EVENTS HAPPENING IN VICTORIA

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Committees

Over the last 153 years, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has helped shape much of what we now take for granted - campaigning for the Canadian Pacific Railway to build the landmark Empress Hotel, attracting national retailers such as Canadian Tire to Greater Victoria, advocating for the growth of University of Victoria (UVic) and much, much, more.

Comprised of experienced business and community leaders, its committees advise Chamber leadership on what is needed to improve business conditions in Greater Victoria. Many of The Chamber's current and past successes have resulted from the work of its committees, tapping into the influence and expertise within the local business community to get things done and to generate new ideas.

The Chamber’s committees have come and gone, some dissolving with their mandate complete, others spinning off from The Chamber as their mandates evolved. In fact, the Downtown Victoria Business Association, Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Tourism Victoria, Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission, and Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) – as well as the recently launched South Island Prosperity Project - all had their origins with The Chamber.

“The Chamber and its committees will continue its long history as the voice of business in Greater Victoria,” said Chamber CEO Catherine Holt. “Our people have the expertise and influence to identify what needs to be done, and get those wheels in motion.”

2018 Committees

Ambassador Committee
Finance & Audit Committee
Governance Committee
Public Policy & Advocacy Committee
Prodigy Group Committee

Ambassador Committee

The Ambassador Committee are a dedicated team of Chamber members from various professional backgrounds who serve as liaisons to foster meaningful participation and connection-building as a way of increasing member engagement.

  • Chair: Rahim Khudabux, General Manager and Owner, Max Furniture
  • Vice Chair: Andrew Peebles, Senior Business Consultant, BAASS Business Solutions
  • Staff: Stef Knox
  • Rose Arsenault, Branch Manager, Talentcor
  • Chris Ellsay, Real Estate Advisor, Ellsay Home Team/ Sutton West Coast Realty
  • Andrew Johnson, Director of Operations, Pizzeria Prima Strada
  • Kim Knudsen, Sales and Catering Representative, Oswego Hotel
  • Mary Lou Newbold, CEO, Mayfair Optometric Clinic
  • Mark Paul, Director of Sales and Marketing, Chateau Victoria
  • Ann Squires Ferguson, Western Interior Design Group Ltd.
  • Danielle Fullwood, Prodigy Group Liaison, Philanthropy Coordinator, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

To contact or learn more about the Ambassador Committee, please email Stef Knox.

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Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee works to ensure financial responsibilities of The Chamber's Board of Directors by reporting to and advising the Board on financial and audit issues.

  • Chair: Kris Wirk, Partner, Dickson Dusanj & Wirk
  • Staff: Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman
  • Dustin Clark, Chartered Professional Accountant, Obara & Company
  • Moira Hauk, Regional Manager (South Vancouver Island), Coastal Community Credit Union
  • Mark Smith, Chief Experience Officer, Query Technologies Corp.
  • Jesse Rach-Sharpe, Prodigy Group Treasurer & Account Manager, Coastal Community Credit Union

To contact or learn more about the Finance and Audit Committee, please email Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman.

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Governance Committee

The Governance Committee monitors board development, reviews The Chamber’s bylaws and acts as a nominating committee for external appointments.

  • Chair: John Wilson, Co-owner and CEO, Wilson's Group of Companies
  • Vice Chair: Patricia Jelinski, CEO, United Way of Greater Victoria
  • Carmen Charette, Vice-President External Relations, University of Victoria
  • Mark Smith, Chief Experience Officer, Query Technologies Corp.

To contact or learn more about the Governance Committee, please email Chamber CEO Catherine Holt.

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Public Policy and Advocacy Committee

The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Committee makes policy recommendations to The Chamber's Board of Directors regarding matters of importance to the business community in support of a healthy, free enterprise system. The committee lends significantly to the work of The Chamber in the goal of influencing public policy.

  • Chair: John Wilson, CEO, Wilson's Group of Companies
  • Vice Chair: Carmen Charette, Vice-President External Relations, University of Victoria
  • Staff: Catherine Holt
  • Ian Batey, Principal, IPB Consulting Services
  • Frank Bourree, CEO/Owner of Chemistry Consulting Group Inc. and GT Hiring Solutions
  • Captain (Navy) Jason Boyd, Base Commander, CFB Esquimalt
  • Jeff Bray, Owner of Capital Public Affairs
  • Sara Burchnall, Manager of Commercial Accounts, Royal Bank of Canada
  • Christina Clarke, Executive Director, Songhees Nation
  • Gary Kinar, Lawyer/Co-owner, Kinar Curry Lawyer
  • Mark Mawhinney, Investment Advisor, Odlum Brown Ltd.
  • Brian White, Senior Environmental Engineer, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

To contact or learn more about the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, please email policy.

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Prodigy Group Committee

The Prodigy Group provides an opportunity for emerging professionals to develop leadership skills, connect with peers, and gain community project experience.

  • Chair: Julia Livingston, Marketing Coordinator, The Bay Centre
  • Vice Chair: Danielle Fullwood, Philanthropy Coordinator, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Past Chair: Shaun Cerisano, Manager of Philanthropy, BC Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Board Liaison: Al Hasham, Owner, Maximum Express, Max Furniture
  • Staff: Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman
  • Lindsay Block-Glass, Realtor, Modern Real Estate Team
  • Erin Boggs, Owner, Robinson's Outdoor Store
  • Daniel Fanizza, Financial Advisor, Alitis Investment Council
  • Brianna Green, Marketing Director, Seriously Creative
  • Jourdan Pym, Human Resources Consultant, Western Financial Group
  • Lindsay Seginson, Customer Service Representative, Hendra Moving & Storage
  • Jesse Rach-Sharpe, Treasurer, Coastal Community Credit Union
  • Andrew Wilson, Maintenance and Fleet Manager, Wilson’s Group of Companies

To contact or learn more about the Prodigy Group Committee, please email <Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman.

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