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Brian Danyliw Brings Luxury Real Estate Brand North of the Border OW ICH A N VA L L E Y “It’s cool. It’s hip. It’s more than just high-end real estate.” That’s how Cowichan Valley realtor Brian Danyliw describes The Agency, one of the fastest growing luxury real estate brands in North America. S t a r t i n g t h i s S e p te m b e r, Danyliw will join Victoria’s Jason Binab in launching the brand’s first Canadian franchise. Founded in Los A ngeles by Mauricio Umansky and Billy Rose in 2011, The Agency has closed well over $12 Billion in real estate transactions, and has been named as one of the Inc. 5000 fastest growing companies in America for three consecutive years. “These guys are heavy hitters in the industry,” says Danyliw. “I’ve been watching the company for some time, and I love what they’re about. They’re people fi rst, a nd they have a rea l ly

progressive brand. It’s cool, it’s hip, and they have what it takes to shake up the industry.” Danyliw is particularly attracted to the collaborative approach that the company brings to the industry. “This business is a full-contact sport sometimes, and it can be really challenging to work together with other realtors,” he says. “The Agency isn’t interested in hiring just any realtor. They want to bring in the best people that have a good level of integrity and are open to the concept of working together. That’s the driving philosophy behind the brand.” The company is the centre of attention in both the real estate world and pop culture, being prominently featured on shows like Million Dollar Listings and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “T he Agency i ncor porates SEE THE AGENCY  |  PAGE 20

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ANAIMO - 2019 will be a monumental year for Interior Design Group. In the coming 12 months, the company will both celebrate its 25th Anniversary and launch the new International Academy of Interior Design and Decorating.

This new online school is set to open within the next year, allowing the company to both train new designers and offer professional development to industry veterans. “We will be offering hands-on instruction for designers and people who would like to work in our industry,” says company founder Lana McIver. “We believe

in supporting young people as they pursue their careers and aspirations, and this school is another way we can help with that.” The programs offered through the academy will not only teach students technical knowledge in the interior decorating and design industry, but will show them how to run an interior decorating

and design business. The company is in the midst of gaining accreditation for their courses, which will count toward Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and will be an avenue for students to become certified Interior Decorators. SEE INTERIOR DESIGN GROUP  |  PAGE 8

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Ferry Traffic Spikes while Earnings Decline BC Ferries saw a n i ncre a se i n t ra f f ic a nd a si mu lta neous decrease in earnings for their first quarter. The ferry service saw the highest amount of vehicle traffic in their 58-year history in the first three months of their 2018 fiscal year. From April to June, more foot passengers used their services than recorded in more than 20 years. Despite the grow th in traffic, the company reported a net i ncome of $6-million for the first quarter of 2018, compared with $17.3-million during the same period in 2017. The decline in income resulted from a combination of rate reductions, ship upgrading expenditures and increased route service. BC Fer r ies bega n a 15 per cent rate reduction on April 1 for all routes other than Metro Vancouver-Vancouver Island and increased their BC seniors discount they offer from Monday to Thursday from

50 per cent to 100 per cent. The company provided 352 additional round trips to meet an increase in demands across their routes and had to make schedule adjustments for routes out of Horseshoe Bay terminal. Meanwhile, they upgraded the Spirit of British Columbia’s engine to allow it to run on liquified natural gas. Upcoming expenses for the crown corporation will include the introduction of a new route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola beginning September 16. The company is also seeking Requests for Expressions of Interest to pu rchase fou r, 47-veh icle Isla nd Class vessels a nd one 138-vehicle Salish class vessel to replace ag i ng fleets.

VANCOUVER ISLAND Affiliation of TimberWest and Island Timberlands T h e e x i s t i n g o w n e rs o f T i m b e rWe s t Fo re s t Corporation and Island Timberlands Limited Partnership have entered into

an agreement to provide for shared use of facilities, align best practices and enhance forest stewardsh ip. British Colu mbia Investment Management Corporation and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board acquired TimberWest in 2011. BCI and investing entities managed by A lber ta I nvestment Management Corporation have been limited partners in Island Timberlands since 2005. TimberWest and Island T i mberla nds w i l l continue to be stand-alone companies with no change in control while sharing corporate serv ices. No significant changes are anticipated to sustainable harvest levels, contractor and field workforce employment as a result of this affiliation. Both companies will continue to process logs to meet the needs of domestic mills. The affiliation will ena b l e T i m b e rWe s t a n d Island Timberlands to deliver a range of economic, social and environmental benefits by sharing facilities, forestry planning and best practices. The benef its i nclude: abi lity to optimize logistics SEE NEWS UPDATE  |  PAGE 3

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VANCOUVER ISLAND Province Awards Road Maintenance Contracts T he prov i ncia l Ministry of Transportation has finalized a new contract with Mainroad Mid-Island Contracting LP to maintain provincial roadways in Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and Port Alberni. An additional contract covering the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Port Hardy has been awarded to Mainroad North Island Contracting LP. Both of the contracts will run

for 10 years as of September 1, with the option for a five-year extension. Mainroad South Island cont ract i ng h a s a l ready m a i ntained provincial roads from Chemainus to Greater Victoria since September 2004. New road improvement stipulations in the contracts include returning Highway 19, Highway 4 and other Class A winter highways to bare pavement within 24 hours of a severe weather event. The previous requirement was 48 hours at temperatures of -9 C or warmer. Sweeping along cycling routes is expected to expand as well as com mu n ication w ith the public to changing road conditions during severe weather events and other travel related incidents.

Morgan WCMRC has continued solidifying with their plans for the spill response centers. The centers are required in order for the pipeline project to be completed. WCM RC is responsible for cleaning up oil spills along the coast and has been operating since 1976.

COWICHAN VALLEY Up to $5.36M Approved for Business Plan Chemainus Valley Courier The Cowichan Valley Regional

Hospital District will spend up to $5.36 million to prepare a business plan for Cowichan Valley’s new hospital. The CVRHD approved the expense at its meeting on Aug. 8, and the funding for the business plan will come from district’s reserves that have been set aside for the new hospital. The CVRHD is responsible to pay for 40 per cent of the hospital, which is now estimated to cost approximately $600 million, and the province will pick up the rest of the tab. Funding for the business plan will come from the 40 per cent of the project the district will pay. CVRHD chairman Jon Lefebure said $5.36 million might seem

3 like a lot for a business plan, but board members have visited the new hospitals that have been built in Comox and Campbell River and realized the amount of work involved in planning and preparation. Among the many objectives of the business plan is to plan the scope of the facility, its budget and procurement methods. The construction of the new hospital, which will be const r ucted on B el l McK i n non Road, should begin soon after the business plan is complete. Lefebure said the $600 million estimate for the hospital project is very preliminary at this stage, SEE NEWS UPDATE  |  PAGE 4

NANAIMO Spill Response Centre Signs Lease Agreement A new proposed oil response station has signed a 25-year lease agreement with the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA). Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) signed an agreement with NPA to lease nearly 12,077-squaremetres of land and waterfront space near the Nanaimo harbour. WCMRC intends for the response station to become its main operations base for Vancouver Island. T he new space is pa r t of a $150-million spill enhancement program mandated by the National Energy Board. Once completed, the Nanaimo base would be home to 15 vessels and have more than 20 employees. There are also plans to open additional spill response facilities in Port Alberni, Sidney, Ucluelet and Beecher Bay. WCMRC announced in April that the project would be on hold as a result of Kinder Morgan’s decision to suspend all non-essential spending related to the Trans Mountain pipeline. Since the federal government purchased the pipeline from Kinder

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designers and people who would like to work in our industry. We believe in supporting young people as they pursue their careers and aspirations, and this school is another Lana McIver started the company in 1994, and will celebrate her company’s 25th anniversary next year McIver started the company in 1994, but she has been interested in interior design from a young age. “I was always the type to be creative, doing sketches, drawing, and whatever painting or decorating my mom would let me do,” she says. “I’m inspired by my grandmother, who was an entrepreneur. She owned many businesses, and had always completed her own design work. I loved seeing what she would do in her own home and the businesses she helped build.” After working as an interior designer for another company, McIver decided to start her own

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generations, so they’re trustworthy and knowledgeable,” she says. “They’re our A-team.” McIver’s personal style emphasizes Modern West Coast or West Coast Transitional styles. This involves choosing products and designs with natural colors, lots of light, and the use of wood, glass, stone, and natural fibres. Though she specializes in this unique design trend, McIver is always open to her clients wishes and their suggestions. “We know how to take their vision to the next level,” she says. “We only need to see one or two images of what the client maybe thinking to start putting together a mental plan for their design project.” The Interior Design Group’s work has not gone unnoticed. McIver estimates the company has won nearly 100 different awa rds for thei r work, from regional awards like VIBE, CARE, and Georgie awards, to national recognition including SAM Awards and Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA) Awards. “It’s so meaningful to be recognized by the public, your peers and others in the industry,” says McIver. “It helps us know we’re on the right track and we never give up learning and developing our work.”

