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Announcement Accompanies Selection of New SAR Aircraft BY DAVID HOLMES

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CFB Comox Chosen For New Training Facility OMOX – A new generation of fixed wing search and rescue (SAR) aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will not only enhance the military’s capabilities, it will also prove to be an economic shot in the arm for the Comox Valley. On December 8, 2016 the Department of National Defence (DND) announced that the European designed and built C295W was the winner of the military’s Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement (FWSAR) Project, a procurement program with a total price tag of about $4.7 billion. “One of my hats as CEO of the Comox Airport Commission is to work for the economic development of our community, primarily in how it relates to what we do at the airport,” explained


Comox Valley MLA Don McRae, left, and Comox Mayor Paul Ives, centre, were part of the team that brought the base project to the Comox Valley

Local Independent School Has A Change In Leadership Increasing Interest Sees School Planning For Future Expansion


ANTZVILLE – Planning and preparation are the keys to success in any significant undertaking. At the Nanaimo area’s Aspengrove Independent School, preparing its students for the world of tomorrow both academically and socially, is at the heart of everything it has successfully done for the past 13 years. As far as the institution and its new Head of School are concerned, that job is more

important now than ever before. Since opening its doors in 2003 Aspengrove School, with its distinctive but fully Ministry of Education approved curriculum, has energized the academic lives of hundreds of students, preparing them not just for their post secondary studies, but for the broader world that exists beyond the classroom. H e a d o f S c h o o l J o -A n n e Kingstone joined the not for

profit educational institution in July, bringing with her decades of educational and administrative experience. A former English teacher, she had previously worked in independent schools in Canada, the United States and more recently at Shawnigan Lake School and Crofton House School prior to taking on her latest challenge. While fulfilling many of the tasks typically assigned to a

Principal at a public school, in an independent school a Head of School is required to wear a number of different hats. “A Head of School is not only tasked with being the academic leader of the school, but she also has oversight for the facility, external relations, admissions, staff hiring and retention, program development, philanthropy and more. It’s all SEE ASPENGROVE INDEPENDENT | PAGE 23

2 VANCOUVER ISLAND Vancouver Island Real Estate Sales Grows In December Sales of single-family homes in December were lower than the previous month, reflecting seasonal market conditions and inventory challenges, but annual sales volume rose 24 per cent over 2015. A total of 6,063 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in 2016, an increase of 24 per cent over the 4,885 sales recorded the previous year. The average sale price of a single-family home increased by 13 per cent in 2016 to reach $404,695. Inventory of single-family homes dipped to 859 in December, a historic low, down 17 per cent from November and 37 per cent from one year ago. This figure is the lowest recorded in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area since the board began tracking inventory in 1999. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) notes that housing demand throughout 2016 was driven by a provincial economy that outperformed the rest of the country. However, BCREA does expect the housing market to weaken somewhat this year. In December 2016, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $396,100, up 17 per cent from one year ago.

NEWS UPDATE Prices increased in every zone, ranging from nine per cent in Port Alberni to 20 per cent in Nanaimo. The benchmark price of an apartment rose 20 per cent board-wide from the previous year, but the highest increases were posted in Parksville-Qualicum (25 per cent), the Comox Valley (26 per cent), and Campbell River (31 per cent). The townhouse market also strengthened in December, posting high double-digit increases in every zone, from 16 per cent in Port Alberni to 20 per cent in Campbell River. The December 2016 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $311,500, an increase of 17 per cent over December 2015. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $396,000, up 19 per cent from 2015. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $345,000, an increase of 14 per cent compared to December 2015. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 20 per cent to $429,200 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price rise by 18 per cent to $453,800. The price of a benchmark home in Port Alberni hit $214,700, up nine per cent from one year ago.

BRITISH COLUMBIA BC’s GDP Growth Expected to Outpace Nation in 2017

British Columbia is on track to remain one of Canada’s strongest economies in 2017 as most private sector economists, banks and economic think-tanks are forecasting the province will continue to record real GDP growth that ranks among the best in Canada. Statistics Canada reported that BC’s real GDP grew by 3.3 per cent in 2015, the highest rate of economic growth in Canada and a full 2.4 percentage points above the national average. The Province’s independent Economic Forecast Council predicted on Nov. 25, 2016, BC’s economy will outperform Canada; on average, they forecast real GDP growth at 3.0 per cent in 2016 and 2.3 per cent in 2017. British Columbia’s nation-leading GDP growth can be credited to its strong growth in retail sales, exports (especially to the United States) housing starts, and Canada-leading employment growth. For 2016, projections for the province’s economic growth range between 2.9 per cent (Scotiabank) to 3.4 per cent (Conference Board of Canada), well above the Canadian real GDP growth rate of between 1.2 per cent (Scotiabank) and 1.4 per cent (TD Economics). Next year, British Columbia’s real GDP is anticipated to show moderate growth, increasing between 1.7 per cent (RBC Economics) and 2.5 per cent (BMO). While BC’s growth will be tempered compared with the past two years, most economists and banks are forecasting it will


be higher than Canada as whole, which is expected to grow from a low of 1.8 per cent (RBC Economics) to a high of 2.1 per cent (Conference Board of Canada) in 2017. Looking to 2017 and beyond, TD Economists report that British Columbia’s above-average GDP growth will be spurred by consumer spending and that, “federal-provincial government stimulus (that) will add to growth over the next two years – especially in BC where the government will likely redeploy surpluses in new tax cuts and spending increases.”


and maximize the benefits of revitalization.” The $533,000 revitalization project will receive an investment of $117,000 from the Island Coastal Economic Trust. Tofino is engaged in a multiphase revitalization project, and the work supported by ICET in the first phase has generated tangible benefits, including new business start-ups, sale of key investment property and a significant increase in foot traffic contributing to increased profits for existing businesses. The Main Street project, expected to begin early in the New Year will shift the focus to the historic commercial centre of town.

Tofino Unveils New Downtown Revitalization


The next phase of the District of Tofino’s downtown revitalization will get underway this month, rehabilitating the historic main street and restoring it as a viable and attractive location for business investment in the community and enhanced staging area for new tourism opportunities. “As Tofino has grown as a Resort Municipality, we’ve focused on building infrastructure that supports visitor experience, economic opportunity and business growth, and community life,” said Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne. “Our phased approach to revitalize downtown Tofino has enabled us to build on past successes, leverage support,

VIU Receives $22.4 Million Infrastructure Investment Vancouver Island University (VIU) trade students will be better equipped for the future, thanks to a new $22.4 million investment to expand the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex and create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System. The joint federal-provincial investment was announced by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and, Parksville-Qualicum MLA Michelle Stilwell. The project SEE NEWS UPDATE | PAGE 3




will see $10.6 million from the Government of Canada, $9.5 million from the Province and $2.3 million from Vancouver Island University. The first project, the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex expansion and redevelopment involves 2,014 square metres of new construction and 629 square metres of renovations. The work will improve and expand training spaces for in-demand trades programs that align with the needs of industries and employers. The expansion will increase capacity by 128 full-time equivalent spaces across the automotive, motorcycle, marine and carpentry programs. This will add an Acceleration Discovery space, where faculty, students and industry can come together and focus on research and innovation, ensuring programs stay relevant and responsive to industry needs. The expansion and redevelopment of the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex will create 77 direct and 47 indirect jobs. The total cost is $20 million, with $9.5 million provided by the Government of Canada, $9.5 million provided by the Province and $1 million provided by VIU. The second project will create a District Geo-Exchange Energy System, which will reduce the carbon output for heating and cooling at VIU’s Nanaimo campus by tapping into geothermal energy. The total cost is $2.4 million with $1.1 million from the Government of Canada and $1.3 million from Vancouver Island University. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2017 and be substantially complete by spring 2018.

