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New Appointments to Victoria Foundation Board

Feb 03, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — The New Year brings some new faces to the Victoria Foundation as Kyman Chan and Patrick Kelly join the board as new directors, and Michael Cridge, Sang-Kiet Ly and Erin Shaw are welcomed as new committee members.

Kyman Chan is a chartered accountant and partner in the Victoria office of Hayes Stewart Little & Co, a regional firm where he leads the assurance practice. Kyman was born and raised in Victoria and has a well-developed sense of community that he demonstrates through his volunteer roles including as a board member, committee member, and coach. His past appointments include board chair of Camosun College, treasurer of the Royal and McPherson Theatres Society, and council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC.

Patrick Kelly is a member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation.) He operates a private consulting business providing services in economic, community and organizational development, governance, planning and management. In addition to his role with the Victoria Foundation, Patrick volunteers extensively, including Governor with the Law Foundation of BC; Co-Chair, Banff Centre Indigenous Program Council; International Advisory Board Member, Gustavson School of Business, UVic; Ch’nook Indigenous Advisory Board Member, Sauder School of Business, UBC; and Founding President, BC Aboriginal Golf Association. Patrick has held executive and management roles with the Canadian Executive Service Organization, the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and others.

Michael Cridge, Director & Senior Private Banker at BMO Harris Private Banking, and Sang-Kiet Ly, Partner at KPMG, both join the Victoria Foundation’s Finance & Audit Committee. Lawyer Erin Shaw joins the Community Engagement Committee.

Completing his term on the board is Bob Worth. Past-chair Deirdre Roberts will continue to sit on the board along with returning board members Andrew Jackson, Karen DeMeo, James Darke, Mia Maki, Mary Mouat, Ian Wong, and Grace Wong-Sneddon. Chuck Burkett remains as president of the foundation’s honorary governors.

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Award Winning Marketing Service Launches in Victoria

Feb 03, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — Kelowna’s award winning Offers Platform, GetintheLoop, has announced March 1st as their launch date in Victoria, BC. The start-up mobile marketing company and Business Excellence award winner for Marketer of the Year, is successfully offering deals via their mobile app and email services in Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Calgary and Brandon.  A company that began by using text messages to share golf deals, has blossomed into one of Western Canada’s fastest growing tech apps and email services. GetintheLoop now connects tens of thousands of members to high quality, live deals in 5 cities with Victoria to be the 6th.

“It’s an exciting city for us! We believe our increasing success will be much like our home city of Kelowna. Victoria is a beautiful, vibrant city with hundreds of outstanding businesses and a large population of loyal locals who can experience the mutual benefits of the GetintheLoop community,” says CEO, Matt Crowell.

GetintheLoop creates a win-win-win business model to help university students, WHL hockey fans, and regular entertainment and dinning enthusiasts save money at the best businesses for FREE!

Loop members can save money at premium golf courses, restaurants, resorts, spas, sports stadiums and more. All this is done on their phone, instantly – no pre purchasing or printing coupons required! For the business community, GetintheLoop is a marketing tool and instant Offer Platform that allows them to connect with locals and tourists to fill tables, book empty tee times and sell excess inventory at the right time for their business’ needs.

GetintheLoop is looking to enter Victoria with a bang, partnering with the WHL’s Victoria Royals, local Universities and a network of quality businesses. If you or your business would like to learn more about GetintheLoop and their introductory pricing rates for businesses within Victoria, please visit www.GetintheLoop.ca/Victoria

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Amalgamation and Regional Services Top Chamber 2015 Priorities

Jan 29, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA – Amalgamation and regional services top The Chamber’s 2015 policy priority areas. Not surprising, considering the overall support for amalgamation was 75 per cent in favour on the recent non-binding referendum questions. The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce board of directors approved six policy priority areas for this year at the January 27th board meeting.

