Mauro Vescera, CEO of the Museum of Vancouver has worked in the non-profit and cultural sector both nationally and internationally, for over 20 years. His work in the non-profit sector began in the area of immigration settlement and multiculturalism, and over time expanded to include work in the environment, arts, health, international development, education, and animal welfare sectors.”

Mauro joined the Museum after 5 years with the Italian Cultural Centre where he was Executive Director. Prior to that, Mauro worked at Simon Fraser University as a major gifts’ fundraiser, and with the Vancouver Foundation, Canada’s largest community foundation, for 12 years where he managed several granting portfolios including, Arts and Culture, Environment, Education, Health, Social Enterprise and Animal Welfare. He has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including six years as the Chair of the Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation, a founding board member of the Small Change Fund, and he currently sits on the board of the Jim Green Foundation.

Mauro holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University, a post-graduate diploma in Renaissance History from the Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.”


A senior executive with more than three decades of experience as a business leader in entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation, consulting, and economic development. The breadth and depth of his experience include Global 100 enterprises, entrepreneurial startups, scaling companies and the public sector.

At VEC, Bryan has been engaged in leading teams in the knowledge-based, low-carbon, circular economy by leading strategic initiatives, investment, sector development, and programs aimed at supporting innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, and other stakeholders in the Green Economy, Technology & Innovation sectors.

Bryan is actively involved in the Greenest City Action Plan, Renewable City 2050, Zero Waste 2040, Digital Strategy, and Smart City initiatives, and brings the economic opportunity lens to conversations around public policy and program development.  From this involvement, Bryan directs the development of programs that support local businesses and promote Vancouver while also understanding how the City can better support innovation and the acceleration to a greener economy.


Executive Vice President, Chief Practice and Project Officer

Steve is Stantec’s Chief Practice and Project officer (CPO). This role combines the responsibility for how Stantec executes work (Practice) and the responsibility for governance and oversight of the successful execution of projects for our clients (Project).

Included within this breadth of responsibility are Stantec’s quality systems, project management ecosystem, and strategic positioning, contracting, and governance of Stantec’s largest projects.  Steve also chairs Stantec’s Project Risk Committee.

Steve has 35 years of experience in engineering, project management, and business management in Sweden, Chile, the United States, and Canada. He has represented Stantec as a content expert on project management, risk management and public private partnerships throughout North America. This includes lecturing at Penn State University, the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. 

Steve and his wife Kara spent 1 ½ yr in Chile on a work assignment in the early 90’s, and have travelled extensively in Central and South America.  This coming holiday season, Steve, Kara and their family will be trekking in Patagonia, visiting both the Chilean and Argentinian regions. 


Maria Soledad Sara graduated from the European Institute of design as a Graphic Designer and Cultural Director in Marketing.

She was the Director of “El Periódico el Milenio” in Vancouver. One of the first endeavour together with Waldo not long after settling here. The Newspaper was open to the public for over 10 years and directed towards the Latin American community.

Maria Soledad always worked together with her husband Waldo Briño. They created the Chilean Film festival, which took place in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton; brought Musician’s groups they invited and prepared full production events. among those are well know Chileans groups are: Inti-Illimani, Cecilia Cheñique, Pato Bordona, Nano Stern, as well brought Dancing Groups such as Ballet Nacional de Chile – Bafona, Grupo de Danza de Rojo.

On another category,  they invited and brought two of the Miners trapped in the Capiapó Clean Mine on 2010. It was the worst and Internationally well-known miners accident in the world, that became a successful rescue story.  Maria Soledad and Waldo prepare events and went to a different location as Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.

Besides all that community worked, she worked as a Manager for a BC company and during the last year, she has been working full time, while becoming an entrepreneur.


Laura Cuner DuBois is a conscious self-made entrepreneur. A pioneer in the organic industry, Laura started her company at age 26. Her early dream to bring organic agriculture into the mainstream has now become a reality. Under Laura’s leadership and guidance, Avafina has grown to become the leading organic ingredient supplier in North America.


Susan Wrobel recently retired from a rewarding 27-year career with the Department of Canadian Heritage supporting the delivery of federal grants and contributions programs. These programs worked to nourish the social and cultural development of Indigenous Peoples, Francophone groups, multicultural organizations, youth, visible minorities, community centres and municipalities. Notably, she was involved in several special initiatives such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, The International Year of the Veteran, the 400th Anniversary of Quebec, the Canada 150 Program, and the Royal Tour of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

While her career afforded her the opportunity and privilege to support a wide variety of clients, Susan’s passion to contribute positively to her community and country led her to continued involvement in several non-profits including CH.I.L.D. Foundation, Vanisha Foundation and Parkinson Society British Columbia.

As a result of her personal and professional leadership, she has since been honoured with several prestigious awards, including the Deputy Minister’s Award, Canada 125 Medal, Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and recognition from the United Nations during the International Year of the Volunteer.