Meet our team of professionals representing your interests

Chris Atchison - President

Chris has many years of expertise working collaboratively across the province, ensuring optimal program results for employers, participants, communities, and funders. Chris brings to BCCA a wealth of experience, including 9 years as Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT and 17 years as the Provincial Employment Contracts Manager for a variety of different job/training programs.

In addition to his work credentials, Chris holds an International Relations Degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT, is President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Chairman of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. Plus in his “spare time” he also manages to be Head Coach of the South Island Royals (Bantam “AA” Female).


Warren Perks - Vice President, Director of Industry Practices

Warren Perks leads the BCCA and integrated groups as VP and Director of Industry Practices, promoting the adoption of standards and practices for the BC construction sector on numerous matters. Starting out as a draftsperson and working extensively as a construction project manager in Alberta and British Columbia, Warren brings hands-on experience and understanding on numerous construction sector issues.

Warren is a significant player in the development and implementation of online bidding, and continues to influence the evolution of building regulation, standard documents and construction practices. Through the Public Construction Council, numerous Standards and Practices Committees and his ongoing administration of the BCCA’s BidCentral online tendering services for public construction projects, he is focused on establishing strong processes which reflect industry needs and practices while maximizing the return on investment.


Jonathan Smallwood - Business Development, BidCentral

Jonathan Smallwood oversees development, operations and sales for the BCCA’s BidCentral online tendering application. Working closely with BidCentral technology partners and leadership team, Jonathan is augmenting the sizeable BidCentral network and tools by building strong relationships with contractors, owners, government and associations throughout the province. Jonathan has shown his ability to develop untapped potential, through project management for Olympic Village developments, business development for Trail Appliances and management of multiple business units at Telus.


Zuzana Capeau - Executive Assistant

Zuzana Capeau joined BCCA in August 2015, bringing 15 years of experience in program coordination for co-op education and post-secondary experiential learning programs. Zuzana has a background in psychology and anthropology. She’s currently applying her enthusiasm for connecting people through her executive level assistance to the BCCA President. From organizing board meetings to planning events with the four regional associations and everything in-between, Zuzana’s involved in many aspects of the daily BCCA operations.

Zuzana is thrilled to be part of an organization that is supporting a growing sector. She’s passionate about helping British Columbians find rewarding careers in the trades.

Jackie Knutson - Accounting & Finance Manager

Jackie Knutson is the BCCA’s financial leader with big-picture thinking in mind. A Certified General Accountant and skilled puzzle solver in charge of budgeting, reporting and forecasting, Jackie fits the pieces of the big picture together. Jackie brings together precision, business sense, and a deep understanding of the complexities of Association management and government funding, carried by her passion for action on industry issues and the mandate of the Skilled Trades Employment Program.

Jackie believes it is important to experience as many elements related to your chosen career as you can, then focus and work hard towards your goals.

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