BIABC Board of Directors
The BIABC Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from member BIA respresentatives elected by the eligible membership at the association's Annual General Meeting each spring.
Teri Smith, President - Robson Street BIA
Teri is a leader in community and economic development. Her career with BIAs spans 17 years and four different commercial districts across the Lower Mainland. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Robson Street Business Association (RSBA) in Downtown Vancouver and is completing her fourth year on the BIABC Board. Teri is an active member of the Vancouver BIA Partnership and a past member of the IDA Canada Leadership Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University where she completed a double major in criminology and psychology. When not working, she’s a busy mom of two and can often be found on the soccer field cheering on her kids, baking up a storm in the kitchen or planning new travel adventures.
Bonnie Burnside, Vice President - Downtown Surrey BIA
After 32 years running and owning a business, Bonnie moved into the world of BIAs. Currently the Operations Manager of the Downtown Surrey BIA, she has been on the Board of BIABC for seven years. She currently sits on the Conference Committee and the Partnership Committee. In her spare time, Bonnie is currently President of the Whalley Community Association; Chair of the Surrey Christmas Bureau; and a member of Surrey’s Parks, Rec and Culture Committee. Through her role at the Downtown Surrey BIA, she also sits on the Community Advisory Committee for Modular Housing and Shelters, WIST Committee (Whalley Integrated Service Team), Fusion Fest Committee, Tree Lighting Committee, and Party for the Planet Committee.
Philip Aguirre, Secretary/Treasurer - Newton BIA
Philip has been the Executive Director of the Newton BIA since 2014. He comes from a small business background being the owner of the Old Surrey Restaurant since 2007 located in the heart of Surrey, BC. He is also a Certified Professional Accountant and a graduate of the University of Victoria where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce. Philip has been a strong advocate for the community of Newton for many years.
Lynn Allin - Downtown Penticton BIA
Lynn is the executive director for the Downtown Penticton Association, which is the only Business Improvement Association in the city. Lynn joined them in July 2016 and prior to this she had been part of the business community for over 20years as a business and commercial property owner. As an experienced entrepreneur, Lynn is very understanding of the challenges and rewards of owning and operating a business. Through this understanding, Lynn has been able to connect with her BIA membership as an equal. Over the years, Lynn has been involved in community volunteer work, and in her current capacity, she sits on she the Official Community Plan Task Force, United Way 100 Homes committee, City of Penticton’s Safety & Health committee, Chair of the Downtown Revitalization Committee and City of Penticton Economic Development Partnership Committee and the most recent, the Economic Recovery Task Force.
Patricia Barnes - Hastings North BIA
Patricia is the Executive Director of Hastings North Business Improvement Association. The Hastings North BIA promotes the retail and commercial neighborhood of Hastings North within the City of Vancouver. Ms. Barnes serves on a number of committees including the City of Vancouver Anti-Poverty Taskforce, the Employment Lands and Economic Review, the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, Co-Chairs Living in Community: Balancing Perspectives on Vancouver’s Sex Industry Steering Committee, Community Advisory Committee Hasting Park, and is a past Director of the International Downtown Association. Ms. Barnes is currently the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for BIABC but has served on the Board of BIABC in the past. She is currently on the Vancouver Police Board. She has also been a speaker and presenter at many provincial and international conferences. Ms. Barnes holds a BA from University of Toronto and MBA from Dalhousie University.
Pamela Bottomley - Parksville Downtown Business Association
Pamela Bottomley's background includes years as a journalist - including stints with the Winnipeg Free Press, The Vancouver Sun and The Northern Miner - beofre beginning her career in public relations, strategic planning and communications management. She left her role as a PR director for a major Vancouver advertising agency in 1991 and moved to her Nanoose Bay acreage where she operated Pamela Bottomley Public Relations until joining the PDBA in September 2011. Pam is an accredited member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and has studied business law and organizational behaviour. She has served in many volunteer capacities in the Parksville community and is the past-president of the Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Association.
Jeff Bray - Downtown Victoria Business Association
Jeff grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from UBC, Bray embarked on a 13-year career with the BC Government. In 2001, Bray was elected the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. For 8 years Jeff was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Shaw in BC. Jeff is currently the Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. Jeff is President of the Former MLA Association of BC, Vice-Chair of the Royal BC Museum Foundation, Vice-President of the North Quadra Community Association is Co-Chair (with the Victoria Mayor) for The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness. Fun fact: Jeff is a closet Star Trek fan……..original series of course!
