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Community Advisory Panel

Being a good neighbour also means being a good listener.

We are committed to engaging productively with our community neighbours, and always look for ways to do better.


The Burnaby Refinery regularly asks for neighbourhood feedback to minimize the impact of our operations. Over the years, we have made large and purposeful investments to alleviate community disruption and continue to meet with our neighbours for their valued input.

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One way of ensuring we maintain open lines of communications with our local communities is through our Community Advisory Panel (CAP).

EST. 1996

Established back in 1996, the CAP serves to facilitate dialogue and foster an understanding between the Burnaby Refinery and its nearby residents. The team meets quarterly to discuss Refinery operations, personal and process safety, environmental performance, and other topics of mutual importance to staff and neighbours.

DIVERSE PARTICIPATION

Senior Parkland refinery management attend every meeting, and from time to time, special presentations are made by technical or subject matter experts to help the CAP better understand pertinent issues.  An independent consultant facilitates the meetings, and regulatory agency participation currently includes representatives from Metro Vancouver.

If you’d like to sit in on a CAP meeting or if you are interested in learning more about joining as a member of CAP please contact us.

CONSTANTLY EVOLVING

We are constantly evolving our strategies as we look for new and effective ways of engaging with our neighbours and in being more inclusive of our community.

CAP encourages participation from as broad a cross-section of the local community as possible. Neighbours are welcome to attend CAP meetings as observers. Neighbours may also submit a question for CAP’s consideration at the next meeting. Please click here to send us a question.

Current Members

Amy Smith

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Amy Smith

Amy Smith has been a resident of The Heights for more than 15 years and loves the area’s community vibe, particularly as reflected in the diversity of local merchants on Hastings Street. She also greatly appreciates the easy access to nature, including walking along the Trans Canada Trail and exploring various trails on Capitol Hill. Her participation in the CAP is a reflection of her pride in being part of a diverse and thriving local community.

Aswinee Rath

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Aswinee Rath

Aswinee Rath is a senior sales engineer at Snowflake, an international firm that assists in maximizing the value of data. He previously worked with a leading Canadian software company, in a commodities trading role with a major investment bank, and in various consulting roles. Aswinee moved to Burnaby eight years back from Houston, Texas. He and his family enjoy the natural beauty and friendliness of the Capitol Hills and Heights neighbourhoods. While Aswinee enjoys golf, walking and biking, his wife, Yunuen, has been active in various neighbourhood arts and cultural events. A neighbour recruited him to participate in the CAP.

Brian Clive

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Brian Clive

Brian Clive was born and raised on Vancouver Island and moved to Vancouver in 1981. He started his career with the Bank of Montreal and over the years has been a pioneer in the salmon farming industry, worked in marine transportation, was a trustee for corporate bankruptcies, and started a remote sports fishing lodge north of Prince Rupert. Today Brian is the Vice President of Sales for Queen Charlotte Lodge in Haida Gwaii, a luxury sport fishing lodge. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (finance major) from UBC. Brian and his family moved to North Burnaby in 1983. His CAP membership is an extension of his interest and involvement in the community.

Dan Wood

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Dan Wood

Dan Wood is a real estate professional and entrepreneur living in North Burnaby. He is committed to being a voice representing the neighbourhood on CAP and simultaneously distributing information to residents on important matters affecting the community. He is an advocate for health, safety, and sustainability. Dan can often be found enjoying one of the many natural or built amenities that this community has to offer.

Davis Vaitkunas

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Davis Vaitkunas

Davis Vaitkunas is an entrepreneurial banker. He acts as Chair, Director and Advisor to numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has lived in The Heights neighbourhood for over twenty years. Davis enjoys participating in a wide variety of sports and coaching Burnaby youth sports teams. Davis holds a business degree from the University of Alberta.

Dominic Flanagan

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Dominic Flanagan

Dominic and his family have lived in The Heights area for approximately 20 years.  He currently works with non-profits regarding governance and social enterprise opportunities.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the housing and health sectors which includes the front-line delivery of services as well as senior executive roles. He has been responsible for the development, implementation, and operation of new supportive housing programs for marginalized and vulnerable populations. At BC Housing, in partnership with the non-profit sector and the health care system, he led the development of a range of housing programs across the province.

Enda Brophy

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Enda Brophy

Enda Brophy is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication and the Labour Studies Program at Simon Fraser University. He has lived in Burnaby Heights since 2015, where he appreciates the trails and the diverse community. He is a believer in volunteering and community involvement, and can often be found coaching or playing soccer in the neighbourhood.

Judith Roche

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Judith Roche

Judith Roche is a not-quite retired social worker, born and raised in Vancouver, and a resident of North Burnaby for over 10 years. Child raising done, she keeps busy in her spare time with hiking, gardening, biking and lots of reading. She is passionate about the environment, especially the ocean and participates in water sports, outrigger paddling, sailing and swimming; and is currently a board member of Burnaby’s Lotus Outrigger club located at Barnet Beach. Judith loves living in this unique and beautiful neighbourhood and has been a CAP member for two years.

Kathy Mezei

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Kathy Mezei

Kathy Mezei is a retired SFU Professor of Humanities who has lived on Capitol Hill for over 40 years. Her children attended schools in the neighbourhood, and her grandchildren romp around the Confederation Park playground. She has served on CAP since its inception in 1996 and is committed to ensuring the environmental well-being, health and safety of our neighbourhood. Her hobbies are skiing, biking, walking in the forest above the Refinery, swimming, gardening, reading, visiting art galleries, and enjoying Hastings Street’s friendly local shops.

Michele Joel

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Michele Joel

Michele Joel has lived on Capitol Hill for 37 years. Married with three children and now a grandmother to two, she can’t think of living anywhere else. As a block watch captain, she is passionate about her neighbourhood. Her activities include cycling, dragon boating and hiking in the local mountains. She looks forward to representing her community even more as a CAP member.

Stanis Smith

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Stanis Smith

Stanis Smith has over 35 years of experience as an architect and corporate executive. His career highlights include being CEO of Architectura, a significant Canadian design firm, and executive vice president for Stantec’s Buildings Group, one of the world’s largest architectural and engineering consultancies. He has led teams for the design of many award-winning airport terminals and other major projects around the world. He is currently an independent consultant providing advisory services on major projects that include the new Terminal 6 at JFK Airport, New York. He is on the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation and has lived on Capitol Hill for over 30 years.

Tony Bosello

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Tony Bosello

Tony Bosello is a retired art, photography and graphic communication teacher with the Vancouver School Board. A longtime resident of The Heights, he has always been interested in community involvement. Tony was on the original Hastings Street Advisory Committee, served on the Burnaby Arts Council, and is now a new member of the Parkland CAP. He believes that it is imperative for stakeholders to be well informed on the issues that affect the health and well-being of their community, and looks forward to his involvement with CAP.

Past Meeting Minutes

On October 1, 2017 the facility changed ownership from Chevron Canada Ltd. to Parkland Refining (B.C.) Ltd. Material generated prior to October 1, 2017 has been retained for continuity.