2020/2021 Board Election

2020/2021 Board

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors page is currently being updated. Please see below for elected officials. 

2020/2021 Board of Directors

Abby Majendie – Recommended Returning Director
Quest University Canada

I moved to Squamish in 2016 after living and working overseas for 25 years. I have 30 years’ experience in international education and school leadership around the world. Throughout my career, I have worked with the private sector to advance experiential learning programs and prepare youth for changing employment demands.

In 2017, I joined Quest as the Director of Advancement and direct fundraising for all major initiatives such as scholarships, research, projects, and programs. I support Quest faculty, staff and students in forging partnerships with the Squamish business community to address local needs and pursue shared goals. I therefore work at the nexus of academia, business, and the non-profit world – experience that informs my participation on the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board.

I was elected to the Squamish Chamber Board in December 2018. I serve as Chair of the Governance Committee for the Chamber and sit on the Policy and Finance Committees. More broadly, I believe the interests of both Quest and Squamish are best served by a vibrant, growing community with a strong base of local businesses and other entitles.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Governance, Strategic Planning, and Policy Development

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Education, Professional Services

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I would like to both expand Quest’s partnerships with local businesses and create connections between the University and the community to stimulate growth and development for the university, the town and the region.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Board Governance

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

If re-elected to the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board, I would like to continue the Chamber Governance and Board Development work to assist with the Chamber’s 3-5 year strategic goal of Organizational Excellence by further strengthening the Chamber’s governance structure and developing strategies to advance Board development. In addition, I’d like to continue to serve on the Policy and Advocacy Committee.

I would also like to expand partnerships between Quest University and local businesses to address community needs; spur innovation, research & development; and encourage educational opportunities for Squamish businesses, youth and Quest students. I would also seek to develop collaborations between Quest and the private sector to execute new ideas and prompt business growth through youth engagement and experiential learning.

Additionally, Quest can help fulfill the goals cited in the Economic Development section of the Squamish 2040 Official Community Plan (OCP), which refers to working collaboratively with the community to support the vibrancy of existing businesses, while strategically positioning the community for future growth. Goals include easing business constraints and providing local businesses with expertise and tools. I would hope to make advancements towards these goals through collaborations between Quest University Canada and the local businesses.

Jack Montpelier – Recommended Returning Director
Race & Company LLP

As a lawyer I understand many of the challenges that local businesses regularly face. I have spent most of my career in our community and I am familiar with many of the issues specific to Squamish that our members often encounter, along with how these affects both the businesses in question and our community overall.

I greatly value the role that the Chamber plays as an advocate for local commerce and the many resources that it provides to our members, and helping ensure that this continues is what initially drew me to the Board of Directors. During my past year as a Director I sat as secretary for the executive where I ensured that all decisions were recorded in a transparent fashion. As a member of the Governance Committee I helped ensure that our bylaws were in conformity with the relevant legislation to keep our Chamber up to date.

I believe that local involvement is very important for establishing and maintaining a healthy and vibrant community. Outside of work I am supervising lawyer for the Sea-to-Sky community Service’s Poverty Law Clinic and am active with the Squamish Environment Society and the Squamish Climate Action Network.

As a Director I will bring my professional skill set of risk assessment, governance, and advocacy to the Chamber of Commerce so that we can continue to provide the many exceptional services for our membership. Thank you for your consideration.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Legal, Risk assessment, Governance

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Legal / Professional services

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I have a strong commitment to helping provide our business community with tools and advocacy to remain dynamic and successful.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Board Governance

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

Helping ensure that the chamber remains the accountable, transparent, and committed organization that so many of our businesses have come to depend on.

Mike Coyne – Recommended Returning Director
LandSea

Mike moved to Squamish in 2005 with his wife Jodie to raise a family in a smaller community surrounded by nature, outdoor activities and new opportunities.

In 2010, Mike founded LandSea, a Squamish based, workforce accommodation and catering company. LandSea provides land-based and floating workforce housing solutions for a variety of projects in remote locations and in communities where suitable accommodations is limited or unavailable.

