BC Tourism | Lucas Pavan

Destination Vancouver

BC Tourism | Matthew Holme

Destination Greater Victoria

Matthew Holme is Manager, Corporate Communications and Destination Management at Destination Greater Victoria. Prior to taking this position in 2017, he spent nine years in British Columbia provincial government ministers’ offices and the last four as a Chief of Staff. In his role as Manager, Corporate Communication and Destination Management he is responsible for supporting the CEO in areas such as local media relations, stakeholder relations, public policy analysis and government engagement, as well as writing and editing many of Destination Greater Victoria’s public-facing documents.

Matthew also represents Destination Greater Victoria’s on the Advocacy Committee of Destinations International, the international trade association for destination marketing organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Planning degree from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University.

Beneficiary | Darcy Murdoch

Originally from Saskatoon, SK, Darcy has been a singer and performer in Vancouver, BC for years.  Prior to being involved in the entertainment industry, Darcy was in the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years having worked in restaurants, resorts and hotels all across Canada.  With his singing, he has made a career entertaining at anniversaries, celebrations, cocktail parties, seniors’ homes, corporate gigs, etc.  

On June 1, 2011, Darcy was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  To Darcy, getting a double lung transplant meant getting a second chance at life. “It’s like I was reborn and have a fresh start. I have a new attitude. I respect my body and my life much more now.”

With that new attitude, Darcy stays active in the gym and in the lung health community with the BC Lung Association.  He brings the two together by participating in the Climb the Wall every year. The fundraiser is a 48-storey climb at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre. In 2017, Darcy climbed all 48 storeys twice and was the top fundraiser. In 2019, he climbed the wall three times and raised over $12,000.00 over the two years.  He also makes time to speak with others living with lung disease, attends lung support meetings, and is not only a Lung Ambassador here in BC, but a Breathe Ambassador for The Lung Association of Saskatchewan.  As well, Darcy is a on the Industry Advisory Council of the BC Hospitality Foundation and has helped promote the amazing work the BCHF does to assist those in the food and beverage industry when in need of financial support, such as Darcy back in 2014.

Darcy says he made a vow to himself that when he got better he’d do all he could to help others, and he’s certainly sticking to that promise.

Beverage Industry Logistics | Hussain Askari

Wine Vault

Hussain Askari grew up in the UAE, studied wine in Australia, and has been in the Vancouver wine trade for the past decade. As the Director of Operations for Wine Vault, he manages a diverse network of private collections, providing niche services for fine wine collectors from purchase recommendations to appraisals to logistics. With an absolute passion for and lifelong devotion to food and wine, he is also closely connected with the hospitality industry and wine trade.

Brewery | Ken Beattie

BC Craft Brewers Guild

Ken’s passion for the beer industry began in British Columbia in 1987 when he was hired as a summer student for a brewery. Ken has now spent nearly 30 years in the beer community in British Columbia in various sales management roles with 2 breweries.

Since July 2013, Ken’s role as the Executive Director of BC Craft Brewers Guild, combines his passion and experience in representing over 200 independently owned and operated craft breweries and brewpubs who are currently shaping BC’s beer culture. Ken also works with as the lead administrator for the BC Ale Trail, is a faculty member of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Brewing and Brewing Operations program, a industry representative on the Business Technical Advisory Panel to the provincial government and sits on the board of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.

Brewery/Distillery | Tyler Dyck

Okanagan Spirits

Chef Concierge | Charlie Gonzalez

Les Clefs d’Or Canada

I just joined the BC Hospitality Foundation – Industry Advisory Council in November, 2020.

Chef Concierge, The Douglas, Autograph Collection since opening in September, 2017.

Previously worked as a concierge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, from 2012 to 2017.

Member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada since 2014.

I have been working in the hotel industry in downtown Vancouver since 1999.

I grew up in Vancouver, and I went to the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

I have always enjoyed the hospitality industry, and I love to travel.

