Board of Directors
Jude Kusnierz was the driving force behind The creation of the Beaumont Studios, the product of her vision an established a multi-dimensional art studio, gallery and live performance space in Vancouver’s emerging “creative district” east of Cambie Street.
Opened in 2003, now celebrating its 8th successful year in business.
1998-2004, With A Twist Designs, Glass Art, Founder, Lead Designer Jude ran a successful international glass painting business. At its’ height, was employing 10 staff, producing & shipping north american wide, 1000s’ of painted glasses a month. With gross sales over 400,000 yearly, With a Twist eventually succumb to the pressures of the dropping value in US currency, an electrical fire in her studio & the 911 war’s impact on buying of luxury items. 2004, The company was sold to a staff member & turned into a home base business, as it had begun 6 years prior and continues today under the umbrella “Glamarama Designs.
Jude’s focus has been to develop & grow the Beaumont studios into an art mecca, it is acknowledged & respected by many in the art community in and around Vancouver and it is in part of Jude bringing the community together & working tirelessly with her fellow artists to create a space where artists & the community can come together & engage with one another in a safe, beautiful friendly space.
Ryan Spong is a native Vancouverite and graduate of UBC English Literature. Despite his early love of the arts, Mr. Spong was sucked into the vortex of business and finance, graduating from the University of Toronto MBa 2003, and subsequently working for UK investment banking giant Barclays Capital both in London and New York.
Upon returning to Vancouver in 2005, Ryan founded Mainstreet Advisors, a boutique financing company, which has raised several million dollars for micro-cap and small-cap mining companies, some of which he has served as CEO and CFO.
In 2006 and 2008 he founded Raincity Rock and Waterscapes and Preform Construction, respectively, which he currently owns and consults to, as well as Tacofino Cantina, a food services company with four locations acquired last year. A friend of the Beaumont, Ryan lives across the street from it, with his wife Chloe, son Sawyer and two dogs.”
Born in chilly Calgary, Charmaine moved to Vancouver the first time a year after finishing high school. For many years she earned a healthy living as a bartender in a number of well known Vancouver night clubs including, Bar None and Richards on Richards.
After finishing her second unfulfilling year of interior design at Kwantlen University Charmaine decided to dream big and apply for the transportation design program at the University of Technology in Sydney Australia. She was accepted in 1999. Although she changed her specialty to environmental design and fashion, Charmaine finish 2006 with a degree and a plane ticket home.
In 2008 after working for a software development company for 18 months, Charmaine launched a line of sustainable, Vancouver made, ladies sleep and loungewear. Decadent Darlings is a 1920 & 30’s vintage inspired collection that still sells in a number of Vancouver boutiques.
Today, Charmaine is passionate about the future of the planet, her neighbourhood, her community and the plight of artists and designers in Vancouver. She has been a partner at The Beaumont since September 2010 and is grateful for the amazing opportunity Jude has offered, to share her passions and create a positive community of support and encouragement for creative people of all walks of life.
Laura Zerebeski has been with the Beaumont since 2008. Prior to moving into the Beaumont’s Studio 14 where she manages her own artist-run business, Laura had a decade and a half career in the corporate head office of Finning International, the world’s largest Caterpillar dealer. From 2001 to 2008, she managed the international program management office at Finning, where she was responsible for managing issues, documentation, and coordination between several multimillion dollar projects. She has also held positions in marketing, public relations, sales, sanitation, IT, project management, lecturer, cartooning, security, and bartending, though not all for the same organization.
She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and several other arts organizations. As a full-time professional artist, Laura’s painting style is expressionistic with a surrealistic edge. Her popular urban landscapes depict Vancouver buildings so they look like the people that live in them.
Laura describes herself as balancing left and right brain. She says, “I love finding patterns in the rigid factuality of data as much as I enjoy painting loose, swirly brushstrokes on a colorful canvas. I thrive on multiple perspectives. I’m a creative thinker with a flair for presentation and practical optimism. I can also type ridiculously fast.”
Matthew Shaun Casey, M.Sc.Pl., B.A.Hons.
Matthew has spent his professional career as a real estate professional for the past 20 years in the fields of development, property management and urban planning. He attended Upper Canada College in Toronto and has a Bachelors degree from Carleton University and a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Toronto.
He has participated for many years as an active volunteer on various committees for the Immaculate Conception Church and was also on the parent/teacher association for the elementary school which his children attend. He has been involved with the Membership Committee at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club for the last 10 years and also served on the Club’s Board of Directors in 2004/2005.
He has been very involved in Federal politics and real estate associations. He has a passion for art and photography especially with subject matter including architecture, urban street vernacular and landscapes.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Michael began post-secondary education at SFU in the Arts and later earned his B.Admin and diploma in Business Finance from Capilano University. To round out an entrepreneurial foundation, he completed UBC’s Real Estate Investment & Marketing Program, graduated with honours from the Canadian Securities Institute’s program on market investment and has completed several courses on international trade at BCIT.
In 1993, Michael founded Lower Mainland Alarms, an electronic surveillance and security equipment/service company. He sold the company in early 2000 to pursue several less structured entrepreneurial endeavours including: real estate investing, day-trading and private lending. Seeking a creative outlet for his talents, he put his management skills to work in the film industry. Co-founding a small production company, he produced a successful independent feature film, Come Together, which has since won several awards and featured at high-profile international film festivals. He has produced and/or written/directed several short films since.
In 2004 Michael co-founded the Canada Export Centre, an international trade marketing and consulting firm headquartered in Vancouver, which assists Canadian Exporters to expand their markets internationally. Although a private corporation, the Centre works closely with government to reduce Canada’s barriers to international trade success. The Canada Export Centre has offices in 9 cities around the world with plans for additional growth. In 2010 Michael moved from his position as President and CFO of the company to a less active role on the Board of Directors.
As a Director at the BC Environment Industry Association, Michael has served as Treasurer and head of the International Relations Committee, working with BC companies and government towards workable environmental policy and practices and the promotion of locally environmental products and service providers.
An environmentalist at heart, when Vancouver approved laneway homes as part of the goal to be the ‘Greenest City In The World by 2020′, Michael joined forces with Smallworks Laneway Housing Inc. to promote sustainable living and eco-density. His responsibilities include creating and implementing a variety of marketing initiatives, partnerships and events to develop the Smallworks brand and public interest in their environmentally and socially beneficial small homes.
Experienced in public speaking, Michael has addressed audiences around the world on trade related topics and recently presented at Pecha Kucha night at the Vogue theatre on sustainable urban development to a crowd of 1200.
When time permits in his private life, he paints and writes and usually has a short film project in mind.
Currently lives the Canadian coastal dream. Born and raised in New Brunswick and now residing in beautiful British Columbia where she has lived for the past 14 years and is proud to call home.
During that time she has poured her heart and soul into a company called LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. During her 14 year career she held the roles of Production Manager, Buyer, Retail Campaigns Coordinator and now Charitable Giving Ambassador.
This has experience has ignited a life-long passion to fight for all things living, especially those without a voice of their own. This energy spills over into support for community, artistic expression and challenging the status quo.