Board Members

Beatrice Schreiber
President of the German Canadian Business Association

Beatrice Schreiber, a fashion designer by profession, founded ' Bel Art Kunstverlag' together with husband Stefan, in 1990 in Wiesbaden, Germany . The couple immigrated  to Canada in 1995. 'Bel Art Gallery' successfully made the transition to North Vancouver, BC and Beatrice and her husband Stefan set up various exhibitions and many openings with local and International artists. The gallery offers artist management and fine art consulting.

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Ekkehardt Goetting
Vice President for the German Canadian Business Association

Returned to Canada following 26 years in Hong Kong.

Having worked for AHK in Western Canada in the 1980's, I find it very important to reconnect with the German Community. Ekkehard's company is the APXG Asia Pacific Xpert Group

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Christian Hofmann
Vice President German Canadian Business Association/

Christian Hofmann is the Branch Manager Prospera Credit Union. Prospera Credit Union offers everyday banking, investments, mortgages, loans, financial planning, wealth management, insurance, estate planning, business banking.

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Manuel Ruthardt
Treasurer

Young professional working in the Fintech Industry and enjoying the Canadian life since 2016.

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Mathis Baumbach
Social Director
Mathis Baumbach is an Associate Portfolio Manager - Investment Advisor. Mathis came to Canada from Düsseldorf in 2008 and joined the GCBA to stay in touch with the culture and language that he enjoyed growing up. He is working for an independent, full-service investment firm focusing on providing disciplined investment and retirement advice.
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Wolfgang Christl
Compassionate Chair
Wolfgang's company "Oktoberfest Enterprises" was incorporated in 1984 and is an organizer for "Annual Authentic Bavarian-Themed Oktoberfest" celebrations. He was a part of the initial group of founders of the German Canadian Business Association, as he was a member since April 1964!
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Elke Porter
Secretary

For the last ten years, Elke has represented German Media in western Canada with a blog called "Westcoast German News", a magazine called "Das Schwarze Brett" and with event promotion for anyone seeking a German audience. She is also the secretary of the German Canadian Business Association.

 

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Elke Babicki
M.Ed., R.C.C.

Elke Babicki, M.Ed., R.C.C., has been a consultant to corporations and a clinical counselor in private practice for over 25 years. For Elke Babicki, her family’s history has been more than a peripheral influence ­– it has been the determining factor shaping her life’s trajectory from growing up in a small Bavarian town to becoming a prominent therapist on the Canadian West Coast. Elke Babicki is also an author and motivationals speaker. 

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Paul Buten
Artist
Paul Buten lives and paints in Deep Cove, British Columbia. His recent focus on western landscapes and marinescapes comes through a fascination with the light and clouds integral to his daily environment and through his many forays into the coastal wilderness of British Columbia. Paul Buten was born in Munich and raised in Benediktbeuern, a municipality in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in Bavaria, Germany. Raised in this picturesque village in the mountains of Bavaria, he was tutored by his artist father as well as the regional painters and wood carvers that conducted local workshops.
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Dmitry Bogouslavski
CEO Germanhaus Furniture Inc.
Interior design, import and installation of custom cabinets and other furniture made by most demanded German brands. 
 
Exclusive dealer of LEICHT kitchens 
and Hülsta furniture in BC. 
 
Website: germanhaus.ca
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Katja Jobs
MJ Installations
mj.installations provides clients with a wide range of home renovations and services, including custom cabinetry, kitchen cabinets, custom millwork and designer closet systems. Other types of services also include wainscoting designs, decorative accent pieces, and panelling, as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations.
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Harald Lincke
Hertco Kitchens

Born in Munich, a Cabinetmaker, Engineer, 10 Years in South Africa, manufacturing kitchen Cabinets in BC and USA since 1976.

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Hans Martens
Canadian International Relocation
Incorporated Oct 2002, Canadian International Relocations has been committed to customer service using the best resources available in the industry. Our focus is to deliver an excellent and profitable moving service fulfilling the common goal of providing the most effective move – relocation possible, maximizing human, technological, and environmentally friendly resources that exceed our customers expectations. Call us on cell : 604.219-3013
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Rainer Müller
PARC Retirement Living
PARC Retirement Living is a privately owned company specializing in building and managing seniors’ lifestyle residences in the Greater Vancouver area.
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Emily Paisley
Homeland Realty
Emily Paisley B.Sc., B.Ed. Born in Toronto Canada, both parents German. Visit Bavaria with family there. Elementary School Teacher for 31 years, currently a Realtor for 12 years with HomeLand Realty. "For any of your real estate needs, service you can count on."
Axel Rechlin
Principal
The Surrey German Language School provides internationally recognized German language education for students from kindergarten to graduation. Studying an additional language equips students for life in a world filled with continuous change and cultural diversity. Students develop a knowledge and appreciation for the German culture, as well as other cultures they encounter in life. Students develop excellent study skills and pride in their higher accomplishments.
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Heiko Riese
UBS Bank (Canada)

USB Wealth Management offers a comprehensive range of investment products and services individually tailored for private clients. UBS is headquartered in Switzerland and has been present in Canada since 1951, with a platform that is unlike any other in Canada.

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Joerg Rosenthal
Website Design & Virtual Assistant Services

Born in Germany, I worked 25 years with the Volkswagen Group in the Technical and Training area in Wolfsburg (Coaching Department). I moved to Canada in 2009 after meeting my wife and then started Joerg Walter Rosenthal - Website Design & Virtual Assistant Services.

I love helping people reach their goals and potential. You are an expert at what you offer your clients but in this new digital age, there is so much more involved in making your business a success. Let me help you.

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Stefan Schreiber
Founder of Bel Art Gallery Inc.
Stefan Schreiber was a banker by profession when he lived in Germany, but he has been closely involved in the art world for more than 35 years. He managed art shows and fairs, handled printing, and processed limited edition prints and postcards for artists.
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SOS Kinderdorf BC
Children's Village

We provide homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults. SOS Children’s Village BC is one of over 572 Villages around the world, and is the ONLY SOS Children’s Village in Canada.  We provide a unique and proven model of foster care separate from the provincial system.

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Ute Steves
Principal
We offer a widely recognized high quality K-12 German after-school language program. Ideally students join our program at the age of 5 or 6 and progress on to high school. We teach German as a foreign language and German as a second language. To that end, we stream our students throughout the entire program into a second language stream and a foreign language stream. Our program reflects a variety of language levels including German language introduction in Kindergarten, progression at the elementary level, exam classes for external high school credits, and the German language diploma, which is a language proficiency requirement for admission to any German, Austrian and Swiss university. Students learn German with us once a week after regular school hours. Junior classes (K-4) are held on Tuesdays from 4:15 pm to 6:30 pm, and senior students (grades 5-12) attend classes on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 6:45 pm, at Prince of Wales Secondary School. Tracey Dye is the President of the Board and Steven Seewald is the Secretary. They will both occasionally be attending events on behalf of the Vancouver Westside German School.
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Andreas Truckenbrodt
Clean Energy Consultant

I came to Vancouver in 2008 with the plan to stay for 3 years - now I am a Canadian citizen and will stay here for good.  I came from the Automotive Industry and now a consultant for Clean Energy.

Richard Wittstock
Principal at Domus Homes Group
We believe our passion shines through in the homes we build. A diverse team with over eighty years of collective experience, we are driven by the positive impact our homes have on the communities we develop. Our purpose at Domus is to build homes that bring our residents joy. Through thoughtful collaboration, we deliver forward-focused housing options that strengthen, elevate, and enrich the communities we work in. We strive to create an environment where team members can grow, succeed, do their best work, and fulfill their career aspirations.
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Susanne Ziehr
Pilates Instructor
Our pilates instructors provide customized services that enable their students to develop the physical strength necessary to archive their goals.
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