State Officers

State Deputy, Dale Hofer: Email: statedeputy@kofcbc.org

Dale Hofer

Dale Hofer joined the Knights of Columbus in 2005 with Council 12202 in Coldstream, BC. Dale was elected Deputy Grand Knight at the next election and retained that position for 3 years before becoming Grand Knight. He was Grand Knight for the next 3 years and during that tenure, his council earned Double Star Council in the first year and Star Council in the 2nd and 3rd years. Council 12202 earned Most Meritorious Council 2 out of the 3 years, as well as a State Community award for the Keep Christ in Christmas Program.

After the 3 year term as Grand Knight, Dale was appointed District Deputy for District 11. During this time, a 2nd degree team was created in District 11 of which Dale is a member, as well being a member of as the Vernon/Coldstream 1st degree team. Dale has also served as State Warden, State Advocate, State Program Director and State Treasurer, State Secretary 2017-2019.

Since buying a business and moving to Vernon with his wife Dianne and 3 children in 2004, Dale has been involved with Our Lady of the Valley Church as a lector, the Youth Club and St. James School in various capacities. Dale and his family have been selected as Family of the year twice during their time in Vernon.

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State Chaplain, Most Reverend Joseph Nguyen: Email: statechaplain@kofcbc.org

Bishop Joseph Nguyen

Bishop Joseph Phuong Nguyen was born in Vietnam. His vocation was not to be immediately realized, due to the communist government of Vietnam taking over all Catholic schools, hospitals and seminaries. Within this immense danger, Bishop Nguyen planned to flee from the country to try and realize his vocation. During his first attempt to flee Vietnam, his boat was forced back to shore when he was jailed and interrogated.

Staying true to his conviction, Bishop Nguyen made a second attempt to flee Vietnam, succeeded and was rescued by a German tanker; which took them to the Philippines Palawan refugee camp, during which time he suffered a very serious car accident and was hospitalized for three months. He obtained sponsorship to Canada as a refugee.

On arriving in Canada, he studied English as a second language and was accepted to the Seminary of Christ the King in Mission. On May 30, 1992, he was ordained as a priest by Archbishop Adam Exner, OMI. Bishop Nguyen was assigned as Assistant Pastor at Saint Jude’s Parish in Vancouver, at Immaculate Conception Parish in Delta, at Corpus Christi Parish in Vancouver. During this time, he also served as the first Chaplain of the new Pro-Life Prayer Apostolate, as Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Burnaby and at Saint Andrew’s Parish in Vancouver. He also served as a member of the College of Consultors and the Presbyteral Council, as a Judge for the Vancouver Regional Marriage Tribunal, and as the Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In 2013, he was appointed Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. On June 1, 2016, Pope Francis named Bishop Joseph P. Nguyen to become the sixth Bishop of the Kamloops Diocese. On August 25, 2016, Bishop Joseph was ordained and installed in the City of Kamloops.

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State Secretary, Edgardo Panes:  Email: statesecretary@kofcbc.org

Ed Panes

Brother Edgardo Panes joined Knights of Columbus Council 10681, Christopher Columbus, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Richmond, in 2007. He holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical engineering. He was elected Grand Knight of the council in 2009 and served two years in that role.

Under his leadership, the council gained Double Star council awards for two consecutive years with phenomenal growth in Insurance and Membership and Recognition for Service Programs, which included helping the needy at the Richmond Food bank with the Coats for Kids program. Brother Edgardo earned the Grand Knight of the Year Award in 2010-2011.

Appointment as District Deputy for District #23 followed, and during Brother Edgardo’s term in office from 2012 to 2014, the district assembled second Degree teams and gained Star District status for two consecutive years. In 2014 saw Brother Ed appointed as State Convention and Conference Chairman for the British Columbia and Yukon State Council.

Brother Ed was elected State Warden in 2015, and State Advocate for the 2016-2017 and also State Retention Director for two years; State Treasurer 2017-2019.

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State Treasurer, Marcel Renaud:  Email: statetreasurer@kofcbc.org

Marcel Renaud

Marcel has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1982. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. He is a Senior Process Piping Designer for the oil & gas industry, and has been working as a software designer for that industry and many others for over 25 years.

Marcel has been a member of St. Luke’s Parish in Maple Ridge since 1975, growing up there and raising his own family there. He has been a member or the chair of many of the committees in the parish at one time or another – most significantly, Liturgy Committee Chair and was in charge of training and scheduling altar servers, Lectors, and Extra-Ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. He and his wife Barbara were the RCIA coordinators for 9 years.

