Canadians Abroad of Southern California is non-profit social, cultural and professional advocacy organization. Established in 1998, it has grown to be one of the largest Canadian expat associations in the United States. Canadians Abroad of Southern California’s mandate is to actively promote Canadian cultural identity in the United States through events and opportunities.
Co-President (2015 - Present)
Originally from Toronto, Zoe received her Hon.B.A. at York University before completing her LL.B. at the University of Western Ontario and LL.M. at the University of Notre Dame. She is a licensed attorney in Ontario, Canada and California, U.S.A.
Since moving to Los Angeles, 13 years ago, Zoe has had a varied practice and career. She has worked for Triggerstreet Productions (Kevin Spacey), and Academy Award winners Faye Dunaway, Fred Roos and Francis Ford Coppola. In 2011, she produced her first feature film HERE, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Zoe is also the Managing Partner of Kevork Law,which specializes in entertainment-based immigration issues specifically and entertainment transactional matters generally. In 2016 Zoe had a 100% success rate across all immigration areas. On the entertainment side she has represented production companies, writers and producers at various stages of contract negotiations and film development.
Most importantly though Zoe is an incredibly proud Canadian - she loves her Toronto Maple Leafs, buys Swiss Chalet sauce in bulk and has a tattoo of an inukshuk (before the Vancouver Olympics made them cool!).
Co-President (2015 - Present)
In Erin’s current capacity of Co-President of the Board of Director’s, Erin oversees the operations, planning and strategic direction of Canadians Abroad of Southern California.
Erin hails from Toronto and is a proud Queen’s University graduate. While living in Canada, Erin served as a long time senior policy advisor to the Hon. Jim Bradley and Hon. Caroline Di Cocco in Ontario’s Provincial government at Queen’s Park. For nearly ten years, Erin advised on key portfolios including culture, transportation, the environment and climate change and worked on numerous local and central election campaigns.
Upon moving to California in 2014, Erin consulted in communications and public relations and most recently, worked in business development for the president of a publicly listed global advertising technology firm in Los Angeles.
Erin has been on the Board of Directors since 2014 and currently resides in Santa Monica with her husband Clark, their new son Clark Thomas and dog, Yogi.
David Ivkovic is a Los Angeles based Realtor and actor. Originally from Ottawa, David spent 10 years in Toronto before moving to LA over six years ago.
While in Toronto David sold real estate in addition to pursuing his acting career, so when he made the move to LA, he naturally fell into the same career combination, minus the snow.
Looking to meet new people, David discovered Canadians Abroad and embraced the strong and vibrant Canadian community in and around Los Angeles. Eventually becoming a board member and soon President, he is now Chairman and still actively involved in the group.
Member of the Board of Directors
Tim Chan is a brand consultant, writer and creative strategist, who has lent his eye for design and innovative marketing to a number of fashion and lifestyle companies across the globe.
In addition to his branding and marketing work, Tim is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Corduroy Magazine - an international arts and culture bi-annual. He has since had the opportunity to work with everyone from Sir Ben Kingsley and Anjelica Huston, to personal favorites like Josh Hartnett and Elijah Wood.
A self-professed "information junkie," Tim got his start in television, producing the morning show for Time-Warner cable news network NY1, and working for the production team that launched the E! Network in Canada. He also appeared on-air and as a producer for Canada's #1 entertainment and music channel, MuchMusic.
A native of Toronto, Canada, Tim has a masters degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Member of the Board of Directors
Kelly Graham-Scherer is from Norland, Ontario (cottage country, north of Toronto) and moved to Los Angeles in December of 2009 to work as a consultant in the screen-based industries (film, TV, VFX, animation and gaming) for the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and private industry consortium FilmOntario. Prior to her LA move Kelly was the communications director for the Ontario District Council of the Directors Guild of Canada and worked as a senior manager at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 873. A graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism, Kelly wrote and produced the short film Mya’s Normal Night, has published articles in the Ottawa Citizen, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and received widespread acclaim for her award-winning personal blog Don Mills Diva.
Kelly is also a licensed private pilot and mother of two.
Chief Creative Director
Pete Kasprzak is a graphic designer and artist originally from Toronto. Having studied Advertising and Communications at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, Pete went on to become a graphic designer in Toronto. Working on campaigns for major Canadian retailers, as well as designing graphics for Gwen Stefanie’s L.A.M.B clothing brand.
