VRCA Board of Directors

The governance of the VRCA is vested in a Board of 14 directors elected by the membership.

The Board’s composition includes representatives from four Divisions:

  • General Contractors
  • Trade Contractors
  • Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Professional Services 

Each Division has a Council comprising a Chair and two Vice Chairs. The Chair and 1st Vice Chair of each Division are appointed by the Board. The 2nd Vice Chair is appointed by the members of each Division.

2022/23 Board of Directors

At the association’s 56th Annual General Meeting on February 15, 2022, the membership elected the 2022/23 Board of Directors. At its first meeting following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors elected its Officers, Division Chairs and Division 1st Vice Chairs as follows:

Officers


Craig Mitchell

Black Box Modular Solutions

Craig Mitchell is passionate about modular and off-site construction. He has spent the last decade in senior management roles in the permanent modular construction field working with clients in both the US and Canada.

 

He is currently the Principal of his offsite construction consulting company - BlackBox Offsite Solutions Ltd. He has held board roles with both the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and has been a board member with the VRCA since 2017. He currently holds the role of Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and was previously Secretary Treasurer, and Vice Chair of the M&S Division.

Will Pauga

Southwest Contracting Ltd

I have been working in the construction industry long before I moved to Canada in 2003. In 2006 I started working at Southwest Contracting Ltd and in 2014, my partners and I took over the company that has been in business since 1972.

 

I became actively involved in the VRCA in 2017 because of a need to improve a system that isn’t working effectively. As a member of the Trade Contractor Council, I have met other business owners who were dealing with the same issues, in construction, that I was.

 

I have worked in most facets of construction, from the trenches all the way to the boardroom. It has been a challenging and satisfying career and I encourage all young people to choose construction as a successful career path.

Derek Fettback

Western Pacific Enterprises

Derek has more than 24 years of experience in the electrical construction industry. He joined Western Pacific in 1997 as an apprentice, commencing a progressive career managing a diverse set of commercial, industrial, and utilities projects. Currently, Derek is responsible for the Heavy Industrial and Utilities district as well as Western Pacific’s central estimating for projects between British Columbia and Manitoba. Derek currently serves on the VRCA Board, ECA Board as Vice Chair and WJETS Training Board.

Richard Shipway

Syncra Construction Corp.

BCCA
Board of Directors 2017 - present

COCA
Board of Directors 2019 - present

VRCA
Board of Directors 2016 - 2021

Finance and Audit committee 2018 - present
Governance and Nominations committee 2019 - present
GC Division (Vice chair/chair) 2015 - 2021
Education committee 2015 - 2018

 

Project Director at Syncra Construction, leading company operations on a range of ICI and residential projects.

35 years of professional experience as site labour, sub-trade, general contractor, client and consultant along with extensive association work. Passionate and successful at making a difference and bringing value based win/win solutions. Innovative, collaborative, strategic leader, industry promotor and mentor.

General Contractors Division


Gary Hamata

Kiewit

Gary Hamata, was previously the VP Construction and Chief Operating Officer at JJM Construction Ltd. He has worked in the marine construction, heavy construction and underground infrastructure, and deep foundations industries, for over 40 years. Gary has developed and directed teams of skilled professionals to deliver complex and challenging works and structures including: road and rail bridges, roadways, underground civil infrastructure and tunnels, deep foundation systems, and all associated works for the development and construction of marine structures ranging from marinas to large bulk and/or container marine terminals. Other marine works included floating concrete structures, marine outfalls, and projects requiring hydraulic and/or clamshell dredging, recovery of contaminated marine sediments, foreshore stabilization, sub marine ground improvement and the creation of compensative marine habitats. Through Gary’s career, he has worked for the owner, general contractor, sub-contractor, designer and regulatory agencies, which has helped him to gain an understanding of each of the stakeholders needs in the constructed project and to innovate solutions, on projects from coast to coast.

Gary was a founding member of the BC Marine & Pile Driving Contractors Safety Council and a Past President of the BC Marine and Pile Driving Contractors Association. Gary is also currently serving as a Director for the Association of BC Marine Industries and has also served as a Director of the ICBA, Merit Canada and the BC Association of Crane Safety. Gary’s involvement as a member of the VRCA goes back to early 1980’s spending many hours in the VRCA planroom and working with various committees.

Regina Marklund

Turner Construction Company

Regina has been with Turner Construction Company for 18 years and holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hofstra University. She has had a variety of roles within the company, including but not limited to; estimating, project management, project superintendence, business development, interiors division management and construction management.

 

In 2016, she had the opportunity to come to Vancouver and help grow the Turner office. This is also the year she had her first experience with the VRCA by attending the leadership summit in Whistler BC. For the following years, Turner continued sending high performing employees to have the opportunity to learn and network with their peers. Turner has been an active member of the VRCA since and Regina is excited to be a member of the board working with like-minded industry professionals and providing value to this market.

Oliver Nicklin

Beedie Construction

COMING SOON

Trade Contractors Division


Adam Timler

MBG Buildings Inc.

Fostering relationships and developing opportunities is Adam’s forte. As a natural networker he is diligent in working closely with trades and consultants, while collaborating with stakeholders to ensure successful construction projects and marketing campaigns. With integrity and ambition every step of the way, Adam leads by example and isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. As an outside-the-box thinker, he enjoys exploring the myriad of ways people, strategy, operations, and process improvement can help shape the future.

 

Adam currently works for a steel contractor that specializes in pre-engineered metal buildings, where he’s responsible for the overall bidding process and developing and coordinating turnkey projects. Through his tenacity and unwavering determination, Adam is focused on increasing MBG’s market position, while advocating for new building solutions and educating the market on alternate construction methods.

