Executive Committee

The Executive Committee (Society Directors) meet on the first Wednesday of each month, except for August. Executive Committee members are elected each year at GIBCA's AGM.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 

Wednesday February 13th, 2019

at the Granville Island Hotel - Dockside Lounge

Thank you Granville Island Hotel for Hosting us and thank you to all our members who showed up to participate in the community.

The Executive Director* positions were voted on and you now have a new refreshed volunteer group of Directors ready to work for the Granville Island Businesses and Community. Some "old" faces, some new faces.
We are always looking for volunteers from our community to help with the many projects we hope will continue to bring life to GI.


*To be an Executive Director, members must own a business and/or work on Granville Island and be a member in good standing with the GIBCA.

Thank you so much to the departing GIBCA Directors of 2018!

Current Directors

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Stephanie Ostler founded Devil May Wear in 2003: designing, producing and distributing ethical apparel in Vancouver. Though a new member of the Granville Island community she is an enthusiastic supporter of local culture and business and an advocate for the city's next generation of innovative entrepreneurs. Stephanie is currently a member at large on the executive committee of the GIBCA.


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Christine Louden of the Granville Island Hotel.

Vice President


Position Vacant. Current Members will take turns filling this role.



Gabe Kirkley of The Arts Club Theatre


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Karen "Gardner" Cooper, Photographer/Owner of Karen Cooper Gallery on Duranleau street.

Events Coordinator


Beverly Akhurst is the Owner of Ocean Breath Yoga and Director of Ocean Breath Yoga Teacher Training School. ERYT 500, YACEP.With nearing 7000 hours of teaching experience, Beverly teaches Private, Small group and Corporate Classes that look to reduce Stress and Anxiety, reintroduce people to their bodies and how to be empowered within them no matter the age or physical history and reconnect to the idea of Comm-Unity (Common Unity). This is why she has participated as part of the GIBCA since becoming a business owner on the Island.

Membership Coordinator

A lifelong Islander, Kevin Head has been spending time in the studios and workshops on Granville Island since he was 15 years old, attended school at Emily Carr, and has worked evenings in the Public Market. Known as “The Paint Guy,” he was mentored by Gordon Payne who founded Kroma Acrylics in 1970. In 1992 he became the director of Kroma. 

Member at Large


Bob Gardner of Karen Cooper Gallery

Member at Large

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Andrea Dillion, FCRCC False Creek Racing Canoe Club and resident of Sea Village.

Member at Large