Vancouver Island Region Porsche Club Of America

Board Members, Directors & Chairs

Board Meetings

The Vancouver Island Club is managed primarily by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. The seven members of the Board are:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, South Island Director, Mid-Island Director, and Up-Island Director.

The management of the club is further supported by a number of Chairs, which are non-elected positions appointed by the Board. These positions look after a particular type of activity or club function. Current Chair positions are: Newsletter, Membership, Classics, Rally, Insurance, Competition, Social Media and Webmaster. 

Collectively, the Board and Chairs are referred to as the club Executive Committee, or "Exec".  

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Island Directors:
President - Paul Rossmo
Paul Rossmo
President
I was born and raised in Vancouver.
I bought my first Porsche in 1972, from which I developed an intense interest in Porsche cars leading to a lifelong career path, centered around Porsche.
In 1980 I founded Weissach Performance to service the Porsche market in Vancouver, In 2002, I sold the company after 22 years.
During this Period Porsche ownership was increasing dramatically and Porsche was exploiting their reputation as a “Giant Killer”, and in doing so were becoming “The Giant.”
In 1981 I joined the Canada West Region of PCA and was privileged to serve alongside its founding membership, in many roles including as President in 1985.
Alongside Porsche, the Porsche Club of America was also enjoying phenomenal growth. The increased sophistication of the events reflected that energy.
In 2008 I moved to Victoria, I worked with the GAIN Group for 10 years, including being the inaugural General Manager for Porsche Victoria, then General Manager at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.
After 50 years involved with Porsche cars, I wanted to better focus my skills, and in 2018 I founded PR Historics to provide appraisals, parts, and specialty vehicle sourcing to Porsche owners.
Porsche ownership has provided me the weapon to enjoy many forms of motorsport over the years from autocross to vintage and endurance racing.
I am currently enjoying exploring TSD rallying, a venue offering tremendous team challenges coupled with the incentive to travel to other regions and meet many more PCA enthusiasts.

Vice-President - Ron Dempsey
Ron Dempsey
Vice-President
I've been a PCA member since 2014, and have taken part in all manner of PCA events, including many tours, driver's education, rallies and even drove my 356C to Rennsport V in Monterey, and still have the lower back issues as a reminder!
I retired a number of years ago after a long career around Canada and North America with a large IT company. Since then, I've been able to dedicate more time to my passion for cars, and started an informal group of European Car enthusiasts that has blossomed to well over 400 members for monthly coffee gatherings in Oak Bay during warmer months. I have also organized a Club Holiday Dinner the past few years, in addition to the first-ever VanIsle Adventure Tour in 2021 in my role as South Island Director.
I currently enjoy my '64 356C and my '87 Carrera, and look forward to meeting more members at future events.


Secretary - Kevin Root
Kevin Root
Secretary
Island born and raised, moving from the Cowichan Valley to the Westshore in 2018. I’ve always loved cars, especially Porsches; they were the epitome of efficient & effective. My grad quote stated, “First one to the Porsche wins!” My current chariot ‘Betty’ is a 997 Cab S, which I’ve owned since February 2021 as a reward for battling cancer. I knew about the club from past members back in 2005, when I previously owned a 2000 Boxter S; however, I wasn't sure not being a “Clubby” person. Wow! What a delightful surprise! I am glad I joined The Club! This group has been amazing! Friendly, active, warm, helpful, and willing to share stories and knowledge. I’ve learned much about the cars and the people behind the wheels. The wide variety of cars is always impressive; however, it is more about building connections, which proves that PCA is all about the people, and this Vancouver Island Region demonstrates it! – Thank you for your warm welcome!
Treasurer - AJ Papp
AJ Papp
Treasurer
Having joined PCA in 2000, after my purchase of a 993, I moved to the South Island in 2017 bringing along my 2008 Basalt Black 997 Turbo. Noting how active the VIRPCA region was, I transferred my PCA membership to VIRPCA shortly after the move.
While not being very active in the club due to a severe golfing addiction, I noted that the executive were wanting to fill the position of treasurer and I offered my services.
It is my pleasure to serve the club for the coming two years as your treasurer.

