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About Us

Who We Are + Why We Exist

A Better City is Vancouver’s newest political movement, committed to building a coalition that represents all of Vancouver in our civic politics.

Our Mission is to build a better city for everyone. Our Vision is a vibrant, resilient, growing city.

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What We Stand For

Boldness

In tackling the problems facing our city

Accountability

In our actions and in the way we lead

Sustainability

In planning the growth and future of our city

Inclusivity

In welcoming and celebrating everyone

Service

In support of our community

Our Executive Team

Maddelena Ponter

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, England and Singapore, Maddelena has settled permanently in Vancouver. With a passion for community development, she has worked to support several non-profits in recent years: One Girl Can, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, BC Cancer, the Association of Women in Finance, the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, and Golf for Good. 

At the age of twenty-three, Maddelena co-founded a boutique, LGBTQIA+-focused travel agency whilst completing her undergraduate degree at UBC. Driving the growth of the company over the ensuing years, she worked closely with the Advisory board to assess and execute on acquisition opportunities across Africa and Asia. Most recently, Maddelena completed a 18-month internship with CAI Capital Partners, a private equity firm located in downtown Vancouver. She loves Vancouver and believes strongly in the vision of creating A Better City.  

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Our Board

A group of dedicated individuals from across Vancouver that are committed to building a better city together.

Ali Chaudhry

Born and raised in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood of East Vancouver, Ali feels proud to call the city of Vancouver his home. Ali has worked with many local organizations such as the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and Vancity Savings Credit Union. Additionally, Ali has also been involved with a variety of clubs and councils including the East End Boys Club, RCMP National Youth Advisory Council, Pakistan Canada Association, YMCA Young Leaders Council, and the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre.

In his spare time, Ali enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and sitting by the fire reading his books. Ali knows the city of Vancouver has a lot of potential and wants to be a part of making our city better.

Alliancé Babunga

Alliancé is a marketing and public relations professional with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from UBC. She has an extensive background in politics and campaign management at all three levels of government.

Alliancé is a dedicated entrepreneur who is a principal and founder in her own public relations and communications practice.

She has joined A Better City because she believes in the potential for the City of Vancouver, and its continued growth, particularly as it welcomes more and diverse viewpoints from around the world.

Anna Tse

Anna Tse is your local born and raised East Vancouverite who speaks Cantonese and conversational Mandarin. Like many millennials, housing affordability is her major concern. Tse is a recognized community leader for co-organizing multiple community events during both her undergraduate studies at SFU as well as during her small business venture in 2010s. As a passionate community activist, Tse continues to serve as a Board Director for a Vancouver Business Improvement Association and a Community Policing Centre since 2015. In addition to her role as a Banking Advisor, Tse is an active member of the Vancouver Market Employee Engagement Team- Ambassador of Culture, valuing diversity and inclusivity at her workplace. Tse’s pastime is photography and she is committed to building a better Vancouver.

Ann-Marie Copping

Born and raised in Vancouver, attended Little Flower Academy, Magee Secondary and UBC. 30+ years business experience – a negotiation expert focused on win-win solutions, contract and supply chain management. 

Ann-Marie has been a national conservation program manager across Canada. Giving back to the community has always been a priority for Ann-Marie who is currently a Board Member of the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Association, and Vancouver Civic Theatres. She was previously on the Boards for Kids Help Phone and the Conservation Alliance for Sustainable Seafood.

Ann-Marie has always been interested in Vancouver real estate, local politics and what drives people to move to and invest in our beautiful city.

Lana Marks Pulver

After earning an MBA from Schulich School of Business, Lana served as Associate Director at ScotiaMcLeod, where she managed investment portfolios for individual and corporate clients. More recently she has pursued a variety of entrepreneurial interests.

Lana has expansive volunteer experience including her current role as Campaign Chair and Director for Jewish Federation, Director on national board for Save a Child’s Heart and Director for CIJA (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs). Past roles include serving on the Boards for YPO Gold, BC Chapter, the Big Brothers Foundation and the Jewish Community Foundation. A former Director of StepUp, Lana has helped in political campaigns at all three levels of government. 

Lana grew up in Vancouver, is happily married to Doug and they are the proud parents of Benny and Chloe.

