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Year-to-Date Results Show Continued Strong Tourism Growth

Dec 30, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – As 2014 comes to a close Greater Victoria’s tourism businesses are celebrating a successful year in an industry that continues to recover and create a path for future growth in 2015.

Chemistry Consulting Group’s November 2014 Victoria Tourism Bulletin will be released in full in early January but indicators show growth over 2013, with a significant increase year-over-year in Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR).

“We are very pleased with 2014 and particularly pleased with the growth in the shoulder season,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO. “It’s incredibly important to build the shoulder season business to support our strong high season, and we will continue to do so in 2015.”

Tourism Victoria is preparing for 2015 with various upcoming campaigns and events including a romance campaign through late January and February and bold broadcast campaign from March through June. More emphasis will also be placed on the meetings and conventions business.

“Closer collaboration with the Victoria Conference Centre is key to the destination’s success,” says Nursey. “Together we share the same objective to build the business. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels; at Tourism Victoria we are working even harder with our members and partners to position Greater Victoria for long-term, sustained success."

With the support of valued members, municipalities and the Victoria Hotel Destination Marketing Association, Tourism Victoria commits investments in festivals and events, creates award-winning destination marketing campaigns and conducts far-reaching international sales initiatives. These combined activities make for a vibrant and bustling destination.

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Greater Victoria Exports the Pathway to Higher-Paying Jobs

Dec 16, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – New technology and skill development are among key issues to enhance export capacity for Greater Victoria export businesses. Other areas key to enhancing export capacity include financing and production capacity. The results from Greater Victoria Development Agency’s (GDVA) export study, Developing Greater Victoria’s Export Capacity, were released today.

The study resulted from four months of research that engaged 150 local companies on how the region can grow small companies into job creators. The research was launched as part of an aggressive effort to reinvigorate the Greater Victoria’s economy.

“Our economy is not keeping pace with other cities in the rest of Canada. We have a tremendous opportunity to expand by helping more companies go international,” said Dallas Gislason, Economic Development Officer with GVDA. “What this translates into is a potential for household sustaining jobs, opportunities for families and young people to grow careers right here in Greater Victoria.”

The announcement, made this morning at Neverblue—one of the region’s largest technology firms—was made by both Saanich Mayor Richard Atwell and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. The two mayors came together in a demonstration that the region’s economy is integrated and regional in nature. The report emphasized that encouraging a more active role of local governments in creating jobs is necessary and will ultimately benefit the entire region as a whole regardless where the these jobs are located or where the employees live. Jobs equate to support of local business, local charities, and demand for new developments that help diversify our region’s tax base.

The next step for the GVDA is to coordinate responses to the study’s recommendations beginning as early as February 2015, when they will launch an export development workshop series focused on building small firms’ capacity to grow internationally.

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Neverblue Launches Full Service Ad Serving Network, adZerve

Dec 16, 2014

 

 

(News Release) VICTORIA — Neverblue, a leading performance marketing company, today launched its proprietary ad serving platform, adZerve (http://www.adzerve.com ) to better monetize ad inventory for site owners, and increase global distribution for advertisers.

adZerve is a global, full service ad serving platform that provides premium, managed ad operations for top tier advertisers, agencies and publishers across every major digital advertising vertical.

adZerve builds on Neverblue’s ten-years as a trusted partner in the global performance marketing industry. adZerve’s fully managed platform provides advertisers with full transparency on their campaigns placements while giving publishers direct access to top tier advertisers.

“adZerve is the natural expansion for Neverblue,” said Bjorn Hougaard, Vice President of Network for Neverblue. “Our global inventory of thousands of brand advertisers can provide 100% fill rates for our site owners. Our advertisers receive qualified global distribution partners across 5 continents.” he added.

With nearly 200 employees and expansion to offices in Asia, Europe and the U.S., Neverblue is continuing to aggressively grow its business operations.

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UAE Tops the List of Potential Markets for Greater Victoria

Dec 16, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Gulf region top the list of potential markets for Greater Victoria exporters. The UAE along with Brazil, Australia, Germany, Mexico and the UK were identified as potential key markets by Greater Victoria export businesses. These findings were released today with the Greater Victoria Development Agency’s (GVDA) export study Developing Greater Victoria’s Export Capacity.

