Delta Chamber of Commerce
2012/13 Board of Directors
Orville A. Nickel
Orville (Orv) A. Nickel is President of O.N.E. Corporation, a strategic planning, business planning and risk management business in Delta. Orv has built his business around more than 25 years in law enforcement with the RCMP primarily focused on white collar crime. He also spent significant time in adult education related to law enforcment particulars of corporate cime, ethics and public speaking. He has a BA degree from Simon Fraser University and an MBA degree fom Queens University. Orv loves to golf, ski and teach martial arts.
Dave Hamilton is a long time Tsawwassen resident and been around the business community of South Delta since 1986. He is currently advertising sales manager at the Delta Optimist. He started working with the local merchants in 1986 spending a year as a sales rep for the Delta Optimist. He left the newspaper industry for a few years returning when he had the opportunity to be part of the management team that started the South Delta Today in 1989. The Today was a weekly community newspaper that competed with the Optimist. In 1990, the company bought the Optimist. Dave has also been a director of the Business Improvement Association of Tsawwassen since its inception, is a past president of the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen where he sits a variety of committees at the club and District level. Dave is on the membership committee at Beach Grove Golf Club and was chair of the Delta Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. He has a 29 year old son, Kirk and enjoys golf, curling and slopitch.
2nd Vice Chair
Les Voros runs his own financial services practice. Prior to setting up his own business, he served as a Director of Business Development, Financial Security Advisor and Investment Representative for Freedom 55 Financial (A Division of London Life Insurance Company). He has been in the client service industry for almost 20 years. Over the past 20 years, Les has overseen multimillion dollar operations of several regional districts for a high profile organization. With responsibilities that focused on client relations, business operations, and employee support, both professional and personal, his skills are diversified making him flexible in understanding a wide range of financial planning needs. Les has been married for over 20 years, has two children, and enjoys spending family time on the water, on the slopes and exploring new places.
Phil Posehn is the Financial Controller for The Century Group in Delta B.C. Phil started his career in public practice and earned his Certified General Accountants’ designation in 1985. During the course of his career in public practice Phil spent many years as part of the external audit team working on the Century Group audit. In 2000 Phil left public practice to join Century Group as their Financial Controller. Phil has lived in Delta for almost twenty years and now lives in Tsawwassen with his wife and two children. Phil coaches baseball and soccer and is an avid hockey player, golfer and boater.
Immediate Past Chair
Kelly Guichon is President of KWG Enterprises, which assists new businesses in Delta. She served two, three-year terms as Chair, Vice Chair and Trustee for the Delta Board of Education.from 2002 to 2008. From 1999 to 2002 she was Executive Director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. She has been a Director of the Ladner Business Association since 2002, in latter years as Vice President and President, and President of the Tsawwassen Business Association from 2004 to 2006. She is a Board Director with the Delta Earthwise Society, Past Member, British Columbia School Trustees Association, Director of the Delta Community Foundation 2004-2007, Delta Council Parks, Recreation and Culture Commission 2002 – 2004, and member Rotary Club of Ladner since 2002. She is completing a Master of Arts in Leadership program at Royal Roads University.
Yvonne Anderson, CEO of Santevia Water Systems Inc., utilized an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and Master’s degree from Royal Roads University, combined with 30 years experience of business experience to create a niche business in the water purification sector. Santevia Water Systems, located in Ladner. Launched in January 2008 the company has been growing steadily every since with sales in Canada, the US, the UK and Europe. Yvonne has been actively involved in Delta over the years in her local church, as a volunteer soccer coach, school committee member and as mentor for women going through transition. Community is important to Santevia Water Systems and the “Santevia Gives Back” program sponsors local events and global projects. Yvonne is a wife, mom and an athlete, who enjoys half marathons, sprint triathlons, kayaking and yoga peppered with family ski trips, hiking and snow shoeing.
Marci Chimich is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with Delta Funeral Home in Ladner where she has worked for the past six years. Marci works directly with families in planning meaningful Services suited to each family. She is a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and serves on the Government Relations Committee for the British Columbia Funeral Service Association. Marci holds a Fashion Merchandising Diploma from Olds College and a Business Management Certificate from The University of Calgary, in Alberta, where she began her career as that province’s Human Resources Supervisor for a menswear clothing company. Marci and her husband have lived in Tsawwassen since 1999 and they have three sons. She is active in the community through her church, serving as Team Leader for the Downtown Eastside outreach program, and has played floor hockey in Ladner for many years.
