James has been a member of the Vancouver hospitality industry dating back to his days as a chef in the 1990s. Today James is…More about James Adamson ›
Rebecca Bertrand has been in the Interior Design world for over15 years. She is an NCIDQ certified Designer with over 12 year…More about Rebecca Bertrand ›
Meliza Polvorosa is an experienced and innovative Interior Designer focused on primarily Commercial Interiors. Meliza establi…More about Meliza Polvorosa ›
Alex Jones’ career started 20 years ago in retail furniture sales for one of Canada’s largest department stores before tr…More about Alexandra Jones ›
Growing up in numerous countries has greatly influenced Santiago’s personality and design style. Although his academic star…More about Santiago Arcila ›
After taking the Sales Program at Langara College and working in the Music/Production Industry for a bit I was itching to get…More about Maureen Kehoe ›
Lance entered the hospitality industry over 25 years ago selling carpet into hotels and casinos in South Africa. He specified…More about Lance Tonnesen ›
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.
Rebecca Bertrand has been in the Interior Design world for over15 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 years and got involved to support the scholarship program. Rebecca started on the board as NEW”H Secretary a few years back, worked as Membership director last year and is back on the board as Secretary again this year. In her spare time she plays soccer, spin and boxfit and is known for her Instagram food stories and photography.
Meliza Polvorosa is an experienced and innovative Interior Designer focused on primarily Commercial Interiors. Meliza established her career at several high-profile Residential and Commercial design groups and founded her own interior design firm, Polvorosa Design Studio in 2018.
As an Interior designer, Meliza’s aesthetic principles embrace innovative and purposeful designs with branding awareness to reflect the perfect vision of the clients’ space.
Meliza has embraced her role as Secretary for NEWH Vancouver Region since 2019. She believes that It is a great platform to network, contribute and collaborate with the local Design Community, both professionally and educationally.
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 specializing in healthcare and the hospitality division. Her expertise has now grown to include education and corporate in her account portfolio with special detail for ancillary spaces.
Founded in 1979, Heritage saw a full service dealership that includes furniture, warehouse, installation and architectural walls. With more than 50,000 square feet of warehouse and showroom space, they are located in Vancouver, Kelowna, and Kamloops, B.C. Heritage represents more than 200 manufacturers and is the only authorized Steelcase dealer in B.C. Lower Mainland and Interior. 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 Director of Leadership Conferences, having moved from volunteering at all positions at the Vancouver Region Level.
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 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 on its end users.
After 6 years of honing his design and technical skills in Corporate Interior Design, Santiago took the opportunity to increase his involvement as an Instructor in the Interior Design program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and to achieve his dream of opening his own design studio; O|NINE Design + Photography.
These new ventures have allowed Santiago to reinforce his diverse set of skills and to face exciting design and business challenges.
Santiago’s passion for education goes beyond the classroom doors. He has been an active member of NEWH since being the recipient of their Icon of Industry Scholarship back in 2011 and currently sits as the Scholarship and Education Chair for the Vancouver Chapter. He believes in the power of knowledge and the value of education and is extremely excited to be involved with both NEWH + BCIT. It is these types of organizations which inspire students; the future of our industry.
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 entered the hospitality industry over 25 years ago selling carpet into hotels and casinos in South Africa. He specified the first carpet tile on a gaming floor in Africa which later became a standard for the gaming industry.
Based in Johannesburg, he joined Brintons Carpet in December 2011 quickly becoming the Regional Manager for the Middle East & Africa. In 2013 Lance relocated his family to Vancouver to be closer to his brother. He spent a further 7 years with Brintons and in 2020 moved to McKillican, a wholesale building distributor, as their Surfaces Specialist covering BC.
Lance joined NEWH shortly after moving to Canada and has served on the board since 2017