PORT ALBERNI City to Spend $25k for McLean Mill Food Services Alberni Valley News The City of Port Alberni has agreed to spend $25,000 to help bring food services to McLean Mill following a recommendation brought forward by the McLean Mill Society board of directors. During council’s recent meeting, the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society, which operates McLean Mill under contract for the city, made a request of $55,000 to cover a shortfall in 2016 related to the costs of

installing a kitchen in the mill. Council then requested that the board of directors for the newly formed McLean Mill Society make a recommendation after the IHS’s request. Bill Collette and Sheena Falconer of the new McLean Mill Society presented to City Council on Dec. 12. Collette recommended that the city pay $15,000 to the commercial kitchen vendor, which represents a payment due by Dec. 31, and pay a further $10,000 to the IHS to compensate them for the down payment they made for the commercial kitchen Collette emphasized the necessity of a kitchen for the future of the mill. He brought up a Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Report dated Nov. 1993 that recommended food services for the site. “This was a recommendation 24 years ago. When I look at that report, I see a lot of the same stuff that we’ve talked about for the last two years,” said Collette. “To me, personally, it’s a reasonable purchase,” he went on. “What we are missing there today if we really want to grow McLean Mill is food services.” Collette said he felt confident that the kitchen could be renegotiated with the current vendors. Council was divided on the issue but the motion was carried after some debate.

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COMOX VALLEY Sport and Event Enhancement Grant Intake Announced Applications for the 2017 Sport and Event Attraction and Expansion Grant are being accepted until January 15, 2017. The grant provides event producers and organizers with additional cash resources to support them in expanding existing Comox Valley events or attracting new ones. The funding provides stimulus for event bidding, creation, hosting, marketing and the administration of events that can demonstrate attracting out of town visitors. Over $30,000 of funding support was provided in 2016 alone and brought thousands of additional visitors to the region. Recent recipients of the grant include the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association, the Comox Valley Skating Club, BC Naturalist Society, Comox Valley Road Runners, Comox Valley SEE NEWS UPDATE | PAGE 4

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Cycle Cross, Municipal Information Systems Conference, Comox Valley Ribfest and the PGA Qualifier at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community. The grant was established by the Courtenay hotel, motel and resort owners, in conjunction with the Comox Valley’s Destination Marketing Advisory Committee to remove financial obstacles for organizations looking to host events. Primarily, grant assistance is provided to events planned during the shoulder seasons from September to June. In some select, targeted circumstances, summer events will be considered, so all event planners are encouraged to apply for the 2017 Grant. In addition to running its own series of destination level events and festivals throughout the year, Comox Valley Economic Development and Tourism, the region’s Destination Marketing Organization, oversees the program and supports events with inkind marketing support and the promotion of a region-wide Events Calendar. The application for the grant can be found at marketing-opportunities.



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Campbell River has received provincial approval for a three per cent hotel tax increase. The tax on local hotel/motel rooms to be effective Mar. 1, 2017. “This tax paid by visiting guests will provide a significant source of funding to

support tourism promotion, especially given all the major events planned for 2017,” says Mayor Andy Adams. Conservative estimates on annual funding generated through a local hotel tax paid by visiting guests is in the range of $250,000. The City will continue to contribute $250,000 annually for local tourism marketing, programs and projects. City Council has also confirmed members of the new Tourism Advisory Committee who will guide the five-year tourism strategy. Clint Buchholz, Harley Elias, Erin Neely, Wayne Nikolaisen and Tom Olsen have been appointed for two years beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Carly Pereboom has been appointed for a one-year term. Non-voting volunteers on the committee include Heather Gordon Murphy, representing the Downtown Business Improvement Area, Dave Hamilton from the Campbell River Chamber of Commerce, Dean Prentice, Jonathan Shead and Sukhy Bains representing accommodation providers and the City’s economic development officer.  “We look forward to the committee’s experience raising awareness of Campbell River as a destination of choice and promoting year-round tourism opportunities,” says Mayor Adams.  The Campbell River Economic Development Corporation ceased tourism operations at the end of December, and new management of tourism services is expected to begin early in 2017.  “The City extends hearty thanks to the transition team that carried Campbell River’s tourism work forward over the past year,” says the City’s economic development officer Rose Klukas.  The new contractor will also take over the Visitor Information Centre, which will temporarily move to the museum starting in January.



Finalists announced for Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards Total of 84 companies will be represented at January 26 gala at Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria


ICTORIA – A total of 83 companies have been named Finalists for the 17 th Annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, which the best of the best in Island business January 26 at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria. “This is one of the deepest and most diverse set of finalists we’ve seen yet,” notes Mark MacDonald of Business Examiner, which coordinates the event. “I believe this was the largest number of nominations we’ve ever received, and the scope and variety of what these businesses do is mind boggling. It’s simply amazing what businesses are doing on Vancouver Island.”

Bruce Williams of CT V Vancouver Island will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event, which has Black Press as a Platinum Medium Sponsor this year. RBC Royal Bank and Grant Thornton LLP are back as Gold Spons o r s . Ca te go r y s p o n s o r s include CIBC, Coastal Community Credit Union, Helijet and Grieg Seafood. Categories th is yea r i nclude: Agriculture, Automotive, Construction / Development, Entrepreneur, Forestry/ Wood Products, Green, Health, Hospitality/ To u r i s m , M a n u f a c t u re r, O ce a n P ro ducts, P rofessional (legal, accounting, insurance), Rea l Estate, Reta i l, Sma l l Busi ness (u nder 50 employees), Tech nolog y, Trades and Business of the Year (over 50 employees). “Again this year, the nominations are nearly evenly split between companies south of the Malahat, and those from north of the Malahat,” says MacDonald. “This shows the strength of the economy on Vancouver Island is spread out from north to south, which is healthy. “The evening offers a tremendous networking opportunity to meet and greet some of the most exciting and successful business owners and operators on Vancouver Island.”