With the provincial government about to embark on an amalgamation study in the Capital region it is essential to have the business community involved. Amalgamation, and more recently regional services, have been long-time priorities for The Chamber. Improving efficiencies as well as long-term vision and planning are vital to the economic prosperity of our region.

“Our community has areas in which efficiencies and effective decision making have been difficult. For example, sewage treatment and continued transportation issues throughout the region aren’t being resolved,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of The Chamber. “We understand that amalgamation may not directly address the specific problems we see as a business community. We are open to solutions that will directly address areas of concern, which are mostly with services or issues that are regional in nature. We want to be part of the conversation going forward.”

Other Chamber priority areas for 2015 include transportation, labour supply and retention, municipal financial accountability, and local economic development.

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Landmark Victoria Hotel to Become a DoubleTree by Hilton

Jan 29, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — One of Victoria's landmark hotels, Executive House, will re-open this spring as the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria following the completion of a multi-million dollar property-wide renovation.  Managed by Mairet Consulting and Management Ltd. of Victoria, the property will mark the first hotel from the Hilton Worldwide portfolio to open on Vancouver Island.

Upon opening, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria will offer 181 guestrooms all equipped with refrigerators and microwaves.  Ideally-suited to families and corporate travelers, 89 of the guestrooms are suites featuring a convenience kitchen, living room, dining area and separate bedroom. The hotel is also home to Bartholomew's English-Style Pub, Belmiro's Restaurant and Lounge and Doubles Cocktail Lounge.

Local entrepreneur Derryck Jackson first opened the 19-storey Executive House Hotel in 1964 as a hotel and apartment complex. His daughter, Andrea Phillips, took over operations of the hotel in 1985 and remains involved. The dramatic renovation will mark one of the largest hotel renovations in Victoria's history, generating more than 150 jobs in the local construction industry.

"This is a massive undertaking and terrific news for the Executive House and the Victoria tourism industry," said Francis Mairet, MBA principal of Mairet Consulting and Management and general manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.  “We feel privileged to have been selected to manage the renovation, branding and subsequent hotel operations.  The property ownership remains local, as it has for over 50 years, and Victoria and Vancouver Island will welcome a reputable, dynamic, and global-reaching brand known for its commitment to the highest quality of guest service.”

Upon the hotel's conversion to DoubleTree by Hilton, Victoria will be exposed to an industry-leading brand that is recognized for a service culture built around the idea of CARE (Create a Rewarding Experience) for guests, team members and the community. CARE is demonstrated from the moment guests check in as they receive the brand's warm, chocolate chip cookie.

As a DoubleTree by Hilton, the hotel will be a part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, allowing Hilton HHonors members to earn and redeem points for stays.

“We look forward re-opening as the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria this spring and delivering the first-rate service for which the DoubleTree by Hilton is renowned worldwide.” adds Mairet.

For more information on DoubleTree by Hilton, visit www.doubletree.com.

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Sitka Launches Non-Profit, Sitka Society for Conservation

Jan 28, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA – Sitka is excited to announce the launch of the Sitka Society for Conservation (SSC). The SSC is a registered non-profit organization that allows Sitka to directly fund practical environmental initiatives.

Sitka’s vision is a world in balance. That sounds like a grand aspiration, and it is. They’ve always been committed to taking care of the planet, and now they’re excited to bring a new model to environmental action. The mission of the SSC is to conserve lands and waters and ensure the sustainability of our communities. As Sitka move closer to fulfilling their mission, they keep a wide spectrum of beneficiaries in mind: our families, our communities and the wider world. But perhaps most of all, the beneficiaries are those who can’t speak for themselves – the wild beings that inhabit the lands, waters and air, and the fragile natural systems we all depend on for survival.

The SSC has partnered with three organizations for their launch. The SSC is supporting Pacific Wild in achieving a fundraising goal of $60,000 to enhance their marine hydrophone network and build a case to designate a portion of the Great Bear Sea as a marine acoustic sanctuary, a protected area in which harmful acoustic pollution from day to day super-tanker traffic would be banned.

