Chris started his career with the Royal Bank of Canada’s investment banking arm, RBC Dominion Securities (subsequently renamed RBC Capital Markets) as an investment banking analyst based in Vancouver. While at RBC, Chris provided mergers and acquisition and corporate finance advice to a range of companies in BC. Chris transferred with RBC to New York where he was an associate providing advice to technology and telecommunications companies throughout the US. In 2001, Chris transferred to San Francisco where he joined the mergers and acquisitions group and was promoted to vice president. During Chris’ investment banking career, he advised on over $7.5 billion in merger, acquisition and financing transactions.
In February 2005, Chris left RBC to join an electronic commerce solutions provider, web site design and software development company. Chris spent just over a year working as vice president business development.
In April 2006, Chris co-founded Gordon Nelson Inc. where they pursued public and private investment opportunities in a variety of industries including Internet, hospitality and multi-family real estate.
In 2008, Chris led the angel round in Unbounce Marketing Solutions and joined the board.
In 2010, Gordon Nelson acquired a 53-unit resort, Ocean Village Beach Resort, located in beautiful Tofino, BC. In 2015, Gordon Nelson acquired Pacific Sands, a 77-unit, 40+ acre ocean front resort also located in Tofino, BC.
In 2011, Chris sat on the City of Vancouver’s Green Building Retrofit Strategy Industry Leadership Committee.
In 2018, Gordon Nelson was dissolved and Nelson Investments, Inc. started. Nelson Investments owns Pacific Sands, 937 View Street and several technology company investments.
In 2018, Nelson Investments invested in Novarc Technologies and Chris joined the board.
In 2019, Nelson Investments acquired a minority position in Shelter Point Distillery and Tractor Foods. In addition, Nelson Investments invested in Stable.Work and Chris joined the board.
In 2020, Nelson Investments invested in Clad Innovations (Tzoa) and Chris joined the board.
Chris was born and raised in Duncan, BC where he was an active participant as both a player and coach in amateur sports at a competitive level including both baseball and basketball. In 1993, after graduating from Cowichan Secondary School, Chris attended the University of Victoria where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in entrepreneurship.
Chris is married to Stephanie and together they have one daughter and live in Vancouver. Chris enjoys fishing, surfing, skiing, cooking, music, whisky, sports cards collecting and technology.
Stephanie started her career at RBC Dominion Securities in Vancouver. During her time at RBC, she worked in various administrative roles. In 2000, Stephanie relocated to New York with RBC in a newly created role as communications specialist. RBC had recently acquired Dain Rauscher Wessels and was expanding their US division. In 2001, Stephanie and her husband, Chris, moved to San Francisco where Stephanie joined Macromedia Inc. (sold to Adobe in 2005) as executive assistant to the Chairman and CEO. During her time at Macromedia, she worked closely with all the executive team further enhancing her skills to get the job done, resolve problems and avert crisis’s.
In 2004, Stephanie moved back to Vancouver to start a family. In April 2006, Chris co-founded Gordon Nelson Inc. Stephanie worked alongside, where they pursued public and private investment opportunities in a variety of industries including internet, hospitality and multi-family real-estate. The company, Gordon Nelson Inc, was dissolved in 2018 and Nelson Investments, Inc. started. Nelson Investments owns Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, 937 View Street in Victoria and several technology company investments.
Stephanie and Chris have worked together for 18+ years and greatly enjoy their life professionally and personally. Stephanie has enjoyed the flexibly their partnership provides her to balance her family and professional life. She is an active member of her community and is extensively involved with her daughter’s school and many extra-curricular activities.
Stephanie grew up in Prince Rupert, BC. In 1993, after graduating from Charles Hays Secondary School, Stephanie attended Simon Fraser University where she completed her bachelor arts with a focus on communications. She currently lives in Vancouver and enjoys skiing, cooking, travelling, reading, walking and spending time in the outdoors in Tofino.
Operations Manager, Pacific Sands Beach Resort
With over 20 years of resort hospitality experience in communities including Lake Louise and Whistler, Sabrina has spent 10 of those years with Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino, starting as Guest Services Duty Supervisor, then Revenue Manager, Guest Services Manager, and now Operations Manager.
Originally from Ontario, Sabrina moved to Vancouver Island in 1996 and was quickly immersed in the west coast lifestyle and burgeoning tourism industry, graduating from Camosun College in 2002 with a Diploma in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Then in 2011, she earned a Cornell E-University Diploma in Hotel Revenue Management.
In addition to a passion for travelling, Sabrina enjoys all-things-outdoors, especially camping, hiking and SUP’ing adventures with her husband and friends.
Business Manager, Pacific Sands Beach Resort
A native west coaster, Amanda was born in Vancouver, moving to Vancouver Island in 1992. She was drawn to Tofino in 1999 and has worked in hospitality ever since, starting with Pacific Sands Beach Resort in 2003.
Her talent for the business side of the operation became clear as she moved from Guest Services into Administration, then Accounting Manager, and now Business Manager. And in the meantime, she has completed numerous business and accounting courses as well as earning a NIC Office Administration Certificate and a UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics.
Besides spending quality time with her husband and two boys, Amanda enjoys gardening, reading, walking & hiking around Tofino, travelling and exploring the island.