Who We Are

Who are we

The British Canadian Business Association (BCBA) is a not-for-profit society founded with the mission to bridge the Canadian and United Kingdom business communities.

Enjoying the ongoing support of the British High Commission, the BCBA is able to draw on the collective expertise of our directors, members and partners to help in-bound businesses navigate the occasionally challenging commercial environment across Canada and particularly the West Coast.

In addition, the BCBA leverages its strong relationships with business associations, chambers and organizations on both sides of the Atlantic to promote its members, connect them within the business communities and provide ongoing support.

Meet the Board

Peter Cottan | President

BCBA Board Member Peter Cottan

Peter has been involved with the BCBA as a founding member. His passion is sales and marketing and he is currently expanding the award winning FHOSS Safety and Risk Mitigation products from the UK into North America. He has also worked as the International and Corporate U.S Group Sales Manager with the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. He had moved north from San Francisco in 2013 where he previously worked with Intercontinental Hotels. Group and with Golden Gate University as Associate Director of Advising Services while he earned his MBA in marketing.

He is passionate about events and networking and enjoys advising his clients on the many things Vancouver has to offer both for business, and a destination. He is also technologically minded and keeps up to speed with new developments in social media. Peter has more than 20 years of combined business development experience in the UK, USA, Australia, and Canada.

Tony Morgan | Founding President & Director

BCBA Board Member Tony Morgan

Anthony (Tony) is a Financial Planner with the Danielson Group Wealth Management, having joined the team in early 2011. His experience includes advising a wide range of professionals including Queen’s Counsel, Corporate CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Athletes and Celebrities during his 22 years working at Lloyd’s Banking Group, London and Vancouver, Canada.

Through his vast experience as a financial planner in London and Vancouver, Tony has a unique blend of sage wealth advice, in depth banking knowledge and the ability to build strong relationships with both clients and his business network.

This is a passion of his as evidenced by him being one of the founders and President of the British Canadian Business Association (BCBA). This has been his ultimate goal of ‘giving back’ to the business communities in the UK and Canada. Tony’s aspiration is to help as many people be successful and fulfill their life dreams.

Hermann Luitingh | Chair

BCBA Board Member Hermann Luitingh

Hermann arrived in the Dominion of Canada in 2001 after successfully practicing law in the Republic of South Africa for years and has continued his career as Counsel at the Vancouver Bar. Vancouver’s dynamics, steady pace and mature levels of human courtesy and good taste are the reasons Hermann enjoys working and living in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.

Similar to his peers at the BCBA, Hermann is always eager to assist the growth of business through sound networking and empowerment. Hermann is a strong advocate for ethical growth and cooperation, rendering the British and Canadian models ideal for business development. Hermann has a keen interest in North Atlantic and European trade and has long-standing experience working with solicitors of different jurisdictions in assisting clients with negotiating international and domestic contracts and regulatory compliance. He is also a skilled barrister, frequently appearing before the British Columbia Courts.

Rob Scupham | Treasurer

BCBA Board Member Rob Scupham

Rob has been part of the BDO Vancouver team since 2007, and since 2014 the Senior Audit Manager. This role includes him being the principal contact and project manager for a large portfolio of clients with a focus on public company accounting & assurance work, focused in the natural resources and technology space. Rob is an excellent client facing individual who is pro-active in providing clients with relevant sector insights and advice and solutions to business issues clients face.

Through effective planning, project management and a pro-active approach to communication I ensure I have a full understanding of my clients business which allows a tailored and risk based approach to assurance work including identification of the issues that concern the users to whom we report. The project management skills developed over the course of my career enable me to work to multiple tight deadlines whilst minimizing mid-project changes and late identification of issues.

Brian Mason | Vice Chair

BCBA Board Member Brian Mason

Brian B. Mason C.D. is an entrepreneur and president of Burrard Inlet Rail Contracting Ltd. A Vancouver based full-service railway contractor, with over 50 employees serving western Canada. He has over a dozen years of experience in the railway transportation and engineering sector, previously with Canadian Pacific Railway and Neptune Bulk Terminals.

He has a keen interest in commodity trading, equipment importation, raising capital, mergers and acquisition.

Brian is Canadian born and holds dual British / Canadian citizenship.

Andy Marshall | Vice President

BCBA Board Member Andy Marshall

Andy Marshall is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst from Lincolnshire, England. In August 2008 Andy joined PwC’s Vancouver office, bringing his considerable experience of the technology, entertainment and mining FTSE 100 sectors to his role as a Manager in PwC’s audit practice, specializing in Canadian and US listed mining company engagements.

