When stay-at-home orders were first issued and communities began to feel the impact of COVID-19, Douglas magazine partnered with CHEK News to explore the issues, the challenges and the opportunities this immense change presented. The series Conversations in a Crisis interviewed business owners and community leaders who were grappling with the pandemic and fighting their way through it.

Now that we look to a different future than the one we’d all envisaged, we’ve changed the focus of the series to Road to Recovery. We’re covering the challenges, issues and opportunities business is experiencing — but this time as we navigate a brand new world.

The series airs Sundays at 5 pm on CHEK News, both on television and livestreamed via their website. Click on the dates below to view the interviews.



July 18: Jim Kent, managing director of Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River, told us how his team reimagined a whole new way to connect artists with audiences during the pandemic.

July 11: Victoria International Airport CEO Geoff Dickson talks about the future of flying and travel – both short and long term.

July 4: Tobyn Sowden, CEO of Redbrick, talks about attracting new talent to Victoria’s burgeoning tech industry.

June 27: Cyrus Singh, CEO of the k’awat’si Economic Development Corporation tells us about the challenges and opportunities faced by Port Hardy’s Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations’ economy during and post-pandemic.

June 13: Indigenous Tourism BC‘s Brenda Baptiste shares the impact and importance of the Indigenous tourism industry in our Province – and how they’re promoting National Indigenous History Month.

June 6: Sage Lacerte tells us why she founded Sage Initiative, a unique impact investment fund for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

May 23: Rainhouse CEO Ray Brougham talks about the burgeoning manufacturing industry on Vancouver Island, and how his company has pivoted through the pandemic.

May 16: Epicure CEO Amelia Warren talks about how her team applies inclusive hiring policies that support newcomers and grow business success.

May 9: Claire and Lawrence Crowfoot tell us why they’re committed to supporting Indigenous and BIPOC makers through their retail business Crowfoot Collective.

May 2: GM Ken Bailey tells us what’s in store for Islanders and tourists when the Malahat Skywalk opens this summer.

April 25: Ryan Goodman of Aryze Developments discusses the challenges facing the building industry and how they’re impacting housing affordability.

April 18: Bear & Joey owner Peter Wood tells us why he’s championing the campaign to Save Startups.

April 11: The owners of That Funky Corner Shop tell us why they launched a business during the pandemic, and how their store contributes to the circular economy.

April 4, 2021: The town of Qualicum Beach has come up with an interesting idea to help grow their economy and provide pride of place.

March 28, 2021: Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery made inventive use of technology to connect buyers to artists during the pandemic. We learn what they did and why.

March 21, 2021: The Inclusion Project‘s Ruth Mojeed talks about their mission to shift cultural norms and bias and foster inclusive and equitable workplaces, which they say are vital for economic recovery after the pandemic.

March 14, 2021: Craig Norris, Acting CEO of the newly formed Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST), talks about Greater Victoria’s ocean economy and how its growth could support business recovery.

March 7, 2021: Karmen McNamara of The Kindness Factory talks about creating a business through COVID-19, and how she’s diversifying her product range to maintain momentum.

February 28, 2021: Doug Lyngard of DL Sound talks about the #ForTheLoveOfLIVE awareness campaign designed to mobilize support and education around the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the live events industry.

February 21, 2021: Samantha Harron of Hemp House Hair Salon shares how she and husband Tristan built their business from the ground up, using fully sustainable and environmentally responsible materials.

February 14, 2021: we learn about Island Good’s ambitious plans to boost Island businesses through their branding program.

January 24, 2021: Mayor Leonard Krog tells us how the City of Nanaimo is coping through COVID-29, and what they see for their future.

January 17, 2021: How have corporate buying patterns evolved through the pandemic when it comes to branded products? Jarid Taylor of Brandigenous has the intel.

January 10, 2021: South Island Prosperity Partnership CEO Emilie de Rosenroll explains the recent trend towards microcredentialing, and how it helps boost careers.

