Branch Manager, Westminster Savings Cloverdale Branch
Marian started out in the financial industry in 1983 pursuing a career in banking and quickly realized that she loved helping people. In order to provide a more holistic customer experience, she actively pursued continuing her education through businesses courses at BCIT. She has been involved in many charitable and volunteer positions like Scouting, BC Girls’ Choir and Newton Community Festival to name a few. She is currently a Director with the Rotary Club of Cloverdale. Marian was a finalist for the 2011 Surrey Women in Business Awards given by the Surrey Board of Trade. She has been married to her husband, Gerry, for over 30 years and has 3 grown children whom she is proud to have raised in Surrey.
Realtor, Royal LePage Wolstencroft Realty
Brian is a local realtor with Royal LePage Wolstencroft and has 22 years of experience in the real estate industry. Brian and his family live in Cloverdale and he is glad to be raising his family here. So naturally, Brian wants to be involved in making Cloverdale a great community to live and work in. His goal in the Chamber is to help grow the membership and connect local businesses and help the community thrive and grow.
In addition to his interest in the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, Brian is proud to be a Block Watch Captain, he recently completed the RCMP Citizen Police Academy, and is looking forward to being an active PAC (Parent's Advisory Committee) member for many years to come. Brian continues to meet a lot of great people in this community and he really enjoys learning about what they do and how they do it.
Brian believes that the main goal of the Chamber is to network your business. If you want to know more about getting involved in the Chamber please call the Chamber office or contact Brian at anytime!
Owner, HouseSmart Home Services Referral Network
With a network radio show, TV program, Web site, how-to books, hundreds of home show appearances and DVD under his tool belt, Shell Busey is recognized for the advice he shares with homeowners through his HouseSmart Home Services Referral Network.
Shell’s 50 plus-year career started at the age of 18 when he landed a job at Owen Sound Ontario’s Beaver Lumber store, and in 1965 he became an assistant manager. In 1974, Busey and his family relocated to Delta now in Surrey, where they reside today. In the late 70s, the Buseys bought a Windsor Plywood franchise, fulfilling Shell’s dream of owning a building supply store. Once successful, he bought a second Windsor Plywood and opened a complete hardware store.
His start in radio soon followed, in 1983 CJOR approached Windsor Plywood about having someone guest on a local radio talk show to discuss home improvement during Renovation Month. As his popularity spread and grew he eventually landed a regular guest spot representing the building industry on the radio. The rest, as they say, was 25 years of broadcasting history.
On the Chamber front, Shell is a strong proponent for achieving financial independence and goes the full throttle to increase Chamber memberships. In the end, Shell strongly believes that you are what you can sell.
Matlen Accounting and Income Tax Services
Nilo Habibi is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) Degree from University of Toronto, specializing in management and economics. She is the founder and principal of Matlen Accounting and Income Tax Services and prior to that worked with KPMG LLP as a Senior Manager. She has worked in public practice for over 18 years and has extensive experience in various areas of Accounting and Tax in a variety of industries such as retail, construction, finance, professional services, real estate, health care, food industry, etc.
Nilo Habibi Advises private companies and individuals on a broad range of business, accounting and income tax matters and ensures that her clients are able to focus on growing their businesses and stay on top of changes in the market place and tax regulations.
President, Honeybee Centre
John grew up in a honeybee family. Shortly after moving to B.C. from Alberta in 1977, John started renting bees to berry growers in the Fraser Valley with only 12 colonies transported on a home-made utility trailer. In year 2000, John created Honeybee Centre at the corner of 176th Street and Fraser Highway in Surrey. In 2002, he opened his country store and visitor centre and in 2014, placed over 8,000 beehives into 11 different crops in the Lower Mainland which produce over $100 million dollars in fruit.
John is one of a small handful of people in North America who specialize in ‘wrangling’ honeybees, bumblebees, and wasps for the film industry. He has put honeybees on Nicolas Cage and bald-faced hornets on Bradley Cooper. In 2009, John co-founded Bee World Project, a not-for profit organization that teaches beekeeping to farmers in developing countries. He has projects in British Columbia, Cambodia, Peru, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
John has a bachelor of Science degree and an MBA. He has been married to Verna since they were both 19 years old, has two wonderful children, and one grandchild so far. John plays the cello, but not very well. He proudly served as a police officer for 16 years with the Burnaby R.C.M.P. and New Westminster City Police.
Lawyer - MacMillan, Tucker & Mackay
Tyler is currently a practicing lawyer with the local Cloverdale firm of MacMillan, Tucker and Mackay, having been with the firm since 2016. He completed his studies at Dalhousie University (2009), Brock University (2012), the University of Kent (2014) and UBC (2015) before completing his articling training under George Gunnink and then remained with the firm as an associate. His practice is focused on real estate, wills and estates, and corporate and commercial matters.
Having studied around the world, and called Ontario home, Tyler has had the opportunity to experience many different communities and become involved with many local organizations. When looking to begin his practice he intentionally sought a location that offers not only opportunity for a young individual just starting out, but also encompassed a sense of community. This is what he found in Cloverdale and specifically with the Chamber of Commerce.
Tyler has volunteered with many local municipal organizations during his time in school and has served on various boards, including those dealing with local communities, finances and non-profit student societies.
