VRCA Team

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

President

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!

Sandy Ho

Finance Manager

As the Finance Manager, Sandy is responsible for the financial health of the Association. From creating accurate financial reports to developing and managing financial goals for VRCA, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with members in mind.

Sandy attributes her successful career to hard work. She achieved her professional accountant designation, graduated with two master’s degrees in finance, and received a fellowship for her studies! In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, exercising, and relaxing with friends over wine, of course! 

Robert Chorner

Member Services Manager

Robert serves as the Member Services Manager, and is an entrepreneur at heart having started his first business at the age of 17. He brings a 5-star-hotel level of customer service to the role and takes the time to learn about each member’s business goals. He strives to create strong, mutually beneficial partnerships, helps members maximize their VRCA benefits and is considered a catalyst for their business growth.

He is also an active volunteer in community initiatives and serves on the City of Port Moody’s Economic Development Committee and the Community Advisory Board for KCTS Television in Seattle. Outside the office, Robert enjoys playing hockey and tennis and spending time with his family in the backyard.

Cecile Lopez

Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager & Executive Administrator, Cecile is responsible for streamlining and ensuring efficient day-to-day operations.  She is keen to proactively support the Association President and the Association’s Board of Directors.  She is passionate about process improvement and brings to the role operations and project management experience from diverse industries. She has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Masters in Education. 

Cecile likes theatre, enjoys listening to music, recreating and trying new dishes, and traveling.

EVENTS & SPONSORSHIP


 

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.

Education


 

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.

PLANROOM & OFFICE ADMINISTRATION


 

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 40+ 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.

Marketing


 

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 Designer

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.

TAILGATE TOOLKIT


 

Greg Hemminger

Tailgate Toolkit Program/Harm Reduction Coordinator

As the Harm Reduction Coordinator, Greg conducts introductory conversations on substance abuse, mental health, toxic drug supplies, and reduction/recovery services to the construction industry. Drawing from his own personal experience, Greg’s engaging presentations instill confidence to the community, and allows them to recognize and support those in need with the right tools.

Greg likes to write screenplays and has also directed two feature films! He enjoys sports and is always happy to have conversations around media and geopolitics.