Cidery | Barbara Ross

Burton Cidery

Barbara and her husband Alan, left the city and corporate world to start a cidery and farm in the Kootenays.  After many different roles serving on the boards of many non profit organizations, Barbara is now taking the big picture thinking into the day to day of making cider and running a farm.  Life in the Kootenays is a far cry from Calgary but has been a wonderful journey.

Coffee | Charlie Woods


Education | Jarrett Bachman

Farleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Jarrett Bachman is an Associate Professor in Hospitality & Tourism Management at the Vancouver campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). He received his Ph.D. in Tourism Management from Clemson University, and his Master of Education in Sport Management, Master of Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism, and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Georgia. He was previously the Lead Faculty in the development of a Bachelor of Science program in Sustainable Hospitality Management at California State University in Monterey Bay.

Dr. Bachman’s professional experience includes working for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, PGA Tour, Town of Breckenridge (Colorado, USA), and Looking Glass Strategic Research Consultants (LGSRC). As Co-Founder of LGSRC, Dr. Bachman was responsible for coordinating the development and design of market research projects in the tourism industry, specifically large-scale events with attendance over 75,000 people.

His academic research has recently been published in Event Management, the International Journal of Tourism Research, the Journal of Foodservice Business Research, and Tourism Analysis. Dr. Bachman serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Event Management, Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, and the FDU Press. Dr. Bachman also serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Canada chapter of the Travel & Tourism Research Association (TTRA). Within British Columbia, Dr. Bachman has conducted research in the restaurant, craft beer, wine, and festival/event industries.

Education | Nazmi Kamal

Capilano University

Nazmi Kamal is an instructor at the School of Tourism Management with a background in hospitality operations and event management. He is an advocate of food and travel with academic interests in food sustainability, immigrant cuisine and food as a cultural identity. He earned an MBA in Hospitality Marketing (2004) and a Master of Science in Tourism and Travel (2009).

Memberships (2020-2021)

  • BC Hospitality Foundation- Member of Industry Advisory Council
  • Meeting Professionals International- MPI (Member of Board of Directors at MPI BC Chapter- Director of Student Affairs)
  • Association for the Study of Food and Society
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
  • Slow Food International
  • Skal Vancouver

Event Management | Elan Morris

Okanagan Wine Festivals Society

Friend of the Foundation | Alan Sacks

BCHF Beneficiary Liaison

Before retiring Alan was the first Executive Director of the BCHF (2009-2016).

He has been involved in the Hospitality Industry his entire professional career.  Firstly, in Hotel Management both In the UK and Canada.  In Canada  he managed 3 Hotels for Delta Hotels & Resorts and  ultimately became their Corporate Director of Food and Beverage.

Since the early  90’s Alan has operated ABDM Enterprises a company focused on purchasing and procurement for the Hotel industry.  

He has taught in the Hospitality programme at Vancouver Community College and was involved for many years running the BC Hotels’ Association Charity Golf Tournament.

Alan enjoys travel, playing golf and tennis and is the besotted grand father of two gorgeous granddaughters.

Friend of the Foundation | Justine Harrison

Friend of the Foundation | Terry Duzenberry

Terry is an experienced Executive and Consultant with over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and leading organizations through various stages of growth and change, as well as the individual who lead the BC Hotel Association Team for over 8 months while they recruited for a new CEO.

Prior to this and for the past 16 years, she has owned and operated a consulting business and has worked for independent properties as well as larger chains such as Marriott Hotels and Resorts in both Germany and Canada, and Canadian Pacific Hotels.

Born and raised in Powell River, B.C., she studied Hotel and Hospitality Management in Krems, Austria.

Hotel | Kevin Neilson

Chateau Victoria

Throughout Kevin’s 20+ year career in hospitality, he has had the opportunity to hone his skills through numerous service-based roles including golf courses, restaurants and hotels. His current position as Operations Manager at Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites allows him the opportunity to utilize his guest service knowledge to help his team to provide an authentically local experience in downtown Victoria.

Hotel | Daniel Bibby

Spirit Ridge

Daniel Bibby is the Executive Director and General Manager of Spirit Ridge, a signature resort that is now part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt.  He is also the current Chair of Destination Osoyoos, and serves on the program advisory committee for Selkirk College.  His career in the hospitality industry started over thirty-five years ago, and Daniel has been highly involved in tourism in the Okanagan for the past fifteen years. 

