About Us

Structure & Bios

Business Manager & Financial Secretary

Adam Van Steinburg
604.571.6512 | avansteinburg@ibew213.org

Adam Van Steinburg is Business Manager and Financial Secretary for Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. A certified electrician, Adam is active in all aspects of Local 213 business including employer relations, pensions, health and welfare, and skills training. He is President of the Bargaining Council of BC Building Trades Unions and a director with union-sponsored trades training organizations at the provincial and national levels. He is also active as a volunteer with the United Way and has served on industry working groups around such issues as emerging electrical technologies, climate change and occupational health and safety.

Executive Board

Jim Lofty, President

Jim Dyball, Vice President

Ken Heatley, Recording Secretary

Emelia Colman-Shepherd, Treasurer

Jonas Calimbas, Vice/Acting Unit 1 Chair

Mandeep Saggu, Unit 2 Chair

Dave Craig, Unit 3 Chair

Graham Menzies, Unit 4 Chair

Kurt Thygesen, Unit 5 Chair

Steve Brewster, Unit 6 Chair


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

Scott is a Trustee of the Local 213 Welfare and Pension Plans and our delegate to the Vancouver District Labour Council.

Jim Lofty, Director of Members Services
604 571-5269 | jlofty@ibew213.org

Jim is a Trustee of the Local 213 Electrical Worker’s Pension Plan and the Health & Benefits Plan. In addition, he is the Local 213 President.

William Maarsman, Director of Business Development
604 571-6511 | wmaarsman@ibew213.org

William is in charge of Membership Development. He is a Delegate for the Fraser Valley Labour Council, Vancouver New West Labour Council, and Vancouver New West Trades Council. He also interviews applicants for Construction Electricians.

Mervyn Van Steinburg, Director of Partnerships & Community Engagement
604.571.5265 | mvansteinburg@ibew213.org

Mervyn is a Red Seal electrician has been a Local 213 member for close to 45 years. Starting in 1986 he was the Labour Director at the United Way of the Lower Mainland where he spent 30 years raising the profile of the Labour/United Way partnership.

Union Representatives

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, Wall2Wall Media, Sears Canada, 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.

Rav Ghuman, Assistant Business Manager
604 571-6513 | rghuman@ibew213.org

Rav is responsible for negotiating and administering our collective agreements with FortisBC (Gas Operations), and Pacific Northern Gas (PNG).

Lisa Langevin, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.5270 | llangevin@ibew213.org

Lisa received her BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She worked as a coordinator for a behavioural program until burn out began to set in. She changed careers and became an electrician in 2002. Being an electrician is a fantastic and fulfilling career and Lisa has become a passionate advocate to pave the roads to make it accessible to more women. She is co-chair of both the IBEW 213 and BC IBEW Women’s Committees. She is on the executive for the BC Building Trades programs Build Together and the BC Trades Women Society.

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

Robin negotiates and administers our collective agreements with Shaw Cablesystems (Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver and White Rock), Coastal Cable, Delta Cable, Pacific West Cable, Horizon Communications, City West Telephone, City West Cable, and SOS Communications.

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

Ryan Osborne is an Assistant Business Manager for Local 213 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), based in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. 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.

John Pesa, Assistant Business Manager
604.571.6508 | jpesa@ibew213.org

John is responsible for administering the Inside Wire Agreement representing approximately 1,800 members that work in the electrical construction industry. John is also responsible for negotiating and administering our collective agreements with Vancouver Shipyards, Allied Shipyards, Vancouver Drydock, McRae Electric (Marine Division), Mott Electric (Marine Division), Vancouver School Board, and Frontier Kemper. John is a Trustee and Chairperson of Board of Trustees of the Local 213 Electrical Workers' Pension Plan and the Health and Benefits Plan. John represents the Union as a Director and Secretary/Treasurer on the Electrical Joint Training Committee. John is also a Director on Electrical Estates.

Jeff Self, Assistant Business Manager
604 571-6514 | jself@ibew213.org

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


Mandeep Saggu
604.571.6533 | dispatch@ibew213.org

Mandeep is the Dispatcher. A certified electrician, Mandeep is responsible for placing apprentice and journey electricians with signatory contractors within greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sunshine Coast and Okanagan. He is also the Unit 2 chair and a member of Local 213’s Executive Board.

Business Development

Leif Andersen
604.571.5261 | landersen@ibew213.org

Albert Bortolussi
604.571.5266 | abortolussi@ibew213.org

Office Staff

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

Irene Astley, Bookkeeper

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

Rhonda Earwaker, Reception | Member Services

Michelle Tough, Membership | International Pension | Member Services
604.474.5055 | mtough@ibew213.org

Barbara Armstrong, Dues Clerk | Member Services

Jessica Varga, Switchboard | Member Services