Who we are »Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the group of volunteers who guide the Vancouver Community Network’s policy directions. They are elected once per year by the VCN membership at an annual general meeting.

Email to the Board may be sent to: board@vcn.bc.ca

You can learn more about what’s involved in being a VCN board member.

The current Board, elected by the Membership at as of February 23 2017 Annual General Meeting is as follows:

✔ Craig McLachlan, President, 17 years

Organizer and advocate for injured and disabled workers, both provincially and nationally. Member of the steering committee of the BC Canadian Injured Workers Alliance and founder of the CompoNet website, a resource site for worker’s compensation issues. Has considerable experience in facilitating email lists, internet communication and online meeting and organizing.

✔ Nick Hamill, Treasurer 2 year

Chartered Accountant. Holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen University College. Experienced in the public accounting field. Supervisor for a medium sized firm of chartered accountants in Burnaby.

✔ Chris Stanley At-large, 2 years

Information Technologist and consultant in project management and business Intelligence and security. Chris joined VCN’s board after finding us to be a right fit for his own wish to ensure the internet is an open and accessible resource for all. He is especially interested in the digital literacy work we do, ensuring operations are sustainable and open to all.

✔ Brendan Houle, At-large, 8 years

Local business owner and entrepreneur. Holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Victoria. Has developed new branding strategies for one of Vancouver’s oldest non-profit organizations. Nineteen-year engagement in local online communities. Continues to be passionate about the free use and availability of online communication tools.

✔ Tony Swain, At-large, 7 years

Retired Applied Science technologist, who worked in the mechanical and aeronautical design industry. Until recently, a long-time volunteer for the GVRD Parks Partnership at Delta Heritage Airpark, the BC Aviation Council, and the Canadian (Aircraft) Owners & Pilots Association. Feels it critical that VCN continue to pro- vide it’s valuable service to other none commercial and low-income users!

✔ Patrick Clark, At-large, 3 year

Long-time computer enthusiasts and disability social justice activist. Past Non-profit board and committee experience include: “HandyDart” advisory committee, board member Voice of Cerebral Palsy of greater Vancouver. Freelance web designer in the 80s and 90s, worked with non-profit groups such as “Pace” and grass root businesses such as “Lunch à la kart”. Core motivations: I feel that is very important that all persons within society have access to, and the opportunity to learn, any technology, which empowers them. Thereby helping to ensure, dignity, safety and involvement with society.

✔ Andranik Pogosian, At-large, first term

Social-political-humanitarian enthusiast, and advocate of social justice.  Chairman of the board of Directors for Non-profit org. “Canada Global”- Humanitarian Actions Society (www.cghas,ca) Core motivations: It is important that all persons within society have access to, and the opportunity to Listen, Learn, and Lead the technology, which empowers them. Thereby helping to ensure, dignity, safety and involvement within society. Day by day, step by step we do increase a mind improve a life.