Skip to content

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Purpose

The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is responsible for ensuring continuing progress toward the vision of the Chamber’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative. The Committee will set priorities and provide guidance to GVC in the design and implementation of a dynamic suite of activities and resources to help members and non-member businesses gain the skills necessary to meet the needs of and reflect the diverse communities they serve, recognizing that truly effective equity and diversity work is never finished.

The DEI Committee will ensure that equity and diversity activities are closely aligned with the Chamber’s  strategic priorities and responsive to the diverse needs and capabilities of our members. The Committee will actively encourage members to participate in and contribute to these activities. In recommending new programs and products, the Committee will consider and seek to address the resource implications of these activities.

Objectives

  • Develop an annual DEI Action Plan, setting priorities based on the pillars of the GVC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative: leadership support, assessment, professional development, communication, program development, and workforce development.
  • Convening the business community around addressing systemic racism.
  • Assist the GVC Board and other committees in incorporating equity and diversity into the Chamber’s strategic goals and objectives.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of a Diversity and Leadership Development Fellows program.
    Monitor the progress and process of equity and diversity work at GVC.
  • Maintain a global and inclusive view of diversity.

Contact the Chair

Chris is a tan woman with black layered hair, posing with a coffee and sunflower

Chris Selk

Committee Chair

Operations

Meetings

This committee meets quarterly with more frequent meetings called when needed. Meetings are closed to the public at this time.

Term Limits

Committee members serve three-year terms.

2021-2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

Chris Selk
Chair C-Tran, Dir Communications and Customer Experience
Angela Allen
Battle Ground Public School Dist - Denny Waters
Kate Budd
Council for the Homeless, Executive Director
Katy Byrtus
Cinder, Workforce Solutions Partner
Cadie Dye
PointNorth Consulting Inc.
Kevin Getch
Webfor, Founder + Director of Digital Strategy
Webfor’s Founder + Director of Digital Strategy started his career in marketing over 14 years ago. He has been quoted and published on leading si...
George Lackey
Leadership Clark County
Stacey Smith
Controltek, Inc., Principal
Stacey LaFrazia Smith is Principal at ControlTek. As Principal, Stacey brings her passion and commitment to ControlTek by working to build long ter...
Don Walkinshaw
ilani , Marketing Manager
Jim West
Jim West Commercial Real Estate | Wise Move, Commerical Real Estate Broker
Jim West graduated from Willamette University in 1976 with a degree in economics. He spent 5 years in the early eighties as a principal partner wit...