VRCA Team

The Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s team consists of a dynamic group of professionals, lead by its President, Fiona Famulak. Our team’s goal is to work to provide valuable services to help and support our members and the construction community in any way we can and represent VRCA through embodying our Mission, Vision and Values.

Fiona Famulak

President

As the President, Fiona works with VRCA’s Board of Directors to help set the strategic direction for VRCA, and with her operational team to deliver the vision. Fiona is passionate about the success of the Association’s members and values the opportunity to build rewarding relationships with them and to support their growth.

As a breast cancer “graduate”, Fiona understands the importance of health and wellness, and can be found anywhere from a yoga mat to the golf course in her spare time.

Roxanne Schutz

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Roxanne works closely with the President to make decisions for operational activities and strategic goals. As a former business process analyst, Roxanne helps manage VRCA’s IT environment and brings with her exceptional leadership skills. Her favourite thing about working at the association is seeing her staff and VRCA members succeed and grow to new heights.

Roxanne loves to entertain family and friends and relishes the chance to showcase her creative mixology skills.

Geraldine Gin

Financial Accountant

As the Financial Accountant, Geraldine is responsible for accounting services for VRCA and the company it hosts, ZEBx, as well as administration duties, and facilities management. While excellent at balancing books, Geraldine can also balance on ladders! Finance has always been a natural skill for Geraldine, and she loves the daily challenges and accomplishments her role presents, as well as the chance to help members with their financial queries.

To Geraldine, it is always important for her to make time for spontaneity and fun in her life. She will also make time to enjoy her favourite comfort foods, especially hot and juicy fried chicken!

David Weir

Manager, Industry & Gov. Relations

As the Manager, Industry and Government Relations, David ensures that VRCA members are informed and engaged on the current issues that impact their businesses. With a professional background focused on educating and informing the public through journalism and communications, David strives to engage with policy and decision makers in government in order to influence positive change within the construction industry and enhance member value.

When he’s not working, David enjoys cooking comfort food for his family, with his signature dishes being carne asada tacos and lasagna.

CHANTAL Lauzon

Manager, Member Relations

As the Manager, Member Relations, Chantal is a self-proclaimed, "Health and Safety Nerd." She fully understands the size and scope of the construction industry in BC, and the multitude of day-to-day issues that affect business owners. In her most recent role as Senior Account Manager, Chantal’s customers relied on her keen awareness of industry trends and emerging technologies to help them better understand their health and safety regulatory requirements and safety equipment needs.

 

In her personal life, when Chantal isn’t busy volunteering and contributing to humanitarian aid, she can be found competing against other Master swimmers and cyclists.

EVENTS & SPONSORSHIP


 

Jennifer Jones

Manager, Events & Sponsorship

As the Manager, Sponsorship & Events, Jennifer is responsible for the development, implementation, execution, and financial results of over 20 VRCA events annually, including the Construction Leadership Forum, the Awards of Excellence, and the Christmas Luncheon. Jen loves seeing members enjoying themselves and making connections at events after months of hard work and preparation.

In her spare time, Jen loves being outdoors and spending time with her family and two dogs.

Afsana Akhand

Events Coordinator

As the Events Coordinator, Afsana plays a huge role in assisting with pre- and post-event logistics and details of all VRCA events. She offers friendly customer service and practical solutions when helping members register for special events to ensure they have a positive experience from start to finish.

Afsana honed her strong administrative and analytical skills through earning her engineering degree, and loves discovering new cities and trying new cuisines when she travels the world.

Education


 

Andrea Ringrose

Manager, Education

As the Manager, Education, Andrea thrives on bringing new and exciting educational opportunities to VRCA members and the construction industry. She keeps on top of new trends and is constantly seeking new professional development opportunities to expand and enhance the VRCA education program.

As an avid traveler, Andrea has lived overseas in the UK and in South Africa, and likes to spend her free time advancing her cake decorating and culinary skills.

Julia Diachenko

Education Coordinator

Maternity Leave

Julia is currently on maternity leave, where she is spending quality time with her precious daughter Maria, who was born in August 2019, and her toddler son, Artur. As the Education Coordinator, Julia is responsible for supporting the logistics and coordination of all of VRCA’s course offerings. As a certified Project Management Professional with a Master’s degree in Strategic Management, Julia strives to deliver an environment of lifelong learning for VRCA members.

This busy mother-of-two enjoys reading and solving puzzles, and still finds time to volunteer in her local community!

Planroom


 

Sherry Morrell

Manager, Planroom operations

As the Manager, Planroom Operations, Sherry assists members with VRCA’s in-house print-scan services, and also provides Commissioner of Oath services at both the Vancouver office and on select dates at the STEP (Skilled Trades Employment Program) office in Abbotsford.

At 38 years on staff, Sherry is VRCA’s longest-serving team member, and her distinctive laugh resonates with the construction community at the office and at VRCA events.

Karla Ramirez

Assistant, Planroom Operations

As the Assistant, Planroom Operations, Karla provides extraordinary customer service to members and the construction community by processing online and in-person document sales, providing print and scan services, assisting with member profiles, and updating BidCentral with new opportunities. Karla’s natural ability to make our members smile demonstrates her dedication to the role and her desire to help others.

In her spare time, Karla can be found catching up on her favourite TV shows or casting a fishing line on a warm, sunny day.

Marketing


 

Lina Ma

Manager, Marketing and Communications

As the Manager, Marketing and Communications, Lina is responsible for implementing strategies to promote the VRCA brand and its products and services to the construction industry. While she is passionate about growing and establishing the brand, she is also dedicated to leading the marketing team and is excited to watch Ella and Victoria develop their careers individually.

As a busy parent of two young children, Lina is also an entrepreneur at heart, who provides small business consultations, floral and event planning services, and is currently designing a line of children’s hats.

Victoria Fawkes

Marketing
Coordinator

As the Marketing Coordinator, Victoria helps to drive member engagement through writing content for social media, promotional materials, and VRCA’s weekly e-newsletter, The Connector. She also works to keep the industry informed on upcoming events and employment opportunities through the Construction Job Centre.

When she’s not writing, Victoria enjoys volunteering in her community and baking delicious treats.

Ella Koo

Web & Graphic
Designer

As the Web & Graphic Designer, Ella enjoys being able to use both her graphic design and web development talents to create engaging marketing content for VRCA. She appreciates the opportunity to be able to build her skills alongside the Association’s supportive team in order to create value for its members.

Ella is an avid Harry Potter fan, and will never say no to a magical movie marathon.