BCHF Board of Directors
Christine Coletta Chair
Owner, Okanagan Crush Pad
After running a successful marketing consulting firm since 1986, Christine Coletta and her husband Steve Lornie, launched their own wine, Haywire, in 2010 and went on to construct and open Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland, BC in 2011. Christine has been recognized as one of the most astute marketing people in the wine industry and her winery has been accepted as a leader and game changer in the Okanagan Valley. In addition to being a founder of the BC Hospitality Foundation (2006) she currently sits on the BC Wine Authority Wine Industry Advisory Council (WIAC) and the BC Wine Information Center board. Christine splits her time between Vancouver and Summerland.
Richard Carras Past Chair
Vice President Western Canada, Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants
Born, raised, and educated in the lower mainland, Richard is a true Vancouverite. After science studies at UBC and Hotel and Restaurant Management at BCIT in the early 1980s, he set up and ran western Canada’s first Wine Bar in Kitsilano. He then spent 17 years in wine sales, stressing wine education and quality service as the key to improving sales. In 1997 he became the first non-US employee for Robert Mondavi, working his way up to the position of Export Sales Director for Asia & The Americas. In 2006 he and partners created a new Vancouver based wine & spirits importing agency, which now has employees and offices throughout Western Canada. In addition to his profession in the wine industry, Richard is a past president of the International Society of Wine Educators, achieving his ‘Certified Wine Educator’ status in 1996 (only some 250 people have achieved this certification worldwide), and received the ‘Banfi Award’ for attaining the highest mark of all candidates sitting the examination in that year.
Jeff Guignard Vice Chair
Executive Director, Alliance of Beverage Licensees BC
Jeff is an accomplished leader and communicator with over a decade of successful experience in government relations, political communications, and issues management. Initially from New Brunswick, Jeff comes to ABLE BC directly from Parliament Hill in Ottawa where he worked for three different Members of Parliament-including two MPs from BC. He is well-connected in British Columbia and brings a wealth of experience working collaboratively with government, business, and industry officials-particularly in the small business and tourism sectors. In his free time, Jeff is also a ranked competitive curler and has served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Curling Club, where he was responsible for strategic planning and membership services to the club’s 600 members. In each of these roles, Jeff has distinguished himself as an effective and highly skilled communicator whose leadership style reflects his open, collaborative, and passionate personality.
Bill Senghera Treasurer
Business Consultant / Risk Manager, White Spot Restaurants Ltd.
Bill has worked with White Spot Restaurants for over 40 years and is there current Business Consultant/Risk Manager. He closely works with the franchisees, insurers and legal teams. As well Bill oversees the Health and Safety portfolio for the brand. Throughout the years Bill has lent his time and expertise to many non-profit organizations. He is Past President of Variety “The Children’s Charity” of British Columbia (January 2014-December 2015) and continues to serve on the board since 2009. Bill has also worked on committees with Go2 HR, including the Health and Safety Technical Advisory Committee for the Food and Beverage Sector, and the Technical Advisory Committee. Bill brings his expertise in board development, governance and strong interpersonal skills to the BCHF. He has received many awards with his work with Variety including 2010 Corporate Hero Award, 2015 Variety BC Barker of the Year Award and the 2016 Variety International Presidential Citation Award. During his spare time Bill spends time with his family, and enjoys traveling and golf.
Darcy Barish Secretary
General Manager, A&W Root Beer Beverages
Darcy’s work in the food service industry began at a very early age, growing up in the founding family of Dickie Dee Ice Cream Ltd. Guided by his emerging passion for the industry, Darcy began his career with A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. right after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree, majoring in both Marketing and Small Business/Entrepreneurship. He has been with A&W for the past 21 years in various roles covering both the Marketing and Operations departments. He is currently the General Manager, A&W Root Beer Beverages.
Heather Schroeter Director at Large
GM, Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel
Heather grew up in Calgary and has been loving the hospitality industry and the people in it for more than 30 years. For the past 14 years she has been the GM at Manteo Resort in Kelowna, BC. She previously spent eight years with the Delta Whistler Resort as Director of Food & Beverage. Previously, she attended George Brown College in Toronto and received her F&B Management Diploma as well as her Hotel Management Diploma. She started with the Keg restaurants in Calgary and Toronto where she worked in various positions over a five-year period. She also serves on the Board for Tourism Kelowna and the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association. Previous board experience includes the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, go2 Tourism HR Society, go2 Health & Safety Accommodation TAC Committee and The Rotary Centre for the Arts. She is the former Director for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Annual “Run for the Cure” in Kelowna, Chair of “Judy’s Girl’s” Pink Party Committee, and Bike Lot Captain for the Subaru Ironman in Penticton. Her passion for food, wine and hospitality sees her happily in the Okanagan with plenty of wineries, lots of great restaurants and warm weather.
Shea Coulson Director at Large
Partner, Vancouver, Dentons Canada LLP
Shea Coulson is a lawyer who specializes in regulatory and corporate-commercial litigation, and has represented clients at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Shea regularly serves clients in the hospitality industry and has in-depth knowledge of the complex regulatory environment that governs liquor sale, licensing, and distribution in British Columbia.
Chris Bradburn Director at Large
Regional Operations Manager, Milestones Grill and Bar
Chris began his career in the hospitality industry as a waiter in Whistler at Araxi Restaurant + Bar. After becoming a certified Sommelier in 2002, Chris continued to move through the industry sharing his talent and skills through various organizations until 2013 where he became the current Regional Operations Manager for Milestones in BC. Along with more than a decade in the hospitality industry and a background in English Literature, Philosophy and Theology from Concordia and the University of Victoria, Chris has brought his experience and passion to the BC Hospitality Foundation in order to make a positive impact on the board.
