Board of Directors

  • Derek Sousa

    Derek Sousa

    Steering Chair

    Derek Sousa transitioned from the publishing industry into the design industry in 2007 and has since held an exciting career …

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  • Alexandra Jones

    Alexandra Jones

    Steering Chair Elect

    Alex Jones' career started 20 years ago in retail furniture sales for one of Canada's largest department stores before transi…

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  • Rebecca Phillips

    Rebecca Phillips

    Secretary

    Rebecca's love for the hospitality started in her native England. She moved to Canada and while working in a boutique hotel, …

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  • Santiago Arcila

    Santiago Arcila

    Scholarship

    Growing up in numerous countries has greatly influenced Santiago’s personality and design style. Although his academic star…

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  • Rebecca Bertrand

    Rebecca Bertrand

    Membership

    Rebecca Bertrand has been in the Interior Design world for 15 years. She is an NCIDQ certified Designer with over 12 years’…

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  • James Adamson

    James Adamson

    Programming

    James has been a member of the Vancouver hospitality industry dating back to his days as a chef in the 1990s. Today James is…

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Committee Chair

  • Maureen  Kehoe

    Maureen Kehoe

    Membership

    After taking the Sales Program at Langara College and working in the Music/Production Industry for a bit I was itching to get…

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  • Lance Tonnesen

    Lance Tonnesen

    Marketing

    Lance's introduction into the hospitality industry came about 23 years ago in his hometown of Johannesburg. As a representati…

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Derek Sousa

Derek Sousa

Steering Chair

Derek Sousa transitioned from the publishing industry into the design industry in 2007 and has since held an exciting career in architectural lighting beginning in marketing and now overseeing sales for Canada and Washington state for Lightheaded. Through his initial marketing efforts, Derek volunteered for numerous organizations, such as the AIBC and IDI providing event planning making him the perfect candidate when joining NEWH in 2011 as Programmer for the Vancouver Region. That role has since evolved to the Steering Chair for the Vancouver Region. He is enthusiastic and passionate about the design community especially when it comes to hospitality that sparks creative methods in providing unique lighting approaches. He is a natural networker always looking forward to the next event building a vast social network of professionals whom become friends. Derek attended BCIT for the Marketing Management in Public Relations program. During his downtime Derek is a fitness enthusiast avidly weight lifting, running the Stanley Park seawall, attending a high energy Spin Class or doing the Grouse Grind. He loves travel and is lucky his job takes him to many places he would have never visited too. When he’s home, though, he is typically plugged into his iPod at a local café being both a music and coffee aficionado.

Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones

Steering Chair Elect

Alex Jones’ career started 20 years ago in retail furniture sales for one of Canada’s largest department stores before transitioning into the commercial furniture market.
Upon completion in 2002 of BCIT’s Marketing Management Diploma in Professional Sales, Alex started working at Heritage Office Furnishings in the healthcare and hospitality division; Heritage Hospitality Supply and Design (HHSD).
Founded in 1979, Heritage saw a full service dealership that includes furniture, warehouse, installation, flooring and walls. With more than 50,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space, they are located in Vancouver, Langley, Kelowna, and Kamloops, B.C. Each location features the full range of new and used office furniture and related services. Heritage represents more than 50 manufacturers and is the only authorized Steelcase dealer in B.C. Lower Mainland.
Working with various budgets to provide appropriate furniture to the design intent of the client and interior designer is Alex’s expertise.
In 2011, Alex joined NEWH as a commercial member before becoming an addition to the board. Currently she is the Programming Director, having moved from Membership Director and Scholarship. Aside from her role at NEWH she is volunteers for IDIBC and Canucks4Kids

Rebecca Phillips

Rebecca Phillips

Secretary

Rebecca’s love for the hospitality started in her native England. She moved to Canada and while working in a boutique hotel, the transition to supply and design called her name. She has been a valued addition to the Momentum Textiles team representing Western Canada. Her expertise in all commercial applications including hospitality and healthcare is valued amongst suppliers and Interior Designers. Volunteering for IDIBC lead to her support and eventual joining of the new NEWH Vancouver Region.