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ioneer Fireplaces has purchased Quality Stoves and Fireplaces at 1702 Petersen Road in Campbell River. Pioneer owner Tim Struch says the deal for the Campbell River outlet closed in mid-August, and Chris Bowen has added the position of General Manager for the new store, as well as overseeing the Nanaimo store at 419 Terminal Avenue and Parksville outlet at 1499 Huntley Road. ••• Mike Hebert is pleased to note his Polaris Solutions Inc. insurance company has opened a new office in Nanaimo, in the former Woods Financial location in the Nanaimo Business Centre, next to Saigon Café on Dublin Way, just off Metral Drive near RE/MAX of Nanaimo. Mike has been a fixture in the insurance industry for many years, and has insurance broker Joanne Freelund on the team. Polaris also has an office in Dawson Creek. ••• Madman McKay’s has been purchased by Kelowna-based A ndre’s Electronic Experts. Madman McKay has outlets in Nanaimo, Victoria, Duncan, Courtenay and Campbell River, and the deal officially closed Sept. 1. Prior to the deal, Andre’s had 25 outlets, stretching from Prince Rupert and Kitimat to Penticton and Cranbrook. Founder Andre Blanleil Sr. started the company as a TV and microwave repair shop in 1976. ••• Roger McKinnon is opening a second location of his SignAge operation, at the former Portuguese Joe’s Fish Market at 3025 Comox Road in Courtenay. SignAge’s Nanaimo outlet is on Boxwood Road. Congratulations to Roger and his team that put on the extremely successful 10 th Annual Old House Hotel & Spa Mayor’s Golf Charity Classic Sept. 7 at Crown Isle Golf Resort and Golf Community. The event, which raises funds for a number of worthwhile Comox Valley causes, was sold out once again. ••• Dealer Principal Brian Sabourin notes there have been several staff additions and promotions at Berk’s Intertruck Ltd., which has moved their Duke Point branch a block and a half down the street

to 1041 Maughan Road. The new facility has three drive throughs and an additional two service bays. In Duncan, Brian notes that Shawn Miller has joined their truck and equipment sales team at 2866 Roberts Road, and Andrew Mielty has been appointed manager of the branch. In Port Alberni, branch manager Jesse Perry has hired four new employees, and in Langford, Craig Dyson is their new parts manager. And Brian says Berk’s is looking to hire more employees. ••• Heath Law LLP co-managing partner Chuck Blanaru is pleased to note that commercial lawyer Mike Brown has joined the firm at 200-1808 Bowen Road. Chuck notes Heath Law LLP has just hired its 50th employee. Mike was formerly a partner in Geselbracht Brown with Will Geselbracht, on Wellington Road. ••• The new 81-unit Microtel Inn & Suites is now officially open in the Oyster Bay project north of Ladysmith. Developed by Stz’uminus First Nation a nd MasterBUILT Hotels, Microtel operates under the Wyndham banner. ••• Laurie Bienert, Executive Director of the Nanaimo Foundation, is pleased to note that $72,400 in grants were disbursed to local charitable organizations Sept. 5 at Harris Mazda. Included in that total were the first grants disbursed from the Tom Harris Community Foundation, honouring Tom Harris’ vast contributions to Nanaimo and area. Tom’s sons Tony and Mike Harris did the honours, and some of the funds were raised through the inaugural Tom Harris Charity Classic golf tournament. ••• The former owners of Quality Foods have purchased a building from Foundation Building Materials on Delinea Place. There is now a Kelland Properties sign outside the property. ••• E d M ay n e , w h o o w n s t h e Tim Hortons franchise behind North Nanaimo Town Centre, is

running to become the Mayor of Parksville. Ed also owns the Tim Hortons in Parksville, and previously served a partial term as Mayor of the town, stepping down to contest the BC Liberal nomination won by future Premier Christy Clark. ••• The Howard Johnson Hotel at the corner of the Island Highway and Comox Road will be shutting down by October 31 this year. Other businesses in the property will remain open, as owners consider what to do with the waterfront piece. The hotel site was one of several considered as a potential home for an Entertainment and Sports Centre, including the site next to Port Place Mall that is now home to the infamous “tent city” following the failed referendum to build the facility. ••• The Noodle Box is moving in next to Brown’s Social House. ••• West Coast Wellness, owned by Katie Littlejohn, is opening at 13 Kennedy Street downtown. ••• Randy Spensley has been a mainstay at Owen Business Systems for many years, and he’s now working with the Kidney Foundation and will remain in


••• Congratulations to Tanner Saywell for joining the team of real estate professionals at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. ••• A new beverage outlet has opened in Departure Bay called Drip, offering customers local beers, wine, coffee, ice cream and food. Sea Salt Catering Co. is creating the food. ••• Woo dg rove Cent re’s Fo o d Cou r t h a s a new ten a nt, i n Chachi’s, which features gourmet sandwiches. ••• Council has given third reading to the Marcielo mixed use condo project at 65 and 77 Chapel Street downtown. Wertman Development Corporation’s building will include 109 condos, five townhouses, commercial units on the ground floor and an athletic club that will be on two floors. ••• Trail Appliance Store is going in at 6334 Metral Drive. ••• Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, which owns The Wolf and The Wave and other stations on Vancouver Island, has purchased four new radio stations, including one in Chilliwack, and they are awaiting approval from the CRTC

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COWICHAN VALLEY Cowichan Valley Boasts Beautiful Environment and Affordable Living Agriculture, Tourism, Affordable Homes, and Forestry Industry All Contribute To Cowichan Valley’s Growth

Affordability, coupled with a beautiful environment and growing job market, is making the Cowichan Valley an extremely attractive place to live BY ROBERT MACDONALD


ffordable homes, plenty of jobs, healthy agricultural and tourism sectors, and a solid base in the forest industry has the Cowichan Valley economy firing on all cylinders. With strong and growing tourism, forestry, agriculture, tech and industrial sectors, the region is quickly becoming one of Vancouver Island’s most attractive places to live and do business. With the rising cost of home ownership in Vancouver and Victoria, and with the provincial government about to implement

a punitive Speculation Tax, the Cowichan Valley (which is exempt from the Tax) is attracting many new residents with its affordable housing. “Affordability, coupled with a beautiful environment and growing job market, is making the Cow icha n Va l ley a n extremely attractive place to live,” says Julie Scurr, President of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve seen a real surge in s m a l l b u s i ne ss i nve s t m ent in the valley, and that’s a key to the vitality of the region’s economy.”

Early in the region’s history, the economy was tied to the forest sector and agriculture. In recent years, Cowichan’s forestry industry involvement has evolved and new industries have emerged. Though the sawmill side of the forest industry has been largely consolidated, the Valley has seen the growth of support services for larger companies like Timberwest or Western Forest Products. “The forestry sector has always been very important to our region,” says Amy Melmock, Manager of Economic Development

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Cowichan. “Additionally, agriculture continues to thrive in the Cowichan Valley. “We still have crop farmers and dairy farmers in the region who make significant contributions, but we also have an increasing number of value-added enterprises emerging in the agriculture sector.” Cow ich a n i s now home to a growing number of wineries, cheese-makers, and local restaurants. “We’re becoming a foodie destination,” Melmock continues. “There’s a real connection between agriculture and tourism




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Julie Scurr is President of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce “Employer’s Health Tax and the continued layering of taxes are going to have a huge impact on our business communities in the coming years. “The newest challenge, at least for the construction industry, is the recently-announced Community Benefits Agreement. Many of the construction business owners in the area are smaller and not tied to unions. This legislation will prohibit many of these companies from bidding on projects like a new hospital, high school, or police station. “All of these projects should have local labour and businesses involved, but if the agreement stays in place, it will have a detrimental effect on our communities.” Scurr notes that in the last five years, the Chamber has ballooned to 550 members, doubling its size. “We’ve become very relevant to the business community,” says Scurr. “Right now, we’re hosting over 50 events each year, operating the visitors centre, putting on our bi-annual Black Tie Awards, advocating for our businesses, and so much more.” The visitor centre has an average of 20,000 people come through per year and advises tourists on popular attractions and food experiences. “We are also handing out about 150 relocation packages per year to people interested in moving to the region,” says Scurr. “They have information about businesses, schools, financial institutions, etc. It gives them a really good snapshot of what’s available, and we’ve increased the number we’ve handed out by about 25 per cent over the past few years.”


