David Feys, Director, Events + Operations

An accomplished event planner who has produced events all across Canada and the United States, David has expertise in delivering luxury events with a special focus on gourmet cuisine. He began his career as a trained chef, and honed his culinary skills in boutique hotels and his own bespoke catering business.

Carisa Didoshak, Senior Event Planner

Throughout the course of her 12-year career in hospitality, Carisa has worked in all aspects of the industry, allowing her to knowledgeably guide clients through every step of planning their event. She is a Certified Wedding Consultant and Coordinator through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada and holds a diploma in Hospitality.

Suzanne Girard, Sales + Marketing

For more than twenty years, Suzanne has combined brand strategy, PR, and management positions to serve clients and with events and tourism companies like Destination BC, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, and Tourism Victoria.

Mardy Ra, Executive Chef

In his short career, Chef Mardy Ra has honed his culinary skills at prestigious properties like the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, Australia, Diva at the Met at Vancouver’s Metropolitan Hotel and most recently at Railtown Catering. He has lived and worked in great culinary centres such as Phnom Penh, Montreal, and Boston that have formed his fresh, distinct take on fine Pacific Northwest cuisine, steeping it with bright international influences and flavours.

Sergiy Grivtsov, Captain

A Master Mariner, Sergiy holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Navigation and Ships Exploitation from the Astrakhan Marine Technical Institute in Astrakhan, Russia. In Canada, he has completed a Master Intermediate Voyage Certificate and Marine Emergency Duties courses. During his 30-year career, he has visited more than 80 ports in over 40 countries working on vessels ranging from tankers to charter yachts.