British Columbia

34114 RPO Cloversquare
Surrey, BC V3S 8C4

PH: 604-868-6657


Ben Baker - Your Brand Marketing

Storytelling has always been a way of life for Ben. From a young age, he realized that through telling stories, people listened to him, understood him and engaged. Professionally, this is what he has been doing now for over two decades. He helps brands tell engaging stories that compel their customers to take action. His mission is to have brands “STOP being a commodity. . . instead, be a brand worth loving!”

This is a talk that I did in Las Vegas in January on “Being Unique in a Cookie Cutter World”

This is a 3 minute segment from a 90 minute talk that I did at SFU in June for their graduate students Careers in Business Conference called “What is Your Brand?”

Here is a video that you can use for Promo for the event “Powerful Personal Brands”

Here is a free chapter of my book

EBook: Top 10 Ways to Increase Employee Engagement and Company Loyalty

Trevor Turnbull - LinkedIn Sales Professional

Trevor Turnbull
CEO | Online Reputation Specialist | LinkedIn Trainer
Linked Into Leads
C: 604.715.2550

As a sales leader, it is your responsibility to motivate and arm your team with the latest technology to keep their sales pipeline filled with qualified prospects. Their personal profiles and how they represent your brand on LinkedIn are critical to building trust and staying top of mind with your prospects for when they are ready to buy the product/service you have to offer.

During this session, Trevor is going to outline the challenges facing sales professionals today, how they should be leveraging the largest professional business database (LinkedIn) to find, qualify and close more business and how you as a sales leader can support your team to meet their sales goals. At the end of this training, you will understand how they can use LinkedIn to attract incoming sales inquiries, generate warm referrals, build trust with their network, position themselves as “topic experts” and maximize results in less time.

Trevor Turnbull is CEO of Vancouver-based Linked Into Leads and Founder of the 30 Day Sales Machine (30DSM), a step-by-step training system to generate traffic, referrals and sales for your business leveraging the power of Linkedin. The 30DSM system is provided in an online training program, done-for-you LinkedIn lead generation services and delivered in workshop training with sales teams. Trevor has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, Entrepreneur, Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star discussing the value of online networking and how social selling is impacting the way people do business today.

Brad Armes - Creed Capital / National Bank

Brad started his career in the investment industry in 1998 after earning an Economics degree from McMaster University.  He joined the Creed Group in 2016 and brings knowledge from Canada’s longest standing Trust Company and one of the world’s largest Investment Management Firms. 

Brad earned the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) Designation in 2015 and has since earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Designation in 2017. Brad’s oversees the team’s focus on Financial Literacy for our clients and their families. He works closely with high quality Legal and Tax Advisors to ensure that Family Estate Plans are well constructed to meet our clients’ unique, personal goals.  He frequently delivers Financial Literacy Workshops for various businesses, groups and associations across the province.

Brad moved to North Vancouver in 2006 and spends his time with his wife, daughter and two dogs enjoying the outdoors.  He volunteers for the North Shore Girls Fastpitch Association as a coach and division coordinator.

AED Presentation Creed Capital

Shari Green - Former Mayor of Prince George

Shari Green grew up in Prince George in a logging family and spent a number of years working in the pulp industry prior to becoming an entrepreneur and eventually entering politics. Shari served six years on Prince George City Council, most recently as Mayor until 2014. She was previously the President of the Downtown Business Association. Shari
served on a number of boards including Northern Development Initiative Trust, Prince George Community Foundation, and the Municipal Finance Authority of BC.

In 2012, Shari co-founded the BC Mayors Caucus with then Mayor Dianne Watts, bringing together Mayors from across BC to work together and collaborate as CEOs of their municipalities.

Since relocating to the lower mainland in 2015, Shari has been actively engaged in the development community, consulting on local government Official Community Plans and working with developers to achieve successful rezonings with local officials.

Angus Reid - Retired Professional Football Player - Motivational Speaker

Angus Reid is somebody who found a way to make his dream a reality. Angus has retired from professional football after playing 13 years for the BC Lions of the CFL. The Richmond Born native played in 200 professional games placing him in the top 5 all time for games played by a BC Lion.

