Board of Directors

Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) is a non-profit society managing the Rotary Centre for the Arts. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Thank you to our countless volunteers and supporters.

The Rotary Centre for the Arts exists thanks to those who served on committees and boards, and supported feasibility studies and fundraisers over the past years.


Ed McLean enjoyed a highly varied educational career, serving as a teacher, vice principal, principal, Okanagan College regional director, and international college director, with assignments in British Columbia, Yukon, Arabia, China, Turkey and Africa. He has been a Habitat for Humanity Okanagan director since 2010 (board chair 2012-17), Kelowna Film Society board member since 2012, and is a captain with the Wilsons Landing volunteer Fire Department. Previously Ed served as a Vernon school trustee, school board vice chair, Vernon Parks and Recreation board member, and Okanagan Regional Library board member.

Liza Wood has spent much of her career leading product development in telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics and video games and is currently pursuing a Master of Data Science at UBCO. Originally from Lake Country, Liza moved back to Kelowna in December 2016 to join Disney Club Penguin as Executive Producer. She was previously Sr. Producer at WB Games Montreal, developing games based in the DC Comics universe. Managing video game development increased Liza’s understanding of both the technical and creative process. Her strength is in developing and building scalable, collaborative organizations, while managing growth and change. Liza has served on the executives for the Queen’s University Alumni Association in Vancouver and Montreal and the Project Management Institute Agile Community of Practice.

Outside of work, Liza has explored a variety of artistic avenues, including acting, improv, culinary arts, interior design and blogging. She is currently an avid amateur photographer.

Brian Curley graduated from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010 with an MBA. He also obtained his CPA, CMA accounting designation while working with Bell Canada in roles spanning financial planning, marketing and corporate strategy.

Brian moved to the Okanagan 6 years ago with his wife and two boys. He currently works for Disney Studios as Senior Manager, Finance and Operations.

Juergen Krieger graduated from Okanagan College in 2013 with a BBA and proceeded to obtain the CPA designation in 2017 while working in public accounting, internal finance departments, finally landing at Piscine Energetics Inc. as Controller.

Since 2018 Juergen also started contracting with CPA as a facilitator to up-and-coming CPA candidates and partakes in the annual marking centers where candidates prepare for the 3-day CPA final exam [CFE].

Jonathan Arkle (BA, JD) practices as a lawyer with Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP, a well-established law firm and long-time presence in Kelowna.  He is the fourth generation of an Okanagan based family and is actively involved in the community both within and outside of the legal sphere, often found hosting seminars within the community and speaking on a variety of legal topics.  In his free time Jonathan enjoys training for, and racing in, triathlons in the summer and is an avid skier in the winter.  He is passionate about fostering the continued growth of Kelowna’s arts and culture.

Murray Bye started his career in public practice in 1984 with Arthur Andersen in Toronto. After starting a family, Murray returned to Sault Ste. Marie in 1988 and joined a local practice for three years. In 2001 he moved to St. Catharines as a partner at Crawford, Smith and Swallow, one of the largest public accounting firms in the Niagara region. Murray has spent most of his career providing tax, consulting, accounting, and assurance services to a wide range of industries, both large and small. His comprehensive experience includes large manufacturing, fruit co-operatives, software developers, credit unions, and privately held businesses.

In 2004, Murray moved to Kelowna to enjoy life on Canada’s beautiful West Coast and join Crowe MacKay LLP. He became a partner in 2006, and then took over as managing director of the Kelowna office in 2009. In August 2011, Murray took on the role of CEO for the firm, while continuing to manage the Kelowna office. In January 2014, Murray became the firm’s first full time CEO.

In April 2016, after over 30 years in public practice Murray left his role at Crowe Mackay LLP to pursue more entrepreneurial opportunities. Currently Murray is the CEO of Piscine Energetics Inc., a local company that has been removing Mysis shrimp, an invasive zooplankton, from Lake Okanagan for well over a decade. Piscine Energetics processes this as a frozen fish food as well as a leading ingredient in both fish pellets and fish flakes. The products are sold around the globe under the branded trademark name PE MYSIS®.

