About Us

Structure & Bios

Business Manager & Financial Secretary

Jim Lofty
604.474.5269 | jlofty@ibew213.org

Jim is a Trustee of the Local 213 Electrical Worker’s Pension Plan and the Health & Benefits Plan. He is the Local 213 past President.

Executive Board

Jim Dyball, President

Kurt Thygesen, Vice President

Ken Heatley, Recording Secretary

Emelia Colman-Shepherd, Treasurer

Jonas Calimbas, Unit 1 Chair

Rebecca Lupton, Unit 2 Chair

Bobby Singh, Unit 3 Chair

Graham Menzies, Unit 4 Chair

Jeff Fisher, Unit 5 Chair

Steve Brewster, Unit 6 Chair

Union Representatives

Scott Ashton, Director of Education & Personnel
604.571.6517 | sashton@ibew213.org

Scott is responsible for hiring, administration, and training of office personnel. He also manages the education programs including staff training. Scott develops labour education for members such as the Shop Steward training, and liaises with the EJTC and NETCOM, and represents the Local on education committees including the BC Fed Standing Education Committee. Scott is a Trustee of the Local 213 Welfare and Pension Plans and a delegate to the Vancouver District Labour Council.

Albert Bortolussi, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6513 | abortolussi@ibew213.org

Albert represents members within the Utilities groups (Beaver Electrical Machinery, FortisBC Energy, FortisBC Gas, Pacific Northern Gas). Albert first joined the Organizing Department after many years at FortisBC Energy in the B.C. Interior.

Christina Brock, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6516 | cbrock@ibew213.org

Christina is responsible for negotiating and administering our collective agreements with Euro-Rite Cabinets, Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), Trader Corporation, YP Next Home (formerly Wall2Wall Media), Simon Fraser University (SFU), NCR Canada, Abbotsford Hospital (BJCC) and Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (WFSLP). Christina also sits on the Human Rights committee at the BC Federation of Labour and is the local president of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC).

Corey Broslow, Assistant Business Manager
604 571-6508 | cbroslow@ibew213.org

Corey is responsible for the collective agreements at Pattison Sign (Penticton), City of Kelowna, Gescan (Abbotsford, Surrey and Vancouver), Anixter Canada and ADT/TYCO.

Sandra Brynjolfson, Business Representative
604.554.0698 | sbrynjolfson@ibew213.org

Sandra is a Red Seal Electrician with experience in high voltage substation work, commercial and industrial construction as well as building maintenance. She is on the board of directors for the EJTC (Electrical Joint Training Committee) and is a delegate to the Fraser Valley District Labour Council. Sandra is also the staff representative for the IBEW 213 Women’s Committee.

Rav Ghuman, Assistant Business Manager

Rav is currently on extended leave. Please contact Ryan Osborne in his absence.

Mike Logan, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.5270 | mlogan@ibew213.org

Mike is responsible for negotiating and administering our collective agreements with the Vancouver School Board, the City of Vancouver Electrical Operations, the City of Vancouver Inspectors and Technicians, the City of New Westminster, and Mackay Communications. He is a Red Seal electrician with experience in Marine, Heavy Industry, Commercial and Manufacturing. Mike is currently the Vice Chair of the Unit 2 Committee.

Robin Nedila, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6515 | rnedila@ibew213.org

Robin negotiates and administers our collective agreements with Baycross Communications, City West Cable North, City West Telephone, Coastal Cable, Delta Cable, DVC Communications, Horizon Communications, Pacific West Cable, Parallax Industries, RMI Communications, Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (Port Coquitlam, North Shore, White Rock), SOS Communications, Van Wire Corp, West Coast Data. He is also the Secretary/Treasurer of NETCOM Vocational Training Association.

Ryan Osborne, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6506 | rosborne@ibew213.org

Ryan most recently held a position at FortisBC as a customer service technician before joining the IBEW in a full time capacity. He is a certified plumber and “A” ticketed gas fitter. Ryan is responsible for administrating the FortisBC Gas and Pacific Northern Gas collective agreements.

Mandeep Saggu, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6512 | msaggu@ibew213.org

A certified electrician, Mandeep represents members working under the Inside Wire Agreement, Marine, and Shipyards.

Jeff Self, Assistant Business Manager

Jeff is currently on extended leave. Please contact Albert Bortolussi or Christina Brock in his absence.

Jeff is responsible for negotiating and administering our collective agreements with Fortis Electric, Beaver Electrical Machinery, Westburne Electric, the City of Summerland and the City of Penticton.

Dispatcher

Emelia Colman-Shepherd
604.571.6533 | dispatch@ibew213.org

Emelia is the Dispatcher responsible for placing apprentice and journey electricians with signatory contractors within greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and Okanagan. She is a Red Seal electrician, and was the coordinator at the BC Centre for Women in the Trades (BCCWITT). In 2018, Emelia was elected to the IBEW 213 Executive Board as Treasurer. She is also a delegate to the Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC) and active in the IBEW 213 Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC) and Women’s Committee.

Business Development

Dustin Brecht, Business Representative
604.474.5266 | dbrech@ibew213.org

Office Support Staff

Glynis Jones, Assistant to the Business Manager
604.571.6518 | gjones@ibew213.org

Irene Astley, Bookkeeper
604.571.6500

Todd Nickel, Communication | Member Services
604.571.6503 | tnickel@ibew213.org

Rhonda Earwaker, Reception | Member Services
604.571.6500

Barbara Armstrong, Dues Clerk | Member Services
604.571.6500

Jessica Varga, Membership | International Pension & Death Benefit
604.571.6500 | jvarga@ibew213.org

Connie Gordon, Switchboard | Member Services
604.571.6500

Amarys Joseph, Member Services
604.571.6500