On the Street: Western Forest Products gets new chairman

Western Forest Products chairman Dominic Gammiero is retiring and leaving the company’s board of directors. Gammiero, who joined the board in 2006, served as Western’s CEO between October 2010 and February 2013, and as chairman thereafter.

Taking over as chairman is Lee Doney, who has played a role in the company’s turnaround since its restructuring completed in 2004.

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“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Dominic for his significant contribution to the company over the last seven years,” Doney said. “He provided critical leadership to our company during a very challenging period of time for the lumber industry.”


New rumours of Island store untrue: Ikea


If it’s spring on the Island, it’s time for another Ikea rumour. As though on cue, a rumour the Swedish furniture giant is considering a location near Nanaimo has been making the rounds.

And as usual there’s nothing to it.

According to Madeleine Löwenborg-Frick, Ikea’s manager of corporate communications in Canada, the company is still not ready to come back to the Island. “While Ikea is continually reviewing our expansion opportunities in Canada, there are no plans for a store on Vancouver Island at this time,” she said.


Courtenay cheesemaker takes top prizes


Natural Pastures Cheese Company, of Courtenay, brought home several ribbons from the British Empire Cheese Competition in Belleville, Ont., recently. Natural Pastures won first place for its Pacific Pepper verdelait; second place Boerenkaas and Cracked Pepper verdelait; and third place for Mozzarella di Bufala, the mozzarella made with water buffalo milk from Vancouver Island.


New owner for Victoria telecom consulting firm


Business Optimization Specialist Stephan Lapierre is the new owner of the Victoria Schooley Mitchell franchise. Schooley Mitchell is the largest independent telecommunications consulting firm in North America. Its services include analysis of existing and future telecom and merchant services needs and implementation of cost-effective solutions. Call 250-590-0776.


Union Club gets new manager of sales, marketing


Craig Montgomery is the new sales and marketing manager for the Union Club of B.C., 805 Gordon St. Montgomery has spent 25 years in sales and marketing positions, mainly in high tech. He will work on increasing membership, selling facility events and catering services, and on marketing programs.

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