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
Susan is the President and lead “Love Coach,” for Divine Intervention Matchmaking, a company she started over 13 years ago out of a passion for naturally connecting and helping others. She has always found people either a job or partner and continues to be fascinated by everyone’s personal stories.
In addition, Susan has more than 15 years’ experience working in traditional corporate Sales & Marketing roles; specifically Pacific Newspaper Group (now Post Media), Jim Beam Brands (Alberta Distillers) and local BC start ups.
Vice President of Growth, Director of Sales
Vice President of Operations, Director of 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.
Vice President of Activities, Director of Events
Director of Program
Phone: 604.678.5222 ext. 101
Director of Marketing
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 Community
Director of Participation
Craig began his career in public practice accounting 1992. Craig joined Manning Elliott as a partner in August of 2014. Prior to joining the Manning Elliott, he served as a partner of NTA Chartered Accountants before that firm’s merger with Manning Elliott. Throughout his 28 plus year career, Craig has built a reputation by focusing on developing mutually rewarding relationships. His clients appreciate his hands-on approach and ability to simplify complex explanations in an easy-to-understand manner.
Craig has completed the In-Depth Tax course through the Institute of Chartered Accountants and his primary focus is providing taxation, accounting, and business advisory services to owner-manager businesses.
Craig lives in Burnaby with his wife and two children and has been involved in volunteering as treasurer for various non-profit sports organization. He also sits on the Board of Directors of publicly traded companies.
Director of Member Services
Brandy’s into wood, dust and all things renovation – as a red seal joiner (cabinetmaker) that’s a good thing! Nearly 20 years ago she and her husband started a cabinetry shop called Wood Be Art and it gradually morphed into a full service contracting company. She brings her passion for creative ideas, fine woodwork and craftsmanship into all renovation projects. She believes in coming from a place of service and that construction/renovation is a collaborative process that takes the investment of many voices to transform a space be it a home or a business. When not working on a site or in the office she can be found wherever the fun is!
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.
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.