Board of Directors


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Joshua Bach
President
Integra Law Group
604-859-7187


Josh practiced law in Ontario for over 25 years before relocating to Abbotsford in 2006. Josh is a solicitor at Integra Law Group in Abbotsford, practicing in the areas of wills and estates, real estate and business law.

Josh has been a presenter in local seminars providing information on estate issues.  Josh is particularly interested in community development and corporate governance. 

In addition to his involvement with the Chamber, Josh is also an active member of:  Abbotsford Hospice Society (Donor Relations and Development Committee), Estate Planning Council of Abbotsford and Rotary Club of Abbotsford Sumas.  Josh is also the immediate Past President of the Abbotsford & District Bar Association, past VP of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, and a former member of the Human Research Ethics Board of UFV.



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Kenda Allen
Vice President

TD Bank
604-870-2213

Kenda is the District Vice President of TD Bank's Commercial Banking Centre in Abbotsford.  After 24 years of Commercial Banking in various cities within Ontario, Kenda relocated to Abbotsford in the fall of 2011.  She has been an active member of the chambers in the communities where she has worked, and resigned from her second term on the Guelph Chamber's Board of Directors when she transferred to Abbotsford.

Kenda grew up on a dairy farm and her love of agriculture lead her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree.  She worked in the dairy cattle industry for a few years before her career in business banking.

She believes it is important to be active and give back to the community where she lives and works.  Over the years, Kenda has held volunteer roles on boards and on committees in the areas of business, sports, not-for-profits, and agriculture.  She is currently an active member of the Leader Impact Group and the Abbotsford Rotary Club.


Suzanne Blakey-Oaks
Director
Community Futures
604-864-5770

 Suzanne is a Business Advisor with the Fraser Valley Self Employment Program for Abbotsford Community Futures South Fraser. She advises, coordinates and mentors business clients to become self employed, facilitates monthly Networking Breakfasts and Exploring Self Employment workshops as well as manages the workshops and Video Conferencing for Community Futures.

Suzanne has owned her own business, sold real estate for 10 years and developed community outreach programs utilizing government funding.


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Brandon Kelley
Treasurer
KPMG
604-854-2200

Brandon is an Audit Manager with KPMG in Abbotsford.  He has been with KPMG for 6 years where he provides financial accounting and auditing services to private companies.  He serves clients in a variety of industries, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and not-for-profits.  Brandon is an active member of the KPMG agriculture committee, a group focused on serving the needs of agricultural businesses in the Fraser Valley.

Born and raised in Hope, he moved to Abbotsford in 2002.  Brandon is an alumnus of UFV where he studied Business Administration and was an active member of the Business Administration Students Association serving as treasurer.


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Hilary Beard
Director
University of the Fraser Valley
604-851-6326

Hilary is the Senior Manager, Principal and Planned Gifts, at the University of the Fraser Valley.  She is passionate about the value education brings to our communities, and the importance of strengthening partnerships between businesses and UFV to build an educated workforce and entrepreneurial leadership. 

With 13 years of non-profit experience, she has served as a Board member for a large independent school and the past two years with the Abbotsford Chamber's Board.

Hilary also has 20 years of diverse accounting and audit experience (KPMG) such as manufacturing, banking, travel and forex.  She has cultural and business understanding from working  in three countries across two continents.

Hilary holds a Master of Arts in Leadership (business) a Bachelor of Accounting Science, and a Certified Fundraising Executive designation (CFRE) recognized internationally.  She is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.


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Mark Dana
Director

Re/Max Little Oak Realty

Mark works full time as a professional realtor.  Prior to real estate, he worked as an educator and school principal.  He is an active Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford.  Mark is also a member of the Chamber's Goverment Affairs Committee.

He has lived in Abbotsford for the past 20 years.  His hobbies/interests include real estate, investments/finance and personal development


Brad Friesen

Brad Friesen
Director 
Brookside Abbotsford - The Hershey Company

Brad is the Plant Manager of the Hershey production facility in Abbotsford, responsible for the manufacturing of the Brookside brand of chocolate confections.  Brookside is a local success story operating in Abbotsford for over 60 years.  In 2012 Brookside was acquired by The Hershey Company.

Prior to the Hershey acquisition, Brad was the Director of Operations and as a member of Brookside's executive team responsible for decision making and business strategy.

Earlier work experiences include 13 years in the processed egg industry with Michael Foods as Operations Manager responsible for their Canadian manufacturing locations.  Brad spent three years in the Netherlands as the Managing Director of Inovatech Europe where he was responsible for the set up and operation of their Bio-Products Division.

Born and raised in Abbotsford, Brad returned to the City in 2009.  He has worked in the food industry for 30 years.  Throughout this time, he has gained a variety of knowledge and leadership experience by working in various positions and at different levels within operations. 


