The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2020/21 Board of Directors.
The Squamish Chamber Board of Directors includes a President, Vice-President, Secretary and eight other Directors. Directors are elected to hold office for a term of one (1) year. Thank you to Rob Weys (President), Christine Campbell (Past President / Treasurer) and Hilary Ewart (Director) for their many years of volunteering for the Squamish Chamber, and who are stepping down in 2020.
Recommended Returning Directors
To ensure continuity in leadership, up to six current Directors may be recommended by the Board to return for a second term (Recommended Returning Directors). Recommended Returning Directors (RRD) cannot have served two consecutive years.
The Recommended Returning Directors for 2020 are: Mike Coyne, Rajan Hans, Abby Majendie and Jack Montpellier.
After having served for two consecutive years, a Director is not eligible to be included in the RRD, but remains eligible to be voted back onto the Board up to a maximum of four consecutive years. Incumbents are Maxime Charron, Allie Meeres and Bianca Peters.
All Directors must be a business or non profit member in good standing of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce for a minimum of 12 months prior to the election.
Candidates are expected to:
If you are considering running for the Squamish Chamber Board of Directors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the full Nominee Package and event information.
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Rob Weys – President
Rob Weys has lived in Squamish for over 16 years with his wife Jill and three boys. They decided to live and raise their family in Squamish because of its affordability, access to nature, outdoor activities and proximity to Vancouver and Whistler.
Rob manages his own business development company that launches startups, concepts and products. Additionally, he has been a partner in a number of local small businesses and worked for a number of established multinationals in various executive roles.
With extensive experience in business development, management, operations, and marketing, Rob has worked closely with federal agencies, provincial ministries, municipalities, foundations, charities and numerous Chamber of Commerce Groups throughout the province.
In addition to his current role on the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, Rob is a Director with the Squamish Community Foundation, Squamish Youth Soccer Association, and North Shore Youth Soccer Association.
Past roles include Director with the Surfrider Foundation, Tantalus Wellspring Society, and a member of the Squamish Breakfast Club.
Mike Coyne – Vice President
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 accommodation and support services are limited or unavailable.
With an extensive background in business development in Tourism and Construction, Mike brings his experience to the Chamber Board and hopes 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 initiating Job Training and Development Programs for First Nations and Local Community members.
Hilary Ewart – Director
Hilary Ewart is an innovative global human resources and organizational development specialist. With over 20 years of human resources experience (HR) in executive roles, she brings in-depth professional expertise in change management, organizational development, leadership development and conflict management. Hilary helps clients shape HR and people strategy, ensuring goals are clearly linked to the strategy.
She has worked in many fields including retail, hospitality, tourism, education, and healthcare. As Vice President Peopleworks, Flight Centre Canada and Director of HR at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC, Hilary led HR efforts in both organizations which resulted in repeatedly being recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 employers. She is also a member of the start-up team for Quest University Canada, the country’s first independent, not-for-profit University.
Hilary currently volunteers her time with Cutting Barriers employment and training, a local community initiative for the homeless and the Looking Glass Foundation. She also supports organizations, such as Take a Hike, youth at risk and North Shore Rescue by raising funds through running endurance races.
Christine Campbell – Past Chair / Treasurer
C Campbell Agency
Christine Campbell is a local businesswoman who owns and operates C Campbell Agency, a company that offers bookkeeping and business development support. For many community members, Christine is the go-to person for assistance on a variety of levels; be it project management, social media marketing, systems troubleshooting or accounts management and bookkeeping.
Born in Squamish, Christine is known as a steadfast volunteer for many local events. She is also an avid participant community member well known to the many people and businesses she has worked with over the years. Christine also has four years of experience working as the Executive Director of the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA). Christine’s common sense and years of experience working and living in Squamish contribute to the board’s consistency and her personable nature keeps people smiling.
Abby Majendie – Director
Quest University Canada
Abby moved to Squamish in 2016 after living and working overseas for 25 years. With 30 years’ experience in international education and school leadership around the world, Abby has worked with the private sector to advance experiential learning programs and prepare youth for changing employment demands. Abby brings lengthy experience working with businesses in many different cultures. In 2017, Abby joined Quest as the Manager of Advancement, where she directs fundraising for all major initiatives such as scholarships, research, projects and programs. Abby supports Quest faculty, staff and students in forging partnerships with the Squamish business community to address local needs and pursue shared goals. Abby believes the interests of both Quest and Squamish are best served by a vibrant, growing community with a strong base of local businesses and other entities.