Up Island Director - Martin Jager
Martin Jager
Up Island Director
I was born and raised in Campbell River. At the age of 19 I started work at Safeway as a clerk. In 1988 three previous colleagues asked me to join them as they purchased two local independent grocery stores called the Lucky Dollar. I became their Produce Director. Over the years I also became a full partner and the name was changed to Discovery Foods Ltd. In November 2021 we both retired and I was bought out from the successful business by my partners. I have been married to Sheila since 1985. We both love to travel and have been fortunate that our work has allowed us to travel to many distant destinations. We have two adult children (one married), no grandchildren. We live in a beautiful part of the world where we enjoy hiking, biking, skiing, the lakes, the rivers, and the Pacific Ocean that are within easy reach. We both love to garden, which was the perfect therapy during COVID. My first Porsche was found after years of searching- a 2005 911 Carrera S in 2018. Sheila bought herself a retirement gift of a 2020 Macan S. We joined the Porsche club during the pandemic. Hope to see you soon at the North Island cars and coffee. 
Mid-Island Director  - Mark Dalton
Mark Dalton
Mid-Island Director
I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where most likely my first Porsche experiences were
at Mosport racetrack in the early 70’s with Can Am races.
Fast forward to 1996 when I moved to Banff, Alberta and immersed into the mountain sport
lifestyle. After many years in the ski and music industries, I shifted gears and became a licensed
real estate professional in 2007, graduating to Broker status 2013.
In 2018 I purchased my current Porsche and became a PCA/Wild Rose member. Life has never
been the same since purchasing my 997.1!
After moving to Nanoose Bay in 2021, I transferred my real estate business, continued passion
for music and my PCA membership to Vancouver Island. It has been a pleasure getting to know
everyone and I look forward to serving the club to the best of my abilities.
South Island Director - Vacant
Vacant
South Island Director
This could be You
Past President - Garth Webber Atkins
Garth Webber Atkins
Past President

I inherited the driver gene from my mother, who loved road trips and serially owned several sporty but practical cars.  I have long admired the lines of the Porsche 944, with its long nose and hatchback (sporty but practical), and in 2014 acquired my first and current steed - a 1986 Kalahari Beige 944 Turbo.  

I joined the club right way, and in 2017 joined the VIR Executive as Membership Chair.  Two years later I was Vice-President, and then served as President in 2021 through 2023.  Being involved with the Porsche Club has been a great way to meet other Porsche enthusiasts, have experiences I wouldn't have otherwise, and to make new friends.


Newsletter Chair - Karen Bresler
Karen Bresler
Newsletter Chair
I was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada where I lived in Vancouver for 29 years before moving to Maple Bay in 2018. I have had a lifelong passion for the written word, and I am delighted to be Editor of Porscher. It is a magazine of which VIRPCA can be very proud. I also enjoy the opportunity to engage with members at the events and capture some of the depth of the membership and its activities for material for Porscher. The magazine is the Voice of Vancouver Island Region of the PCA, and it is your participation with the magazine, in the form of submissions, that brings it to life. Accordingly, I welcome your engagement.
Membership - Larissa Lawrence
Larissa Lawrence
Membership
Luna (my white 2013 Boxster) and I live in Victoria (Colwood area) and are recent imports to the island and to PCA.
In the fall of 2021 I moved from the Toronto area in Ontario. I came to the island for the lifestyle this fine area provides. I joined the club in the spring of 2023, based on advise from my sister, who’s been a long time member in Ontario. She shared PCA provides a great community with other auto enthusiasts in a welcoming environment. The island and this club hasn’t disappointed.
My super power is organizing chaos and bridging people together. Between those things, and my desire to more deeply connect with people into our community and my new home, this role is a perfect fit.
I’m bilingual - I speak both red and white wine. I love the feeling when a corner is perfectly apexed, be it on 2 or 4 wheels. Discovering what’s over the next hill or around the next bend makes me smile.
 I’m excited to welcome people into this community - be it new to Porsche, our chapter, or our beautiful island. Helping foster a greater involvement for new and existing members, getting to know people, all while learning along the way is a fun opportunity I’m pleased to embrace.

