Burrard Toastmasters
Vancouver's leading business-oriented public speaking club
Club Speeches

Club Executive

Anthony Hillairet, Club President
Anthony joined Burrard Toastmasters in December 2015. When he was working as a researcher in physics, Anthony witnessed the best and the worst when it came to presentations during conferences and meetings with colleagues.

He now works as a data scientist where reporting to non-experts is an essential skill to ensure that the best data-driven business decisions are made. To that end, Anthony decided to improve his speaking skills to get closer to the best speakers he had seen: people who can clearly communicate the information and inspire experts and non-experts alike. One visit to Burrard Toastmasters was enough to know that this was the place to help him reach this goal.

Besides work and Toastmasters, Anthony enjoys learning new skills and practicing the ones he already has. His current interests are data science and cooking. He also tries to work out regularly to burn the products of his cooking, such as his famous chocolate mousse.

Anthony is looking forward to helping guests interested in joining become members and supporting them as they start their Toastmasters journey. He is eager to see the new members he helped become talented and inspirational speakers.

The Club President leads the club, inspires members, and chairs meetings.

Nam Phan, VP Education
In the fall of 2000, Nam attended his first Burrard Toastmasters meeting as a guest, not knowing what to expect and unsure if he would return again. Two hours later, he left the meeting a changed person. He had spent the last 2 hours laughing, learning, and being inspired by the speakers' stories, courage, and desire to improve.

One month later, Nam joined Burrard and has not looked back. As club member, he has served a variety of Club Officer roles, maintained the club website, and achieved his ACB designation. As VP Education, Nam will work with members to create the best meeting experience for everyone.

In his free time, Nam enjoys listening to podcasts, studying the stock market, and exploring the numerous events and festivals in Vancouver. Currently, he has a healthy obsession with The Walking Dead.

The VP Education plans weekly meetings and encourages members to work on their Toastmasters manuals.

Dino Laurel, VP Membership
Dino joined Burrard Toastmasters in July 2014 to work on his impromptu speaking skills and increase his confidence personally and professionally.

From his first year in Toastmasters, he experienced one of the many benefits of joining Toastmasters improving his leadership ability. In his first year, he organized the International Speech Contest for Burrard Toastmasters and successfully campaigned for a club officer role. He relishes the opportunity to display his leadership prowess and his social media savvy.

Outside of Toastmasters, Dino is an accomplished paddler. He has competed in International competitions and has represented Canada in a dragon boat competition in Hong Kong in 2011. He also completed his first marathon in Honolulu in December 2014.

Dino is looking forward to the opportunity to building brand awareness of Burrard Toastmasters and Toastmasters International. He believes that everyone has a chance to grow professionally and personally and that Toastmasters is the way to grow.

The VP Membership builds membership and handles membership applications.

Jennifer Mykolenko, VP Public Relations
Jennifer joined Burrard Toastmasters in October 2018. Joining a Toastmasters club was on her list of personal development goals for 2018. Since the year was almost over, she joined without ever attending a single meeting as a guest, and has not looked back since.

Jennifer has eight years of progressive marketing experience in various industries and a massive urge to continuously grow, so it made running for a Club Executive position an obvious next step in her development with Toastmasters.

Jennifer is currently working as a Marketing and Client Development Coordinator for one of Canada's largest environmental, engineering, health and safety consulting firms. She is also pursuing a graduate degree in business part-time. Her biggest passion is travel, with five new destinations already lined up for 2019.

The VP Public Relations publicizes the club and handles email and phone inquiries.

Ken Bell, VP Mentorship

The VP Mentorship works with members and their mentors to develop a plan to achieve their educational goals.

Scott Rees, Treasurer

The Treasurer prepares a budget, collects dues, pays bills, and keeps records for audit.

Trini Chan, Secretary

The Secretary maintains supplies and takes minutes at Executive meetings.

Jeff Bayntun, Sergeant-At-Arms

The Sergeant-at-Arm sets up the room before a meeting, cleans up the room after the meeting, and brings meetings to order.

Kyle Mackie, Videographer

Nancy Tania, Videographer

Paiman Parmaei, Videographer

The Videographer records speeches and uploads the videos online for viewing.

Amy Liu, Past President
Amy joined Burrard Toastmasters in March 2015. She loves to talk but found out that when she had to speak in front of her colleagues at work, she was so nervous that she would start to sweat and forget important things that she was supposed to say. After lots of practice, she has overcome most of her nerves and has even volunteered to speak at staff meetings. Joining Toastmasters has given her the confidence she needs to speak her mind in front of an audience.

Amy enjoys working in the HR department of a non-profit organization. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and is a member of a book club. She plays badminton, softball, and paddles on a dragon boat team. She loves living in Vancouver where she enjoys the many outdoor activities that this city has to offer. She has most recently taken up snowboarding in the winter.

Amy is looking forward to leading the club and helping members maximize their Toastmasters experience. She hopes that many others can realize their own potential as speakers just as she has through Burrard Toastmasters.

The Past President provides guidance and ensures the club is run smoothly.