Downtown Vancouver is where everyone is welcome and wants to be – that’s the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association’s new vision (2017-2022). Our association’s mission is to champion an unmatched urban experience. To make this mission a reality, by 2022 downtown will be/will provide:

  1. An Enhanced Experience
  2. More Liveable
  3. More Vibrant Economy
  4. Sustainable

Read the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

The DVBIA is a non-profit society governed by a volunteer board of directors who equally represent both property and business owners from within our 90-block area. Issues are reviewed and programs are developed by volunteer committees that represent a broad range of members and community stakeholders. DVBIA staff take care of day-to-day management of the organization and are responsible for implementing programs as directed by the board of directors

Gary Pooni 
President; Brook Pooni
Associates Inc 

Luca Citton 
Shareholder; Boughton Law
(Vice Chair)

Lorenzo Pederzani 
Senior Investment & Insurance
Advisor; Hollis Wealth
Insurance Agency Ltd

Brad Simmons 
Director of Sales & Marketing;
Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Chris Stokes 
Senior Vice President, Office
and Industrial, BC; Quad
Real Property Group

Kim Ficocelli 
Retail Manager; Pacific
Centre at Cadillac Fairview

Rose Ma 
President; Block 81 Holdings

Damon Hollowchak
Proprietor; Donnelly Group

Christopher Lythgo 
Regional Director - BC & North
Regions; Business 
Development Bank of Canada

Gwen Hardy
Managing Partner; Elettra

Graham Blank 
Vice President, Director;
Tom Lee Music 

Adam Mitchell
Director, Investments;
Bentall Kennedy
Melissa Higgs 
Principal Architect AIBC,
HCMA Architecture + Design
Rob Kavanagh 
Vice President, Asset
GWL Realty Advisors 
Dani Pretto 
Principal; Vanterre Projects 
(Immediate Past Chair)


The Policy Advisory Council acts as a consultative resource for the DVBIA Board of Directors on legislative and policy issues that relate to and impact downtown.

  • Brent Findley   Senior Manager, Security and Life Safety; Cadillac Fairview
  • Carlos Ramirez   Owner; Xixo Leather Artistry
  • Danielle Leroux   Manager of Member Services and Communications: Alliance of Beverage Licensees
  • Darcy Vermeulen   Senior Consultant; Context Research
  • Gwen Hardy   Managing Partner; Elettra Communications
  • Jeff Fisher   VP, Senior Policy Analyst; Urban Development Institute
  • Kristine St. Laurent   Policy Analyst; Business Council of British Columbia
  • Melissa Higgs   Principal; HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Muneesh Sharma   Director of Government Affairs and Communications; BOMA BC
  • Nerissa Yan   Litigation Associate; Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP
  • Sarah Kanakos   Associate - Government Relations; Brook Pooni Associates
  • Stephanie Butler   Communications Coordinator; Real Estate Foundation of BC
  • Tyler Davis   Manager, Communications and Marketing; Vancouver Foundation
  • Yianni E. Pappas-Acreman   Lawyer; Watson Goepel LLP
  • William Johnson   Director, Marketing & Communications; BC Innovation Council
  • Sophie Perndl   Associate; Brook Pooni Associates
Which programs do you find the most value?