Jack Yong

Jack Yong is a lawyer and partner with Lawson Lundell LLP, he leads the firm’s China Group. Jack practises corporate and commercial law and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, real estate, and corporate commercial law, he was named a Leading Lawyer under 40 in 2017. Jack is an active volunteer in community and industry organizations.

A past director of the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation, Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals and the BC chapter of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. He was a member of the Access to Capital Advisory Council of the BC Tech Association, and an executive of the Vancouver Cathay Lions Club. Jack currently serves on the board of advisors for the Educating Girls of Rural China Society. 

John Chan

John Chan is a graduate of Haskayne School of Business and a CPA, CA with over 35 years of experience in corporate finance and investments. He has served as group CFO and President of a private venture capital and investment company. He was also Chief Executive of a Vancouver-based online payment company. His experience profile includes corporate governance and business development in Canada, Asia, the US, and the UK in the energy, financial, airline and high-tech sectors. John has served on the boards and chaired committees in various private and public companies. He is currently the Chair and President of The Lecky  Foundation, a charitable organization focused on building stronger communities by contributing to education, health and wellness, community, arts, and athletics.

John and his family moved to Vancouver in 2005 and settled in this vibrant city. He is committed to helping Vancouver maintain its openness and a thriving multicultural diverse city.

Josh Krenus

Born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, Joshua wasted no time in moving to the city. When he reached his early twenties, Krenus was living and working in Fairview Slopes. At the age of twenty-three, he started his first company while taking business courses part-time. Krenus Detailers was as a mobile car wash that serviced the Shaughnessy area of Vancouver. Four years later, Joshua started his second company, Alteri – a local boutique insurance brokerage. Today, Krenus is a ‘BC Business 30 Under 30 Winner’, a ‘Canadian Advisor of the Year Winner’, and has built the local insurance brokerage to be recently named a ‘Top 10 Canadian Insurance Agency’.

Mr. Krenus has spent his career building companies in the city and, by doing so, has met some amazing people that have had a tremendous impact on him. Joshua is excited to be a part of the board of directors of A Better City and will continue to drive change through his participation on the board.

Marcus M. Sixta

Marcus M. Sixta is a lawyer and former social worker who lives with his wife and children in Vancouver. He is the founder of Crossroads Law, a family law firm operating in B.C. and Alberta. He is also the founder of Coach My Case, a company that aims to improve access to justice by providing legal coaches and paralegal navigators to those who can’t afford traditional legal services.

In addition to being a family lawyer, Marcus is a certified collaborative divorce lawyer, accredited family law mediator and a certified legal coach. He sits on the Canadian Bar Association B.C. committee for unbundled legal services and volunteers his time training students and lawyers.

Stephen Molnar

Stephen is a born and raised Vancouverite who has spent many years involved in federal , provincial and civic politics. Stephen is an active volunteer and board member of Vancouver Minor Softball Association and was previously a board member of Jericho Little League Baseball where he served 3 years as President. Stephen also takes an active role in coaching basketball and volleyball.

Stephen holds a BA in Economics from UBC and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University. He has had a long sales and marketing career in the construction material industry and has in-depth knowledge of the development industry.

Stephen is passionate about his city and is determined to ensure collaboration amongst residents and community leaders. Stephen resides in Kitsilano with his wife Wendy and three children.

Tammy Young

Tammy comes to the Board with 30 years’ experience in public service. She began her career in the Canadian Foreign Service in Malaysia, Kenya, the Philippines and China before returning to British Columbia to begin a lengthy career in Human Resources.

She has worked in HR with the Ministry of Economic Development, Community Social Services Employers’ Association and has been an HR leader in healthcare for 10 years.

Tammy is a devoted mother of three children and is actively involved in their school community. She walks her dogs every morning, and continues to be amazed by the beautiful city we are blessed to live in and hopes it can flourish in the best way possible.

Wendy Hartley

With more than 20 years’ public relations experience, Wendy has advised corporate executives in a wide range of industries. Hartley PR came to fruition in 2011 and has since grown to a consulting staff of five, working with hospitality and tourism, retail, real estate development and health and technology companies.

As chief public relations advisor to her clients, core responsibilities include the strategy and execution of new campaigns; media relations and training for senior executives; social media strategy, planning and execution; and crisis and issues management. 

Wendy loves the outdoors, and is a devoted hockey and rugby Mom committed to making Vancouver a much better city for the future for her two teen boys and our greater community.

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