New executive for Camosun
Camosun College has appointed John Boraas, a well-known and influential educator, to the position of vice-president academic. Boraas was dean of the School of Access for 12 years. He holds a Masters from the University of Victoria and is a candidate in the PhD program in education at UBC. He has served as chairman and member on numerous provincial committees as well as a board member on community organizations, including Literacy Victoria. Most recently, he was awarded the Peter Gzowski National Award for his contributions to adult literacy.
Tender time at UVic
The University of Victoria is looking for architectural and engineering consulting services for the expansion of the continuing studies building. A feasibility study was done by CEI Architectural Planning and Interiors and UVic is issuing a request for proposals closing on Feb. 19. See www.yellowsheet.ca for more information.
Bridal business alliance formed
A networking group called Women of Weddings has been created by Sharon Rai, owner of Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry. The alliance of bridal businesses owned by women is holding its first event on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Inn at Laurel Point. Some free guest spots are available. Anyone interested can go to www.victoriawow.com or call 778-430-7847.
Moore Architecture is moving to the Hart Block building in Chinatown on March 1. The office will be a shared design studio and the firm wants to talk to engineers, interior designers and graphic specialists about sharing resources. Moore Architecture was formed in January 2012 when veteran architect Tom Moore went out on his own after more than 25 years with Stantec and Moore Paterson Architects and its predecessor firms.
Crystal ball on economy
Dallas Gislason of the Greater Victoria Development Agency; VIATeC executive director Dan Gunn; Dave Cowen, chairman of Tourism Victoria and GM at Butchart Gardens; and Starfish Medical CEO Scott Philips are on the panel for Victoria Economic Outlook 2013, a breakfast session of insights for the year ahed. The Feb. 26 event starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Victoria Conference Centre. Call 250-382-3303 ext. 204.
Back to PST
Darren Taylor of Grant Thornton LLP is speaking to the Urban Development Institute’s Victoria chapter on Wednesday on how the transition back to the provincial sales tax will affect the building development industry. The event starts at noon at the Union Club. Call Kathy Hogan, 250-383-1072
The Victoria chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise is staging its annual awards gala at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Feb. 28. The event celebrates the achievements of Island family businesses and the contributions they make to both their local communities and our economy.