January 3, 2021: Bryan Yu, Deputy Chief Economist for Central 1, provides us with their economic forecast for 2021.


December 27, 2020: Ian Welle of Polar Engineering tells us how his local business is helping mitigate climate change.

December 20, 2020: We talk to 2020 Douglas 10 to Watch winner Mercy Southam of Eir Mobile Medicine to find out how health care has been transformed through the pandemic.

December 13, 2020: Victor Nicolov of Anvy Technologies talks about life as an inventor during an pandemic – and the invention that’s earned him a Time magazine award.

December 6, 2020: We interview Tchadas Leo, host of the new podcast ‘Our Native Land’ and tour CHEK’s new podcast centre.

November 29, 2020: Cathy Scott, CEO of Departures Travel, tells us about the impact the pandemic has had on her business and how she’s looking to rebound in a safe, timely manner.

November 22, 2020: Carol Anne Hilton of the Indigenomics Institute discusses the role the Indigenous economy plays on Vancouver Island.

November 15, 2020: Rising Economy Week event organizers South Island Prosperity Partnership tell us about their hopes for moving the needle on recovery.

November 8, 2020: Island Coastal Economic Trust tells us how they’re providing impactful support for business recovery on Vancouver Island, funding rebuilding programs for hard-hit sectors and industries.

November 2, 2020: Susan Mowbray of MNP discusses this year’s State of the Island Economic Report, produced by MNP in partnership with VIEA.

October 25. 2020: Personal branding strategist Pamela Sylvan tells us how to build and maintain our professional brand when we are limited to the digital realm.

October 18, 2020: Pacific Football Club‘s CEO and GM Rob Friend tells us how they salvaged their season during a pandemic.

October 11, 2020: Max Young of For Good Measure talks about what it’s like opening a grocery store during a pandemic.

October 4, 2020: Francine Carlin, Chair of both the Salt Spring Island Community Economic Development Commission and the Rural Islands Economic Partnership tells us what’s hindering them in their attempts to rebound.

September 27, 2020: Esri Canada’s Dan Ruscheinski tells us how big data helps businesses forecast and solve problems.

September 13, 2020: Managing Partner and GM Jim Swanson of The Victoria HarbourCats baseball team discusses their plans for 2021.

September 6, 2020: Ruth Mojeed of The Inclusion Project shares how the Employment Equity Partnership will help address systemic inequalities and barriers to equitable employment.

August 30, 2020: Joe Perkins talks to Port Alberni Mayor Sharie Minions to find out how they’re doing and what their rebound plans are.

August 23, 2020: Emilie de Rosenroll of South Island Prosperity Partnership and Dan Pontefract of The Pontefract Group, discuss the emerging trend of microcredentials.

August 16, 2020: Kirsten Soder, Executive Director of Destination Campbell River, tells us how her region is faring during a summer lacking the usual visitor demographic.

August 9, 2020: Chief Rebecca David discusses the Pauquachin First Nation‘s purchase of the Ardmore Golf Course in Victoria this past February, and what it means for her community.

August 2, 2020: Laura Day of Victoria’s Migration Boutique shares how the downtown Victoria retail sector is coping and adapting.

July 26, 2020: Dallas Gislason of South Island Prosperity Partnership and Ray Brougham of Rainhouse Canada discuss the manufacturing industry on Vancouver Island and its role in protecting us from future supply shortages.

July 19, 2020: Calen McNeil pulled no punches in sharing the pain of an immediate shut down of operations. We followed up with Calen to see how he’s faring now.

July 5, 2020: District of Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes and Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission‘s Kathleen Gilbert talk about building a film studio in Greater Victoria.

June 28, 2020: Dr Richard Gale, Director of Camosun Innovates shares how they’re protecting healthcare workers and the community from COVID-19.

June 21, 2020: Devesh Bharadwaj, Pani Energy and Jill Doucette, Synergy Enterprises discuss the impact of the pandemic on the green economy.

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