Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT for nine years, and he spent 17 years as the provincial Employment Contracts Managers for a variety of training programs. Through these roles, Chris ensured optimal program results for employers, participants, communities, and investors.
He also holds an International Relations degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT. A busy man, Chris is also President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Chairman of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. When he’s not busy switching hats, he coaches the South Island Royals (Bantam “AA” Female).
As a small business owner managing the financial and administrative functions of Kerr Controls Inc., Christy understands the challenges business owners face. She and her husband co-founded their specialized contracting business in 2001 and they have steadily grown their Saanichton based business since then by filling gaps in the marketplace.
Proudly Canadian, Christy feels we live in one of the best countries in the world to start and grow a business or to pursue other ambitions. She also volunteers her time on the Advisory Planning Commission for North Saanich and appreciates the opportunity to help shape her community. She would like to encourage people to get involved in the areas of politics that interest them, especially at the municipal level where every individual can have an influence.
You might also catch a glimpse of Christy running or at her local spin class or watching her three kids play sports. She is always looking for a new goal she can work towards and would like to compete next in another Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon.
Cory Klein, President and Owner, R.F. Klein & Sons Ltd.
Cory is President and Owner of R.F. Klein & Sons Ltd., a Prince George Civil Construction company of 55 years and Klein Solutions Ltd., dba, Island Cache Stone Company, which is a retailer of high-end landscape products. He has a Bachelor of Technology Degree, in Construction Management, from BCIT and carries a Gold Seal Designation from the Canadian Construction Association and has been recognized by the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s, Top 40 under 40 in 2014 & again in 2018.
Cory has been an active Director of the Northern Regional Construction Association since 2012, including being Chair of the Board between 2018-2020. Cory also sits on the Board of Directors of the BC Construction Safety Alliance and is an active member of the BC Construction Association.
R.F. Klein & Sons Ltd., and Klein Solutions Ltd., have been using the BCCA Employee Benefits Trust since 2014 to help retain and attract talented employees as well as helping to provide a more healthy workspace and community.
Outside of his professional life, Cory spends his time with his beautiful wife Sydney and daughters Emma and Lylah and also volunteers as President of the Board of Directors of the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum.
Fiona Famulak, President, Vancouver Regional Construction Association
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Ms. Famulak brings a wealth of experience as President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). She has previously held senior executive positions with the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Indigo Initiatives Inc, Kyber Developments Ltd and both KPMG Consulting and Deloitte Consulting in Hong Kong.
Fiona’s many strengths include organizational leadership, government relations, member relations, and financial and risk management. She brings to the VRCA and our board, a track record of driving change that supports growth and innovation.
Richard Owen, Owner and Operator, Interior Plumbing and Heating Ltd.
Richard Owen has been with Interior Plumbing and Heating Ltd. for over 40 years. After graduating from Simon Fraser University with a B.A. in Economics and English, Richard took an interest in his father’s business – Interior Plumbing and Heating Ltd. Determined to succeed in the field, he began to work to quickly acquire ticket qualifications in pipe fitting, gas, plumbing, and sprinkler fitting. In 1974, he began to purchase shares of the company, and by 1976, along with 2 partners, they had acquired 100% of the shares. With his extensive knowledge, background, and experience in the construction industry, Richard’s efforts helped build a relatively small contracting business into a large one.
Richard has had membership with both SICA and Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA). He has held various positions on both boards, which eventually led to the presidency of both. He was also Western Canada Vice President of MCA Canada, sitting on the national board.
Over the years, Richard has contributed his time to several non-profit organizations. He has spent his time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Kamloops as a director and builder. Currently, he is dedicating time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Rois Rizzo, Chief Financial Officer, Houle Electric
Serving nearly 10 years with Houle Electric, Rois directs all financial aspects of the company including bonding, insurance, shareholder reporting and managing the accounting department. Rois is also responsible for establishing and implementing growth-driven financial policies for the company, ensuring continued quality of service as the company expands.
As a Certified Management Accountant, Rois served as a Senior Accountant with KPMG in their Business Advisory Services Group, as well as Controller for Budget Rent-A-Car and Assistant Controller for Palmer Jarvis. Rois also operated his own independent consulting company before joining Houle Electric.
Rory Kulmala, CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association
Rory Kulmala is the CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). BCCA VI represents approximately 450 industry members employing 10-15,000 people living and working on the Island.
A long-time resident of Victoria, over the past 25 years, Rory has held several senior positions within both the private and public sectors focusing on engineering, construction and large-scale development projects both regionally and nationally. A retired Naval officer, Rory served for over 28 years with Canada’s Naval Reserve.
Rory holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, is an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) in BC and is an accredited Project Management Professional (PMP).
Today, Rory continues his work in the industry representing VICA in the commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential sectors with a focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the BC construction industry.
Scott Bone, President, Northern Regional Construction Association
Scott Bone is the CEO for the Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA), located in Prince George. Prior to joining the Association, he served as the local contract representative on two major projects led by TransCanada Pipelines (TCP). In this capacity he worked with local communities, contractors, and suppliers to promote associated opportunities. In his role as CEO with the NRCA, he continues to work in collaboration with industry to develop and promote supply chain opportunities. Scott made the move to TransCanada from the City of Prince George where he had served in a variety of roles, culminating in the position of Manager – Supply and Fleet Services, over a thirty two year career. Scott holds supply chain management certifications and has acted as an approved instructor for the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC). In addition, he has served on the Executive of the Quality Council of BC and PMAC, and was recently appointed to the City of Prince George’s Select Committee on Economic Development.
Tim Doucette, B.A. (hon), C.A., C.P.A., Vice President – Finance, Pacific Group of Companies
Tim Doucette has been the Pacific Group of Companies’ Vice President – Finance and CFO since 2002. As CFO, Mr. Doucette is responsible for leading the Pacific Group’s finance function which includes overseeing acquisitions, corporate strategy, partner relations, treasury activities, tax planning and accounting.
Before joining Pacific, Mr. Doucette was the CFO for the Jim Pattison Group’s Out of Home Media Division, Canada’s largest outdoor advertising company, headquartered in Toronto. Prior to that, Mr. Doucette was Manager – Financial Planning and Taxation with GTE Directories Corporation.
Mr. Doucette holds a BA, with honours, from Simon Fraser University, is a Chartered Accountant in BC and a CPA through the State of Illinois.