Our Executive

The Executive Committee of the Coalition of Progressive Electors is the only elected committee in COPE. It meets monthly (see posted minutes) to administer the organization in between General Membership meetings. Some of the positions on the Executive have additional responsibilities, and are called "table officer positions." These positions (and their responsibilities as outlined in the by-laws) are described on our page on how to run for the Executive.

You can contact the COPE Executive Committee by sending an email to [email protected] and requesting that it be forwarded to the full Executive.


EVA NANCY TRIGUEROS (CO-CHAIR): Nancy worked as a Human Rights Lawyer in Mexico and came to Canada in 1997. As a human rights activist, she worked for 10 years supporting refugees claims after obtaining her Immigration Consultant Certificate. She has studied sociology and community development at SFU, and has a Post-Bachelor's degree in Education on ABA-Applied Behavioural Analysis. She's been politically active since the age of 20 in Mexico with the Left party, and recently coordinated efforts in the victory of the Morena Party in Mexico. She's also a member of Socialist Alternative. In 2017, Nancy was a key speaker before 10,000 people at the Women March in Vancouver.
TRISTAN MARKLE (CO-CHAIR): Tristan has been a COPE executive member for three terms, campaign manager for Meena Wong's 2014 mayoral campaign, Steering Committee organizer for Jean Swanson's 2017 by-election campaign, and Communications Director for COPE's 2018 campaign. He was also VP of the UBC student union and recently completed a PhD in molecular biology and HIV research at SFU.
ZACHARY CRISPIN (TREASURER): Zach is the Coalition's  Liaison to the Vancouver and District Labour Council, Zachary Crispin has a long history as an organiser in the student movement. He has served in full-time elected positions in the provincial and national student movement and led campaigns for reduced and eliminated tuition fees. He has also served as a labour union organiser and shop steward.
1ff5233 CONNIE HUBBS (FUNDRAISER): Connie began her activism with the women's movement and was an active union member with CUPE, CUPW and the BCTF. She is currently a member of the Vancouver Eco Socialists and is committed to arresting climate change and identifying the underlying causes in our ecomonic  system and its focus on limitless growth. She founded three not for profit organizations that are still operating and over the last 20 years has worked in the area of fundraising and philanthropy assisting hundreds of organizations raise funds. Connie served as co-chair of COPE from March 2015 to November 2018. Vancouver is a beautiful city that has many challenges. Connie believes COPE's role is to represent those who are marginalized and to promote fairness in public life.
  ROCCO TRIGUEROS (CORRESPONDING SECRETARY): Mexican born, Rocco, is a shop steward at CUPE 379, executive member at LGTBQ2S CUPE BC, member of the steering committee of Vancouver Tenants Union. He is Director of Mexicans Living in Vancouver, member of Socialist Alternative, and recent organizer of the Lights for Liberty event/
  RECORDING SECRETARY: Vacant, to be filled at Spring 2020 COPE General meeting
  GIOVANNI HOSANG (MEMBER-AT-LARGE): Giovanni is the current president of the Simon Fraser Student Society. He's an organizer with the “Tuition Freeze Now” movement, and is working to build BC-wide solidarity among progressive student union forces.
  VINCE TAO (MEMBER-AT-LARGE): Vince Tao is a lead organizer with the Teaching Assistant and Sessional Union (TSSU) at SFU, which this month won a huge victory unionizing Research Assistants. He has also worked for artist run centres, organized for social housing in Chinatown, and is an educator of social movement history in Vancouver.


NYM CALVEZ (MEMBER-AT-LARGE): Nym is a union organizer with Unite Here Local 40, which recently won contracts after a 28 day strike at the Pinnacle, Hyatt Regency, and Four Seasons hotels, and a 59 day strike at the Hotel Georgia.
  JOHN YANO (EQUITY REPRESENTATIVE LGBQP CAUCUS)  Red seal journeyman cook. Social and environmental justice advocate. Born in Niagara Falls Ontario to parents who were born in Vancouver. Grew up in Toronto and lived for a number of years in Alberta prior to moving to Vancouver in 1999. Studied Organic Chemistry at University of Waterloo. Received diploma in Culinary Management from George Brown College. Currently a member of the BCNDP executive, federal and provincial riding NDP executives. Former HEU shop steward, member of local executive and member of two provincial union committees including the LGBT Standing Committee. Former delegate to the VDLC for HEU St. Paul’s Hospital Local.


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