Board of Directors

 Dave Gurd, Chair

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

Les Tulloch has attended Vetta Chamber music concerts since their inception. He has also been a Vetta Board member for 20 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 4 grandchildren also attending Vetta concerts to enrich their lives.

Sarah Yuan, Treasurer

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 7 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.

Peter Kaiser

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.

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson has had four careers–first as a school music teacher, then as a Music Producer for CBC Radio for many years. The latter job involved recording concerts for broadcast plus 10 years as the producer/manager of the CBC Radio Orchestra. This was followed by 3 years as a Producer for CBC Records.

She has produced over 100 CD's and has received a Grammy for a CD of Penderecki's Credo which won the Grammy in 200 in the category of Best Choral Performance. Other awards won by recordings Karen Wilson has produced include: 5 Juno award winners, 5 Pacific Coast Music Award winners, and 6 Western Canadian Music Awards winners.

Karen also worked for Vancouver Opera as their Director of Artistic Planning and Productions where she hired soloists and negotiated their contracts, managed the Opera Orchestra and Chorus as well as the entire music staff. She was also in charge of the education programs, plus had responsibility for production staff (costumes, sets, technical, etc) at the Vancouver Opera.

She is currently the Administrator for the inaugural Knigge Music Competition for the UBC School of Music, as well as producing 4 upcoming CD's.


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.

 Michael Le Bas

After spending over 20 years in senior marketing & sales positions at Canadian Pacific Air Lines, Michael went on to teach at BCIT in the Tourism  Marketing program. He now divides his time between developing marketing & training programs for his clients, and making wooden furniture & toys for his grandchildren.

 When asked to coordinate the new Vetta Thursday afternoon concerts, Michael jumped at the opportunity to introduce music lovers to Vetta. "I know Joan prides herself on putting together an exciting and thrilling program for audiences in Vancouver. What better way for people who are no longer able to go to an evening concert or cannot afford to attend, than to enjoy one of our afternoon concerts?" 


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