The event is expected to sell out, and tickets to the event are $125, and can be purchased through For more information on the event, contact MacDonald at 1-866-758-2684 ext. 120 or email: Finalists are, listed by city: Campbell River: ASAP Geomatix, Bailey Western Star Trucks, Balance Equestrian Centre, Discovery Passage SeaLife Society, Dolphins Resort, Ripple Rock Restorations, and Skye Avionics. Comox Valley: Lacasse Construction, My Tech Guys, Rattan Plus Home and Patio, Salish Sea Foods, West Coast Expeditions, Woodland Flooring. Cowichan Valley: Cowichan Woodwork, Mid Island Ink Depot, Ramada Duncan and Westholm Tea Farm. Esquimalt: Arriba Mexico Food Company and Sharkz Coins. Ladysmith: Chopsti x Sa lon, Coast Salish Development Corporation, GNB Builders and Three Guys Construction. Langford: Verity Construction Ltd. Nanaimo: Calais Billiards & Spa, Classic Care Services, Coast Bastion Hotel, Ecklundson Construction, Island West Coast Developments, Living Forest Campground, NYLA Fresh Thread, Restacon, Rewild Homes, Seamor Marine, Studio AE Interior Design, The Nest Bistro a nd VitaCa re Natu ra l Hea lth Clinic. Parksville: O ce a n side Ro of i ng,

Quality Foods and Weather-Wise Cedar Products. Port Alberni: Alberni Community & Women’s Services Society, Boomerangs Café, Coulson Group, EM Salon, The Fenton Group, Trends Design, Vancouver Island Limousine and West Coast Edge ATV. Port Hardy: Keltic Seafoods. Port McNeill: Telegraph Cove Resort. Qualicum Beach: CrossFit Qualicum Beach, Lefty’s Fresh Foods and Waypoint Insurance. Sidney/Saanich Peninsula: Bayshore Home Health, Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa, Coastal Heat Pumps, Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc. and Level Ground Trading. Sooke: Little Vienna Bakery Café and Marketplace and Tri City Collision and Repairs Ltd. Tofino: Cr ysta l Cove Resor t, Epic Pha rmacy, Ocea n O utf itters, Shelter Restau ra nt a nd Tof i no Brew i ng Company. Victoria: B er n h a rdt Cont ract i n g, Chemistry Consulting, DB Services, DeeBee’s Organics, Dodd’s Furniture, Emterra Environmental, Equilibriam Massage Therapy Inc., First Light Technologies, 4 Seasons Fire Pevention, HomeWise Plumbing & Drainage Services, Inn at Laurel Point, Mayfair Optometric Clinic, Orca Spirit Adventures, Pizzeria Prima Strada, RingPartners, Seabrook Developments, Victoria Eye and Western Canada Fire Protection.

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ome of us make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves each year, and with that in mind, it is also a good time to reflect on some HR practices that may affect your business in 2017. Our employees are the driving force of our success and while the past couple of years have given us some reprieve from labour shortages, demographics (aging workforce) and the current low unemployment rate are quickly changing that again. In 2017, we will see an increased demand in all industries for future leaders to help us drive our companies. A survey of HR professionals by SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) named “developing

the next generation of organizational leaders” as the top future human resources challenge. One resolution to consider for the coming year could be to review and invest in your training and mentoring programs & practices to develop leaders from within. You already know the strengths they bring to the job, so help them stay with you and develop the skills needed to move to the next position. This leads to resolution number two; reducing your employee turnover. Some estimates and research show that it can be as high as 38 per cent of annual salary. You cannot prevent everyone from leaving, but you can ensure that it is not because of your HR practices. Reasons employees leave include lack of training, no growth opportunities, ineffective leadership and poor communications. If your HR practices strive to improve any of those considerations, you will see an improvement in your turnover rate. Thirdly, take a more proactive approach to employee wellness. Well-being has

a direct impact on overall employee engagement and performance. One of the challenges with workplace wellness programs is understanding what “wellness” actually means. Well- being is individualized and can mean physical, mental and/or social wellness. Any programs that you develop or implement need to consider all three of those components. While it seems that establishing a corporate wellness program may be too time consuming or costly, the benefits to your bottom line are tangible. Your employees will become more engaged, productive and in many cases, you will see a reduction in sick time and absenteeism. So, for 2017, make your employees your focus, become an employer of choice and while doing so improve your bottom line. Wishing you a successful 2017! Christine is with Chemistry Consulting and can be reached at c.willow@

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UNCAN – It’s essentially a case of ‘Have Chipper Will Travel’ for Duncan’s Doug Turlock, the owner of Wee Chip Cowichan, a mobile wood chipping, mulching and trimming business that that has been serving clients from the Malahat to Qualicum Beach since 2015. “People who have old burn piles, freshly limbed trees, yard clean up and other sources of wood waste will simply give us a call and we’ll come and chip it up for them,” Turlock explained. Operating out of a property at 5094 Lee Road in Duncan, Turlock, who previously had worked in the forest industry for more than 40 years, opened Wee Chip Cowichan in October 2015. Using a commercial grade, but fuel efficient mobile chipper, he transports his equipment all across the Cowichan Valley and beyond helping to reduce the need for burning wood waste by converting it into environmentally friendly chips and mulch. “Often when we work for a client they will keep the resulting mulch to put on their gardens, flower beds and for other landscaping tasks. If they prefer we

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Removing wind-blown branches are a popular assignment, turning waste into valuable chips came from,” he remembers. Initially using consumer grade equipment he quickly upgraded to a state of the art chipping system and hasn’t looked back since. In addition to turning limbs and branches into chips, the same equipment makes short work of nuisance crops such as broom

The end result: what was once a pile of waste wood has been converted into useful wood chips and mulch

and blackberries – much to the delight of property owners all across the region. “The need is obviously there for this service so for the future we’ll continue to grow and continue to service the Cowichan Valley. We’re big on trying to get people away from the idea of burning,”

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Business Booming in Parksville Qualicum Beach for Cedar Sky Foods parents — anybody who really needs help in the kitchen with meal preparation,” said Crystal. “We have a lot of entrées for one, and in the New Year we’re going to be expanding with a lot more family-size and family-friendly entrées.” Since transitioning to Island life, business on the West Coast has boomed for the Niddries. “It was our intent in moving here that because we’re in such close proximity to so many fabulous farmers and growers, that we wanted to use that produce to create great products,” said Crystal. “We try to use and source local ingredients as much as possible, lots of BC produce.” From braised pork ribs with pineapple rice and chef’s vegetables, to butter chicken with basmati rice, Chef Chris’ culinary background, Chef de Cuisine designation and Red Seal certification sauté together well when creating in the kitchen. “We have quite a variety of different types of meals,” said Crystal, mentioning that they do have vegetarian meals as well.

Parksville Qualicum News usba nd a nd w i fe co-founders of Cedar Sky Foods, Chris and Crystal Niddrie, say they are making it their mission to source and use local, sustainable ingredients to match the needs of people in Parksville Qualicum Beach. “We’re a commercial food production facility, and have been in business for over 10 years,” said Crystal. “We just started out doing retail products for customers who can order from our website. They can either pick up or we can deliver from Qualicum Beach to Nanaimo.” Both born and raised in Alberta, Crystal said the couple decided to move their family and business to Vancouver Island last year. “We outgrew our business space in Calgary and needed to move our facility,” Crystal said. “We opened (in Parksville) in May, and since being here, we’ve found the community to be so supportive of our business. People walk in just to shake our hands and welcome us.” “A lot of our retail customers are seniors, busy professionals and busy

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ru Value Foods is the 2017 recipient of the Family Business Excellence Award recognizing its considerable contribution to its local communities and economy. “Twenty-three nominations were received from across Vancouver Island,” said Stewart Story, president of the Family Business Association Vancouver Island (FBAVI), adding that the award recipient and finalists, Prince of Whales Whale Watching and Dodd’s Furniture, will be presented the awards at a gala event held February 9 at the Beach House Restaurant in Victoria with generous sponsorship and support from Black Press, Hot House Marketing, Reed Pope Law, Country Grocer Salt Spring Island and Country Grocer. Given annually by FBAVI, the award celebrates and promotes the achievements of Canadian family businesses. “It’s a real compliment to be recognized by your peers,” said Dean Clarke, majority shareholder, Tru Value Foods. “In the grocery world, we’re a small player doing what we see as good and right. For people from an organization we respect, looking from the outside in, and saying that what we are doing makes sense, is an honour.”