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PENTA TRANSPORT LTD.: CARRYING CUSTOMERS LOADS THROUGHOUT THE WEST FOR 20 YEARS Vancouver Island-based company earns solid reputation for going the extra mile


ANAIMO – Quick, efficient and consistent service is what has driven Penta Transport Ltd. to success. Celebrating their 20 th year in business, owners Ken Slawson and Gordon Putz have changed gears like any successful company does on a long journey, but one thing has remained the same: Keeping their customers happy, and making sure their goods get to their destinations on time and on budget. “We believe that our commitment to these high standards has contributed to our continual growth, the expansion of our trucking routes and the constant addition of new customers,” says Putz. “Penta Transport is committed to providing on-time delivery, competitive rates and absolute professionalism by all our employees at all times, as we strive to set new standards for ourselves and the transportation industry.” Penta T ra n sp or t prov ides transportation service throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Their specialty is moving goods between Vancouver Island and Greater Vancouver, including culverts, lumber, building materials, machinery, steel and other cargo through their fleet of 32 trucks and trailers. T hei r equ ipment i ncludes Super ‘B’ Trains, step decks, and Tridem Expandos, Highboys and Tandem Highboys. “We’re one of the only trucking companies on the Island that services the whole of western Canada and the western United States,” Slawson notes. When Slawson and Putz started Penta Transport in 1998 from a

basement in Ladysmith, they had a few lease operators and took turns between driving trucks and working in the office. It wasn’t long before the customer base expanded, taking both of them off the road to guide the firm from the office. After a few changes in location, Penta Transport’s head office and service depot is on their own five-acre site at 1620 Harold Road in south Nanaimo, just a block off the Island Highway. “Today, we employ a full office staff, mechanics, company drivers and lease operators who work together as a team to provide customers with first-rate service,” says Slawson, adding the company typically handles 1,000 loads a year. The company has many longterm employees, some of whom have been with the company for 18 years. Cheryl Zmaeff, the controller, has been with Penta for the past 12 years, and Slawson says “She’s really good for us. . .she keeps us on the straight and narrow.” While the company is busy, Slawson notes they’re always on the lookout for new drivers, as there is more business available. “Trucking is a good occupation if somebody wants to get into it, work hard, they’ll do whatever needs to be done,” he says. “We provide good benefits and dental, and we’re always looking for good people. I wish more people wanted to take this on as a career. It’s not just a job, it’s a career.” “The transportation industry is a very vital part of the economy. Almost everything we have has been trucked in by a trucker somehow.” “We’re the second largest customer of BC Ferries,” he notes, adding that long-time client Armtech has been instrumental in enabling the company to move forward. “They were basically the ones that pushed us to get going.” Slawson literally grew up in the trucking industry. “I’ve been trucking all my life.

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Penta Transport Ltd. does much of the maintenance of its own equipment, and of other customers, on site . .my Dad was a trucker,” Slawson recalls. “My first job was working for him when I was 14 as a swamper (helper) back in the 1960’s in Estevan, Saskatchewan. He broke his ankle and needed my help.” Slawson moved to Nanaimo in 1973 and worked for Nanaimo Minuteman Moving & Storage, for Campbell River-based Haida Freightways and then Doman

T ra n s p o r t / We s te r n Fo r e s t Products. “The economy went soft in 1982 and I was laid off,” he recalls. “I couldn’t believe it, because before that, I couldn’t get a day off.” He worked for awhile for Cougar Cabs and cut firewood – “anything to make a buck”, he recalls, including driving truck for Utah Mines’ copper mine in Port Hardy.

I n 1984 he bought h is ow n truck, and contracted out to other compa n ies for severa l years, including working for grocery wholesaler Kelly Douglas, running groceries up and down the island. When Kelly Douglas closed in 1993, he drove for H.A. Davis before starting Penta in 1998 with Putz and three other partners (thus the “Penta” from pentagram, a five-sided object. After two years, Putz and Slawson bought the other partners out). “We went in with our eyes wide shut. We realized it wasn’t going to be easy,” Slawson says. “We’ve had to fight for everything we have, and we’ve had a good staff that has enabled us to do so well.” Slawson estimates he’s driven two million miles on the road himself over the years. “When I was on the road, I used to pull over twice a day and have a sleep, and keep on driving. I’d put in 70 hours a week in drive time,” he says. “Now, you can only put

in a maximum of 10 hours for every 24 hours, and you can’t split it up like you used to. “I haven’t driven a truck now for 10 years,” he adds. “I do miss it, but I don’t get calls in the middle of the night anymore.” The trucking industry is heavily regulated, requiring companies to constantly keep up with new requirements and changes. Penta Transport ships to the U.S., and is fully compliant with Customs and Border Protection regulations implemented by Canada Border Services and the U.S. Homeland Security. “Penta Transport is proud to be a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) approved carrier, as well as a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Partners in Protection (PIP) programs, joining in the fight against terrorism,” says Putz. “We have been assisting all of our drivers that have pro-rated trucks to obtain FAST cards. We began using the

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) program while it was still in the testing phases to ensure that we were ready when the program became mandatory.” Besides del iveri ng freight, Penta Transport also performs truck and trailer maintenance for not just their own vehicles, but for other companies, including Central Island Distributors, run by Slawson’s good friend Alex Dugan. “We are one of only a few companies on Vancouver Island that do service work, and we have cut our costs down by 60 per cent by doing the work ourselves,” he says. Shop services for tractors and trailers include brake repairs, oil changing and grease, welding and fabrication, and commercial vehicle inspections. They also rebuild trailers for themselves. What is the secret to Slawson’s success? “Perseverance,” he says. “We never gave up. We’ve had some lean years, but the past number of years have been very good to us. “We have built our reputation by doing what we say we can do,” Slawson adds. “We don’t promise things we can’t deliver. Customers really appreciate that. That is what service is all about, and if you don’t provide good service, you’re going to fail.” 1620 Harold Road, Nanaimo

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RENEWABLE ENERGY Green Energy Makes Business Cents Decreasing Costs in Renewable Energy Tech Make Green Energy More Accessible Than Ever

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nnovation abounds in the world of sustainable energy. As renewable energy technology continually becomes more affordable, BC Hydro’s rates are increasing every year, prompting many businesses and homes to pursue greener options when powering their homes. As a result, sustainable energy technology, particularly solar and geothermal systems, are becoming a viable option for many

in BC’s private sector. Currently, solar energy is the dominant sustainable energy source in the private sector. In the Okanagan, companies like Summerland’s Swiss Solar Tech have seen a dramatic increase in business over the past few years. Though the company has been installing photovoltaic generators since 2001, business has taken off in the past couple of years.

As the products become more affordable, the company’s clientele have grown to include hotels, wineries, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, stores, storage facilities, as well as institutional and government buildings. “Currently the solar energy ma rket is the most exciti ng market to be working in,” says Swiss Solar Tech co-owner Susan Huber. “Energy prices will only go up and solar power is a

non-pollution energy source we can install on most buildings or properties as long as it is not shaded.” On Vancouver Island, the solar energy sector is growing rapidly. Parksville’s Osprey Electric recently expanded its solar energy services division, hiring Brian Pasquill as the new Director of Energy Services. SEE RENEWABLE ENERGY  |  PAGE 16




HAKAI CREATES GROUNDBREAKING COMMERCIAL SOLAR TECH Jason Jackson Creates Canada’s First Commercially Scaled Hybrid Solar/Diesel Generating System


U M BER L A N D - Jason Jackson is a renewable energy pioneer. His company, Hakai Energy Solutions, is paving new paths in power generation, finding innovative solutions for BC’s most remote communities. W i t h a n e x t e n s i v e b a c kground as an electrician, Jackson has married his technical knowledge of the trade with cutting edge solar technology, producing Canada’s first commercially scaled hybrid solar/ diesel generating system. In early 2010, his company was hired to work on a generator on Calvert Island for the Hakai Institute. “When working on this proje ct, we u se d pro ducts a nd designs that had never been used in Canada, and had only been incorporated into a few re s e a rc h a n d d e v e l o p m e n t projects world-w ide,” says Jackson. “We were work i ng outside of industry norms. We had a product that was new, integrating power generation

Hakai’s hybrid system decreased the Hakai Institute’s solar consumption from 500 litres per day to 75 litres per day sou rces i nclud i ng sola r a nd diesel generators and battery storage in an expandable, modular fashion.” Once this client, Eric Peterson, rea lized what was possible, he entered into business with Jackson, partnering with him to move the company into t h i s i n n ov at ive s id e of t h e industry. “At this time, my long-time mentor, Ron Leigh, retired, and we had to create a new compa ny,” say s Jack son . “ T h i s moved us into a new phase of the company as we leveraged this job to get more business of this kind.”