The report also identifies key markets that Greater Victoria businesses currently export to including the US, Europe, China and Australia. In addition, the report identifies major barriers to export growth that local businesses are facing as well as vital ways to enhance export capacity.

“This study, spearheaded by the GVDA, is the first of its kind in the region. Before now, we didn’t have a sense of the exporting environment in the region,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “This sector has massive potential for creating jobs in our region. Identifying barriers that local exporters are facing is important to overcoming them in order to further develop our export sector. This is the first step towards growing exports in our economy.”

The research was conducted as part of the Trade and Investment Program launched in April 2014, in response to stagnant economic growth in the region. The program was announced by Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. Partners also contributed $600,000 to the $900,000 federal government investment to launch this $1.5 million program.

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China’s First Environmental Management Graduate Students Receive Joint Royal Roads, Tianjin University Degree

Dec 15, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Thirty six students have graduated from China’s first environmental management master’s degree program – a two year program jointly offered by Royal Roads University and Tianjin University of Technology (TUT).

“This program is a unique collaboration between Royal Roads and our Chinese academic partner in Tianjin that provides environmental education which has become critically important in China,” says President and Vice-chancellor of Royal Roads Allan Cahoon who participated at the ceremony in Tianjin last month. “We were able to apply our almost twenty years’ experience delivering environmental education in the development of this degree. This graduation is a proud moment for both the graduates and the two institutions.”

Tianjin University of Technology President Hongyang Jing says the collaborative effort with Royal Roads and its team of environmental science experts and scholars has provided excellent results.

“Together we have cultivated senior environmental management professionals with intercultural communication ability, who think logically and critically with global vision and who are replete with academia concerned with sustainable development,” says Jing. “This is exactly how we can meet our country’s professional demand within the field of environmental science and environmental resource management.”

In early 2011 Royal Roads received approval by the Chinese Ministry of Education to jointly deliver a Master of Arts in Environmental Management, the country’s first graduate level environmental management program. Working with educators from TUT, Royal Roads jointly created a face-to-face program taught by faculty from both institutions that began the fall of 2012 on the Tianjin campus. This is the first graduating cohort from the program.

Royal Roads faculty member Tony Boydell, who was instrumental in the delivery of the joint initiative, says there was great learning involved all around.

“We have collaborated well throughout this process, combining our experiences, knowledge and innovation to further environmental management and environment-focussed leadership in China,” says Boydell. “We have learned a great deal from each other regarding innovative and sustainable solutions to our environmental challenges and I think it’s the students who will benefit the most.”

Royal Roads University, a public university established in 1995, offers a progressive model of post-secondary education, delivering applied and professional programs through the faculties of management and social and applied sciences. The university offers its students a unique blended learning experience, combining online and on-campus instruction, as well as full time intensive on-campus instruction in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, certificates and diplomas. It also offers progressive executive, custom and continuing studies programs.

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Bc Ferries Eliminates Fuel Surcharge Before The Holidays

Dec 15, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – BC Ferries’ President and CEO Mike Corrigan announced today that the 3.4 per cent fuel surcharge will be removed as of Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

“With the current favourable market conditions, we have been hedging our diesel fuel costs and are now in a position to eliminate the fuel surcharge, which is great news for holiday travellers,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “We know that fare affordability is an issue for our customers and we are pleased to be able to reduce the cost of ferry travel, as every bit helps.”

BC Ferries still has an outstanding balance in its fuel deferral account, but the remainder continues to drop and forecasts indicate that the balance will be reduced to zero in the first half of 2015.

Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia.

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Top 10 Companies Announced For Small Business BC Awards

Dec 12, 2014

(News Release) BRITISH COLUMBIA —  The Top 10 semi-finalists for the 12th Annual Small Business BC Awards have now been selected. These awards acknowledge the contribution that over 400,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs in our province make to their local communities and the global economy.

From October 1 to November 30, British Columbians were asked to nominate and vote for their favourite small businesses. This year was the biggest year yet for the competition with over 460 nominations received from upwards of 70 communities across the province.

Nominated companies were given two months to gain as many votes as possible through word-of-mouth, social media, e-communications and other creative means. Those who activated their communities and received the most votes have been named Top 10 semi-finalists.

