Directors Bios (Sept 2014)

CHRISTINE BANHAM (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-925-8803

Christine has been actively working at Scotiabank for 19 years in Corporate Banking and currently in Global Transaction Banking.  She has previously worked at the Bank of Canada, in Ottawa.  She received her BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of British Columbia and her MBA from the University of Ottawa.  She has been active as a volunteer in West Vancouver for almost a decade, including sitting on the Financial Advisory Committee of the District of West Vancouver, and being the Chairperson for both the Lions Gate Public Advisory Committee for Metro Vancouver and the Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing Working Group for the District of West Vancouver.  She is currently a Director for the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation as well as sitting on the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee for the Port Metro Vancouver.

STEWART BETHUNE (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-813-9979

Stewart grew up in West Vancouver attending West Bay Elementary and Hillside Secondary. After high school Stewart followed his passion for skiing and the outdoors and moved to Banff/Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies where he was a ski instructor and coach for a number of years. During the same period in addition to performing on skis for a variety of television commercials and ski movies, he attended the University of Calgary where he graduated with a BA in Political Science and Economics. Stewart’s graduation in the early 80’s coincided with the burgeoning of the film industry in Western Canada and the beginning of his professional film production career. Stewart has been the production manager or producer on a number of major motion pictures including “Best in Show”, “X Men 2 and 3”, Fantastic Four, Mission Impossible and the upcoming George Clooney film, “Tomorrowland”. He is currently in preparation for “Star Trek 3”. Stewart resides in Eagle Harbour and has a son attending Queen’s University and a daughter at Brentwood College.

LIZ BYRD (WVCGG – Director since 2011) 604-922-3681

Educated in England, emigrated to Canada twice, with Edward in 1966.  Worked in England and Canada in the advertising and PR business, J. Walter Thompson, Goodwin Ellis Advertising,  Grouse Mountain and started my own business in1972.  Was a founder of Collingwood School in 1984, started the Parent’s Council and sat on the Board for ten years.  I was on the Playhouse Board for Ten years, Chair of the Acting School, and Founding Chair of the Playhouse Wine Festival which is now the largest wine festival in North America.
Together with Jane Hennessy founded the first capital fund raising company in Vancouver – Hennessy and Byrd where we raised funds for Collingwood School, Burnaby Association for the Mentally Handicapped, Capilano Rugby Club, the Cantata Singers and many others.
Sat on the Long Range Planning Committee in 1989, then on the Parks Board,  Chair of the Parks Board and finally elected to Council in 1996, where I worked very hard to get the Gleneagles Recreation Centre built.  Since being on Council I have been active in the community, founded the Western Residents Association,
and have been very involved in the Kay Meek Centre, where I have been Chair for  two years.  Liz has lived in West Vancouver for 30 years, have two offspring, two grandchildren and is  married to Edward Byrd.

BRUCE CAMPBELL (WVCGG – Director since 1995) 604-926-3251

Bruce graduated from UBC in 1971 with an Electrical Engineering Degree and has since worked as a Consulting Engineer, primarily on institutional and commercial projects throughout BC. Over the past 25 years he has served on a number of Electrical Safety and Advisory Boards and Committees, and his volunteer work in West Vancouver includes the Ambleside Revitalization , among other community-related projects. A long- term resident of West Vancouver, Bruce is married with three children.

ROGER GARRIOCK (WVCGG – Director since 2005) 604 926-2292

After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1970, Roger had a highly successful 32 year career with IBM, with primary responsibilities in sales, marketing management, Government Relations, Communications, and Public Affairs. Roger has also been very active in his volunteer life, sitting on more than twelve non-profit boards across Canada and numerous business advisory councils. Since retiring from IBM last year, Roger has been providing consulting assistance to the non-profit Destination ImagiNation, Inc., the world’s largest creative problem solving program for youth, where he and his wife have been volunteers for the past 15+ years. A resident of West Vancouver, he is married with three grown daughters and enjoys boating, skiing and golf.

MARJAN JAMSAZ (WVCGG – Director since 2011) 604-926-5546

Marjan holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from University of British Columbia. She provides government relations and strategic communications advice to clients based on her practical background in public affairs. Marjan has provided advise to community groups, not-for profit industries, and political parties including some Cabinet Ministers. Marjan won several awards from the International and Canadian Red Cross for her role in government advocacy and public education around international humanitarian law issues. As a leading activist in the Iranian-Canadian community, Marjan is a founding member of “Silent Scream for Iran”, a nation-wide movement post 2009 Iranian elections, advocating for civil and human rights in Iran. The movement attracted support from highest level government officials, media, and community in Canada and internationally.

Marjan has been an active community organizer in West Vancouver for over 7 years

CAROL LUDVIGSEN (WVCGG – Director since 1996) 604-925-0689

Carol graduated from the University of Alberta in 1973 and from UBC in 1979. She is a registered Architect who has lived with her family in West Vancouver since 1991. Through the years she been active in the community in variety of roles – as a member of the West Vancouver Engineering Advisory Committee (6 years), Chair of the West Bay Parent Advisory Council, DPAC representative, and a member of the West Vancouver School District Consultative Committee for the Prevention and Early Intervention of Substance Abuse. She was a Director of the West Vancouver Community Foundation for nine years and remains on both of the Foundations committees that she had previously chaired, the Grants Committee and the Scholarship Committee. Her husband and son have also been active on a variety community boards and committees.

