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VICA Board of Directors

Meet the Board of Directors who provide leadership and guidance on behalf of the VICA membership.


Chris Lyons

Chair, Omicron Construction Ltd.

Chris Lyons is the Director of Construction for Omicron Construction Ltd. in Victoria. He grew up in construction, and after graduating from university, worked 12 years as a general contractor then followed by 8 years working in an integrated development, design, and construction company. Throughout his career, he has worked all facets of construction, gaining experience which allows him to represent the industry accurately on the VICA board. In addition to his time on the board, Chris has been involved with the U40(YBN) committee, holding the chair position in 2016.


Kate Ulmer

Vice-Chair, Herold Engineering Ltd.

Kate is a registered professional engineer and a Principal with Herold Engineering. She has over 18 years of experience as a structural consultant and works on a wide variety of local institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential projects including new builds and seismic retrofitting. Kate volunteers with the Women in Construction executive committee, the City of Victoria Civic Heritage Trust Board, and Engineers and Geoscientists BC.


Stuart Cuthbert

Treasurer , Mazzei Electric

Stuart is the Director of Operations with Mazzei Electric. He has been working in the construction industry for the last 16 years, predominantly in supply, sub-contracting and manufacturing. Over that time Stuart has had the opportunity to work with operations across Canada, the USA, Japan, South America and the UK. Now overseeing branches in Victoria, Nanaimo, Kelowna and Fort St John, he brings an appreciation of the whole breadth of the construction community on the Island and beyond


Barclay Ellis

Secretary , Trades Labour Corporation Victoria

Barclay has been the President of Trades Labour Corp. Victoria, a blue collar staffing agency, for the past ten years. He was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is very proud to give back to his community. For the past five years, he has served on the VICA U40 Victoria Executive Committee in the role of Events & Communications Director. VICA U40 Victoria’s events include the Annual Charity Casino, which has raised over $50,000 for local charities, and Builders on the Barge, which brought together 200 construction personnel for a day of live music and networking.


James Clapp

Past Chair, Wilson M. Beck Insurance (Victoria) Services Inc.

James Clapp, Managing Director at Wilson M. Beck Insurance, is a construction insurance and surety broker with 22 years of experience and over 300 clients across North America. He spends the bulk of his time reviewing tender and contract specifications, alerting his clients to any onerous conditions, and ensuring they understand and comply with insurance and bonding requirements. As a former surety underwriter, James also brings a strong background in construction accounting.


Paul Gray

Director, Farmer Construction

Paul is a ‘born and bred’ Victorian. He has spent the past 13 years working at Farmer Construction Ltd. and has recently become one of the company shareholders. His experience working at Farmer alongside previous Board members—Brian Scroggs, Barry Scroggs & Gerrit Vink—has given him an enormous appreciation for the long-term impact our industry has on the surrounding community. Paul has a natural desire for organization, process, and procedures, and is currently working at Farmer as Chief Estimator. As a VICA Director, he plans to look at issues in the industry to support and encourage fair and realistic procurement practices both for GCs and subcontractors by owners and consultants.


Mark Liudzius

Director, Kinetic Construction Ltd.

Mark Liudzius is the Executive VP, Director of Operations, and Chair at Kinetic Construction. He has been with Kinetic since 1997. In addition to being a member of ASTTBC, Mark is also a LEED AP and has his GSC in Project Management. Mark started out as a carpenter and has gained extensive industry experience throughout his 40-year career in construction. Mark mentors and coaches junior staff members for guidance and career development.


Scott Torry

Director, AFC Construction

Scott is a project manager with AFC Construction in Courtenay, BC. He has a diverse background managing commercial, industrial, and residential projects from both mechanical and general contracting perspectives and over 30 years of experience in the construction industry on Vancouver Island — which is also his place of birth. Scott is currently chair of the Civil Contractors Council and, as such, is committed to ensuring island civil contractors are well supported by VICA. Prior to volunteering on the VICA BoD, he volunteered on the Comox Valley Airport Commission for seven years.


Byron Tarby

Director, Makon Projects Ltd.

Since moving to Nanaimo in 1997 from South Africa, Byron immediately found comfort within the welcoming community of his beautiful town, in particular amongst the construction industry. Through the VICA Board, he hopes to continue contributing to a growing and developing community which has offered him so much. As a carpenter by trade, complimented with a Bachelor’s of Management and a PMP Designation, Byron obtained both practical and managerial knowledge to be an effective board member. With over twelve years of project management experience in diverse industries, he aims to leverage his knowledge to develop strategic and creative solutions.


Chris Williams

Director, Houle Electric

Chris Williams is currently the Victoria Branch Manager at Houle Electric and has risen through the ranks there for the past 20 years. Chris was born and raised in Victoria and has been actively involved in the enormous growth and change in the construction industry on the Island as a construction electrician, estimator, and project manager with Houle. He has shown his support for VICA as an active leader of Houle’s dedicated support to VICA, as well as his energetic participation in the U40 group for the past six years, the last three as part of the leadership team.

As a board member, Chris looks forward to actively participating in discussions and committees that support and encourage the successes of local companies as well as promoting the benefits of VICA membership.


Morley Wilkins

Director, Campbell Construction Ltd.

Morley Wilkins is a Chartered Accountant who, prior to joining Campbell Construction Ltd., worked in the public sector at BC Transit and articled at the CPA Firm Trenholme & Company. He has an MBA from the University of Victoria and brings over 10 years experience in strategic planning, information technology and risk management. Morley also volunteers as a CPA Mentor and provides future students support and insight that can broaden their mindsets.


Allison Greaves

Director, Durwest Construction Management

Allison Greaves is the Human Resources Manager and a Principal with Durwest Construction Management. She is experienced in strategic planning and executive management. She has over 7 years of experience in the industry and is an advocate for human resources and women representation in the industry. She is the founder and co-facilitator of ‘BuildingWell’, a CPHR BC & Yukon Community of Practice for the construction industry, offering peer support to over 100 businesses including many VICA members. She is a proud supporter of the Construct Your Future Program, and provides sponsorship to several apprentices and newcomers to the industry. She is an active community member, holds a diploma in Human Resource Management, is a CPHR Candidate and is honoured to be a Director with the Vancouver Island Construction Association.


Jac-Lyn Mickelson

Director, MGM Mechanical

Jac-Lyn Mickelson is the Vice-President of MGM Mechanical. She serves as the Human Resources Manager, Safety Officer, and Security Officer; she also has a gift of bringing people together and supporting their staff in many ways.

Previously she was a teacher with the Victoria School District for 10 years and in that capacity taught among other things, Physical Education. Her experience as a teacher and now as a business owner has given her opportunities to utilize a variety of skills sets which she is excited to bring to the VICA Board. She will bring her creativity, enthusiasm and tremendous appreciation for the Vancouver Island construction community as she looks forwards to collaborating with this dynamic team.


Josh Fayerman

Director, Milestone Equipment Contracting

Josh Fayerman, Milestone Equipment Contracting’s President and Founder, was raised in Nanaimo and is proud to call the Harbour City home. Josh started in the construction industry swinging a shovel at a very young age. Growing up in a family of 3 generations of general contractors, Josh gained knowledge of the construction industry and committed himself to the best possible construction practice and to ensuring the local construction industry is positively progressing, engaging future generations, and leveraging technology.


Samer Akouri

Director, AccessSMT Ltd.

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