The Board of Directors
The South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce announced its new Board of Directors for the 2019/2020 term at its Annual General Meeting, held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
For a detailed list of the Directors and their respective biographies, please scroll below.
For a link to the article in the Peace Arch News, click here.
For a link to pictures from the Annual General Meeting, click here.
From left to right: Dwayne Weidendorf - Black Press Media, Ravi Mann - Isle of Mann Property Group, Gordon Rapp - Rapp Tax & Consulting, Owen Barclay - Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd., Jeff Richards - J.E. Richards Ltd., Stewart Peddemors - Stewart Peddemors Personal Real Estate Corp., Patricia Lapena - LegalShield, Grace Cleveland - Cleveland Doan LLP, Ramona Kaptyn - CARP, Adam Smith - Uptown Business Machines Inc., Shelley Grenier - Oceana PARC - PARC Retirement Living, Maria Zhou - TD Canada Trust, James Purcell - Cloverdale Paint Inc., Linda Holmes - RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Absent from photo: Maria Mura
The Executive Committee for the 2019/2020 term will be confirmed at the next Board meeting in July. The positions listed below are from the 2018/2019 term.
Uptown Business Machines Inc.
Adam Smith is the President and Owner/Operator of Uptown Business Machines Inc., a South Surrey & White Rock based technology / office automation company. Specializing in laser Printers, Multifunction Printers and related toner re-supply solutions, UBMi features technology from well known brands including HP, Lexmark, and Okidata. Uptown Business Machines supports local business with mission critical tools for printing and scanning with a focus on “one customer at a time”. Uptown Business machines offers a unique automated toner resupply service ensuring smooth productivity, reduced stress and lowered costs that eliminates wasteful downtime.
Previous to Uptown Business Machines, Adam was Agent owner for Xerox on Vancouver Island, has held Xerox management and major account roles both in Canada & the USA and major account roles for Pitney Bowes. As a business owner Adam knows the importance of the local business community and is an active member of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years. Adam is the current President of the Chamber, having served on the Board of Directors for seven years with various roles including Vice President, Secretary and Membership Committee Chair.
Patricia was born and raised in Vancouver and has resided in White Rock for the last 17 years with her husband Carlos, and 3 step children. Since 2011, she has been working as the BC Regional Manager for LegalShield. Prior to that she had her own Holistic Nutritionist practice in White Rock. Her previous work experience was in the hospitality industry in Vancouver.
Patricia is LegalShield’s BC Regional Manager. She trains, mentors and works with a large team in a leadership role. This position puts her in front of various groups of people whether employees, non-profits or other to present the many benefits of LegalShield.
Patricia loves the community in White Rock. She has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2017. In addition to working on her very successful business, she also trains for Sprint triathlons, enjoys travel and loves to socialize with people; business and personal alike.
J.E. Richards Ltd.
Born and raised in Vancouver and Coquitlam Graduated Simon Fraser University 1971 Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Commerce Major Articled with Deloitte (then Deloitte, Haskin & Sells) Chartered Accounts 1971 to 1974 Graduated as a Chartered Accountant 1974.
Joined accounting firm in Chilliwack 1974, subsequently purchased with two others and became partner in McKnight, Johnson Chartered Accountants 1975. Sold McKnight Johnson partnership interest in 1979 and set up sole practice in Kelowna then sold that in 1983.
Joined Manning Elliott LLP (then Manning Jamison Chartered Accountants) 1983 in insolvency practice in Vancouver and Surrey. Became full accounting practice partner 1984 and managing partner of the Surrey office in 1985. Remained with the firm for 25 years. Retired from the firm 2008.
Active in not-for-profit agencies in various capacities including: Director Surrey Board of Trade 2005 to 2012 (maximum term) and Treasurer 2010 to 2012 Director, Secretary Treasurer Surrey Foundation 2009 – 2010 Member Fraser Valley Executives Association 1985 to current, Past President, Treasurer Director, Secretary Treasurer Pacific Condominium Association 2008 – 2010 (now dissolved) Director / Treasurer South Surrey Field House Society 2005 – Current Member / Director / Past President / Treasurer Rotary Club of South Surrey (Millennium) Director Secretary / Treasurer White Rock Rotary Clubs Service Foundation (now dissolved) Advisor to Surrey Hospice Society.
