Our Board

Our Board

We are a group of hardworking volunteers from all walks of life who are committed to ensuring that we have a strong and beneficial Conservative representation in the House of Commons.

Executive:

James Suttie - President

James has lived in North Vancouver with his wife Mary since 1988. He has been a supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada for 45 years. James graduated from McMaster University in Chemical Engineering and is proud to have been politically active for as long as he has. James is CEO and Chair of GOLFTEC Canada, Canada’s largest and most successful golf instruction company. He had been CEO of two software companies, prior to founding GOLFTEC. He has been on the Board of the N Van EDA since 2016.

 

 

 


Theresa Odishaw - Vice President & Chair of the Volunteer Committee

Theresa is a passionate Canadian.  A Director and former President of the West Vancouver EDA, she has been the Vice President of North Vancouver EDA for the past year. Theresa wrote a manual on the Administration of EDA's which is still being used in many ridings.  Much of her volunteer work outside of politics and the church has been dedicated to improving the lives of children. For 25 years, she served as a Board Member and former President of the Soong Ching Ling Children’s Foundation of Canada, a Board Member for the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver and is a former Vice-President of the Canadian Institute of Child Health that is based in Ottawa.  Theresa’s dedication and volunteerism have been recognized with The Soong Ching Ling "For the Children Award", the "Inspiration Award" from the CHILD Foundation in Vancouver and from the Anglican Church, “The Order of the Diocese of New Westminster”.  She is the recipient of "The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal".  She remains a dedicated volunteer in many areas for the Conservative Party of Canada.


Scott MacCormac - Treasurer & Financial Agent

Scott grew up on the North Shore, where he has lived or worked for over 26 years.  As a partner at a North Shore-based firm of Chartered Professional Accountants, he is passionate about serving the accounting and tax needs of business owners and individuals in the community.  A devoted family man, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and son and is actively involved in sports, playing hockey, soccer, as well as running and hiking the North Shore’s trails.  Scott is proud to be a part of the North Vancouver Conservative Association.

 


Stephen Curran - Board Secretary

Stephen lives in the Central Lonsdale neighborhood in the City of North Vancouver with his wife, Shubha, and his two young children, Rohan and Nikita.  Prior to moving to North Vancouver in 2014, Stephen spent time working and living in New York, Montreal, Washington D.C. and London, UK.  Originally hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, it is not surprising that Stephen has been a lifelong conservative.  He is a partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP, a national law firm, in Vancouver and practices in the areas of corporate and cross-border acquisitions and finance

Erik Cordua-von Specht - Chair Election Preparedness Committee & Board Member At-Large

Erik has lived on the North Shore for most of his life.  He works for BC’s largest engineering and project management firm, where he has held progressively more senior roles over the past 29 years delivering complex projects in multiple industries.  Erik and his wife Winona have called the Edgemont Village area home since 1993, raising their three children who are now all young adults.  Interested in politics for most of his life, Erik has been actively volunteering both provincially and federally since 2010, joining the Board in 2011 and is a past President of the EDA.

 


Trevor Ford - Chair Technology and Information Systems

Trevor moved to North Vancouver in 2017 with his partner Laurence. Hailing originally from Alberta, Trevor is an award-winning academic who has lived across the country from beautiful British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador thanks to his studies in Canadian History, Aboriginal Policy, and Military history. To this end, Trevor is in the process of finishing his Ph.D. on Canadian domestic military intelligence and the Great War. Trevor moved to the North Shore to take up full-time employment with Communica, a regulatory engagement firm, primarily working with the energy sector. In his off-time, when he is not writing his Ph.D. Thesis, Trevor also volunteers with Aids Vancouver and believes strongly in civic duty through voluntarism and community engagement. Both Trevor and Laurence are proud and delighted to call North Vancouver home and Trevor looks forward to staying active with North Vancouver’s Conservative Association.


Board Members:

Andrew Saxton - Candidate of Record & Board Member

Andrew Saxton is a Canadian politician and businessman, who was elected Member of Parliament for North Vancouver from 2008-2015. While MP, Saxton was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the President of the Treasury Board. Saxton is the chief executive officer of King George Financial Corporation, a real-estate investment firm. He has served as director of Canaco Resources Inc., a mineral exploration company; director of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon; member of the BC Premier's Asia Pacific Trade Council; Member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, the YVR Aeronautical Noise Management Committee and was the founder and past-President of the Pacific Club.

