Meet our Executive
PRESIDENT: Ken Brown
Ken arrived in Victoria in April, 2017 from Los Angeles where he operated Sunseeker Tours, a sightseeing company based in Long Beach, CA. Following the sale of his business, he moved northward with his wife, Carol, and now resides happily in Broadmead.
Almost upon arrival, Ken learned of VMNC, applied for membership and began enjoying the company of members at Club activities such as speaker luncheons and weekly hikes. Prior to leaving the US, Ken was a 360 hour + volunteer suicide prevention counsellor in L.A. and is the recent Past President of “Tippers”, the Long Beach Professional Business Club.
VICE PRESIDENT: Keith Beange
In 1979, Keith completed a degree in Nuclear Physics, 2 months after the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg PA. So, he decided to pursue employment in the aerospace industry with Pratt & Whitney Canada (Montreal). Keith retired in 2010 and traveled for the next 5 years. With his wife, Louise, he moved to paradise (Victoria) in 2015. Keith is an avid sailor and was Commodore of Beaconsfield Yacht Club in Montreal. He has spent much time as a volunteer for various non-profit groups.
SECRETARY: Behram Dadachanji
Behram was born and spent his formative years in India. He is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), with additional certifications in Control Self- Assessment (CCSA), and Risk Management Assurance (CRMA). He has extensive financial, audit and operational management experience gained across five continents. He has held senior positions in both the private as well as public sectors in Canada & internationally. Behram and his family immigrated to Canada in 1989 and have since called Victoria their home.
TREASURER: Roger Swift
Born in NZ, came to Canada on contract with PWC in Toronto. After 4 years he left PWC and for the next 3 decades in Toronto, Roger was the CFO for several companies in the wholesale and retail arenas. In 2010, Roger retired back to NZ and in 2015 returned to Canada and arrived in Victoria directly from NZ. A keen golfer and a member of the Gorge Vale Golf Club. Roger joined VMNC in 2015 and was elected Treasurer in 2016.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR: Bruce Thomson
Bruce was born and raised in Victoria, moved in 1971 to Toronto to join Environment Canada. Spent 33 years with Environment Canada living in several different parts of the country. Retired in Vancouver in 2004 then 10 years at UBC. Moved to Victoria in 2015. Avid woodworker and member of the Vancouver Island Woodworkers Guild, also enjoy cycling and camping.
WEBMASTER: John Pierce
John moved to Victoria from Doha, Qatar in January 2017 and joined VMNC in May 2017. He worked primarily in the upstream area of the Oil & Gas Business for small and super-majors starting in Alberta with the last 21 years overseas for Shell International. In addition, John likes IT and is Webmaster for several websites and is Coordinator for VMNC monthly Pub Lunch and VMNC weekly Social Bridge Group D.
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE: Gary Byrne
Gary relocated to Florence Lake from London Ontario in 2016. He served the London Acute Care Community for 25 years as a Vice President. Gary is currently General Manager with Hospital Management Services Inc. Gary is an avid motorcyclist, with both vintage and modern day motorcycles and a sports car enthusiast. Since arriving in Victoria Gary organized A Recumbent Trike Riding Group, is a Ranger with South Vancouver Island Rangers and leads the Bullseye Competitive Team with VFGP Association. With his spare time he is studying French at UVIC and with L'Alliance Francaise de Victoria with plans to be fully bilingual in two years (maybe).