Classic Chair - Paul Rossmo
Paul Rossmo
Classic Chair
I was born and raised in Vancouver.
I bought my first Porsche in 1972, from which I developed an intense interest in Porsche cars leading to a lifelong career path, centered around Porsche.
In 1980 I founded Weissach Performance to service the Porsche market in Vancouver, In 2002, I sold the company after 22 years.
During this Period Porsche ownership was increasing dramatically and Porsche was exploiting their reputation as a “Giant Killer”, and in doing so were becoming “The Giant.”
In 1981 I joined the Canada West Region of PCA and was privileged to serve alongside its founding membership, in many roles including as President in 1985.
Alongside Porsche, the Porsche Club of America was also enjoying phenomenal growth. The increased sophistication of the events reflected that energy.
In 2008 I moved to Victoria, I worked with the GAIN Group for 10 years, including being the inaugural General Manager for Porsche Victoria, then General Manager at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.
After 50 years involved with Porsche cars, I wanted to better focus my skills, and in 2018 I founded PR Historics to provide appraisals, parts, and specialty vehicle sourcing to Porsche owners.
Porsche ownership has provided me the weapon to enjoy many forms of motorsport over the years from autocross to vintage and endurance racing.
I am currently enjoying exploring TSD rallying, a venue offering tremendous team challenges coupled with the incentive to travel to other regions and meet many more PCA enthusiasts.

Rally Chair - Klaus Kreye
Klaus Kreye
Rally Chair
I must have been around 7 or 8 years old when my parents took me to a movie. The details are lost, it must have been some type of boy meets girl movie…. with the boy driving an orange 911 – that detail is clear! By the end of the movie my mind was made up – one day I had to have one of these cars. As a teenager/early adult the luxury of owning a 911 was a dream – South Africa had a 100% luxury import tax on such vehicles!  
As I got older I learnt about the boxer motor and the fact that BMW motorcycles also have air cooled boxers…. So I started collecting those (and still have a “few” of them). My first Porsche was a run-down 924 Turbo that came home on a trailer. After 2 years it was running again, but was soon sold and replaced with an SC. Unfortunately that was sold along with just about everything else with the move to Canada. This year marks my 20th year in Canada and for the last 15 years I have been collecting all sorts of air cooled boxer vehicles ( 2 wheeled and 4) and a few “others” too. 

 My competitive spirit – previously satisfied with classic motorcycle racing – is now focussed on various forms of classic and timed rallying. I look forward to hosting club rallies and supporting members to join other rallies in the Pacific NorthWest.
Competition Chair - Vacant
Vacant
Competition Chair
This could be You
Insurance Chair - James Renfrew
James Renfrew
Insurance Chair
Webmaster - David Nickel
David Nickel
Webmaster
I started off my career in the 70’s at BCIT becoming an Electronics Technologist. Worked my way through several companies in Vancouver and became a Programmer Analyst. My wife and I decided to have/raise our children in a smaller town so we quit our jobs and moved to Campbell River in 1989. We bought a jewellery store and ran that for 12 years where I became a Goldsmith. I retired from Telus as a Network Tech bringing the joys IP to everyone. Cars were late in life, I bought the last new TR7 in Vancouver and sold it 10 months later due to rust, grinding gears and Lucas Prince of Darkness. In 2007 I bought a friend’s 944 and got the bug with my son Derek’s help; he forced me to join this little club I had never heard of :)

Soon followed by the 944S2, the 968 that we tastefully modded and supercharged! I now have a 911 cab that I wish I had bought when they were ½ price and a '91 928 ….