Board

Peter Ladner President / Director

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.

Elizabeth Model Vice President / 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.

Walt Judas Secretary-Treasurer / Director

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.

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.

Anne McMullin Director

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.

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.

Ewa Karczewska Director

Ewa Karczewska have been working for the last 25 years in the immigrant sector, holding various positions at ISSofBC and is currently a General Manager, Community Relations for ISSofBC Welcome Centre in Surrey.

Over the years, Ewa has been actively involved in the work of the BC Settlement Language sector by serving on the number of province-wide and regional committees and boards, including City of Coquitlam Multiculturalism Advisory Committee (2010-2018). Currently Ewa is a member of Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Committee as well as Refugee Strategy Working Group and Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition.

Ewa has been dedicated to support newcomers to BC with access to affordable programs and services that would assist in their settlement and integration process.

Dan Baxter Director

Dan Baxter is the Director of Policy Development, Government and Stakeholder Relations with the BC Chamber of Commerce. Dan has been with the BC Chamber for 6 years. Prior to joining the BC Chamber, Dan spent three years with the federal government, two of those years in Ottawa. Dan worked for the Honourable Ed Fast, former Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, where he led the Minister’s Asia-Pacific Gateway file.

Dan and his family live in the Ladner area of Delta.