. Since January 2019 she owns her own Association Management Company, Patricia Tait Management.
Patricia has worked as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Executives Association since April 2018. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the International Executives Association since 2019.