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, Rory 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!
Call Rory direct: 250.727.2497
Dawn CharityManager, Member Services (Nanaimo)
Dawn is a familiar face to many in the construction industry, as VICA’s longest staff member of 20 years. With her extensive knowledge and experience, she is always ready to assist members and future members alike.
Call Dawn direct: 250.483.7669
Amie KilgourDirector of Operations
Amie joined VICA in October 2016 as the coordinator of our then Constructing a Future Program. After developing that program to meet the contractual criteria of the government funder she went on to redevelop it for the second contract. Amie is excited to return to VICA in her new role combining her past experiences in accounting, social work, employment services and human resources.
When Amie is not in the office, she can be found pouring over textbooks as she has recently embarked on a master's degree. She can also be found volunteering as a board member with Community Living Victoria. Amie is a member of the “hockey mom” club and can be found at the arena and lacrosse box every weekend with her partner Dave and two sons. She admits that the 6:00 am start on Saturdays isn’t her favourite...
Chenelle FalconerManager, Training & Education
If you've taken any of our courses, or had questions about Gold Seal Certification or CPD Points, you have probably spoken to Chenelle! She's that inquisitive and helpful woman who gets a kick out of hearing your enthusiasm for growing within the industry. It makes sense then that training and education is her schtick as it's her business to help you grow your business through further learning. Chenelle has been with VICA since September 2015 and tells us she would be lost with Internet Cat Videos.
Call Chenelle direct: 250.483.7591
* for online course registration, please contact Serena
Sarah BartfaiManager, Events & Administration
Sarah has been with VICA for ten 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. She’s a jack of all trades who claims to be the hammer of the world of tools: simple yet reliable.
Call Sarah direct: 250-900-0395
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.
Serena likes wine, big dogs, and Brie, and she's incredibly photogenic.
Call Serena direct: 250.999.8933
*for online course registration assistance
Kendra RenaertsProject Services Coordinator (Nanaimo)
Kendra (aka Kenderella) is our purveyor of project updates. She knows the ins and outs of BidCentral and is in constant contact with planning departments throughout the Island on a hunt to find you prebid data for our weekly, exclusive-to-members PreBid Report that accompanies our Project Bulletin.
Call Kendra direct: 250.800.2027
Owen O'RourkeCommunications Specialist
As VICA's Communications Specialist, Owen is always looking to promote the VICA brand as well as our products and services to current and potential members. Pinning himself as a creative person, he loves the challenge of blending his creative intuitions with his professional life.
He's also got the art of "talking about nothing" down to a science and would love to chat about the weather with you. When Owen is not working, you’ll most likely find him walking his dog Woody or hanging out at the lake.
Call Owen direct: 250.800.1722
Emily Percival-PatersonProject Manager, Harm Reduction Initiative
Emily is new to the VICA team, joining the tool box as the Project Manager for a new harm reduction initiative being developed with funding from Vancouver Island Health Authority. Emily grew up in Sooke and has a BSc in Biology with a minor in Applied Ethics from the University of Victoria and a MSc in International Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
When not at work she's probably trying to talk her wife into getting a dog, or in the kitchen cooking delicious meals so she can win every potluck she goes to!
David SmartAdministrative Coordinator, Victoria
David is a father, husband and oversized kid who enjoys playing video games way too much (according to his wife). Originally from la belle province, he left for South America seeking warmer climes where he met his wife Susy. After living a decade in the Caribbean and becoming quite homesick, David decided to move his tiny family to Canada. Since he has some family here in the Victoria area, it made sense to move here instead of much colder options. With customer service, education, and administrative experience, David look forward to being a productive part of the team at VICA.
Bill O'BrienCYF, Project Lead
Bill joined VICA's Construct Your Future team in March of 2018, coming from School District 61. As an educator, trained paramedic, and carpentry apprentice, Bill takes great pride in the CYF program. "This program empowers our participants to make an impact in an already booming industry. We thoroughly prepare them for sustained employment with our in-house workshops, safety training, and VICA member engagement. These youth are our future leaders in the trades, so let’s give them an incredible start in the trades with the Construct Your Future program."
After meeting him, you'll receive he is the quintessential ambassador for CYF that never lets his smile fade. When not at work, Bill is busy with his son: biking, playing tennis, rugby, and hiking the beautiful trails the island has to offer.
Call Bill direct: 778-403-0085
Rubia MartinsCYF, Program Specialist
Rubia joined VICA's Construct Your Future team in June of 2020, coming from a Business Administration Program at Uvic. She is Brazilian and moved to Canada in January 2019 to have the chance to fulfill her dream of living an international experience. Rubia has also a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, and in her home country, she had the opportunity to work in different industrial segments: mining, manufacturing, and construction.
"I feel privileged to be part of this team because I know the importance that this project has in the lives of the participants. I had the opportunity to participate in a similar program when I was a young adult, and it allowed me my first professional experience and the beginning of a career".
Rubia is responsible for the operation of the online teaching platform, and whatever is needed during all processes. When she is not working, Rubia loves watching movies, looking for new trails for hiking, and meeting her friends.