These small businesses will now move forward to face a panel of judges, who will review their applications, and based on the award criteria, narrow down the competition to the Top 5 finalists in each category.

TOP 10 SEMI-FINALISTS

Best Concept
Flytographer
Kekuli Cafe Merritt
Mealshare
Nourish
Playgrounds Cafe
porsche-ella
Rise Adventure & Wellness Solutions
Soil Mate
Swept Away Inn
Willow Wellness Centre

Best Community Impact
Bob’s Bar & Grill
Coast Salish Development Corporation
Cowpuccino’s
eeko Couriers Inc.
Lighthouse Visionary Strategies
Mealshare
Sole Girls
Spark Creations
Squamish ReBuild Society
The Rice Box

Best Company
Alitis Investment Counsel
CoreHealth Technologies
Fully Managed
Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces Ltd
Omega & Associates Engineering Ltd.
Peregrine
Pro-Med Ambulance Services
RaceRocks 3D
Rocky Point Ice Cream
Versatile Fitness


Best Emerging Entrepreneur
Culinary Ink GastroVentures LTD
Float Space
Hungry For Happiness
Iron Oxide Art Supplies
Jane Long, Chartered Accountant
MyAlberni APP
Plenty and Spare Naturals
Rise Adventure & Wellness Solutions
The Juicery Co.
White Rock Skimboarding

Best Employer
6S Marketing Inc
Canadian Wilderness Adventures
Casanova Painting
Durning Directions and Services Ltd.
Dynamic Owl
Gray Monk Estate Winery
Intuitive Independence Rehabilitation Services
Origin Gluten-Free Bakery Ltd
R&B Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
RDC Fine Homes Inc.


Best Immigrant Entrepreneur
Amando Natural Stone
Andrew Watson Design
Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie
Infinity Enterprises Group Ltd.
KASA SUPPLY LTD.
Nanaimo & Voyager Magazine
Shiraz Cafe and Restaurant
Success Road Enterprises / Iman Biock Aghay
Vancouver Tumblebus
Your Score Booster

Best International Trade
Arcadia Trading Inc.
Averill Creek Vineyard
Branded Athletics
Doi Chaang Coffee Company
IWEARTHEHEADRESS
Manatee Holdings Ltd.
Orazio’s Olive Oil
Polar Feet
Target Marine Hatcheries
VIVO Masks

Best Online Marketer
505-Junk
All Inclusive Marketing
Barkerville Brewing Co.
Heartstrings Home Decor
Social Media Minder
SocioVisual
The Greenery Garden Centre
VIVO Masks
Vonbon Children’s Apparel Inc.
Web Friendly
Best Workplacet

AdvisorWebsites.com
CCN
Chris’s Sign & Lighting Service Inc.
CoreHealth Technologies
Cowpuccino’s Coffee House
Mel’s Mainstreet Pizza & Pasta
Nucleus Networks Inc.
Sproing Creative
VentureWeb
White Kennedy LLP


Premier’s People’s Choice
Blooming Arrangements
Firehall Brewery
Game Quest
Industry Hair & Body Care
Julie’s Edible Bouquets
Nonna Pia’s Gourmet Sauces Ltd
On Top Fashion
RM Stone Masonry
So Country Radio with Dennis Walker
Soup Wallah

The top ten semi-finalists must now complete an extended award application which will be used to narrow down the competition to the top five finalists in each category. The top five finalists in these categories will be announced on January 30, 2014.

The winners will be honoured on February 26, 2015 at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.

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United Way Progressing Towards Fundraising Goal

Dec 10, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Four months into its community campaign, United Way continues to be committed to meeting its goal of $6 Million. Hundreds of workplaces, individual donors, partners and volunteers have thrown their support behind the campaign and collectively have helped to push the campaign total to 72% of the overall goal.

The dedication and commitment from workplaces, individual donors, partners and volunteers has been tremendous and work is still underway as campaigns are active in the month of December and some workplaces will run their United Way activities in January and February to best suit their workflow cycles and employee schedules.

United Way is grateful for the leadership and generosity that has been so evident during the 2014 community campaign.

