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.