They are also working with Leadnow.ca in reaching their fundraising goal of $50,000 to support the Vote Together campaign. This campaign seeks to work strategically in swing ridings across the country to ensure that Stephen Harper is not re-elected in the next federal election and that our next government will build a stronger democracy, fair economy, and a clean environment for the benefit of all Canadians.

Finally, they are working with the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition to raise $50,000 to build two cabins in strategic wilderness locations in the Skeena Watershed that will help to strengthen First Nations’ culture, demonstrate use and occupancy of their traditional territories, and assertion of Aboriginal rights, which in turn can prevent unsustainable industrial resource development proposals.

More information is available on the website at www.sitkasocietyforconservation.org and in Sitka Victoria at 570 Yates St., Sitka Vancouver at 1864 West 4th Ave. and at Sitka Auckland at 6 Osborne St. A portion of every Sitka sale goes to support the work of the SSC, and people can also donate directly to a partner campaign of their choice.

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Tourism Victoria, Victoria Conference Centre And Hotels Rally Under Shared Brand

Jan 27, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — For the first time Tourism Victoria, the Victoria Conference Centre and the local hotel community are rallying around a new campaign to showcase Victoria, the Idea Capital, as an ideal meetings destination that connects people and stimulates ideas.

“Unprecedented collaboration between Tourism Victoria, the Victoria Conference Centre and the local hotel community is key to the destination’s success,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO. “Together we share the same objective to build the business and what better way to do that than put business on the books by securing future meetings and conferences in the destination. I would also like to personally thank Don Fennerty, GM of the Fairmont Empress, for his leadership in pulling the various parties together.”

For this campaign the entire city is working together under a shared meetings brand with shared marketing and sales collateral that includes an innovative printed hardcover book with a four and a half inch video screen embedded in it to highlight the five reasons why meeting in Victoria is a Capital Idea. These books will be used by Tourism Victoria, the Victoria Conference Centre and the local hotel community in the year-round sales efforts.

“Ideas and networking are the number one benefit of going to conferences and meetings, and Victoria is a destination that stimulates a deeper dimension of networking by virtue of its size and walkability,” says Trina Mousseau, Chief Marketing Officer at Tourism Victoria. “Delegates are bound to have chance encounters in our Inner Harbour or local waterfront pubs and it is through these chance encounters that deeper connections are made and more ideas are born.”

An integrated content strategy uses the hashtag #CapitalIdeaYYJ to connect meeting delegates and planners with creative Capital Ideas for meetings throughout the region. The content highlights innovative ideas on how planners and delegates can make their meeting in Victoria unique and exceptional. Hotel promotions and special deals can also be found with the hashtag.

A complementary tradeshow strategy includes booths with free “connect and recharge” stations for electronic devices. Just as Victoria is a meetings destination that connects people, the tradeshow booth will ensure meeting planners stay connected through their fully charged electronics. Tradeshow activations will also include washroom takeovers with Capital Idea mirror decals highlighting #CapitalIdeaYYJ content.

For more information visit TourismVictoria.com/meetings.

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GVHA Welcomes Six New Directors

Jan 23, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA  – Greater Victoria Harbour Authority is welcoming six new Directors to its Board. Two of the six, Starr McMichael and Gordon Tweddell, are Independent Directors selected from the community through a competitive process. The remaining four candidates, Nicholas Banks, Ben Isitt, Nils Jensen and David Schinbein, were appointed by GVHA from nominees provided by four of its member agencies. The nominations process focused on the skills and experience required by the Board, and the six new Directors will join seven others on GVHA’s 13-person Board.

“We’ve appointed experienced individuals who will serve the interests of the region and add strength to GVHA’s Board,” said Bill Wellburn, Board Chair. “With the addition of the six Directors, we have a strong Board of Directors to move GVHA forward.”

