Werner Hofstätter – General Manager
Werner has more than 30 years of experience driving performance as an executive in a variety of sectors including wood products, high technology, air navigation, logistics and financial management. His work has focused on business development, strategic planning, decision process re-engineering, cultural change and corporate finance. Werner excels at anticipating and developing future opportunities and managing transitions. Holding both a B Comm. and a CSC, Werner uses his quick-learning, political awareness and advanced communication skills to help organizations embrace change, prepare for the future and take advantage of research and analysis to help groups make better decisions. Most recently, he has become an outspoken and published advocate for promoting sustainable construction and development practices, especially the switch to renewable building materials.
Todd McGowan – Education Development Director
Todd is a passionate advocate for bringing cultures together through education. He has worked as an educator for twenty years and specifically in international education for the past twelve years. He holds a Master of Education degree in Leadership with a specific focus on international education development. Todd recently returned from Ethiopia where he was working for the Ethiopian Ministry of Education to help develop English language learning programs, improve teacher efficacy, create English learning resources, and expand the scope of English Language Improvement Centre’s in the country. Todd is also an avid adventurer who has been involved in numerous projects that have promoted environmental conservation and sustainability.
Randy Knill – DA Architects + Planners
Randy returned to Canada after graduating from the University of Oregon in 1978, and designed custom homes on the Sunshine Coast for several years. In 1982, he moved to Alaska, working on schools, research facilities and residential projects designed for challenging arctic conditions. He returned to Vancouver in 1987. After working for several local firms, Randy started his own in 2001, which merged with DA Architects+ Planners in 2005. The firm’s current experience includes large and small scale residential and mixed use projects, schools and hospitality/ resort projects. The Vancouver Convention Centre, River Rock Casino Resort, Lift restaurant and Soames Place in Gibsons are recent examples of the firms work.
Glenn Hafey – Pelagic Technologies Inc.
Glenn is the President of Pelagic Technologies Inc., a privately owned Canadian diving and service company located in Sechelt. He specializes in the fields of marine environmental, inspection and engineering. With over 20 years of industry experience, he runs a dynamic company that integrates technical expertise and practical skill with a keen attention to detail and unwavering commitment to sustainability and service quality. He has conducted projects throughout British Columbia in support of industry and all levels of government, leveraging vast industry knowledge and the most up-to-date technology to execute all projects.
Gordon Halloran – Artist in Residence
Gordon is the creator of Paintings Below Zero. His monumental public art installations in ice fascinated audiences (350,000 visited the site) at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where he created a 100-foot long wall of frozen paintings called Ice Gate. In Chicago 176,000 people came out to see his 200-foot long Museum of Modern Ice. Halloran was Canada’s official representative to the Cultural Olympiad for the 2006 Winter Olympics where his site-specific installation filled an entire church with a myriad of brilliantly coloured works in ice called Pitture Sotto Zero. His paintings, drawings and prints hang in many public and private collections worldwide and have grown in value over the years because of the detail, his ability to capture real people in exciting portraits, and the historic nature of the work. Gordon will be working with SSC Properties as the Artist in Residence and will create several site specific public art projects on their property at East Porpoise Bay in Sechelt.
Clark Hamilton – Director/Co-Founder
Designing and building on the Sunshine Coast for the last 40 years, Clark has been at the forefront of the construction industry. He is responsible for much of the development in the downtown Sechelt area in the last 25 years and has had a profound impact on its architectural landscape. Clark Hamilton Enterprises Ltd. has built numerous industrial and commercial projects as well as a host of beautiful custom homes. In addition, Clark managed a number of landmark, non-profit public projects in the downtown core that continue to be enjoyed by the entire community.
John Henderson – Director/Co-Founder
John Henderson is a FCA (Fellow Chartered Accountant), businessman and entrepreneur. Originally from Vancouver, he lived and worked in Hong Kong for 20 years before choosing to relocate to Sechelt. He has a long history of assisting fellow entrepreneurs create and build their businesses including facilitating their business planning and arranging early stage funding. For over 30 years, he has been a coach, mentor and consultant to organizations looking to grow and change by sharing his financial expertise and keen interest in the effective use of innovation and new technologies. John is a former Mayor of the District of Sechelt, as well as a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B Comm) and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has served as a director of numerous companies and community organizations in British Columbia and Hong Kong.
Robert Smith – Director
Born in Prince Rupert and raised in Victoria, Robert Smith has lived and worked in Asia since 1982. His work experience spans a diverse range of industries and businesses, with a particular focus in the areas of training and coaching (continuous improvement and sustainable business best practices), recruitment and human resource management, and project/construction management. As an entrepeneur and intrapreneur, Mr. Smith is well aware of the issues and needs of SME and entrepreneurial businesses and how important are the business environments (physical and social) that they operate in. Mr. Smith has an extensive background in community activities including a founding director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, a director of the Shanghai Chapter of the Canada China Business Council, and the Jane Goodall Institute, Shanghai Branch, as well as Pavilion Director of the Vancouver City Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo. As a director, Mr. Smith is keen to help SSC create a sustainable community that will make Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast an even greater place to live, work and play, now and for generations to come.