 


Scott Lamb - President, Conservative Party of Canada & Board Member

Scott is the President of the Conservative Party of Canada.  He was elected President at the 2016 National Convention in Vancouver.  Scott was also the Chairperson of the organizing committee of the 2016 Conservative Convention. Scott was Chair for the 2018 National Convention in Halifax and was re-elected to the National Council and also continues as President of the Party. Scott is a partner with the firm of Clark Wilson LLP in Vancouver.  He practices in the areas of construction law and intellectual property law.  Since 2008 Scott has served on the Executive of the North Vancouver Conservative EDA and is the Past President of the Association.  Scott was previously elected to serve on the Conservative Party National Policy Committee and in 2013 he was elected at the Calgary Convention to the National Council for the Party.  Scott was re-elected to the National Council in 2016 at the Vancouver Convention.  Over the years he has acted as a communications director, strategist and legal advisor in Provincial and Federal elections.  He has also been a very active community volunteer coaching numerous sports teams in North Vancouver and serving on the Board of Directors of St. Georges' School. Scott lives in North Vancouver with his lovely wife Sara and their son Dugald attends Queens University. Provincial and Federal elections.  He has also been a very active community volunteer coaching numerous sports teams in North Vancouver and serving on the Board of Directors of St. Georges' School. Scott lives in North Vancouver with his lovely wife Sara and their son Dugald attends Queens University.


Les Jickling - Interim Chair Events

Les Jickling is a healthcare executive with a rich background in technology. His personal healthcare interests are prevention, nutrition, and exercise. His career spans 25 years with roles in marketing, communications, product management and business development with experience working for companies in the technology, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. Les has worked for both publicly and privately held companies where he has consistently demonstrated an ability to help grow revenue and profitability. Les has been active in the community with various volunteer organizations and athletic pursuits. Most notably, he has been involved in building and funding palliative care projects and has been a longstanding volunteer in the swimming community (open-water). He holds a BA in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and lives in North Vancouver with his wife Michelle, son Benjamin and dog Max.


Jonathan McNair - Board Member

Jonathan is the current President of the North Vancouver Conservative Association.  Jonathan lives in the Grand Boulevard area of North Vancouver with his wife Alison and two young children, Lauren and Lachlan.  Jonathan’s family history on the North Shore dates back to the early 1890s when his great-grandfather and great grand uncle (Robert and James McNair) founded the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company; in its day the largest shingle manufacturer in the world.  Jonathan is a partner at Wolrige Mahon Collins Barrow LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants.  He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional who specializes in advising and assisting businesses experiencing financial difficulties. 


Susan Shandro - Chair Communications Committee

Susan has lived in the Edgemont village area of North Vancouver since 1995 with her husband Ted and their four children and two grandchildren. Susan grew up near Chicago, IL and in 2001 she proudly became a Canadian citizen. For the past 19 years, she and her husband have successfully built their own software company, developing and marketing an application for accounting firms across North America. She thinks North Vancouver is the best place to live on earth and enjoys working with the North Vancouver Conservative Association. 


Brian Wilson - Chair CNC

Brian Wilson is North Vancouver born and raised and has been politically interested and active since his teen years, always Conservative. Brian worked on the campaign to amalgamate the 2 founding parties and have Stephen Harper chosen as the leader. He has also been involved at the Municipal and Provincial level (as a Regional Director, CA President, and once as a provincial candidate).  Brian attended the Political University in Toronto in 2007 and participated in several campaign schools and related programs, an experience which he put to good use in later Federal elections.  He has served on the North Vancouver Conservative EDA board for many years in a multiple of capacities, including President and Vice-President. Brian has also served as President and Vice-President in the new federal riding of Burnaby North-Seymour.  He currently serves a director on both Boards, and as a liaison between the two. Personally, he is married with 4 kids, 1 grandchild, two dogs, and two cats.  He loves cars, micro-brew beers, history, and politics. Professionally, he is the owner of Integra Tire & Automotive in North Vancouver, conveniently located at 823 West 3rd Street, for all your automotive needs.


Robert Wong - Chair of the Membership Committee

Robert is a straight-talking, proudly Canadian lapsed Brit who landed in North Vancouver with his wife ten years ago after a lifetime spent as a Physiology prof. among medics. Campaigned for Conservative values over 5 decades on three continents. Hugs people (always with their permission) instead of trees. Confident from life experience that caring is not the preserve of the so-called progressive left-leaning liberals or socialists. Believes in helping those who cannot help themselves and the value of giving those who need it – a hand up. Likes good food, good drink, friends and a good laugh.