Jack Montpelier – Secretary
Race & Company LLP
As a lawyer Jack has worked with many people, organizations, companies and public bodies in Squamish. He was interested in joining the Squamish Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors because of the vital role the organization plays in providing opportunities for networking, career development, discussion forums, and learning for our community’s businesses and business people. Jack’s legal skills and strategic thinking are a valuable assets to the Board.
Jack works to ensure the Chamber continues to provide excellent resources for businesses to grow and develop in our community, especially in light of the many changes Squamish is going through. Jack also works to ensure the Chamber continues to conduct itself in an accountable, transparent manner for the benefit of all its members while advocating on behalf of our business community.
Maxime Charron – Director
Maxime Charron is the founder of LeadingAhead Energy. As a Chamber Director, he strives to guide a thriving Squamish through its growth in a sustainable way while integrating the Squamish foundations of Live, Work and Play.
Following graduation in International Business at the University of Ottawa and Sustainable Business Leadership from BCIT, Maxime founded LeadingAhead Energy, which provides and installs electric car charging stations across the country.
In the past year, Maxime has been on the environmental and international committees at the Surrey Board of Trade and has been a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade for many years while being heavily involved in the Company of Young Professional cohort.
Maxime has been volunteering for two years with the Junior Achievement Program, where he teaches business to high school students. He also helped the organization update its program to include sustainability within the business curriculum.
He is also passionate about the outdoors; whether he is trail running, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking or simply walking along the seawall, Maxime is always ready for the next adventure. –
Bianca Peters – Director
Bianca Peters has proudly lived, worked, and volunteered in Squamish since 1998. Bianca was the Executive Director of the Downtown Squamish Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) during which time she was an outspoken advocate for businesses and property owners in downtown.
She received the Squamish Chief’s award for Best Arts Event in 2016 for the Tragically Hip event raising nearly $5000 for the Canadian Cancer Society; produced Pumpkin Patch in the Park to raise money for the Community Christmas Care campaign; produced the annual Santa Claus Parade; and produced the annual winter Passport to Shop & Win campaign to encourage shopping locally.
Bianca has also volunteered with many Squamish organizations, including the Squamish Historical Society (president and founder), the Squamish Culture & Heritage Festival, the Squamish Rotary Club, Britannia Mine Museum, and the Bully Free Howe Sound.
When Bianca is not working or volunteering she enjoys spending time in the Squamish estuary walking her dog with her husband and their two children.
Allie Meeres – Director
As the Community Engagement & Development Officer for Woodfibre LNG Limited, Allie Meeres is committed to bringing responsible economic development to Squamish, as well as giving back to the local community through sponsorship and volunteerism.
Since joining the Woodfibre LNG team in February 2017, Allie has been a champion of the community groups and events that make Squamish so special. Among her work for the Squamish Chamber of Commerce she organized a Lunch & Learn: What LNG Means for Local Business in Squamish and has participated in several Chamber workshops and events; Allie is also a member of the Squamish Rotary Club.
Allie’s volunteer work includes: The Hospital Foundation’s Golf Tournament, Squamish Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Squamish Days Loggers Sports, Children’s Festival, Sikh Festival and Parade and Canada Day. Allie is also responsible for the Woodfibre LNG Community Sponsorship Program.
Prior to joining Woodfibre LNG, Allie managed marketing and communication for the Association for Mineral Exploration, which has a 5000-person membership and was a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade where she served on the Economic Development committee.
In her personal time, Allie volunteers at the BC Children’s Hospital in the Child Life department. Allie also enjoys marathon running.
Rajan Hans – 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 board member for the Squamish Sikh Society and Board Director for the SYSA. Presently, he is working in the insurance and real estate industries, while finishing up final requirements of his BBA in Finance at Simon Fraser University. Rajan brings a unique perspective to the table in our discussions on how to improve and support the business ecosystem for our members. He plans 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.