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Council Candidates

Brinder Bains

Brinder is a hardworking, small business owner with three Cobs Bread franchises in the City of Vancouver. Brinder is an entrepreneur who lives in the West End with her partner and two young girls.

Brinder became increasingly frustrated with city government, having owned a business for the past 11 years, and is concerned about our ability to retain and sustain small businesses with an ever-increasing tax burden being placed on them. She employs more than 50 people, and understands what it is like to meet a payroll when governments continue to download costs and expectations on businesses.

An avid sports fan and amateur fitness enthusiast, she played for many years with Metro Women’s Soccer League, and is still a strong booster of the Canucks Autism Network and BC Children’s Hospital.

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Glynnis Chan

Glynnis is a longstanding leader within the Chinatown community, having operated Happy Times Travel since arriving in Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1980. She is married and has two adult children, and has volunteered for numerous charities including: Canadian Cancer Society (Gift of Hope Co-chair 2014, 2017 & 2018), Vancouver Guangzhou Friendship Society, BC & Guangdong Business Council, and the Chin Wing Chun Tong Society of Canada. Glynnis was also nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. She also guest hosts a radio show on CHMB on tourism matters, and is a frequent commentator on travel issues and challenges around the world.

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Stephanie Ostler

Stephanie is a Vancouver entrepreneur. A life-long Vancouver resident, she launched her clothing company “Devil May Wear” straight out of high school and now has retail locations on Granville Island and Main Street. Devil May Wear has been voted Vancouver’s Best Local Designer Clothing Store. Working with mostly sustainable fabrics she produces her designs in Vancouver and supports high school students with valuable job experience and mentorship and has worked with teen mothers to provide the skills they need to go out into the workforce. Her entrepreneurial expertise has been tapped to launch startups, and she has spoken about being a designer and entrepreneur at various events and runs small seminars about starting one’s own business.

She has given a TEDx talk called “The Luxury to Buy Better” on the topic of buying sustainably. Stephanie is a member of the University Women’s Club, and the Executive Committee of the Granville Island Business Association. She recently became Vice President of ArdorCare, a bio-medical provider of creative innovations supporting Canada’s aging population, which plans to launch publicly in 2019. She is enthusiastic to create more opportunities for Vancouverites that can spill over and change the world. She is passionate about utilizing the skills of under-employed populations to give everyone a chance to contribute meaningfully as well as to educate young people about entrepreneurship.

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Phyllis Tang

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Phyllis pursued graduate studies in Ethnomusicology. She is a winner of the 2015 & 2016 Golden Key International Honour Society’s Advisor Professional Development Scholarship, 2014-2017 Golden Key International Summit Travel Award, and the York University Graduate Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She is a Music Graduate Associate of the York Center for Asian Research, Listserv Manager of the Popular Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the Chinese Bibliography Editor of the Association for Chinese Music Research. Phyllis is also the current Chapter Advisor of the Golden Key International Honour Society’s University of British Columbia Chapter.

Currently, she is a private piano & music theory teacher, Researcher for UBC’s Access & Diversity Department, specializing in working with faculty, staff, and students with special needs, and an Exam Invigilator for the UBC Sauder School of Business. She is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin and has a working knowledge of French. Having been the Alto Section Leader of the UBC Choral Union, Phyllis has also performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, the UBC Balinese Gamelan, the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Cantico Choir Society of BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. Phyllis was a guest pianist for a BC Children’s Hospital fundraiser and co-facilitated two “Sing and Learn” classes at the UBC Learning Exchange in Chinatown to help seniors improve their English communication and vocal skills. Notably, Phyllis has also performed on the Chinese horizontal flute, dizi, with the UBC Asian Ensemble and the BC Chinese Orchestra at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts to fundraise for the Society for Clinical Preventive Health Care in Vancouver. Having been a two-year Student Representative of the UBC School of Music and the Faculty of Arts, Phyllis also holds an ARCT in Music Theory with first-class honours, a Diploma in Accounting, and possesses a strong background in Operations Management and Urban Land Economics.

Phyllis’s main campaign focus is to promote Vancouver as a key international music, arts, and cultural hub and to advocate for our local cultural communities and heritage. When she is not leading choir, playing the piano, guitar, violin, and the Chinese flute, she daydreams about being a pop star.

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Jaspreet Virdi

Jaspreet graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc in Microbiology and from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in Pharmacy. He has worked as a pharmacist for the last 6 years and has recently ventured out and opened his own pharmacy with a medical clinic. He has also represented Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada at the Junior level for Field Hockey. He is involved in the community and regularly volunteers with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen, which is an organization that provides meals to the homeless. He is particularly passionate about preventing antibiotic resistance and tackling the multifaceted problem of opioid addition. In his spare time he enjoys biking the seawall and hiking in the greater Vancouver area. He is a hardworking, organized and motivated person with a passion for politics, human rights and equality.

