Mark is passionately curious about people and places. As a Disney Imagineer, he helped develop new theme park experiences and indulged a childhood dream to be a Disney character. He brought the same creative enthusiasm to his role as Director of User Research at ECCO Design in New York, bringing ethnographic observation into design practice. A desire to dig deeper into city building brought Mark back to Vancouver. Mark has a BS in Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management, both from Stanford University. He currently serves on the board of Vancouver Heritage Foundation and Building Opportunities with Business. Ask him about ramen.
Wilmer has a background in engineering. He led product teams to develop award winning consumer electronics devices at Denso San Diego and at Plantronics in California and China. His passion for lowering our eco footprint brought him back to Vancouver and to work on creating beautiful and accessible green buildings. Wilmer holds a B.ApSc in Electrical Engineering from UBC, MEng in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and an Executive MBA from CEIBS Shanghai.
Leslie has worked as a consultant in community economic development and community-based governance, working alongside communities and local organizations in Canada, the United States, China, and Taiwan. She holds a BS in Urban Studies from Cornell University and an MCP (Planning) from the University of California, Berkeley. At River Market, she merges theory and practice, spearheading initiatives like ONE Prize, a community grant program that keeps local dollars in the community. She currently serves on the board of LOCO BC.
Alice is super organized. She keeps our office and our team organized. She does everything from organizing meetings, accounting support, supply ordering, answering phones, emails, front desk inquires, and assisting all of us. Alice can also repair small mechanical issues, is not afraid of heights, and very handy with a screw gun. She enjoys curling at the Royal City Curling Club and volunteering with the Girl Guides of Canada.
Salim is the strategist behind River Market’s events and programs. In his role, he brings together his interest and expertise in both business and design. He has worked in various industries, spanning retail, green technology, and hospitality. He holds a degree in Marketing from University of British Columbia. He loves food and is an active Yelper!