Prior to joining the Spirit Ridge team, Daniel was the General Manager of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre and was the Chair of Tourism Kelowna. His hotelier career journey also included progressive management roles with the Canadian Pacific Hotel MacDonald, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Delta Pacific, Delta Vancouver Airport and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Daniel was President of the Kelowna Hotel/Motel Association for four years, and previously represented both Delta and Fairmont Hotels as an active member on the Board of Tourism Richmond, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Hotel Association, and Banff Lake Louise Tourism.  He is a graduate of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, holds the Gold Seal of the Canadian Chef’s de Cuisine, and is a graduate of the “Fast Trackers” Hotel Management program at Ryerson University in Toronto.  He also holds his Strata Management License through the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Daniel and his wife Christy are also the owners of Nighthawk Vineyards in Okanagan Falls, which is a family run farm gate winery and vineyard kitchen in the Heart of Wine Country. 

HR | Kim Osborne

Chemistry Consulting

Kim Osborne is a Partner and Co Owner of Chemistry Consulting Group, an HR and Executive Search consulting firm with offices based in Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo. Kim has extensive knowledge in the areas of strategic HR planning, organizational change, leadership coaching, talent engagement, performance management, and wellness in the workplace. Kim has a solid understanding of not for profit business frameworks as well as experience working with all levels of government.

As a former award winning restaurateur, Kim is also well known for founding the CHEFS FOR LIFE biennial event in Vancouver which has raised over $1 million dollars in support of HIV/AIDS related causes. For this work, she has been a recipient of the Minerva Foundation
Philanthropy award as well as the Acco lAIDS Philanthropy award, the Friends For Life Society
Friend in Deed award and the Debra Van Ginkel award presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier.

As a self confessed gourmand and voyager , Kim’s personal quest in life is to continue tasting her way through al l of the wine making regions of the world and exploring what we all do every day; eat and drink.

HR | Colin MacCrimmon, CPHR

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Colin MacCrimmon is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He is currently the Human Resources Manager at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria, BC. Originally from Ontario, Colin relocated to British Columbia after graduating from Bishop’s University. Through his career, he has worked with luxury resort properties across the province and internationally with cruise ships. Colin’s background encompasses both front-line and leadership experience in a variety of hotel departments. Ultimately, his passion for training, development, and team building steered him toward his career in HR. He has been with the Oak Bay Beach Hotel since 2017.

As a self confessed gourmand and voyager , Kim’s personal quest in life is to continue tasting her way through al l of the wine making regions of the world and exploring what we all do every day; eat and drink.

HR | Arun Subramanian


Vice President, Industry Health, Safety & HR

Arun leads the industry health and safety and HR programs at go2HR. go2HR is BC ‘s tourism and hospitality human resource and health and safety association. Its purpose is to drive strong workforces and safe workplaces that deliver world-class tourism and hospitality experiences in BC.

A Human Resources Professional with more than 20 years experience, including over 10 years in senior leadership roles, across all functions of HR, Arun holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, and a Diploma in Hotel Administration from the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai, India. He is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and has completed management programs in HR at both BCIT and the Indian Institute of Management. including Strategic Planning, Change Management, Employer Branding, Recruitment & Selection, Health & Safety, Employee Engagement, Compensation & Benefits, and Performance Management. Arun also has a strong understanding of the regulatory framework related to employment and occupational health and safety at the provincial and federal levels. Arun has worked in diverse sectors in the service industry including hotels, airlines and facilities management.

HR | Marianne Albalkhi

Fairmont Empress

Industry Association | Lesley Brown

Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers

Lesley Brown has become a key figure in the Canadian wine industry and over the past 20 years has richly contributed to building a culture of sharing, educating, promoting, and nurturing rising stars in both the restaurant and wine sectors. Lesley is actively involved in the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) as the new national president. She also serves as a board member for the Import Spirit & Vintners Association as well as an industry advisor for the BC Hospitality Foundation and serves on the planning committee for the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Lesley is currently the VP of Sales & Marketing at HQ Wines & Spirits where she passionately represents some of BC’s top brands including Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, as well as like minded International Wine producers who share the same values about farming, family and business. If there is a food or wine event or activity at play, Lesley can typically be found at the centre of it.

