Hello! We're Team VICA. Nice to meet you.
Rory KulmalaChief Executive Officer
Rory has been working the construction scene throughout Canada for the last 25 years but primarily in the West as a general contractor and owner for both public and private sectors. With credentials out the wahzoo, he has accreditation as an Applied Science Technologist and a PMP, topped with an MBA. He retired after 28 years as a reserve officer with Canada’s Navy in early 2016 to spend more time with his family. His diverse background makes him an ideal candidate to lead VICA for years to come.
With his nautical bent, he would transform into a ship. Although the sea can be filled with peril, a ship that is able to weather the storm is a critical link to the world’s economy. Having been around the construction buoy (again with the nautical), he knows the ins and outs of the industry, who’s who in the zoo, and has established relationships that he leverages to enhance membership value. We just have to get him to relax on the morning inspections!
Rosie ManhasDirector of Operations
Rosie has been co-running the show since 2009. With a background in business administration and HR, she’s well-suited for her role as VICA's solution-providing director. She’s a powerhouse, one might say, so it’s understandable that given a choice between all the tools and machinery out there, she would morph into a compressor — the power within! Every once in awhile, powerhouses need vacations and Rosie certainly enjoys them. Notebook in hand, list on the go, she can be found abroad with husband Garry recharging...so she can return to take charge again.
Rosie’s favourite thing about construction is seeing how the pieces fit together from conception to completion. She likens the industry to a puzzle; each piece, or trade, contributes to the big picture by doing their bit, sharing their expertise, and moving on so the next trade can come in. Each acts as a separate unit, yet they are all interconnected.
Sarah BartfaiMember Services & Events Coordinator
Sarah has been with VICA for seven years. If you haven’t already met her at the office or at one of our member events, she’s the woman with the unfaltering, genuine smile on her face. How she does it, nobody knows. She is dedicated, passionate, and reliable and VICA’s 450+ members often show their appreciation for her as an individual and what she does for the association. She’s a jack of all trades who claims to be the hammer of the world of tools: simple yet reliable.
When asked what song represents her life, her outlook, and/or her current state she replied, “Happy, by Pharrell”. For a woman who has a beautiful young boy, a loving boyfriend, and colleagues who would be lost without her, it makes sense. When asked what she’d be lost without, Sarah said spreadsheets...
Kelly MarionMarketing & Communications Coordinator
Kelly is VICA's newest recruit and has been with the team since October 2016. You may not have met her (yet) but you've most certainly received an email from her, whether you know it or not...
Kelly's favourite thing about communications, especially with small companies, is the opportunity to have her hands in every pot. It makes sense then, that her w̶e̶a̶p̶o̶n̶ tool of choice would be the screwdriver: there's a unique bit for every head, just like there is a unique tone and vernacular for every "VICA store", platform, and audience. It's all about customization in the world of communications! Kelly is often at the office until ungodly hours and her door is always open for visitors, so pop by and say hello!
Chenelle FalconerTraining & Education Coordinator
If you've taken any of our courses, you have probably spoken to Chenelle on the phone. She is an interesting lady and you'll find out why soon!
Dawn CharityMember Services (Nanaimo)
Dawn is a familiar face to many in the construction industry, as VICA’s longest staff member of 17 years. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she is always ready to assist members and future members alike.
Kendra RenaertsProject Services Coordinator (Nanaimo)
BidCentral inquiry? Kendra has your answer. There's more to her than work and we'll share that with you soon!
Serena HuppeServices Assistant (Nanaimo)
That bubbly woman answering your phone calls and questions out of the Nanaimo office? That's Serena. If she hasn't proven to be helpful to you yet, then you haven't given her the proper chance. No problem is too big for her to solve and she'll walk you through the steps as if she wrote the guidebook herself. She likes wine, big dogs, and Brie, and she's incredibly photogenic.