JOHN (JACK) NELSON (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-684-8880

Jack graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia, and has been involved in both the Engineering and Real Estate Development industries in British Columbia and Alberta for over 35 years. Jack is President of J. D. NELSON & ASSOC. LTD, and WOODGROVE ESTATES DEVELOPMENTS LTD, real estate development and investment firms.
Jack has sat on various industry boards including Board of Directors for the Urban Development Institute of BC and NAIOP, and the SWOA and Hollyburn Country Club Boards. He lived in West Vancouver for 35 years where he and his wife raised their two sons.

GRAHAM NICHOLLS (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-913-0286

Graham is a retired consultant and businessman with over 30 years’ experience in mining, oil and gas and energy utilities, both in the public and private sectors. He is a former senior manager with BHP Billiton’s Canadian businesses, and a former Deputy Minister of the Department of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Government of the NWT. Graham has been a regular volunteer with the District of West Vancouver for a number of years, including the Value for Services, Parks Master Plan, and Upper Lands Review working  groups, and is a West Vancouver community representative for the Port Metro North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee. He is married with two grown children and has lived in West Vancouver since 1999.

LEONORE O’NEILL (WVCGG – Director since 1999) 604-925-3421

Leonore O’Neill was born and raised in BC but lived most of her adult life in the United States. She returned to BC to live in West Vancouver in the late 1990s. Her primary volunteer activities have been in leadership roles in three local organizations: as a director for the West Vancouver Citizens for Good Government for the past 6 years, as a director for the volunteer group Citizens for a Healthy Community, and as group leader for several years in the West Vancouver United Church’s semi-annual flea Market, the proceeds of which go in part to support social services to Vancouver downtown East Side residents. Leonore highly values the mission of WVCGG and is prepared to serve as a Director for the next 3-year term.

GENE QUAN (WVCGG – Director since 2002) 604-922-5727

Gene Quan, a West Vancouver resident since 1973, is a retired commercial banker. Born in Victoria, he grew up on Vancouver Island. He is married to Sharon and they have two sons. Gene has served on several community civic bodies including the North Shore Health Region Board and as a Chair of WV Finance Advisory Commission. Gene has served as a governor at Collingwood School currently serves as chair of the WV Board of Variance.

RON ROYSTON (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-921-8164

Born in Vancouver and a resident of West Vancouver for more than thirty years, Ron Royston has been a volunteer in the community for many years. His volunteer activities have included the West Vancouver Community Foundation (9 years), the North Shore Rescue Team (40 years), the First Aid Ski Patrol (45 years), and St. John Ambulance (30 years). For his community work Ron recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Emergency Management B.C. as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Now retired, Ron’s public practice professional career included auditing a major municipality, the not-for-profit housing sector and financial services providers. A proud Canadian, Ron also serves as a director of the Canadian Club of Vancouver. Ron is married with two grown children who benefitted from the West Vancouver School System to become a Veterinarian and a Chartered Accountant.

ALEX TUNNER (WVCGG – Director since 2014) 604-921-1610

Alex is a retired Professional Engineer. He spent much of his career in Operations Management, working on contract for dozens of private and public sector organizations. He has been an active volunteer with the District of West Vancouver for ten years, first with the Engineering Advisory Committee, then the Community Engagement Committee. It replaced Advisory Committees with citizen-led Working Groups (30 since 2007), each tasked with making recommendations to Council on a specific issue- e.g. the current Upper Lands WG. He currently focuses on Community Engagement and Fiscal Sustainability. Alex’s wife Jennifer is an active member of the North Shore arts community, and they have two sons and three grandsons.

MARK VAUGHAN (WVCGG – Director since 2011) 604-818-9500

Born in Vancouver, Mark Vaughan grew up and attended school on the North Shore of Vancouver, graduating from Hillside Secondary School in 1987.

Mark is a principle at Vaughan Landscape Planning and Design, one of the premier landscape architect firms in Western Canada.  The office is located in West Vancouver.  Work has included numerous projects in West Vancouver.  Mark Vaughan has  2 daughters,  ages 12 and 14.  Mark currently sits as a director on the board of  the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club as well as the North Shore Field Hockey Facilities Society.  He also sits on the West Vancouver Ice Allocation Committee.

CHUCK WALKER (WVCGG – Director since 2002) 604-922-4210

Mr. Walker is the founder and President of The Walker Group, a diverse portfolio of successful business entities.  He serves on a number of corporate and public service boards.  Mr. Walker resides in and has his corporate headquarters in West Vancouver.

CORAL WINFIELD (WVCGG – Director since 2011) 604-922-9780

Having worked for Barclay’s Bank for 8 years in London England, Coral emigrated to Canada in 1966 where she immediately found employment in the research department of R.A. Daly, a boutique brokerage house in Toronto. Coral worked in the brokerage business for ten years obtaining her FCSI qualification and becoming one of the first women institutional equity traders on Bay St. Coral moved from the brokerage side to become the Executive Assistant to the Executive VP Finance of Canada Trust with responsibility for administration for the Financial Division including five senior vice presidents in the principal office in Toronto. Coral “retired” from Bay Street when she and her husband Bruce adopted their daughter Heather and moved for three years to Madrid, Spain in 1984. Upon their return to Toronto they adopted their second child Jose from Colombia. On moving to Vancouver, Coral played an active role in the community including three years as an elected School Trustee from 2005 to 2008. She currently sits on the West Vancouver District Arts and Cultural Grants Committee, and volunteers for the Rotary Morals and Ethics program for high schools, First West Vancouver Scouts, and the Stream Keepers Association. Additionally Coral has developed and maintains active tutoring business and enjoys hosting international students studying English in Vancouver.