The Vancouver Police Foundation would like to recognize the incredible contributions of two Trustees who recently left the Board. Peter Armstrong, Chair of the Armstrong Group (owner of Rocky Mountain Railtours) has been a Board member since 2003 and served as Chair for three years.
Under Peter’s leadership, the Foundation greatly expanded – in terms of our vision, what we are able to fund each year, and the number of members and donors who support us. Peter’s ongoing guidance and stewardship has kept the Foundation on a steady course of growth and success.
Jack Wong, CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, also left the Board upon the expiration of his term in October. Jack has served as the Foundation’s Treasurer since 2013 – an essential role that ensures the ongoing financial stability of the Foundation. Jack could be counted on to represent the Foundation at numerous events – including the Toy Mountain Christmas Event and the VPD Mess Dinner.
The Board and staff of the VPF thank Peter and Jack for their immense contributions over the years. They will be sorely missed, but we wish them well on their next chapters!
We are also excited to welcome two new Trustees – Christian Chia and Brent Wolverton. Christian Chia is the CEO of OpenRoad Auto Group Limited, the largest-volume dealership group in the province of British Columbia, Canada, with 31 retail locations.
Christian serves as a Director of Servco Pacific Inc. since 2010. He has been active in numerous community and charitable activities and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He has served on a number of boards, including the UBC Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, Lexus Dealer Association, the Automobile Industry Association of BC and was previously chairman of the Vancouver International Auto show. He was also appointed a member of the Canadian Federal Advisory Committee on Financing. In 2012, he was named as the Laureate Award winner of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association. More recently he has earned the prestigious distinction as the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Pacific-region winner in Canada.
Brent Wolverton is a third-generation Vancouverite who is carrying on his family’s long-standing tradition of involvement in western Canada’s investment industry. In addition to his participation in the investment business, Brent has interests in restaurants, breweries, commercial and residential real estate.Brent studied at both UBC and BCIT, majoring in economics, finance and computer science, before graduating from BCIT.
He enjoys fishing, boating, and skiing. Brent and his wife live in West Vancouver with their four children. Brent and Christian bring incredible skills and expertise to the Board and we are honoured they agreed to join us.