Throughout his career Angus has been a 3 time all star, 2 time Grey Cup Champion and 8 time team captain.

A long shot to make it pro, too small, and way too short, Angus didn’t even begin playing football until the eleventh grade. He then missed three of his five collegiate seasons with a severe
stomach aliment, making it back for his senior season and becoming only the 5thAll American in school history.

Angus became the 4th overall pick in the 2001 CFL college draft by the Toronto Argonauts only to be cut by them following his first training camp. It has been through sheer determination and relentlessness that Angus was able to not only fulfill his seemingly impossible dream, but also be able to do it longer than almost anybody else.
Over the years Angus has become much more than simply a football star but has become a true fixture in the community. He has hosted TV & Radio Programs, written a newspaper column for the Vancouver and He tours BC speaking out on such issues as ‘Violence Against Women’, ‘Bullying’, and the importance of health and fitness for todays youth.

Dr. Lindsay Langill - Vice President ICBA

Dr. Langill is currently the Vice-President, Operations and Work Force Development with the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia. Previously he was professor and Dean, School of Trades and Technology at Thompson Rivers University for the past 8 years. Prior to TRU he was the senior director of Program Standards for the Industry Training Authority, a secondary school apprenticeship co-ordinator for the Ministry of Education and has taught at UBC, Aldergrove Secondary School, South Okanagan Secondary, Skaha Lake Middle School and James Nash State High School in Queensland Australia.

He has served on the board of directors for BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association, Skills Canada BC, Kamloops Basketball Association, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, and is on his second term under Ministerial Order to the ITA board of directors.
Active in his community, Dr. Langill has been the president of the British Columbia Technology Education Association, the president of the Langley Technology Teacher’s Association and a senior advisor for the British Columbia Technology Association. He holds three Red Seal trade certifications. Dr. Langill also holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Master of Arts, Math, Science and Technology, from the University of British Columbia; his Certificate of Industrial Education from British Columbia Institute of Technology, and his Doctoral from the University of Calgary. Dr. Langill continues to contribute to the apprenticeship system through research, publications and presenting at conferences around the globe.

Dr. L.B. (Lindsay) Langill RSE
Vice President
Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of BC

C: 778-960-3412 | T: 604-298-7795 | F: 604-298-2246
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Dave Conway - Media Relations - BC Hydro

Dave Conway is a long time resident of Prince George and has worked in the North for over 30 years. He is a graduate of UBC with a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Dave worked for ICBC in Prince George for 17 years; the final 10 years as ICBC’s Manager for Road Safety/Loss Prevention. He began working with BC Hydro in 2001 as the Northern Community Relations Manager. Dave started working on the Site C project in 2007 as the projects community relations manager with responsibilities for regional / local government relations; community and media relations.

David Conway
Community Relations Manager
Site C Clean Energy Project

BC Hydro
3333 – 22nd Avenue
Prince George, BC V2N 1B4

Office: 250.561.4849
Mobile: 250.612.9143
Fax: 250.561.4990


Marco Iannuzzi - BC Lion Celebrity Auctioneer - Christmas Fundraising Auction & Luncheon

Marco Iannuzzi


After attending Harvard and MIT I have spent the last 6 years playing professional football, expanding my wealth management practice, sitting as Chairmen and Board Member for various charities and most importantly enjoying life with my wife and our 3 children. Through this journey, I have been fortunate to earn a Grey Cup Championship–along with 6 other major championship rings, receive a top 25 under 25 and win an episode of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person.

I started my first business when I was 12 years old, and continued as a serial entrepreneur all the way through my studies in Cambridge. Of these ventures, my work in finance stood out and since co-founding my first private financial group in 2008, I now operate my financial practice at Canada’s largest brokerage RBC Dominion Securities.

If you feel that my background surpasses your current financial advisor and you would like me and my team to manage your investment portfolio and financial planning, message me privately.

Keynote Speaker
If you are looking for a speaker for your corporate function I am happy to share my journey of determination, grit, discipline and sacrifice.

