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MEET THE EXECUTIVE

One of the highlights of our Annual General Meeting — besides a delicious assortment of fresh baked muffins — is the election our volunteer Board of Directors. These executives are nominated either by a previous board member, or by two or more LOUD business members in good standing for a period of two or more years.

JOIN OUR BOARD

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.

 

ABOUT OUR BOARD

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:

  • Volunteer their time to work in the best interest of LOUD Business and its members
  • Exercise reasonable care and diligence in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities
  • Sit for a term of two years to provide continuity
  • Nominate their replacement upon conclusion of their term.

THE CURRENT BOARD (2019/2020)

To contact board members, email board@loudbusiness.com.


Drew Fockler LOUD Director

DREW FOCKLER
Cross Canada Corporate Services
Co-Chair

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Drew is excited to be in his second year with LOUD Business board member. He is this year’s Co-Chair where he plans to focus on events by having a monthly lunch networking event.

As a business, he focuses on Training, HR Advising/Coaching and conducting Vocational Assessments.

After over a decade of working within the Social Services and Training and Development sector, Drew knows how to work with people to reach results. Reaching results is how well you connect with the people you are helping and communicate your understanding back to them.

Drew has worked in the private and public sector working with LGBTQ+ communities.. In addition to his extensive background in both sectors, he is a Professor at a Community College. With his teaching background of over five years, his students are across Canada utilizing the tools and resources he has provided to help grow their business/companies. He has received awards for his contributions towards the LGBTQ+ community and Toastmasters Leadership for British Columbia in 2017.

Drew holds a Doctorate of Education from Western University.


Rick Hurlbut
Co-Chair

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Rick Hurlbut has over 25 years of experience in the LGBTQ2+ travel and tourism industry. He's also an advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights, having volunteered for a wide variety of community organizations, including the Vancouver Pride Society and West End Business Improvement Association.

After serving on the board of LOUD in the late 1990s, then known as the Gay & Lesbian Business Association of BC, Rick is back. His focus is on expanding member services and networking with related business groups, particularly the Western Business Alliance and Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

More recently, he's run for civic government, and looks forward to increasing his participation in organizations related to parks and recreation, with an eye to the 2022 Vancouver Park Board election.



BLAIR SMITH
ROYAL LEPAGE
Director (focusing on the Foundation)

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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 RealtorĀ® 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.


GINA BEST
GINA.BEST BUSINESS COACHING
Director

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Gina Best is business coach. She launched and grew a multi-million dollar mortgage brokerage in British Columbia, Canada. She knows how to build a business, run a business, and grow a business.

Gina believes a business can only be as successful as the person at the helm is happy. And it is hard to be happy when you’re neck deep in business mayhem. She knows, because she built her business at the expense of herself for a long time.

She thought she had it all. She owned a successful mortgage brokerage, had two great, thriving kids, a nice home, a loving husband, kind friends. However, she was miserable. “IS THIS IT?!” she belted out? She wanted more out of her career, her business, her friendships, her marriage, her life.

So, she leapt (it was really scary) and made some changes. BIG changes. It was terrifying and exhilarating. She locked in on what she loved most in the world and made that happen. Now, she does the same for other entrepreneurs who are at the same junction.



CRAIG WECKERLE
VOGUE PAINTING
Director

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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.


Thomas Canty
QUAYSIDE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Director

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Why move away when you have all this beauty in your back yard? Thomas, a born and raised Vancouverite got his start in the accounting profession shortly after graduating from Langara with his diploma in Accounting. Not one to be idle, Thomas recently completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Queens Continuing Distance Education program while working full time. His next challenge is obtaining his CPA designation.

Losing several family members far too early in their lives, Thomas began looking into all-natural products to help support his own health and wellness goals. This led him to start his own company Quayside Wellness in partnership with a well know health and wellness product provider. That partnership grew in 2017 as the company he partnered with merged with another company to allow a larger product base. Quayside Wellness can offer health and wellness products that range from Core Supplements, Fitness Supplements, Essential Oils, and all-natural beauty products.

His newest endeavour is providing business solutions to small business owners and entrepreneurs (solopreneurs) that will help them increase brand awareness and sales, as well as increase their client base through customer appreciation and referrals. These solutions are effective, efficient and cost conscious. Quayside Business Solutions will officially be launched this year.

Thomas loves to try new restaurants, traveling to his bucket list destinations, and spending time with friends over a good meal or cup of Java.

 

Rhiannon Foster

Rhiannon Foster
RED DOOR HOMES GROUP
Director

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After MC'ing the LOUD Gala in 2018, Rhiannon knew she was destined to be involved with the Board. Rhiannon comes to LOUD with a long list of volunteerism from the sports world, including managing a women's division 1 soccer team, captaining for the GranFond, and organizing youth events with Equal Play.

Rhiannon unwinds by dancing with Luminesque Dance, where she began the R.E.D Rewarding and Empowering Dancers Scholarship in 2019, walking in the woods with her fiance, Tony, and hanging out with her newly adopted rescue cats, Bangers & Mash!

When Rhiannon is not giving back to the community, she runs a successful real estate practice in the Lower Mainland --The Red Door Homes Group -- specializing in Transitional Real Estate. To enhance the work she does, she holds her SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) Designation and is a Certified Transition Coach.


Candice Falcon

Candice Falcon
FALCON ARTISTRY SPECIALTY TATTOO
Director

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Candice Falcon has always been an artist and painter, valuing the aspect of hand-created art. She was often struggling with her duality, as an artist and a perfectionist with a type A personality, which later became assets for creativity in business.

Her passions are creating a community of empowerment through healthy self-image and self-perception. She is an advocate for awareness, education and resources for those going through breast cancer and other trials that come up in life, realizing that a lot of information is not commonly provided through mainstream sources.

Candice likes to joke that she has "a lot of unrelated education" having worked in first aid, community programming, fire prevention, commercial farm inspections and high value home appraising. Though these fields have given her a well-rounded perspective, it made her realize that when you don't feel that your career is your passion, create it for yourself.

Gabriel Contreras

GARBRIEL CONTRERAS
CLEAR COUNSELLING
Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Adlerian Psychotherapist

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Gabriel is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Adlerian Psychotherapist with Clear Counselling. He works with the LGBTQ+ identified individuals providing:

  • Relationship Counsellling
  • Individual Counselling
  • Sex Therapy 
  • Latin-Canadian Relationships 
  • Immigration Transition Stress 
  • LGBTQ+ Family Members Support
His approach to counselling is in his belief that “people have the ability to become the best version of themselves.”

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

See Get Involved for more ways to be part of LOUD.

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