Venezuelan Canadian Society of BC

Board of directors

Our Board of Directors is elected by the membership every year during our Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Members.

Each director serves the Board for one year according to our Constitution and Bylaws.

For the Fiscal Year of 2020, our Board of Directors is composed of the following volunteers.

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President | Burnaby, BC

Ivan Contramaestre

Ivan is a Software Developer that has resided in Metro Vancouver for more than 20 years.  When he is not playing Lego in the company of his two children, you can see him performing with Los Parranderos De Vancouver.  He likes baseball, the beach, and jogging 3 times a week.

Ivan currently works as a Consultant at Boeing Vancouver and this is his fourth year as a member of the Board of Directors.

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Vice-President | North Vancouver, BC

Cleopatra Perez

Cleopatra was born in Caracas, Venezuela from parents originated in the Andean region and Margarita Island.  She arrived to Canada via Montreal in August 2006.   She is a Mechanical Engineer, graduated from “Universidad Simon Bolivar” (USB) and has a MBA and IESA.  She divides her time between her job in Supply Management at Seaspan and her multiple volunteering activities that include mentorship for professionals recently arriving in Vancouver at organizations that aid immigrants such as SUCCESS and YWCA.

Cleopatra has two fabulous, grown-up children: Andres Eloy and Victoria.

Treasurer | Coquitlam, BC

Virginia Black

Virginia originated from Puerto La Cruz y moved to Vancouver 14 years ago.  She is a Civil Engineer graduated from “Universidad de Oriente” and works as an Engineering Consultant.  She likes to spend her spare time with friends and enjoys walk in the outdoors.

This is her second term in the Board of Directors of VCSBC and she also is a volunteer at a Non-Profit society collecting funds for children with malnutrition issues in Venezuela.

Secretary | Vancouver, BC

Javier Badillo

Javier is a film-maker and musician residing in Vancouver since 2002.  When he is not rolling film in his camera or singing in concerts with his rock band “Caracas”, he is processing books at the Vancouver Public Library or preparing Lattés at The Laughing Bean café.

Javier was the recipient of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award in 2019.

Director of Operations | Langley, BC

Victor Bolivar

Victor is an immigration consultant and owner of @Time2Immigrate.  He resides in Vancouver for more than 6 years next to his wife Mafer and their 3-year-old daughter.  In his spare time, he likes to cook, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Recently, he was elected to the Board of Directors of VCSBC where he joyously works ad honorem next to other Venezuelan colleagues.

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Director of Communications | Victoria, BC

Antonio Oquendo

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Antonio  is a Lawyer with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and an entrepreneur with a passion for international business development, knowledge transfer and empowerment; a passion that he brings into practice as a partner associate at We Speak BC Inc.

Antonio is married with Carolina, has two daughters – Mariana and Sara – and they have been living in Victoria, BC for more than 11 years.

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Director at Large | North Vancouver, BC

Diana Souki

Diana is born from Lebanese-Venezuelan parents and has been living in Vancouver for over 20 years.  She is a Director for another non-profit organization and works with children 2-11 years old.  She teaches Spanish to adults as well.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places, nature walks, yoga, and spending time with friends.


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