Marcel joined Our Lady of the Valley Council #10889 in 1993, where he is still an active Member. Immediately upon joining, he formed the Council’s first 1st Degree Team. Upon receiving his 2nd and 3rd Degrees, he joined the Lower Mainland Major Degree Team. He is certified in most parts of all of the first three Degree Ceremonials, including being a Conferring Officer of the Knighthood Degree for the past 20 years. Marcel received the honours of the Patriotic Degree in January 2016, and is an active member of Pope John Paul II Assembly’s Colour Guard.

Marcel has held many of the positions in his Council, including Program Director, 6 years as Financial Secretary, and his Council received the Star Council award in his first year as Grand Knight.

He served 2 years as State Ceremonial and Protocol Chairman, followed by 2 years as the Executive Assistant to the State Deputy. Brother Marcel served as State Advocate 2017-2019

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State Advocate, Herb Yang:  Email: stateadvocate@kofcbc.org

Herb Yang

Herb Yang was born in Manila, Philippines. His family moved to Vancouver in 1974. He graduated from Gladstone Secondary in 1979 and received a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at UBC in 1985. Herb worked for General Electric for 22 years and currently owns a Technical Sales Agency selling electrical equipment covering Western Canada.

Herb is married to Clara and has two daughters, Marisa and Kristen. They live in Coquitlam and is a member of All Saints Parish. He is a member of the Parish Finance Committee and a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Committee. He joined the order in 1997 and has served as Grand Knight for 3 years. He has served the State Council as District Deputy for 4 years, State Youth Director for 3 years, State Program Director for 2 years, Executive Assistant to the State Deputy for 2 years and State Charity Appeal Chairman for 2 years. Herb served as State Warden 2017-2019.

Herb enjoys running and has completed 11 marathons & several half marathons. He & Clara enjoys cruising to Europe and the Caribbean.

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State Warden, Edgar Nacar:  Email: statewarden@kofcbc.org

Edgar Nacar

Brother Edgar Nacar joined the Knights of Columbus on Oct. 9, 1997 with Council 5423 in Burnaby, British Columbia. In the following year, he joined Assembly 2726 in the Fourth Degree. In July 2012 the District Deputy #4 then, asked him to help in establishing a council in Our Lady of Sorrows. He, then, transferred his membership to Our Lady of Sorrows, Council 15564 as a Charter member. He was chosen as Interim Grand Knight from Dec. 2012 to Jun. 2013, and subsequently elected for two more years. Under his tenure, his Council earned Triple Star Award in both terms.

After two and a half years of term as Grand Knight, Edgar was appointed District Deputy for District #4. During his first year, from 2015-2016, his district earned a Star Award and in his second year term, from 2016-2017, he established Council 16692, St. John the Apostle. As a result of his efforts that same year, he earned the Distinguished Award, District Deputy of The Year, and was, then, re-appointed for two more years.

He is currently serving as the State Hispanic Coordinator and State New Council Development and Round Table Chairman and recently elected as State Warden for the upcoming fraternal year.

Edgar is married to Imelda and was blessed with two sons, Jeff and Joshua. Jeff is married to his lovely wife, Sandy. Both sons are charter members of Council 15564.

Brother Edgar holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in both Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He worked in manufacturing companies in the Philippines and continued to work in the private sector in different capacities upon his immigration to Canada.

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Immediate Past State Deputy, Ming Lau, PEng, CEng:  Email: ipstatedeputy@kofcbc.orgKoon Ming Lau

Koon Ming Lau joined the Knights of Columbus Coquitlam Council 5540 in 2001. He moved to his home parish, St. Francis Xavier, joining the new council in Feb. 2006,  as a Charter member. He has been an active member serving as the Treasurer and as Grand Knight was awarded double star council for his three consecutive terms. Ming was awarded the Grand Knight of the Year for the State of British Columbia and Yukon in 2010.

He continued to serve as the District Deputy from 2010 – 2013 and earned Star District in 2012. In the same year, he was awarded the District Deputy of the Year. In 2013, Ming was elected as the State Advocate and appointed as the State Membership Director, and was re-elected as the State Advocate and appointed as State New Council Development and Round Table Chairman in 2014. Ming has served as State Treasurer 2015-16, as State Secretary in 2016-2017 and as State Deputy 2017-2019.

Ming joined St. Lorenzo Ruiz Assembly 2944 in 2007 and was appointed as the Deputy Commander. In late 2011, he established a new Assembly at St. Francis Xavier Parish successfully and became the Charter Faithful Navigator of St. Francis Xavier Assembly 3315. In 2013, he was recognized as the Faithful Navigator of the Year from the District of BC/Yukon. 

Ming graduated in England and is a Professional Engineer and a Charter Engineer with several professional designations. He is also active at church serving various parish committees, joining the solidarity, leading many fundraising events and parish activities.

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