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About our Board of Directors.

The role of our Board of Directors is to support businesses in Cloverdale and represent the interests of our members. Our Board of Directors is voted upon by our members. Our Board members are volunteers who give their time and share their expertise to help better our local business community. We sincerely appreciate all of their dedication and hard work.

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Our Board of Directors

Rebecca Smith

President

Rebecca is the Executive Director of the Surrey Hospice Society. Surrey Hospice Society supports those facing the end of their lives in Surrey’s Residential Hospice, at Surrey Memorial Hospital and also those who choose to stay in their homes. 

Rebecca is also a small business owner, long-time local activist and advocate. She has a multifaceted professional background with over 20 years of serving the not-for-profit world and fortune 500 companies. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, is certified in Public Relations, Financial Planning and also pursued her Master’s degree in Business Administration. 

Deeply committed to the community she lives in, and a resident of the area for over 34 years Rebecca has always believed in service, standing up, speaking up, and participating. 

Jennifer Cowden

Vice-President

Jennifer is the co-founder and owner of DFC Events, a full service event and special event planning company

Jennifer has over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience. Event management and marketing was a natural fit with Jennifer’s work and volunteer experience. She has a passion for working with non-profit organizations. That passion started early when she volunteered with her family at various disabled sporting events.

Jennifer loves travel and new experiences, grateful she has had the opportunities to visit several cities and countries. And, like her business partner, Shannon, Jennifer enjoys collaborating with clients on their events, helping them reach their fundraising or corporate goals. 

Tyler Dennis

Secretary

Tyler is currently a practicing lawyer with the local Cloverdale firm of MacMillan, Tucker and Mackay, having been with the firm since 2016.

He completed his studies at Dalhousie University (2009), Brock University (2012), the University of Kent (2014) and UBC (2015) before completing his articling training under George Gunnink and then remained with the firm as an associate. His practice is focused on real estate, wills and estates, and corporate and commercial matters.

Having studied around the world, and called Ontario home, Tyler has had the opportunity to experience many different communities and become involved with many local organizations. When looking to begin his practice he intentionally sought a location that offers not only opportunity for a young individual just starting out, but also encompassed a sense of community. This is what he found in Cloverdale and specifically with the Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Leong

Past-President

Brian is a local realtor with Royal LePage Wolstencroft and has 22 years of experience in the real estate industry.

Brian and his family live in Cloverdale and he is glad to be raising his family here. So naturally, Brian wants to be involved in making Cloverdale a great community to live and work in. His goal in the Chamber is to help grow the membership and connect local businesses and help the community thrive and grow.

In addition to his interest in the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, Brian is proud to be a Block Watch Captain, he recently completed the RCMP Citizen Police Academy, and is looking forward to being an active PAC (Parent’s Advisory Committee) member for many years to come. Brian continues to meet a lot of great people in this community and he really enjoys learning about what they do and how they do it.

Nicole Bennett

Director

Nicole started in career in Scotia Bank as Personal Banking Officer and a Mutual Funds Investment Advisor. She decided to leave the bank to work as a Registered Behavioral Therapist in the Surrey school system.

After 12 years working within this industry, Nicole decided to put her time and effort into the family business.Nicole believes in providing her clients with a high level of customer service and takes pride in ensuring that when you call in, you are taken care of from the first phone call to the day you take possession of your new home.

Nicole has fostered children for 30 years off and on and off, coached community ball and soccer, volunteered with Autism Speaks, and several other community programs. When she has some spare time, Nicole loves hiking, playing and watching sports, spending time with her family and friends, cooking and enjoying a glass of red wine.

Andrew Garisto

Director

Andrew has been a Realtor® with the Katronis Real Estate Team for the past 12 years. He is an expert is the real estate market in the Cloverdale,Langley and South Surrey areas. An entrepreneur by nature, Andrew knew his career was destined to be in business. Right out of high school, Andrew got a job and for the next year he studied in the evenings to complete the licensing requirements to become a Realtor® at the earliest age possible – 19!

Andrew loves investing and revels in the business examples from the likes of Richard Branson and Winston Churchill. At the age of 20, Andrew bought his first property and hasn’t looked back.

Born and raised in Cloverdale, Andrew believes his strong work ethic and perseverance comes from his mother’s hardworking family. He remembers the stories of his Dutch grandfather who arrived in Vancouver knowing little English and his stamina for not giving up and working until he got the job done.

