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VICA Board of Directors

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


 

James Clapp

Chair, Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services

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.

 

Chris Lyons

Vice 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

Treasurer, 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

Secretary, 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 and Nanaimo, he brings an appreciation of the whole breadth of the construction community on the Island and beyond.

 

Roger Yager

Past Chair, Knappett Projects Inc.

Roger is the Vice President of Knappett Projects Inc. and has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years. With his experience in all facets of the industry, Roger brings a unique perspective and understanding of current issues to the Board. Very involved in both VICA and BCCA, Roger serves as Chair for VICA S&P Committee, is a BCCA Director and Chair of the BCCA S&P Committee.

 

Barclay Ellis

Director, 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.

 

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.

 

David Lewis

Director, Alpine Insulation

Dave (right) has always been in business (mostly for himself) and moved from the forest industry into construction in 2014 when he became an owner at Alpine. His previous experiences as a Mayor, Executive Director, Corporate Director and business owner have taught him the value of trade associations and sees tremendous worth in what VICA can provide its members when they engage. Trade contractors represent the vast majority of VICA members and hopes more trade contractors engage and get involved at the committee and board level.

 

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. He has been a member of various committees for BCCA and VICA over the years. 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, Tarby Contracting Inc.

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.