TCCC 2015 – 2016 Board Members
Ron Livingston — TCCC President
Past President of TCCC, Past Vice Chairman & Director – Board of Trade of Thailand, President & CEO of International Environmental Management Co. Ltd.
Mr. Livingston, President and CEO of International Environmental Management (IEM), has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in Natural Resource Management. Mr. Livingston has established and operates businesses throughout SE Asia over the past 23 years focusing on environment, health and safety management consulting in support of industrial and oil and gas exploration and development.
Mr. Livingston is a past President of the TCCC and has been a Board Member for 20 years. His focus has been to enhance Canada’s profile in support of small business interests. He has also served as Vice Chairman and Director of the Board of Trade of Thailand. Ron is committed to the chamber’s efforts to enhance Thai and Canadian business interests. Mr. Livingston is also an active Rotarian.
Derek van Pelt — TCCC Vice President
Managing Director of Siam Wheels Co., Ltd
Derek van Pelt has been in the Kingdom of Thailand since 1997 when he came to work for the Thai Royal Family at Chitralada Palace School for a year.
Mr. van Pelt is currently the Managing Director of TCCC member company Siam Wheels Co. Ltd as well as a Partner & Director in another TCCC member company, Smiling Albino Ltd. His prior work experience also includes working for TravelGuide.com as well as starting and subsequently selling Datcorp Co. Ltd.
Mr. van Pelt joined the TCCC Board in 2010 and currently serves as a Vice President. He is frequently seen at TCCC events either behind the scenes or behind the microphone. He looks forward to continuing his work with, and support of, the Canadian community in Thailand.
John Stevens — TCCC Vice President
Managing Director of Carrot Rewards Company Limited
John Stevens currently serves as Managing Director of Carrot Rewards Co., Ltd. Carrot Rewards was launched in 2012 and is the official membership program for Rabbit Card – Thailand’s first smartcard for mass transit and retail payments. Rabbit card and Carrot Rewards are associated brands of the BTS Group.
Previously, Mr. Stevens was the Founder & Managing Director of Point of View (POV) Media Group Co., Ltd. – a leading out of home advertising company headquartered in Bangkok. Established in 2001, POV owns and operates extensive static and digital media networks located in hundreds of entertainment and dining venues as well as within Bangkok’s top office towers.
Mr. Stevens came to Thailand in 1997 and worked in the trade section of the Canadian Embassy. He later joined Nova Gas before embarking on his own entrepreneurial pursuits including “The Best in Bangkok” entertainment guide and thereafter POV.
Mr. Stevens is a Vancouverite by birth and is a graduate of the University of British Columbia. He later attended the Asia Pacific Management Cooperative Program at Capilano College which led to his internship at the Embassy of Canada in Bangkok.
Mr. Stevens has served on the board of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce since 2010. He also served between 1999 and 2005. He was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by the Thai – Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2000 and is active in organizing Chamber’s events and leading a number of marketing initiatives.
John Casella — TCCC Treasurer
Managing Partnet of PKF Tax and Consulting Services (Thailand) Ltd.
Mr. John Casella has more than 20 years of professional experience in accounting, consulting and management positions for a wide range of companies and projects in S.E. Asia and North America. John is the Managing Partner at PKF Tax and Consulting Services (Thailand) Limited where he has successfully built a strong team over the past 5 years providing a broad range of expertise, including: taxation compliance and tax consulting services, outsourced accounting and payroll, corporate legal support, and risk management services. During the last year, John has also opened PKF Audit (Thailand) Ltd. offering audit and assurance services to foreign and local clients alike. Previously, John spent 10 years providing corporate advisory services for Churchill Pryce Capital throughout SE Asia, including corporate debt restructuring, operational consulting, M&A due diligence, business valuation, etc.
Before that, John worked as Operations Analyst in the corporate head-office of the Dusit Group in Bangkok. John started his career with 4 years as a financial audit for Arthur Andersen at their Canadian head-office in Toronto. John earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. He holds an active license as a Certified Public Accountant in the USA and is an active Certified Management Accountant in Canada.
John is a member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South. He is also an active member of the Bangkok Flying Farangs and Thai Stix hockey teams. John is a former TCCC President and TCCC Treasurer.
Dean Outerson has worked in Thailand for the past 8 years and has 24 years experience living and working in Asia, having previously lived in Japan and Indonesia. Currently, he is Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand’s first internationally accredited business school. Dean heads the team that handles the marketing and recruiting efforts of the graduate business school.