Melanie Friesen

Melinda Friesen
Director
Clearbrook Grain & Milling

Melinda Friesen is the General Manager of Nature's Pride Nutrition, a local vitamin premix business, and in addition, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Friesen Group of Companies, which includes the companies' main poultry and livestock feed milling operation, Clearbrook Grain & Milling.  Born and raised in Abbotsford, Melinda attended MEI for her high school education.  After high school graduation and a brief traveling hiatus, she returned and began her  career in studies at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).  At the same time she also accepted a position to perform part-time receptionist duties at Clearbrook Grain & Milling.  After one ear, the growth and demands of the companies personnel needs encouraged her to take on full-time hours and expand her role.  She continued at UFV as a part-time student until 2006, when she graduated with her Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing major, while earning a spot on the Dean's list of distinguished students.  She was selected as the valedictorian to present the graduation address for the class of 2006.

Over the past 20 years, the benefits of her education, professional development and being involved in a family-owned and operated business have enabled her to pursue a variety of positions within the companies, such as sales, accounts receivable, human resources, events coordinator and marketing.  Adventure seeking, travel lover, farm girl at heart and driven by opportunities to learn and grow personally and professionally, she is honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the Directors team with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. 


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Sara Lawson
Director 
Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes 
604-854-5534

Sara has been in the funeral industry since 1997 when she began her apprenticeship with a small-town funeral home in Central Alberta.  She has been serving grieving families in Abbotsford since 2000 and is the manager of Henderson's Dignity Memorial Funeral Home.

Sara also cares for the bereaved as a volunteer with Abbotsford Hospice Society.  She facilitates children and teen grief groups at AHS with particular attention to helping families who struggle with how best to support their children through grief.

Sara is also a proud member of the Abbotsford Rotary Club and the Abbotsford Executive Association.

Sara is passionate about supporting the growth and development of business in Abbotsford.  She is excited for the opportunity to work with the Chamber of Commerce to help Abbotsford continue to be a great community in which to live and work.


Stu McIntosh

Stu McIntosh
Director
Cascade Aerospace

Stu is the Vice President of Operations for Cascade Aerospace.  In this role, he is responsible for the overall operational delivery of services to Cascade's broad customer base.  His focus is on developing individual and team performance throughout the organization by fostering sound leadership, accountability and focused customer engagement at all levels.

Prior to joining Cascade, Stu served for twenty-one years as an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, followed by 5 years with Bombardier Aerospace.  He returned to Abbotsford in 2011 because it has always been home.  He is committed to seeing the community flourish and stays involved.  Stu  has truly enjoyed being an active minor hockey coach with multiple teams and currently serves as a Director with the Abbotsford International Air Show.

Stu holds a Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee, a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Royal Roads and is a Flight Test Engineer graduate of the Empire Test Pilot's School.  More importantly, he is a proud 1985 graduate from Abby Senior.




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Dave Miller
Director
Fix Auto
604-852-4677

Dave is the owner and CEO of six Fix Auto Collision shops with three in the Fraser Valley as well as Vernon and Salmon Arm locations.  With  a serious entrepreneurial drive, he grew his business from humble beginnings - fixing cars in a chicken barn (complete with a paint booth) to the modern, state of the art, paint and auto body shops that he runs today.

He credits his hard working team of quality technicians, and managers whom he has engaged to follow, using his bottom line principle that "customers be treated as they would want to be treated themselves:

As a defending World Masters Water Ski Champion, Dave continues to make waves both in business and on the water.  He believes that the empowerment of his managers to make their own decisions based on his principles, allows him the flexibility to follow his passion (waterskiing) and still be dialed in to the successful operations of his body shops.

Dave has called Abbotsford home for more than 40 years and is married to his lovely wife Jackie.  They have two grown children. 


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David Sheach
Director
Fraser Valley Community
Charitable Gaming Association 


 David is a compassionate and strategic executive leader with 25 years in community service, including 13 in executive management.  David is active in our community and enjoys personal a professional relationships with colleagues and community leaders.  

Currently, David serves on the board of the FV Community Charitable Gaming Assoc, and the Mission Community Services and Realize Opportunities Cooperative.  David is a member of the Abbotsford Sumas Rotary and the Parish of S. Matthew. 


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Parm Sidhu
Director
Abbosford International Airport
604-855-1001

Parm Sidhu currently serves as Director of Airport Operations at the City of Abbotsford Airport (YXX).  Parm is regarded as an ambitious visionary within the aviation industry and is commonly known for thinking outside the box.  He brings with him a keen focus on guests' services, tenant relations and continual improvements.  He strives to ensure that he exceeds guest/tenant expectations by providing a seamless, warm and welcoming YXX experience.

Parm graduatied from Abbotsford Senior Secondary in 1992 and is set to achieve his bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University this Spring.


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Mark Warkentin
Director
Linley Welwood, LLP
604-850-6640

Mark is the managing partner of Linley Welwood LLP.  His areas of practice include real estate transactions, real estate development, business transactions, financing, corporate and commercial law.

Mark graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1988 with a B.A. (magna cum laude), and from UBC Law School in 1992 with an LL.B.  He articled with Miller Thompson in Vancouver and was called to the bar in 1993.  Since that time, he has develped a diverse background in business law, criminal law, and civil litigaton.

Mark and his family live in Abbotsford where he and his family attend Northview Community Church.  He is a frequent presenter at the Real Estate Investment Network, a long standing member of the Canadian Bar Association, a member of Abbotsford & District Bar Association, and a director of Jubilee Gold Inc.