Philanthropy: Charity Auctioneer / Emcee
I am a honored to serve as a chairman, board member and ambassador for several charities, but the one that is closest to me is MS. My mother has MS. When I stand in front of an audience at any charity event, whether it be for MS, autism, cancer, social wellness… I can see in the eyes of those in the room that they care for someone in their life in the very same way that I care for my mother, and this is why I help a wide spectrum of charities. As a charity auctioneer I am proud to have helped raise over 4 million dollars for various foundations.

Darian Kovacs - Principal Jelly Marketing





I bring over 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and public relations. Throughout my career, I have also been a founder and board member of various foundations and charitable organizations.

I spent five years both employed with and directing a range of entrepreneurial ventures. These included a publishing company (producing two Canadian best sellers), a series of national youth worker conferences and a national newspaper for Christian youth workers.

I then invested four years of consulting in the charitable sector at a local law firm, which was launching new fundraising technology. As part of the marketing and service team, I helped the company launch two successful fundraising tools. At this time, I also led Canada’s first Youth Venture program, a global initiative providing training and funding for students to start new businesses.

For the last four years I have focused on the technology sector, leading an app development agency and growing a digital marketing agency, Jelly Marketing. We work with various local, national and global brands and we are the co-creators of the Canadian Internet Marketing Conference.

Managing Director, Jelly Marketing
Professor of Marketing, Trinity Western University
Fundraising & Technology Consultant, Benefic Group/Venus Industries Vancouver Director, Youth Venture – Ashoka
Ministry Director, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Conference Director, Youth Specialties – Zondervan – Harper Collins Founder/CEO, Ponder Publishing
Youth Pastor, Peace Portal Alliance Church
Founder/Director, campusfire/Canada Fire Ministries
Youth Director, City of Surrey

Edinburgh Business School (MBA in progress)
University of Victoria, Child & Youth Care – Art Education

Ryan Walters - Professional Athlete / Entrepreneur & Business Speaker


Ryan Walter played more than 1000 games over 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, played 9 seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and returned to his home town to play his last 2 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game and for Team Canada in 3 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year. Ryan has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, named to the 30 all-time Washington Capitals’ Dream team, the top 50 all-time BCHL players, the top 125 WHL of all time, and the top 100 Montreal Canadiens in 100 years.

Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business. He is the author of 5 books and an expert contributor to both online and print magazines, newspapers, radio, and television. Ryan serves as a Director of both the Hockey Canada Foundation and Partners International Canada, and is a member of the Seton Hall University Stillman School of Business Leadership Advisory Council, and the recipient of the TEC Canada 2015 Speaker of the Year Award.
Ryan won a Gold Medal as Head Coach of Canada’s National Women’s Hockey Team, was Assistant Coach of the Vancouver Canucks, co-founder and president of two start-up companies, a TV and radio hockey analyst, a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies, the creator of the board and electronic game Trade Deadline Hockey, and the President of a professional hockey team. Ryan continues to inspire players, teams, businesses, and organizations across North America and beyond, to become their very best.

BIO - Hon. Dianne Watts - MP South Surrey/White Rock - Official Opposition Critic Infastructure

Parliament Hill Office Contact Information
Phone Number: 613-947-4497

E-mail Address:

Constituency Contact Information
Surrey Constituency Office
#595-15355 24th Avenue
Surrey, BC V4A 2H9

Phone Number: 604-542-5510

Dianne Watts was first elected as a Member of Parliament for South Surrey – White Rock in 2015

the 42nd Federal Election, the only Conservative MP in the city of Surrey. She is currently serving in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet as the Critic for Infrastructure and Communities.

Ms. Watts has long been a leader in her local South Surrey – White Rock community, with a dedication to public service spanning nearly two decades. From 2005-2014, Ms. Watts served three terms as the first female Mayor of Surrey, and served a previous three terms as a Surrey City Councillor from 1996-2005. With a population over 460,000, Surrey is BC’s second largest city, the 12th largest in the country, and is on track to become the most populated city in Metro Vancouver by 2020.

