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 | 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 Master of Arts in International Relations, and is in the final stages of completing both the Executive Leadership program at Cornell University as well as her CPHR designation. 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.
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.
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 has been involved with the BIA as a Downtown Ambassador and Supervisor of the 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.
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)
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.
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.
Dominic Long | Community Safety Manager
Football Fan. Resident Brit.
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.
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.