Granville Island Trust
The Granville Island Trust is an advisory body to CMHC's Granville Island Office, composed of nine members, including a Chair. The Trust has representation from Granville Island, local area residents and the City of Vancouver, and bring a broad range of expertise including business, government, the arts, urban development and public relations. The Trust advises CMHC on a wide range of subjects and deals with various issues and acts as a liaison to the Minister responsible for CMHC and local elected representatives.
Granville Island Trust Members:
Michael F. Chan, B.Comm, CA, MBA
Michael Chan is the President of Allied Hotel Properties Inc., a company involved in the ownership and management of hotels. Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Urban Land Economics from The University of British Columbia, a degree of Master of Business Administration from Asia Pacific International Graduate School of Management, and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Chan is also a Public Representative on the Board of the College of Registered Nurses of B.C.
Sergio Custodio is a Partner in the Vancouver office of the business law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and advises clients on a broad range of business and commercial matters, with a focus on real estate, infrastructure and transportation. Sergio was formerly in-house counsel to the Vancouver International Airport Authority (YVR), where he advised on real estate and business matters including those relating to stakeholders, business partners, and municipal, provincial and federal governments.
Rick Dickson is president and managing broker of Ascent Real Estate Management Corporation since 1979 providing strata, rental and trading services. He has participated in many industry associations including co-founding the Strata Property Agents of BC, the National Association of Condominium Managers, Past President of the Rental Housing Council of BC and the Professional Association of Managing Agents and is currently a committee member and arbitrator of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and committee member of the Real Estate Council of BC and A Place to Call Home.
Maureen Enser recently retired after 30 years as President & CEO of the Urban Development Institute (UDI). Ms. Enser is a recognized authority on matters related to real estate and community development, housing and sustainable cities. Combining her expertise and interest in land use planning urban development and sustainable communities, Ms. Enser frequently addresses business, government, and community organizations both in Canada and abroad. She serves as an advisor to all levels of government on housing, economic and environmental issues as they relate to the urban development sector.
Alma Lee, CM, D.Litt
Alma Lee was the founding Artistic Director of the Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival, which has been one of Granville Island’s most prestigious cultural events since 1988. She also was the founding Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada and The Writers’ Trust. Ms. Lee retired from the Writers Festival in December 2005 and is currently enjoying new challenges.
Dale McClanaghan is President and CEO of BCM Resources Corporation, a mineral exploration company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Prior to working in the mining sector, Dale was a real estate developer and CEO of Vancity Enterprises from 1995-2002. Dale remains involved in housing matters and has provided advisory services to a large number of civic, non-profit and educational institutions on project economics and regulatory issues. Community board appointments include: Langara College, Vancouver Heritage Foundation, City of Vancouver Planning Commission (Chair), Dr. Peter Aids Foundation and Katherine Sanford Housing Society.
Ethel Ann Niessen
Ethel has spent many years as an Events Organizer, Fund Raiser and Teacher. Currently Ethel is an Administrative Assistant who organizes conferences, seminars and workshops on many innovative and diverse topics. Ethel has sat on many boards and currently sits on the Arthur Erickson Foundation and the Granville Island Trust.
Bob Ransford is a public affairs consultant and urban designer specializing in navigating the complex public processes surrounding urban development issues and complicated land use challenges. At COUNTERPOINT Communications he strives to combine effective public process, smart land use principles and leading-edge urban design to add extra value to urban development projects.
Jane Shackell QC is associate counsel with Miller Thomson LLP in Vancouver, practicing corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing and finance, and other matters. She is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Life Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia, and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Capilano University.