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 at Vanterre Projects Corp (Chair)
  • Gary Pooni, President at Brook Pooni Associates Inc. (Vice Chair)
  • Lorenzo Pederzani, Senior Investment & Insurance Advisor at Hollis Wealth Insurance Agency Ltd (Secretary-Treasurer)
  • Anna Lilly, Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard (Director)
  • Brad Simmons, Director of Sales & Marketing at Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Director)
  • Caroline Ternes, Regional Director at Starbucks Coffee Company Canada (Director)
  • Chris Stokes, Senior Vice President, Office and Industrial, BC at QuadReal Property Group (Director)
  • Jon Wellman, VP-General Manager at Bentall Kennedy (Director)
  • Kim Ficocelli, Retail Manager -Pacific Centre at Cadillac Fairview (Director)
  • Luca Citton, Shareholder at Boughton Law (Director)
  • Richard Lui, Vice President at Polaris Realty (Director)
  • Rose Ma, President at Block 81 Holdings Ltd. (Director)
  • Peter Raptis, Managing Partner at 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?