Santiago Arcila

Santiago Arcila

Scholarship

Growing up in numerous countries has greatly influenced Santiago’s personality and design style. Although his academic start was in Chemical Engineering his creative passion led him to complete his studies in interior design. Santiago embraces art in all its forms and is an avid enthusiast of photography, new music and theatre. He views design as the link between logic, creativity and functionality and is particularly interested in the physical and emotional influence that shaping a space can have.

Santiago has been an active member of NEWH since being the recipient of their Icon of Industry Scholarship back in 2011. He believes in the value of education and is extremely excited to be part of an organization which inspire students; the future of our industry.

Rebecca Bertrand

Rebecca Bertrand

Membership

Rebecca Bertrand has been in the Interior Design world for 15 years. She is an NCIDQ certified Designer with over 12 years’ experience in various fields of Interior Design. She is currently and Account Executive with Milliken flooring (carpet and LVT for both commercial and hospitality products). Rebecca has been a member of NEWH for a few years and got involved to support the scholarship program. Rebecca started on the board last year as NEWH Secretary and is excited to be the Head of Membership for the next two years. In her spare time she plays soccer, does yoga and kettle bell and like Alex, volunteers for the Canucks4Kids program.

James Adamson

James Adamson

Programming

James has been a member of the Vancouver hospitality industry dating back to his days as a chef in the 1990s. Today James is the Business Development Manager at Westport Manufacturing where they provide window treatments and FF&E for hospitality. As a longstanding member of NEWH, James was invited to serve on the Vancouver Steering Committee in 2014. After various roles he’s now the Director of Programming. Being part of NEWH has deepened his appreciation for the hospitality and design communities and James is excited about the future of the industry. When he’s not working or networking James is happiest spending time in the beautiful BC outdoors.

With family ties to the interior design industry it’s no surprise that James enjoys keeping up on the latest trends for hospitality. He has a keen interest in the integration of technology and exploring sustainable options to keep our industry happy and healthy for many years to come.

Maureen  Kehoe

Maureen Kehoe

Membership

After taking the Sales Program at Langara College and working in the Music/Production Industry for a bit I was itching to get that opportunity for “outside sales “. Through a crazy turn of events I landed a position with a Local distributor as there first “ female salesperson “ in the mid 80’s selling Laminate and specialty products to the A & D community. I loved the Design community from the “ Get Go “ and flourished there in both A&D and Manufacture and Dealer Relations.

In 1996 I took the next step and started my own Sales Agency – mekkasales – acting as a manufacturing representative offering the companies I work for opportunities to make business with the loyal customer base I have made over the years.

I was looking to get involved with NEWH as I really could see the momentum and positive vibe from their events and the people involved. I was quite excited when Architex joined the Vancouver Chapter.

I love all things “Hospitality“ I get a kick out of seeing what are Design Community get’s up to when creating Hospitality spaces and supporting any new Design student coming up the ranks gives me business purpose. Having the opportunity to be involved in NEWH is a perfect growing step for me and I am looking forward to joining the Vancouver team.

Lance Tonnesen

Lance Tonnesen

Marketing

Lance’s introduction into the hospitality industry came about 23 years ago in his hometown of Johannesburg. As a representative for a major flooring brand he specialized in hotels and casinos. Most notably promoting the first carpet tile on a gaming floor in South Africa, which later became a standard for the gaming industry in South Africa.
He joined Brintons Carpet in December 2011 and with his expertise was quickly promoted to Regional Manager for the Middle East & Africa. With familial ties to Vancouver Lance relocated to Vancouver and is currently the Sales Manager for Brintons Carpet in Canada.
Lance joined NEWH shortly after moving to Canada and was a consistent attendee at events. His enthusiasm volunteering at our previous events made him a perfect addition to the board.