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Colin Hansen is the President and Chief Executive Officer with AdvantageBC. In 1996, he was elected to the British Columbia Legislature and served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance from June 2008 to March 2011. He also served for almost four years as Minister of Health and three years as Minister of Economic Development, which included responsibility for the 2010 Olympics and the Asia Pacific Initiative. He serves on several not-for-profit boards including Arthritis Research Canada, the Fraser Basin Council, Canada-Japan Society of BC, Jack Austin School of Asia Pacific Studies at SFU and the China Council at UBC. In addition, he is past chair of the Board of Directors for the Transportation Investment Corporation (a provincial crown corporation). Before politics, he was President and Founding Partner of Image Group, BC’s largest promotional products company, and the Vice-President, Finance and Administration for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Jimmy Mitchell is the Vice President of Business Development with AdvantageBC. Previously, Jimmy worked in Canada’s Foreign Service, as the Canadian government liaison for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 where he directed the business and trade focused programming plan for the Canada Pavilion. He served as a China specialist in political and public affairs roles and oversaw political affairs and bilateral relations for Canada’s Shanghai Consulate from 2005 to 2008, and at the Canadian Trade off ice in Taipei (2000 – 2003). He graduated from University of Regina in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Chinese Politics and History from the University of British Columbia in 1995. He also spent one year in Chinese-language training at the National Taiwan Normal University.
Talia Beckett is the Director of Communications and Research with AdvantageBC. Previously, she worked in public relations executing marketing campaigns across North America and Europe. She is a judge for the Stevie Awards Women in Business category and the Communications Chair for the Women in Leadership Foundation. She received the 2007 BC Export Award for International Business and was a finalist for the 2009 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Political Economics from the University of London (UK) in 2012. Prior to relocating to London, Talia worked in marketing with Stork Craft Manufacturing and in communications with the Surrey Board of Trade and Canada Export Centre. She also spent one year living abroad in Helsinki, Finland.
Katherine Lee is the Administrative Assistant with AdvantageBC. She received her B.A. from the University of Victoria with a major in political science and a minor in professional writing. Kat spent four years as a news and business reporter for a community newspaper in Northern B.C., covering federal, provincial and municipal elections as well as First Nations, community, and industry issues. She spent five years overseas, working for a property management company in London, England, a registered training organization in Melbourne, Australia, and a government ministry in Wellington, New Zealand.