T r u Va l u e i s a c o m m u nity-based chain of full-service grocery stores located on and around Vancouver Island with a focus on giving back to each community it serves. The company was originally owned by Wayne Verch who founded it in 1991. Clarke explained that he has been involved with the company as a silent investor since 2001. When Verch passed away in 2010, Dean Clarke began buying shares until he became a majority shareholder. In 2011 Clarke brought his son, Brett, into the business as controller. “All three of my sons, at one time, have worked at Tru Value. Bringing Brett on board helped tighten up the financial structure and, because we have good communication, we are able to discuss issues constructively.” Clarke added that what a person does at work can sometimes be a mystery for family members that aren’t involved in the business. “When family is involved there is a new and better level of understanding in what that individual accomplishes at work on a daily basis.” Alan McGillivray, Prince of Whales Whale Watching, said that his three daughters have been periodically and seasonally involved with the company he founded in 1998. Today, his youngest works as sales and

marketing director. “Growing up in a family business you learn to appreciate the independence that comes with owning your own company. But you have to know when to talk business and when to let go and be a family too.” For Love Dodd of Dodd’s Furniture, being a finalist means being a part of a community that understands the successes and pitfalls of running a family business. “I am fortunate that every day I work beside my parents, Ravinder and Gurdial Dodd, as well as my sister and her husband, Aman and Jag Sahota, and the many employees who have come to us through family ties and close friends. We are excited to have the comradery and support of an organization like the FBA where we can share both our knowledge and our challenges with other family business owners.” FBAVI is an energetic and dynamic organization filled with knowledgeable family businesses and advisors. Its focus is on providing relevant educational events and a framework for peer support groups. “Recognition from the Canadian business family community, through these awards, is an honour and a privilege,” said Story. “We recognize that the challenges of operating a familyowned business are unique. The

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anuary always brings out the prognosticator in me (the rest of the months bring out the procrastinator). And this year there are some pretty big subjects to prognosticate on. The biggest is Nanaimo’s new mega-project – the Events Centre. You’d have to be living under a rock to not k now the very m inimum about the Centre, but here’s a few details, just in case. It could be located on one of two downtown sites – HOJO, or across the street from Port Place. It will be primarily built for hockey (with talks on with the WHL hockey league) and concerts but will be suitable for everything from MMA to Figure Skating to Monster Truck Events and religious rallies. It will likely

be similar to Victoria’s Save-On Centre with about the same number of seats – 6000 – 7000. T here a re approx i m ately 400,000 people living on either side of the Malahat so either venue would be marketing to a similar size potential audience. It is generally believed that promoters and performers currently booking into Victoria would also book a show here for that audience north of the Malahat. Aside from the tourism draw, the regional hockey fans, and the draw for major entertainers there are other key reasons to support this concept – ‘economic influence’. What additional development and investment could be expected on adjacent properties, and the downtown in general, as has been the case in other communities? How can this be integrated to the Terminal-Nichol

Project? W hat else does this spur with the South Downtown Waterfront lands? That’s where the excitement starts to build. The big question that will be coming up, and will be answered through an electoral process, is how many Nanaimo residents would vote to support construction and infrastructure management costs over its lifetime – and for how much. Ongoing feasibility studies are forthcoming with the details, realistic cost projections, funding and financing structure, and who the participants and partners in the project might be. If all goes according to plan, we would be looking at dropping the first puck in September of 2019. Throughout the process, the City promises to maintain a high level of consultation and communication with residents for their opinion on what could be a monumental move forward for our community. And if we can do something like this, how many other great projects can we get moving forward? To many, it feels like we’ve been in ‘stall mode’ for much too long. Kim Smythe is CEO of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at ceo@


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Cowichan, the region’s destination marketing organization. Tourism Cowichan will offer an enhanced marketing campaign called ESP, which stands for EAT STAY PLAY Cowichan. Both locals and visitors to the Cowichan Valley will have an opportunity to enjoy fixed price gourmet menus from as little as $20, $25, $35 and $45. During the 17 days of Dine Cowichan, accommodations will be offered at insanely low rates, and activities can be enjoyed at 50 per cent off (such as The Raptors). The Chamber is working to secure up to 20 participating restaurants for Cowichan’s first Dine Around type program. We are pleased to include restaurants

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ADYSMITH - Although it may sound like Three Guys Construction is operated by, well, three guys, Philip Myburgh explained that his company started with just him. “I kept getting told by clients that I work as fast as three guys, so that’s what I named my company.” Myburgh, who immigrated to Canada three years ago, has been living in the country for six years; three of those spent waiting for his residency. Originally from South Africa, he and his family moved to Orlando, Florida, when the young Myburgh was 18 years old. However, just before the family moved to the States, Myburgh dropped out of high school. With a history in the building industry - both his father and grandfather were builders - when he arrived in Florida the first job he got was as a labourer building custom homes for RJV Custom Homes. “It didn’t take me long to work my way up, f i rst b ecom i ng superintendent’s assistant and then after three years becoming superintendent and project manager building multi-million dollar homes. At one point, my boss recommended me to his buddy who was a major homebuilder (IBK Custom Homes) in Winterpark, Florida. He hired me and I worked for him for about 7 years.” Myburgh claims that this job netted him far more than just a paid position. He also learned about the business of operating a construction company and managing projects, while at the same time developing a passion for the idea of working for himself. “There was a lot of prayer and support from family and friends over the years,” he said. “It’s helped me make careful decisions at each stage of my life.” One of the best decisions he made was coming to the Island

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for a holiday. “When I was on vacation in Ladysmith I stopped in at the local pub for a beer. Sitting at a table with an older man was a young woman who immediately caught my eye. At the time, I wondered what she was doing with an old guy, but didn’t give it much more thought.” The next day Myburgh met the same woman at a gas station, found out she was home from college and the day before was at the pub having a drink with her dad. Myburgh asked her out and four months later they were married. “I hadn’t got my papers yet so while I was waiting I built my new wife a house in Ladysmith.” Since creating the company, Myburgh has been busy. The company has won large contracts that involve commercial renovations of condo complexes and unique projects that are not only eye catching but also challenging. “We built a swimming pool that uses natural filtration and vegetation to clear the water of contaminants so it doesn’t need chlorine.” Another project Three Guys just completed earned them a BBB Torch Award in the Contractor-General Category. Given by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the award honours local businesses that go above and beyond in their commitment and dedication to trust and ethics in the marketplace. Three Guys won the award for a renovation that involved a

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“It was a really nice upgrade and an honour to be acknowledged for our work. We didn’t even know we were in the running until someone told us our company had been

mentioned in the local paper as having been nominated. It was very rewarding as it showed that our hard work was noticed.” Part of the reno included installing granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. Many of his projects do, especially now that as an offshoot, under the Three Guys banner, he has a granite and stonework company. “My friend worked with granite, marble and soapstone and taught me how to work the stone. I love the feel and look, so I put it into our own kitchen.” When Myburgh realized he could remove the middleman and supply and install the rock himself, he contacted suppliers, got samples and is now offering product and service. “We cut, polish and install the granite,” he said. “It ends up saving our customers money, because they buy it direct from us, the supplier.” Saving client’s money is important to Myburgh, so to keep more services in-house his company also offers tile work and fine custom wood furniture. “It’s the first company I’ve had,” he said. “We put a lot into each project because I want every job we do to be the best. I like to say we don’t just apply a band aid to a reno, we fix it right so it lasts a

