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The Team

Charles Gauthier, MCP

President & CEO

Outdoor enthusiast. Guitarist. Loves road trips and cities.

Charles holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of Manitoba and has been steering the DVBIA with vision and a commitment to the future of downtown Vancouver since 1992. He’s been the recipient of Business In Vancouver’s prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Achievement Award,’ and the Downtown Vancouver Association’s President’s Award, in addition to other accolades. He has served on numerous boards during his career including the Business Improvement Areas of BC, the BC chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the International Downtown Association and the Vancouver New Year’s Eve Celebration Society. As a result of his long tenure at the DVBIA, his extensive professional network and his track record of accomplishments, he is sought out by media, government and colleagues to provide a perspective on downtown issues. He speaks at a number of international conferences per year to share his wealth of BIA experience, paying it forward to the next generation of urban leaders. Foremost, he lobbies all three levels of government on behalf of the collective interests of DVBIA members and downtown. He enjoys the outdoors almost as much as he does cities, and loves tapping into his creativity by playing the guitar and singing his favourite songs of his youth—The Beatles, Steve Miller Band, The Eagles and so many more . He has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Grand Canyon from the north rim to the south rim, and Canada’s famous West Coast Trail; sailed the Galapagos Islands; and completed a number of road trips including a cross-country trip to the Maritimes, Route 66 and the Alaska Highway.

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Jane Talbot, CPHR

Vice President

Mountain climber. Animal lover. Philanthropist.

Jane is responsible for keeping the day-to-day operations of the DVBIA running smoothly. She sees opportunity and possibility everywhere she looks, and is an essential element of what makes the Association such an organized, well-oiled machine. She joins the DVBIA from the world of philanthropy, having held senior roles at the BC SPCA and the Positive Living Society, and is passionate about making the world a better place— for humans and their furry friends alike. Jane holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. From Kilimanjaro to Vancouver’s more modest peaks, she has scaled her fair share of mountains, but also thoroughly enjoys logging a few hours on the couch with a great book.

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Andrew Nakazawa, M.PL.

Placemaking and Public Spaces Manager

Bike lover. Balcony Gardener

Andrew is responsible for enhancing the downtown public realm through creative placemaking projects and public space improvements. He collaborates with property owners and tenants to animate public spaces and applies a people-first approach to improving the downtown core. He also develops partnerships with public, private, and non-profit groups to reimage underutilized spaces and add life, art, colour, and opportunities for social interaction to downtown streets, laneways, and plazas. Andrew comes to the DVBIA with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University and has over seven years’ experience in urban planning and design, development strategy, and public and stakeholder engagement. Andrew loves plants and everything green and enjoys growing whatever fits onto his narrow West End balcony.

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Dominic Long

Community Safety Manager

Football Fan. Country music aficionado.

Dominic focuses on ensuring that downtown is safe and welcoming, while also working on behalf of downtown property owners and businesses as an advocate for crime deterrence and prevention. His role includes analyzing crime trends and reports, which allow him to identify and pursue safety opportunities that positively impact the community. His background includes more than eight years of work in policing and private security. When he’s not cultivating relationships with community stakeholders, you can find Dominic at the gym or watching Everton Football Club.

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Gavin Duffus, MPL*

Economic Development Manager

Urbanist. Concert Goer.

Gavin wants businesses in Vancouver to thrive. To this end, he helps ensure that downtown Vancouver is an attractive and affordable place to set up shop. Gavin fosters synergistic commercial opportunities through outreach and networking. Trained as an urban planner, Gavin enjoys collaborating with stakeholders and policy makers to improve civic regulations. When not recruiting new business ventures, Gavin can be found jogging the seawall or hosting a theme party. (*Master of Planning)

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Heather McKenzie-Beck

Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications

Wordsmith. Happy hour enthusiast.

Heather looks after the DVBIA’s diverse range of communications initiatives. From social media to thought leadership to strategic planning, she strives to ensure that the great work of the association is shared with Vancouverites in a meaningful way. Heather has a Master of Arts in Communications and experience in a wide range of industries, including financial services, education advocacy, non-profit communications, and agency-based PR work. She has lived in Vancouver for over twenty years and considers it her personal mission to sample each and every happy hour menu that downtown Vancouver has to offer. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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James Anderson

Research and Data Analyst

News junkie. Data nerd. Sports enthusiast

James works with the economic development department to collect, visualize and interpret data, highlighting Downtown’s livability, economy, and public spaces. James received his Master of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor where his research focused on the socio-economic impacts of sports events on host cities. Prior to starting at the DVBIA, James worked in the sport sector, analyzing membership and performance data to inform the governance of a National Sport Federation. James loves Vancouver. When he is not crunching numbers, he can be found wandering Stanley Park, sailing in English Bay or planning his next travel adventure.

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Joshua Davidson

Communications and Graphic Design Lead

Booklover. Explorer. Music-Enthusiast

Joshua assists Heather with DVBIA’s communications alongside providing digital and design support to the wider team. Joshua studied Literature at Lincoln University and has recently moved to Vancouver from London, England where he worked in Internal Communications. When not in the office, Joshua is usually seeking the ultimate outdoor adventure, be it hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply exploring the city.

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Clare Warner

Administrative Assistant

Animal lover. Tea drinker.

Clare graduated with a BSc. in Geology from University College Cork, Ireland before moving to Canada in 2015. Coming from the telecommunications and recycling industries, Clare has specialized in administration, sales and CRM for businesses large and small, and finds enjoyment in helping people and organizations become successful. Clare provides executive support to the President and CEO, keeps things in check around the office, and ensures all staff have the tools and resources needed to thrive. When not working you can probably find her on the badminton court, at the SPCA or playing with her adorable cat Gordon.

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Nikola Fischerova

Membership Engagement & Events Lead

World Traveller. Yogi.

Nikola provides executive support to the President and CEO and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the DVBIA office. She provides event coordination support for DVBIA events, and in one way or another, her work supports every other organizational function. Nikola has refined her diverse skillset over five years of experience working in private sector and not-for-profit organizations, and her background provides DVBIA and its members with a mix of skills in administration, project coordination and business operations. When not keeping everyone in the office organized and on track, Niki enjoys exploring the world, travelling to countries where she hasn’t been before and meeting interesting people from different cultures.

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Sean Bradey

Community Safety Lead

Comedy connoisseur. Master chef.

Sean takes care of the day-to-day operations of the Clean Team and the Downtown Safety Ambassadors, ensuring that both teams go where they’re needed most and that they have the right gear for the job. He also assists the Community Safety Manager in crime deterrence and prevention initiatives. Sean spent 10 years in construction trades before a major career switch, starting fresh in security and loss prevention. He quickly gained traction in the industry, moving to supervisory positions before taking on his role at the DVBIA. When not working, you can find Sean at the gym, out with his dog, or home with a good Netflix series.

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