John Dymond is Program Head of the International Business Management Program in the BCIT School of Business. The program is focussed on Global Supply Chain and International Trade. John has been a Delta resident since 1985. As well, he is a former owner, manager and President of Wexxar Packaging Machinery in the Nordel Business Park. Wexxar manufactures and distributes end-of-line packaging machinery. John currently has a small consulting practice focussed on improving productivity and profitability for manufacturing businesses. John received his MBA from Queen’s University in 2004. In the past, John served on the board of the Delta Police Foundation and the Delta Youth Orchestra.
Patricia Fleming is Executive Director of DRS Earthwise Society, a community based non-profit society with a mandate to promote the creation of a sustainable community through environmental education and stewardship. Prior to that position Patricia was an Instructor in the Landscape Horticulture program at Kwantlen University College, integrating sustainability objectives into the design curriculum. She came to Kwantlen after many years as principal of the design firm, Landscape Concepts, which specialized in using the principles of ecology to create sustainable landscapes. Among her many accomplishments are projects she designed in Delta such as the award winning Earthwise Garden at Brown Street, the McKitrick Earthwise Garden, and the new Boundary Bay Earthwise Garden currently under construction in Tsawwassen. Patricia holds Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and M.A. in Community Planning degrees from UBC. Patricia and her husband live in Delta where she has lived and raised two children for 30 years.
Barry Hartman is the co-founder and Marketing Manager at 505-Junk, which is wholly owned by 505 Ventures Ltd. Since the company’s inception in June of 2011, Hartman, along with business partner Scott Foran and their outstanding staff, have focused on reducing waste at the Delta landfill. By December 2013, the company will have diverted over 1,000,000 pounds of waste through a variety of recycling practices. The company was recently nominated as a top 5 finalist for Small Business BC’s Successful You Awards for the “Best Community Impact” award. While studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Hartman was a professional snowboarder and travelled throughout North and South America as a brand ambassador for a variety of sponsors.
Jas Mundy has been the CEO and Broadcaster for Internet Media and Broadcasting station, XL Radio since 2009. He is also Business Development Manager for international trade company, Impexworld Ventures Inc. He was IT Project & Account Manager for the City of Surrey, and has worked for companies in software development, information systems consulting, financial systems in Canada and earlier, in publications and aerospace companies based in London, U.K. Jas is currently a member of the Corporation of Delta’s Community Planning Advisory Committee, former director of Delta Arts Council and served on Delta’s twin city initiatives advisory committee, City of Surrey drug crime task force and a past volunteer for the Surrey Crime Prevention Society.
Sandeep Pandher is a Principal with P&A Research Ltd., a Delta-based consultancy specializing in policy, strategy and communications solutions. Previously he served as a legislative and parliamentary assistant in Ottawa for the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Minister of Natural Resources and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development. More recently he was Project Development Manager with a western Canadian clean technology company offering water infrastructure solutions. He holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management, a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Diploma in Chemical Technology. Sandeep is a member of the Delta Arts Council, Delta Museum and Archives Society, and has served as a board member of the President’s Academic Council at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
William Rajalingham is a financial service professional at Envision Financial. He has 11 years of banking experience ranging from personal banking, branch management, small business specialist and commercial banking. He was with Vancity Credit Union for 9 years in various capacities and joined Envision Financial in early 2010 as a Commercial Banker.
Hugh Reynolds is a fourth generation Delta farmer, whose family came from Ireland in the late 1800s to settle in this area. He and his wife, Terry, brother, Stanley, own and, with friends and family, operate Reynelda Farms, growing vegetable crops on Westham Island, in Ladner. He was appointed to the Delta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as a representative of the Delta Farmers’ Institute, of which he is also a Director. He is a Director of the Delta Agricultural Society and a Commissioner on the BC Vegetable Marketing Commission. In the 1980s he was President of the Vancouver Branch of the BC Institute of Agrologists. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia.
Leo Wilson is an investment banker with PI Financial Corp. based in Vancouver. He provides corporate financial advisory services in addition to raising debt and equity capital for small and mid-cap companies in the resource, technology, alternative energy, and consumer discretionary sectors. Leo is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator who began his professional career with Deloitte in Vancouver. He is active in his community serving as a Mentor for the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow Program and as a committee member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. Leo and his wife Alex lead an active and healthy lifestyle in Tsawwassen.