We are known by the company we keep.
Tony Kwan, President
Tony Kwan (LinkedIn) has been living in Vancouver for the past 21 years. Tony is an associate of a commercial mortgage company, financing commercial real estate projects across Western Canada. Previously, Tony worked for the Federal government agency responsible for the stewardship of the Crown’s real estate portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Tony is an avid reader.
Charan Sidhu, Director of Marketing
Charan (LinkedIn) is the VP of Sales & Business Development at Oakwyn Marketing, a real estate project marketing company with projects throughout the lower mainland. Charan holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University along with a Marketing Management Diploma in Professional Real Estate from BCIT. Professional experiences include sales management for residential pre-construction projects, development management for commercial projects and raising investment capital by the way of Mortgage Investment Corporations and private investors. Charan has always been a strong believer in personal and professional development. This led to him serving as President of the BCIT Real Estate Association as well as the VP of Operations at SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) during his post secondary years. More recently, he was on the Membership Committee for the Urban Development Institute which represents thousands of industry professional from all facets of land development and planning.
Rita Bennett, Director of Membership
Rita (LinkedIn) is the founder of Viralogix Media, a digital marketing agency in Vancouver that specializes in video production for brands' online marketing and websites. With her Bachelors and background in Commerce and a focus in Marketing, Rita now helps her clients define and effectively relay their messages to their ideal audiences, with impact. Rita is a huge proponent of creating solid professional networks and support within the business community. In her spare time, she enjoys working-out, yoga, and anything travel-related as she has a major case of wanderlust!
Kiran Rai, Director of Media
Kiran (LinkedIn) serves as a Tax Manager at Horizon Chartered Accountants where her primary focus is toprovide a full range of accounting and tax compliance services to owner managed businesses and professionals, including creating short and long term strategic tax plans to assist clients businesses and net worth growth. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and holds her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her diverse range of professional experience includes tax services through the Human Capital, Expatriate Tax department at Ernst & Young, private company review engagements for a variety of industries at Grant Thornton, and public company audit engagements (specializing in junior mining and oil & gas) at Crowe MacKay LLP. In addition to public practice, Kiran also has industry experience in various aspects of accounting. Kiran enjoys being actively involved in the community and is a strong believer in giving back. Previously, she volunteered as an Assistant Controller at Habitat for Humanity, Society of Greater Vancouver and currently she is a Volunteer Coordinator at Kids Up Front Vancouver- a charitable organization that provides access to arts, culture, sports and recreation to under-privileged kids who otherwise would not have the opportunity. In her spare time, Kiran enjoys being active - running, hiking, yoga and snowboarding to name a few. She loves to travel and take pictures and is an active member in a book club.Kiran firmly believes that building strong relationships is the key to a successful and fulfilling career and personal life.
Qaid Damaji, Director of Technology
Robyn Lemon, Director of Events
Robyn is born and raised locally, being proud to be a Vancouverite. Having been trained by The Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, her heavy background in food and beverage led her down the path of planning and designing gorgeous weddings and events. After being involved with the 2010 Winter Olympics and being responsible for training support staff to assist during the games, she decided a trip to Australia was in order. Upon returning a light switch went off when Robyn decided to follow her dreams. With a sharp eye for style, flair for design and impeccable taste she built on her extraordinary customer service skills to be a successful certified planner. Having ‘attention to detail’ being one of her daily mantras it is easy to see how passionate Robyn is to work for one of the city’s top event team: www.smittenevents.ca. The 2016 summer kick-off party was her introduction to The Pacific Club and looks forward to hosting more acting as the Event Planner on the board.
Pratap Sandhu, Director of Business Development
Pratap (LinkedIn) was born and raised in Surrey where he graduated from BCIT School of Business. Currently Pratap is studying his Master in Business Administrative (MBA) at the University of Liverpool in England. He is currently the Marketing Director at Prabu Foods and Prabu Sweets where he overseas all operations and deals with large vendors such as Loblaws and Overwaitea. Pratap is a young entrepreneur who recently purchased a tire business which he has rebranded into Stallion Manufacturing. At a young age, Pratap has played soccer in over 7 different European countries and played with the National Training Center and Whitecaps here in Canada. Pratap is extremely adventurous, family oriented and firm believer in karma. Pratap has also received the Top 25 under 25 business minded individuals, which was presented by the Surrey Board of Trade.
Winston Kam, Legal Advisor
Winston is the founder of Winright Law, a Vancouver-based legal practice focused primarily in business and real estate law.
Karina Pangilinan, Treasurer
Karina is an accountant at Horizon Chartered Professional Accountants where she has worked for the past 3 years, gaining experience in corporate and personal tax as well as compilation engagements. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the UBC Sauder School of Business and recently successfully completed the CPA Common Final Examination. Karina also has an ARCT in piano performance and combines her love and experience with music to teach piano to a variety of students at her family piano student in Delta. In her spare time, Karina enjoys experiencing all that Vancouver has to offer by snowshoeing, doing the Grouse Grind, attending musical performances and catching as many sunsets as she can.