We are judged by the company we keep.
Tony Kwan, President
Tony Kwan (LinkedIn) has called Vancouver home for 22 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!
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.
Shreyan Jains, Director of Technology
Shreyans is a Technical Director at Arete Hub Inc., IT Solutions Provider based in Vancouver with offices in New York, Singapore and New Delhi. We specialize in helping businesses move to the Cloud.
Our recent project, Erete, helps standardize the limousine booking process in Lower Mainland.
Shreyans graduated from UBC Bachelor of Science with a combined major in Computer Science and Math. Needless to say, he loves writing software.
In his free time, he likes to improve his Racquetball, Squash and Swimming skills or continue his exploration of the best chai latte.
Carl Kwan, Director of Media
Carl is a video marketing specialist who helps clients tap into the power of video while also realizing overall business goals. Carl grew up in Vancouver but was born in Hong Kong and has done a wide gamut of work, including retail and fashion design. Carl spent 10 years in Seoul where he was a presentations consultant, worked as a professional voice actor and was a featured guest on radio and TV. Carl believes in a growth mindset and loves learning. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his wife, who keeps him on the straight-and-narrow, and son, who keeps him in the present.