Board

Peter Ladner President

Peter Ladner is a retired author, columnist, politician and business owner. He was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2002 and re-elected in 2005. He ran for mayor in 2008.

Peter has been publisher, president and part owner of the Business in Vancouver Media Group, which he co-founded in 1989. He wrote a weekly column for 28 years.

He has more than 35 years of journalistic experience in print, radio and television and has been a frequent speaker on business, community, transportation and food issues.

In 2018 he became Chair of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, a group of business, labour, environmental and health organizations advocating for better transportation options in Metro Vancouver.

He is the author of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities and a former Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue.

Since 2016 he has been Chair of the board of The David Suzuki Foundation.

Anne McMullin Vice President

Anne McMullin is currently the President and CEO of the Urban Development Institute (UDI). Anne has held many leadership and communications roles, including President and General Manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Director of Communications at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, President of the BC Salmon Farmers’ Association, and a Lower Mainland journalist.

Anne volunteers at many organizations, including Better Transit and Transportation Coalition, supporting its goal of providing accessible, affordable transit and transportation for Metro Vancouver, combined with UDI’s call for a smart, regional housing plan to better leverage these taxpayer transit investments.

Walt Judas Secretary-Treasurer

Walt has been involved in the tourism industry for over 25 years, having worked at BC Pavco, Port Metro Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver prior to joining the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) in May 2015.

As CEO of TIABC, Walt leads multiple advocacy/policy files, sets the strategic course for TIABC, builds relationships with members and industry stakeholders, and communicates the value of B.C.’s visitor economy to various constituents.

Before TIABC, Walt spent 15+ years at Tourism Vancouver as Vice President of Marketing Communications, Membership and Sport.

Christian Colquhoun Director

Christian Colquhoun is the Vice President External for the BCIT Student Association.. He’s a member of the BTTC to ensure that Students’ voices are heard while pushing for transit reform. Students make up a large percentage of the user-base for the transportation networks in Vancouver, and deserve to have a say in how that network will be shaped moving into the future. Christian has lived in Vancouver for the majority of his life, and has been a proud member of the #7 Nanaimo bus route for the last 16 years.

Erin O’Melinn Director

Erin O’Melinn is the Executive Director of HUB Cycling – an initiative that looks to get more people cycling for transportation more often in Metro Vancouver, through education, action and events.

Erin’s background is in community engagement and urban planning, with a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University, and past Board positions with the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Vancouver Public Space Network.

Resilient transportation options are the backbone of healthy, vibrant and connected communities and local economies, which is why Erin and HUB Cycling value being a part of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition.

Lee Loftus Director

Lee Loftus currently holds the positions of Business Manager for the BC Insulators Union Local 118, Administrator for the BC Insulation Industry Apprenticeship Board and President of the BC Building Trades.

Mr. Loftus started his construction experience in Northern BC in 1976 in industrial, shipbuilding, commercial and institutional construction.

Gavin McGarrigle Director

Gavin McGarrigle works as the B.C. Area Director for Unifor. He has represented workers and bargained agreements in many industries, including transit and transportation, with Vancouver’s container truckers, and in aerospace and hospitality. McGarrigle was also one of the founding co-chairs of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition. He was a member of the Mobility Pricing independent Commission and is also a member of the provincial government Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. Unifor is Canada’s newest union and largest in the private sector, with more than 305,000 members across the country, working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.

Elizabeth Model Director

As the CEO of the Downtown Surrey’s dynamic Business Improvement Association for the last nine years, Elizabeth Model has brought a commitment to excellence, integrity, and balance.

Elizabeth has strong business background in a variety of industries, and most recently held the position of General Manager, 10 years, for a large land development company with a diverse portfolio of businesses and over 100 staff. Coupled with her 13 years experience as the CEO with the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce through the late 1980’s to 2001; she served the business community of three growing cities in economic development, tourism, community engagement, marketing and government advocacy. With a solid but unrelated, educational background, Elizabeth co-owned and operated several small businesses in her early stages of her working career.

In 2016, Elizabeth was the first woman in the world to have finished all the endorsed Ironman Triathlons, a goal she set herself after travelling to Arizona on her second Ironman race.

Khim Tan Director

Khim Tan has been working in the immigrant/refugee serving sector for the last 20 years. As a passionate advocate of inclusion and diversity, Khim strives to empower newcomers by making meaningful impact on their lives. She has been involved in innovative approaches to meet the needs of vulnerable newcomers as well as in the delivery of settlement support, language skills training, employment services, and community connections activities.

Dr. Lisa J. Jing Mu, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FRCPC Director

Dr. Lisa J. Jing Mu is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician who has worked at the intersection of health, sustainability and built environment for over 10 years. She is passionate about raising our awareness of the interconnectedness of human and planetary health, and transforming the socioeconomic conditions and that underlie imbalances in these relationships. Dr. Mu has helped to advance the healthy built environments field in BC through strengthening the knowledge base on the relationship between built environment and health, developing tools that bridge science, policy and practice, and building collaborative relationships across diverse sectors. She was the lead Medical director for the PHSA Linkages Toolkit (v.1). Dr. Mu co-chairs the Ecological Determinants of Health Standing Committee of the Health Officer’s Council, a society of the Public Health Physicians of BC.

Andy Yan Director

Andy Yan is the director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Born and raised in Vancouver, Andy Yan has extensively worked in the non-profit and private urban planning sectors with projects in the metropolitan regions of Vancouver, San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles and New Orleans. He specializes in the fields of urban regeneration, applied demographics, Geographic Information Systems, neighborhood development, public outreach, social media and quantitative research

With academic service, Andy is also an adjunct professor in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and in Planning at the University of British Columbia School of Regional and Community Planning.

His work has been featured in a number of local, national and international publications, both in print and online, as well as academic venues.

Rita Koutsodimos Director

Rita Koutsodimos is the Executive Director of the BC Healthy Living Alliance – a group of provincial organizations that advances health-promoting policies, programs and environments that support the health of British Columbians.

For the past 18 years, Rita has worked in the non-profit sector to make our communities healthier for all with a focus on chronic disease prevention and the social determinants of health. Under Rita’s leadership, the Alliance promotes healthier transportation systems and policy through its Communities on the Move initiative recognizing that public and active transportation have a significant effect on physical activity rates and social inclusion. Earlier in her career, Rita actively promoted solutions to climate change related to the design of our cities and transportation systems. She believes that many of the elements of communities that make them environmentally sustainable also make them good for our physical health and mental well-being.