Industry Association | Mike Macleod

BC Hotel Association

Mike was born and raised in North Vancouver and from his earliest employment opportunities gravitated to hospitality, accommodation and tourism. This led to a 22 year hotel career focussed around sales & marketing. Mike’s experiences took him from major hotel brands to independent properties and included stops in BC, California and Colorado.  A personable and approachable leader, he enjoys mentoring colleagues to help them reach their potential.

Mike joined the BCHA in 2020 and has enjoyed the different challenge that his role has brought in terms of being a voice and advocate for the accommodation sector.

Industry Association | Trevor Kallies

Bar & Beverage Director for the Donnelly Group

President Canadian Professional Bartenders Association

Since 2010, Trevor has been at the helm of the Bar & Beverage program at the Donnelly Group, overseeing the menus and profitability close to 20 locations around Vancouver & Toronto for beer, wine and cocktails.

He has pioneered one of the strongest craft beer programs in Canada, created award winning cocktail lists and has been responsible for implementing company-wide training programs on service, product knowledge and cost of sales. In 2009, Trevor was part of founding of The Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association (CPBA). In 2011 Trevor joined the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) at the infamous Tales of the Cocktail in their first ever Tales on Tour in Vancouver. He has since been promoted to CAP Manager at the annual Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, where he helps manage a team of 60 global bartenders. In 2013, Trevor was elected the President of the BC Chapter of the CPBA and maintains that role today.

Trevor has worked with Science of Cocktails as part of the organizational committee since its inception in 2016, helping to coordinate a team of 70+ volunteer bartenders and hospitality industry professionals, create science-based cocktails and ensure a successful fundraising event. Trevor joined the BCHF Industry Advisory Council in November of 2018.

Industry Association | Ted Lattimer


Logistics | Flavia Aarden-Kilger

ContainerWorld Group of Companies

LRS | Dave Smith

Everything Wine

LRS | Lynn Couthard


Marketing | Leeann Froese

BCHF Founding Member / Town Hall Brands

Leeann has worked to market and publicize companies and individuals from all over the world for the better part of two decades, and has been named one of 10 Women in PR That Lead, Inspire and Build Successful Brands, by Women in Public Relations North America and one of 5 Women Leaders Helping Wineries to Be Successful, named by Wine Industry Advisor.

With more than 24 years’ experience, she loves counselling clients and helping them build brand strategies that bring success. Their victories are hers.

As an agency owner and consultant, Leeann is proud to have worked with several companies to assist them with their branding, identity, and story and have produced innumerable projects. She is well known and respected, possesses great relationships, and offers a highly unique skill set as it relates to strategy, marketing, PR, and projects. Leeann loves to address groups— large or small—and is adept at leading projects and client workshops (in person or virtual).

When not working she is volunteering as a member of the BC Hospitality Foundation Industry Advisory Council, and the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, a society of professional women supporting women in careers related to wine, food and hospitality.

Media | Kurtis Kolt

Kurtis Kolt

Kurtis is a Vancouver-based freelance wine consultant, writer, and competition judge. He is certified by London’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Court of Master Sommeliers. His enthusiasm and experience have resulted in many high-profile appearances, from bylines in Maclean’s and Decanter magazines, to appearances at New York’s James Beard House, and beyond. 

Restaurant (Chain) | Rob Carras

Joseph Richard Group

Rob Carras is the Beverage Director and Corporate Sommelier for the Joseph Richard Group.  He has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years working in restaurants, bars in both front and back of house as well as retail liquor sales.

Restaurant (Independent) | Kristi Linneboe


Kristi Linneboe is a Vancouver-based Sommelier and WSET Diploma student who embraces Mother Nature and all things outdoors. She was born and raised in Ottawa, but has been proud to call Vancouver home for the last 13 years. After graduating from Simon University with a degree in Communications and International Relations, Kristi began her wine studies and made a commitment to the hospitality industry.