Jeff lives in South Surrey and is interested in not for profit governance, photography, woodwork, music, computers, travel and a host of other things.
Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd.
Owen is the President and Founder of Accessable Home & Property Services Ltd. He started the company in 2010 after discovering the lack of professional home remodelling services catering to the burgening senior market as well as for those with limited functional ability. Since then he has become a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS). His business focuses on helping clients live longer, safer, and more comfortably in their homes.
Prior to starting the business, Owen had a distinguished career in sales and marketing, mostly as a distribution specialist for local electronics products manufacturers. Over the years, he has given much back to the community, serving on small charity boards and working with various fundraising initiatives. When things quiet down, he enjoys spending time with his family in his South Surrey home where they have lived for 15 years.
For more than 30 years, Maria Mura was Westminster Savings former branch manager and an advocate for the growth and evolution of Surrey, where she gained unique insight into the community and the members she serves.
Staying connected and building strong ties with local businesses and organizations is a key focus for Maria. Her philanthropic nature has led her to past key positions of leadership, including: Director of International Sound Foundation to help children with hearing issues in developing countries; committee member of the Douglas College Review Committee for Self-Employment in partnership with the HRDC; and a committee member for the Fraser Real Estate Board. She recently played an integral role in the opening of the new Westminster Savings branch at Grandview Central in South Surrey.
Maria has gained expertise and respect from her peers during the 20 years she has excelled in the financial services sector. She is an Honours graduate of the BCIT Management System program and designated Elder Planning Counsellor.
Cleveland Doan LLP
Born and raised on the Semiahmoo peninsula, Grace is thrilled to live and work here to this day. As a second generation lawyer at Cleveland Doan LLP, she spends her days helping her clients solve their solve problems - and setting them up to avoid problems in the first place! Grace obtained her BA and MA in English at the University of British Columbia, and her JD from the University of Alberta. She is an active volunteer on local, provincial, and national levels with organizations including the CBA, LNFB, the BCSPCA, and the PAH Foundation. In her new role with the South Surrey White Rock Chamber of Commerce, Grace looks forward to collaborating with her fellow directors to support the economic and social well being of her hometown.
With over two decades of experience working in the senior living field, Shelley Grenier offers extensive insight into a growing segment of our population and joint client base. Shelley hopes to share this insight and experience with members of the South Surrey and White Rock Chamber of Commerce as it addresses the opportunities and challenges that will inevitably arise in the coming years.
As the General Manager of Oceana PARC and past retirement communities, Shelley is intimately familiar with the challenges of operating a successful business and the importance of relationship building and supporting one another in the combined pursuit of success for each individual member which together benefits the community as a whole.
Shelley recently relocated her family to White Rock and is personally and professionally invested in the success of the greater South Surrey and White Rock area economically, environmentally and socially. She feels very fortunate to have the support of her employer Parc Retirement Living. She has a passion for making connections and is committed to contributing to her community.
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Linda is an investment advisor and financial planner with RBC Dominion Securities. With the firm since 1999, she has more than 20 years of financial-industry experience. Her connection to the Semiahmoo Peninsula, however, spans decades.
Born in White Rock, Linda grew up in Surrey, and studied business administration – with a major in finance – at Simon Fraser University. Although her career took her to Toronto for a few years, family and community drew her back to South Surrey.
Linda has been a member of the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce since the summer of 2017, and has enjoyed being an ambassador at several chamber events. She is also a member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club and an advocate for women in business .
Linda is highly organized, and has been involved in the development and oversight of several major business initiatives for RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s number-one wealth management firm. Her skills have not gone unrecognized. She has received a number of performance awards over the years for going above and beyond in her various roles with the company. Linda knows how to lead, but is also a highly competent team player.
Outside of her professional life, Linda loves to dance, catch up with friends and enjoys the outdoors. Integrity, compassion and equality are core values to Linda, and she is confident they will serve her well in representing the chamber.
Ramona Kaptyn is a graduate of Ryerson University (Journalism) and the University of Toronto (Education and Political Science).
She is a communications specialist and has worked as a reporter, travel writer, editor, teacher, hotel managing director, event planner and fundraiser in Canada, Australia, England and Spain. From 2002 to 2008, she worked in international development in South and South East Asian countries to contribute to a more equitable world. Some projects were funded by the Canadian International Development Organization (CIDA). Her most memorable one was in Bangladesh where she was an Organizational Development Advisor to four NGOs. Focus was on good governance and micro-credit. Her last overseas job was in Malaysia preparing Grade 12 scholarship students for entry into Canadian universities.
Ramona has also been a Executive Director, Communications Director and fundraiser for a variety of non-profit organizations in Toronto, ON and was a Program Coordinator at Sources Community Resource Centres in White Rock, BC. As well, she has served as a Director or President on a variety of boards and clubs including York Central Hospital Foundation in Richmond Hill, ON. In California, where her American sister lives, Ramona helped organize several Bachelor Auctions and Women’s Shows benefiting a women’s shelter and other charities.
Ramona works from her home office in South Surrey for Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Toronto, and is Chair of the White Rock/Surrey Chapter of CARP – A New Vision of Aging for Canada. Ramona landed in White Rock/South Surrey quite by accident in July 2009; she loves it here and says she is ‘home at last’.
Isle of Mann Property Group
As Director of Finance & Investment, Ravi Mann is responsible for leading Isle of Mann Property Group's Investment Management and Real Estate Finance teams which source, underwrite and structure investment transactions for various fund strategies, including site acquisitions for development. In addition, Ravi provides oversight of the company's project financing and asset management activities. Ravi serves as Manager for IOM's $300+ million portfolio (as of 2019) and has overseen transactions in all real estate asset classes, and various partnership structures in markets across Western Canada.
Ravi was raised in South Surrey-White Rock, and graduated from Southridge School before pursuing his post-secondary education in Finance at UBC’s Sauder School of Business. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Candidate and is keen to reconnect with his community as he raises his young family here with his wife, Helen.
Stewart Peddemors Personal Real Estate Corp.
Stewart Peddemors has been a Chamber Member since 1991. His time a local business person serving as the President of the Marine Drive Merchants association, City Councillor from 1996 to 2008 and as a Local RE/MAX Agent since 2006 has prepared Stewart to be well rounded supporter of the Business communities of White Rock and South Surrey.
Cloverdale Paint Inc.
Jim graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Civil Engineering, and later earned a full MBA degree from the University of Calgary. He spent over 35 years in the construction materials industry in Western Canada, Europe and the US, most recently as President of a $1.5 billion business unit covering the eastern half of the US. Jim is now active as a business consultant and corporate board member, and he and his wife Valerie enjoy international travel, cycling, snowmobiling and good friends. He has been a Rotarian for almost 20 years and is a very involved member of the Semiahmoo Rotary Club. Jim and Valerie reside in the Morgan Creek area and have two daughters, Riana, who is a graduate of the University of Victoria, and Victoria, who is studying at UBC.
RAPP Tax & Consulting
After 30 years with the federal government, Gordon started his pension and tax consulting practice in 2013 specializing in pension and tax matters under the German-Canadian Pension & Tax Treaties.
Gordon holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. His special areas of interest are both economic and taxation policy. He takes pride in assisting many seniors that may be adversely impacted by pension and tax provisions under the German-Canadian Pension & Tax Treaties.
Given his substantial experience in both the public and private sector as well as his background in taxation, he is a strong advocate for business as it is the backbone of the economy, locally, provincially and nationally. He is keen to support the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce, as it plays an important role to enhance the local economy and thus, help both cities to thrive.
Black Press Media
Dwayne is an executive with Black Press Media and is currently the Group Publisher/ General Manager of the Peace Arch News, Surrey Now, Yukon News and the Vantage Way Press Centre.
Dwayne is proud to be a director at the South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce and is a keen advocate for local businesses. He is married to his wife Lorraine and has two wonderful teenage children Drew and Bree. When not immersed in business, Dwayne is a practising third degree black belt in Wado Ryu Karate and an avid downhill skier.
TD Canada Trust
Maria Zhou immigrated to Canada in 2004 from China and has an honor master's degree in finance from UK. She is currently the Account Manager, Small Business at the local TD White Rock Branch. She is passionate about her job and loves to help local small business owners to be successful and grow their business. Zhou's position enables the delivery of business banking products and services across the whole spectrum of customer needs as well as supporting other business partners. She has been working in the banking industry for over 6 years with 3 years' experience working in this industry in China. Zhou is fluent in English and Mandarin. Her education and diverse exposure in different cultures and countries would bring valuable and fresh ideas to the Chamber.