Andy moved on to hold key roles in two Vancouver based silver mining companies before taking up his current position as the CFO of First Mining Finance Corp. Through the successful growth of the Company since this time, Andy has gained valuable experience in multiple corporate acquisitions and equity financing.

As Treasurer and Director of the BCBA Andy’s goal is to provide our members with a supportive network of business professionals within the local community. He is committed to promoting and growing the society’s membership base, as well as continuing his own development towards becoming a trusted business and financial adviser.

Darrell Keen | Director

BCBA Board Member Darrell Keen

Darrell is proud of his London roots. His transportation career began in the UK and Netherlands. After relocating to Canada in the early 1990’s, he worked with a multi-national transportation company promoting trade within the North American and Asia markets. He then moved onto British Airways were he was responsible for cargo load capacities within Western Canada.

Darrell founded GTO Logistics Ltd. based in Vancouver in 2001. GTO specializes in air-sea freight to and from the UK, and also has extensive dealings with the Benelux countries for import/export trade management.

Reach out to Darrell with any questions about shipping and logistics. He is always available to assist you with the growth of your business. In addition to shipping, his expertise and network around the world can assist with trade relations and help you build valuable transatlantic relationships.

Corina-Alexandra Pop | Creative Director

BCBA Board Member Corina-Alexandra Pop

Corina loves crafting beautiful, smart and inspired designs that speak meaningfully to intended audiences and delivers business results. Experienced in art direction and graphic design, she has been working with many Canadian brands, as well as with companies from all over the world, bringing to life new visual identities, turning traditional business documents and marketing collateral into wonderful visual experiences, designing a variety of print artwork, as well as digital marketing campaigns across all media and social channels.

As a Graphic Design Instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Corina shares her experience and passion for Visual Composition and Layout with her students.

Originally from Romania, Corina moved to Vancouver in 2017, after spending 6 years in SE Asia. Corina is passionate about everything design, intense workouts and chocolate. In her role with BCBA, Corina’s goal is to shape a modern and professional visual identity through creative direction and graphic design

Layla Cowley | Events Manager

BCBA Board Member Layla Cowley

Layla is a Conference Services and Event Manager with the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. She has been in Canada since 2015, after spending 4 years in Queenstown in New Zealand working in the hospitality industry, and a stint at Disney World in Florida in 2009. Layla has studied at the University of Plymouth and the University of Central Florida, achieving a BSc in Sociology and Geography and a post graduate certificate in Hospitality Management, she originally hails from Devon, England.

Layla’s experience and passion for events is what has led her to joining the BCBA, she is excited to bring people together through fun and informative events, to promote the growth of business, networks and support.

Rupert Potter | Director (UK)

BCBA Board Member Rupert Potter

Rupert Potter is BC’s Trade & Investment Representative for Europe, MD of Articulate International Ltd, and UK Partner with Optimize Consulting. Rupert has previously served as a diplomat with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as British Consul General in Vancouver 2012-16; Deputy Head of the Embassy in Bahrain 2008-12; and prior to that as Political Officer in Sweden, and Vice-Consul in Jordan. In London, he’s worked on policy covering South Asia, Afghanistan, and North America, as well as being seconded to Cabinet Office and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Rupert has an MA with honours in Modern History with International Relations from the University of St Andrews University; and a second MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.

Known for delivering high-quality political, commercial and security analysis; he is a clear and effective communicator; and a motivational leader who inspires trust and delivers strong organisational performance. His role in the BCBA handily brings together his loves of the UK, British Columbia and helping businesses thrive.

Miriam Mitchell-Banks | Director (Alberta)

BCBA Board Member Miriam Mitchell-Banks

Miriam is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a business degree from the University of Calgary. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Miriam and her family emigrated to Canada in 1964 and lived on the northwest coast of British Columbia, before moving to the southeast part of the province, to Creston in the Kootenay Valley. In the early 80′s she moved to Calgary, Alberta.

Miriam’s diverse career includes 26 years of senior leadership roles with both Canadian and Global energy companies, including; TransCanada Corp, Williams Energy, Provident Energy (merged with Pembina Corp), BP Canada, ATCO Group, and AltaGas. Miriam now leverages the deep experience she gained in the energy industry and her entrepreneurial nature, in her role as a Senior Consultant with Optimize Consulting and within her own business consultancy practice.

As Director (Alberta) of the BCBA, Miriam’s goal is to provide our members with insight into the local and provincial business environment through broad and deep professional and personal networks of Business Professionals and Community leaders. She is committed to promoting and growing the society’s reach and impact. As a passionate Rotarian she would welcome the opportunity to host you to a local meeting or event.