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Economic Leadership Team

As part of the new governance approach of Economic Development, The District of Squamish has formed an Economic Leadership Team, comprised of members with local expertise and passion in economic development-related fields.

Objective: The Economic Leadership Team will provide advice and expertise on Economic Development strategy in Squamish, in line with the 2019-2022 Council Strategic Plan, stimulating diverse Squamish-based job growth for social and economic gain.

The focus will include:

  • Generating a net increase in employment lands and space in pace with terrestrial and marine needs by 2022;
  • Increasing the number of local jobs per capita year over year by 2022;
  • Increasing the concentration of priority target sector firms year over year by 2022;
  • Supporting the District’s climate targets; to reduce community greenhouse gases by 45% by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050, in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C as per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and
  • Ensuring alignment and support for other areas of the strategic plan.

2020 Work plan: Following the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the team in 2020 will be to adapt and build upon existing strategic economic development actions to ensure local recovery and build in future resiliency actions.

View the full Terms of Reference here.

View the minutes from the June 29, 2020 meeting here.

View the minutes from the Sept 17, 2020 meeting here.

View the minutes from the joint ELT / EPF November 30, 2020 meeting here.

Economic Leadership Team Members

David St. Angelo  |  CTO, Carbon Engineering

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David St. Angelo is Chief Technology Officer at Carbon Engineering (CE), a Canadian-based clean energy company. CE is focused on the deployment of groundbreaking Direct Air Capture technology that captures carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at large scale, so it can be stored deep underground or turned into clean transportation fuels.

David has a successful track record spanning 20+ years in engineering, including leadership roles in the cleantech and energy industries. He was previously Senior Vice President of Engineering and Bioprocess at Joule Unlimited, where he built the technology strategy around Joule’s algal biofuel production technology. David also served as Vice President of Engineering at Skyonic Corporation, where he led the initial conceptualization and development of patented technology for the capture and conversion of carbon into mineral products. David’s wealth of experience is now guiding CE’s technology strategies to bring Direct Air Capture into the marketplace.

Karl Burkat  |  CEO, Pinkbike


After graduating from UBC with degrees in Biochemistry and Computer Engineering, Karl joined Pinkbike 10 years ago to help expand the business as CEO, growing the team from a core of three people to 55 staff globally. Pinkbike has become the largest media company in mountain biking with over three million users monthly.

Moving the HQ from Chilliwack to Squamish five years ago in order to have greater access to the mountain biking network on the Sea to Sky has helped fuel growth and attract staff; about half the staff are out of the Squamish office. Karl has an interest in all things business-related, having been a member of the Vancouver chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization for four years and spends a lot of time enjoying the outdoors of Squamish.


Heather Mann  |  Process Oriented Psychologist & Behavioural Scientist


Heather is a social scientist by training, motivated to support the transition to an economy that operates within social and planetary boundaries. Heather has 5+ years’ experience working with startups, with a particular interest in social enterprise models. In 2015 she co-founded Brighter Investment, a social enterprise that allows private investors to fund students’ higher education in exchange for a share of their future income. From 2018-2020 Heather worked as a behavioural scientist for Symend, one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech startups, where she engaged with enterprise clients to develop customer engagement campaigns reaching over 2 million users.

Heather currently works at the intersection of healthcare and technology to support patient education for chronic kidney disease. She holds a PhD in Psychology, and has trained in behavioural science, social entrepreneurship, sustainability for business, and process-oriented psychology. She believes collaboration is key to growing a sustainable economy that works for all.

John Matthews  |  Principle, Matthews West


John Matthews serves as Principal of Matthews West Ltd, a Squamish based development company that strives to enhance the environmental, social, and economic opportunities of the communities where it works. Matthews is currently managing several projects in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Corridor including the 60-acre master-planned development of the Squamish Oceanfront, the 200-acre single-family master plan community in Brackendale, and assorted smaller projects in partnership with the Squamish First Nation. Additionally, he is the President of the Board of the Dallas Wetlands Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit that develops and maintains urban wetlands.

Prior to his work in Canada, Matthews specialized in financial modeling and project management at Matthews Southwest in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex where, among other projects, acquisitions, and dispositions, he led a 60-acre brown-field development south of downtown Dallas.

