Who we are

The British Canadian Business Association (BCBA) is a not-for-profit society founded with the mission to bridge the Canadian and United Kingdom business communities.

Enjoying the ongoing support of the British High Commission, the BCBA is able to draw on the collective expertise of our directors, members and partners to help in-bound businesses navigate the occasionally challenging commercial environment across Canada and particularly the West Coast.

In addition, the BCBA leverages its strong relationships with business associations, chambers and organizations on both sides of the Atlantic to Promote its members, Connect them within the business communities and provide the ongoing Support.

Meet the Board

Should you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact us:

Tony Morgan | President   

Anthony (Tony) is a Financial Planner with the Danielson Group Wealth Management, having joined the team in early 2011. His experience includes advising a wide range of professionals including Queen’s Counsel, Corporate CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Celebrities during his 22 years working at Lloyd’s Banking Group, London and Vancouver, Canada.

Through his vast experience as a financial planner in London and Vancouver, Tony has a unique blend of sage wealth advice, in depth banking knowledge and the ability to build strong relationships with both clients and his business network.

This is a passion of his as evidenced by him being one of the founders and President of the British Canadian Business Association (BCBA). This has been his ultimate goal of ‘giving back’ to the business communities in the UK and Canada. Tony’s aspiration is to help as many people be successful and fulfill their life dreams.

Peter Cottan | Chair   

Peter is the International and Corporate U.S (West Coast) Group Sales Manager with the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. He had moved north from San Francisco in 2013 where he previously worked with Intercontinental Hotels Group and also with Golden Gate University as Associate Director of Advising Services while he earned his MBA in marketing.

He is passionate about bringing International city-wide events to Vancouver and enjoys advising his clients on the many things Vancouver has to offer as a destination. He is also technologically minded and keeps up to speed with new developments in social media. Peter has more than 10 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry in the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

Peter has been involved with the BCBA as a founding member. He is always eager to assist the growth of business through networking, promotions and events with a close eye for the details.

Kerris Hougardy | Vice President   

Having moved from the UK to Canada in 2011, Kerris now leads Colliers Internationals North American recruitment department as Director, Talent Acquisition. Kerris is a certified HR practitioner who, since graduating with a BA Hons degree in Modern Languages, has gained over 17 years’ international recruitment experience at mid to senior management level across a number of industry sectors and has worked in senior leadership roles for large international and small boutique recruitment firms, including 5 years running her own niche search and selection business in the UK.

Kerris has run extensive executive search campaigns in Europe, Asia, South and North America for some of the world’s leading businesses, including PepsiCo, Reckitt Benckiser, Nike, GEA, Teck Resources, De Beers, Expedia and Virgin, across a number of functional areas including finance, sales & marketing, product development, operations, procurement & supply chain and HR.

Andy Marshall |  Treasurer & Vice Chair  

Andy Marshall is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst from Lincolnshire, England. In August 2008 Andy joined PwC’s Vancouver office, bringing his considerable experience of the technology, entertainment and mining FTSE 100 sectors to his role as a Manager in PwC’s audit practice, specializing in Canadian and US listed mining company engagements.

Andy moved on to hold key roles in two Vancouver based silver mining companies before taking up his current position as the CFO of First Mining Finance Corp. Through the successful growth of the Company since this time, Andy has gained valuable experience in multiple corporate acquisitions and equity financing.

As Treasurer and Director of the BCBA Andy’s goal is to provide our members with a supportive network of business professionals within the local community. He is committed to promoting and growing the society’s membership base, as well as continuing his own development towards becoming a trusted business and financial adviser.

Rupert Potter | Director (UK)   

Rupert Potter is BC’s Trade & Investment Representative for Europe, MD of Articulate International Ltd, and UK Partner with Optimize Consulting.  Rupert has previously served as a diplomat with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as British Consul General in Vancouver 2012-16; Deputy Head of the Embassy in Bahrain 2008-12; and prior to that as Political Officer in Sweden, and Vice-Consul in Jordan. In London, he’s worked on policy covering South Asia, Afghanistan, and North America, as well as being seconded to Cabinet Office and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Rupert has an MA with honours in Modern History with International Relations from the University of St Andrews University; and a second MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Known for delivering high-quality political, commercial and security analysis; he is a clear and effective communicator; and a motivational leader who inspires trust and delivers strong organisational performance. His role in the BCBA handily brings together his loves of the UK, British Columbia and helping businesses thrive.

Miriam Mitchell-Banks | Director (Alberta)   

Miriam is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a business degree from the University of Calgary. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Miriam and her family emigrated to Canada in 1964 and lived on the northwest coast of British Columbia, before moving to the southeast part of the province, to Creston in the Kootenay Valley. In the early 80′s she moved to Calgary, Alberta.

Miriam’s diverse career includes 26 years of senior leadership roles with both Canadian and Global energy companies, including; TransCanada Corp, Williams Energy, Provident Energy (merged with Pembina Corp), BP Canada, ATCO Group, and AltaGas. Miriam now leverages the deep experience she gained in the energy industry and her entrepreneurial nature, in her role as a Senior Consultant with Optimize Consulting and within her own business consultancy practice.

As Director (Alberta) of the BCBA, Miriam’s goal is to provide our members with insight into the local and provincial business environment through broad and deep professional and personal networks of Business Professionals and Community leaders. She is committed to promoting and growing the society’s reach and impact. As a passionate Rotarian she would welcome the opportunity to host you to a local meeting or event.

Lara Chibuk | Communications Director   

The token native-born Canadian on the BCBA board, Lara is a professional communicator, and specializes in internal communications, strategic planning, special events development and promotions and marketing. She has a strong background in writing, communications planning and major communications campaigns. Currently employed as Senior Communications Officer with Capilano University in North Vancouver, Lara supports a variety of initiatives to ensure CapU employees receive timely, relevant and engaging communications.

Lara’s past employers include Securiguard Services in Vancouver and more than 10 years of public service with the Bank of Canada in Ottawa. She also completed a one-year international work placement in the insurance industry with American International Assurance (AIA) New Zealand in Auckland. Her academic credentials include a bachelor of arts (English Literature) from the University of Ottawa, a master of business administration from the University of Edinburgh as well as public relations practitioner and media communications certificates from Algonquin College. While studying for her master’s degree in the U.K., Lara became enamored with all things British (including Barbour jackets, custard creams and Pashley bicycles) and she is committed to growing the BCBA in BC.

Hermann Luitingh | Director   

Hermann arrived in the Dominion of Canada in 2001 after successfully practicing law in the Republic of South Africa for years and has continued his career as Counsel at the Vancouver Bar. Vancouver’s dynamics, steady pace and mature levels of human courtesy and good taste are the reasons Hermann enjoys working and living in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.

Similar to his peers at the BCBA, Hermann is always eager to assist the growth of business through sound networking and empowerment. Hermann is a strong advocate for ethical growth and cooperation, rendering the British and Canadian models ideal for business development. Hermann has a keen interest in North Atlantic and European trade and has long-standing experience working with solicitors of different jurisdictions in assisting clients with negotiating international and domestic contracts and regulatory compliance. He is also a skilled barrister, frequently appearing before the British Columbia Supreme Court.