Board Governance Changes at Vancouver Economic Commission

  • November 26, 2019

The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) confirms the following governance changes to our board structure:

  • Vancouver City Council has appointed City of Vancouver senior staff to serve as the board for VEC, effective November 15, 2019: Sadhu Aufochs Johnston, city manager; Paul Mochrie, deputy city manager; and Patrice Impey, chief financial officer and general manager of finance, risk and supply chain management.
  • Sadhu Aufochs Johnston will serve as Board Chair.
  • VEC’s Honorary Board will remain in place; members are composed of Mayor and Council.
  • These changes are intended to streamline and improve governance of the Vancouver Economic Commission. From an operational standpoint, there is no impact.

Building the economy is one of four priorities for the City of Vancouver and a key component of The Vancouver Plan, a strategic, long-term and city-wide roadmap to guide our city to 2050 and beyond. VEC is working closely with COV and industry to take a lead role in co-developing this plan.

VEC continues to engage with the business community through its taskforces, programs and services. We are also initiating the nomination process for an inclusive Vancouver Economic Development Advisory Board, providing an opportunity for leaders in the Vancouver business community to advise VEC CEO Catherine Warren on strategic market trends, opportunities, challenges and risks. Terms of reference for this advisory board are in development and will soon be available for review.

VEC is building a prosperous, inclusive and resilient economy for Vancouver, its businesses and its residents. As the economic development agency for the City of Vancouver, VEC strengthens communities by supporting local companies, attracting high-impact investment and promoting international trade in the world’s fastest-growing, low-carbon economy. VEC works collaboratively to position Vancouver as a global destination for innovative, creative, diverse and sustainable development.

We respectfully acknowledge that the Vancouver Economic Commission is located on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations.