Robert Dewey is CEO and founding partner of Hotfusion Communications Inc., a marketing and events agency established in 1999. With over 20 years of experience in creative productions, Robert is a veteran creative director, events producer and director. His portfolio showcases a wide range of programs and productions that have received national and international awards and recognition. In addition to his work with Theatre Conspiracy, Robert is an Advisory Council member for the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, and has directed the annual YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards Gala since 2005.
Jimmy Mitchell - Vice President
Jimmy Mitchell has enjoyed an eclectic career spanning three decades in both Asia and Canada as an actor, teacher, China watcher, journalist, voice-over artist, diplomat, and international business development executive. Born and raised in Regina, Jimmy graduated with a BFA in Theatre in 1986. Fresh out of university he was a language student and a university/college English instructor and adventure traveller in China and Taiwan. He earned an MA in Chinese History from UBC in 1992 with two semesters of university Mandarin in Taiwan. From 1995 – 2000, Jimmy was a reporter/editor/news broadcaster in Taiwan, followed by four years as manager / talent at a commercial voice-over agency. From 2000 – 2008, he was a diplomat with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in Taipei, Ottawa and Shanghai, followed by two years as Director at Canada Pavilion, 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Since 2011 he has been Vice-President, Business Development at AdvantageBC. Theatre credits include: playwright, performer in Kampa-Cola Blues at Kala Pattar (Vancouver Fringe Festival, 1993/Richard Wolfe, director); and consultant, performer in Extraction (Theatre Conspiracy, 2012 – 2013/ Amiel Gladstone, Director).
Antoine Gariepy - Secretary
Antoine Gariepy is a lawyer at Webster Hudson & Coombe LLP. He attended law school at the University of Alberta and started his legal career at a leading Alberta law firm before moving to Vancouver. Antoine’s practice focuses on financings and real estate matters and also includes general corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. Antoine has worked with clients on all manner of real estate development and commercial leasing projects, has represented banks, private lenders and borrowers in lending transactions and prepared various corporate and commercial agreements. Antoine is also a registered Trade-mark Agent. In his free time, Antoine enjoys running, travelling and experiencing Vancouver’s recreational and urban amenities.
Chelsea Macdonald - Treasurer
Chelsea is an actor, theatre artist and producer, as well as a co-founder of emerging Vancouver theatre company O, o, o, o. She is a graduate of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. As a performer, she has worked with Radix Theatre, Theatre Replacement, Leaky Heaven Performance Society and The Troika Collective among others. Interests include: expanding her skills as a producer, devising original work and wearing many hats with O, o, o, o., and finding new ways to interact artistically with unique spaces. Chelsea was thrilled to join the board of Theatre Conspiracy in 2014.
Setty Pendakur - Director
Dr. V. Setty Pendakur was Professor of Planning at the University of British Columbia for 30 years and is now Professor Emeritus at UBC. He has published more than 120 papers in scholarly journals and several books during his academic career. A recognized scholar on Transportation Policy for Development Countries, New York, he was honoured as a Life Member of the Transportation Research Board, US National Academy of Sciences. He is the founding Chair of its Committee on Transportation in the Developing Countries. He has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the Schools of Management and Engineering, China National Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Setty has served on numerous civic and provincial boards as well as several NGO boards and foundations, as well as the Boards of the Alexandra Foundation and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia. Setty works as a Senior Counsellor to the State Council of China and as a consultant to the World Bank.
Hasan Alam - Director
Hasan Alam is a lawyer, activist and a founding member of Critical Muslim Voices. He is the Staff Representative In Advocacy for the BC Government and Service Employees Union and Supervising Lawyer for the Migrant Worker Advocacy Program at Abbotsford Community Services. Hasan is also a member of No One is Illegal in Vancouver.