Tourism Victoria Announces 2016 Board of Directors

 Victoria, B.C. – The results are in and the 2016 Board of Directors has been confirmed for Tourism Victoria. Announced at the Annual Tourism Victoria Christmas Luncheon and Elections Meeting in December 2015, the 2016 Board began their term on January 1, 2016.

“Over the past couple of years, Tourism Victoria’s volunteer Board has worked hard to shift to a strategy-focused Board that handles issues critical to both the organization and the destination,” says Paul Nursey, President & CEO of Tourism Victoria. “I look forward to working with this group of professionals as the destination moves through a period of significant investment and ongoing growth.”

“I am looking forward to helping the Tourism Victoria management team to strengthen our tourism industry for future generations,” says Bill Lewis, incoming Chair of the Board. “Our objectives are to help move along key priority initiatives to strengthen and reinforce our position as tourism leaders and innovators within B.C. and Canada.”

 2016 Board of Directors

Chair: Bill Lewis, Magnolia Hotel & Spa

First Vice Chair: Starr McMichael, Starrboard Enterprises Inc.

Vice Chairs: 

Darlene Hollstein, The Bay Centre

Derek Sanderson, Island IT

Kimberley Hughes, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort & Spa

Past Chair: Dave Cowen, The Butchart Gardens


Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority

Tom Benson, WildPlay Element Parks

Erika Stenson, Royal BC Museum

Brett Soberg, Eagle Wing Tours

Janet Docherty, Tourism Vancouver Island Appointee

Mark Mawhinney, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Appointee

Suzanne Gatrell, The Oswego Hotel

Allison Fairhurst, Abigail’s Hotel

Margaret Lucas, City of Victoria Appointee

Judy Brownoff, District of Saanich Appointee