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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.”

2017 Committees

Ambassador Committee
Finance & Audit Committee
Governance Committee
Policy & Government Affairs 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: Natasha Reger, Owner, The Reger Group.
  • Vice Chair: Kathy Martin, Consultant, Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
  • Staff: Stef Knox
  • James Darnell, Principal Designer, Land Story Design Associates.
  • Chris Ellsay, Real Estate Advisor, Ellsay Home Team/ Sutton West Coast Realty.
  • Kim Knudsen, Group and Catering Sales Representative, The Oswego Hotel.
  • Mark Paul, Director of Sales and Marketing, Chateau Victoria.
  • Andrew Peebles, Senior Business Consultant, BAASS Business Solutions.
  • Mary Lou Newbold, CEO, Mayfair Optometric Clinic.

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.
  • Ashley Finch-Field, Chartered Professional Accountant, Collins Barrow Victoria Ltd.
  • Moira Hauk, Regional Manager (South Vancouver Island), Coastal Community Credit Union.
  • Mark Smith, Chief Experience Officer, Query Technologies Corp.

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: Dan Dagg, President, Hot House Marketing.
  • 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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Policy and Government Affairs Committee

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

To contact or learn more about the Policy and Government Affairs 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: Shaun Cerisano, Manager of Philanthropy, BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
  • Vice Chair: Julia Livingston, Marketing Coordinator, The Bay Centre.
  • Past Chair: Kathy Khouri, Co-op & Career Assistant, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria.
  • Board Liaison: Lise Gyorkos, President/Co-owner, Page One Publishing Inc.
  • Staff: Stef Knox
  • Brianna Green, Communications Commander, Seriously Creative
  • Daniel Fanizza, Financial Advisor
  • Danielle Fullwood, Philanthropy Coordinator, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Glen Smethurst, Co-founder and Managing Director, Van Isle Paint and Island Digital Marketing
  • Jourdan Pym, Human Resources Advisor, View Royal Casino
  • Kevin Taylor, Communications Manager, Van Isle Paint and Island Digital Marketing

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

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