During her time as Mayor, Ms. Watts lead several achievements for Surrey, including:

 The lowest residential tax rates in Metro Vancouver;

 The lowest business taxes in Metro Vancouver;

 #1 standing as the best place in B.C. to invest, and the 4th best city in Canada, by the Real Estate

Investment Network 4 years in a row;

 Recognition as the 7th most “Intelligent City” in the world due to her spearheading “Innovation Boulevard,” alternative energy initiatives, and being on the leading edge of technology development;

 Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy that has become a model for cities throughout the world;

 Sustainability Charter that guides the City’s approach to social, cultural, environmental, and economic sustainability;

 Poverty Reduction Plan: practical solutions designed to improve the lives of all low-income people living in the city of Surrey.

Ms. Watts has also led a diverse private sector career. Her experience includes consulting for and co-managing an architecture firm, and serving as CEO of a non-profit that supports and assists start-up companies commercialize technology.

Ms. Watts has earned several accolades for her work in public service, including:

 2013 YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Women of Distinction Award in the Non-Profit and Public Service category;

 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honour her significant contributions to and achievements for her community;

 International recognition for the 4th best mayor in the world by the City Mayor’s Foundation in the UK in 2010;

 Consumer Choice Awards “Woman of the Year” for Business Excellence in 2010

 Named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2009;

 Honoured in 2001 as the first elected official in the history of Surrey to become an honorary firefighter for her work with the Surrey Fire Service and public safety.

BIO - Pam Ryan - Director of Planning & Communications - George massey Tunnel Replacement Project

Pam Ryan, Director of Planning and Community Relations
George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project

Pam has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, community consultation, communications, media relations and issues management. She has served in senior positions in policy, communications and planning for both the public and private sectors.
Pam has extensive experience working with the B.C. provincial government and with municipalities.

Recent projects of note include the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, South Fraser Perimeter Road, the Lions Gate Bridge Completion Project and the Low Level Road Project. She currently leads planning and Community Relations for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.

Pam is past president of the Strait of Georgia chapter of WTS, an international professional association for women in transportation and was appointed to the Vancouver Community College Board of Directors in 2012.

Pam’s contact info is:
Phone: 604-637-6452

BIO - Bryan Yu - Senior Economist Central 1 Credit Union - March 3rd, 2016

Central 1 Credit Union Presentation

Bryan Yu – Senior Economist – Central 1 Credit Union
Central 1 Credit Union

Bryan Yu is senior economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the umbrella organization for the credit union system in the provinces of BC and Ontario. The credit union system has about 3.2 million credit union members with an asset base over $92 billion. Bryan provides economic analysis and forecast services to support the credit union system and is a frequent commentator on the B.C. and national economies for major media outlets. Prior to joining Central 1, he was an economist with the BC Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Bryan is a director for the Canadian Association of Business Economists. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Bryan holds degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba.

BIO - Cozmin Radu - Port of Metro Vancouver - November 5, 2015

Cozmin Radu – Director, Infrastructure Delivery
Port of Metro Vancouver

100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada V6C 3T4

604.665.9267Port Metro Vancouver Presentation 11-05-15

BIO - Diane Evans - Industry Training Authority - October 8, 2015

Diane Evans, Manager Industry Relations
8100 Granville Ave, Richmond, BC V6Y 3T6, Canada
+1 778-328-8700

Diane started her career in the Brewing Industry where she spent 10 years working in several breweries in various locations across the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Brewing with Honours in Microbiology. She was a technical brewer during that time managing the process and people in a production environment. When she left the industry she became qualified to teach adults and took a Diploma in Management Studies. Diane was an instructor in several Colleges in the Midlands in England where she designed and delivered training courses to adults aiming to attain credentials in Management. She is also a qualified Assessor and Internal Verifier and an expert in competency based assessment – the methodology under which apprentices in the Trades are assessed in the UK. She then spent 3 years living in Portugal where she was self-employed as a management consultant and worked with the British Embassy in Lisbon.
Diane moved to Vancouver with her family in 2010 and now works for the Industry Training Authority as a Manager, Industry Relations. She works to support the Automotive, the Tourism and Hospitality and the Transportation and Transit sectors to ensure that ITA is in touch with the needs of industry. One of her responsibilities is to ensure ITA’s programs are up to date and relevant for the employers and apprentices in the relevant trades.
Diane is married, has two teenage boys and enjoys skiing, camping and hiking. She is also a keen amateur viola player and plays with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kara Walker / Cari Henri - WBSC XV Women's World Softball Championship Surrey 2016 - October 8th, 2015