After graduating from the Lecoq Theatre School in Paris in 1984, Neil Cadger co-founded Wissel Theatre in Gent, Belgium. Wissel Theatre devised performances and toured Europe and North America for a decade (The Kitchen in New York, the ICA in London, the Shaffy Theatre in Amsterdam). He subsequently performed in Europe with theatre/dance companies such as Co. Mossoux-Bonte (B) and Karine Ponties (Dame de Pic)(B) and in Canada with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

He taught in the Drama Department at the U of Saskatchewan for 5 years then moved to Kelowna and started the BFA Interdisciplinary Performance program at UBC Okanagan in 2005. 

In 2017, after presenting national and international performances in Kelowna for 6 years Cadger founded the Living Things International Arts Festival.  Living Things is an annual mid-winter performance festival in Kelowna with a focus on ‘animation’.  Through the presentation of hand puppets, shadow play & marionettes, animated films, animated objects & interactive installations, Living Things explores our relationship with the ‘inanimate’ world.  

He continues to devise performances with students, colleagues & independent artists.

Manik joined the Board as a Director in 2018 and sits on the Strategic Steering and Nomination Committee. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with a mixed portfolio of businesses and commercial real estate holdings. He is a strong believer of continuous improvement as such recently completed his Master's Degree in Management from UBC Okanagan. Manik is also one of the honourees of Top 40 under 40 award for 2020 and has also been featured on the cover page for Convenience Store News magazine. He is actively involved in our community and is currently also serving as a director on the board of KGH Foundation.

In his spare time you can find him with his wife and daughter enjoying the picturesque Okanagan.

 

Shirley Dreja has had a long and diverse career in the bookkeeping and accounting field, the longest of which was for a major oil & gas company in Calgary. The last eight years of her working life was serving as Financial Services Coordinator for the Rotary Centre for the Arts. Since her retirement, she has been a volunteer at the RCA. She also serves on the executives of Kelowna Grandmothers for Africa and Harvest Ladies Golf Club.

She feels that visual and performing arts are indispensable to a vibrant city, providing the heart and soul, and the Rotary Centre for the Arts is a wonderful centre to facilitate and promote this culture.

Wade Klaver works in research computing at UBC’s Okanagan campus serving researchers there as well as the greater research community at UBC. Wade began his career in Canada’s oil and gas sector, eventually coming to UBC after more than a decade spent with various high tech start-ups in the Okanagan Valley where he worked in several technical and managerial roles.

A science enthusiast from an early age, Wade’s varied interests and technology experience have prepared him well as a science communicator, effectively bridging the gap between science and technology on one hand and laymen and, whenever possible, the young, on the other.

Wade lives with his wife and two children in the downtown area of Kelowna, walking distance from the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Jenn Thatcher, (SHRM – SCP, CPHR) is currently Director of People and Culture at Quails’ Gate Winery.   She has been an active member of the Advisory Council for the Southern Interior for Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) of BC & Yukon for the past 5 years including 2 as the Chair.   Jenn has spent almost 20 years in the HR profession and has done everything from employee/labour relations, recruitment/onboarding, strategic planning and organizational development.  Jenn moved from Ontario in 2005 and has made the Okanagan her home now for 14 years.

Colleen Fitzpatrick is a public relations practitioner and community engager who has held senior roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the public and private sectors. She was most recently the Director of Convocation/Associate Director Community Relations and Events at the University of Waterloo and managed Community Relations and Events at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a leading global governance think-tank. Fitzpatrick brings with her a decade of developing and showcasing visual and performing arts, and cultural programming for community engagement and education.

Fitzpatrick earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph and a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria. She is the former Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for the Public Relations program at Conestoga College, is a former PR Chair for K-W Oktoberfest honoured with the President’s medal for volunteerism and was nominated for Rogers Woman of the Year in 2015 for her passion mentoring youth.