Staff

Ian G. McKay

CEO

Ian Gerard McKay was appointed CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission in September 2013. Prior to this, Ian served as the National Director for the Liberal Party of Canada. A native of Penticton, British Columbia, he has led a distinguished career as an executive in international financial markets, as well as a political advisor to federal cabinet ministers.

Ian’s career in the financial markets began in 1987 in New York when he was recruited out of UBC by Euro Brokers International Inc. From there, he went to Japan as Managing Director of Euro Brokers Tokyo. In 1998, Ian was seconded to London, England as Joint Managing Director of Euro Brokers London. Between 2006 and 2009, Ian worked for ICAP Capital Markets Inc. as the Director of Business Development (Canada).

From 2001-2005, Ian served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Industry under Prime Minister Jean Chretien and Prime Minister Paul Martin.

In January 2018, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ian as his Special Envoy to assist with the ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo, Japan. The member countries concluded discussions on January 23 and the new agreement, now called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), will be signed in March 2018.

Cathy Williams

Executive Assistant to CEO,
Manager of Operations

Bryan Buggey

Director, Strategic Initiatives & Sector Development

Pietra Basilij

Sustainable Community Development

Sean Elbe

Sector Development Manager, Technology

John McPherson

Sector Development Manager, Cleantech

Meg O’Shea

Green Economy Community Coordinator

Nancy Mott Basi

Executive Director, Vancouver Film and Media Centre

David Shepheard

Director, Vancouver Film Commission

Juvarya Veltkamp

Manager, Green Economy Initiatives

Joan Elangovan

Executive Director, Asia Pacific Centre

Lily Chen

Senior Coordinator, Asia Pacific Centre

Sandy Song

Business Development Manager, Asia Pacific Centre

Tania Parisella

Director, Marketing & Research

Claire Campbell

Coordinator, Marketing & Branding

Ingrid Valou

Communications Specialist

Courtney Crichton

Research & Engagement Strategist

James Raymond

Manager, Research & Analysis

Katrina Purcell

Manager, Marketing & Events

Eric Unmacht

Manager, Communications & Strategy