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Board of Directors

The Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area (MPBIA) volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of up to 11 elected representatives chosen annually by MPBIA members at the AGM, generally for a 2 year term. Directors must operate a business or own a property within the MPBIA. Over the life of the organization, hundreds of local business people have donated countless hours to achieve our mandate.

The Board of Directors meets monthly, generally on the third Tuesday of the month, to review the fiscal status, discuss and determine the priorities of the MPBIA, and to provide higher level direction to MPBIA staff.

In addition, each Board member participates on at least one of our committees, these being Marketing and Special Events, Business and Tourism Development & Community Relations, Street Beautification and Maintenance, and MPBIA Expansion. These committees meet on an as needed basis and special sub-committees may be formed to deal with major projects. It is at this level that the grass roots work is accomplished.

Our membership is invited to participate on any of the committees. We welcome the input and assistance on our many projects. Further, if you have any ideas or concerns you think we should be addressing, the board and the staff would love to hear from you.



John Boychuk

Owner, Banana Tans
Board Member Since: September, 2009
President

Since John opened his tanning salon in 2007 he has been very proactive in the Mount Pleasant business community, supporting business growth and the entrepreneurial spirit that is so characteristic of our area. John has a strong sense of neighbourhood and feels it is important to become actively involved, support local businesses and strive for continuous community improvement. His primary motivation for being President of the MPBIA is the recognition that the organization works on behalf of the entire membership and accomplishes much more than any individual business could do as a single entity.


Sean Pacey

Owner, Pacey’s Pianos
Board Member Since: September, 2006
Director | Chair of the Business and Tourism Committee

As a small business owner, Sean values the fact that with the MPBIA area businesses can stand united and support each other to build a striving business community. A graduate of the UBC Saunders School of Business, Sean is third generation in his family business. Pacey’s Pianos relocated to Mount Pleasant in 2004 and he notes that area has improved immeasurably since then. Through his involvement in MPBIA, he is proud to be a small contributor to the amazing transformation that Mount Pleasant has undergone and looks forward to witnessing its’ future evolution.


Michael Wiebe

Owner, eight ½ restaurant lounge
Board Member Since: September, 2009
Vice-President  | member of the Marketing and Special Events Committee

As both a resident and business owner in Mount Pleasant, Michael’s motivation in joining the MPBIA Board is to ensure this great neighbourhood continues to be a great neighbourhood. He wants to be a part of the inevitable change over the next decade and help insure we do not lose our identity. Michael views the MPBIA as the voice of the small business community which will always remain as the heart of Mount Pleasant. He feels the main functions of the organization are to create a great place to do business, provide access to local information, organize popular events, clean the streets, and market the community.


Steven Hui

Branch Manager, G&F Financial Group
Board Member Since: June, 2013
Treasurer | Chair of the  Finance Committee

Having grown up in Mount Pleasant, Steven is excited to be back at work in this neighbourhood.  He has witnessed so many positive changes over the years and sees joining the MPBIA as another way to make a contribution to the community. Steven has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is happily married to a loving wife of 16 years and has two beautiful daughters.



Clive Braude

Owner, Pallucci Furniture
Board Member Since: September, 2010
Secretary

Clive’s motivation in participating in the MPBIA Board of Directors is to make a contribution towards the improvement of our business area. He feels a primary advantage of the MPBIA is that it allows the business owners / operators to be directly involved in the community. Originally from South Africa, Clive has been in the furniture business most of his working life. He opened his current location on Broadway in 2010. Clive notes that he has always made time to volunteer and that he enjoys interacting with fellow board members and doing business in the MPBIA.


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Graham Done

Manager, Flight Centre
Board Member Since: September, 2013
Director | member of the Marketing and Special Events Committee

Graham began his involvement in the Mount Pleasant Community recently, having taking over the Flight Centre office at Main & 12th as manager in April; however, he saw very quickly how passionate and motivated this MPBIA is about ensuring the ongoing development of the area and the support of its businesses. Believing that an organisation like a business association is as strong as it’s individual parts, Graham was quick to want to join the MPBIA’s Board of Directors and start contributing to this already amazing team. Excited about what the future holds for this up and coming area, Graham will be putting his eclectic business experience to great use as a Member of this Society.


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Talia Garner-Smith

Owner, Healing Tree Massage & Wellness Studio
Board Member Since: September, 2013
Director | member of the Marketing and Special Events Committee | member of the Safety and Security, Street Beautification, Maintenance and Graffiti Committee

When Talia was looking for the right location 3 years ago to start her latest business venture, Healing Tree Massage & Wellness Studio, she knew it had to be Mount Pleasant. To Talia, Mount Pleasant is an exciting place to do business. She is very proud to be apart of a community that celebrates it’s richness of flavour and supports it’s eclectic mix of businesses. Talia has found the support of the MPBIA  invaluable to her and feels that it is an integral part of her business community. Through innovative initiatives, the MPBIA is continually helping to boost local business and create community amongst it’s members and the Mount Pleasant population. Talia joined the MPBIA to lend her insight, energy and drive to this important community organization as it looks towards the future.


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Kerry Grant

Acquisitons Manager/Property Manager, Aarti Investments Ltd.
Board Member Since: September, 2013
Director

Kerry’s company owns four properties in Mount Pleasant. He wanted to be involved with the MPBIA to assist in creating the best community possible; the MPBIA can create this value through collaboration with its business members, local government and the local community to foster a vibrant, healthy and diverse area for all. Through 31 years in the real estate industry Kerry has held senior positions with Sun Life, Morguard, CB Richard Ellis, Platinum Properties and now Aarti Investments.  He has also served on various boards including the positions of NAIOP Vancouver Chapter President and IREM Vancouver Chapter Chairman.


Christopher Vollan

Vice-President, Development, Rize Alliance Properties
Board Member Since: October, 2011
Chair of the MPBIA Expansion and Renewal Committee | member of the Business and Tourism Committee

Chris represents a major MPBIA property owner and landlord on the Board who is also inherently interested with the livability, vibrancy and business vitality of the neighbourhood. He believes a major contribution of the MPBIA is that it encourages participation and cooperation of businesses and Mount Pleasant residents. Chris is VP of Development for Rize and is involved in all aspects of home and business development and operations for the company. Rize plans to be a long term member of the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood having recently completed On Que (48 residential homes and three commercial premises) and currently working on redevelopment plans for the Kingsway and Broadway site.


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