Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

We elect a new Board of Directors at our AGM each spring from among our membership. Our board meets monthly (except for July, August and December) to guide the BIA and find ways to promote our organization and members. Serving on the board is a great opportunity to increase your business profile and do your part for downtown businesses.

Contact the BIA office if you are interested in joining a future board or have any questions about the responsibilities and time commitment.


Small Business Advisor: Community Business and Investment at Vancity

Community Minded. Rad Dad. Softball Star.

Matt has been working with small and medium-sized organizations at Vancity since 2012. Through his work, he helps create healthy organizations that contribute to a sustainable economy. In addition to his work with the BIA, he is also a Community Review Panellist for the Douglas College Self-Employment program and a Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. Originally from Bowen Island, Matt now lives in Port Coquitlam with his wife and three kids, where he enjoys playing hockey and softball in his spare time.


Owner and Web Designer at Ancell Technologies

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. Avid Swimmer (1/2 Dolphin, 1/2 Human). A little shaken but not stirred.

Robert Ancell is the owner of Ancell Technologies Inc, DBA Ancell Marketing, a Port Coquitlam based Technology and Internet Marketing company. Offering thirty years of B2B, B2C, Operations, Sales & Marketing experience, Robert and his team help clients make sound use of the latest proven marketing and technology trends by providing a variety of website technology and marketing solutions. Robert serves hundreds of customers from a wide variety of industries in Canada and the USA. His passion has been in providing personalized and efficient service. He values your business as if it were his own and he’s always there for you.

Catherine Polonio — DIRECTOR

Owner and Senior Floral Designer at Coquitlam Florist

Kickass Human. Competitive Giver. Creative Crafter. Troublemaker.

Catherine is the go-to resource for all your flowers and candy needs. She has owned Coquitlam Florist for over ten years and recently expanded to another location in Abbotsford, Rosebay Florist. As a former Tri-City Chamber Member of the Year, Catherine’s passion for the Port Coquitlam community continues to shine and she lights up the room wherever she goes. Plus, she always has snacks.

Darci Menard — DIRECTOR

Owner and Hair Stylist at DM & Co

Sideline Cheerleader. Eyelash Queen. Dog Mom.

After being a self-employed hair stylist for over 20 years, she made the leap in 2016 to open her own studio, DM & Co. In 2017 she added Younique Beauty Expert to her resume and hired the cutest assistant ever: her adorable half-shih tzu, half-papillon pup, Millie. Darci is originally from Coquitlam but moved to PoCo with her family when she was young. Growing up in a hockey family, she has perfected her sideline cheerleading skills and is always ready to cheer on a friend. Ask her how you can get your own Rockstar lashes with just a mascara!

Sam Nosworthy — DIRECTOR

Manager and Hair Stylist at In a Wink Beautique

Fearless Leader. Fiesty Forward.

Sam has been a hairdresser for 15 years and has been the Manager at In a Wink Beautique Salon and Spa for the past three years. She joined the Port Coquitlam BIA to help showcase the business community in this amazing city. Sam loves to be behind the chair and is always showing her staff the tricks of the trade. In her off time, she plays competitive ice hockey and loves hanging out with her boyfriend, Toby; son, Jack; and puppy, Herschel. Sam is very excited to be part of the Downtown PoCo team.

Melanie Frers — DIRECTOR

Partner, Meyer Frers, Chartered Professional Accountants

Skier. Runner. Anything where she can go outside and play.

Melanie Frers is a partner of Meyer Frers, Chartered Professional Accountants in downtown Port Coquitlam.  For over 30 years Melanie and the team at Meyer Frers have provided more than just the numbers to their diverse clientele.  Whether it’s accounting services, tax services or business consulting services, Meyer Frers ensures every client receives exceptional service and the highest quality of work.  Melanie lives in Port Coquitlam with her husband and daughters and loves getting out on the PoCo Trail as often as she can.

Sarah Harbord — DIRECTOR

Director of Operations at Patina Brewing Co.

Beer Expert. Operational Guru. Awesome Mom.

After moving to Port Coquitlam five years ago, Sarah knew she wanted to be a part of this great community! Having travelled the world and lived in many different cities, there was no question that this is where she wanted to raise her children. After completing her Business Administration diploma and working in sales and marketing in different industries, she finally found her perfect career choice in Port Coquitlam: Craft beer. Now as the Director of Operations of Patina Brewing Co. she has the opportunity to live, work, raise her children and be a part of this vibrant changing city.

Downtown POCO BIA Staff


Employee Engagement & Culture Specialist

Part Executive. Part Yogi. Part Mom. Part Entrepreneur. Part Volunteer. (how many parts can one have?)

Passionate about efficiency, wine, yoga, writing, coffee, reading, her sassy teenage daughter, and the Tri-Cities community (not necessarily in that order). Least passionate about bad drivers. BCIT graduate for Human Resources, Director for the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce/Chair of the Women in Business committee and President of the Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.

Lives by Service Above Self #Rotarian.


Digital Media Specialist

World Traveller. Podcast Lover. Social Media Enthusiast. Pop-Culture Expert.

After graduating from BCIT with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Tourism Marketing, Leslie started her own Marketing Consulting business helping small businesses gain traction in an increasingly technology driven world. She loves working with the BIA and getting to know the Port Coquitlam community. In a former life she brought sets to life in theatre and film. In her spare time, she enjoys playing board games, testing out the local craft beer scene, and taking her dog, Lola, out for walks.