Board Members

Matt Carlson (Co-Chair)

Vice President

Matt specializes in advising technology companies when leasing and acquiring office properties in Metro Vancouver. He is also the chair of Colliers' national technology practice group and an advisor/mentor to entrepreneurs.

Sean Elbe (Co-Chair)

Sector Development Manager, Technology

Sean Elbe is the Co-Chair of VEF and Sector Development Manager at Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). The VEC works to strengthen the city’s economic future by supporting existing businesses, attracting foreign investment and promoting international tra

Kelly Turner

Executive Director

Kelly is the Executive Director of VEF.

Pindie Dhaliwal

Director of Business Development

Director of Partnerships at Real Talk Summit

Paul Koros

CPA (Candidate); Due Diligence Prep for Start-ups; Financing Strategy; Disruptive Technology; Angel Investor

Tea Nicola

CEO and Co-founder

CEO and Co-founder of WealthBar Financial Services

Erica Pretorius

Partner, Risk Advisory

Partner, Risk Advisory at Deloitte Canada at Deloitte Canada

Amy Rae


Board Observer at Bridgit

Bonnie Mah (Treasurer)

Tax Senior Manager

Senior Manager, Canadian Corporate Tax at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Keith Spencer (Secretary)


Lawyer at Fasken Martineau, Technology Practise, Vancouver

Syed Hasan

President & CEO

Founder, CEO & Chief Experience Officer at ResponseTek

Brent Holliday

Founder & CEO at Garibaldi Capital Advisors

Tim Swanson

Executive Search Consultant

Tim Swanson is Past-Chair / Executive Recruiter @ Corporate Recruiters / 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo

Rolf Dekleer

VP Investments

Rolf Dekleer has eighteen years of operating experience with technology companies such as Cymbolic Sciences, MacDonald Dettwiler, Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard and Schlumberger. He has extensive experience in product management and business develo

Ean Jackson

Program Manager

Angie is Program Manager at New Ventures BC, responsible for delivering the BCIC-New Ventures competition and Venture Acceleration Programs. Angie has several years’ experience in the technology sector as a project manager, strategic communicator and m

Tony Rautava

Chief Compliance Officer

Tony Rautava is Chief Compliance Officer at GrowthWorks Capital and has over 10 years of experience working with investment funds in the areas of operations, financial reporting, compliance, investor relations and fund product development.