Meet the Board of Directors who provide leadership and guidance on behalf of the VICA Membership.
James ClappWilson M. Beck Insurance Services - Chair
James Clapp is a construction surety insurance broker with 18+ years of experience and over 150 clients across BC and Alberta. He spends the bulk of his time reviewing tender and contract specifications, ensuring his clients understand and comply with insurance and bonding requirements; alerting clients to any onerous conditions. As a former surety underwriter, James also brings a strong background in construction accounting.
Chris LyonsOmicron Construction Ltd. - Vice Chair
Chris Lyons is the Senior Project Manager for Omicron Construction Ltd. in Victoria. He has 12 years of experience in General Contracting followed by five years of experience in Integrated Development, Design, and Construction. During his career, he has worked on renovations, multi-family residential, commercial, and institutional projects as a Contractor, Developer, and Design Builder. Chris has also been involved with the VICA U40 executive since its inception and is currently the past chair.
Kate UlmerHerold Engineering Ltd. - Treasurer
Kate is a registered professional engineer and the manager of Herold Engineering’s Victoria office. She has over 15 years of experience as a structural consultant and works on a wide variety of local institutional, commercial, 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 conservation committee, and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
Stuart CuthbertMazzei Electric - Secretary
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 YagerKnappett Projects Inc - Past Chair
Roger is the Vice President of Knappett Projects Inc. and has been involved in the construction industry for nearly 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 EllisTrades Labour Corporation Victoria - Director
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 GrayFarmer Construction - Director
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 LewisAlpine Insulation - Director
David became one of two owners of Alpine Insulation in 2013 and has worked largely in the commercial side of business since then. Over the course of his professional career, he has participated in board governance from a variety of viewpoints. He understands the value associations can bring to their membership in terms of tangible rewards from health benefits/insurance programs, as well as from a strategic standpoint in terms of policy development and lobby work. He also understands that directors are effective by providing strong, clear, focused guidance and a commitment to work at the committee level.
Mark LiudziusKinetic Construction Ltd. - Director
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 for a number of years. Mark started out as a carpenter and has gained extensive industry experience throughout his career. Mark mentors and coaches junior staff members for guidance and career development.
Scott TorryAFC Construction - Director
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 TarbyTarby Contracting Inc. - Director
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 WilliamsHoule Electric - Director
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 WilkinsCampbell Construction Ltd. - Director
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.