With an extensive background in business development in Hospitality, Tourism and Construction, Mike brings his experience to the Chamber Board for a second term and hopes to continue to help drive opportunities and encourage sustainable and balanced economic growth within the community.

Mike appreciates the value of corporate community involvement and regularly supports many associations and foundations including 4Ocean, Clean Energy BC, Prostate Cancer Foundation BC, and BC Children’s Hospital, as well as creating meaningful Job Training and Development Programs for First Nations and Local Community members.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise (e.g. governance, advocacy, accounting)?

Problem Solving, Negotiation, and Leadership

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

I feel I represent both medium to large size organizations in the accommodation, food services and hospitality industries. Our organization struggles with many of the same challenges that local businesses endure in smaller communities faced with high cost of living and limited career opportunities.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I am interested in returning to the board for a second term to continue supporting business growth, economic development and meaningful employment opportunities in our community.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?
Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

Continued growth as a Board Member and as a Board of Directors to provide greater support and a stronger presence fore the Chamber and its members.

Rajan Hans – Recommended Returning Director
Diamond Head Security Group

Rajan Hans is an actively engaged member of this community with a history of volunteering with many organizations including, the Squamish Railway Heritage Park, Squamish Eagle Watch, Squamish Sikh Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Squamish Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and Hill Top House. Currently he is serving as a Director of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Squamish Sikh Society. He has been hard at work on growing his business and navigating the challenges business owners face in the Sea to Sky region. With encouragements from a number of Chamber Directors and members, Rajan has decided to re-run for a board position. Rajan believes he will bring a unique perspective to the table in our discussions on how to improve and support the business ecosystem for our members. He plans to continue to become a bigger part of the business community in Squamish as time progresses. While continually engaging with our membership to gain insight on what we can do as a board to improve business in Squamish. Rajan is excited for the opportunity to once again support our local members and ensure their voices are heard.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Finance, Advocacy, Communication

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Finance and Accounting

–           BBA Finance with specializations in accounting

–           Multiple internships as a Financial Analyst

Construction and Real Estate

–           Urban Planning Certificate (Experience in Land Use)

–           Licensed Realtor (Residential/Commercial)

–           Work experience as assistant General Contractor

Youth

My age provides a unique perspective into the younger demographic looking to start or continue with business in the sea to sky.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I have always had a passion for business and my community. These passions are the driving force for my active involvement in this community and the reason I chose to study business in my post-secondary education. This position allows me to combine these passions and help businesses overcome challenges and issues they face in Squamish. I want to improve the quality of life in this community, by strengthening our business ecosystem. 

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

I would like to strengthen our relationship with the new Squamish Council, working together on problems facing our community, while advocating for the needs of our membership. I will continue to work with the board and policy committee to cultivate a workforce housing plan and try to make mobile business licensing available. During my term, I would advocate for the creation of an additional committee, dedicated to economic development/growth. The knowledge and connections our members gain from our chamber is crucial. Therefore, I will strongly support more opportunities for training and networking events. Finally, I want to build and move forward on the great work done by the chamber in past years.

Cameron Cope
OurSquamish

Cameron opened his first business in Squamish, a food truck, eight years ago as a Quest University Student. At the time, municipal restrictions on business prevented him from getting a business license and limited his operations to selling one day a week at the Farmers Market; the business had to close. He has continued on to open a construction business, and is now a Licensed Builder and owner of Regen Homes, an ecological development company. In 2019 he founded OurSquamish, a non-profit with the mission to improve Squamish’s public spaces, build community, and increase livability.

Cameron is interested in becoming a Director because he believes in the vision of the Chamber – enhancing quality of life through business in Squamish – and is dedicated to making that happen. He knows this is possible by removing barriers to local businesses to create more jobs in Squamish which will strengthen the local economy. He wants residents to be able to spend more time in the community they love and less time commuting.

