Our Team

2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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MARK SENNER

President 

Born and raised in West Vancouver, Mark enjoys our vibrant community with his wife, two grown children and dog.  After graduating from UBC (BSc.), Mark pursued a 24 year career in the Pharmaceutical industry in a variety of roles from sales representative to senior level management roles with companies in BC and Ontario. Mark returned to his roots in 2005 with a vision to give back to the community and to support aging parents.  Mark is now owner of CareAge Home and Health Inc., a certified Aging in Place company based on the North Shore, dedicated to renovating homes and installing specialized accessibility equipment with Universal and Inclusive design principles, to improve overall accessibility and quality of life living at home. As a passionate advocate for small business, Mark brings his business experience to the Chamber to promote and support our local businesses.

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PETER KVARNSTROM

Secretary Treasurer
Peter was born in Stockholm Sweden but landed in West Vancouver in 1965. A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Business Administration faculty, he found his passion when he joined the North Shore News in 1991. The combination of community service and business has kept him busy ever since. Today Peter serves as Publisher of North Shore News and President, Community Media for Glacier Media Group. Married with three grown sons, Peter still coaches baseball and serves on a variety of community and industry boards.

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CATHERINE BARR

Governance
Since 1996, Catherine (Cat) Barr has reported on all aspects of life in Vancouver and has over 15,000 photos and articles published in print. She is also the founder/owner of WestVancouver.com and NorthVancouver.com and is a pioneer in the web publishing industry. An accredited journalist, with a background in print, television, radio and production, she is best known for her social event columns and celebrity photos in various newspapers and magazines. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Capilano University, Catherine also has an extensive background in tech, online publishing and web development (including PHP, MySQL, CSS and HTML) as well as social media and video production.

VIRGINIA BIRD

Director
Virginia is currently the Director of Client Services at Pottinger Bird Community Relations, a real estate consultancy firm specializing in development-related community relations. Virginia’s responsibilities include establishing and maintaining relationships with local stakeholder groups and individuals in communities across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Virginia is also active in industry organizations and non-profit associations including the Urban Development Institute, the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and is a Director of the Mole Hill Housing Society in Vancouver’s West End Neighbourhood.

ELAINE McHARG

Director

Elaine is currently in charge of Partnerships & Philanthropy at the West Vancouver Community Foundations as well as being the owner of McHarg Consulting, which offers customized, high impact, and progressive solutions to help business and non-profits thrive.

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TERRY PASK

Interim Vice-President


Community Strategist – Business Consultant. Terry is a former Director, Business Development and Regional AVP in the financial services industry. Terry’s primary strength is his ability to connect people, concepts and the product to produce a win-win situation for all parties. Terry currently sits on several community based boards and is a member in good standing of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Vancouver Club and the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

YANG WANG

Director

Yang Wang is a real-estate developer in West Vancouver. His company, Apeiron Properties Corp., stands out in the industry by simultaneously embodying both development and construction roles. Yang and his company have been building homes in ways that cater to our community’s increasing preferences for higher standards of living while preserving the characters of existing neighbourhoods. Yang and his company proudly promote the culture of caring for the community by following the “Go Local” (buy locally, collaborate locally and re-invest locally) and “Go Green” (energy conversation, and reduce, reuse and recycle) policies.

Yang holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor degree in engineering from the University of Southern California.

Yang is the recipient of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Yang is also the founder and managing director of West Vancouver’s popular Asian New Year celebrations, which attracts hundreds of attendees each year. Yang is an active member of the Chamber, and has been actively working on bridging the potential social gaps that different heritages sometimes create. Yang has been serving as a board director or a committee member with various organizations including the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, the West Vancouver Foundation, and the District of West Vancouver.

PAUL DANGERFIELD

Director

Paul Dangerfield assumed the role of Capilano University’s third president and vice-chancellor on October 1, 2016.

Dangerfield was the executive director and Vancouver campus dean of the New York Institute of Technology, and was dean of Capilano University’s faculty of business and professional studies from 2006 to 2009.

In his new role, Dangerfield is leading Capilano University forward in pursuit of its vision and mission as a teaching-focused university that promotes student success, career preparation and life readiness for graduates to contribute as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

Leadership was Dangerfield’s specialization when he completed a master’s degree in Business Administration at Royal Roads University. He completed a bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Carleton University in 1986.

Prior to his role with the New York Institute of Technology, Dangerfield was the vice-president of Education, Research and International with British Columbia Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2014. From 1985, Dangerfield spent 20 years with the Canadian Forces in a variety of increasingly senior roles that included chief of staff, commanding officer and vice-president of human resources.

Dangerfield has served on a wide variety of boards including West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce; B.C. Council on Admissions and Transfer and the B.C. Technology Education Careers Council. Dangerfield is also a volunteer community leader with the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet, an executive committee member with the Business Council of British Columbia and a board member with Economic Partnership North Vancouver.

He and his wife, Catherine, have two adult daughters. Together they take full advantage of living on the West Coast and all the opportunities it offers for skiing, hiking, biking and kayaking.