 

His entrepreneurial mindset was fostered through his undergrad, where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree and participated in several business case competitions. Prior to working in the construction industry, Adam established a career in banking and represented his country at an international level playing Rugby.

Derek Fettback

Western Pacific Enterprises

Derek has more than 24 years of experience in the electrical construction industry. He joined Western Pacific in 1997 as an apprentice, commencing a progressive career managing a diverse set of commercial, industrial, and utilities projects. Currently, Derek is responsible for the Heavy Industrial and Utilities district as well as Western Pacific’s central estimating for projects between British Columbia and Manitoba. Derek currently serves on the VRCA Board, ECA Board as Vice Chair and WJETS Training Board.

Mike Wallis

Flynn Canada Ltd.

Mike Wallis has nearly 20 years of experience in the construction industry covering all aspects of the construction life cycle. Mike has held positions in pre-construction and business development, as well as project management and now in a senior management role. Mike has been engaged with specialty trades throughout his career with a focus on building envelope specifically roofing, architectural cladding, and glazing.

 

Mike has consistently served his community and industry by volunteering his expertise. He has served as a board member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, Southern Interior Construction Association, and the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. Mike is a founding member of the VRCA u40 committee, a local network of young construction professionals. He has served as a coach and executive in both boys and girls minor hockey for over 20 years.

 

Mike is currently managing the wide-ranging Service Department in Vancouver for the Flynn Group of Companies. With 35 offices across Canada and the United States, Flynn is the preeminent commercial roofing, glazing, & cladding contractor in North America.

Geoffrey Beukema

Houle Electric

As VP, Projects at Houle Electric Ltd. – Geoffrey leads the Commercial, Institutional, and Residential Project group operations to deliver excellent customer service and prompt, high quality professional workmanship. Geoffrey joined Houle in 2015 as a Project Manager. He was promoted to Regional Manager for BC Interior and Lower Mainland for commercial and institutional projects in 2019.

 

Geoffrey was promoted again in 2021, to his current role as VP, Projects – Commercial/Institutional/Residential. As an Interprovincial Red Seal and FSR A with over 29 years of experience in the electrical industry, Geoffrey has obtained a vast knowledge of both the administrative and hands-on aspects of electrical projects. Geoffrey enjoys the challenges that come with working in this industry and has successfully overseen over 20 significant industrial and commercial projects throughout his career.

Manufacturers and Suppliers Division


Branden Kotyk

Victaulic

Branden Kotyk is the Division Manager (Western Canada) for Victaulic, a 101-year old industry leader in mechanical piping systems where he has held positions in his home of Vancouver, as well as Australia and the USA. He has been championing innovation in the construction industry for over 14 years, and brings the value of leading-edge technology, lean manufacturing processes, and offsite fabrication to key project stakeholders.

 

Branden is deeply engaged in our industry’s associations. He currently serves on the Canadian Construction Association’s Board of Directors and is an advisor to the CCA’s CONtact Mentorship Program for construction innovation. Locally, Branden has been active with the VRCA since his return to Vancouver in 2017. Proud presenting sponsors of the past three VRCA Construction Leadership Forums, you will find Branden and the broader Victaulic team at nearly every VRCA event, in support of our industry and its progress.

 

He looks forward to the opportunity to serve with the VRCA Board of Directors, leveraging experience in strategic planning, association governance, and change management as together we navigate these complex times and bring into reality our association’s exciting strategic goals.

Jeff Adams

Fuelex Energy Ltd.

Jeff Adams’ career started in a family business as a Canadian distributor of document finishing equipment. Jeff knows firsthand the challenges of wearing many hats as an owner, and was successful in assembling a great team, building a company with a strong reputation for service, expanding across Canada, and successfully selling the business. With a work hard, play hard philosophy, Jeff volunteered with Canadian Power Squadron for 15 years, promoting education for safe boating. Currently he is an active member and volunteer with Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

 

When Jeff started with Fuelex, the Esso Branded fuel and Mobil branded Lubricant supplier in BC, his background provided a fast track to learning the industry. Jeff joined a number of industry associations BCGSA, WCTA, BCSSGA, BC Road Builders, WMABC, AED, Concrete BC, BCSSGA and ICBA. He rolled up his sleeves to serve on the boards of AED, Concrete BC, BCSSGA, VRCA and Chair of the Concrete BC AGM planning committee. Jeff is committed to help grow local businesses and by participating in diverse associations he can bring fresh ideas that keep up with the changing markets.

Professional Services Division


Craig Mitchell

Black Box Modular Solutions

Craig Mitchell is passionate about modular and off-site construction. He has spent the last decade in senior management roles in the permanent modular construction field working with clients in both the US and Canada. He is currently the Principal of his offsite construction consulting company - BlackBox Offsite Solutions Ltd. He has held board roles with both the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and has been a board member with the VRCA since 2017. He currently holds the role of Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and was previously Secretary Treasurer, and Vice Chair of the M&S Division.

Kai Fraser

Turner & Townsend Inc.

COMING SOON

YCL Network


Kyle Davis

MatchBox Consulting Group

Managing Director for MatchBox Consulting Group Alberta. Talent Acquisition for construction, engineering, development and design.

 

Involved with the VRCA since 2018, participating on the Education Committee as well as the YCL (previously U40) Executive Committee as Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, and now Past Chair with the corresponding seat as Director on the VRCA Board.


Motivated to contribute to the ongoing success of the VRCA, and provide solutions with perspective on staffing and talent acquisition from across the construction industry.

To view past Chairs of the VRCA Board of Directors, please click here for the photo gallery.