Many of BC’s off-grid sites rely on diesel power generators for their energy needs, and continual generator operation comes at a high cost. These machines can consume between 500 and 1000 litres of diesel per day, and in some cases, much more. By coupling the diesel systems with a solar power system, and integrating them with an energy storage system, Hakai’s installations have resulted in a dramatic decrease in fuel consumption for these sites. “T he H a k a i I n st it ute, ou r first project, was using about 500 litres of diesel per day before we installed this hybrid

By coupling the diesel systems with a solar power system, and integrating them with an energy storage system, Hakai’s installations have resulted in a dramatic decrease in fuel consumption for these sites system,” says Jackson. “When we started tracking the site’s fuel consumption in 2011, about a year after we installed the system, it h ad decreased to about 75 litres per day.” Even with the soaring cost of fuel and the proven efficiency of Hakai’s energy systems, they have little to no competition for this particular product. “It’s a hard field to operate in,” says Jackson. “Being an expert in renewable energy doesn’t

automatically make you qualified to install these types of systems. Neither does being a good trade contractor. There’s a lot of risk to take on. “We see new market entrance in grid-tied solar installations all the time, but off-grid systems involve a lot more risk and require in-depth knowledge of new technology. For that reason, we see more people exiting this market than entering.” Si nc e H a k a i s ta nd s at t he forefront of emerging off-grid energy system technology, they a re work i ng to produce upto-date resources to educate others about the industry. “Because we’re operating in a field that is continually innovating, we’ve started compiling case studies of our projects,” says Jackson. “When researching solar technology and the options available, many people on ly h ave access to out-ofdate information, compiled by people who aren’t responsible for the end performance. “We see the back end of these systems, and have compiled t he rea l f i na ncia l costs a nd benefits of our systems. These case studies are a great way to take a deep dive into the actual mechanics of the system and the economic pros and cons.”

RENEWABLE ENERGY AND COMMUNITY FOCUS SETS BARKLEY PROJECT GROUP APART Nanaimo Project Management Firm Boasts Over 60 Clean Energy Projects


ANAIMO - Barkley Project Group (BPG) is a Nanaimo based project management firm specializing in renewable energy. Over 15 years the firm has managed the development, construction and operation of more than 60 clean energy projects. Company president Iain Cuthbert says their success lies in their approach and expertise. “Our goal is to add value to the organizations we work with,” he says. “Over the years we’ve learned so much about project challenges and risks, and how to identify and deal with these. Effective planning and hands-on management are essential at each stage of development, from concept to operations.” While the steps and principles of the project management process are always the same, each project faces unique challenges and each client is different. “It is important to understand each client’s needs, their capacity, vision and their culture,” says Cuthbert, “Getting to know our clients and being a part of their

success is the most rewarding part of our work. This is particularly true of our work with First Nations communities.” One thing that sets BPG apart is their experience working with communities. BPG is working with 22 First Nation communities in BC, doing community energy planning, grid-connected and remote community hydropower facilities and solar power installations. BPG staff and management recently participated in the KAIROS Blanket Exercise and the company has drafted a Reconciliation Action Plan. “This experience has been profound for all of us,” says Cuthbert. “We hope that learning about the history and experience of Indigenous peoples will enable us to be more understanding and more effective in our work. We want to be a part of the important process of reconciliation.” Effective project management reduces risks through the repetitive process of continuously collecting and evaluating information to solidify the project plan. This begins with studying feasibility and identifying opportunities and constraints. As the project moves through technical studies, regulatory permitting, and design, the plan evolves and viability is checked in response to new information.

Construction is always the most challenging stage, as ground is opened up and unexpected conditions or events can come into play. Changes and delays are costly, and this stage can make or break a project. “Sometimes we are called in to get construction projects back on track where they lack a solid plan or adequate management,” says Cuthbert. “These are projects that are drifting sideways, with costs and schedules that have spiraled out of control. The key to avoid these issues is to develop and implement a comprehensive project plan with hands on management, good communications and responsive action.” Recently, BPG has responded to a decline in BC’s clean energy industry by creating its Infrastructure Division, which is focused on infrastructure and development projects and asset management across a number of industries. “Regardless of the type of project, the need for effective planning and management are the same,” says Cuthbert. “It’s about creating and implementing a sound project plan: managing risks and costs while maintaining the quality of the work to build a successful project that everyone is proud to be a part of.”

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“When I first started, a typical solar array had about a 20 year payback system,” says Pasquill. “Now it’s closer to twelve years, or even less if we’re offsetting diesel generation. It’s a much more accessible technology now.” In the Comox Valley, Cumberland’s Hakai Energy Solutions has been finding innovative solutions for off-grid communities and research centres, building Canada’s first commercially-scaled hybrid solar/diesel generating systems. By doing so, they have been able to dramatically decrease fuel consumption at remote sites around BC’s coast. These companies, and others like them, are growing rapidly in response to the recent pricedrops for solar energy arrays (which Pasquill estimates to be as much as 50 per cent of the last 10 years) and innovative applications for the technology. However, Solar energy isn’t the only way to take a bite out of the hydro bill. Doug Lockhart, owner of Lockhart Industries, believes he is working with technology that could revolutionize the industry. Recent research shows that the average BC NetZeroPlus home will produce double its consumed energy every day. “ We ’ v e b e e n i n s t a l l i n g SEE RENEWABLE ENERGY  |  PAGE 17

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sprey Electric is bringing new leadership to its growing solar energy services division. T he compa ny recently a nnounced the appointment of Brian Pasquill, BComm., MBA, CEM to the newly created position, Director of Energy Services. “Brian brings decades of experience in renewable energies and sustainability, as well as energy management,” says co-owner and General Manager Tyler Cody. “We’re very excited to have him on board, and we believe he is the right person to take this side of our company to the next level.” Cody founded the business five years ago with his partner, Wayne Rutherford, growing the company through multiple revenue streams, including commercial, residential, and service electrical contracting, as well as solar electrical work. “Now, we have teams in nearly every major community on Vancouver Island,” says Cody. “We have one crew dedicated to solar, and with Brian on board, we are looking to eventually field multiple energy services crews.” Before joining Osprey, Pasquill ran an energy consulting business, doing everything from off-grid design and micro hydro, to consulting for government agencies. He is a Cer ti fied Energ y

Manager, designated under the Association of Energy Engineers. “Since I started in the industry, the first goal for any client is to try to reduce energy costs,” says Pasquill. “I completed over 300 energy audits, and helped dozens of Vancouver Island companies access government programs to increase efficiency and implement energy conservation measures.” According to Cody, Pasquill’s ability to provide an analysis of existing energy consumption will allow future Osprey clients to take advantage of the whole suite of products offered by the company. “With Brian’s skills, we can now give clients a report showing what they currently use and what they can save by making changes to an existing facility,” says Cody. “This doesn’t just apply to solar technology. This could be applied to diesel generators, power factor correction, LED upgrades, heating/cooling systems, or any other energy generation or saving program.” Both Cody and Pasquill believe that many businesses are able to complete upgrades that will not only improve the facility’s energy performance and make it more enjoyable to use, but will also provide a strong ROI, improving profitability. “With Osprey, we a re now able to implement full-service energy programs that can help any

business or home,” says Pasquill. “This kind of service is quite rare. I’ve been working in this business for some time, but the work typically required collaboration with several companies to complete the job.” “Nobody else has this service,” says Cody. “We can provide energy analysis as well as engineering and design, all the way through to installation and commissioning of the system.” More and more British Columbians are starting to consider these alternative energy solutions, as the price of solar technology becomes more affordable every year. In fact, Pasquill estimates that the price of a solar array has dropped as much as 50 per cent over the past decade. “When I first started, a typical solar array had about a 20 year payback system,” he says. “Now it’s closer to twelve years, or even less if we’re offsetting diesel generation. It’s a much more accessible technology now.” Many of Osprey’s clients are in the residential market, as solar energy is quickly increasing in popularity throughout the province. The company also provides services to remote off-grid clients, including First Nations communities, who often rely on high-cost diesel generators for their energy needs.




