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Our Team

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Janessa Derksen,  Executive Director

With a mix of great past employment opportunities and post-secondary studies in Public and Business Administration, Janessa joined the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

Through the years Janessa has consistently worked on creating relationships with the Mission Business and Non-Profit community and being innovative in ways the Mission Chamber can support our local organizations. She showcases her commitment and passion for our community through any conversation.

Janessa looks forward to having those conversations that matter and finding the solutions that count for our business and community leaders.

“Always deliver more than expected.” — Larry Page, co-founder of Google

Rufus Peter Pattasseril, Manager of Membership & Business Development

Rufus is an ambitious, outgoing, and enthusiastic person with extensive experience managing global technology, and professional service teams. He devised innovative solutions to address issues in technology development. He always maintained a warm connection with his clientele.

Rufus has a master’s degree in business administration from Liverpool Business School, UK, and a master’s degree in engineering. A professional lifelong learner, he is eager to build upon his academic foundations in business.

Rufus is a proud Mission resident, who believes in giving back to the community and is eager to put his skills and experience to good use. He loves to volunteer to connect and give his best to the community. He lives out through his interests in soccer, traveling, and motorcycling.

Rufus joined the chamber in 2021 as the manager of membership and business development and he is looking forward to helping businesses find solutions that matter.

Sandeep Dosanjh,  Communications & Event Co-ordinator

Sandeep is very excited to be working for the Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce with a great team alongside her. Born and raised in Mission, it has always been Sandeep’s aspiration to live and work in the same city with a meaningful job that keeps her engaged with what’s happening in Mission.


Sandeep has obtained her Bachelors of Science in environmental biology from the University of the Fraser Valley. During her time there, she worked for the marketing department in the Abbotsford campus and at UFV India in Chandigarh. Sandeep enjoys playing pickleball and solo-travelling; some places she’s been to include Colombia, the Philippines, and India.


However, no matter where she goes or temporarily calls home, she will always eagerly return to her hometown of Mission. You can find Sandeep volunteering at the Mission Folk Festival selling raffle tickets clad in the iconic fairy wings.