“As the holiday season fills the streets and homes of Greater Victoria, we are encouraging anyone who is thinking about making a charitable gift to please consider giving the gift of community through United Way,” says Patricia Jelinski, CEO at United Way.

Many donors come forward during this season as holiday appeals are prevalent and as they complete their charitable giving within the current tax year.

“At our campaign kick-off in September I talked about the great need in our community and with that in mind we were challenging ourselves to do more. I asked our advocates and our supporters to unite with us – to stretch and push even harder to reach our goal of $6 Million,” says Jelinski. “United Way is about the collective and how together we can change lives and build a strong and caring community. We know that even a small donation, as part of a broader community effort makes a big difference.”

Donations to United Way’s community campaign are accepted at workplaces, United Way’s office at 1144 Fort Street, via phone 250-385-6708 or online at uwgv.ca.

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Island Construction Industry Develops Labour Force with Scholarships

Dec 09, 2014

(News Release) VANCOUVER ISLAND — Two new construction scholarships were announced today. “We understand the need to build a workforce to sustain our industry - now and for the future,” explained Greg Baynton, CEO of VICA - Vancouver Island Construction Association. “VICA members understand we must meet the labour needs of today and tomorrow. The result of that strategic thinking is introducing two new industry scholarships - Gold Seal Management and Women in Construction. The association is offering over a thousand dollars in immediate financial aid for deserving candidates.”

VICA Chair Don Cameron believes the industry has to actively support career choices and professional growth in order to stay competitive. “As an association representing over 500 corporate members we appreciate the value of working towards a common goal of a vibrant workforce.”

NEW Gold Seal Management: The Canadian Construction Association national program accredits industry professional achievement in five categories: Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager, Owner’s Construction Manager or Construction Safety Coordinator. In 2015 VICA will award one individual enrolled as an Intern in Gold Seal one GS course delivered by VICA up to the value of $545.00.

NEW Women in Construction: To a woman registered in a Foundations program or Level  1, 2 or 3 of an Apprenticeship program in construction and continuing her studies.  The recipient receives $500 to be applied to tuition fees.

In addition VICA also offers apprentice scholarships:

SuperStar Apprentice:  To anyone registered in Foundations program or Level 1, 2 or 3 of an Apprenticeship program in construction and continuing his/her studies.  The recipient receives $500 to be applied to tuition fees.

Secondary School Apprentice:  The top Level 1 construction apprentice on Vancouver Island who has completed a training program through the South Island partnership, Central Island partnership or North Island partnership.  Each receives $500 to be applied to tuition fees.

Click here to view the scholarship application forms.

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New App Makes Paying On-Street Parking Easier

Dec 06, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Paying for on-street parking just got easier. Motorists can now pay for on-street parking using their iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone or tablet by downloading the free ParkVictoria app from the App Store or Google Play. Motorists can also use any data-enabled mobile device to access the ParkVictoria mobile web application at www.parkvictoria.ca.

ParkVictoria allows motorists to pay for on-street parking at any numbered downtown parking space, while on-the-go or from the comfort of their vehicle. There is no need to visit a pay station or parking meter.

The mobile payment system sends a reminder text message or pop-up notification before a parking session expires, enables customers to extend parking time up to the maximum time zone limit posted, and to refund any unused parking time to a ParkVictoria “wallet” or credit card.

Customers also have the ability to view or print parking receipts, and to view their parking history. ParkVictoria is a secure method of payment; all data is encrypted to ensure safe and secure payment transactions.

The parking session information that is entered into the ParkVictoria system is immediately sent to the City’s parking monitoring system.

Sign-up is free and uses a phone number, email address or Facebook account to identify customers.

PassportParking Inc. developed ParkVictoria, having created customized mobile parking payment systems for cities in North America such as Chicago and Omaha. They are currently developing a parking application for the City of Toronto.

The City of Victoria is improving customer service and making parking downtown easier. In September, the City implemented a range of improvements to shift motorists from higher-demand on-street parking spots to available spaces in the City's five parkades. There are five City parkades within two blocks of all downtown attractions, three City surface parking lots, and nearly 2,000 on-street parking spaces downtown.