Kara Walker has worked extensively in the sporting, leisure and recreation industry including a variety of leadership roles with the 2016 World Softball Championships, Whistler Sports Legacies, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler Blackcomb and Special Olympics British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech University, a Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Royal Roads University and is a Certified Associate with Emergenetics Canada. She competed as a NCAA scholarship softball athlete during her time at Virginia Tech.

Cari Henri – joined the Surrey 2016 team in March 2015. She has 11.5 years of event planning and leadership experience with Special Olympics BC. In her time with Special O, she was involved with numerous provincial and national teams and was involved with a variety of high level multi-sport competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser University and is a Certified Learning Facilitator for the Coaching Association of Canada. Softball has always been a passion for her, having played for over twenty-five years.

BIO - RAY ROBB P. Eng. - 2011

Metro Vancouver Regulation & Enforcement Division Manager

Mr. Robb has been regulating environmental emissions with Metro Vancouver for the past five years.

Prior to that he spent roughly fifteen years with the Ministry of Environment, Lower Mainland Region, where he was responsible for protecting the environment from industrial discharges to the air, land and water.

Mr. Robb has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.

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BIO - Pam Ryan, President – Lucent Strategies Inc.

Pam has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, community consultation, communications, media relations and issues management, with extensive experience working with the B.C. provincial government and with municipalities. Pam is past president of the Strait of Georgia chapter of WTS, an international professional association for women in transportation and was appointed to the Vancouver Community College Board of Directors in 2012.

Pam has also served in senior positions in policy, communications and planning for both the public and private sectors. Recent projects of note include the Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, South Fraser Perimeter Road, Low Level Road Project, and she currently leads Community Relations for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project.


BIO - Nikki Keith

Nikki’s career started in the insurance industry over twenty years ago in 100 Mile House, B.C.

Over the past 14½ years she has worked for Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. as the Manager of the Personal Insurance Department – handling the top VIP personal accounts in the office.

She is also the Privacy Officer for Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. and has recently been promoted to Vice President.

Nikki is involved with many Associations within the construction industry including the Associated Equipment Distributors, BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the Independent Contractor’s and Businesses Association, Shelfspace (The Association for Retail Entrepreneurs) as well as many others.

Nikki also volunteers her time with many volunteer and charity organizations in the White Rock/ South Surrey area.

BIO - Glen MacRae - 2010

Glen McRae came to Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. over six years ago after having a decade with a major Canadian insurer as their principal Transportation Marine Claims Examiner and Manager of Claims Operations for Western Canada. He provides his wealth of experience in litigation management, mediating large losses and negotiating claims settlements.

Glen has authored various technical articles on liability and eBusiness Strategies and is a Continuing Education Instructor to the Insurance Brokers Association of B.C.

He has been a director of the Moody Centre Business Association and has been a member of many associations including the Amalgamated Construction Association, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and the Farm Equipment Dealers Association of B.C.

BIO - Wilson Beck - 2010

Wilson Beck is the Chairman of the Board and C.E.O. of Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.

Wilson Beck grew-up in South Burnaby, where Metrotown is today. His insurance carrier started in his mid 20’s selling auto insurance and homeowner insurance for Co-op Fire and Casualty Insurance Company. Shortly after, Wilson worked for a major national insurance broker focusing on commercial insurance.

Prior to founding Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. in 1981, Wilson spent 17 years with a large BC Broker concentrating on arranging construction insurance and contract bonding.

Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. is celebrating 30 years in business in April 2011. They have grown to a staff of 44 in the Burnaby office, which is located one block East of Boundary Road on Marine Way. Their Kelowna office was established in 1997 and employs a staff of 12. Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc. has become one of the largest brokers of Contract Bonding and Construction Insurance in British Columbia with facilities extending into the United States and other parts of the world.

  • In 1980, Wilson was elected as President of the Amalgamated Construction Association (now known as the Vancouver Regional Construction Association) – and is now a life member. He was the first non-construction person elected to that position.
  • 25 Years later, his son David Beck, became the Chairman of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.
  • In 1984, Wilson became the Chairman of the BC Construction Association.
  • Wilson has also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Construction Association – from 1984 to 1988.
  • He also served a 1 year term as a director of the BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.
  • Wilson is also a past President of the Terminal City Club, which has nothing to do with insurance or contract bonding!

Wilson continues to play an active role in providing hands on involvement in the company’s growth, liaising with clients, surety and insurance companies and various government authorities.

BIO - Ken Peacock

Ken Peacock is the Director of Economic Research at the Business Council of British Columbia, an association representing approximately 260 large and mid-sized companies that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. In this capacity Mr. Peacock contributes to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. He is also the author of a number of regular Business Council publications dealing with the provincial economy and related policy matters.

Prior to joining the Business Council, Mr. Peacock was an Economist with Central 1 Credit Union, an umbrella organization for the credit unions in the province. There he advised credit unions on the outlook for the provincial economy, housing markets, and interest and exchange rates.

Mr. Peacock was born and raised in BC. He attained his master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is the immediate past President of the Association of Professional Economists of BC and is an advisor to the BC Progress Board.

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BIO - Rob Mackay – President Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Rob Mackay joined Ritchie Bros. in 1985 after many years with his family’s highway construction business in Saskatchewan.

Over the next 10 years he held numerous head office administrative positions and was closely involved with Ritchie Bros ‘ expansion into overseas markets, initially in Europe and the Middle East, and then in Southeast Asia and Australia.

Rob was promoted to Vice President of the Asia Pacific Division in 1995 and took on additional responsibility for South America in 2000.

In 2001 he became a Senior Vice President, with additional responsibilities for western North America operations.

In 2002 Rob was appointed Executive Vice President, assuming responsibility for all of the Company’s operations in the United States, Asia, Australia and South America.

Rob was promoted to the role of President in 2005.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

BIO – Ian Paton

Boundary Bay pioneer farming family.

2nd term Delta Councillor – first elected 2010


Agricultural Advisory Committee

Dikes & Drainage Advisory Committee


Downtown Ladner Waterfront Development Adv. Comm.

Hunting Regulation Advisory Committee


Council Liason:

Delta Farmer’s Institute

Ladner Business Association

Paton Auctions.


BIO – Russ Simpson

Russ was born into the logging business originally started by his pioneer logging family grandparents Alfred & Eliza Simpson in 1916 at Stave Falls.

Russ worked for his father and uncle in Simpson Bros. Logging for 20 years and then became a heavy duty mechanic and Master Mechanic for Catre Construction. He looked after their equipment at Hope and B.C. Rail projects in Deas Lake and Terrace.

He then went with Columbia Bitulithic, later Lafarge, for 22 years as their Mechanical Superintendent overseeing their equipment on construction and paving projects all over B.C.

After leaving Columbia Bitulithic/Lafarge, he formed Zorbie Products and now would like to raise our awareness about oil spills, contaminants and their environmental effects.

BIO – Jim Perkins

  • 6 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (Royal Canadian Corps of Signals)
  • Federally Certified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (1980)
  • 10 years experience as an Aviation Fleet Manager
  • 8 years experience as an Automotive Fleet Manager
  • Currently Superintendent, Fleet Services for Metro Vancouver
  • CAFM designation (2012)
  • Faculty member of the Center for Fleet Professional Certification
  • Association Certification – Business Analysis, Royal Roads (2008)
  • NAFA Western Canada Chapter executive member (2012 – present)
  • Provincial Automotive Apprentice Training Board of Directors (2008 – 2012
  • Electric Mobility Canada executive member (2010 – 2012)
BIO – Tom Castonguay

Tom is a former marine Captain turned Certified Financial Planner.

