Victoria Bradbury is the Chair of the British and Commonwealth Business Association of Canada. She is a CPA,CA, and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors with over 25 years combined international and Canadian experience with PwC and in industry. Fluently bilingual, Victoria is CEO of Pendragon Construction Services Ltd and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Canada Lands Company, a large federal commercial Crown corporation. Victoria previously served on the Board of Calgary Film Centre, a subsidiary of Calgary Economic Development, and on the Board of the CanLearn Society in Calgary.
Simon Chinn has more than 15 years’ executive search experience working with a diverse group of market leading companies in the Oil & Gas (E&P and Midstream), Petrochemicals, Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Technology, Agribusiness and Advanced Manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining DHR International, Simon served as the co-founder of McLaren Chase Inc., an executive search firm focused on the global energy and technology sectors. At McLaren Chase, Simon played a lead role in business development strategy, executing senior level assignments and lead account development. Prior to co-founding McLaren Chase, Simon was a partner at Maxwell Drummond International predominantly focusing on oil and gas clients.
Simon began his career as an economist with Talisman Energy, before entering the search industry in 2005 by joining Thorpe Molloy Recruitment in Scotland. With Thorpe Molloy, Simon recruited within the financial sector before launching the firm’s engineering division.
Simon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. He plays an array of sports and enjoys watching his adopted ice hockey team (go flames go!) play, or escaping the city and spending time in the Rockies or the Okanagan with his wife, young daughter and English Bull Dog.
James Niblock is a Senior International Manager for HSBC Bank with 14 years of banking experience. In his current role he is responsible for the banking, forex, debt structuring and global liquidity requirements of HSBC SME businesses in Southern Alberta and throughout Western Canada. Previous roles have included Regional Manager for Southern Alberta and Implementation Manager for the HSBC UK banking network. Prior to living in Calgary, James has lived in Manchester, London UK, and Medicine Hat! James is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds BSc Finance and BA Economics. In his spare time James enjoys playing Rugby (Bow Valley Rugby Club), skiing and spending time with family, especially bike riding and playing football with his two young sons.
Stephanie is Director of engineering consulting firm, Green Cat Renewables, a company specializing in providing development support to renewable energy projects across North America. With her 10+ years in the industry, Stephanie has a wealth of experience in utility and distribution scale wind and solar projects as well as micro-grid, community generation, remote projects, hybrid and multi-technology systems.
Stephanie has a strong technical background with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with Renewable Energy from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Stephanie relocated to Calgary from Scotland in 2017 and is now holds Canadian Permanent Residency. She is an avid skier and hiker and spends much of her spare time enjoying the outdoors in the mountains.
Andrew Shorter has been a passionate Calgarian for the past 10 years. A native Kiwi, Andrew lived in and worked in both Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney Australia prior to immigrating to Canada in 2009. His international work experience includes a career that spans over 25 years in commercial real estate, banking, finance, insurance and wealth management across the globe. Has recently joined the award winning Pacific M&A Business Brokers team & is a member of the International Business Brokers Association (IBBA).
Prior to joining the board of the BCBAC Andrew previously served on numerous boards internationally and locally including: The Calgary Tennis Club, Variety Alberta, Downunder Club of Calgary and as President of his local Community Association. Until recently, Andrew sat on the board and held the role of VP Business development of CHF and played a key role in re-branding and raising the profile of the firm. Andrew is a seasoned business strategist with an entrepreneurial flair and extensive experience in marketing and business development primarily in the financial services sector.
A proud Dad of a 12 year old daughter Andrew believes that work – life balance is the key to success in business and life. He is a big believer in surrounding himself with great people and believes in giving back to the community he works, lives and plays in.
Andrew has embraced the Canadian winters since arriving in Calgary and spends his weekends with his family, exploring mountains. A former competitive tennis player and multiple championship winner, he is an avid tennis fan. He is also a keen rugby enthusiast (former player and proud All Blacks supporter) not to mention a budding golfer with a double-digit handicap. While “golf is a work in progress” he hopes to get into to single figures when time permits in the future.
Andrew enjoys serving on the BCBAC board, facilitating connections and assisting with the development & growth of the organisation.
Robbie moved to Calgary in April 2017 to open an office on behalf of Longspur Capital, a UK-based renewable energy investor and developer. Having developed two utility-scale solar PV projects in Alberta, Longspur now has an investment focus on bioenergy projects in North America for 2020 and beyond. Since joining the renewables industry in 2013, Robbie has worked on projects using multiple technologies, including wind, solar PV, run-of-river hydro, anaerobic digestion and biomass.
Before renewables, Robbie served for 6 years as an infantry officer in the British Army including three operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and prior to that graduated with a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Leeds, England. He is a British Citizen hailing from Scotland, and holds Canadian Permanent Residency. In his spare time, Robbie enjoys spending time with his family (including two young children and a puppy) and trying to get everyone outdoors as much as possible to enjoy all the wonderful activities that Alberta and beyond has to offer.
Tom made the move to Calgary in 2013 to pursue a higher quality of life and play hockey recreationally. Tom had trained as an accountant in England an initially took on an accounting role with a local restaurant group upon moving to Calgary. However, as time went on it was clear that Tom was much more passionate about technology than crunching numbers, and so shortly after arriving his attention turned to web design and development.
Since 2016 Tom has operated Go Top Shelf, a web design and SEO firm based here in Calgary.
Alex is a UK Chartered Accountant, and specializes in helping companies with acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and financings. Alex industry experience includes oil and gas, energy services, midstream, infrastructure, power & utilities and private equity transactions into and out of Canada. Alex’s experience in Canada includes landmark deals such as CNOOC’s acquisition of Nexen and Burger King’s acquisition of Tim Hortons.
Alex’s international work experience includes London and Manchester, UK, and also 8.5 years in Asia, including 6 years in China, as well as Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong. Alex was part of a team that led the liquidation of Lehman Brothers Asia during the financial crisis.
Alex is currently President of the Hong Kong-Canada Business Association in Calgary and is a regular speaker on China at Corporate events and also guest lectures at universities in Calgary and Edmonton. Whilst in China, Alex was a board member and treasurer of the British Chamber of Commerce in China
Alex holds a Master of Science in Business Economics and a Bachelor of Science, both from University of Manchester.
Alex has three young children, and enjoys various sporting activities such as Hiking, Biking, Skiing and (over 35s) Soccer.
Samantha Chinn is a dual qualified Lawyer (Scotland and Alberta, Canada) with more than 10 years global post-graduate experience within large Law Firms and Industry (Oil & Gas Upstream, Midstream and EPCM). Samantha is respected for her high level of professionalism and attention to detail.
Samantha is Legal Counsel for Chevron Canada Resources, specialising in employment law matters and in drafting, qualifying and leading the negotiation for commercial contracts. Prior to joining Chevron Canada Resources, Samantha was an Associate in the Energy Department with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Calgary.
Samantha began her career as a lawyer in Aberdeen, Scotland before moving to Calgary, Canada in 2012. Samantha earned her Law Degree (Honours) and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, and undertook the legal conversion examinations through the Federation of Law Societies of Canada/National Committee on Accreditation to become dual-qualified to practice law in Canada.
Samantha acts as a Board Member and Corporate Secretary with the British and Commonwealth Association of Canada, and in her spare time, enjoys pilates and yoga, walking her English Bull Dog, or escaping the city and spending time in the Rockies or the Okanagan with her husband and young daughter.