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Capstone Event Showcases Camosun Student Talent

Dec 03, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA — Camosun College’s annual Capstone Event will showcase a variety of projects from the Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology program’s graduating students, Friday December 5 at Interurban campus. Projects range from an auto guitar tuner to a home lock system controlled from your smartphone to a virtual reality controlled drone. The projects represent work the students have done for the last three months.

“Innovation is alive and well at Camosun,” says Alan Duncan, Program Chair. “I’m truly amazed at the diversity of projects this term. It’s remarkable what these students have been able to accomplish in 11 weeks. We’re seeing potential products of the future.”

The students will present their projects from 10am to 2pm on Friday, December 5 at the Helmut Huber Annex at Interurban.

Project Details

Aerial Immersion Platform
Aerial Immersion Platform will allow any owner of a RC aircraft to experience a real-time first-person flight from the safety of the ground. The applications for this device range from entertainment to commercial surveying applications. The system uses a mounted 3D camera on a quad copter controlled from an Oculus Rift VR headset connected to a ground station system.

Portable solar power station
This portable solar power station has two-axis tracking and utilizes MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) to give the batteries an optimal load. Each Solar Cube has an Arduino Mega 2560 microcontroller, 1W MPP solar panel, two servos, circuit board and an external acrylic shell. The output is a USB connection charger at 5V. The system requires no input from the user other than a simple on and off switch.

Weather Survey Drone
The weather survey drone is the culmination of sensors attached to a buoyant, ocean-ready frame which is powered by two motors. There are two brushless AC motors both controlled with electronic speed controllers and a Playstation 3 controller over Bluetooth. The sensors monitor weather conditions and, along with GPS coordinates, have their data transmitted to a land base station.

Smart Lock System
This home lock system can be controlled and monitored completely from the convenience of a smart phone or tablet. It allows operation of the lock from anywhere around the world over an internet connection and gives the user many different features that collectively provide a full experience.

Microphone preamp
Created by a pair of music enthusiasts, the microphone preamp has been designed to provide high transparency amplification to small studios and recording artists. With 60dB of gain and +48V phantom power and excellent noise rejection, the design is suitable for any studio recording situation.

Guitar auto tuner
Digi-Tune is a device which automatically tunes a guitar by detecting the frequency of the string and controlling a servo motor to adjust it accordingly. The user connects his/her guitar to the Digi-Tune’s input jack with a standard guitar cable. After selecting which string is being tuned and placing the winder slot over the tuning peg, the user only has to pluck the string and Digi-Tune will do the rest.

Wireless CD quality audio
The Audio-TxRx transmits CD quality audio wirelessly using the 2.4 GHz ISM band. The user could listen to audio within 50 meters without the need of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. For around $70 anyone could use it in their own home to listen to audio from any device that has USB and a headphone jack. There is no need to purchase a new set of headphones as any set of headphones will work. The receiver is compact enough to carry which allows the user to enjoy a seamless wireless audio experience.

The sponsor for the event is Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) which serves the public interest by registering and regulating applied science and engineering technologists, technicians and technical specialists in BC. With more than 10,000 members, ASTTBC is one of BC’s largest professional associations and is known for high standards, addressing skills shortages, and promoting technology careers.

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International Educator And Entrepreneur Presents Largest Gift Ever Received By Royal Roads

Dec 03, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Royal Roads University has received a $5 million gift – the largest in its history – from international educator, visionary leader and entrepreneur, Dr. Sherman Jen.  The donation launches the institution’s “75 Years of Changing Lives” celebrations, highlighting a legacy of learning and leadership since Royal Roads was founded as an officer training institution in 1940.

At a ceremony held on campus today, Dr. Jen, founder and chairman of Maple Leaf Educational Systems and Maple Leaf International Schools, said the donation symbolizes the deep connection between his personal beliefs about the role of education in society, and the values, mission and model of Royal Roads University.

“I see a world in conflict because people don’t understand each other,” says Dr. Jen. “I believe an educational model that brings people together, valuing languages, cultures and traditions, helps to develop global citizens and a shared understanding that can contribute to conflict reduction.”

President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon says the university is honoured that Dr. Jen has chosen to make a significant investment in the future success of Royal Roads’ students and university.

