Rick Gibbs, Chair
Rick Gibbs is co-founder and President of Neutron Factory Works, an award winning industrial contracting company based in Delta BC, servicing the Food, Beverage and Manufacturing sectors. Starting out in industry as a JM Red Seal Electrician over 25 years ago, Rick gained extensive experience working in all types of manufacturing and processing facilities, from the production floor to the boardroom.
Today, Rick stays active in both the industry and the community he serves, his board appointments and committee involvement include:
- Chairman of the Board, BC Food & Beverage
- Chair, Manufacturing Sector Advisory Board, ITA
- Director, ReFeed Canada
- Director, A better Life Foundation
- Partner, Quest Food Exchange
Awards and recognition include:
- Profit Magazine Hot 50
- BIV’s 40 under 40
- Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year finalist
- BCPFA’s Leadership Award
- Delta Chamber Business of the Year
- BCPFA’s Member of the year
Rosanne Horner, Vice Chair
Rosanne Horner is the Director, BC & the North Region for BDC’s Advisory Services. Since 2006, she has worked with hundreds of owners and management teams to help them scale their businesses. She has directly worked with companies across B.C. to secure senior debt financing, mezzanine capital, and management consulting solutions to help them grow, become more efficient and enhance their management capabilities. Over this time, she has become a trusted resource for private companies that have the ambition to become best in class. Prior to BDC, she held various positions in Operations Management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, a Management certificate in Human Resources from BCIT, and an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire (UH).
Dr. Joan Hansen, Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Joan Hansen graduated as a Doctor of Optometry in 1979 from the University of Waterloo. She is now retired after operating a private group practice in Tsawwassen since 1983. As an active member of the business community, she has held a numerous senior Board positions including President of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists (BCAO), Chair of Optometry Giving Sight (OGS), Chair of the Canadian Optometric Education Trust Fund (COETF) and Chair of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Outside of Optometry, Dr. Hansen has been involved with the business community as a past Director of The Delta Chamber of Commerce, President of the Tsawwassen Rotary Club and appointee to the Delta Police Board to name a few. As a leading expert in her field, Dr. Hansen has made numerous appearances on local and network TV news shows, and has been quoted numerous times in local and national Canadian newspapers and magazines.
Yvonne Anderson, Immediate Past Chair
Yvonne Anderson is the founder and CEO of Santevia Water Systems Inc. a Delta start up. Santevia manufactures and distributes home water filtration products in Canada, the USA and Europe. The Santevia is located in Tilbury Industrial park and many of the team live, work and play in Delta. Yvonne has raised her three kids in Beach Grove and is an active volunteer in Delta. You can often find her running on the dyke, biking around the community or at some meeting in a local coffee shop!
Yvonne currently serves on:
- The City of Delta - Mayor's Community Investment Committee
- Rotary Club of Tsawwassen - Board of Directors
- Tsawwassen Toastmasters - Board of Directors
Danielle Guichon, Director
Danielle comes from a fifth generation farming family with deep roots in Ladner. She is the co-owner of Backroads Family Farm Market, a market that focusing on promoting, growing and sourcing local produce, flowers, eggs and much more. Danielle’s post secondary Education was in Marketing/ Business as well as Fashion Merchandising. She is a director at the Delta Farmers Institute as well as a member of the Ladner Business Association. Danielle is very active in her community and loves living and working in Delta.
John Mancini, Director
John has lived in North Delta for 48 years, and is committed to his community. Over the years he’s coached North Delta youth soccer, chaired a civic construction project task force, and served on a variety of civic and community committees. Currently John volunteers on two civic committees and is one of two co-founders of the emergent North Delta Business Association. John retired from a successful career as a procurement manager for a large engineering company which specialized in large, complex, mass transportation and construction projects. Now in his fourth term with the Chamber, he is thrilled to continue to support its endeavours, is excited about the development of the North Delta Business Association, and keenly engaged in assisting his civic committees to fulfil their mandates. On the personal side, John is President of an Italian Folk Club, as well as a long time and avid fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and an enthusiastic supporter of Vancouver Opera.
David Payne, Director
David is a CITT graduate who has devoted his career to the maritime and transportation sector. He formally managed stevedoring operations at BC Ports followed by managing container operations for a major container shipping line calling at the Port of Vancouver. Throughout the past 25 years he has led the container drayage and off-dock container terminal business originally established to support the landside operations of Maersk Line, which the Payne Group acquired in 2009 and renamed Harbour Link Container Services Inc. He is currently the President and CEO of Harbour Link Container Services Inc. David is also a member of the Western Transportation Advisory Committee (WESTAC).
Rob Allan, Director
Rob is a lawyer and partner of Campbell Froh May & Rice LLP in Richmond. He has developed a broad solicitor’s practice, and he assists his clients with the purchase and sale of businesses, corporate reorganizations, business succession, commercial leasing, real estate transactions, wills and estate planning and probate and estate administration. He also oversees the firm’s residential conveyancing department, and in 2015 Rob expanded his practice to include a focus on maritime and fisheries law, and a significant portion of his practice is now dedicated to assisting his clients in the commercial fishing and maritime sectors with transactional work such as vessel transfers, maritime lending transactions and commercial fishing licence and quota transfers, leases and trusts. Rob has been proud to call Delta his home since 2014, when he and his family laid down roots in Tsawwassen. In his spare time it’s not uncommon to find Rob golfing, spending time at the beach with his family, or cheering on his son at one of the local arenas or athletic parks.
Matt Blair, Director
Matt Blair is the Publisher and General Manager of the Delta Optimist newspaper. The Optimist has been providing residents of Delta with the most accurate and comprehensive coverage of news, sports, and community events since 1922 - delivering to 17,000 homes weekly in print and reaching over 100,000 unique readers only every month.
In addition, Matt contributes to Canada's news media industry as a Board Member with the BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association.
Matt started his career in advertising and he has won international recognition with over 35 marketing and design awards. His unique background as thought leader in community-driven promotions allows him to work closely with the Optimist's business development team in creating multimedia advertising campaigns for both local retailers and regionally focused organizations.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys mountaineering, kiteboarding and has competed as a member of the Canadian National Skeleton Team.
Nathan Lauer, Director
Nathan, Senior Manager Commercial & Logistics with Seaspan Ferries, has worked in transportation and logistics for over 25 years and believes in the positive impact this industry makes to the BC and Canadian economy. His experience spans building new transportation gateways, managing, leading and growing high performing deep-sea terminals, warehouses and logistics chains. As a transportation logistics graduate of CITT and a holder of an MBA from UNBC, Nathan couples experience and education in his strategic and daily initiatives. With an in-depth knowledge of logistics and business development, he understands customer needs and can develop improvements to the customer experience. At Seaspan Ferries Corp, Nathan is responsible for business development and expanding service delivery with Seaspan Ferries Corp and SFC Logistics and developing cooperative projects with Seaspan Marine and The Washington Companies.
Tanya Corbet, Director
Of Bella Concepts Ltd.