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ew industries have felt the impact (and potential threat) of technology more than the print and signage industries. Once the mighty web press (staffed by gangs of skilled technicians) ground out miles of newsprint to satisfy the needs of a news hungry public. Today the curious scour the Internet for the latest information, while digital printing technologies can turn any office




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fact in many ways the new technologies have opened up many new opportunities for the industry,” explained Kris Bovay, the interim Executive Director of the British Columbia Printing & Imaging Association (BCPIA), a professional organization created to support and lobby on behalf of the province’s print industry. “The industry has certainly evolved from being pure ink on paper to so many different things. Printers today are doing wide

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66,000 people directly employed in the industry. By 2012 that total had shrunk to about 4 8,000, w it h only about 35,000 workers directly involved in the printing process itself. The remaining workers were occupied with sales and other administrative duties. The Canadian Printing Industries Association (CPIA) is the Toronto-based national umbrella group that has been promoting the industry since 1939. Recent information released by the CPIA indicates the printing industry involves nearly 5,900 businesses across Canada, with the printing industry responsible for creating just over five percent of all manufacturing in the country. The Association’s outgoing Chair Sandy Stephens acknowledges the industry has found itself in a state of flux in recent years. “There certainly have been some membership declines in our association and in other regional groups. In some cases entire groups have ceased to function as membership goes down and the member companies become less interested,” he said. But as with Bovay, he believes the emergence of new digital technologies, while having dramatically changed the industry have also helped

to push it into new directions. “Definitely technology has had a huge impact on the industry wherever you are in the country. But there’s always going to be a need for printing. If you’re located in a small community there’s always going to be a printer located somewhere who is there to service that local market. Print is far from dead but it has to embrace the changes and find new products to remain viable,” he said. So is a career in the printing industry a realistic employment path for a young person? For Bovay, who is also Chair of the Graphics and Communications Technology Program Advisory Committee at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), the answer is a resounding yes! “The BCIT program has broadened, introducing new systems and technology as the industry itself has broadened, providing the sort of training that will see its graduates find good, well paying jobs all across the province. I think the current stats show that something like 85 per cent of the program’s grads find employment upon graduation,” she said. One industry trend points to the importance of a print shop identifying additional

services or products it can offer its existing and future clients. In essence, while there may be fewer physical print shops in Canada today than a decade ago, the operations that do exist offer a more expansive range of items for sale. “I think that’s a fair assessment. Today’s print shop owner has to be more entrepreneurial and have a wider knowledge than ever before to survive,” Bovay said. “They have to understand more than papers and inks. They have to understand new tech nolog ies, new marketing methods and generally have a much better grasp of what the client really wants. Being able to match those things keeps the print shop viable and prosperous.” Stephens also believes the future for the industry remains positive, even if it is different. “As a business owner I like to think I can still employ people and keep them busy. It’s certainly an ever changing market, but from an industry level we still view print and signage as viable, effective and valuable communications media,” he said. “It’s certainly something that’s not going to go away, especially in terms of packaging for retail and that sort of thing. From a business stand point printers have to be willing to reinvent themselves as technological change happens, perhaps a lot more frequently than they have in the past. It’s clear the entire industry is becoming more and more digital but it’s not all about how fast the printer can go but how best can we partner with our clients to provide them with what they need in the most cost effective way.” To l e a r n m o re a b o u t the i ndustry check out and

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n 2 0 0 9, t h e Com ox Valley Economic Development Society, the Cowichan Valley Economic Development Commission and the Port Alberni Economic Development office each put up $2,000 and submitted an application to the Investment Agriculture Foundation for additional funding to develop a major tradeshow for agriculture on Vancouver Island. On Feb 3rd and 4th this yea r, the Si x th A n nua l Islands Agriculture Show will take place; this time at the Fall Fair Grounds in Port Alberni. Four of the previous shows have been hosted in Cowichan and one in the

Comox Valley. The Islands Agriculture Show is the only agricultural trade show and conference serving the farm and food community on Vancouver Island, Coast and Gulf Islands. Bringing together farmers, rural landowners, farm organizations, equipment dealers, service providers and the general public, the Islands Agriculture Show provides a venue for participants to learn, connect and engage. This year’s Show will have three added, first-time, dimensions reflecting the evolution of agriculture on the Island. One: a ‘New Farm Startup Workshop’ with Professional Agrologists Mark Robbins and Greg Tegart runs from 9:30 AM to 4 PM on Thursday February 2nd. The cost is $30; lunch is included. Two: a Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer (from 5:30 PM onwards Thursday February 2nd). Three: west coast seafoods will grace the Show’s exhibition area and talks about seafood will also form part of the educational offerings.

Several of us who volunteered in the Alberni Valley booth at the first show in Cowichan were shocked to discover that most attendees had no idea that we “had agricu ltu re” here. I n fact, w it h 7,700 hecta res i n t he A g r ic u lt u ra l L a nd R e ser ve a nd 90 fa r m s averaging 35.6 hectares, we represent one of the bigger opportunities for affordable farm land and the 2017 Show will help to set that straight. This year’s show is on track for more than 60 exhibitors of all types plus two days of informative conference sessions. Admission is $5 for the tradeshow and $15 per conference session. For more i n formation about the topics, the presenters or to register please check out the Show’s website at Pat Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni. He can be reached at 250-7202527 or Patrick_deakin@





he winter is typically a time in Tofino that ma ny loca ls a nd business owners leave for sunnier climates or other parts of the country to enjoy much needed breaks. The business climate is still quite seasonal, but the West Coast, like many other areas, has been experiencing bumps in visitation during what was once the shoulder season. This is a welcome change to a more year-round tourism economy, but does present ch a l lenges for small businesses in terms of staffing. In the first two quarters of 2016 Tofino’s Visitor Centre statistics showed increases of nine per cent and 14 per cent over 2015, which itself was a banner year for visitation to the West

Coast (and a significant jump over 2014). These incremental increases mean more business during the “off” months (September to June). Sm a l l i ndep endent ly owned businesses, which make up the bulk of Tofino’s business community, welcome an increase in business at this time but also struggle to deal with it in terms of maintaining adequate staffing levels. Much of Tofino’s summer workforce is made up of transient, seasonal workers, some of whom attend college or university during the year. These workers are leaving around late August or early September, but businesses certainly don’t slow down at that point. Some businesses could not be open for as many hours in the day they would like due to staff shortages. The staffing issue is affecting many other resort municipalities and like other jurisdictions it is exacerbated by lack of housing in Tofino. Several things will inf lu enc e how Tof i no i s able to deal with seasonal and year-round staffing,

including developments on the temporary foreign worker program. Housing will also play a large role, enticing otherwise transient workers to stick around if they have an affordable and adequate place to live. Addressing the issue of transportation in the region is another issue and an area that the Chamber board feels would contribute significantly to easing worker shortages. Getting to and from work a nd a c c e ssi n g a f fordable childcare are two of the main barriers to local residents having greater pa r t icipat ion i n t he workforce. A s u s u a l , t h e way of dealing with this issue is a multi-pronged approach that requires involvement from all levels of government and organizations like the Chamber of Commerce. Luckily we are dealing with issues of plenty and not of lack. Jen Dart is Executive Director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 250.725.3153. www.