Nancy Steward  |  Marketing Manager, Business Events, Destination Canada

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Originally from the UK, Nancy has made Canada and the Sea to Sky home for 10 years. After moving to Squamish 5 years ago, Nancy has become passionate about making the most of all that Squamish has to offer and continuing the development of the community. Currently working as Marketing Manager, Business Events at Destination Canada, Nancy’s experience in tourism spans over 13 years, 8 of which were in Marketing and Communications Management.

Currently leading Destination Canada’s marketing strategy for business events, Nancy works to showcase the myriad of ways in which Canada’s business events industry can act as a catalyst for economic growth. Her focus is on bringing business events to Canada that leave long-lasting, positive impacts on local communities, Canada and the world. In previous roles, Nancy has led dynamic marketing and communications teams to strategically targeted key global markets, successfully growing brand reach and increasing revenues in two local tourism businesses here in the Sea to Sky.

Andreas Truckenbrodt  |  Advisor and Consultant for Clean Tech


Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt is a strategic and technical advisor to clean energy companies and former President and CEO for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, based in Vancouver/Canada.

Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt has held a number of executive positions within DaimlerChrysler, Ballard Power Systems, Daewoo and BMW. Besides his industry experience, he has been instrumental in collaborating with organizations around the world to promote the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. He is the Chairman of the Board for the fuel cell company Loop Energy Inc. and a senior international expert for UNDP in China. Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and received his PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems in 1981.

Colin Doyland  |  Corporate Affairs, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, NEXII

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Over the last eighteen years, Colin has represented the interests of Indigenous communities, industry and all levels of government towards building legacies of sustained economic and cultural wealth. As a former chief of staff to provincial cabinet ministers, corporate affairs advisor with BC Hydro, community economic development director with Indigenous communities and contract corporate development professional,

Colin understands the value of economic development as it relates to supporting municipal governments.  As a certified social housing manager (CertCIH), he also recognizes that efforts towards economic development must also take into account the District's social community assets to ensure the right amount of leverage and support is put in place to see both flourish. Today, Colin works with the team at NEXII Building Solutions, the developer of an innovative and sustainable whole-building technology that is making a significant investment in Squamish at its new manufacturing facility located at the BC Rail industrial park.

Leanne Roderick  |  Lecturer, Urban Studies and Geography, Simon Fraser University Vancouver

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Dr. Leanne Roderick holds a PhD in political economy. As a lecturer of urban studies and geography at Simon Fraser University, she designs and delivers courses on the topics of urban economic development, urban sustainable development, urban transportation, and smart cities.  She has a wide and versatile range of teaching, research, and advising interests, including: feminist political economy; a right to the "smart" city; urban finance; urban technological innovation; and, inequality.

Before joining SFU, Dr. Roderick was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Quest University, and has lived on the traditional and unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh people since 2014.  She is passionate about equitable economic development, authentic and honest engagement, community-led initiatives, and finding creative and inclusive ways of making Squamish as livable as it is beautiful.

Richard Mackellar  |  Managing Partner, Chrysalix Venture Capital

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Richard is Managing Partner at Chrysalix, a venture capital firm focused on intelligent systems, industrial innovation and the environment. He is a director of Minesense, GlassPoint, HaiLa, Rockburst Technologies and DTE, and a former director of the Vancouver Enterprise Forum and the BC Technology Industry Association. His entrepreneurial background includes being CEO of two UBC startups, NxtPhase and BrightSide, and was Engineering Manager of another startup, Kevry Corporation. 

As an Adjunct Professor, Richard teaches Entrepreneurial Finance on the MBA program at UBC. Richard has lived in Squamish for 24 years, was President of the Pirates Swim Club, coached and refereed soccer, and was part of the organizing teams for the Test of Metal and Bob McIntosh Triathlon.  He sponsors the Eureka Scholar for the top science student at Howe Sound Secondary School. His education includes a Bachelor of Metallurgy from Sheffield University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

James Hiller  |  Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)


James is an avid outdoorsman grateful for the legacy of excellence and adventure in Squamish.  He believes in creating long term partnerships with a positive future. With skills from a career in commercial real estate, he is keen to contribute towards the achievement of community goals in keeping with local values.  He has worked in public accounting, government finance, and real estate finance. James graduated from the University of British Columbia and is a designated CFA and CPA, CA.





Ex-Officio Representatives

The Team will be joined by Members of Council, M.P. Patrick Weiler, and M.L.A. Jordan Sturdy in an ex-officio capacity.

For further information about the Economic Leadership Team, please contact Economic Development.