In his previous position as Director of Publications/Managing Editor at Veritas Graphics, he worked closely for a number of years with the British Chamber of Commerce, Australian Chamber, and the New Zealand Chamber on their publications. He has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Bangkok South since 2007 and has served on the Board of Directors four out of the past five years. He has a background in writing, editing and journalism and has a keen interest in digital marketing and social media, education, literature and history.
Born in Tillsonburg Ontario, his family moved to Florida when he was 10 years old, and he graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 1990. He grew up playing hockey and soccer, and briefly played in the hockey league in Bangkok, until an injury forced him to retire from the game. He is a long suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan, and an optimistic Arsenal fan.
James MacDonald was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta though he has been living in Asia for the majority of the last 15 years. He and his family moved to Bangkok in 2013, where James took over as Head of School at NIST International School, which is a not-for-profit organization, educating over 1500 students who range in age from 3 to 18. Before settling in Bangkok, James also worked in Singapore at the Canadian International School Singapore and, most recently, in Japan where he was Head of School at Yokohama International School.
James is involved with a number of other educational bodies, representing over 600 other IB schools in the region as Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Asia Pacific Regional Council. He is also a board member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and, closer to home, is on the executive committee of the International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT). He has published numerous articles on leadership in international education and is a regular presenter at various educational conferences throughout the Asia Pacific region. James holds two undergraduate degrees (B.Ed. & B. Mgt) from the University of Lethbridge (Canada), an MA in Education from the University of Bath (UK), and an MBA from the University of British Columbia (Canada). James’ wife Corry, who is also originally from Edmonton, is an artist and art therapist and together they have three school aged children.
Joseph founded Vivaldi Relations in 2004. Vivaldi offers full traditional PR, digital PR, social media management and event services, and has evolved to become one of Thailand’s fastest growing and most successful PR companies over the last few years.
Vivaldi’s portfolio includes a range of high-profile clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Cartier, Rolex, Nike, William Grant & Sons, Singapore Tourism Board, ONYX Hospitality, Magnolias Finest Corporation, Saint Gobain, Tourism Authority of Thailand, MTV, TNT Express and Qatar Airways.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He is also a National University of Singapore alumnus having completed the Young Managers programme. He is avid athlete who frequently competes in triathlons, adventure races and marathons. He completed his first full Canada ironman Triathlon in 2012.
Mr. Surachit (Art) Chanovan is a TCCC member in ‘good standing’ and well known to the TCCC Board. As an active member of the Chamber’s Education Sector, he has been a strong advocate of quality education for Thai students and served as the Country Director of TCCC member company, Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN) – Thailand Branch from April 25, 2002 until the network’s global closure in January 2010. He served as a TCCC Board Director from May 2002 to March 2003 and continued as a Board Advisor until the present. Mr. Chanovan received the TCCC’s Business Excellence Award in the “Best Canada-Thai Linkages” Category in 2003 for his efforts in promoting Canadian as education destination.
Most recently, Mr. Chanovan became the Managing Director of “SuccessCanada.org” from February 1, 2010 to the present. Like CECN, his new entity is the continuation of his excellent job in promoting Canadian education to Thai students working in alliance with his former colleagues from various countries in Asia.
In promoting the Canadian education sector, Mr Chanovan has led and/or supported annual Canadian education fairs, annual secondary school /post secondary forums, information sessions for schools throughout Bangkok & upcountry, college/university events and student/agent seminars. He has also provided education/travel counseling to various Thai students, parents and local school counselors and provided linkages to various Canadian institutions’ websites for the benefit of Thai public.
Before that, he worked with numerous multinational companies, Mr. Chanovan, a US graduate has acquired extensive business competencies in the fields of communications, education, international relations, travel, and transportation. His career path has included work assignments as Regional Manager, Asia Pacific of Amadeus, ranked number one global travel technology company and as Country Manager Thailand of Air New Zealand, a leading Asia Pacific Airlines etc.
Peter Bessey joined Scotiabank in 1986 and has held a series of progressively more senior management positions. In 2008, Peter was appointed Regional Senior Vice President for the 4 eastern provinces in Canada, responsible for 156 branches and 2800 employees. Peter moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2011 as President & CEO of Scotiabank de Puerto Rico. In this role he was responsible for all of Scotiabank’s operations in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.