Kristy Hill

Director

Kristy started Umbrella Squared Design Group in January 2016. An Entrepreneur to the core, Kristy wants to help others stand-out and succeed in today’s market. Kristy’s has over 10 years experience in communications, public relations and graphic design.

Her varied background allows her to take a balanced approach to her work, and to push beyond just designing “good-looking” material, but instead, creating effective and long-lasting brands for her clients.

Winner of the 2017 Cloverdale New Business of the Year Award – “The Clovies”, her strategy is simple: Love what you do, give it your all, and surround yourself with people whose integrity and sincerity are a reflection of your own. And have fun, always have fun.

Cam Leighton

Director

Cam is the Sales Director for Servcomm Communications Ltd. a company focused on the communications business, specialising in installation and maintenance of Avaya, Mitel, Samsung, NEC & Panasonic systems and peripherals.

Cam has many years of experience in business, sales, and customer service. His diverse background and experience allows him to best meet the business goals of his clients.

Cam is passionate about customer service and serving his community and is thrilled to be serving as a Director of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce.

Brian Moukperian

Director

Brian is the Dean of KPU and he is responsible for promoting KPU’s brand, developing and implementing business plans to strengthen their educational services and programs, which in turn foster community development.

As KPU Tech is a large employer in Cloverdale, with many connections to local businesses, students and employers, KPU Tech is part and parcel of the Cloverdale Community. 

Brian brings many years of Board experience to the Chamber. It includes two years as one of the founding directors of the Calgary Motor Dealers Charitable Foundation. The Foundation derived funding from membership contributions (and donors) from the Calgary Motors Dealers Association and the Calgary International Auto Show. In turn, the Foundation gave money to selected charities and charitable organizations in Calgary. As a Director, Brian gave input to the Foundation’s strategic direction of financial sustainability ($1M goal) and he was a member of the charity selection committee.

Paul Orazietti

Director

Paul has been the Executive Director of the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association for the past ten years. Prior to this, he has many years of experience in marketing and business development.

 His main responsibility is to encourage business development in the Cloverdale Town Centre including strategic planning, business recruitment, event management, beautification initiatives and crime reduction programs.

 Paul is a strong supporter of our community. He has played an integral role in many great events in Cloverdale including the Cloverdale Rodeo Parade, Surrey Santa Parade, Blueberry Festival, Blueberry Fest Show N Shine, Cloverdale Chili Cook off, and Halloween Costume Parade. He also created “Heads Up Alert” for email messaging that BIA members can send in suspicious behaviour notice or recent criminal activity they have experienced.

Dean Picketts

Director

Dean is a mortgage broker at Blue Tree Mortgages.

He has over 10 years experience and prides himself in providing the right financing solution for his clients. Whether First Time Home Buyer, Real Estate Investment Purchase, Credit Challenged, Commercial Purchase, Construction Loan or Private Loan the options are endless and the number of Lenders continue to grow! He will work together on a mortgage plan that fits his clients’ financial goals as well as lifestyle needs.

He joined the Board of Directors of the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce to make a difference in our local community.

Coreen Windbiel

Director

Coreen is the Executive Director of  the Surrey Association for Community Living, a non-profit organization that provides support services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

In 2015, Coreen was the recipient of a Surrey Board of Trade’s Surrey Women in Business Award. Her philosophy is to lead by example and empower people to feel confident in their abilities. Her goal is to he strives to break down barriers and search for new opportunities.

Coreen is passionate about bettering our community through making opportunities accessible to all.

Michael Worth

Director

Michael is the General Manager of Elements Casino Surrey, a pillar of our community.

In his role, Michael has the opportunity to connect and collaborate with many of our local businesses with a focus not just on profits, but on making a difference. On average, Elements supports approximately 50 local organizations each year.

Michael is honoured to be a Board member and provide his experience and expertise to our local business community.

JOIN THE BOARD

We will start to take applications for board members in July and August. Interested board members will be presented to the membership and voted on at the annual AGM in September. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved.

Cloverdale District
Chamber of Commerce
CURRENT BYLAWS

The Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce is governed by a set of bylaws, voted by our membership. To learn what our bylaws are, please select the download button here to review.

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5738 176 St, Surrey
BC V3S 4C8

Phone

604-574-9802

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