Our Team

Charles Gauthier, MCP* | President & CEO

Charles is a true Vanlover. He’s been steering the DVBIA with vision and a commitment to the future of downtown Vancouver for more than 25 years. He’s what you call a ‘lifer.’ While a humble sort, he’s been the recipient of Business In Vancouver's prestigious ‘40 Under 40 Achievement Award,’ and the Downtown Vancouver Association’s President’s Award, in addition to other accolades. He shares his well-earned wisdom sitting on the board of directors of the BC chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. He’s also a former executive of the International Downtown Association’s board of directors. (* Master of City Planning)

JANE TALBOT, CPHR | DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Mountain climber. Animal lover. Philanthropist.
Jane is responsible for keeping the day-to-day operations of the DVBIA running smoothly. She sees opportunity and possibility everywhere she looks, and is an essential element of what makes the Association such an organized, well-oiled machine. She joins the DVBIA from the world of philanthropy, having held senior roles at the BC SPCA and the Positive Living Society, and is passionate about making the world a better place— for humans and their furry friends alike. Jane holds a Masters of Arts degree in International Relations from Webster University and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. From Kilimanjaro to Vancouver’s more modest peaks, she has scaled her fair share of mountains, but also thoroughly enjoys logging a few hours on the couch with a great book.
604-685-7811 x202  |  jane@downtownvancouver.net

HEATHER MCKENZIE-BECK | COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS MANAGER

Wordsmith. Happy hour enthusiast.
Heather looks after the DVBIA’s diverse range of communications initiatives. From social media to thought leadership to strategic planning, she strives to ensure that the great work of the association is shared with Vancouverites in a meaningful way. Heather has a Master of Arts in Communications and experience in a wide range of industries, including financial services, education advocacy, non-profit communications, and agency-based PR work. She has lived in Vancouver for over twenty years and considers it her personal mission to sample each and every happy hour menu that downtown Vancouver has to offer. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.
604-685-7811 x204  |  heather@downtownvancouver.net

Jason Corlett | Membership Lead

Problem Solver. Musician.
Jason is responsible for member engagement strategy, which includes keeping our database of 8,000+ members up to date--and using it to provide ongoing, personalized service. Jason also spearheads many of the DVBIA’s IT-focused activities, including digital infrastructure projects, efforts to streamline data storage and analytics, and internal digital communications. Jason first became involved with the BIA as a supervisor for the Downtown Ambassadors. When Jason is not providing expert service to DVBIA members, you can find Jason watching a film, going for a walk or visiting one of Vancouver’s many fantastic coffee shops.
604-685-7811 x201  |  jason@downtownvancouver.net

Gavin Duffus, MPl* | Economic Development Manager

Urbanist. Concert Goer.
Gavin wants businesses in Vancouver to thrive. To this end, he helps ensure that downtown Vancouver is an attractive and affordable place to set up shop. Gavin fosters synergistic commercial opportunities through outreach and networking. Trained as an urban planner, Gavin enjoys collaborating with stakeholders and policy makers to improve civic regulations. When not recruiting new business ventures, Gavin can be found jogging the seawall or hosting a theme party. (*Master of Planning)
604-685-7811 x211  |  gavin@downtownvancouver.net

Nikola Fischerova | Administrative Assistant

World Traveller. Yogi.
Nikola provides executive support to the President and CEO and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the DVBIA office. She provides event coordination support for DVBIA events, and in one way or another, her work supports every other organizational function. Nikola has refined her diverse skillset over five years of experience working in private sector and non-for-profit organizations, and her background provides DVBIA and its members with a mix of skills in administration, project coordination and business operations. When not keeping everyone in the office organized and on track, Niki enjoys exploring the world, traveling to countries where she hasn't been before and meeting interesting people from different cultures.
604-685-7811 x200  |  nikola@downtownvancouver.net

Tara Gloster | Placemaking Lead

Foodie. Resident Aussie.
Tara is currently participating in a twelve-month work exchange from Perth, Australia. She is responsible for operational coordination of placemaking projects within the downtown area. This includes providing support for the DVBIA’s laneway activations (Alley Oop and Ackery’s Alley) as well as programming our Perches in places like Cathedral Square, Lot 19 and 855 Granville. Her role involves stakeholder engagement with property owners and tenants, as well as working on public space improvements in streets, alleyways and parks through improved and interactive lighting, seating, activations and intentional urban design. When she isn’t turning underutilized public spaces into vibrant urban places, you can find Tara going on adventures to explore hikes, lakes and stellar views while munching on all the delicious treats this city has to offer.
604-685-7811 x205  |  tara@downtownvancouver.net

Dominic Long | Community Safety Manager

Football Fan. Lover of mint tea.
Dominic focuses on ensuring that downtown is safe and welcoming, while also working on behalf of downtown property owners and businesses as an advocate for crime deterrence and prevention. His role includes analyzing crime trends and reports, which allow him to identify and pursue safety opportunities that positively impact the community. His background includes more than eight years of work in policing and private security. When he’s not cultivating relationships with community stakeholders, you can find Dominic at the gym or watching Everton Football Club.
604-685-7811 x206  |  dominic@downtownvancouver.net

ARTHUR MACAPAGAL, MPA | PARTNERSHIPS & ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Gregarious. Map Lover.
Arthur oversees the DVBIA’s sponsorship program and portfolio. Through the development of partnerships with Vancouver’s most creative festivals and events, he works to find innovative ways to enhance the downtown experience through arts, culture and entertainment. Arthur received his Master of Public Affairs from Sciences Po Paris focusing on analytical research, urban growth and community development. Arthur is well-equipped to help build downtown as a vibrant, sustainable and welcoming community. When not working on attracting people to the downtown peninsula, you can find Arthur exploring far-away cities or trying new sports.
604-685-7811 x210  |  arthur@downtownvancouver.net

KAICEA PITTS | PLACEMAKING COORDINATOR

Vibrant. Cat lover.
Kaicea helps make all of the DVBIA’s placemaking projects happen. She is the eyes on the street and feet on the ground, making sure each space is beautiful, lively and welcoming. Her insane planning skills shines through in organizing for our jam-packed Perch program. You will often find her in one of our Perches, Lot 19 working her magic amongst the buskers, games and activities she has prepared for the space. You may recognize her face from her time as a presenter on Shaw TV but these days her spare time is filled with exploring other amazing spaces in Vancouver and through her travels. She is a lover of art – both visual and musical!
604-685-7811 x213 |  kaicea@downtownvancouver.net

JOSHUA DAVIDSON | COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Booklover. Explorer. Music-Enthusiast
Joshua assists Heather with DVBIA's communications alongside providing digital and design support to the wider team. Joshua studied Literature at Lincoln University and has recently moved to Vancouver from London, England where he worked in Internal and External Communications. When not in the office, Joshua is usually seeking the ultimate outdoor adventure, be it hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply exploring the city.
604-685-7811 x213 |  joshua@downtownvancouver.net

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