On the Street: New faces for construction group

The Vancouver Island Construction Association has elected three new industry members to its 2018-19 board of directors — Barclay Ellis, Trades Labour Corp. Victoria; Paul Gray, Farmer Construction; and Dave Lewis, Alpine Insulation. Meanwhile, Roger Yager of Knappett Projects, Keith Parsonage of Houle Electric and Marnie Pringle of Starline Windows were re-elected by the membership. In other moves, Roger Yager moves to the chairman’s role, succeeding Dave Flint of Flynn Canada, and Keith Parsonage becomes vice-chairman. Departing board members include Anthony Minnitti, Yosef Suna, Keith Tatton and Gerrit Vink.

South Island Prosperity Project wins bronze

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The South Island Prosperity Project has won a bronze excellence in economic development award from the International Economic Development Council for its Smart City proposal, which was named as a finalist in Canada’s first Smart City Challenge. The project was designed to rally the region toward a unified vision that will bring to fruition its Vision 2040. “Receiving international recognition not only tells us we’re on the right path to making our region smarter, it means other cities and regions will look to Greater Victoria as an example,” said SIPP chief executive Emilie de Rosenroll.

On the move

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority CEO Ian Robertson has appointed Sonterra Ross to the role of chief project development officer and Judith Ethier as chief administrative officer.

The leadership team changes are a move toward long-term development and planning for the organization, specifically focused around the Ogden Point Master Plan. Ross has previously held the role of chief operating officer for GVHA and Ethier the position of manager of finance.

Inn at Laurel Point a top employer

The Inn at Laurel Point has been named Tourism Vancouver Island’s employer of the year, an award recognizing tourism businesses that embody best practices in employee management and operations. “We’re thrilled to be presented with this award,” said Julie Wright, director of human resources for Inn at Laurel Point. “We take great pride in our company culture and fostering a positive environment for all of our staff.”

Board of Victoria Literacy Connection

The Victoria Literacy Connection has two new board members — Patricia Gunton, a retired physician and past VLC tutor, and Hank Mathias, a retired provincial manager with varied non-profit experience. The Victoria Literacy Connection was formed in 2017 by the merger of the Victoria READ Society and Literacy Victoria. Current board members are Dana Anderson, Ian Culbertson, Ali Dadkah, Janine Hannis, Sameer Shah, Robin Wilmot, Gwen Anholt and Barbara Newton.

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