Peter and his wife, Mary Jane, relocated to Bangkok, Thailand in August 2014 where he was appointed (on a secondment from Scotiabank) as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Thanachart Bank. In his current capacity he also serves on the Board of Directors of both Thanachart Bank and Thanachart Insurance. Peter has served as Director and President of both local and regional Chambers of Commerce and has played a leadership role in a variety of community and charitable organizations.
In 2003 Peter was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to the growth and development of business in New Brunswick, Canada through his involvement in the Chamber of Commerce movement. In 2005 he was selected as one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine, and in 2008 Peter was presented with an Alumni Award of Distinction by the University of New Brunswick.
Angus Mitchell has more than 20 years of professional experience as a lawyer in Southeast Asia and North America. Mr. Mitchell is a highly experienced general corporate and commercial lawyer with a particular focus on oil & gas and power projects.
Mr. Mitchell holds a JD and a BA (Economics) from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. After qualifying in Canada, he began his career in 1995 with DFDL’s predecessor firm in Myanmar, moving in 1997 to the Projects group at Linklaters in Singapore. In 2002 Mr. Mitchell moved to Bennett Jones LLP, a top tier Canadian energy law firm in Calgary, where he was a Partner in the Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group.
Mr. Mitchell joined DFDL in Thailand in January 2013 and is the managing director of the Thai practice as well as the head of DFDL’s Oil & Gas Division.
David Macdonald is Vice President and General Manager for DKSH BU Performance Materials, a B2B enterprise that markets and distributes Specialty Chemicals and Ingredients to the following industries: Food and Beverage; Personal Care and Cosmetics; Pharmaceutical; Animal Health and Nutrition; Paints, Inks, Plastics, Rubber, and Adhesives.
During the 9 years with DKSH in Thailand, he has worn several hats including VP South East Asia, establishing green field sites in Myanmar, and Indonesia. He is a Director of DKSH Thailand. David started his time in Asia with the Capilano Asia Pacific Management Co Op Program in Vietnam, later moving to Diethelm Vietnam, spending a total of 8 years in the country, before moving to Malaysia for 3 years, and later taking up his current assignment in Thailand for the past 9 years. David is married with three children and his family are based in Thailand.
A Toronto native, David is an avid hockey player, having played House League and Selects at North Toronto Hockey Arena from age 5 to 18. As a Canadian with more than 21 years living and working in Asia Pacific David will bring additional perspectives and insights to the TCCC Board and he looks forward to being of service.
Andrew Kloosterhuis has been living abroad for close to 10 years, with 8 of those years being in Thailand. With his vast network built initially during his time as a teacher and subsequently as a business owner in the hospitality industry, Andrew’s connections and contacts will offer great added exposure to the chamber’s events and other initiatives.
A problem solver and a leader, Andrew believes in teamwork, communication and perseverance. He is willing to go the extra mile to be successful and to be better than the competitors. The mantra of ‘no task is ever too big or hard, if it means results’ is something Andrew lives by.
Andrew has used his experience as an owner of a restaurant in Thailand, with its many challenges, as a way to improve, adapt and grow his business. His strong work ethic, creativity and experience in Thailand will help support the Thai-Canadian Chamber reach and possibly go beyond our goals.
Michael White currently serves as Regional Director of IMAS Group, a leader in business data analytics and retail productivity projects.
Previously, Mr. White was the regional sales manager of DG Capitel, a Bangkok-based provider of communication systems and technical services to some of the world’s leading telecom operators.
Mr. White first came to Thailand in 2003 and worked on the head Asia desk of Deutsche Presse, covering all regional news stories including the war in Iraq.
Mr. White is a Vancouver Islander by birth and a graduate of the University of Victoria. He has served on the board of the Thai-Canadian Chamber twice previously, both in 2005 and 2011, and is very active in event organizing for both the Flying Farangs hockey and Beaver Golf institutions.
TRUE Clarity’s managing director and senior consultant James McCracken has been based in Thailand since 1994. He is a successful entrepreneur and a results-driven executive with extensive knowledge of Contact Center, CRM, ERP and global marketing. He’s a hands-on leader, able to educate, motivate and drive Customer Satisfaction and Net Promoter Score (NPS) while increasing sales and maintaining the bottom line. He has a solid track record working with multinational corporations in the following industries; Automotive, Banking, Education, Food & Beverage, FMCG, QSR, Manufacturing & Travel & Leisure.