Cameron brings lived experience as a small business owner in Squamish, as well as experience from sitting as an active director on two other boards. He is also already on the Chamber’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. Perhaps most importantly, Cameron brings a passion to contribute, inspired by a vision for a thriving Squamish where businesses aren’t unnecessarily restrained and have the support they need to grow.

1) What are your top three professional skills/ expertise?

Project Management, Team Building, Strategic Planning

2) What at sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

As a Home builder, I am very familiar with both real estate and the construction industry. I attend town council meetings regularly and am familiar with planning and land use strategies. My focus in particular is in the green economy, where I build energy efficient homes for people in Squamish and advocate for complete communities that are well thought out and support a sustainable future.

3) What are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

Squamish desperately needs two things: more affordable housing to the workforce, and more high paying jobs in town. I will seek to create a workforce housing strategy to support businesses hiring needs. Strong local business will mean more high-paying jobs in town and less people having to commute to Vancouver for work. This reduces our climate emissions as a town, something that I am very passionate about.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

I would seek to create a workforce housing strategy. I would support the Chamber in its shift to a sustainable future. I would double-down on advocacy for local business; we need more employment space and less restrictions on business growth.

Catherine Webster
Sea to Sky Gondola Limited Partnership

Catherine Webster has lived and worked in the Sea to Sky Corridor since 1997 where she was drawn as a result of her love of nature and the great outdoors.

A Squamish resident since joining the Sea to Sky Gondola Limited Partnership team as Director of Finance and Administration in 2018, Catherine brings over 15 years of accounting experience and an in-depth knowledge of long-term strategic planning; particularly in the outdoor Recreation and Tourism sectors.

Working for one of our community’s largest employers, coupled with her previous experience as Assistant Corporate Controller at Whistler Blackcomb, Catherine understands the major challenges facing out local community, such as, affordable housing, transportation and the need for an expansion and retention of a skilled workforce. Previous to this experience, Catherine has also help senior accounting positions in First Nations government, and local hospitality organizations. Catherin’s previous governance experience includes representing Management at the Board of Directors meetings for the Sea to Sky Gondola Limited Partnership, and has held a position as Secretary on the Disclosure Committee during her tenure at Whistler Blackcomb.

Catherine proudly holds a Charted Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CGA), and hopes to help deepen the membership’s understanding of industry economic indicators within the community to drive sustainability and economic growth.

In addition to being a CPA, Catherin holds a Master of Science degree from the University of British Columbia, where she also taught undergraduate Business Mathematics courses to Commerce students.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Accounting, Strategic planning, Training & leadership development

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

In my current position at STSG LP and previous positions at Whistler Blackcomb, I have extensive experience in the outdoor experience and tourism sectors, and large business. I also have Business to Consumer experience, having worked in senior positions for local restaurant chain in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and in my current role where I also oversee the Food & Beverage division.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is vital in its role of enabling Squamish organizations to work cohesively together and learn from each other through its networking and learning initiatives. I relish the opportunity to work with other like-minded individuals whose focus is the support and growth of local business within our community.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Board Governance

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

To bring financial and accounting skills to improve members understanding of industry economic indicators, in a way that enables them to develop long term strategic plans, to drive local business and economic growth.

Carlos Zavarce
Matthews West Development Ltd

I am the Development Manager at Matthews West Developments Ltd. and oversee the master Planning and development of a number of projects in the region with a key focus on the Oceanfront Squamish site. I hold bachelor’s degrees in environmental geography and education and a Master’s in resource and environmental management (planning) from SFU where my studies focused on tourism and community planning. Prior to working in real estate development, I worked as a consultant in a tourism planning firm based in Whistler.

I was drawn to Squamish through my love of the outdoors, particularly mountain biking. Through my work I have had the great fortune of contributing to a number of District led initiatives and Community projects. I currently sit on the District of Squamish’s Advisory Design Panel and am a member of the Squamish Rotary Club. I believe strongly in service to the community and creating partnerships to advance mutual goals.

