Rob Weys – Chair
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.
Hilary Ewart – 1st Chair
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.
John French – Secretary
John French was born and raised in Squamish, although he left the community briefly to train and gather experience in the broadcast industry. After working at Northern BC radio stations in the late 1980s he was hired to work as a reporter for Mountain FM covering news and events in Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, throughout Howe Sound and along the Sunshine Coast.
After more than a decade in the radio industry he moved to print journalism working with The Squamish Chief and later Pique Newsmagazine in Whistler. In 2009 during the planning phase for the Olympic Winter Games, VANOC lured John away from journalism. Through to 2010 the Olympic organizing committee had him working in media and community relations. Currently, he works in the building supply industry with Pacific West Systems in Squamish. In his personal life, John and his wife Heidi are raising a son and a daughter.
Eric Andersen – Director
Squamish and District Forestry Association
Eric Andersen is a research & communications consultant and translator who has worked in the forestry, wood products and transportation industries around BC and internationally. He is a representative of the local umbrella organization Squamish & District Forestry Association.
A long-time resident, Eric has been a busy volunteer in a number of community organizations and projects in environmental, cultural, recreational and other areas, from Streamkeepers, Squamish CAN to Curling Club and Arts Council. Eric is committed to fostering an inclusive, integrated vision of the community and local economy – existing and new; Industry, Tourism & the ‘Experience Economy’, and a thriving small business Services and Retail sector.
Kathy Bennett – Director
Quest University Canada
Over the years, Kathy has been involved in the community of Squamish in various ways. When she first arrived in Squamish, Kathy led the Squamish Scouting organization for over five years as a leader for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, a registrar, and a bookkeeper, along with organizing and bringing a group of scouts to their Jamboree in PEI. Being involved with the various components of the Waterfront Development, Squamish Community Foundation, and Leadership Sea to Sky along with being a team member of Quest University Canada since 2001 has allowed Kathy the opportunity to meet many great people in the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Erin Yeo – Director
Squamish Terminals Ltd.
Erin has been a proud resident of Squamish for eight years and her interest in being a Director comes from her desire to further contribute to the Squamish community. She is interested in enhancing her community involvement by taking an active role in supporting business, economic growth and diversification as the Squamish community continues to grow.
Erin’s community involvement includes being a member of the Squamish Valley Photography Club, a volunteer and member of the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association (SORCA), and a Coordinator with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Event.
With a solid business background that includes a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Erin has 15 years of transportation, logistics & supply chain management experience from various positions with Canadian Pacific Railway and Squamish Terminals. She is an excellent communicator who thrives in a team environment and enjoys putting her networking skills to use at Squamish Chamber events. Erin feels it is important to continue connecting with all the new faces in the ever-changing Squamish business community.
Kathleen van der Ree
Race & Company LLP
Kathleen van der Ree is a partner with Race & Company LLP in Squamish. Kathleen has practiced law in the Sea to Sky Corridor since 2006, mainly in the areas of Real Estate, Wills and Estates and Corporate/Commercial law. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Kathleen moved to Whistler after obtaining a BA in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a LLB from the University of Manitoba. Prior to her articling year, Kathleen worked with at the BC Attorney General’s office in Vancouver with the Human Rights/Civil Litigation department.
Kathleen is an active member of Squamish’s volunteer community and has served as a director of the Howe Sound Women’s Centre (President), the Squamish Community Foundation and the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment and is currently a director with the Rotary Club of Squamish and the Squamish Senior Citizen’s Housing Society.
Maxime Charron is the founder of LeadingAhead and Co-founder of Drive Energy Inc. 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 and recently co-founded Drive 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 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.
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.