Board of Directors

SITE BC is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD) elected by the Society of Internationally Trained Engineers of British Columbia. The board provides a leadership for the SITE BC society to pursue its mandate as defined in the organizational mission statement.

The Board of Directors consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive and Non-Executive Directors. According to the Site BC Society by-laws the number of directors in a committee may range from seven to thirteen.

The current 2016-2018 SITE BC Board of Directors is:

  • K.C. Chau, B.Sc., LL.B., Dip. Tech.Sc., MBA, President
  • Elias Alacar B.Sc., Vice President
  • Ishmael Yildirim B.Sc. MBA, Director
  • Abdeldayem Taha, Director of Knowledge Development Committee

The board meets once a month to review past activities and decide on next steps to be taken by the Site BC Society.



K.C. Chau, B.Sc., LL.B, Dip. Tech.Sc., MBA, President

K. C. Chau has a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from Taiwan, Post Graduate Diploma in polymer & fiber science from England, MBA from Macau and LL.B. from England. He was born and raised in Hong Kong and brings in more than 20 years of vast experience working in chemical industry. Before coming to Canada in 1997, he worked for giant chemical companies and had the opportunity of representing Henkel (Germany) as General Manager / Director for one of their Asia Pacific operations. After arriving to British Columbia, K.C. Chau went through a struggle of extensive job search for 4 to 5 years in the area of his expertise and finally made up his mind to work by providing help and assistance to newly landed immigrants after taking one year course training in counseling for changing his career. He worked at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as Job Mentoring Program Coordinator from 2002 to 2012, in which he was the first pioneer in British Columbia to launch the Job Mentoring Program in helping professional immigrants to integrate into the Canadian workforce. Before becoming the president of SITE BC in February 2008, he has been involved in the programs for ITPs' initiative. He was again elected as the President of SITE BC for another two years term until March 2012. In April 2018 he was again elected as the President to keep SITE BC running before another competent SITE BC Director is available to step forward taking up the task.


Elias Alacar, B.Sc., Vice President

Elias Geraldizo Alacar, Jr., born in Quezon City, Philippines; with B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), Manila. A Registered Civil Engineer since 1985. Practised as a Civil-Structural Engineer, mainly in design-build and construction management of custom build residential, commercial, institutional and light industrial buildings; not only with new construction, but even restoration, retrofitting, renovation and repair works. Worked as a Structural Engineer for a pre-stressed and precast company, in Saudi Arabia; inclusive, working with American Corps of Engineers during 1st Gulf War.

He landed in Vancouver, B.C. on July 23, 2012; through the Federal Skilled Workers category, as a Permanent Resident. He got his SITE BC membership in February 2013 and was elected as Vice President in April 2014. He also joined the Filipino-Canadian Construction Society (FCCS) in April 2013 and serving as a Board of Director since October 2013. He is also a member of the Structural Engineers Association of BC (SEABC) since July 2013. He also volunteered with Builders Without Borders, Canada; who sent him to the tropical storm "Haiyan" Severely Devastated Province in the Philippines in February 2014. Skills Connect - Back in Motion pushed him to start registration with APEGBC in November 2013. After almost two years of networking and some local education, attending workshops and seminars; Since June 2014, he landed a job as an Estimator - Project supervisor - Coordinator with EUROPHIL Fabrication; Part - Time. From mid-September 2014, he is on call at Valley Testing Services of the METRO Group, as a Materials Testing Technician. His next step is to pursue his desire to achieve the P.Eng. designation and ultimately, be able to practice Civil Engineering here in Canada and beyond.


Ishmael Yildirim, B.Sc., MBA, Director

Mr. Yildirim is the Electrical Engineering Specialist at Vard Marine Inc. has extensive experience in energy, construction, manufacturing, maintenance, production and engineering design. His primary focus is design and execution of engineering projects. He is working to support the Vard Marine growth in Canada. He has 13 years of experience in design of Electrical, Power, Control and Electronic systems in manufacturing, municipal, marine, transportation and energy sector. He has the ability to work within an EPCM environment. He holds outstanding analytical, engineering design skills to gather, analyse, and synthesize data to facilitate work breakdown structure. After having first electrical engineering experiences in Russia, he advanced his career with the chief engineering position in Saudi Arabia. Further, he was promoted to the Country Manager position in UAE projects. Recently, he has been working in Marine sector and was a part of the team for construction of OFSV 1-2-3 projects at Seaspan VSY Shipyard. Currently, he is working on OOSV Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) oceanographic research vessel project under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) of Canada. Mr. Yildirim speaks fluently in English, Turkish, Russian, Kazakh and elementary level of Arabic.