Carl DeSantis - Kamloops Central BIA
Carl brings many years of influential leadership experience to the Downtown Kamloops team. He joined Downtown Kamloops as the Executive Director following a 30-year policing career and 5 years as a college Program Coordinator. He was also a co-owner and Vice President of an international travel franchise business. Carl was elected to the BIABC Board of Directors in 2019.
Angela Evans - Collingwood BIA
Angela has been on the BIABC board for the past 8 years. Committees: Chairperson for the Best in the West for 2015 – 2019; Membership Committee; Conference Programming Co-Chair 2019 -2021. Best part of being on the BIABC board during this time is seeing the organization grow and making connections with our neighbouring provinces to share best practices and ideas. Since 2010, Angela has been the Executive Director of the Collingwood Business Improvement Association. Collingwood is a neighbourhood with over 300 businesses cover 17 blocks along Kingsway between Boundary Road and Rupert Street in Vancouver. Angela is a strong believer of building community partnerships with organizations with similar goals. She has put public safety for her members and the community first. She started the Junior BIA with a local high school in 2011 where their mandate is to bridge the youth with the local business community.
Isabel Kolic - Heights Merchants Association
Since 2004, Isabel has served as the Executive Director of the Heights Merchants Association, a BIA in Burnaby with approximately 350 businesses and 150 property owners. She has served on the BIABC Board in two different periods (once, in the mid-2000s, and again since 2017 until now. She has 30 years of experience working in communications strategy and marketing, community relations, publishing and events. More than half of that time was spent in economic development, including a stint in Ukraine with a business improvement NGO. She has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, and has owned her own business. Isabel has a degree in Communication and a post baccalaureate diploma in Community Economic Development (both from SFU). Isabel is committed to strong, connected communities, and sustainable and cooperative economies - with vibrant business districts at their core. Over the years, Isabel also served on the Boards of Volunteer Burnaby and Volunteer Grandparents, as well as various Burnaby Board of Trade Committees (including the Business Recovery Task Force during COVID-19) and the City of Burnaby Environmental Sustainability Strategic Task Force.
Laurey-Anne Roodenburg - West Quesnel Bsuiness Association
Laurey-Anne Roodenburg is the Executive Director for the West Quesnel Business Association, located in Quesnel, BC. This small unique BIA is one of three in the City of Quesnel. Despite being the smallest of three, WQBA is located on the west side of the Quesnel River and offers unique and eclectic opportunities for the community to shop and participate in community minded events, such as Christmas in the Village, August Night Market, Billy Barker Days Slam Jam, and the Great West Butter Tart Competition. If you have a chance to visit Quesnel, don’t hesitate to come on over to the “West Village”, where we can meet all your shopping needs.
Peter Vaisbord - City of Vancouver, BIA Program
Peter completed the UBC Masters program in Community and Regional Planning in 1992. He joined the
Colleen Van Mook - Downtown Prince George BIA
Colleen Van Mook is the Executive Director for Downtown Prince George, which is a non-profit society serving all the tenants and property owners in the Downtown C1 Zone. Colleen is proud to support the Board in their vision to support and grow the economic vitality and energy in Prince George’s downtown. Taking responsibility for the day to day operations and ensuring the implementation of programs, services and projects has been a rewarding role over the last five years. Before that, Colleen spent 25 years working for the City of Prince George as a coordinator, supervisor, manager, and director. As the Director of Community Services, she was responsible for the operations of all recreation facilities and the delivery of programs & services. Her proudest accomplishment during that time was leading Prince George’s bid to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. She has been a consultant in the areas of strategic planning and leadership development and took on a senior volunteer role of Chair, Mission Services during the execution of the Canada Winter Games. In her role with Downtown Prince George she has been able to join a passionate Board and an amazing array of over 500 downtown businesses; along with committed partners and supporters to improve and promote downtown. Colleen and her husband Bert along with their two adult children, have been proud to call Prince George their home for over 31 years. Colleen enjoys, running, golf and working out at the YMCA in her spare time.
With more than 35 years as a senior executive in the social profit sector, Lori established Lori Baxter Consulting in 2010. Her client base includes a broad range of social profit organizations and local governments, including BIABC. Prior to establishing her business, Lori served as Director of Arts at 2010 Legacies Now, a partner organization of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For ten years she was the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Alliance for Arts and Culture, where she worked extensively in advocacy efforts at all levels of government, as well as with the business community and the general public. Lori is Past-President of the board of trustees of PAL – Vancouver. Previous board experience includes the Canadian Conference of the Arts, Tourism Vancouver and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation.