Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum appoints 20 board members
The long-standing organization brings together entrepreneurs and investors.
Kookai Chaimahawong, chair of the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF). Photo: LinkedIn
The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF) has released the list of its newly elected board of directors. Twenty leaders in the local tech ecosystem have been appointed, with a tenure that runs for the 2023 to 2024 season.
VEF is a networking forum for technology entrepreneurs, first established in 1988. Its thirty-year legacy aims to inspire technology entrepreneurs, ecosystem champions, and investors across industries. VEF’s goals, the organization says, is to help entrepreneurs achieve their objectives and build long-lasting relationships that will support their journey towards success.
As a non-profit organization, VEF relies on its volunteer-run board to both operate and govern the organization. The board’s focus is on growing the membership base; developing meaningful partnerships; and delivering compelling events that connect entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders, helping to unify and strengthen Vancouver’s innovation ecosystem.
“VEF is an organization that is for the community, by the community, and we are so thrilled to welcome such an illustrious group of people that is representative of Vancouver’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Kookai Chaimahawong, VEF chair, in a press release. “Our mission is rooted in the belief that a strong community fosters innovation. We are dedicated to shaping the ecosystem that nurtures these connections and drives forward momentum that will help propel BC’s technology sector forward.”
The elected individuals are:
Kookai Chaimahawong (Chair), Executive Director, UBC Sauder’s Centre for Climate and Business Solutions
Kari LaMotte (Vice-Chair), CEO & Co-Founder, Kite Company Creator
Bonnie Mah (Treasurer), Director, Canadian Corporate Tax, BDO Canada LLP
Tony Rautava (Secretary), Investor, Pender Ventures
Michelle Sklar (Events Director), Head of Venture Growth &EIR, entrepreneurship@UBC
Heali Thirlwell, (Partnerships Director) Senior Associate, Office Properties, CBRE
Amy Rae, Partner, Vanedge Capital
Angie Schick, Executive Director, New Ventures BC
Brad Bycraft, Vice President, Operations, Sanctuary AI
Dean Rockwell, Executive Vice President, Vecima Networks
Elizabeth Thorsen, Vice President, Operations, Foresight Canada
Heather Tanaka, Investment Principal, InBC Investment Corp.
Jon Conlin, Partner, Fasken
Lindsay Chan, VP Corporate Advisory + Technology, H+K Strategies
Matt Carlson, Founder & Executive Managing Director, Floorspace
Mitch Richardson, Senior Associate, Rhino Ventures
Sherry Zhao, Regional Director, Pacific Business Development, Mitacs
Tim Swanson, Executive Search Consultant, Corporate Recruiters
Vivian Wang, Associate, Nimbus Synergies
William Johnson, Founder, Vancouver Tech Journal
VEF’s board boasts significant alumni. Previous members include Mike Volker, CEO WUTIF Capital; Brent Holliday, CEO, Garibaldi Capital; Tea Nicola, CEO and Co-founder, WealthBar (acquired by CI Financial); Heather Conradi, Director, Impact Investing, Vancity; and Bryan Buggey, Executive Vice President, Invest Vancouver (formerly acting CEO of Vancouver Economic Commission).