The selection and appointment process was guided by the Board’s skills and experience matrix which identifies the overall skills and experience currently required for effective governance of the organization.

New Director Biographies

Nicholas Banks – nominated by the Victoria/Esquimalt Harbour Society
Banks is a Victoria realtor serving residential and commercial clients. He is the owner of the Hidden Harbour Marine Centre and has served as the Harbour Master of the Victoria Classic Boat Festival for the past 25 years. Banks brings expertise in commercial real estate, marine-related businesses, an extensive knowledge of harbours around North America and the Victoria harbour in particular.

Ben Isitt – nominated by the City of Victoria
Isitt holds a PhD and an LLB, and has taught history at UVic and UBC. He currently holds a research fellowship with the UVic Faculty of Law and is a City of Victoria Councilor. Isitt brings extensive experience in government relations and public engagement and an understanding of issues, challenges and opportunities for the harbour.

Nils Jensen – nominated by the Capital Regional District
Jensen currently serves as the Mayor of Oak Bay and is the newly elected Chair of the CRD. He is a professional engineer and a lawyer with many years of experience in government relations, public engagement, governance and law. Jensen brings community engagement, governance and legal experience to the Board and a regional perspective in his role as Board Chair of the CRD.

Starr McMichael – Independent Director from the community
McMichael has a long history of community service in Victoria including serving on the Boards of the Victoria Tall Ships Society, the Victoria Hospitals Foundations, the Greater Victoria Film Commission, and Tourism Victoria. McMichael has extensive business experience both on the land and at sea. She brings skills in destination tourism and in the port and harbour-related business sector.

David Schinbein – nominated by the Township of Esquimalt
Schinbein has served on numerous Boards in Ontario including a hospital board, conservation foundation board, civic theatre board. Most recently he was a councillor for the Township of Esquimalt and served on the Greater Victoria Library Board. Schinbein founded the Canadian Paramedic Association. He brings previous Board experience and an understanding of public engagement and government relations.

Gordon Tweddell – Independent Director from the community
Tweddell’s career included serving as Director of Corporate Strategy for Telus and Manager of Strategic Planning for the City of Edmonton. He holds a Master of Arts in Community and Regional Planning and is a respected member of the James Bay community and previously served as a GVHA Community Advisor. Tweddell brings skills and experience in strategic planning, government relations, public consultation, and harbour-related issues.

GVHA’s retiring Directors Barbara Desjardins, Shellie Gudgeon, Graham Hill and Paul Ridout are recognized for their hard work and commitment in advancing GVHA’s mandate.

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Canada Homestay Network Named Family Enterprise of the Year

Jan 23, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — The Vancouver Island chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) is excited to announce that the Canada Homestay Network Inc. (CHN), will receive the 2015 Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA®) on February 18th at a gala held at the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. CHN will also be eligible for the national CAFE Canada award in Toronto in May 2015.

The FEYA Award is given annually by CAFE Vancouver Island to recognize, celebrate and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to both their local communities and our national economy.
The award comes on the cusp of CHN’s 20th successful year in business. Founded by Robin Wilson in Toronto, who was later joined in directorship by husband Fraser Wilson, the business that started as a small home office outfit has expanded to staff 75 employees in 25 communities coast to coast. Over the years CHN has hosted tens of thousands of students from 120 countries around the world, becoming Canada’s largest homestay network in the process. In 2005, Robin and Fraser’s daughter Jennifer joined the business, and in 2010, officially took over the managing director role from her mother.

Facilitating every aspect of the homestay program for clients, CHN enables greater understanding, tolerance, and intercultural communication and education through its work with international students, their families and host families, and the global community at large. As such, CHN has earned the industry's best reputation for client satisfaction.

The two finalists who will also be honoured at the February 18th event are My Tech Guys from Comox, (Bob Wells, Owner) and Page’s Resort & Marina from Gabriola Island (Gloria Hatfield, Owner and President). CAFE Vancouver Island is delighted to have broad representation for this prestigious award.

