Meet our team of professionals representing your interests
Chris Atchison - President
Chris has many years of expertise working collaboratively across the province, building capacity, best practices for employers, employees, communities, industry and funders.
Chris brings to BCCA a wealth of experience, including 9 years as Chief Operating Officer at ASPECT and more than 15 years as a workforce development strategist for organizations and communities throughout BC. Chris oversees a BCCA team that operationalizes a sector-wide strategic plan spanning pillars of: skilled workforce, construction projects, technology and community partnership. In addition to his work credentials, Chris holds an International Relations Degree from UBC and a Shipping and Marine Operations Diploma from BCIT, is Past President of the Victoria Minor Hockey Association and Past Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. Plus in his “spare time”, he's the Head Coach of the Midget Female AAA Vancouver Island Seals.
Chris has big-picture growth in mind as he continues to strengthen essential relationships and modernize operational thinking and processes.
Lisa Stevens - Chief Strategy Officer
A career marketer and community engagement strategist, Lisa has held senior leadership roles in both public and private sectors. As a Senior Vice President of Marketing at Sony Music in New York City, Lisa developed global campaigns for some of the world’s most renowned recording artists. Returning to Victoria to lead marketing and business development at the global e-commerce marketplace AbeBooks, Lisa was part of the management team that successfully negotiated an acquisition by the online retail giant Amazon. To develop her BC business networks, Lisa next became Executive Director of ActNow BC at the time of the 2010 Olympic Games, leveraging that success into a rewarding post-Games run as a management consultant with an emphasis on community engagement and brand strategy.
In her spare time, Lisa boot-strapped a tech start-up into a profitable business, which was acquired in July 2018.
Warren Perks - VP Industry Standard Practices
Warren Perks leads the BCCA and integrated groups as VP Industry Standard Practices, promoting the adoption of standard 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 Standard 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.
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.
Complete Staff List
- Alice Calmettes - Provincial Manager (BCCA-IN)
- Bonnie-Lynne Ceriko - LNG Canada Trades Training Fund Coordinator
- Caroline Ames - Provincial Operations Manager (STEP)
- Eric Metcalf - Assistant Accounting & Finance Manager
- Janessa Conarroe - Bookkeeper
- Lindsay Groves - Community Engagement & Content Manager (STEP)
- Stephen Richter - Project Manager
- Tom Gogela - Marketing Manager