About Us

Our roots have no borders.

We are the result of endless interactions between cultures throughout time. Regardless of where we come from or where we were born, we are a community that represents the mosaic made of colours, traditions, expressions, languages and accents that define us as Latinos.

At Latincouver we welcome everyone because we truly believe that in order to grow in all aspects of our lives, we need to create a safe environment where the sense of community is a must. We care about everyone because we all give the best of us in every single thing we do, for the best interest of ourselves and the people.

We recognize that migration might happen because of several reasons, and it has a huge impact on the way we deal with all of our interactions.

The Plaza is where things happen, and we are here to connect with our collective dreams of making a difference in the world, respecting the land and people that were there before us.

VALUES

To value, respect and recognize our volunteers, members, sponsors, supporters and the efforts and contributions of the communities

To empower the people and communities being served

To build a positive and long-lasting legacy; transparency in our actions and decision-making processes

To support sound stewardship of our resources in order to be fully sustainable

To be non-partisan

To operate with integrity and professionalism

To foster unity amongst our members, volunteers, and the community at large

To promote acceptance, diversity and inclusivity

To operate in a fiscally responsible manner at all times

OUR MISSION

Latincouver creates a socio-economic space to promote relationships and cultural exchange among Latin Americans and the Canadian mosaic.

OUR VISION

To be the premier organization in BC where Latins and locals come together in a plaza to do business, celebrate culture, engage with Latin affairs, and pursue sustainability.
We want to create physical and virtual spaces to allow for Latin American culture, business and social interaction within a Canadian context to build a strong community while we support the growth of one another in British Columbia.

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VOLUNTEER

Get involved with our activities and put your talents into action

SPONSOR

Support our community of great talent to build a stronger BC

MEMBER

Be a member of our professional network for greater opportunities

Our Management Team

We have a talented and passionate team dedicated to the success and growth of Latincouver. These amazing people are the backbone of Latincouver and through them every event and program is made possible. Through the dedicated efforts of our team, Latincouver supports communities, empowers people, promotes culture, and connects business.

Paola Murillo
Paola Murillo
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Paola Murillo is a resourceful Marketing and International Business Development executive with over 17 years of global experience, supporting the delivery and planning of all kinds of marketing projects, including major events, facilitating community dialogues, product launches, internal communication, and stakeholder engagement.

Martha
Martha Lucia Jara
Interim Executive Director

Is a Colombian born individual nationalized in Canada; a seasoned professional with Business and Project Management acumen. Her formal education in Engineering has given her the ability to face workplace challenges with an analytical mind which in conjunction with her MBA makes a powerful combination to understand and overcome difficulties and take advantage of opportunities with attention, accuracy and heart. Ms. Jara has worked in the public, private and non to profit sectors in different parts of the world and that has given her a neat perspective on how diverse businesses in different environments are run, and also the joy of working with different cultures, backgrounds, senioritis and languages.

Linda Purcell
Linda Purcell
GRANTS MANAGER

Linda Purcell is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from UBC. She has a wealth of experience that includes writing in numerous genres, working as an owner/manager at Top Producer Systems, working in public affairs, creating a book review blog, and finalizing the cookbook: Veggie Outlaws.

Eleanore
Eleanore Sayo
Finances

Eleanore started with Latincouver in January 2021 as a practicum student for her Post-Degree Canadian Business Management program with Vancouver Community College. She has an Accounting degree from the Philippines. She worked in the healthcare field for more than 20 years in various customer service and IT positions prior to coming to Canada.

Eleanore Sayo
Vane
Vane Van den Bosch
Marketing

Vane joined Latincouver on March 2021 as a Social Media, Newsletter & Website Volunteer Coordinator and started leading the Marketing team five months later. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing with more than 10 years of experience, both online and offline.
Vanesa worked in distinctive industries such as aviation, retail and a B2B glass manufacturer while in Argentina. She travelled for leisure around the world and also had the privilege to work closely with most Latin American countries, enjoying the colours, food, music, traditions and uniqueness of each one of them.

Vanesa Van den Bosch Marketing
Daniel
Daniel Santos
Human Resources

Daniel Santos is a tourist of life. He has had many experiences in different places around the world throughout his life. Daniel studied Hospitality in Switzerland and Brazil, worked twice in the USA, and is currently pursuing a new dream in Canada. He is a generous, multicultural, open-minded team player. Daniel has built trustworthy and credible relationships across the globe and managed to develop his career along the way. He is currently chasing an HR specialization to apply his outstanding customer service skills to people, celebrating more victories over challenges. His next adventure? Live the life!

Daniel Castro Santos
Natalia
Natalia Parga
PROJECTS
Natalia Parga
Paola Murillo
Martha
Linda Purcell
Eleanore
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Our Board of Directors

Leticia Ramirez

Interim President and Secretary

Some of her volunteer roles are:
– Active member to serve Spanish and English Church Communities.
– Participate in leadership roles with Latin Runners – supporting woman latino immigrants

Fabiano Maciel

Member

An advocate of international education as an instrument for personal and professional development. Avid and experienced traveller (300+ cities in 40 countries) with an entrepreneurial spirit. Passionate about Canada, travel, marketing, social media, multiculturalism, customer relationship and the international education.

Claudia Maldonado

Member

Experienced Intake Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Coaching, Advertising, Case Management, Counseling Psychology, and Social Services. Strong community and social services professional with a Social Services Worker Diploma focused in Social Services/ Social Work from Vancouver Career College.

Sylvia Ceacero

Member

sion into tactical and operational plans. Acknowledged for her strength in securing major revenue streams, significantly improving operations and for a creative, inclusive, transparent, collaborative and visionary leadership style.

Francisco Javier Navarro

Vice President

Javier founded DPI Digital People Inc in Vancouver in 1996 when he moved to Canada, following the success of his businesses in Mexico City.

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Advisory Board Members

Pilar Portela

One of her core strengths is the capacity to convene and aggregate conglomerates to develop and implement technology based solutions

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Glenn Sigurdson

Q.C. – Queens Council 1986 Social Innovator – solution focused leadership building bridges across divides. Much of my work is

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Marshall Gallardo

Marshall Gallardo is a seasoned program administrator. With over 10 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, he has acquired

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Our Programs

Latincouver activities cover a variety of areas like business and culture, creating signature events tailored to connect and empower people. We believe in your dream, we have the platform for you to make it happen.

Celebrate the biggest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest with over 350 performers, tasty food from all over Latin America, and cultural activities.
Connect with local entrepreneurs for business opportunities.
Establish connections and learn the tools necessary to succeed in Latin America.
Meet inspiring people and listen how they have positively impacted BC's growing economy.

Annual Reports

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Latincouver is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. As uninvited guests, we thank them for having cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial.

Past partners and sponsors

Our 4 Pillars

We promote cultural diffusion

Latin America in the Canadian context. promoting and enriching bilateral cultural support.

We provide possibilities for Latino entrepreneurship

with effective management, thus generating assertive business links in Canada.

We watch over a community.

Latin America with cohesion and mutual support, giving rise to growth with firm roots.

We generate growth possibilities

and empowerment of enthusiastic Latin Americans seeking opportunities in Canada.

Timeline

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