INCOMING VIEA CHAIR Dan Smith (centre) with new director Ron Cantelon (left) and former Vancouver Island Economic Alliance director/chair Bill Benoit at the 2012 Economic Summit in Nanaimo.

INCOMING VIEA CHAIR Dan Smith (centre) with new director Ron Cantelon (left) and former Vancouver Island Economic Alliance director/chair Bill Benoit at the 2012 Economic Summit in Nanaimo.

New board elected for Vancouver Island Economic Alliance

Dan Smith of Campbell River and formerly with the First Nations Summit is the new chair...

At the 2013 AGM held at the Vancouver Island Visitors Centre in Courtenay/Cumberland on June 28, a new board of directors was elected for the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

Dan Smith of Campbell River and formerly with the First Nations Summit is the new chair.

Dave Willie, Town councillor in Qualicum Beach and owner of Black & White Party Rentals in Parksville, is now past chair. The chair-elect is Sandy Herle, former mayor of Parksville and owner of Close to You Ladies Fashion.

Continuing directors include Dr. Pedro Marquez, dean of international business at Royal Roads University; Marianne Stolz, principal, Capital Asset Group; Colleen Evans, president and CEO of the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce;, Rick Roberts, Rick Roberts Consulting; Gaby Wickstrom, Town councillor and owner of Oceanview Driving School in Port McNeill; and Lisa de Leeuw, branch manager, Coast Capital Savings.

Founding directors Bill Benoit, executive officer for the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board; and Russ Burke, VP and branch manager with Canadian Western Bank, have stepped down with many thanks after years of dedication to VIEA’s work to help ensure economic vitality and sustainability on Vancouver Island.

Evan Parliament, formerly CAO for the District of Sooke, has also stepped down with regrets as a VIEA director.

New directors elected to the VIEA board include Po Wan, principal, Blackberry Creative; Gilliam Trumper, former MLA, former mayor of Port Alberni and vice-chair for the Port Alberni Port Authority; Lillian Hunt of Alert Bay and Aboriginal Tourism BC; Darrell Paysen, manager, member services, Vancouver Island Real Estate Board;0 Giles Newman, formerly with KPMG and now principal of Baby Bear International; and Ron Cantelon, former MLA and former Nanaimo city councillor.

In keeping with the Alliance’s mandate to foster collaboration and economic prosperity throughout the Island region, VIEA is pleased to announce this well-rounded board with broad geographical representation from Victoria to Port McNeill and Alert Bay.

— Vancouver Island Economic Alliance

Just Posted

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

An activist against human trafficking says the global sex trade is growing fast. Photo by Julian Rivera on Unsplash
Anti-human-trafficking educator appeals to Comox Valley Regional District board

Globalization, unregulated internet, limited law enforcement and a lack of prevention education… Continue reading

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Island’s daily COVID-19 case count drops below 10 for just the second time in 2021

Province reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island Wednesday

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 demo team returning to the Comox Valley for spring training

The team will be in the area from May 16 to 24

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Saanich police and a coroner investigated a fatal crash in the 5200-block of West Saanich Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Police determine speed, impairment not factors in fatal Greater Victoria crash

Driver who died veered across centre line into oncoming traffic for unknown reason, police say

Most Read