Biographies of new board members of Sechelt Innovations Ltd.
Robert Flux, CA, CPA (Illinois), and CFP is the tax partner at the Coast Group Chartered Accountants in Sechelt. Rob has a diverse range of experience managing and planning with some of the largest CA firms in Canada and has specialized in owner-manager taxation and estate planning since 2005. In the community, Rob is a director of the Sechelt Downtown Business Association. Rob will be starting his second year on the Board of Sechelt Innovations Ltd. As husband and father, he makes Sechelt his home.
Hammy McClymont managed a number of performing arts organizations (Neptune Theatre, Canadian Stage, Vancouver Opera), has an extensive background in the exhibition business (EXPO 86, Pacific National Exhibition, Wisconsin State Fair), and ran a consulting practice for more than twenty years. Now, his involvement is in local economic development, the Sunshine Coast Spirit of BC Committee, Community Futures Board, and the Sechelt Airport Development Advisory Committee. He lives in Gibsons, flies for fun, and plays golf.
Vicky Forest has been a nurse and Manager in the private sector of home health care since the mid 1980s. She is very involved with St. Mary’s Hospital and the Health Care Auxiliary and will assume the role of President of the Auxiliary board in January 2015. In her current position as Care Manager with Sunshine Care Network, Vicky will continue to be involved in the health care needs of the community at large.
For over 20 years, Dwayne Dobson has been a leader in design and branding for new and established companies across Canada. He headed up typography and design for the influential coffee table book Design in Canada. He founded Combine Design and Communications, and is a speaker for The University of Calgary, The Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), and Medicine Hat College. He is currently completing the Digital Strategies program through the University of British Columbia.
Candace Campo, owner/operator of Talaysay Tours and co-owner of Aboriginal & Eco Tour Services, she provides cross-cultural seminars and facilitates business and community meetings with government, business and community organizations. With a background in Anthropology and Education from Simon Fraser University, she currently has a position with the Sechelt Nation in culture and tourism. Candace is passionate about business and committed to community development.
Ron Steven has spent 25 years in hospitality and tourism in hotels, resorts, and restaurants worldwide. Now, as a full time artist, he provides graphic design solutions including original artwork, illustration, print design, logos, art for books, brochure and magazine content. Rogest is marketed worldwide through environmental groups and educational outreach programs while improving environmental awareness.
Having lived and worked on the Sunshine Coast for a number of years, Ron Buchhorn has a strong and diversified background in management, operations and strategic planning. With extensive experience in business improvement and employee relations, Ron brings a proven ability to manage organizations for excellence. Since 2008, he has operated his own consulting firm, advising companies across Canada on business planning, process implementation and performance management. He is a former COO of Catalyst Paper, Assistant Deputy Minister with the Province of British Columbia, and Vice President with the Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia. He has also served in a variety of senior management roles in the forestry, mining and oil and gas industries. As Sechelt’s Chief of Innovation and Growth he is committed to growing Sechelt as an economically sustainable and innovative community.
Debbie Mealia and Jim Budd moved to the Sunshine Coast in 1979 to raise their family. She has been a business owner for 25 years and has served on several boards – Sunshine Coast Community Services, Community Futures and currently Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living. Currently, Debbie is the Executive Financial Consultant at Investors Group.
Teresa Fournier and her husband Brian have worked, lived, and grown with the Sechelt community over the past 20 years. Teresa is active in the community, as a co-owner of her family run business Trail Bay Sports, and as a supporter of youth sports and community events. This is also the start of Teresa’s second year with Sechelt Innovations Ltd.