Formerly licensed by Transport Canada to operate a tug of any size, he now concentrates on managing risk on land for members and clients of ICBA Benefit Services.

Tom now specializes in the insurance components of retirement, estate and succession planning for individuals, families and business owners.

Today he will speak to us about Critical Illness Insurance – what it is and what it can do for you.

Please welcome Tom Castonguay.

BIO - Terry Betts - VP Operations “BC”

Terry Betts has been with AFSI since 2008 and manages our company interests in British Columbia. Terry has a strong concept of teamwork with skills he has developed through his years of working in many different fields.

Professional Experience

Terry had a decorated 25 year career in the RCMP. He worked in a wide variety of positions including those involved in Motor Vehicle Incident Investigation, Traffic Law Enforcement, and Forensic Financial Investigation. Terry has an excellent understanding of business, based on 15 years of criminal investigation involving business and financial institutions.
Terry gained valuable business experience as a managing partner in a company working in the automotive industry. He has an understanding and appreciation for the challenges faced by small business owners.

Qualifications / Associations / Accreditation

Terry has post-secondary education in Business Law, Insurance, and Accounting and has been a speaker to law enforcement agencies in Canada and the United States. Terry’s background and involvement with AFSI provide him with knowledge and skills to help clients get the job done economically and safely.

BIO - Geoff Freer - Executive Project Director

Geoff has worked as an Assistant Deputy Minister and executive in operations, construction and project management for the Province of British Columbia. This experience included responsibility for the Lion’s Gate Bridge Project, the world’s first rehabilitation of a major suspension bridge while maintaining commuter traffic.

Leading up to the 2010 Olympics, Geoff’s night job was Vice President, Venue Construction for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Geoff is currently juggling two major projects:  completing the South Fraser Perimeter Road Project (a $1.2B, 40km long expressway south of the Fraser River); and starting the development work for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. In addition, he is a Senior Project Advisor to the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project.

BIO – Roger Berryman

29 years with Cummins.
Active in B.C. Chapter AED for last 10 – 15 years.
Responsible for On-highway Business BC to Kenora, Ontario.
Responsible for Sales & Marketing Industrial Business in BC, Yukon, North of Red Deer, AB and the Northwest Territories.

BIO - Michael Patterson LLB (Hon's), M.A. (ITP), CIPD, RCIC International Recruitment Director, Pro Hire Solutions

Michael holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Masters of Arts in International Trade Policy. He is also a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He has also served on BCTA’s human resources committee. Pro Hire Solutions is a member of all four western Canada trucking associations and a member of the Tire Industry Association.

BIO - Bernard Abelson

Bernard Abelson is a Professional Engineer who graduated in South Africa 26 years ago.
He has had a career with much variety, which has exposed him to industries outside of engineering, including sales, training, marketing and business development.

Besides being a Civil Engineer, specializing in traffic and transportation engineering, he has been the brand manager for brands such as Caterpillar and Perkins engines, and generators, Massey Ferguson and CLAAS agricultural equipment in South Africa. He also was the Operations Manager of a generator set manufacturing company.
In 2008 he moved to Canada with his family to take up at a Western Canadian engineering company, and is currently the Business Development Manager for an international engineering company, responsible for business growth in BC, Alberta and Ontario.

In his role he is exposed to several engineering projects across BC, and today will share what information he has on these projects, showing that there will be an ongoing demand for equipment from members of the Association.


  • December 14, 2018
    Northview Golf & Country Club
    Scholarship Auction Fundraiser & Christmas Turkey Luncheon

  • February 22, 2019
    AED of BC presents Industry Social Night

  • March 7, 2019
    Northview Golf & Country Club
    AED of BC Business Breakfast Meeting

  • April 4, 2019
    Northview Golf & Country Club
    AED of BC Business Breakfast Meeting

  • April 25, 2019
    Redwoods Golf & Country Club
    AED of BC Golf Tournament & AGM