Board & Council

Board of Directors

The DVBIA is a non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors who equally represent both property and business owners from within our 90-block area. Issues are reviewed and programs are developed by volunteer committees that represent a broad range of members and community stakeholders. DVBIA staff take care of day-to-day management of the organization and are responsible for implementing programs as directed by the board of directors.

Gary Pooni

President; Brook Pooni Associates Inc Chair

Luca Citton

Shareholder; Boughton Law Vice Chair

Lorenzo Pederzani

Portfolio Manager; Westmount Wealth Group Secretary-Treasurer

Chris Stokes

Senior Vice President, Office and Industrial, BC; Quad Real Property Group Director

Kim Ficocelli

Retail Manager; Pacific Centre at Cadillac Fairview Director

Damon Hollowchak

Proprietor; Donnelly Group Director

Christopher Lythgo

Regional Director - BC & North Regions; Business Development Bank of Canada Director

Gwen Hardy

Managing Partner; Elettra Communications Director

Graham Blank

Vice President, Director; Tom Lee Music Director

Melissa Higgs

Principal Architect AIBC, MRAIC; HCMA Architecture + Design Director

Rob Kavanagh

Vice President, Asset Management; GWL Realty Advisors Director

Dani Pretto

Principal; Vanterre Projects Corp Immediate Past Chair

Vera Liu

Director of Investments; Kingsett Capital Director

Chuck We

Senior Vice President; Hudson Pacific Properties Director


The Policy Advisory Council acts as a consultative resource for the DVBIA Board of Directors on legislative and policy issues that relate to and impact downtown.

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

Humphrey Ng

President; Juuga Marketing

Igor Faletski

CEO & Co-founder; Mobify

Jeff Fisher

VP, Senior Policy Analyst; Urban Development Institute

Joseph Nakhla

Founder & CEO; Bazinga!

Kristine St. Laurent

Senior Manager, Government & Public Services; Deloitte

Melissa Higgs

Principal; HCMA Architecture + Design

Muneesh Sharma

Director of Government Affairs and Communications; BOMA BC

Nate Sabine

Director of Business Development; Blueprint

Nerissa Yan

Litigation Associate; Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP

Sara Clark

Vice President Strategic Projects; Small Business BC

Sophie Perndl

Associate; Brook Pooni Associates

William Johnson

Director, Marketing & Communications; Innovate BC