Building businesses in Vanier

Mission

The Quartier Vanier Business Improvement Area (QVBIA) is a not-for-profit organization which represents over 466 property and business owners across our 3 main streets: Beechwood Avenue, Montréal Road and McArthur Avenue.

Our mission is to represent, enhance and promote a prosperous business area along our diverse, vibrant and historic main streets.

Our vision is to create an environment where creativity is welcomed.


Meet the BIA board

Vanier BIA-36Mark Kaluski, Chair

Mark Kaluski is the president of financial consulting firm Hashmark Holdings.

With an MBA from Queen’s University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, Mark worked in the public sector for more than a decade before founding Hashmark Holdings, which manages four businesses including Vanier’s own Monson Deluxe Cleaners.


Vanier BIA-32Anouk Bertner

Anouk Bertner is the executive director at Eco Equitable, a social enterprise based out of Vanier’s Heartwood House that works with newcomers in the area to recycle textiles while building the skills of community members.

Originally from Vancouver, Anouk completed an MBA at Concordia University and has worked with non-profits and social enterprises for more than ten years.


Vanier BIA-40Filipe Correia

Filipe Correia grew up in Vanier and has been working at Mario’s Food Centre since the age of 12.

Following a career in the public sector, he now owns Mario’s, which has been providing Portuguese goods to Ottawa residents since 1964.

Filipe’s knowledge of the Vanier community and business network led him to join the Vanier BIA board of directors.


Drew Dobson

Drew Dobson owns and manages Finnigan’s Pub and a portfolio of rental properties in Vanier.

With a BA from Carleton University and years of experience in the transportation and logistics sector Drew decided to pursue a new path and opened a pub on Montreal Road in 2001.

Owning a business in Vanier for 18 years, serving on the board of CCC371 (200 Lafontaine), founding and acting as President of SOS Vanier a not for profit community group and participating in the Montreal Road revitalization working group have allowed Drew to develop deep roots in the Vanier area.


Vanier BIA-7Morgan Eadie

Morgan Eadie is the co-owner of Vanier’s Axis Registered Massage Therapy.

After attending OCAD in Toronto for sculpture and installation, Morgan returned to her hometown to study massage therapy at Algonquin College.

She co-founded Axis in 2014 and has made Vanier the heart of her business ever since, contributing as a business owner and residential advocate.


Vanier BIA-59Mathieu Fleury

Mathieu Fleury is the city councillor for the Rideau-Vanier ward.

He grew up in Ottawa and spent most of his life in the downtown area.

Mathieu became the city’s youngest councillor at the age of 25 and is an active member of multiple City of Ottawa committees including transportation, community housing and public health.


Vanier BIA-48Ryan Goldberg

Ryan Goldberg is the director of his own real estate investment firm.

As former director of investment and leasing at Ottawa’s Regional Group, Ryan has been committed to business development in Vanier.

Regional Group manages multiple Vanier projects and was responsible for the revitalization of the Desjardins-anchored office building on Montreal Road in 2016.


Rawlson King

Rawlson King was elected Ottawa’s first-ever Black City Councillor in a historic by-election held April 2019 in Ward 13, Rideau-Rockcliffe. He previously served as the President of the Overbrook Community Association, volunteer Board Member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, and as inaugural Co-chair of the Ottawa Police Service Community Equity Council, which aims to bridge gaps between police and racialized communities.  Recognized for his volunteer work, he won a 2018 United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award, conferred during National Volunteer Week.


Chris Penton

An east end boy born and bred, Chris left Ottawa for ten years to see some stuff and learn a few things. His move back landed him in Vanier, where he started the Beechwood Market, founded the Beechwood East Feast and was President of the Vanier Community Association. With stints in adventure tourism, the not-for-profit sector and self-employment, Chris is ready to serve the QVBIA.


image002 (1)Nathalie Carrier, Executive director

Nathalie Carrier’s strong Vanier and franco-ontarienne roots led her to return to the neighbourhood with a vision inspired by her family’s dedication to the area. She sees Vanier as a vibrant, forward-thinking community where people from all different walks of life can coexist. 

Nathalie brings that same dream-big mentality to the BIA that she harnessed as Manager, Event Production for Ottawa 2017, bringing spectacles such as La Machine, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Picnic on the Bridge and Kontinuum to the capital. 

As a former TV Producer and Talent Agent she’s no stranger to hard work and exceeding expectations. She’s worked closely with some of the country’s most influential people which has garnered her a unique network of collaborators.

For Nathalie, leading the BIA isn’t just about “banners and benches” – it’s about community building with a vision based on what Vanier is, was, and what it has the potential to be.

“This community has a long-standing tradition of being diverse and unique,” Nathalie says. “We’re going to harness that, mix in some art, encourage strong business growth,  which will allow this beautiful neighborhood to continue to shine.”