“Dr. Jen is a recognized visionary leader in providing education that connects Chinese and Canadian communities,” says Cahoon. “His generous gift will support the establishment of a centre on campus to promote global understanding through education.”

Since opening his first school in 1995, Dr. Jen’s Maple Leaf Educational Systems has expanded to over 15,000 students studying in 39 schools throughout China. Almost half of those students are enrolled in seven high schools and two foreign national, Kindergarten-to-grade-nine schools where they are studying B.C. curriculum certified through the B.C. Global Education Program.

Maple Leaf was first on many fronts: first offshore school accredited by the B.C. Ministry of Education; first international school to be recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education; first to fully blend the delivery of the Chinese and B.C. high school curriculum learning outcomes and first to offer dual Chinese and B.C. government graduation diplomas.

Cahoon says Dr. Jen’s commitment to global education and belief in RRU’s learning model is especially meaningful as Royal Roads’ begins its 75th anniversary celebrations.

“For 55 years as a military college and for 20 years as a university, Royal Roads has graduated students who have witnessed history, contributed globally and made life-changing differences to their communities. Dr. Jen’s donation will help strengthen the diversity and understanding of our global change-makers, extending the reach of the Royal Roads experience for the next 75 years.”

Royal Roads University, a public university established in 1995, offers a progressive model of post-secondary education, delivering applied and professional programs through the faculties of management and social and applied sciences. The university offers its students a unique blended learning experience, combining online and on-campus instruction, as well as full time intensive on-campus instruction in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, certificates and diplomas. It also offers progressive executive, custom and continuing studies programs.

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E-Commerce Investments To Drive Service Improvements And Continued Efficiencies At BC Ferries


Dec 03, 2014

(News Release) VICTORIA – Pursuant to the Efficiency Plan that was provided to the BC Ferries Commissioner on September 30, 2014, BC Ferries has just submitted an application for the Fare Flexibility and Digital Experience Initiative, which proposes e-commerce and information technology upgrades that will drive significant change in how the company does business and serves its customers over the next decade. The company is currently in the planning stages, and if approved by the BC Ferries Commissioner, the Initiative will be implemented in phases starting in 2017.
The Initiative will modernize the way BC Ferries sets pricing, sells travel and manages loads and will provide important benefits, including shorter wait times, an improved customer experience, operational efficiencies and the opportunity to offer discounted fares at off-peak travel times. In addition, the Initiative will reduce upward pressure on fares.
“BC Ferries has heard from our customers that they want more flexibility in how they book travel in the future, more certainty at the terminal that they will be able to board the sailing they want, and more opportunities for discounted fares,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “We plan to invest in information technology and e-commerce systems that will meet those goals while incrementally increasing traffic and keeping fares lower than they would be under the current business model.”
The Initiative includes two business strategies. The Fare Flexibility and Revenue Management Strategy sets out a new system to manage fares and improve operational efficiency through better capacity management. The Digital Experience Strategy will provide customers with a modernized e-commerce platform, greater online functionality and booking options, and better access to BC Ferries through systems and applications designed specifically for mobile, tablet and desktop channels.
BC Ferries’ current website and IT systems are outdated, rigid and inflexible, and cannot support the new approach to pricing, capacity management, and purchase of ancillary services.
The Initiative will be introduced through phases. Initially, customers on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes will have opportunities for discounted fares for off-peak travel times and the ability to book in advance without a reservation fee.
“We believe that this Initiative is aligned with a number of the BC Ferries Commissioner’s recommendations outlined in his 2012 Review of the Coastal Ferry Act,” said Corrigan.
The Initiative builds on ongoing efforts to control expenses and implement programs to make BC Ferries as safe, efficient, cost-effective and customer-focused as possible. Efforts include expanded choices in food and retail as well as five dual-fuel vessels that run on LNG and are expected to save $12 million per year when in full operation (based on current fuel price estimates).
“We will continue to look for cost savings, performance improvements, and the best and most creative ways possible to meet the needs of BC’s coastal communities, who rely on us to connect them to the places and people that are important in their lives,” said Corrigan.
The BC Ferries Commissioner is independent of government and the company. Under the Coastal Ferry Act, the BC Ferries Commissioner must approve the company’s major capital expenditures, including the Fare Flexibility and Digital Experience Initiative.

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