Always up for an adventure, Pete applied and was awarded a TN VISA from his graphic design experience through NAFTA, and landed a job in Los Angeles.
Pete has created online and social media advertising for major brands, as well as photo editing for The Grammy Museum. As an artist, Pete’s artwork has been displayed in Toronto, Hamilton, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. And with Hollywood as a backdrop, Pete’s artwork has naturally made it to the screen having been used in TV shows such as My Crazy Ex-girlfriend and Condor.
He was recently involved in a collaboration of music photography featuring Motley Crue, Rob Zombie, Mix Master Mike and Tommy Lee as subjects. His artwork is currently on display and for sale at Artspace Warehouse in LA.
Member of the Board of Directors
Samantha is an Actress, Content Creator and Model. Oh and she claims she can beat almost anyone at Tennis. (she was a top ranked Canadian junior back in the day). She currently resides in Venice, CA with her husband, dog, and two adorable boys, Ryder and Asher.
As an actress Sam has appeared in numerous feature films and TV shows both in Canada and the US including, Degrassi The Next Generation, Kevin Hill, The Tortured, Huff and Shark City and was recently nominated as Best Actress in Comedy at LA Web Fest 2016, for her appearance in Season 2 of Dogs & Me.
Samantha does on camera hosting for Nylon Magazine, Canadians Abroad, This Week In Fashion and Greygoose Vodka, and has toured the globe covering Cannes, Sundance, The Toronto International Film Festival, AFI Film Festival and more. She is also making a name for herself in the “mom” space, creating comedy content and style content geared at to the millennial mom. She has been a regular contributor on a few blogs including Bottles + Heels and Colorescience.
Samantha has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Image Arts/Film Studies and has a post graduate degree in Communications/PR from Humber.
Jacquelyn Racine grew up in Kingston, Ontario - the birthplace of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. A graduate of the Media Arts program at Sheridan College, she spent four years working in visual effects in Toronto. Although she had a background in film administration and business, her work on Grace and Frankie, Suits, Justified, and Covert Affairs got her hooked on television.
As a VFX Production Coordinator, she helped create extraordinary images and scenes for such projects as: Fear the Walking Dead, The Shallows, Flatliners, The Expanse, etc. As a leading production team member, she worked with groups of artists and liaised with Los Angeles-based clients, which influenced her decision to broaden her horizons and move to California. Today she continues to chase her Hollywood dreams and works towards expanding her repertoire in all areas of post-production in media.
Jacquelyn loves her new west coast home where she gets to spend time with her sister, brother-in-law and nephew who live in the Simi Valley area. As a new member of Canadians Abroad, she hopes to bring her positive and polite Canuck energy to each and every encounter, eh.
Consul, Political and Public Affairs, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles
Mr. Nardocchio-Jones has been a Foreign Service Officer for the Government of Canada since 2009.
Before his current assignment, which began in September 2016, Gavin held several positions within the Department that is now Global Affairs Canada. These included Desk Officer in the West and Central Africa Division; Senior Policy Officer in the International Crime and Terrorism Division; and as Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of Canada in Senegal.
Originally from Toronto, Gavin began his career in diplomacy working for the Délégation Générale du Québec in the UK before joining the Canadian High Commission in London, where he worked as a Locally Engaged Staff in the Public Affairs and Advocacy division.
He has a BA (Hons) from University College London (UCL) and an MSC from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in History & French and History of International Relations respectively.
Since settling in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles in 2016, he and his spouse Melanie have got a dog, and Gavin continues to pursue his passion for basketball, hip hop and gastronomy.
Senior Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada
Over an 11-year career in government communications, Dan Pasquini has developed winning media strategies to raise the profiles of his employers and advance the interests of their constituents. He has served as an on-the-record spokesman in the rough-and-tumble world of New York City politics and led the press and public affairs section in the rather more diplomatic world of the British Consulate in Los Angeles. With the Consulate General of Canada, he has designed events with the iconic band Rush, innovated the use of oral storytelling as a public diplomacy tool and gotten both of the Los Angeles Times business columnists to devote columns to Canada's greatness. He graduated magna cum laude from USC with a degree in print journalism and received additional training from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (UK). Dan is a California native. He and his family make their home in Santa Monica.