Past recipients of the CAFE Vancouver Island FEYA Award include Capital Iron, Country Grocer, McCall Brothers Funeral Directors, Pacific Sands Resort, Robinson’s Outdoor Store, Monk Office, and Accent Inns. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.cafecanada.ca/cell/event/cafe/id/2141.

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Three New International Sales Representatives to Join Viking Twin Otter Series 400 Sales Network

Jan 23, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, has announced the signing of three new international sales representative.

The aeronautical manufacturer has signed Veling Tayara, based in Dubai, UAE, as the regional sales representative in the Middle East and Turkey; Jet HQ of Dubai, UAE, as the regional sales representative for Southern Asia, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Maldives; and Utility Air of Sydney, Australia to cover the Australasia region including Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and surrounding islands. All join the expanding network of sales representatives for the Viking Twin Otter Series 400.

Veling Tayara was selected to represent the Series 400 Twin Otter in Middle East & Turkey due to their widespread regional experience and leadership strength, personified by board members Nirvan Veerasamy, and Uday Nayak, and Colin Steven, Managing Director. This core leadership team comprises extensive senior sales and marketing management experience, in-depth local knowledge, and prominent connections in both the business and aviation sectors of the region.
The Series 400 Twin Otter is the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class, with Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 26 countries worldwide. Viking provides OEM support for the global fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.

Jet HQ, led by Ted Farid, Chairman, and Garett Jerde, Managing Director, brings over 50 years of combined global aviation leadership expertise to the Series 400 Twin Otter sales network, including management of award winning sales programs for OEMs of twin engine turbo-prop aircraft. Considered a market entry specialist, Jet HQ is perfectly positioned to bring the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 into the emerging markets of Southern Asia, with the added benefit of retaining established international sales networks for both commercial and special missions aircraft market segments.

Under the direction of Stephen Pembro, founder and Managing Director, Utility Air has become renowned for offering rugged utility aircraft that have become essential to service the large expanses and remote locations prevalent across the Pacific Region. Focusing a fine-tuned core competency towards this unique market segment, Utility Air is ideally suited to represent the Viking Twin Otter Series 400 as the epitome of versatile work-horse aircraft available for operation throughout the South Pacific.

The Series 400 Twin Otter is the best-selling next generation turbo-prop aircraft in its class, with Viking aircraft sold and delivered to 26 countries worldwide. Viking provides OEM support for the global fleet of de Havilland legacy aircraft (DHC-1 through DHC-7) and forms part of Westerkirk Capital Inc, a Canadian private investment firm with substantial holdings in the hospitality, aviation, and real estate sectors.

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Online Guide Helps Potential Restauranteurs Find Info

Jan 22, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — The B.C. government has released a new online guide to make it easier to start a restaurant in British Columbia.

The guide provides a downloadable, step-by-step checklist that includes timelines so you can track your progress to start a restaurant. It covers a range of information from drafting the necessary health and safety plans, to applying for permits and licences with local and provincial governments.

Entrepreneurs can also source practical information online about:

  • business planning;
  • location and zoning;
  • applying for permits and licences;
  • preparing for inspections;
  • hiring employees; and
  • on-going, operational requirements.

The online guide and checklist were developed in partnership with the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association using research gathered through restaurant owners and municipal staff in three pilot communities: Victoria, North Vancouver, and Kelowna. This research identified common experiences and opportunities to improve and streamline government services for the restaurant sector.

The restaurant industry plays a vital role in B.C.’s economy, employing more than 175,000 British Columbians and generating more than $10 billion in annual sales.

The online guide delivers on the commitment made by Minister Yamamoto during Red Tape Awareness Week in January 2014 to develop an online roadmap to start up and operate a restaurant in B.C.