Khun Kobsak has been a TCCC member since the inception of the Chamber. He was a TCCC Board member from 1994 to 1996 and served as Treasurer to the TCCC Executive Board in 2002 before being selected as President from 2003 to 2006.
He completed his Bachelor Degree in Accountancy from the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy at Chulalongkorn University and received a MBA (Finance) from the University of Tennessee Knoxville (USA). Khun Kobsak started his banking career in 1978 with the Siam Commercial Bank and then moved to the Bank of Thailand. He joined Scotiabank in 1984 and was a Vice President and Country Head of Scotiabank in Thailand for more than 20 years. He ran Scotiabank Bangkok Branch during 1998 to 2007. In addition to Thailand, he also looked after the Bank’s business in Lao PDR, Cambodia and Myanmar. His last position at Scotiabank was Vice President & Chief Representative. In addition, he was one of the secondees of Scotiabank in Thanachart Bank (49% owed by Scotiabank). In 1992, he received the Bank’s Chairman’s Club Award.
Currently Khun Kobsak is a member of the Board of Directors of Thanachart Bank, a Liquidator of SCIB Public Company Limited, and a partner of XPC – Cross Pacific Connections Co.,Ltd.
Don Lavoie — TCCC Advisor
Director Business Development & Sales Asia Pacific, Systems Division at Bombardier Transportation
Don began his overseas career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon West Africa providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education for a rural school construction program. After completing his volunteer assignment he joined the Peace Corps organization and became the Director of the Peace Corps program in Senegal, where he supervised the activities of 130 Peace Corps Volunteers who provided education and technical assistance to rural villagers throughout the country.
He first came to Asia in 1975 when he was appointed Vice President, Asia for Lavalin International, establishing offices in Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Vietnam and Thailand. Don helped to successfully establish Canada’s largest engineering firm in Southeast Asia and personally participated in the tendering and award of over 50 consulting engineering contracts in Transportation, Energy and Infrastructure development.
Moving to Thailand in 1989 to support contract negotiations for an elevated transit project which unfortunately was cancelled in 1992, he continued to pursue opportunities in Asia for SNC-Lavalin. Subsequently joining Bombardier Transportation in 1997 he established a regional sales and marketing office to pursue transit opportunities for the world’s leading mass transportation company. He continues to represent Bombardier Transportation in Thailand for the Systems Division responsible for business development and sales of mass transportation systems.
Don and his wife Daniele have made Thailand their home but still cherish the memories of their life in Canada. Don has been a member of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce since its inception in 1991. He has previously served as Vice President, board member and advisor to the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Patterson — TCCC Advisor
Director of Business Development of Major Cineplex and General Manager at Paragon Cineplex and IMAX
Jim Patterson has been a board member for the past year, focusing on events and raising sponsorship funds. He moved to Thailand 21 years ago and is from Vancouver, where he had obtained two honors degrees from UBC. He has launched many of Canada’s IMAX theatres in South East Asia. He leads the world in raising sponsorship funding for IMAX theatres, which is why the role in the Chamber.
His primary background and education is a blend of marketing and finance. Before leaving Canada he was a Deputy Minister equivalent, with the position of “BC Rentalsman”. In Thailand, in addition to his duties with Major Cineplex, he was Board President and then Treasurer of NIST International School for 8 years and is currently a Director of a joint venture in India. A long term member of the Thai Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he has won the awards for both “Best Manager of the Year” and “Best Company of the Year”. He has taught part time on the Masters in Marketing Program at Thammasat University for over 15 years.
Jim believes that the primary attributes he brings to the chamber is not only his overall finance and management skills, but specifically the unique focus he has had on raising funds for charities and causes as well as event planning, having been a senior manager in the entertainment business for the past 20 years.
Peter has worked in several capacities in the telecoms, transportation, water, energy and
mining sectors in Thailand and Canada. Currently he is the owner and President of PJ
International Consulting Ltd. providing management consulting services for existing and startup
businesses. Previously he was CEO of Wiik & Hoeglund Public Co. Ltd (Thailand) and EVP of
KWH Pipe Ltd. (Finland).
He has been in Thailand for more than 20 years and is very active in the local business community, has served as the President of the TCCC twice, Chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand, Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Board Member of the Thai Finnish Chamber of Commerce, and Advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce. Peter also hosts a weekly Thai language radio program CEO Vision on MCOT fm 96.5 radio and is a course facilitator for the Institute of Directors in Thailand