2020-2021 EXECUTIVE & DIRECTORS
Kim Smythe is this year's BCCE president and President & CEO of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
Colleen Clark joined the Greater Langley Chamber as CEO in June of 2016 after serving as the Executive Director of the Sechelt and District Chamber of Commerce for 22 years. Colleen is responsible for managing and administering the day-to-day operations of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. Colleen currently represents the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce both Provincially as Vice President of the BC Chamber Executives association and Federally as a Director on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada. In 2019 Colleen was awarded the Chamber Executive of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada and is also a level 3 Accredited Chamber Executive, one of 2 in BC.
Julie Lawlor is this year's BCCE Treasurer. She became the Executive Director of the WestShore Chamber of Commerce in 2015. A non-profit manager, Julie moved to the U.K. in 1999 with two suitcases to work in historic buildings, and returned to the west coast in 2014 with a husband, two children, two cats and a container full of stuff. Making connections is a key value for Julie so she gets a lot out of working within the collaboration of the chamber network.
With over 20 years of senior management experience throughout tourism, hospitality and customer service sectors, Peter Bourke is a culture focused leader with a coach approach mindset. He understands the value of enhancing managers and business leaders with the tools to succeed. Having owned his own business and worked in senior roles throughout many sectors, Pete has a firsthand appreciation for what it takes to be successful. Pete places high importance on building a sense of community and giving back to others, as evidenced through his continued commitments to non-profit organizations. An alumnus of Royal Roads University, he holds a Graduate Executive Coaching Certificate, a Professional Certified Coach designation through the International Coach Federation and is EQ-i2.0 & EQ360 certified for Emotional Intelligence. Pete is also currently undertaking his Masters in Business Administration.
Peter is also the BCCE Membership Chair.
Dan Rogers is this year's past BCCE president and Executive Director of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.
In a previous life, Rogers was a broadcast journalist in Prince George. He spent four terms as City Councillor and three years as Mayor.
Acacia Pangilinan is the Executive Director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce where she leads an energetic Board of Directors and a vivacious staff team. She is a passionate Kamloops resident and loves helping people be the best they can be.
She is the former student President of the Enactus team while attending Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia’s Ambassador for 2012 and Kamloops Ambassador for 2008. She has received the Distinguished Service Award from the City of Kamloops and was named HSBC’s Woman Leader of Tomorrow in 2015.
Prior to joining the Prince George Chamber of Commerce in January of 2018, Todd Corrigal spent the previous 15 years in Government and Media, working in a variety of leadership capacities. Focused on strategic development, partner engagement and greater public participation, Todd has worked with Municipalities, Provinces, all three Territorial Governments and the Senate. As a former business owner and consultant, Todd is a strong advocate for local business - reducing barriers to entry and sustaining a vibrant and diverse business eco-system in Prince George.
Todd is this year's Conference and Professional Development Chair.
Jerrilyn Schembri is currently the Executive Director of the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director of the BC Library Trustees Association as well as a Grant Writer for the District of Tumbler Ridge.
Her formal education is in Social Work, Emergency Management, Victim Services, Conflict Resolution and Negotiations. She has also obtained certification in Advanced Leadership and Local Government, and Safe Growth/Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
Outside of the BCCE she has recently served on the following:
Vice Chair of the Lakeview Credit Union
President of the BC Library Trustees Association
Race Director for the Emperors Challenge
Canadian Red Cross Disaster Management
Northern BC ESS Mobile Support Team
South Peace Economic Development Commission Chair
Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Vice President
Tumbler Ridge Ministerial Chair
Tumbler Ridge Society for Children’s Needs
Matt McInnis is the BC Chamber of Commerce liasion to the BCCE.
Following 25+ years in journalism, focusing on small community newspapers, Naomi Larsen accepted the position of the Executive Director of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce in 2017.
In her spare time, Naomi is the president of the Chetwynd Hospital Foundation, secretary of the LIttle Prairie Heritage Society; a director for Community Futures Peace Liard and a South Peace area marriage commissioner.
She loves food, shoes, the Muppets, her cat, her kids and her spouse....although not necessarily in that order.
Her Chamber won the BCCE Best Community Engagement award in 2018 and she brags about it daily - to her community. For engagement.
She is also the Communications and Marketing Chair for the BCCE..