I am interested in becoming a Director so that I can contribute my knowledge and skill set to advance the Chamber’s goals and objectives. I possess a strong understanding of the local landscape and the factors that can best contribute to our success as we adapt to the next phase in the evolution of this community.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Community Planning, Project Management, Development Analysis

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Real Estate Development – primary involved in development permitting, rezoning and master planning with a secondary focus in marketing. Prior to entering into the real estate industry, I worked for a number of years in tourism consulting/resort planning.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I have a strong interest in contributing to the economic success of the community. Through my job I interact with a number of business owners looking to grow and prospective businesses looking at Squamish as a place to relocate. I want to ensure we are set up for success.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Board Development

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

I would like to advance the chamber’s strategic priorities with specific focus on expanding upon strategic partnerships and growing the chambers ‘voice’ within the community.

Clive Stanley
Sandman Hotel & Suites

Clive Stanley has spent over 30 years in executive business and brand development, franchising, auto, retail, hospitality services (hotels, night clubs, casino & restaurants), sports & live events management, real estate technology and marketing, project management, procurement, sales, marketing and operations. He has a passion for using his experience and skill-set to further help others realize their true potential and guide them into living a fulfilled life both personally and professionally. Clive has spent over 10 years producing and managing large stadium events and sports events that inspire the next generation to make better choices and live as positive contributors to society and the world. Clive embraced the opportunity to run the Sandman Hotel in Squamish, and since become passionate about the community, and all that Squamish offers and is becoming. He enjoys connecting and networking with local groups like minor hockey associations and a director on the Squamish tourism board. Clive believes he brings a lot of experience and insight into developing communities and opportunities, having grown up and lived most of his life in a developing country in South Africa, and is a great communicator and believe in conducting business and people with high integrity, compassion and being able to relate to all cultures and demographics.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Project Management, New Technologies, Communications

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Hospitality, IT and Events

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I believe I can contribute positively with a fresh outlook and approach to the community, business and future development.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

Improvement for business development and innovations in community. Greater provincial and regional development opportunities for community. Greater and more engaging community support for sectors needing greater support.

Jacqueline Menezes
7th Wave Consulting

I have been a member on the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee since March 2018 and have worked to identity issues of importance to the membership along with advocacy polices and solutions. Through our membership survey we identified that the top issues of importance to members are housing affordability, transportation, and economic development.

If elected I would advocate to develop three key initiatives:

  • A 3- 5 year Economic Development/ Business Development action plan in collaboration with the District of Squamish Council;
  • A regional and local transportation plan funded by three levels of government.
  • Attracting 5 new clean tech, IT and profession businesses to Squamish;

I’m a business strategist consulting on communications, marketing, public affairs and policy with over 20 years experience. A lifelong advocate for social justice and economic development I have worked as a communications and issues advisor to cabinet ministers in the Ontario legislature, as well as a stakeholder engagement and policy professional with Ontario’s transit plan at Metrolinx.

My experience includes government affairs, communications and media consulting for private-sector technology firms, bio-science for agri-food industries, tourism and arts marketing management and campaign organizing at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.

Since moving to Squamish in October 2017, I joined the Chamber and the Policy Committee, volunteered with the Squamish Motorcycle Festival, ran for Municipal Council, was appointed to the District’s Advisory Design Panel and Public Arts Select Committees and am a current supporter of the Squamish Arts Council.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Public Policy/Advocacy/ Government Relations, Communications/Marketing, Economic & Business Development

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

  • Transportation – Metrolinx – The Big Move Regional Transportation Plan
  • Hi Tech/Bio Tech – worked at Vadeko developing NASA Robotics & Anti Counterfeiting technology; and at Allelix Crop Technologies bio tech development of canola grade seed for edible oil for national & international markets
  • Tourism/ Arts & Culture– Royal Ontario Museum & Harbourfront Centre; developed cross product tourism packages for Toronto & Ontario during SARS/War downturn that are now industry standard

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

I moved to Squamish as I saw great growth potential; I would like to volunteer my experience and skill to help Squamish business thrive and attract more diverse businesses to the District.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

  1. Advocate for and assist in the development of a 3- 5 year Economic Development/ Business Development action plan in collaboration with the District of Squamish Council; attract 5 new clean tech, IT and profession businesses to Squamish
  2. I would actively advocate for a regional and local transportation plan funded by three levels of government.

