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

Dani Pretto 
Principal; Vanterre Projects

Gary Pooni 
President; Brook Pooni
Associates Inc 
(Vice Chair)

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

Anna Lilly 
Senior Vice President; 

Brad Simmons 
Director of Sales & Marketing;
Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Caroline Ternes 
Regional Director; 
Starbucks Coffee Company

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

Jon Wellman 
VP-General Manager; 
Bentall Kennedy

Kim Ficocelli 
Retail Manager; Pacific
Centre at Cadillac Fairview

Luca Citton 
Shareholder; Boughton Law

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

  • Richard Lui    Vice President; Polaris Realty (Director)
  • Peter Raptis   Managing Partner; The Pawn Shop (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 at Cadillac Fairview
  • Carlos Ramirez, Owner of Xixo Leather Artistry
  • Danielle Leroux, Manager of Member Services and Communications at Alliance of Beverage Licensees
  • Darcy Vermeulen, Senior Consultant at Context Research
  • Gwen Hardy, Managing Partner at Elettra Communications
  • Jeff Fisher, VP, Senior Policy Analyst at Urban Development Institute
  • Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, Coordinator, Campus and Community Engagement at SFU
  • Kristine St. Laurent, Policy Analyst at Business Council of British Columbia
  • Melissa Higgs, Principal at HCMA Architecture + Design
  • Muneesh Sharma, Director of Government Affairs and Communications at BOMA BC
  • Nerissa Yan, Litigation Associate at Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP
  • Sarah Kanakos, Associate - Government Relations at Brook Pooni Associates
  • Stephanie Butler, Communications Coordinator at Real Estate Foundation of BC
  • Tyler Davis, Manager, Communications and Marketing at Vancouver Foundation
  • Yianni E. Pappas-Acreman, Lawyer at Watson Goepel LLP
Which programs do you find the most value?