BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Canada, Australia & New Zealand Business Association (CANZBA) is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors, elected by the membership.

Nerella Campigotto

President & Founding Director

Nerella is the owner of Boomerang Consulting Inc., a firm that specializes in International Business Development. She helps businesses grow through successful expansion into foreign markets, by providing services such as market entry strategies, assistance with business partnering and establishing foreign operations, and intercultural business communication. Nerella is an Australian with over 20 years of international experience, having worked in business development and operations management in various countries. She is particularly passionate about promoting Australia as a viable business destination. As one of the core founders, she was a catalyst for the formation of CANZBA in 2001.

Tony Crossman

Vice President & Secretary (Founding Director)

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Tony Crossman is an Australian, a partner in the firm’s Vancouver office, and a founding member of CANZBA. Tony grew up in Australia, where he obtained his law and Masters degree. He practiced law in Australia with a number of firms (including one of Australia’s national law firms) before moving to Canada. Tony is admitted to practice in 3 jurisdictions in Canada – British Columbia, Nova Scotia and the Yukon Territory. Tony has a wide range of legal experience in both litigation and corporate/commercial work. As a lawyer in Canada, he has worked for Australian companies doing business in Canada and for Canadian companies doing business in Australia.

Andrew James

Treasurer

Partner, KPMG LLP

Andrew is a Partner in the industrial markets audit practice of KPMG, a worldwide professional services firm that has offices in major centres of Canada, Australia and New Zealand. KPMG is one of the leading global providers of audit, tax and advisory services. Andrew is a chartered accountant with extensive experience working with large multinationals in both Canada and Australia. He has also provided services to a variety of non-profit organizations and private companies. Since moving to Vancouver in 2006, Andrew has focused primarily on providing audit and accounting advisory services to mining and forest products companies.

Jeremy West

Director of Events

Partner, Watson Goepel LLP

Jeremy West is a partner at Watson Goepel LLP in Vancouver. Jeremy graduated from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in 1996 with a LLB. BA (Political Science). Mr. West was admitted as a Barrister and Soliciter of the High Court of New Zealand in September 1997 and called to the British Columbia Bar in 2006. Jeremy's practice consists entirely of litigation work and includes, amongst other things, complex commercial litigation matters, construction litigation, disciplinary hearings, corporate and shareholder disputes, insurance and commercial property matters.

Dan Graham

Director of Communications

Director of Operations, COBS Bread

Dan Graham is a Director of Operations with COBS Bread, the North American arm of Melbourne-based Bakers Delight, one of the world's most successful bakery franchises. Bakers Delight has more than 700 locations across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States, and it continues to expand across North America. Dan is an accountant by trade, with extensive Consulting, Business Advisory and Accountancy experience both in public practice and private enterprise. Since moving to Vancouver in 2005, Dan has held numerous integral roles as part of the senior team at COBS Bread, leading Finance, IT, Marketing, Business Development and Commercial and Retail Operations within the business.

Scott Stanners

Director of Membership

Executive Director, BC Bioenergy Network

Scott Stanners is an expert in bioenergy technology evaluation and investment. Scott has served as Secretary and Treasurer for numerous entities and has exceptional organizational and time management skills. Scott provides targeted communication for the formation of strategic partnerships involving industry, associations, academia, government, and First Nations. Scott has a Biological Sciences degree from University of Calgary, 2000. Scott was awarded a PhD in Medical Science and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise from the University of Sydney, Australia, 2008. Scott is naturally an analytical person and has developed strong project management, reporting, auditing, and leadership skills. Scott volunteers at many organizations including Connecting Environmental Professionals, BC Innovation Council’s New Ventures Competition, Pacific Energy Innovation Association, and the Doctor of Medicine Program at UBC. Scott manages the West Coast Bioenergy Guild and prompted the establishment of bioenergy Guilds in Victoria, B.C., Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta.

Kevin Lamb

Ex-officio Director

Trade Commissioner and Honorary Consul, Australian Consulate General in Vancouver 

As Consul (Honorary) and Trade Commissioner, Kevin Lamb is responsible for managing Australia’s Consulate in Vancouver, which provides the full range of consular services to Australians residing or visiting Western Canada. He is also responsible for Australia’s trade and investment promotion activities in Western Canada. Kevin is a founding member of CANZBA.

Nick Fleming

Ex-officio Director

Trade Commissioner and Consul General, New Zealand Consulate General in Vancouver

Nick Fleming commenced his placement as New Zealand Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Vancouver on July 6 2015.This is Nick’s first Consular placement and prior to this he had been in regional development roles in different regions of New Zealand for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise since 2005. Nick’s private sector experience before joining the public service was in the dairy and medical equipment industries. This consisted of a Regional Manager role at Lactose New Zealand (now Fonterra Kapuni) where his key responsibility was sales to South East Asia and China, and a Sales Manager role at Howard Wright Limited where he established their sales team in Australia. Nick has PG Dip in Business & Administration and a BSc from Massey University. Nick is married with four children. Outside of family his interests include harness racing and enjoying sports, particularly rugby.

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