Staff & Board Member

Vali Marling


With 35 years in the Metro Vancouver event management and tourism industry, there are few major venues that haven’t been touched by Vali’s facilities management and leadership skills. Vali cut her teeth at PavCo (B.C. Pavilion Corporation), where, over a 15-year career, she worked with the teams at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver Convention Centre, Robson Square Conference Centre, and Tradex. After joining PavCo in 1987 in facility services, she rose to Manager, Employee Training and Performance. When Tradex was transferred to the Tourism Abbotsford Society, Vali moved into the position of Event Manager and then Director of Operations for Tradex, a position she held for over 12 years. Vali moved to Anvil Centre, leading the opening of the venue and continues in the position of General Manager. In 2016, Anvil Centre was awarded the Industry Influence Award for the team’s unique approach to events, arts and culture. Vali is a past Board member on the Meeting Professionals International – VP Vancouver Chapter Events & Education Board, is a past long-term Board member of the Abbotsford International Airshow and a current Board member of Tourism NW. Pivotal to Vali’s success has been her relationship-building skills—with clients, suppliers, contractors, and her staff alongside her commitment to the industry.

Staff & Board