Bert Hick Director at Large
President, Rising Tide Consultants
Bert graduated with a BA Degree (Honors) in Public Administration from Ottawa’s Carleton University while working part time as an assistant to a Member of Parliament. He then moved to Victoria for grad studies in Public Administration at the University of Victoria, after which he was offered a position with the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat under Premier William (Bill) Bennett. In 1983 Bert was given the newly-created position of Secretary to Cabinet and Executive Director to the Cabinet Secretariat. In 1987 he was appointed GM of the Liquor Control & Licensing Branch and oversaw the 1987 Liquor Policy Review. In 1988 he founded Rising Tide Consultants which has been providing liquor license consulting services to the liquor/hospitality industry since that time. He has been involved with several organizations, including the Vancouver Aquarium, acting as former chair of Aids Vancouver Island, and he is a regular donor to various nonprofit societies. He participates and assists several industry associations including the BCRFA, and ABLEBC. Bert is also a part time actor and public speaker. He enjoys travel, sports, gardening and spending time with his family.
James Iranzad Director at Large
Owner, Gooseneck Hospitality
A visionary armed with a passion for the hustle of small business, a lifelong love of good food and drink and a staunch belief in supporting local purveyors and suppliers, James Iranzad is a respected veteran of the Vancouver hospitality industry who first began affixing his indelible mark on the scene almost two decades ago. Born in Iran, James arrived on the West Coast by way of London, England, he graduated from UBC with a degree in Art History and Shakespearean studies and made his first foray into the industry as owner of Kitsilano establishments Abigail’s Party, Hell’s Kitchen and Flying Tiger. After savouring his first taste as an owner, James joined forces with acclaimed local bartender Josh Pape to found Gooseneck Hospitality and opened the first establishment under the brand’s umbrella in Gastown’s Wildebeest in 2012. The pair went on to launch Pizzeria Bufala in Kerrisdale in 2014, Kitsilano’s Lucky Taco in 2016, and Bells and Whistles in Fraserhood/Cedar Cottage in 2017.
Laura Starr Director at Large
Freelance writer and Sommelier
A veteran in the restaurant industry and an English teacher by trade, Laura’s debut in the world of wine came about due to a mash-up of accident and fate. Passion and circumstance enabled her to forge a women-led trifecta team of sommeliers at Vancouver’s Chambar Restaurant, and she gets her daily fix of grape-soaked language as Vita Daily’s wine editor. Keenly engaged in the community, she has been involved with Big Sisters and Adult Literacy programs, and has been a boxing contender for Vancouver’s Aprons for Gloves – a role she will reprise in the near future. Although she retains an attachment to the night-time restaurant and wine scene, Laura’s present regime sees her rising with the birds, with her nose in a book and her fingers on the keyboard, freelance writing for all things related to wine, food, culture, and media.
Dana Lee Harris Executive Director
Owner, Dana Lee Consulting Ltd.
When the Vancouver wine scene began to heat up in the eighties, Dana joined her father’s import wine agency, LCP Wines International. In 2002 Dana chose to take on a new and more challenging role, becoming the Regional Manager for Western Canada at Robert Mondavi. In 2005 Dana started her own consulting business, bringing her skills and experience in public relations to businesses in the food and wine industry. She enjoys the multifaceted nature of her work, which includes planning winery events, preparing press releases, strategizing with clients, and communicating with members of the media. She is also a longtime member of the British Columbia chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and volunteers at the YWCA as a fitness instructor.When not working, Dana enjoys spending time with her husband Dean and his daughter Emma. She enthusiastically pursues outdoor activities such as golf, biking, walking, and hiking.
Contact Dana – email@example.com
Bing Smith Beneficiary Liaison
Bing started in the hospitality industry as a summer relief driver at C.S. Ruby Distributors Ltd in April 1970, moving from driver to service tech to sale rep to Sales Manager after completing a Sales & Marketing degree from U.B.C. He created and held Canada’s 1st distributor buying show in 1977 and in 1982 took the Vitality program out of Ruby Food Services and created Total Beverage Systems Inc.(TBS). In 1985 TBS added Boyd Coffee and Bing was the 1st person in western Canada to sell airpot and thermo brewing systems which became the preferred method of brewing coffee. In 1999 Total Beverage Systems was purchased by Vitality Foodservice Canada. In 1996 Bing became a director of the Vancouver branch of BCRFA and in 2004 created the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame with the support of Don Monsour (this is the 1st and only Restaurant Hall of Fame in Canada). In 2006 Bing retired from the Board of the BCRFA and was inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2007, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lucy Cayuela Business Administrator
Lucy is a lawyer with more than eight years of volunteer experience in strategic and governance areas in the Greater Vancouver Area. Lucy worked as an associate lawyer with the Maritime in Mexico for six years before relocating to BC. She was a legal assistant for seven years at the law firms Hartshorne & Mehl and Shapray Cramer in Vancouver. From 2004 to 2015, she focused on starting a family and caring for her two sons while actively volunteering in her sons’ Elementary school and taking key roles at the Carisbrooke Elementary Parent Advisory Council. A trustee and former chair of the North Vancouver District Public Library board, she developed fundraising strategies, reviewed board policies and worked on trustee orientation and recruitment parameters. She cemented her passion for the hospitality industry with a stage as a baker for two years with Cobs Bread.