A wine buying position at Maenam Restaurant is where she first discovered the magic of food and wine paired together, and her role as the Wine Director at L’Abattoir allowed her to focus on France and Italy, while still celebrating the Pacific Northwest. Kristi loves to learn, taste, and travel. Her wine travels have taken her to Portugal, Australia, Oregon, Italy, France, and California, but there are many wine growing regions across the globe that continue to be at the top of her list.

Kristi most recently spent 6 months in the Okanagan Valley, where she was a part of the 2020 harvest team at
Tantalus Vineyards. What better way to truly understand viticulture and the winemaking process than to discover it first-hand! Beyond her commitments in the restaurant and winery scene, Kristi continues to be involved in her local community through volunteer and contribution to the BCHF (British Columbia Hospitality Foundation), Top Drop Vancouver, CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers), VIWF (Vancouver International Wine Festival), BCWI (BC Wine Institute), as well as tasting groups, mentorship programs, and wine events throughout the year.

Restaurant (Independent) | Jenna Briscoe

Cafe Medina / Top Drop

Restaurant | Margot Baloro

Margot grew up in Canada’s prairies and moved out to the BC coast in 1998. Margot has done every job in the front of house, having worked in restaurants for over 20 years. Additional to her time operating restaurants and leading teams, she is still learning all she can, and is currently enrolled in the Sustainable Business Leadership Diploma program at BCIT.

Margot has been very lucky to have worked with amazingly talented teams in our industry. She was the opening manager of Forage in 2012. In 2015 she stepped into the role of Restaurant Operations Manager and helped open the company’s second West End restaurant. Margot now holds the role of General Manager F&B Front of House with The Listel Hospitality Group. A role which sees her combining leadership of Forage, BeSIDE Forage, and Forage Catering.

Margot holds an Advanced Certificate in WSET, and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits. She is a proud member of Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter as the Scholarship Board Member and co-chair and in 2016 was inducted into the BCRFA’s Hall of Fame.

Supplier | Christine Blackwood

Blackwood Career Apparel + Essentials

Blackwood Career Apparel + Essentials is committed to quality and innovation. Growing from this
philosophy, a company and a culture was born to support the food service industry. Believing in
relationships and a strong product and customer service, we have been proud to be partners and uniform

Our uniform quality sets us apart with local Canadian manufacturing that has strong emphasis on the
character of each garment, technical construction and fabric finishes that bring the best product to the
table. High quality and quick turnover for a local marketplace.

Locally involved in charities, Blackwood Career Apparel + Essentials is heavily involved in supporting and
sharing in the community at large. At the heart of every year is the ability to give back and facilitate. We look
forward to each opportunity that supports our community members.

Wine Importer | Caroline Carefoot

Univins and Spirits

Director of Western Canada

Winery Domestic | Leslie D’Andrea

Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery

Leslie has spent the last 20 years developing Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery with her husband Jim. Noble Ridge has grown from a dream and 3 acres of original vines to a 25-acre Vineyard planted to vinifera grapes, a Winery producing international award-winning wines, a beautiful Tasting Room overlooking Vaseux Lake and a tremendous team focused on excellence.

Active engagement in a variety of community and volunteer initiatives is a focus for Leslie and the Noble Ridge family.

Winery Domestic | Chris Turyk

Unsworth Vineyards

Passionate about food and wine, Chris has remained involved in all aspects of the family business since Unsworth’s beginnings in 2009. While studying at The Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, his passion for food and wine matured into a way of life.

After deciding to focus on wine, Chris worked as a Sommelier at Hawksworth Restaurant; received a sommelier scholarship from the BCHF; was featured in McLean’s Magazine; and travelled around North America for Sommelier course exams and competitions. Chris has played a significant role in growing Unsworth Vineyards—from installing vineyards and working with the winemaker, to working closely with his father, Tim, on business phases. Chris’s passion for farming has extended to competing in the 2018 UBC Farm Practicum in sustainable agriculture.