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

Pictured from left:
 Charles Gauthier, DVBIA President and CEO; Peter Raptis, Managing Partner, Sip Lounge and The Refinery (Chair); Derek Page, Director, Real Estate Management, Oxford Properties Group; Michael Lee, Partner, Lawson Lundell; Kim Ficocelli, Retail Manager, Cadillac Fairview/Pacific Centre; Jon Wellman, Vice President Operations B.C. Region, Bentall Kennedy; Anna Lilly, Senior Vice President, FleishmanHillard Vancouver; Rose Ma, President, Block 81 Holdings; Dani Pretto, Principal, Vanterre Projects Corp. (Vice Chair); Peter Jackman, General Manager, Terminal City Club (past Chair).

Not pictured: Richard Lui, Vice President, Polaris Realty (Canada); Gary Pooni, President, Brook Pooni Associates; Bill Stanbury, Project Manager, Hudson’s Bay (Secretary-Treasurer); Caroline Ternes, Regional Vice President, Starbucks Coffee Company Canada.


The DVBIA board of directors relies on the expertise, enthusiasm and engagement of its members and partners to provide input and insight that helps the board make the most informed decisions. To support the board is a Policy Council.

The role of the Council is be act as an consultative and discussion resource for the board of directors and staff on legislative and policy issues that relate to and impact downtown. Council members have expert knowledge and experience in policy development, advocacy, government relations, civic issues, transportation, governance, finance, among other skills.

The Council has set meetings throughout the year and requires advanced reading and preparation for these meetings.

For more information on the Policy Council, contact Charles Gauthier, President & CEO, at

To apply to join the Policy Council, complete and submit the Expression of Interest form.


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