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Carla Robin
Carla Robin

Carla’s love of country music started with the oldies - Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline and Roy Orbison.

When Uncle Howie Larke asked her to get involved in helping with country music events and business initiatives, she was ecstatic. A long-time horse enthusiast, Carla is the Executive Director of Harness Racing BC – promoting the Standardbred Horse Industry and the important economic impact of racing throughout the province. Carla’s entrepreneurial background in business includes representing small and medium businesses in BC via CFIB, property and project management, construction, hotel and hospitality industries, and business restructuring. Her focus in recent years has been grant-writing, consulting, program creation and fund-raising for non-profits and charities. Carla is proud to have received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with seniors and the horse industry.

Her numerous volunteer activities include President of the Langley Horse and Farm Federation, helping out at the Cloverdale Rodeo, past Director of Special Events for the Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games, past long-time member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the Township of Langley, Langley Arts Council, and Tourism Langley.

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Bob Deith
Bob Deith

Bob has been involved in the music industry for twenty years in various capacities as an entertainment lawyer, recording artist (Rymes with Orange and Mythos), studio owner, label and music publisher (Adagio Music Inc.). He is also the executive director of Music BC Industry Association, a non-profit music industry association. He is on the executive of CIMA (formerly CIRPA). Bob is also on FACTOR’s National Advisory Board (past chairman) and is the JUNO rep for BC. Bob was the executive chair of the Host Committee for the Vancouver 2009 JUNO Awards. As a lawyer, Bob has dealt with all kinds of transactions from major label and publishing deals, to film and television placements, to producer agreements, to mcanager agreements, to band agreements and just about any other matter involving the music industry. He has worked with such notable artists and creators as Sarah McLachlan, Loverboy, Mike Fraser, Bananatoons, Andrea Menard, Lillix and many more. Bob works out of Vancouver, BC Canada.

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Lynn Robertson
Lynn Robertson

Currently, and for several years, has been a Director with Active Mountain Entertainment and executive position of Vice President. For seventeen years, worked in an administrative leadership role with the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Since 2006, worked collaboratively in a co-lead general manager role to ensure the delivery of all aspects of the festival. In 2007, submitted a successful bid document for Vancouver to host the CCMA Country Music Week and Awards which took place September 2009. This event was well attended and helped to focus the eyes of the nation on the talent in BC.

Prior to working with the BC Country Music Association in a variety of projects, was the Assistant Superintendent of the School District 36 (Surrey) and retired in 2006.

Recently worked with Vanoc at the Vancouver Olympic Village.

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John McLaughlin

18 year veteran of music writing for the Province and long term member of the country community.

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Howie Larke

Howie Larke has been involved with the BC Country Music Association since the early 80's and was instrumental in getting Labatts involved in organizing and sponsoring the Bud Country Music Talent Search. The Talent Search became "the stepping stone" - and focus of the BCCMA - and the resulting pulicity and promotion throughout each year brought membership to an all-time high. Due to the success of the Talent Search in BC - the program was pitched to Labatts and the Canadian Country Music Association - which resulted in the Talent Search going National in scope - under the sponsorship of Budweiser. Those provinces involved held annual Talent Search programs across the country - and their finalist contestants competed at the annual CCMA awards program.

Following retirement in 1992 - through promotional contacts with Yamaha and the Merritt Mountain Music Festival - institued the guitar raffle program for the BCCMA - which provided both finnancial and publicity exposure for the Association. Howie remains very involved with the country music industry having sat on the CCMA Vancouver Bid Committee Board, and continuing his work with the BCCMA Hall of Fame Project.

 
 
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