B.C. Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) is a Provincial Crown Corporation of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister responsible, and has a rich history of leadership in the meetings and events industry. Committed to excellence from our values to our execution, PavCo operates two of BC's top public assembly facilities: BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Pavco Board of Directors
PavCo’s Chair and Board of Directors are appointed by the Provincial Government. The Board is mandated to direct and control the business, assets and affairs of PavCo, consistent with the policies and directives of the Provincial Government, and is composed of people with a diversity of experience. The Board consists of the number of directors deemed appropriate by the Minister.
The Board meets at least three times a year to discuss the business of the Corporation and to provide direction to management. Ad hoc committees are formed at the call of the Chair; the Standing Committees are the Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Governance Committee, and Sales & Marketing Committee. These Committees meet as required.
H. Peter Fassbender
Peter Fassbender was elected as a councillor to Langley City Council in 2002 and then became mayor in November 2005. Mr. Fassbender is the president of Fassbender Consulting Ltd., which provides communications and strategic planning services.
Previously, Mr. Fassbender served for 28 years as an executive with DDB Canada (formerly Palmer Jarvis Group of Companies), as president of First Event, Sports and Sponsorship Event Management Group, president of the Canadian Public Relations group and as executive vice president of DDB Canada. While with DDB Canada, Fassbender developed communications programs for many public, private and not for profit organizations, including the Canada Games and Pan Am Games.
Active in his community, Mr. Fassbender is a member of the board of directors for PRIME-BC (Police Records Information Management Environment-BC) and World Vision Canada. Mr. Fassbender holds a business management diploma from University of British Columbia.
Suzanne Anton was a City of Vancouver councillor and was elected to the Vancouver Parks Board as a Commissioner. Previously, Anton was a Mathematics teacher at the American International School of Lisbon in Portugal and through Canadian University Service Overseas in Nigeria. She was also a Crown counsel lawyer. Anton is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is enrolled in the Directors Education program.
Her board experience includes Translink, Metro Vancouver and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Active in the community, she serves as a director on the board of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Board of Trade Economic Development Committee and the University of British Columbia’s Presidential Strategic Advisory Council. Anton received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.
Michael J. Ballingall
Michael J. Ballingall is the senior vice president of Big White Ski Resort Ltd., British Columbia’s second most popular winter resort. Ballingall has worked in tourism and hospitality in the Okanagan Valley since 1982. He is well regarded as an innovative thinker and leader within the ski and snowboard industry. Under Ballingall’s leadership, Big White has grown to become Canada’s Favorite Family Resort and has been awarded top 5 Children’s Ski School in the world.
Active in the Thompson Okanagan, he is currently president of the Big White Mountain Chamber of Commerce, vice chair of the Canadian Ski Council, director of Tourism Kelowna, a director and past chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, member of the Canadian Tourism Commission Emerging Markets Committee, former board member of the Canada West Ski Areas Association and former director YLW Airport Advisory Council.
Theresa Breining, CMP, CMM is a principal with Breining Group LLC, whose focus is facilitating, training and consulting in the meeting industry. Breining has been in the meeting planning industry since 1976, and has been responsible for producing meetings around the globe. Considered by many to be a thought leader, Breining is an activist working tirelessly on the continuous advancement of the level of professionalism in the meeting industry, and has been serving as adjunct faculty for meeting planning programs for universities throughout Southern California for 25 years. She is a sought after speaker, presenting educational workshops for a variety of business entities, and she co-authored a book with Jack Phillips, entitled Return on Investment in Meetings and Events.
Breining has been acknowledged professionally many times over the years, including her inclusion several times on the lists of “Most Influential People in the Meeting Industry” by Meeting News and Smart Meetings magazines. In recognition of her lifetime of leadership, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders in 2010.
David W. Guscott
David Guscott is the president and CEO of Emergency Communications for Southwest BC (E-Comm). Previously, he was the executive vice president, Celebrations and Partnerships for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
Before moving to British Columbia, Mr. Guscott was the Deputy Minister of Communications and Associate Secretary of Cabinet with the government of Ontario. Prior to that, he was Deputy Minister of Transportation and Deputy Minister of Labour.
