Last year in August, the DVBIA formed a new committee called the Policy Advisory Council (PAC). The role of the PAC was intended to help inform DVBIA policy decisions and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Within this past year, we have been so pleased with progress that the council has made, as they have had four policies formed and approved by the board.

These policies include:

•             Safe consumption sites

•             Second phase of 10-year vision for the regional transportation network

•             City of Vancouver’s single-use item reduction strategy

•             Living wage

Thank you to our PAC members:

Brent Findley – Senior Manager, Security and Life Safety; Cadillac Fairview

Carlos Ramirez – Owner; Xixo Leather Artistry

Danielle Leroux – Manager of Member Services and Communications: Alliance of Beverage Licensees

Darcy Vermeulen – Senior Consultant; Context Research

Gwen Hardy – Managing Partner; Elettra Communications

Jeff Fisher – VP, Senior Policy Analyst; Urban Development Institute

Kristine St. Laurent – Policy Analyst; Business Council of British Columbia

Melissa Higgs – Principal; HCMA Architecture + Design

Muneesh Sharma – Director of Government Affairs and Communications; BOMA BC

Nerissa Yan – Litigation Associate; Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP

Sarah Kanakos – Associate – Government Relations; Brook Pooni Associates

Stephanie Butler – Communications Coordinator; Real Estate Foundation of BC

Tyler Davis – Manager, Communications and Marketing; Vancouver Foundation

Yianni E. Pappas-Acreman – Lawyer; Watson Goepel LLP

William Johnson – Director, Marketing & Communications; BC Innovation Council

Sophie Perndl – Associate; Brook Pooni Associates

Your contribution to the DVBIA is so appreciated and we can’t wait to see what the year ahead has in store.


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