NetZeroPlus technology for about 30 years now,” says Lockhart. “It’s extremely effective, but often falls in the shadow of wind and solar, so few people are aware of how efficient the system is. “By utilizing indirect solar heat collected from the ground, the system can generate five units of energy for every one unit taken from BC Hydro.” According to Lockhart, when all financial factors are properly considered (increase in mortgage rate and decrease in hydro bill), a home with a NetZeroPlus system can save as much as $60 dollars per month when compared to an average grid-tied home. “You’re basically paid to put in geothermal,” he says. “Additionally, this system could work really well with solar and wind energy, especially in off-grid contexts. “An off-grid home might need an hour and a half of energy in the winter time if there’s no solar and no wind. However, if you combine the different technologies with each other, you could use solar and wind energy to run our unit, that would take 83 per cent of its power from the ground.” In the public sector, the provincial government has has committed to a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030 (based on 2007 levels). In order to stay on track with this plan, BC will need to continue to invest in electrification, utilizing sustainable energy sources. “BC’s power grid is incredibly green, with about 93 per cent of our energy coming from renewable energy sources,” says Jae Mather, Executive Director at Clean Energy BC. “With Site C coming online in the next six to seven years, we’ll add about

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Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood to Receive Prestigious Indigenous Business Award Seafood Company Earns Business Partnership of the Year Category


O R T A L B E R N I - Nuuchah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership is getting some well-deserved recognition. A recent announcement stated that Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood will be the recipient of one of this year’s BC Indigenous Business Awards. The company, owned by six Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, is being honoured via the Business Partnership of the Year category. This marks the 10th consecutive year of the awards, presented by the BC Achievement Foundation. All of the 2018 recipients will receive the commemoration at a

ceremony that will be held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on October 15. Larry Johnson, who has served as the president of the Nuuchah-nulth Seafood company for the past 10 years, is thrilled the business is being recognized in this way. “We’re very proud,” he told HaShilth-Sa newspaper. “It’s been a lot of hard work over the past decade to get to this point. We’ve been incrementally moving forward.” N u u-c h a h-n u l t h S e a fo o d began as a shellfish development corporation in 2003, and is owned by

six Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations: Ditidaht First Nation, Huu-ayaht First Nations, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/ Che:k’tles7et’h’ First Nations, Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, Yuułuʔiłʔath Government and the Uchucklesaht Tribe. “They’re the ones that deserve credit,” Johnson said of the First Nations that are shareholders. Now 15 years old, Nuu-chahnulth Seafood offers planning and management support to the First Nations stakeholders, as well as their community members in various areas surrounding fisheries and aquaculture. Johnson

said plenty of hard work and time was required to get Nuu-chahnulth Seafood to its current state. Though there have been a number of other accomplishments along the way, November 2015 marked a significant moment in Nuu-chahnulth Seafood’s history. That’s when five of the First Nations that own the company (Mowachaht/ Muchalaht First Nation did not participate) purchased the majority shares of the St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse in Nanaimo. Moving forward, Nuu-chahnulth Seafood plans to continue seeking processing and industry

partnerships, seafood sales, aquaculture projects, and vessel purchases. It will also continue a s s i s t i n g it s F i rs t Na t io n s stakeholders in finding funding for creating business plans and undertaking feasibility studies. A t o t a l o f 16 I n d i g e n o u s ent repreneu rs, bu si nesses, community-owned enterprises and partnership entities will be honoured at October’s awards ceremony. Scott McIntyre, the chair of the BC Achievement Foundation, said all are deserving recipients.

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Sales Bounce Back Slightly


ales of single-family homes in August were seven per cent higher than in July but dipped by 14 per cent from August 2017. L a s t mont h , 4 67 si ngle-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service System compared to 438 in July and 540 one year ago. The number of apartments changing hands last month dropped by 13 per cent while townhouse sales increased by 16 per cent. Inventory of single-family homes in August was down slightly from one year ago (1,342 compared to 1,352), dropping five per cent from July but still significantly higher than the 749 properties available in January. The supply of apartments and townhouses dipped 14 per cent and 10 per cent from one year ago, respectively. The weaker sales seen so far in 2018 were expected because 2016 and 2017 were exceptionally healthy years for real estate, setting record levels that could not be maintained indefinitely. However, VIREB’s housing market is still strong compared to where it sat four years ago. “The broad demographic trend for the VIREB area continues to include baby

boomers and retirees, who are less affected by stricter mortgage qualification rules because they don’t typically need mortgages,” says Cameron Muir, chief economist for the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). “As a result, even when sales bottom out, they’re doing so at lower levels on Vancouver Island.” In its 2018 Second-Quarter Housing Forecast, BCREA anticipates that MLS residential sales in the province will decline by nine per cent to 94,200 units this year from 103,700 in 2017. “BC housing markets have benefited from the provincial economy expanding well above trend growth over the past four years,” says Muir. “However, economic growth is expected to slow and reflect the long-term average this year.” VIREB’s long-term sellers’ market does appear to be moving towards more balanced conditions, with modest price reductions occurring in Campbell River, Duncan, and Parksville-Qualicum Beach. Multiple offers are not as frequent, but for single-family homes in the $300,000 to $500,000 range, they are still more common

than not. That said, sellers still need to price their homes accordingly. Today’s buyers are savvy and well-informed when they arrive at the negotiating table. The benchmark price of a single-family home boardwide was $505,800 in August, a 12 per cent increase from one year ago. (Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area.) In the apartment category, the benchmark price climbed to $317,700, up 20 per cent from last year. The benchmark price of a townhouse hit $413,600 last month, up 15 per cent over August 2017. Last month, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $404,300, an increase of 12 per cent over August 2017. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price reached $509,200, up 13 per cent from last year. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $455,100, up eight per cent from August 2017. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 10 per cent to $546,200 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 13 per cent to $574,200. The cost of a benchmark home in Port Alberni reached $303,600, up 22 per cent from one year ago.

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onterra Builders is constructing an 84 multifamily townhome project in Cumberland. Phase 1, consisting of 12 units is now occupied and Phase 2, which includes 11 townhomes, will be ready for occupancy in October. Construction is ongoing for Phase 3 through 5 for an additional 35 units. The project is EXPECTED to be completed in August of 2019. Prices of the units range from $381,900 to $399,900. Sales have been brisk with 56 of the 84 units have been sold. The townhomes will range in size from

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WARM VALLEY COMPLETES QUARTET OF TIM HORTONS “For these projects, Mike Cooper and Company Becoming Go-To Contractors for Island Tim’s Franchises


UNCAN - More donuts and double doubles are coming to the Cowichan Valley, thanks to Warm Valley Contracting. The company recently completed their fourth Tim Hortons construction project on the Island, a new location south of Duncan. With a h istory of bu i ld i ng high-quality residential and commercial structures, Warm Valley has quickly established itself as a go-to contractor for these new Tim Hortons franchises. “We built a Tim Hortons in Lake Cowichan for a former partner, and he got us into that side of the construction world,” says owner Mike Cooper. “From there, we’ve built Tim Hortons franchises in Campbell River, Courtenay, and now south of Duncan.” These jobs are a unique challenge for contractors, as the build cycle must be completed within a 120 day time frame. “For these projects, organization on our side is key,” says Cooper. “We need to keep the sub-trades on schedule and do an excellent job of communicating and scheduling the trades.”

organization on our side is key. We need to keep the sub-trades on schedule and do an excellent job of communicating and scheduling the trades.” MIKE COOPER OWNER OF WARM VALLEY CONTRACTING

Askew Creek is one of three Zenn Developments subdivisions Warm Valley is working on As the company has proven its ability to stick to the tight timelines, it has been called in for other restaurant chains, including recent White Spot and MR MIKES SteakhouseCasual projects in the Cowichan Valley. “We have a great group of trades that work on these projects,” says Cooper. “They haven’t missed a deadline yet.” The food service side of Warm Valley’s business has emerged in the past couple of years, and and is a welcome addition to the wide range of projects in the company’s portfolio. “We’re d iverse for a sma l l company,” says Cooper. “We do single-family, multi-family, commercial, some light industrial, and a substantial amount of SEE WARM VALLEY CONTRACTING  |  PAGE 23

Mike Cooper (Right) with Tyler Forrest (Left). Tyler’s father, Mike Forrest, apprenticed Cooper when he entered the industry. Now, years later, Tyler is working for Cooper in a superintendent role

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tough on the family,” says Cooper. “I took an opportunity in Duncan, working for the company that eventually turned into Warm Valley, and have been doing this for the past 15 years.” Last July, Mike and his wife M a rl a i n a b ec a me t he sole owners of the company, purchasing shares from his remaining partner. “Since I’ve gained full control of the company, I’ve taken a business model from a good friend of mine, Chris Clement,” he says. “I’ve looked up to him for years. He’s probably completed over 300 houses in the Cowichan Valley, with most of them in Chemainus, and his


“When I was five or six years old, my family was living in Hon e y m o on B ay,” h e s ay s. “There was a contractor that was building a garage next door to us, and I sat there for hours and hours, watching the man build this project. “It’s funny how all these years later, after 30 years in the construction industry, I still remember this guy - I even remember his name. Watching him put the project together left a big impression on me, and I’ve been excited about construction from that day forward.”