Nolan Rivers 
RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate

As a proud citizen of Squamish, I engage our community through the social recreational opportunities that our District has to offer. Whether it be pedaling alongside friends in SORCA events or battling it out in the local hockey, soccer, and curling leagues, I find joy in connecting with others through sport and adventurous endeavors. Sport has played a major role in my life and I am a firm believer that it is an integral factor in fostering good health, a strong community, and sense of belonging.

I also enjoy connecting with fellow parents with young children at various play groups, Brennan Park, the Library, and the like; Squamish has so much to offer for families!

From a career standpoint, I have been involved in various real estate consulting projects in Squamish and across BC during my time as a property tax consultant and commercial real estate appraiser going back to 2009. Although I remain an accredited commercial appraiser (AACI™) with the Appraisal Institute of Canada in good standing, my business as a Realtor™ focuses on helping buyers and sellers of commercial and residential properties in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

As a Realtor™, I am on the front lines of engaging with people and companies that are looking to move, invest, work, or develop real estate in Squamish. As a Director with the Chamber, I strive to share the feedback I receive in my experiences to help find solutions to recurring issues for our business community from a real estate perspective.

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Real Estate, Negotiation, Marketing

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Real Estate- With experience as a commercial appraiser, property tax consultant, and Realtor™, I have an in-depth understanding of full life-cycle real estate. My career has afforded me the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects across British Columbia on behalf of developers, investors, governments, professionals, lenders, and other individuals.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

As a Director, I would like to engage with our business community to hear more about how their needs could be better served via real estate development strategies and land use planning. While I do not claim to have the answers, I am seeking to serve the Chamber through listening, learning, and providing support based on my expertise. I value being involved in trying to make Squamish a great place to live and work.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

I would like to identify ways in which the real estate market is helping and/or hindering existing and prospective businesses in Squamish. There are many businesses looking to expand to or in Squamish, but are hindered by the lack of available inventory to suit their needs.

These issues are closely interconnected with planning and development, which are realms I am familiar with. If I can better understand demand by listening to and learning from local businesses, I can better promote supply options with the stakeholders involved in the process.

Susan Chapelle 
Aligned Collective

Susan Chapelle EMBA, is an inventive leader with a highly successful career building businesses, leading as a two-term elected politician, and influencing changes that improve organizations and emergent industries. Susan has scaled businesses in healthcare, technology and collaborative workspaces. She has advised global technology companies on development of online platforms and integrations. She is a keynote speaker on digital innovation and smart cities technology and a published researcher in the fields of neuroscience and wound healing mechanisms. Susan has presented her studies and consulted across the globe. Susan is excited to open minds and bring better access to human performance as CEO of Havn Life Sciences located at the campus of UBC.

Susan hopes to utilizing her expertise in both the public and private sector to help businesses in Squamish thrive through both advocacy and policy  at the Squamish Chamber of Commerce. 

1) What are your top three professional skills / expertise?

Governance, Policy, Advocacy

2) What sector(s) do you represent? Please elaborate on your sector experience.

Healthcare, 20 years of building clinic and publishing as a researcher. Coworking, 3 years of opening, operating and running a coworking space. Cannabis, Director of Government Relations for a large cannabis corporation.

3) Why are you interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors?

As an advocate on council for economic development, I see the Chamber of Commerce as a place to better advocate for policy that helps local businesses survive rapid residential densification and a lack of professional business space for growing a future that is sustainable.

4) Which committee are you most interested in joining?

Policy & Business Advocacy

5) Should you be successfully voted on to the Chamber Board of Directors, what would you seek to accomplish during your term?

Better business taxation for small businesses. Advocacy for zoning amendments that support economic development. Better integration with local politics and policy that is pertinent to sustainable economic growth.

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