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School Board Candidate

Julian Prieto

Julian is an educator with a passion for new ideas. He was born in Colombia and grew up in Vancouver. He holds a MSc. in mathematics from Oxford University and pursued education policy as a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto. Julian has served as an adviser to former Mayor Sam Sullivan, and at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He loves the diversity of Vancouver, and believes in its potential for excellent public education in a competitive world. He is fluent in English, Mandarin, French and Spanish. Julian ran for School Board in the 2017 Byelection.

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Park Board Candidate

Leo Heba

Leo is a Program Assistant at SFU’s Centre for Online and Distance Education. Dedicated to student success, he works closely with academic departments and professors to ensure effective education delivery.  Leo is also a competitive cheer coach at Vancouver All Stars, where he works with kids of all ages, training them to be the best athlete and individual they can be. As a brand new dog owner, one of Leo’s priorities will be to foster and create a more dog-friendly environment in Vancouver. Leo is passionate about recreation, sports, and parks in all neighbourhoods throughout the city.  Growing up in metro Vancouver, city operated recreational programs have been pivotal to the positive structuring of his life and integration into his multiple communities. To this end, Leo strives to be an advocate for improvement, sustainability and accessibility to parks and rec programs for all communities and families in Vancouver.

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Founding Board Members

Kerry Gibson

President

Kerry Gibson is the President of EcoCentury Technologies, which is a socially directed developer and distributor of clean Technologies such as LED lighting and Hydrogen powered amphibious vehicles. Kerry serves on the Board of Directors of many Foundations and Organizations, along with building a scholarship fund for Women in Trades, creating accessibility through both policy and infrastructure, directs large scale economic development for social protection, fundraising/PR for various causes, building legislation, mentoring youth around the world, President of Municipal party YES Vancouver, and spokesperson for the Lyft ridesharing coalition in BC. She currently is focused on several collaborations that will address the SDGs both locally and globally using innovative solutions applying a business lens to philanthropy. Ms. Gibson speaks on global platforms including the UN addressing economic development, the promotion of equality for all, and has represented the private sector’s role in civil society. She has been named UN Women Planet 5050 Champion, the Canadian Ambassador for the United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Campaign, a Canadian Global Goodwill Ambassador, and has recently received a Times of Canada award for Excellence in Innovation, a Shakti Award, and the 2018 Honour Award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization.

Daniel Yoo

Treasurer

Daniel is a longtime professional in BCs tech industry and is currently a partner at Attain Solutions. Attain provides management and support for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise applications across a widespread client base reaching from Whitehorse to Halifax. He is a big picture person who works diligently to ensure the realization of the full potential of different technologies in wise and cost-effective ways. His firm has a close relationship with Oracle which allows them to provide innovative, and cost-effective solutions to for their clients.

Tim Crowhurst

Secretary

Tim Crowhurst is a former Immigration Appeal Judge, a longtime communications strategist born and raised in Vancouver, and one of the Founders of “Funcouver”. He is President of Sea Level Communications and has managed numerous publicly traded companies. He brings an intricate knowledge of public policy processes dating back from his time working for Cabinet Ministers on Parliament Hill.

Ricky Chibber

Ricky is a strong family man, who is passionate about improving the life for his family and community in Vancouver. His experience as a small local builder gives him the fuel to be an advocate and voice for housing in Vancouver.

Leah George-Wilson

Leah is a practicing lawyer at the Indigenous Law Group of Miller Tittered + Co where she predominantly works with First Nations in traditional governance. Leah is the former Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and was the first woman to serve in this position, which she held for 6 years.  She is currently an elected Co-Chair of the First Nations Summit (FNS), a Director on the Land Advisory Board and an appointed member of the First Nations Health Council. She has acted as Director for the TWN Treaty, Lands and Resources Department from 2001-2010 and was also a Member of the TWN Negotiating team up until 2009.

Howard Grant

Howard was born and raised in the Musqueam community and is currently an elected council member of the Musqueam Indian Band. He is also the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit (FNS) which works to address issues related to Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty negotiations and other issues that affect the community. Previous positions include being the Executive Director of the Musqueam Indian Band and holding senior management positions with the federal government (Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada DIAND now AANDC).

Eugene Hodgson

Eugene has worked with and held many senior positions in both the public and private sectors. He has served on multiple Boards and volunteered with various business and community associations including the Vancouver Board of Trade. Eugene has been involved in his community and been the chair of the Kitchener Elementary School PAC. He co-founded Families for School Seismic Safety, which has successfully lobbied for $1.8 billion in funding for seismic upgrades. He is the president of E.A. Hodgson & Associates and is the VP for the Western Region of Corpfinance International Limited.

Jocelyn Wong Wilson

Jocelyn is the Vice President of Creative and Campaign Strategy at In Language Advertising. She is passionate about creative solutions to the problems they face.  She is an experienced advertising executive who has worked for some of Canada’s biggest brands.  Jocelyn leads projects across Canada and is skilled at helping clients develop and execute plans that involve communicating effectively across all languages and through events, online and traditional media.