After starting his apprenticeship at Forrest & Friday, a local firm based in Lake Cowichan, he completed his training with RW (Bob) Wall Ltd. in Nanaimo. “Working with Bob Wall involved a lot more commercial than residential, which appealed to me,” he says. Upon completing his apprenticeship, he moved into industrial construction, working all over western Canada from BC to Manitoba. For about six years, worked on OSB plants, sawmills, and other major industrial projects before getting an opportunity to work closer to home. “I had young kids at that time, and working away was getting

customer satisfaction rate is off the charts. He’s someone I’ve tried to emulate, and his business model is working very well for us.” Clement keeps the same group of sub-trades for each job, and they’re held to a high standard of performance. As these companies continue to deliver and keep customers happy, they are brought back for consecutive projects, ensuring top-quality builds on every contract. Since Cooper has emulated this practice, he has received very positive feedback from both homeowners and developers. “I think our strong focus on customer service has been the

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key to our success,” says Cooper. “We’re quite proud of the way we deal with our clients and the responses we get from them once the projects are finished. “We are fortunate enough to have a great group of guys and office staff that work very hard for us to ensure we meet our goals. We communicate well, and we’re transparent and straightforward. That’s one of our key assets. “Years ago, I heard someone say, ‘build every home like it’s your own.’ It’s resonated with me ever since, and that’s what we try to do with all of our projects.” As the company’s reputation SEE WARM VALLEY CONTRACTING  |  PAGE 25

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continues to grow, Cooper has strengthened relationships with some of the area’s key developers. “Recently, we’ve been working with John and Brian Bergland of Zenn Developments on a few projects,” he says. “They’re a very classy developer. They’re very professional, and they demand a good product from us. We seem to be able to supply that to them, and it’s been a great working relationship for us. They’ve been the best developer we’ve been involved with to date.” C u r r e n t l y, Wa r m Va l l e y Constr uction is work i ng on three subdivisions with Zenn

Developments: Askew Creek Drive in Chemainus, comprised of 11 single-family homes; Stirling Drive in Ladysmith, where they are completing the last house of 10; and James Place in Ladysmith, where the crew is breaking new ground on the first three of 14 houses. Cooper is optimistic that they will partner with Zenn Developments on future projects. As a company that builds a mix of residential and commercial projects, Warm Valley has been able to weather economic storms with proficiency in various project types. “When residential or multifamily markets slowed down in 2008, we moved further into the

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DEFENDANT Coching Mortgage Corp 200-931 Fort St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Warhurst, Michael David CLAIM $ 7,750

DEFENDANT BC Ferries 500-1321 Blanchard St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF King, Paul J CLAIM $35,216 DEFENDANT Bronte Heights Developments Ltd 1626 Garnet Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Cooper Pacific Ii Mortgage Investment Corporation CLAIM

DEFENDANT Cowichan Lake Holdings Ltd 485B Garbally Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Painters Plus Services CLAIM $ 10,291 DEFENDANT Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island 735 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Leard, Bonnie CLAIM $ 27,079

DEFENDANT FW Enterprises Ltd 3455 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC PLAINTIFF Vallance, Grace CLAIM $ 35,236 DEFENDANT G Holland Painting PO Box 534, Croften, BC PLAINTIFF Stirling, David CLAIM $ 7,712 DEFENDANT Ginther Agencies Ltd 935 Spring Pl, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Ivanyi Investments Inc CLAIM $ 169,040 DEFENDANT Greens Excavating 411 Oak Ave, Parksville, BC PLAINTIFF Coast Environmental Ltd CLAIM $ 9,806 DEFENDANT Island Group Services Inc 735 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Leard, Bonnie CLAIM $ 27,079 DEFENDANT KB Grewal Construction Ltd 2170 Nicklaus Dr, Victoria, BC


PLAINTIFF Leard, Bonnie CLAIM $ 27,079 DEFENDANT Kodiak Cabinetry 600 Ridge Grove Ave, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Derby, Byron CLAIM $ 29,656 DEFENDANT Loki Tiling 407-3206 Alder St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Avery, Hinda CLAIM $ 35,346 DEFENDANT Mortgage Centre Coching Mortgage 103-719 McCallum Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Warhurst, Michael David CLAIM $ 7,750 DEFENDANT Nancys Electrical Services Inc 40 Cavan St, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Owners Strata Plan VIS3995 CLAIM $35,176 DEFENDANT Nanoose Bay Services Ltd 4288 Delbrook Ave, North Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Tool Shed

CLAIM $ 17,832 DEFENDANT NU View Homes Ltd 202-3750 Shelbourne St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Coastal Heat Pumps Co Inc CLAIM $ 6,320 DEFENDANT RD Lightle Excavating Ltd 1143 Bellevue Rd, Parksville, BC PLAINTIFF Little Mountain Transport Ltd CLAIM $ 17,237 DEFENDANT RKE Enterprises Ltd 7-9843 2nd St, Sidney, BC PLAINTIFF Owners Strata Plan VIS5366 CLAIM $ 17,359 DEFENDANT Seacliff Properties Ltd 3455 Fairwinds Dr, Nanoose Bay, BC PLAINTIFF Vallance, Grace CLAIM $ 35,236 DEFENDANT Seba Construction Limited 1167 Jolivet Cres, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF New Heights Contracting CLAIM $ 32,216





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Serena Neumerschitsky and Tristan Radzik are planning on opening their own cannabis-based business called Stellar Jay Organics in Port Hardy, once marijuana is legalized on October 17th. The Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce is announcing the winners of their business excellence awards on September 28 at the Kwa’Lilas Hotel at their 46th Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala. The 55th Annual Conference & AGM for Tourism Vancouver Island will also be held at the Kwa’lilas Hotel and the Port Hardy Civic Centre from September 25-27. The annual conference will attract over 150 attendees and will provide tourism businesses, suppliers, educators and government organizations with professional development and networking opportunities.

realtors at 950 Island Highway. Hygro Gardening is celebrating their 15th year of business in the hydroponic supply industry at 1791 Tamarac Street. The Campbell River Hospice Society has added Kathryn Schmidt to their team as a regular art therapist. Schmidt is a certified councillor with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Concordia University.


Bill Howich RV & Marine has added Justin Lynn and Jade Hotte to their sales team at 2777 North Island Highway.

Coastland Veterinary Hospital welcomes Dr. Kelsey Cunningham to their team at 181 Larwood Road. Kelsey began working with Coastland in high school and recently graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Edwin Betinol, a local physiotherapist, has become the first physical therapist to be awarded a Clinical Educator Fellowship at the UBC Centre of Health Education Scholarship (CHES). Edwin is the owner of Joint Physiotherapy + Pain Treatment Centre in Campbell River at #107 – 250 Dogwood Street.

RE/MAX Check Realty has added Shawna Campbell to their team of

The Campbell River Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Coastal Community Credit Union received over 180 nominations for the 2018 Business Awards of Distinction. Winners of this year’s awards will be announced at the gala event taking place on September 29th at the Tidemark Theatre.



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the Maverick of the Year category at the 15 th Annual Intern at ion a l B u s i n e s s Aw a rd s. Before working with Manatee Holdings, Gant had experience as a paramedic and member of the Whitewater Ski Resort Rescue Team. Last fishing season she was the only female diver working in the urchin and sea cucumber fisheries on the west coast. The awards will be presented to winners at a gala banquet on October 20th in London, England. Port Augusta Family Practice is now open for business at Comox Centre Mall at 215 Port Augusta Street. Odlum Brown Courtenay congratulates Kevin Pantuso on becoming a portfolio manager for the firm at 1001 Fitzgerald Avenue. Odlum Brown is celebrating their 20 th anniversary in the Comox Valley. The Comox Valley Home Based Business Association is celebrating their 20 th anniversary. The organization is one of the Valley’s longest-running networking groups and was established to help home-based a n d s m a l l b u s i n e s s e n t repreneurs find a place to connect with other like-minded professionals.