Active in the community, he is a board member with Police Records Information Management Environment Incorporated (PRIME-BC) and a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Safety Committee. Mr. Guscott also served as a board member with Infrastructure Ontario, Ontario Realty Corporation, Ontario Financing Authority and GO Transit. He holds his bachelor of environmental studies, urban and regional planning from the University of Waterloo and his master of public administration from Queen's University
John A. Horning
John Horning is the senior vice-president, CFO and corporate secretary for International Forest Products Limited (Interfor), responsible for corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, information technologies, contract negotiation, finance and administration. He is also chairman of Seaboard Shipping Ltd., a director of several subsidiary companies of Interfor and a past director of Pacific Coach Lines Ltd. Horning is the chair and trustee of the David Spencer Endowment Encouragement Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration (Hon.) from UBC and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Arbitration Institute of B.C.
Alan Lowe has been practicing architecture in British Columbia since 1988 and has owned and operated Alan Lowe Architect Inc. since 1990. A former three-term mayor of Victoria, he was the youngest person to hold this position and was Victoria's longest-serving mayor. Lowe is currently the chair of the Greater Victoria Spirit Committee, secretary of the Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation and a governor of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Previously, he was the chair of the Victoria Conference Centre Advisory Committee, chair of the Capital Regional District, a commissioner on the Victoria Regional Transit Commission and a member of the Victoria Chinatown Lions Club, to name a few.
Lowe is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and in 2006 was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Chinese-Canadians. He holds his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Terrence (Terry) A. Lyons
Terrence (Terry) Lyons has over 35 years experience in the development and management of natural resource, manufacturing, real estate and merchant banking companies with an extensive background in corporate restructuring activities. Lyons is currently non-executive chairman of Northgate Minerals Corporation (a mining company formerly affiliated with Brookfield) and a director and officer of several public corporations including Canaccord Capital Inc. (also chairman of the audit committee and lead director), Diamonds North Resources Ltd., Skye Resources Inc., Polaris Minerals Corporation, Sprott Resource Corporation, Farallon Resources Ltd., TTM Resources Inc., and several private corporations.
Lyons has been active in Junior Achievement, the United Way, Special Olympics and other charitable and sports organizations. He is past chairman of the Mining Association of BC, a governor of the Olympic Foundation of Canada, former chairman of Sport BC, a past president of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club and is a member of the advisory board of the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. In 2007, Lyons was awarded the Inco Medal by the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy for meritorious contributions to the industry.
Stuart McLaughlin is the president of Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. He has over 20 years experience in tourism and hospitality across the province. McLaughlin is a past chair of Tourism Vancouver, a former director of Tourism BC and chaired the BC Chamber of Commerce tourism advisory committee. He has also served on the board of the Canada West Ski Areas Association and is a past chair of Outward Bound Western Canada. He was a founder of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and currently serves as a director of Pacific Insight Electronics Corporation in Nelson, B.C., Warranty Life in Burnaby, B.C., and on the board of Presentation House Gallery in North Vancouver.
Frank W. Palmer
Frank Palmer is the chair and CEO of DDB Canada, an acclaimed marketing communications agency. The chief engineer of the merger between Palmer Jarvis and the DDB network in 1998, Mr. Palmer successfully created Palmer Jarvis DDB and built a thriving national network recognized for producing the country's most talked about and award-winning ad campaigns. DDB Canada has won Strategy Magazine's Agency of the Year more times than any other Canadian advertising agency.
In addition, Mr. Palmer is the co-owner of Palmer Rogers Encore, a new venture company that invests in emerging software, emerging technologies, new media, and any unique business venture that creates a business difference and opportunity. In recognition of his contributions to the advertising industry, Mr. Palmer was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and received the Association of Canadian Advertiser's Gold Medal Award. He is a founder of the National Advertising Benevolent Society in Canada, and, through DDB Canada, he donates marketing and advertising services to a wide variety of charities and not for profit groups. Mr. Palmer graduated from the Vancouver School of Art.
Don Zurowski retired as the general manager and CEO of Community Futures Development of Fraser Fort George. In addition, he is a former elected Municipal Councillor for the City of Prince George. In his elected capacity, Zurowski served as chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and the Grievance Committee for the City of Prince George. Within the community, he is a former chair and director of the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation and a former member of the BC Ministry of Transportation's Regional Transportation Advisory Committee. Currently, Zurowski is the chair of the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition Society and the Passenger Transportation Board.