Greater Vancouver

The Greater Vancouver Advisory Council handles the planning and implementation of local HRMA activities and is made up of members representing a broad range of HR experience levels and areas of practice.

To see upcoming activities, please view our calendar.

For regional breakdowns, please refer to Regional Breakdown By Community.

Your Greater Vancouver Advisory Council:


Incoming Chair + CHRP & PD – Paul Darbyshire, CHRP

Paul has recently retired after a 35 year career in the RCMP; his last 10 years were spent in the Human Resources Branch as a senior director.   Paul is a proven expert in the area of Employee and Management Relations and more generally, in all areas of HR.  This is Paul’s second year on the advisory council.


Awards – Brenda Kennedy, CHRP

Brenda has worked as an HR professional for over 15 years in the private and public sectors since receiving her Master’s degree in Industrial Relations. She is a Director of Human Resources for Compass Group Canada. This is her fourth year on the Greater Vancouver Advisory Council.


Communications – Nilesh Bhagat, CHRP

Nilesh is a senior rewards analyst with Best Buy Canada. Nilesh graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 and continues to pursue learning through his work and with BC HRMA. He enjoys reading and writing, and has had the opportunity to collaborate on blogs and PeopleTalk publications. This is his second year on the Greater Vancouver Advisory Council.

Elena Romero

Membership – Elena Romero, CHRP

Elena is the Manager, Staffing Services at TPD. She is a graduate of the HR Diploma Program from the BCIT and also holds her B.A. in Psychology from SFU. This is her fifth year on council.

Mentoring – Marie Gonzales, CHRP

Marie is the Manager, Human Resources Advisory Services at Douglas College. A Human Resources professional with over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors, her focus is on the essential levers of individual and organizational productivity and success. It is her third year on council.

Mable Loc

Post Secondary – Mable Lo

Mable is an HR Advisor at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has a degree specializing in Sociology from UBC, a Certificate in Human Resources Management from SFU, completed a Graduate Certificate program in Strategic HR Management at Royal Roads University and working on her Masters in Interdisciplinary studies. This is Mable’s second year on the advisory council.

Please contact Christian Codrington for more information regarding the Greater Vancouver Advisory Council.