General Manager, Honeybee Centre
Owner, Umbrella Squared Design Group
Kristy started UMBRELLA SQUARED DESIGN GROUP in January 2016. An Entrepreneur to the core, Kristy wants to help others stand-out and succeed in today’s market. Kristy’s has over 10 years experience in communications, public relations and graphic design.
Her varied background allows her to take a balanced approach to her work, and to push beyond just designing “good-looking” material, but instead, creating effective and long-lasting brands for her clients. Winner of the 2017 Cloverdale New Business of the Year Award - "The Clovies", her strategy is simple: Love what you do, give it your all, and surround yourself with people whose integrity and sincerity are a reflection of your own. And have fun, always have fun.
Pastor, Pacific Commuity Church
Jim has been a member of the Cloverdale Chamber for a number of years and has represented some of Cloverdale’s initiatives around homelessness in that time. Jim is a Pastor at Pacific Community Church, where his role as Executive Pastor involves the management of facilities, finances, and human resources. In the last decade, Pacific has brought leadership to the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper program (now in its 24th year as of 2015), Cloverdale Community Kitchen (2011), Cloverdale Community Garden (2014), and Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (2015). They believe that such initiatives are a way of helping people In Cloverdale do great and purposeful things together as a community.
Jim believes that the Chamber of Commerce has been an active part in making some great things happen which explains why he values being part of the Chamber. Although, he went down a path of religious training and vocation, an enterprising spirit is very much in his blood and is quite consistent with what he believes is his pastoral work. Jim’s father, a bakery operator, trained him in the ways of baking. For a number of years, Jim also worked as a sales manager at Morningstar Nurseries in South Surrey which distributed floral products throughout BC and Alberta.
Jim is at his best when he is working with and helping organizational leaders do good things. His doctoral education has equipped him to be a helpful resource. He teaches around leadership development. Jim has well-honed analytical and consultative skills to help organizations develop effectively. He enjoys being part of organizations like the Chamber which seek to shape great communities.
CEO, Copytek Print Centres
Baljit has been in business in the design and commercial printing industry for over 21 years. Previously he was working in research and development in the tech sector as an engineer. He ran into a printer who had asked him to do some design services for him, one thing led to another and he ended up venturing and became an entrepreneur in this field.
He has always given back his time. It has allowed Baljit to learn, share and be a part of a society and community that he can help shape. He has been on the executive, boards and contributed to the Indo Canadian Business Association (Past President), Langley International Festival Society (President), Langley Canada Day Celebrations Society, Surrey Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards, Citizen Advisory Committees to the Correctional Service of Canada, Surrey College teacher for business intro, Surrey Fusion Festival, Festival of Dance Judging with Surrey Arts Council, Vaisakhi Gala, BC Summer Games Friends of the Games, and Tourism Advisory Committee to name a few. Baljit enjoys giving back to the younger generation and has sponsored many events and non profits to help support them to achieve their goals.
Executive Director of the Surrey Hospice Society
Surrey Hospice Society supports those facing the end of their lives in Surrey’s Residential Hospice, at Surrey Memorial Hospital and also those who choose to stay in their homes. The Society also provides grief and bereavement support to all citizens of Surrey. The Society operates a thrift store in Newton and is opening another, unique store in Cloverdale in 2018.
Rebecca is also a small business owner, long-time local activist and advocate. She has a multifaceted professional background with over 20 years of serving the Not-for-profit world and fortune 500 companies. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, is certified in Public Relations, Financial Planning and also pursued her Master’s degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Global Management). With conversational ability to speak French, and Spanish, Rebecca has studied Mandarin and is currently learning Punjabi.
Deeply committed to the community she lives in, and a resident of the area for over 34 years Rebecca has always believed in service, standing up, speaking up, and participating. A past president and founding member of BullyFree BC, she is a passionate advocate for social justice, education, health care and mental health in British Columbia. She is also the immediate past Chair of the non-partisan organization Canadian Women Voters Congress, which encourages, educates and promotes political literacy for women in Canada.
No doubt you will have seen Rebecca out and about in the community, networking, promoting Surrey Hospice Society, their two stores, and fighting for local issues. She is proud of her flourishing bee and butterfly garden, as well as her fruit and vegetable patch that helps provide seasonal food to those who need it.
Lawyer, Virk Viyas & Associates
Jagmeet graduated from the University of Victoria, with a degree in electrical engineering in 2004. He then embarked on an innovative career as an electrical design engineer.
After a few successful years as an engineer, during which time he designed diverse, specialized electrical equipment and was recognized as co-inventor in a patent for “method and system for assessing athletic performance"; Jagmeet decided to pursue a career in law. He selected the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Law, as the university is recognized for its prestigious law program and best of all, the focus would be BC law, which was an asset, as he planned to practice in his home province.
After completing his Juris Doctor at UBC, Jagmeet articled with Watson Goepel LLP in Vancouver. Jagmeet jointed Virk Viyas and Associate Lawyers in February 2013. Jagmeet focuses his practice in the areas of general litigation, specifically commercial/corporate litigation, debt collection, builder’s liens, property disputes, foreclosures, insurance claims, employment law and personal injury matters. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants for insurance claims.
Jagmeet is actively involved in the community. He has enjoyed his tenure as a director with the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce where he has been an active member, participant and contributor.