Board of Directors

Deirdre Campbell

President, Chair Nominations Committee

Deirdre Campbell is managing director of Canadian-based Beattie Tartan and has been entrenched in the global tourism market for more than 20 years. What began as a west-coast based boutique PR agency called Tartan in 2001, with a handful of Canadian signature experiences quickly expanded internationally, with a range of luxury eco resorts and destinations across North, Central and South America.

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Patra de Silva

Vice President, Co-Chair Membership Committee

Patra De Silva is a senior business executive with extensive experience in product development, manufacturing and marketing. She is the president of Natures Botanicals, a nutraceutical company which manufactures and markets dietary herbal supplements, pet remedies and natural personal care products. Being a student of Ayurveda, Patra is a strong proponent of a holistic lifestyle. She is an innovator in the pet industry and is the president of NHVNaturalPetProducts.com, a B to C e-commerce site for pet products.

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Janice Comeau

Treasurer and Secretary; Co-Chair Membership Committee

Janice Comeau is a strategic, trusted advisor and corporate director with over 30 years of diverse experience including award-winning CFO performance as a financial leader for business transformation. She has an established consulting practise that provides strategic corporate and financial services to a portfolio of privately held companies. Janice recently joined the board of a public cannabis company and prior to that was the Board Chair of the Land Title and Survey Authority.

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Patricia Chew

Member at Large

PATRICIA CHEW is the President and creator of ReelYou Films, micro-documentaries that convey an organization’s values through personal story-telling. www.reelyou.ca

Her diverse background encompasses international broadcast journalism, media consultancy, and executive management in the non-profit sector.

For more than a dozen years, Patricia was an award-winning broadcast journalist with the CBC, as a news correspondent for The National and, later, for its Investigative Documentary Unit. Her work on the environment resulted in convictions of major polluters and the introduction of the first whistleblower legislation in Ontario.

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Carol Jones

Member at Large, Co- Chair Member Engagement Committee

CAROL JONES is a Principal in the international firm, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Areas of practice include hospitals, universities, airports, public buildings, mixed use retail developments and corporate facilities. Carol has over 40 years of experience in planning and design, and her interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities. She is a NCIDQ certificate holder, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Nancy Laughton

Past President, Member of IWF Global Board of Directors

NANCY LAUGHTON was Managing Director in the Vancouver office accountable for helping to grow the Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge business in B.C.

Prior to joining Knightsbridge, Nancy was Senior Principal with KPMG where she led the Career Transition practice for five years. She spent her first nine years with Knightsbridge as Managing Director, Western Region, responsible for managing and growing the offices in Western Canada.

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Margaret Lucas

Member at Large

MARGARET LUCAS has been an executive leader in the Tourism and Development Industry for over 30 years. She is currently the Executive Director, Business Development for PARC Living.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority and Chairs the Infrastructure, Planning and Development Committee and the Ogden Point Master Plan Committee.

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Evi Mustel

Member at Large, Co-Chair Member Engagement Committee

EVI MUSTEL is the owner and President of Mustel Group, a Vancouver-based market and opinion research company. She has over 30 years’ experience in the research industry. Her clients include provincial, regional and municipal governments, federal government agencies, corporations, not-for-profit organizations and business and professional associations. Evi has designed and conducted studies on many of today’s most important economic, environmental and social issues.

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Mary O’Callaghan

Member at Large, Chair Communications Committee

MARY O’CALLAGHAN provides Advisory Services to clients throughout BC since her retirement as a partner with KPMG’ Management Consulting practice, where she led the People and Change service line in Vancouver for 10 years. Her current practice focuses on business performance improvement including governance, strategy, organization development and change management. In addition, she provides continuity planning services to family businesses as they transition from generation to generation.

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Cathy Press

Member at Large

CATHY PRESS is CEO of Chinook Helicopters. As the first female helicopter flight instructor in Canada, she is driving the aviation industry forward and has grown Chinook to be an internationally recognized flight school specializing in helicopter and aeroplane pilot training. Cathy’s current focus is on the development of simulation products to assist in high level training programs aiming to become a national leader in VR flight simulation training.

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Catherine Roome

Member at Large, Co-Chair Membership Committee

CATHERINE ROOME is President & Lead Executive Officer of Technical Safety BC which oversees the safe installation and operation of complex technical systems including electrical, gas, elevating and pressure systems across British Columbia. Technical Safety BC also works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research. One of BC’s senior leaders in the engineering and technology sector, Catherine has consistently delivered game-changing strategies that use technology innovation for public good.

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