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enrolment target of 350 the functions of an academic organization,” she explained. Located in Lantzville at 7660 Clark Drive, Aspengrove School is situated on a 40 acre wooded parcel of land that provides the institution, its students and staff with ample greenspace for recreation and study – as well as room for future expansion. The school’s origins go back to 2002 when a group of local professionals began to discuss the need for a local independent school. Many of the founders saw the benefits of this distinctive educational model as they had attended similar schools themselves in the past. Their initial efforts saw the school first open its doors to students in September 2003, with a total enrolment of 38 students, housed in a 6,500 square foot classroom building. Today Aspengrove, with a staff count of about 60 and an enrollment of 307 students, offers educational services for students from Jr. Kindergarten to Grade 12. Defined as an independent school, Aspengrove, has been del iberately structu red as a non-prof it i nst itut ion w it h families coming from a range of communities in and around Nanaimo. “We support families with bursaries and scholarships to help defray the costs of tuition. The next Open House is


Prior to coming to Aspengrove Kingstone had worked at similar institutions in the United States and Canada February 6th; this day will be followed with a Scholarship Day designed for those new students applying for the 2017-2018 school year,” she said. In addition to provincial standa rds, A speng rove is a lso a designated International Baccalaureate (IB) school, meaning its students are taught to academic standards that are recognized across the globe, credentials that can be transferred to other similarly authorized institutions anywhere in the world. “It’s all about providing the parents with a choice. ‘Where do I believe my child is going to be most successful?’ There are thousands of students across BC who finds that success by attending an independent school,” Kingstone said. For the future, with an increasing interest in this educational model (smaller class sizes,

increased personal attention and a smaller student / teacher ratio), Aspengrove anticipates it will be required to expand its footprint to accommodate additional

students. “We’re certainly in a growth phase right now, so we will be growing our enrolment at the same time that we’re preparing to build a signature school building,” she explained. “We believe the demand is there to support the expansion, but we’re also willing to invest

23 in infrastructure because we want to create a learning space that matches the excellence of our program, which is the IB Program.” With the building design and draft plans for the expansion already drawn up, Kingstone says that if all goes according to plan, ground-breaking for the new school building could occur within the next two years. “We have set a student enrolment target of 350 within the next two years; to expand beyond that we will simply need more space. A new facility will support greater variety and diversity in our programs and our learning spaces.” For more information visit the school’s website at:


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CAMPBELL RIVER Island City Being Discovered By Young Families Demographic In Campbell River Is Shifting As People Seek And Find More Corporate Types Of Jobs BETH HENDRY-YIM


a rge projects dom i nate Ca mpbel l R iver’s construction landscape, continuing to inject the community’s economy with new opportunities. To d ate t he John Hart

Slated for completion in 2017, the new Campbell River and District General Hospital will provide 95 beds and a variety of jobs for north island communities CREDIT:VANCOUVER ISLAND HEALTH AUTHORITY


The Elk Falls Park Suspension Bridge gives tourists a bird’s eye view over the Campbell River canyon CREDIT:KATIE BALBON

Generating Station upgrade has infused $40 million into the Island economy, while the new 95-bed Campbell River and District General Hospital (CRDGH), due to open in 2017, will draw a variety of workers to the region. Mayor Andy Adams said that word is getting out, attracting

professionals, trades, families, and not just from the Island. He said people are moving to Campbell River from the Interior of BC and Alberta. “We’re seeing the demographic of those starting a new family, having the skill set to look for a more corporate type of tech

job and finding those jobs here in addition to a very affordable lifestyle,” he said. “T he city fits their work/life balance in that it isn’t too big to be encumbered by traffic and yet has all the amenities and services that SEE CAMPBELL RIVER | PAGE 25




“This tax paid by visiting guests will provide a significant source of funding to support tourism promotion, especially given all the major events planned for 2017.” ANDY ADAMS MAYOR, CAMPBELL RIVER

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make it not too small.” The real estate market reflects the population gains the city has made. November 2016 saw the benchmark price of a single-family home at $310,600, an increase of 15 per cent over November 2015, and in apartment prices, Campbell River saw the second highest benchmark increase on the Island at 28 per cent and in townhouses the largest increase at 20 per cent. Adams credits both the large projects and major business and government institutions for creating a variety of well-paying jobs.

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“We have the Seymour Pacific Broadstreet Properties head office here,” he said. “They are the largest apartment construction firm in Western Canada a nd, from thei r offices i n o u r c i t y, a re d o i n g everything from payroll to operating a call center, the land acquisition, architecture and designing. That alone creates a diverse skill set.” He added that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans also has an office ba sed out of Ca mpbel l River as does the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association, the BC Salmon Farm Association and the three major firms producing and harvesting BC S e a fo o d ; Cra ig ’s S e afood, Marine Harvest and Cermaq. “There’s also the spinof f t h at h app en s f rom these marine industries like boats and equipment add to that, being the center for the coastal logging industry and serving as a base for all the major logging operations servicing the North Island and Central Coast, including the recently signed Great Bear Rain Forest agreement.” Both the fishing and the logging industries have created opportunities in manufacturing. “We have a highly spec i a l i z e d m a n u f a c t u rer of i nternationa l ly i n-dema nd steep slope g rapple ya rders. A nd a successful machine shop

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reaching a global market that just added an additional 10,000 square foot building.” George Lambert, owner of T-Mar Industries Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing, has a n eye for logging industry need s a nd wa nts. Five years ago, his company finished the design for its flagship LogChamp Swing Yarders. “My son, who works in computer science, came back to work for the company and brought his expertise in electronics to the control system interface,” explained Lambert. “It can now be operated by remote control, making it safer for the operators to reach hard-to-acccess trees.” Today, T-Mar has distributors in New Zealand and Western Canada in

addition to exporting its products, serv ices a nd training around the globe. One key component of t he city’s economy, however, is tourism, and according to Adams the city has underperformed i n t he tou r i sm m a rket compared to other parts of Vancouver Island and BC. His council is working at changing that. “We are stepping up and getting in the game,” he stated. “Campbell R iver was one of only three communities on the Island that did not have a Municipal and Regiona l D i s t r ict Hotel Ta x (MRDHT).” Thanks to recent provi n c i a l a p p ro v a l o f t h e city’s application, effective March 1, 2017, there will be a three per cent tax on local hotel and motel rooms, said Rose Klukas, econom ic development of f icer for Ca mpbel l River. “This tax paid by visiting g uests will provide a sig n i f ica nt sou rce of funding to support touri s m p ro m o t i o n , e s p ecially given all the major events planned for 2017,” Adams said. It will also help support the ongoing and proposed work on the waterfront and the new recently created tourism advisory committee. “ We h a v e o n e o f t h e longest stretches of waterfront on the Island. Taking advantage of that and our abundant fishing and wildlife opportunities will really push tourism forward.”



Family Businesses Share Stories at Inaugural Event Four Panelists Share Their Stories About The Successes and Challenges of Family Owned Businesses BETH HENDRY-YIM


ANAIMO - On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Family Business Association Vancouver Island (FBAVI) will host an inaugural event, Nanaimo Family Business Stories, at the Nanaimo Golf Club. Similar to information sessions held in Victoria for the past four years, the Central Island event is looking to gauge the interest in creating a community of family owned businesses in the region. “Nanaimo has so many family businesses,” said Bernadine Rudichuk, executive director, FBAVI. “We felt that it would be an opportunity them to learn from each other in their own community.” Lise MacDonald, event organizer and member of FBAVI believes that family business is the core of most communities. “FBA educates and supports the unique needs of family businesses through peer support and educational presentations,” she said. “We want to bring its services and knowledge to Nanaimo.” The evening includes dinner followed by a panel discussion with four business owners telling their stories about the successes and challenges of owning and

Dan Dagg who is well versed in the unique issues facing the family business is one of four panelists

Donna Hais is a third generation partner in RW (Bob) Wall Contracting.



operating a business with family. Panelists include: Donna Hais, partner with her father at R.W. (Bob) Wall Contracting based out of Nanaimo, Dan Dagg, owner of Hot House Marketing, Ann Marie Clark, leader and dealer principal

at Steve Marshall Ford in Nanaimo and Andy Spurling, president of Proline Management, a company founded by Eric Spurling with offices in Victoria and Nanaimo. “Any advice I can pass on might help others avoid the pitfalls,”

Dagg said, adding that a family owned business is multi-faceted and not limited to just the work environment, it gets taken home. “Hearing about how others are dealing with similar issues helps them understand and learn how to

get through the challenges better. There will be a business learning component to the presentations, but also a strong human and emotional side.” Hais, whose son will be the fourth generation to join the business, feels strongly about planning for transitioning over to the next generation. “It’s a difficult piece to discuss but one that every business needs to start talking about.” Topics covered will include: the joys and victories of running a family owned business, the greatest obstacles to growth, the roles and responsibilities of family shareholders and succession planning. FBAVI is member driven and serves the interests of the Vancouver Island family business community. It is an active and dynamic organization focused on providing relevant and local educational events and a framework in which members can connect with each other. Event sponsors include the Business Examiner, Black Press, MNP and Coastal Community Credit Union. Tickets are $45 (plus GST) and include dinner. They can be purchased at www. .




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process was going to Fred Bigelow, the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer. “An opportunity that I saw when I got here a few years ago, that I raised w ith John Watson (Executive Director of the Comox Valley Economic Development office) was that this procurement process was going to happen and that Comox was ideally placed to benefit from it.” The selection of the C295W, a twin engine military transport aircraft manufactured by Airbus Defence & Space, involves the acquisition of 16 aircraft that will be based in three locations across the country, Trenton, Ontario, Greenwood, Nova Scotia and Comox. W h ile the price tag for the machines tops the $2.4 billion mark, the accompanying maintenance and support contract brings the total value of the program to approximately $4.7 billion. Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox will doubly benefit as it will not only be receiving a number of the new aircraft it will also become the home base of an advanced training and simulation centre as part of the contract. “Our steering committee took the position of not trying to tell the Air Force what aircraft to buy, but that regardless of the choice the search and rescue training should be done here

happen and that Comox was ideally placed to benefit from it.” FRED BIGELOW CEO, COMOX AIRPORT COMMISSION

CFB Comox has been selected as the home base for an advanced training and simulation centre for a number of reasons, not the least of which is our topography, our weather and the availability of open water ranges,” Bigelow explained. A former member of the RCAF himself, Bigelow said the final selection process for the new aircraft saw the government shortlist the procedure to two choices, the C295W a nd the Alenia C-27J Spartan – a similarly sized propeller driven military transport aircraft. “Our goal was to see the synergy with the existing facilities that are already based here.

There is a helicopter training school here, as well the search and rescue technicians are being trained at the base, so it just made sense to have the fixed wing component along with the rotary wing and SAR technicians all co-located at the same facility,” he said. The first of the new aircraft are expected to arrive in 2019, with the final delivery in the program to be complete by 2022. The new C295W (no official name for the new aircraft has been announced) will eventually replace

the CC-115 Buffalo aircraft that have been serving as Canada’s primary fixed wing SAR asset for decades. The new Airbus system w i l l work i n concert with the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter which is the RCAF’s main search and rescue rotary winged craft. W hile hanger space at CFB Comox is adequate for the new aircraft a new training facility to house classrooms and other educational services will have to be designed and built from scratch. Some estimates suggest

the ground breaking for the new facility could occur before the end of 2017. “When they were developing the Request For Proposals (RFP) they invited comment and our group did comment on some aspects of the RFP which were favorably supporting Comox, but indeed what’s good for Comox is good for the country. This is just the right place to do it,” Bigelow said. To learn more please visit the Comox A irport’s website at:

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ELOWNA - Annual property assessment notice envelopes will soon be appearing in mailboxes or via e-mail displaying 2017 property assessment values and classification. This year’s notices are especially important and deserve close inspection, given the largest increases in assessment values in the past 35 years in most areas of BC. It is from this estimation of commercial or industrial property assessment values that local governments and the Province will determine how much overall property tax is due this year. The BC Assessment Authority is responsible in the annual valuation of over 2,000,000 properties in BC with less than 700 employees but it remains the property owner’s responsibility to rev iew a nd appea l thei r assessment values. And what if someone doesn’t agree with an assessment value or classification? Perhaps they believe it’s too high, or in some cases, too low. Can anything be done about it? Yes, but an appeal must be filed on or before January 31, 2017. There is no fee to file an appeal at this first level of review. Tim Down, President of PacWest Commercial Real Estate Advisors, specializing in annual property assessment and tax appeal consulting throughout British Columbia. “If an assessment is incorrect, the owner will be paying more property tax now and into the future, so they need to ensure that they have been assessed

fairly and consistently,” he notes. “Property taxpayers have a right to either the lower of the actual market value, or the equitable assessment value for their property,” he adds. “It should be no higher than a similar, competing property in their taxing jurisdiction. For example, a commercial property in a downtown location should not be assessed at a higher rate than a similar neighboring property. Down believes the significant property assessment i ncreases th is yea r will result in even larger inequitable increases for many property taxpayers if not carefully reviewed and challenged. A lso, local governments are increasing property taxes to shore up funding for emerging social initiatives and strategies. These increases tend to place a higher burden of taxation on the non-residential taxpayer. Classification will continue to be an issue for property taxpayers with the BC Assessment Authority taking aggressive valuation and taxation policy positions in the application of higher tax classifications for mixed use developments and agricultural lands. BC Assessment Authority continues t hei r t rend to a g g re ssively p u rs u e a sse ssment va lu at ion p ol icie s a nd property tax classification initiatives through legal challenges that will have long lasting impacts on all non-residential taxpayers. Best to stay informed and remain vigilant these days. Especially since Down points out that property taxes, after mortgage and lease costs, are the largest