M a r t i na Polson , ow ner of Blue Heron Books in Comox, has been named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International in honour of her many years of selling event tickets on behalf of community organizations including Rotary. Finneron Hyundai announces that Glenice Neal is their top salesperson of the month for their dealership at 250 Old Island Highway in Courtenay. T he Comox Valley Regional District (CV R D) a n nou nced that Scott Smith will be the new general manager of Planning and Development Services beginning September 17 th. Smith brings over 20 years of experience in local government – 18 of which have been in senior management at the City of Port Alberni. S u n w e s t R V C e n t r e c o ng rat u l ates Dave Ha mpsh ire on being their top salesperson of the month for their dealership at 2800 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. The management of Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC congratulates Malinda Mazzocchi on being their top salesperson of the month for their dealership at 2145 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay.

PARKSVILLEQUALICUM BEACH Kenneth a nd Audrey Cross h ave opened Back in Time Clocks at 7 – 281 Island Highway East in Parksville. The new shop sells and refurbishes antique clocks that date as far back as the 1800s. Oceanside Dental welcomes Dr. Bler i na Mu zi na DM D to their dental team at 175 Corfield Street in Parksville. The Town of Qualicum Beach is beginning a two year long pilot project for a retail cannabis store. The town is leasing a portion of the old fire hall building at 124 Harlech Road to host the store which will open when the federal government legalizes cannabis on October 17 th.


celebrating their 25 th anniversary at 101 – 148 Weld Street in Parksville. SOS Medical Appointment Transportation service is celebrating its 50 th year of serving the community. SOS is a volunteer driven organization t h a t p ro v i d e s t r a n s p o r t ation services for community residents to and from medical appointments. Parksville Qualicum Self Storage at Unit 7 - 1480 Industrial Way w i l l now of fer U-Hau l trucks, moving supplies, boxes and in-store pick-up for boxes. Additionally, the company is adding 3.5 acres of boat and RV storage to the facility.

The Oceanside Animal Hospital recently became the first a nd on ly a n i ma l hospita l i n BC to become a Fear Free certified practice. The Fear Free initiative was founded in 2016 and provides education to veterinary professionals and pet owners on emotional well-being, reduction of fear, anxiety and stress in pets.

Pharmasave Parksville a nnounces that Ruby Lalonde has graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is now a Registered Pharmacist. Pharmasave in Parksville and Qualicum have launched a personalized service that provides customers with online access to manage their health. The new program called eCare@Pharmasave allows patients to view their prescription history, view the numbers of refills available and order prescriptions or refills by taking a photo of it with their phone.

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PORT ALBERNI Kenner Reite h a s acqu i red Alberni Valley Shredder from Rob and Monika Johnson. The couple founded the business 15 years ago in 2003 and have grown the business into a fulltime job for the family. Reite has moved the business to 4429 Victoria Quay and plans on acquiring a larger shredder in the future. The Rollin Art Centre re-opens on September 11th after undergoing summer maintenance. The centre houses a fine arts gallery, gift shop, classroom, office and storage facilities at 3061 8th Avenue. Linda Bowers, owner of Boutique Belles Amies is retiring at the end of the year after working w ith the company for 21 years. Bowers has listed Boutique Belles Amies with Sandra Lamoureux of Re/Max Mid-Island Realty. R ay ner a nd Bract, a wo o d by-product hauling company, SEE MOVER’S AND SHAKERS   |  PAGE 29

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is celebrating their 70 th anniversary at 4442 – 10th Avenue. Congratulations to Sugar Shak in Harbour Quay on celebrating their 10 th anniversary. The shop is owned by Karmyn Akerley and offers handmade chocolates and confections, ice cream, sorbet, f rozen yog u r t a nd g i f t items. Blue Fish Gallery is celebrating their 5 th anniversary at 2907 2 nd Avenue. The shop offers pottery, jewellery, glass, clothing and more from local and other artisans. RE/MAX Mid-Island has moved to a temporary office in the Alberni Mall for around eight months while their office at Johnston and Ian undergoes construction. Once completed the space will be larger, include private officers for realtors and have an updated façade. Kuu-us Crisis Service celebrated their 25 th anniversary recently at 4589 Adelaide Street. The organization provides crisis cou nsel l i ng, prog ra ms and housing for people in the Alberni Valley.

Launched by the provincial government in 2006, ICET is an independently governed body that has provided over $50-mill ion towa rds roug h ly 180 projects throughout Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. Lorne Ayres has received a Volunteer Recognition Aw a r d f r o m To f i n o ’s municipal council for his tireless volunteering over the years. Ayres played a pivotal role in establishing the Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum.

NANAIMO L a r r y Steve n s o n h a s been appointed CEO of the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF). Stevenson bri ngs over 25 yea rs of experience in the railway industry to the new position and takes over from Graham Bruce. The ICF owns the 220-kilometre E&N rail line that stretches from Courtenay to Victoria and is committed to bringing rail service to the Island. Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty h a s added t he Shannon Marin Marketing Team, Brandon Lawson and Anton Nikl to their roya l ser v ic e g roup at 4200 Island Highway.


Walker’s Saw Shop at 3653 Shenton Road is now offering U-Haul products and services

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Tilray has been selected to receive an initial purchase order for a range of their cannabis products to Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s customers. Tilray is one of 14 marijuana producers selected to supply the province and will fulfill the order via High Park Holdings, their Ontario-based distributor.

Eco-Growth Model 500 O rg a n i c R e a c to r. T h e new machine can process up to 500-pounds of organic waste per day, including items like coffee cups, wooden stir sticks, bamboo cutlery and even small bones and deep fryer grease. The new system dubbed ‘EGOR’ will reduce the waste stream of the store by up to 40 per cent. Ucluelet Co-op is at 2076 Peninsula Road.

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T he Port T heatre b egins their 20 th anniversary season on September 9th with a performance by Ontario roots-rock group Midnight Shine. WestJet added a f light to Calgary and Vancouver from now until April 27, 2019. T he expanded f lights are seasonal and will be operated by the airline’s subsidiary WestJet Encore. The 49 Parallel Grocery Store at Unit 3D - 182 4 Cedar Road is celebrating their 5 th anniversary. th


Volkswagen announces that Chris Rigby is their top sa lesp erson of t he month for their dealership at 4921 Wellington Road. Jeffrey Kao is t he top salesperson of the month for Nanaimo Toyota at 2555 Bowen Road. Jarrett Gerke, co-owner of Green Thumb Garden Cent re a n d Nu rs er ie s, con fi rmed that the recently sold garden centre will remain operating at its cu r rent lo c at ion for at least two decades. T he new ow ners of the property are from within the family and they have no immediate plans for the property that would interfere with the day-today operations of the garden centre. Green Thumb Garden Centre and Nurseries is at 6261 Hammond Bay Road.


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Harman Manget is the n e w b a n k m a n a ge r a t CIBC in Chemainus. Downtown Ladysmith i s prepa r i n g to h ave a movie featuring Jim Carrey shot there starting in September. Andrea a nd Justin G a u l let te a re t h e n e w o w n e rs of Zack’s i n Ladysmith. Work is expected to be underway this fall at the new Chemainus branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library (V IR L) on Willow Street. VIRL has received approval from the municipality and is now looking to secure a contractor for the project. T he branch is expected to be open a yea r a f ter construction.

