The Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s team consists of a dynamic group of professionals. Our team’s goal is to provide valuable services to help and support our members and the construction community in any way we can and represent VRCA through embodying our Mission, Vision and Values.

Donna Grant


As President of VRCA, Donna provides leadership in advocating for the needs of the construction industry in the Lower Mainland. She’s passionate and eager to provide meaningful support to VRCA members and vows to champion the issues and initiatives that matter most to them in the years ahead. Naturally, Donna can’t resist the opportunity to help others, and loves to bring people together for a chance to change their lives for the better.


In her spare time, Donna can be found spending quality time with her two daughters, or enjoying the natural beauty of local forests when walking through its hiking trails. Nothing brings her greater joy than having family and friends over for a home-cooked meal around her dining room table!



Jennifer Jones

Manager, Events & Sponsorship

As the Manager, Sponsorship & Events, Jennifer is responsible for the development, implementation, execution, and financial results of over 20 VRCA events annually, including the Construction Leadership Forum, the Awards of Excellence, and the Christmas Luncheon. Jen loves seeing members enjoying themselves and making connections at events after months of hard work and preparation.

In her spare time, Jen loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and two dogs.

Afsana Akhand

Events Coordinator

As the Events Coordinator, Afsana plays a huge role in assisting with pre- and post-event logistics and details of all VRCA events. She offers friendly customer service and practical solutions when helping members register for special events to ensure they have a positive experience from start to finish.

Afsana honed her strong administrative and analytical skills through earning her engineering degree, and loves discovering new cities and trying new cuisines when she travels the world.



Andrea Ringrose

Manager, Education

As the Manager, Education, Andrea thrives on bringing new and exciting educational opportunities to VRCA members and the construction industry. She keeps on top of new trends and is constantly seeking new professional development opportunities to expand and enhance the VRCA education program.

As an avid traveler, Andrea has lived overseas in the UK and in South Africa, and likes to spend her free time advancing her cake decorating and culinary skills.

Yulia Diachenko

Education Coordinator

As the Education Coordinator, Yulia is responsible for supporting the logistics and coordination of all of VRCA’s course offerings. As a certified Project Management Professional with a Master’s degree in Strategic Management, Yulia strives to deliver an environment of lifelong learning for VRCA members.

This busy mother-of-two enjoys reading and solving puzzles, and still finds time to volunteer in her local community!



Sherry Morrell

Manager, Planroom operations

As the Manager, Planroom Operations, Sherry assists members with VRCA’s in-house print-scan services, and also provides Commissioner of Oath services at both the Vancouver office and on select dates at the STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) office in Abbotsford.

At 38 years on staff, Sherry is VRCA’s longest-serving team member, and her distinctive laugh resonates with the construction community at the office and at VRCA events.

Karla Ramirez

Assistant, Planroom Operations

As the Assistant, Planroom Operations, Karla provides extraordinary customer service to members and the construction community by processing online and in-person document sales, providing print and scan services, assisting with member profiles, and updating BidCentral with new opportunities. Karla’s natural ability to make our members smile demonstrates her dedication to the role and her desire to help others.

In her spare time, Karla can be found catching up on her favourite TV shows or casting a fishing line on a warm, sunny day.

Iyin Olugbemi

Office Administrator

As the Office Administrator, Iyin (pronounced ay-in) is the first point of contact for all visitors to the VRCA office and plays a key role in supporting the association’s programs and services. Iyin also manages the VRCA’s Student Connection Program, including communicating with secondary schools, working with volunteers, and organizing all presentations.


When Iyin isn’t working, she loves to cook, travel, read, and create beautiful, beaded jewelry. She is excited to contribute to VRCA and is looking forward to meeting our members and the construction community!



Lina Ma

Manager, Marketing and Communications

As the Manager, Marketing and Communications, Lina is responsible for implementing strategies to promote the VRCA brand and its products and services to the construction industry. While she is passionate about growing and establishing the brand, she is also dedicated to leading the marketing team and is excited to watch Ella develop her career as a Web & Graphic Designer.


As a busy parent of two young children, Lina is also an entrepreneur at heart, who provides small business consultations, floral and event planning services, and has most recently launched an online boutique specializing in children’s hats!

Ella Koo

Web & Graphic

As the Web & Graphic Designer, Ella enjoys being able to use both her graphic design and web development talents to create engaging marketing content for VRCA. She appreciates the opportunity to be able to build her skills alongside the Association’s supportive team in order to create value for its members.

Ella is an avid Harry Potter fan, and will never say no to a magical movie marathon.