Board of Directors
David Gurd - Chair
Board member since 2012
Dave Gurd has recently returned to Vancouver, retiring home after 18 years of working at national science laboratories in the southern United States – Texas, New Mexico and Tennessee. In both New Mexico and Tennessee he held volunteer executive board positions (president and vice-president respectively) with community music organizations that offered both symphonic and chamber music series. It was his interest and desire to continue this involvement that attracted him to Vetta.
Before moving to the US, Dave spent 20 years working at the TRIUMF laboratory at UBC. During that time he served on program advisory boards at both Langara and Capilano colleges, and for the Vancouver School Board.
Dave is passionate about many types of classical music, from opera to chamber, and he hopes by his role with Vetta to contribute modestly to an increase in both interest and availability of chamber music for both young and older in Vancouver.
Les Tulloch - Vice Chair
Board Member since 1990
Les Tulloch has attended Vetta Chamber music concerts since their inception. He has also been a Vetta Board member for 25 years. Les is president of Sea Nymph Sea Farms limited. He is or has been a Trustee on numerous business and not-for-profit Boards such as the Underwater Harvesters Association, Vancouver Waldorf School, The Christian Community in Vancouver, Hands in Peace Canada, and the Foundation for Human Movement studies.
His four children have all attended Vetta concerts while they were growing up. Les looks forward to his four grandchildren also attending Vetta concerts to enrich their lives.
Peter Kaiser - Secretary
Board Member since 2007
Growing up in Austria and living in Salzburg – the city of Mozart – must have been fertile ground for the development of a lifelong appreciation of classical music, especially chamber music and opera.
Since moving to Canada, Peter has lent his time and experience to many different causes, all of which had and have a close affinity to music. A Vetta performance to him is the closest to the perfect chamber music experience – immediate, up close and in perfect surroundings with matching acoustics – and he hopes to bring this experience to an ever increasing audience through his involvement on the board.
Sarah Yuan - Treasurer
Board member since 2014
Sarah is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). She graduated from BCIT with a diploma in Financial Management in 2006. She has been working at Quantum Accounting Services for more than seven years and has plenty of accounting knowledge and experiences especially in accounting services for non-profit organizations.
Before moving to Canada, she received her bachelor degree in food engineering in a major of biochemistry in China in 1990. Worked as a food engineer and manager of the production department, she also gained extensive experiences in budgeting and cost control in manufacturing industry.
Growing up and living in a music loving family, she admires artists and likes to work with artists. Having reviewed Vetta’s financial books for several years, she is familiar with Vetta. Now she enjoys working for Vetta as treasurer and likes to contribute her accounting and finance experiences to Vetta.
Board Member since 2014
A long time resident of Vancouver, Marnie Carter has been an active music teacher and vocal accompanist. As well she has adjudicated extensively in western Canada. Born in Winnipeg she studied in Toronto, Montreal and London England at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received degrees in both piano and voice. Ms. Carter sits on the Regional Council of the Canadian Music Centre and is a past president of the the former Alumni of the Royal Conservatory. As a founding member of the Vancouver Music Festival Workshop, she has encouraged young teachers and pianists to explore a wide range of musical experiences.
Board member since 2016
Micheal Lansky is President of Terra Breads Inc. and is a long time supporter and friend of Vetta Chamber Music Society. Michael is very active in the community and though Terra Breads supports many organizations including Chefs Table Society of BC, Farm Folk City Folk, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC, Spacial Dynamics Institute, Edible Garden Project, Growing Chefs, and Project Chef.
Board member since 2018
Michael Pidgeon recently relocated to Salt Spring Island after a career in education. He taught Linguistics and English Language at The University of the West Indies (Barbados) for 14 years, and was involved in teaching Academic E.S. L., administration, teacher training and curriculum development at Vancouver Community College for over 20 years.
During the more than 30 years he resided in the Metro Vancouver area, he attended hundreds of performances by every classical music and theatrical group in the city, including more than 20 years enjoying Vetta Chamber Music.
Michael was on the Boards of Theatre at Large (acting as Chair for several years), Coconut (later Evergreen) Theatre, and The Arts Club and was a founding Board Member of The Sydney J. Risk Foundation that presents annual awards in acting, directing and playwriting. He was also involved with Masterpiece Music in its final years under the leadership of Terence Dawson.
Board member since 2020
Born in Toronto, Joanne Harada was Vice President, Artistic Operations & Education at the Vancouver Symphony from 2002 until 2018. She worked closely with Bramwell Tovey, former Music Director of the VSO and current Artistic Director of the Calgary Opera. Prior to her position at the VSO, Joanne held senior management positions with both the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Joanne is a member of the BC Advisory Committee of the Canadian Music Centre. She was a member of Orchestra Canada’s 2019 Betty Webster Award Committee, and a judge in the “Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble” category at the 2020 Juno Awards. Joanne also continues as Artistic Planning Advisor with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2020/2021 season.