To view the online guide, please visit: www.gov.bc.ca/startingarestaurant

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Local scientist Brings New Ultrafiltration Process to Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt

Jan 21, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA – Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt is pleased to launch its unique artisan Greek yogurt made from 100% Canadian milk at the Victoria Public Market at the Hudson, today, during the Farmers’ Market. The company’s gourmet yogurt, which is made from fresh whole milk from local grass-fed cows, is unique to the yogurt aisle, because the thick and luscious texture is created without any milk powders, fillers or thickeners.

In just two years, the company has grown to serve farmers’ markets, restaurants and over 75 grocers on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver.

Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt was started in Courtenay, B.C. two years ago by microbiologist Scott DiGuistini, PhD. and his wife Merissa Myles. Committed to the local food movement, the couple settled in the Comox Valley where they could combine DiGuistini’s scientific experience and Myles’ passion for food and the Island’s source of grass-fed milk to create a high-quality, grass-fed yogurt not otherwise available in Canada. Research shows that grass-fed milk contains more Omega 3s, Beta Carotene and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA).

“We developed recipes for grass-fed yogurt without any fillers because we are passionate about the benefits for humans, cows and the land,” says Myles. “Management of pasture land with grass and forage crops is also good for soil ecology, plant biodiversity and for maintaining wildlife habitat.”

Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt was an instant success due to its delicious recipes using 100% fresh local dairy. Tree Island’s Greek Yogurt comes in a variety of decadent gourmet flavours inspired by traditional recipes from the Mediterranean and the Silk Road, including Natural, Chai Latte, Lemon, Orange Blossom & Cardamom, and other seasonal flavours.

To meet the enormous demand for more of the labour-intensive, artisan Greek yogurt product line, the couple had to innovate. DiGuistini led a one-year project to adapt a ceramic-filtration system for making extra rich and luscious Greek yogurt without thickeners. The technology removes the water from milk to naturally thicken the yogurt as the authentic Greek recipes require.

“This type of machine is commonly used for water purification, but we have adapted it to work here for artisan dairy processing. We are the first in B.C. to implement the technology,” explains DiGuistini. “This is much different than competitors’ ‘Greek-style’ yogurts, which use skim milk powder, modified milk ingredients, or milk protein concentrate to thicken their yogurts. We can trace our milk ingredients back to the farm and guarantee that they are free of antibiotics and bovine growth hormones.”

Tree Island was able to complete this project with $171,850 in funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture through the Canada-B.C. Agri-Innovation Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. (IAF).

“Helping a small-scale food processor like Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt expand production while maintaining quality is one of the many ways Agri-Innovation funding is keeping the industry competitive,” says IAF Chair Ken Bates. “We continue to support projects that advance agricultural innovation and competitiveness in B.C.”

“The IAF provided matching funds that go a long way to help us increase production of our gourmet Greek yogurt and meet consumer demand for local, grass-fed dairy as we expand into major grocery stores,” says DiGuistini. “Most importantly, using this technology allows us to stay true to the original method for making yogurt, using just whole milk and bacterial culture.”

Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub Chef Ali Ryan, a Director with the Island Chefs’ Collaborative, is already a fan of Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt, and used it for cooking demonstrations during the launch event. 

“We use this product in our restaurant because it has amazing texture and it’s grass-fed. We believe in supporting local, Vancouver Island-based food producers,” said Ryan. The Island Chef’s Collaborative is committed to supporting local food producers and is dedicated to sustainable agriculture practices and the ability of future generations to meet their food needs.

Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt is available in Victoria at stores including The Root Cellar, Village Green Grocer, The Market Stores, Lifestyle Markets, Country Grocer, Pepper’s, Red Barn Markets, and will be on Thrifty’s shelves in early 2015. In Vancouver, Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores are carrying this product. Find out more about Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt online: www.treeislandyogurt.com.

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Island Construction Leaders Meet to Increase Cooperation and Understanding

Jan 21, 2015

(News Release) NANAIMO – Over 60 members of the Vancouver Island construction community met in Nanaimo on January 14 to begin building a stronger sector with  increased dialogue between the owners, consultants and the contractors.

