Vancouver Economic Commission Board of Directors

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The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) is a non-profit agency of the City of Vancouver that works to strengthen the city's economic future by:

  • Helping retain and expand existing businesses
  • Attracting new business and investment by working with other organizations
  • Researching the business environment
  • Making policy recommendations to City Council

The Board of Directors helps run the commission.

Meeting frequency

The board meets quarterly. Meetings are closed to the public.

Time commitment

In addition to regular board meetings, members are expected to participate in at least one of three standing committees, and an additional ad-hoc committee or task group.


Voting members are appointed by City Council.

The commission has a maximum of five voting members, and two members of the Vancouver City Council may be appointed as non-voting members. Voting members are appointed by City Council for 3-year terms.

Members may be reappointed, and may serve an unlimited number of terms.


Members must have experience or skills that will contribute directly to the economic development goals set by the commission.

Current Board of Directors

  • Mayor Gregor Robertson
  • Tom English, Chair
  • Bruce Flexman, Treasurer
  • Joel Calvo
  • Warren Franklin 
  • Dr Moura Quayle
  • Shahrzad Rafati
  • Karri J Schuermans 


  • Staff: Karen Levitt, Director, Business Planning Secretariat

Resources for advisory committee members

Accessibility Event Guidelines

The Accessibility Event Guidelines help to ensure events are accessible to all, and were developed in consultation with the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee.

Accessibility Event Guidelines PDF file (405 KB)

Code of Conduct Policy

The Code of Conduct Policy sets minimum expectations for the behaviour of Council officials, staff, and advisory body members in carrying out their functions.

Code of Conduct Policy PDF file (140 KB)

Guidelines for Civic Agencies

The Guidelines for Civic Agencies explains the roles and responsibilities of members and liaisons and provides an overview of member procedures.

Guidelines for Civic Agencies PDF file (431 KB)

Procedure By-law

The Procedure Bylaw regulates the procedures of Council and its committees and other bodies.

Procedure Bylaw PDF file (150 KB)

Contact the Vancouver Economic Commission

Mailing address
1055 West Georgia Street
Suite #2480
Box 11102
Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3

Phone: 604-632-9688
Toll-free: 1-866-632-9668

Fax: 604-632-9788

Vancouver Economic Commission website