William Zhang - Board Member

William’s family emigrated from Shanghai, China to Burnaby in 2004 and then North Vancouver in 2011. He has a daughter, Amanda, who is in grade 12 at Handsworth Secondary School. William holds an MBA from the UBC Sauder School. Following his graduation from the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University, William worked for 25 years at Alcatel Lucent Telecommunication Company where he was in charge of overseas projects for several years. After moving to Canada he worked for Calibre Yacht Sales. He is now a Sales Consultant at Brian Jessel BMW. William volunteered in Andrew Saxton’s 2015 election campaign where he was noted for his enthusiastic GOTV door knocking. William looks forward to serving as an NVCEDA board member and for the opportunity to contribute his many talents to the NVCEDA and the Conservative Party.


Roland Hurst - Board Member

Roland and his wife Parisa, along with their two dogs, live in Central Lonsdale where they built a house in 2015. Roland was born and raised in West Point Grey and his wife grew up in West Vancouver. Roland studied political science at the University of British Columbia where he was involved with the UBC Conservatives and has been a supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada ever since. Following his undergraduate studies, Roland received a law degree from the University of Victoria, a master of laws degree in international business law from the University of London and a business foundations certification from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following completion of his studies, Roland returned to Vancouver where he practices capital markets and mergers & acquisitions law at McMillan LLP (a prominent national business law firm). When Roland is not helping executives, financiers and entrepreneurs build successful businesses, he and his wife can be found skiing Whistler (or Grouse), sailing up Indian Arm, cycling out to Deep Cove or mountain biking on the North Shore. He is looking forward to the opportunity to get more involved with the North Vancouver EDA and help the Conservative Party of Canada in any way that he can.


Mike McGraw - Board Member

Mike McGraw has made North Vancouver his home for 22 years. He's a proud father, an experienced entrepreneur, and business owner. He is the President and Executive Producer of Old Skool Studios; creator and publisher of premium online casino games. Mike has considerable community leadership experience. He was elected to the North Vancouver Board of Education in 2011. He was appointed by Mayor & Council to the District Public Library Board, providing 4 years of Board leadership as Chair of the Advocacy Committee and the HR Committee. He also served 3 years as Chair of the North Vancouver District PAC, advocating for parents & guardians of more than 15,000 students across North Vancouver. Mike also served 6 years on an Advisory Committee overseeing the renewal and revitalization of the treasured North Vancouver Outdoor School, now known as the Cheakamus Centre. He provided project leadership for the completion of the BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre.


Susan Powelson - Board Member

Susan moved to the North Shore community in late 1999 from Edmonton, Alberta.  Interested in politics since an early age, she has been an active volunteer for the Conservative Party in many capacities and elections.  While briefly living in Burnaby she was part of the Burnaby-Douglas Conservative Party EDA. Susan was also the Board Secretary for three years.  She is active in the business community working for a real estate development and alternative investments firm.  She has her Diploma in Music from Grant McEwan Community College and her B.A. in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University.  In her spare time Susan likes to explore the walking and hiking trails of the North Shore, and can often be found behind the keyboard of a piano or organ in venues around the city.


Jason Saunderson - Board Member

Jason’s experience with the Conservative Party goes back to the early 1990s as VP, UBC Young Conservatives and Campus Director, BCPC Youth.  He took part in the Student Political Apprentice Program at Progressive Conservative HQ in Ottawa where he wrote a Campaign Training Manual and Interned for Ministers Kim Campbell and Tom Siddon at Department of National Defence HQ.  He volunteered for many campaigns since.  He also worked as the Pollster for Mike Harris in 1995 and more recently for Innovative Research Group and NRG Research Group – both party Pollsters.  Other relevant work experience was as Director, Government Relations for BlackBerry.


Antje Wilson - Board Member

Business owner of Vrroom beverage, a company that sells dispensed juice and drinks to institutional buyers, distributors and food service across Western Canada. She has been the Chair for the Social Planning Advisory Committee for the city, Director of DI, a youth organization, organizing hundreds of volunteers and teams in BC, and is currently the senior volleyball coach at Sutherland.  She has worked on election campaigns, federally and provincially and has organized many community events. She lives with her husband and three children in the City of North Vancouver.  Antje has been an active volunteer with the EDA and a strong voice for helping to promote the national caucus and federal conservative message so that it is meaningful to the entire community.


Nadiya Yevstignyeyeva - Board Member

Nadiya lived on North Shore ever since moving to Canada in 2002 from Ukraine.  She has been actively involved in Canadian politics ever since 2006 when she started to volunteer for North Vancouver EDA and joined Andrew Saxton’s campaign. Being an active member of the campaign team, she worked on many projects and tasks, including CIMS-updating, phone-banking, door-knocking, burma-shaving, and event planning for all the elections that followed.She served on North Vancouver EDA board and traveled to Ottawa and Calgary as part of Conservative Party Internship Program. She strongly believes it’s time to take North Vancouver back from Liberals come the next federal election!