We're always keen to hear from people who'd like to get involved. Whether you'd like to apply to join the board or volunteer on a committee, get in touch.
During the year the board has the authority to replace or add executives at its discretion. Executives on the Board of Directors agree to the following:
Graeme is an online marketing consultant with clients in Vancouver and London, England. He founded his company in 1999 after a 16-year career in marketing, first in book-selling and later with French oil company, TOTAL. Graeme's business philosophy is to apply traditional marketing skills and techniques to new media. As he says, "The magic is in the marketing, not the technology".
Most of Graeme's working life has been spent in England, but he's also lived and worked in France, Germany and the US. He has a passion for travel and has visited 54 countries. As a newcomer to Vancouver, he enjoys exploring the city's eclectic arts scene as well as sampling the wine and cuisine of Vancouver's many restaurants.
Ryan has been with Vancity for over seven years and a member of the GLBA for a majority of that time. He has held a myriad of positions throughout the organization and has learned what it means to run a business that's also accountable to a membership base. From Vancity, he brings to the GLBA his experience in sales, finance, and community leadership.
He and his partner also recently launched PING.ca. It's a lifestyle website that focuses exclusively on the GLBT community. Through PINQ.ca he has gained both entrepreneurial experience and a greater sense of the power of online media. PINQ.ca partners with many organizations in the GLBT community and Ryan has had the good fortune to witness all of the extraordinary work that they do.
Blair was born in small town BC, the eldest of 3 boys. He was naturally curious, and encouraged to be an entrepreneur and philanthropist from a very young age. He loved the independence that earning money created. His early fundraising helped those less fortunate believing that life is a team effort.
Blair was first licensed as a Realtor® in Toronto in 1981 where he lived for 3 short years, moving to Vancouver in 1982. He has been an award-winning Realtor every year since 2005.Blair’s clients are always amazed at the depth of his knowledge, attention to detail, and his passion for people. Blair is always amazed at how lessons learned during childhood permeate everyday life as an adult.
Isabelle is founder and creative director of Seven25., a consultancy that focuses on not-for-profit and social profit organizations. Isabelle has been helping to accelerate the impact of social enterprises through design for the past 20 years.
Craig is the owner/operator of an interior/exterior painting company. Originally from Williams Lake, BC, Craig got his start in painting while studying business at university as a way to pay for school. He ran a successful summer painting business for 5 summers while completing his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from SFU. After completing his degree in 2009 he bought another painting company and has been running it full-time since then. Craig enjoys a good night out on the town and is always game to try a new restaurant or lounge.
Rob always knew he would end up in construction. Early on he would watch his uncle’s construction company (where his Dad also briefly worked) transform empty lots into fabulous homes. With a desire to continue that tradition Rob started maison d’etre in 1995 and has remained steadfast in his belief that everyone deserves great design no matter what the size of the project is. Rob is a Registered Housing Professional (RHP) and Registered Renovation Professional (RRP) and the instructor for the Home Renovation Planning course offered by Langara College, a leading provider of classroom-based real estate education in the Lower Mainland.