As Greg Baynton, CEO Vancouver Island Construction Association explained, “This founders meeting brought together representatives from all the major owner organizations from municipalities, universities and colleges, school districts and  health sectors along with professional associations  representing architects and engineers. The goal is to recognize how powerful relationships and connections can help us all address challenges or seize opportunities.”

The Construction Council of Vancouver Island (CCVI) is now a formal entity and members appointed an Executive Council who then elected Anthony Minniti, Director, Century Group Inc.–Constructors (Chair), Bruce Johnson, Managing Principal, RJC Consulting Engineers and Richard Brown, Manager, Design and Construction, Island Health (Vice Chairs).  “Infrastructure is the foundation for economic growth,” said Anthony Minniti, CCVI inaugural Chair, “working together means we can better support prosperity and jobs for our island communities.”

The dialogue will continue with Sector Round Tables being planned throughout 2015 and a May Council Forum.  “The Sector Round Tables gives us the forum to identify bottlenecks in infrastructure delivery” said Bruce Johnson, CCVI Vice Chair, “and where we will uncover solutions and themes for improvement.”

To learn more about the Construction Council of Vancouver Island visit http://bit.ly/1B94RRh

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Local Businesses Warned: Imposter Using BBB’s Good Name

Jan 21, 2015

(News Release) VICTORIA — BBB serving Vancouver Island is warning local businesses to be on the watch for an imposter targeting companies and pretending to be a BBB representative updating business information. BBB has received an influx of calls recently from a number of concerned companies that have been contacted via phone by a person claiming to work for the “Better Business Bureau in Victoria,” and requesting detailed information from the company to “update their profile.”

Businesses who have been contacted by this imposter report that:

  • Their call display shows either an unknown phone number, unavailable phone number or the phone number listed as 1-000-012-3456;
  • When the company asks any questions or if they can call back, the caller immediately hangs up on them; and
  • The questions being asked include information such as business contact information, the number of employees working at the business, the total number of computers used at the company and email addresses for each employee.

“We have no idea at the moment who is out there falsely using the BBB’s name to collect information from businesses, nor what exactly their ultimate angle is,” said Rosalind Scott, President & CEO of BBB serving Vancouver Island. “Other BBBs in North America have also reported receiving calls from local businesses about their BBB’s name being used in a similar situation.”

“At this time we can only speculate that the imposter is part of some sort of scam to collect information from businesses that they can sell to a third party, use as part of a fake directory/invoice/fee for service type of scam, or for the purposes of company identity theft,” states Scott. “This is a frustrating situation for us at BBB because we do in fact often call businesses to legitimately update the information on a company’s BBB Business Review. The difference, however, is that our staff are always transparent about their reason for calling, will happily provide you with their contact information (including name, title, phone, extension and email) and our phone number is always recognizable on call display as being the Better Business Bureau.”

If your company receives a suspicious, unsolicited call from someone with an unfamiliar name claiming to represent BBB (or any organization for that matter) be sure to:

  1. Ask the caller to verify their identity and reason for calling.
  2. Ask to call back and write down the caller’s name and phone number / extension number.
  3. If you have call display compare the information on the call display with what the caller is claiming.
  4. Look up the main number for the local branch of your BBB or the agency the caller claims to represent and ask to be directed to the person who contacted you.
  5. Refuse to give out private or unnecessary company information to just anyone who calls claiming to be from a legitimate sounding organization.
  6. Inform us at BBB that your company has become a target of such a suspicious call and provide us with as many details as possible.

If a company wishes to update the information on their BBB Business Review they can do so by contacting BBB via phone, mail, fax, email or go directly to: www.bbb.org/vancouver-island/updatecompany.

For more information about scams, frauds and tips to protect yourself go to: bbb.org/Vancouver-island.

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