Board Of Directors 2019
Bob Street, President
I am the current President and Chairman of the Country Horse Classic, and with a total of thirty- seven years of experience ranging from 4-H, to large or small scale horse shows, rodeos, and sponsorships, I feel my decades of commitment to encouraging agricultural appreciation are best suited to this ongoing opportunity with the Abbotsford community. The combination of informative agricultural outreach and spectacle-style entertainment is often a dynamic combination, and when integrated successfully, there can be mutual benefits for all.
I am self-employed, self-motivated, and am pleased to meet the obligations and time commitments required for this volunteer position, as I feel that the Agrifair is worth the commitment of my time and efforts. I commute from Coquitlam to Abbotsford on a regular basis to be involved with the fair.
I do hope to see you at the fair in 2019, there is something for everyone from the “Best little country fair on Earth”
Ernie Silveri, Past President
Occupation: General Manager, Western Hatchery
I live and work in Abbotsford and have been the General Manager at Western Hatchery for 28 years. I’ve been a director on the Abbotsford Agrifair board since 1997. My roles have included President, Past President and Chair of a number of committees including the VIP Lounge and Sponsorship. I have seen many changes over the years and feel things are only getting better. I am proud of the direction the fair is going and growing. I believe Agrifair is in a growth spurt, with growing pains attached. I feel that with my strong committee ties, experience with the business community and the fair, as well as my ability to connect with sponsors and City enables me to serve Agrifair well. I would truly enjoy serving on the board for another term to see where this growth takes us and so that I may contribute to the success of the Abbotsford Agrifair.
Brad Styba, Vice President
Managing Director, Events and Business Development, Tradex (Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre)
Brad Styba, CEM, has worked in the event industry for 30 years in a variety of positions. He began as President of Medallion Event Services where he specialized in providing contract staff to many of the leading events and venues in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, Brad is Managing Director, Events and Business Development of Tradex, where he is responsible for the continued growth of one of the top venues in British Columbia.Brad has achieved success by maintaining a high level of honesty and integrity, providing an environment that encourages team members to offer ways to improve the operation, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing market.
Neil Watson, Secretary
I have been a Director of the Abbotsford Agrifair Board for the past 12 years with the exception of 1 year that I took off. In that time I have served the Board and Agrifair in many capacities, most recently as Vice President. With my background in Event Operations and Event Management I feel that I have had a positive impact on how things are done at the Fair. From fire regulations and security protocols to machine operation, my background has allowed me to bring a very diverse knowledge into the operations of Agrifair. I look forward to helping direct Agrifair in the direction it needs to go and help establish it as Abbotsford’s #1 premier event!
Kuldeep Singh, Treasurer
I am a mortgage consultant in Abbotsford currently working for the Dominion Lending Centres - Sandhu & Sran Mortgages and have attended the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Canadian Securities Institute, Assiniboine Community College and Humber College. I have worked with Scotia Bank & Envision Credit Union. I bring a wealth of knowledge through various volunteer positions within the community. I have volunteered with Abbotsford Emergency Social Services, Ambassador for Assiniboine Community College Ambassadors' Club, Vice-president for ACC Students' Association and president of the Punjabi Cultural Association of Brandon Manitoba. I have lived in Abbotsford approximately 3 yrs. I always try to contribute my knowledge and services back to the community where I live. Agrifair has a long history in Abbotsford. It takes the role of community contribution seriously. I would be happy to be part of this well respected community organization.
Stephanie Nelson, Media Relations
Occupation: Executive Director of the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission.
I have been with the BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission for 11 years and a part of the Agrifair Board of Directors for 4 years.
I have strong ties to agriculture as I was raised on a chicken farm and now work in the chicken sector. I consider myself an Ag advocate.
I love Abbotsford! I work and live here and think community involvement is so important, especially community involvement that showcases where food comes from!
I love serving your community in this capacity where I can contribute my unique perspective from my own experiences in the Agriculture field.
David Van Landuyt, Director
I started participating in the fair 7 years ago as a volunteer. After 4 years as a previous board member, and 7 years of continuous services as volunteer coordinator, I have returned to the board of directors to help in enhancing the services and events that take place at the Fair. With a tradition of volunteerism, and a dedication to making the fair open to all, I hope to bring more awareness to the City of Abbotsford and the amazing events and opportunities this beautiful place has to offer
Bonnie Nicholls, Director
You have probably seen me out and about at previous Agrifair’s over the years. I am a big fair supporter and would like to see fairs continue well into the future. I specialize in the Agricultural area. I am a farmer in the Fraser Valley and on my farm I have horses, mini horses, and many Llamas, Alpacas, sheep, mini pigs, rabbits, cavies and a cat; but, I am experienced with many other critters as well. Our animals keep us busy and entertained by being active with them in our community with other local fairs, church events, senior’s homes, movie work, and local fundraisers. I was in 4-H for 12 years and a Leader in horse and Llama. I understand and believe in the 4-H program and the people that are involved in it. I would like to bring my knowledge and connections to help grow the Agricultural section of Agrifair.
Keith Nash, Director
I have worked 42 years in agriculture industries and am currently in the next phase of my life, semi retirement. In 2013, I was fortunate to join the directors of Agrifair and for the first year, I spent learning how the board operated and what the director’s responsibilities were. The following year I took on the responsibility of parking and gates which afforded me the pleasure of working with some great volunteers, the directors and management of Agrifair. After my two-year commitment, I did not run for another term. In 2016, an opportunity arose for me to come back on the board of directors and I have remained on the board since that time.
Melanie Kish, Fair Manager
I have been involved with Agrifair since 1998. For six years I managed the gates and night security team. In 2007, I was invited to be part of the Office Staff. At the end of 2016, I accepted the title of Fair Manager. I truly love my job and my community. I have a real desire to produce an event that Abbotsford can be proud to call its own. I believe the event called Agrifair is a Community Leader.
Councillor Dr. R. Bruce Banman
Dr. Bruce Banman has a strong local family history and is a lifelong resident of the Fraser Valley. Bruce grew up in Chilliwack, moved to Abbotsford in 1981. He is the owner and operator of Banman Chiropractic in Abbotsford and is a strong supporter of local small business. Bruce completed his chiropractic training in Portland, Oregon graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in 1997.
Formerly the Mayor of Abbotsford from 2011 – 2014, Bruce made the decision to run for Council again in 2018 to bring his common sense approach and his solid understanding of open, transparent and relevant local governance back to City Hall. Bruce has a strong passion for public involvement and consultation, and is committed to serving the people of Abbotsford.
It is important to Bruce to support an inclusive community for everyone; elders, families, children, grandchildren and future generations. Bruce, his wife Sharon, and his family are all proud to call Abbotsford home. His two children and three amazing grandchildren are his inspiration for ensuring Abbotsford remains a place where good jobs can live, business can prosper, talent can bloom, and families can thrive.
Bruce’s other great passion is singing. As an avid vocalist, Bruce enjoys the opportunity to exercise his singing abilities whenever possible.