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MARK MACDONLD “The Art of the Deal” is the Magna Carta of Donald Trump. If people are surprised by what they are seeing from this President of the United States, then they haven’t done their home work and read what is probably Trump’s signature piece. The book is an explanation of almost everything he’s done since gaining the White House in terms of foreign and domestic economic policy. He makes deals. He lives to make them. He has a method, and it obviously works. Having the most powerful person in the world – not a life-long, slick-talking, non-feather ruffling politician - negotiating in public is uncomfortable. Especially if one is riding the ebbs and flows of the stock market, which rises and falls sharply depending on which Trump’s negotiating

tactic-du-jour is trotted out, and against which country. Trump did what any effective negotiator would do when negotiating his most recent joint dealings with Canada and Mexico: He divided. By taking Mexico into another room, so to speak, first, and getting a better deal for the U.S., he then had something he could take to Canada with words something like: “Here’s what I have from Mexico. I want something similar, or even more. . .” He’s a New York City street fighter, who describes himself in interviews thusly: “I’m a counter puncher. . . I then respond by maybe 10. I respond pretty strongly.” That echoes what his wife reportedly said, when asked what her husband was like: “If you punch him once, he will punch you 10 times.” This is the man who is negotiating with Canada on arguably this generation’s most important trade deal. To keep NAFTA or dump NAFTA – that is the question. And he’s supremely overmatching Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As political wag Newt Gingrich suggested following the completion of U.S. –Mexico negotiations, Trudeau’s backhanded swipe at Trump once the

American President left the G-7 summit wasn’t the best way to handle him. Trump has a good memory, wrote Gingrich. Is that enough to further tilt the negotiating table and give Trump extra incentive to take Trudeau to task? One would think trade talks that will affect countless companies on both sides of the 49th wouldn’t come down to that. But why take that risk in the first place? Oh, of course: The opportunity to score cheap political points with American hating Canadian voters. Let’s face it, Trudeau hasn’t exactly been shining on the international stage of late. Historically speaking, the federal Liberals have not been propellants of free trade, and although they’ve lived with agreements made by Conservative parties led by Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper, they have not been initiators. Trudeau’s no-show at Trans Pacific Partnership talks and lecturing/insisting on non-business “values” have harmed trade relations with China and Saudi Arabia, not to mention his multiple faux pas that angered the Indian government. Stakes in a trade deal with the U.S. are much, much higher. Canada has much to lose, and is in a weakened negotiating

stance with the Mexico deal done and Trump on the other side of the table, this country best hope the Americans are feeling benevolent. Trump’s actions are not surprising for many. He’s doing pretty much exactly what he said he would do if elected President, and keeping many of his promises. For those whose only media diet is the Democratic Press (CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS) that fans the flames of loathing and distrust, they see Trump as a menace. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that Americans also tune in to Republican favourable FOX and that half of Americans who voted did so for Trump. There are many south of the border that actually like what he’s doing, even though they may not like how he says it. Is Trump’s near dominance of U.S. media providing a smokescreen for what the Trudeau government is doing here at home? The mishandling of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion is the latest in a long line of bungling that holds dire, long-term consequences for this country. When Trudeau swept to power in 2015, Canada’s economy was posting budget surpluses, provinces were getting along – even Quebec was happy – and we were

enjoying a re-emergence on the worldwide stage. Today, we have inter-provincial drama, raised eyebrows and shrugging shoulders from nations that have historically been good friends, plus massive deficits. Why should we be surprised? This is the son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the author of federal deficit financing who, by the time he was finished, infuriated Canadians with ample dollops of arrogance and disdain from coast to coast. His worst legacy of all? The National Energy Program, which brought Alberta to its collective economic knees overnight. He wanted a weaker West, which he got, but it also resulted in “the West wants in”, and we were. Many were hoping this Trudeau’s earlier signs signaling a return to a weaker West weren’t mirror images in “Like father, like son” fashion. The pipeline? Does anyone really believe self-proclaimed ultra-green Trudeau will really be the one to push this project to completion, with Alberta being the beneficiary? It’s NEP II, most likely. Surprised by Trump? Surprised by Trudeau? We shouldn’t be. The signs have been there for all to see.




C Finance Minister Carole James ca l led Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums “unfair” and argued in a news release that her govern ment’s replacement Employer Health Tax (EHT) is a “much fairer and progressive approach.” More broadly, Premier John Horgan government’s rhetoric about the new tax suggests it will

push the burden onto employers and away from workers. In reality, the EHT, like the MSP premiums it’s supposed to replace, will cost average British Columbians in the form of reduced wages and job opportunities. And it will further erode the province’s investment climate. Beginning in January 2019, the EHT will be levied on employers with payrolls over $500,000. The tax, which increases with an employer’s payroll costs, is expected to generate almost $2 billion of annual revenue in 2019-20. It will replace the revenue from MSP premiums, which are being phased out (although for 2019, both the MSP and EHT will be in force, creating a taxation double whammy). Just because employers will pay the tax on behalf of their employees, it doesn’t mean that employees won’t pay the tax. They will and here’s why: Employers view payroll taxes as part of the overall compensation paid to workers. As these ta xes i ncre a se, t here’s less

money available for the wages and benefits for employees and investments in innovation, expansion and tools that improve worker productivity. Therefore, over time, wages will not grow as fast as they would without a payroll tax. So workers ultimately bear the cost of payroll taxes through reduced pay. This logic has considerable empirical support. A recent Fraser Institute study analyzed data on payroll taxes and average wages and found that increasing the employer payroll tax rate reduces the average hourly wage of workers. Based on the results, just a one percentage point increase in the average payroll tax rate would reduce annual wages by between $137 and $605. T h i s i s not t he on ly Ca nadian-based study to come to such a conclusion. Economists based at HEC Montréal similarly found that “payroll taxes are passed almost entirely to workers in the form of lower wages.” Moreover, in a review entitled “Payroll taxes: Killers of jobs,

killers of wages,” leading labour economist and University of Toronto professor Morley Gunderson summarized the evidence on payroll taxes as follows: “much of the burden of the payroll tax evidence suggests approximately 80 per cent - is ultimately shifted to labour in the form of lower wages even if it initially is ‘paid for’ by employers. This is especially true for lower wage workers, who are less skilled and are not sufficiently mobile to ‘escape’ the tax. Thus, the appeal of taxing rich corporations through a payroll tax is based largely on a false image.” Gunderson also notes that it takes time for employers to shift the tax burden to labour, so in the intervening period, they may respond to higher labour costs induced by the tax by reducing employment and output. Another problem with the EHT is that it’s yet another tax hike by this government, on top of higher taxes on personal income, corporate income and the carbon tax. So the EHT is another blow

to BC’s competitiveness and will send more negative signals to investors and entrepreneurs that the province is not an attractive place to invest. Even the government’s MSP task force warned against using a payroll tax to replace MSP premiums, noting that: “A payroll tax would reduce the competitiveness of BC businesses at a time when they are facing several competitiveness challenges, including expected increases to the minimum wage, CPP increases, and recent tax reform in the U.S., which improve the competitive position of many U.S. businesses.” The bottom line is that when the EHT is implemented in January, BC’s competitiveness will take another hit and ordinary workers will ultimately foot the bill. Charles Lammam is director of fiscal studies at the Fraser Institute and Taylor Jackson is an independent researcher.

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also has locations on Victoria and Sooke. Sharon and David Chapm a n a re m o v i n g t h e i r cleaning business the Irish Mop from Vancouver to the Cowichan Valley. The duo offers cleaning services to residences and businesses. Jen n i fer Cleoug h h a s opened All Tied Up Yarn & Crafts for business at #7 – 5777 Trans-Canada Highway in Duncan. Christina Hanson has opened Backwoods Soap & Candle Co. for business at 225 Canada Avenue. Hom e To ol s i s a n e w shop open for business in Duncan on Trunk Road a c r o s s f r o m S ave-o nFoods. The store is owned and operated by Jessie Sui and Duo Han and sells a wide range of tools, kitchen utensils, carpets, lights and more. T he Oak and Carriage Neighbourhood Pub has been rena med T he Oak and is now owned by Duncan Morrison. T he iconic carriage that was

displayed at the front of the pub has been sold to the original owners of the establishment. Poochies Dog Grooming & Pet Food in Lake Cowichan moved from 53 North Shore Road to owner Gabr iela Melendez’s home at 102 2 1 Youbou Road. Gabriela looks forwa rd to serving her more than 400 clients from her new location. Shawnigan Lake Veterinary Wellness Practice i s a new sm a l l-a n i m a l practice open in Shawnigan Village focused on palliative/end of life care for senior and terminally ill patients. The practice has minor surgical capacity and is at 101 – 1760 Shawnigan Mill Bay Road. Valley Medical Clinic announces that Dr. Matthew Paquette has joined their practice at 335 Jubilee Street. Eric Edgar has opened Queen’s Cup Café for business at 60 Queens Road. The new café sells baked goods made fresh every morn i ng a nd specia lty coffee made at Mustard Seed Coffee.


South Shore Cabinetry is a finalist in eight categories in the 2018 Construction Achievement and Renovations of Excellence Awards (CARE) of Vancouver Island, hosted by the Victoria Residential Builders Association. The winners will be announced at the CA R E Awards gala on September 29 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

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Business Examiner Vancouver Island - September 2018  

Featuring the latest business news and information for the Cowichan Valley, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port...

Business Examiner Vancouver Island - September 2018  

Featuring the latest business news and information for the Cowichan Valley, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Port...