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ou could say that Noorez Devraj the CEO/Founder of Lyna Manufacturing Incorporated is on a mission. Not only is he wanting to make the world an environmentally better place, he also wants to make the highways of the planet safer for both commercial and passenger traffic. Lyna Manufacturing Incorporated is the developer of the Stallion Tire Management Solution (STMS), a gel that is used to coat the interior of commercial tires to prevent overheating, punctures and catastrophic blow outs. “The generic name for a product like this would be a tire sealant, but in reality it does a lot more than what a more conventional tire sealant would do,” Devraj explained. “This project started in 1997 as a technology that was developed from the ground-up. It all began when I was trying to sell an existing tire sealant that fell short of what I wanted it to achieve, so I undertook the process of developing a product that satisfied the criteria I needed to reach.” A trained Chemical Engineer,


The Stallion Tire Management Solution has been developed for the commercial trucking industry Devraj received grants from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to help kick start the research and development of what would become the Stallion Tire Management Solution. Working with the University of British Columbia (UBC) at BC Research he spent several years fine tuning the formula to achieve his industry leading results. “We were able to receive support from the National Research Council as this material is classified as a safety product. It stops tires from blowing out, which is especially critical with heavy commercial transport. When you see great chunks of rubber

laying on the side of the road it’s because one of the 18-wheeler’s tires has peeled apart. The tires are essentially laminated like an onion. People mistakenly think this is due to using retreads but the same thing can happen with a brand new tire,” he said. “Tires are porous and will naturally lose two to three PSI of air per month. “The biggest problem is the operators of the trucks run on under inflated tires. The under inflated tire heats up as the truck rolls along and that in turn leads to a blow-out, sometimes with tragic results.” The use of STMS (either placed in the tire before being mounted

on the vehicle, or through the valve stem on a mounted tire) will inhibit punctures up to ½” in diameter, help to keep the tire run cooler and reduce blow out risk. Designed specifically for the demanding needs of commercial operators, the Stallion Tire Management Solution can be used on all heavy equipment from transport trucks, to mine vehicles and even equipment such as graders and front end loaders. It’s estimated that there are more than 700,000 commercial trucks in Canada (and more than 15 million in the United States) so the need for this product is increasingly important.

From his manufacturing facility Devraj produces product that is sold across North America, into South America and as far afield as New Zealand and Greece. For the future he would like to see his product sold to an even wider audience, domestically and internationally. “We wa nt the publ ic to be made aware of this problem, and that we have a proven, working solution. Then we will be seeing highways that are safer, and tires that last longer, so everyone wins,” he said. To learn more please visit the company’s website at:




NEW SAR TRAINING CENTRE ANNOUNCED FOR 19 WING COMOX C o u l s o n Av i a t i o n , b a s e d out of Port Alberni, signed a memorandum of understanding to provide the tanking system for the Airbus C-295 back i n l ate 2015. Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson has said that the a n nou ncement was g r e a t n e w s f o r Va n c o u v e r Island. T he i n it i a l cont ract for 11 years is valued at $2.4 billion. Should the federal government choose to exercise an option to e x tend t he m a i nten a nc e a nd suppor t ser v ices for a n


additional 15 years, the contract value would increase to $4.7 billion. Construction of the new centre is expected to take about 18 months and the base could see a ground breaking ceremony take place in 2017. Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links. Contact: clarice@ or find Building Links on Facebook at


Wing Comox a nd t h e C o m o x Va l l e y will benefit from the significant economic impact from a recent decision that has named 19 Wing as the officially designated location for the highly-advanced training and simulation Centre. The contract for the Fixed Wing Search and Rescue Replacement ( F W S A R ) P ro j e c t h a s b e e n awarded to Airbus Defence & Space for its C-295 turboprop military transport plane. Airbus Defence & Space publicly indicated 19 Wing Comox as the preferred location for the new FWSAR Training Centre, ba sed on t he reg ion’s m a ny attributes i nclud i ng topography, open water and coastal

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we produced 35 houses houses per year.” Soon after, Marston’s brother, Greg, joined the company. “Greg was a gutter and siding guy so we purchased a gutter machine and started doing in-house gutter work and downspouts,” he explained. “During our biggest year we produced 35 houses with the average being around 20 houses per year. We found good trades in plumbing, electrical and roofing and stuck with them for many years.” Marston takes advantage of opportunities as they arise. It’s part of the reason that as the company grew, expansion became an ongoing process.

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“We were having trouble finding cabinet/granite companies to meet our timelines so we started our own cabinet/granite company building it up to about 20 to 30 employees. Six months ago, as a bit of a semiretirement slow down, I sold the cabinet and granite company. In preparation for semi-retirement, we are handing off more of the day-to-day operations to our Foreman, Curtis Oud.” For men like Marston, however, slowing down is relative. Glazier just completed an eye-catching complex on the corner of Northwest Bay Road and the Island Highway. “I’ve had the property for several years and didn’t really know what to do with it. We really liked the exposure and wanted to build something different. Traditionally, we’ve focused on your craftsman West Coast

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style home. With this building we wanted to incorporate some more modern elements. We thought it was a great spot to try the new look, so we designed something different from our typical build.” In keeping with property zoning, Marston was able to construct his home as well as an office for Glazier on the property. As a result, in addition to its own offices in the industrial modern style, Glazier is now building two waterfront homes in the Beachcomber area with the same modern style that are designed by Mike Dunsmuir of Step One Design of Victoria. Reading the market and being able to adapt is how Marston said his company has been able to invest in more equipment and property, keep employees

working and continue growing. “We thrive when the market drops. Anyone can sell a house when the ma rket is hot,” he stressed. “When things get tighter and the market drops, that’s typically when we do the best because with all our in-house services our margin is lower. We’ll also take any type of job, from the starter home to the multimillion-dollar mansion.” “It also helped that we stayed sensitive to the market and didn’t get greedy. When some companies wanted to make $50,000 on a house, I was okay building 30 and making $10,000 on each one. Our goal was to create homes that would last.” Another key to Glazier’s ongoing success is Marston’s continued investment in property.

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rich wood shelving highlight the thought and workmanship Glazier puts into each project. Solar panels cover the building’s roof and at the front of each storage unit row sit solar panels following the path of the sun to optimize the collection of solar energy. “I had been looking for suitable property for awhile, I was just waiting for the right opportunity. When things were a bit slow I had my crews build the storage centre.” Marston is quick to give credit to his family and employees not only for the quality of workmanship Glazier is known for, but also for their ongoing support and effort in helping to grow the company. His wife takes care of the accounting and bookkeeping, while their son, Shawn, for the past nine years, has worked at operating the heavy equipment. “Shawn started working with the company right out of high school. But I wanted him to learn how to run the equipment properly so he took the heavy equipment course offered at VIU.” Taking advantage of opportunities has always been a strong motivator for Marston and his company. Over the years, it has built and managed several projects on acreages that needed septic fields installed, Marston saw a new potential niche for his equipment and his son so Shawn SEE GLAZIER CONSTRUCTION | PAGE 36

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became certified as a septic field planner/installer. Currently, Glazier is operating with 23 employees, some, who have been with the company for many years. But although he has long term workers he stressed that Glazier is always looking for good, qualified workers. “When we find a good employee we keep them,” he said. “We’ve had some start as labourers and liked their work and work ethic so much that we’ve sent them to school to learn a trade. And Lou Guiriato, who I first started building with only just retired last year.” Marston added that he also likes to see his employees working,



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off for the slow seasons or from lack of work, unless they ask for it,” he said. “You keep them working, they’ll stay with you.” Some of those employees have worked on some very stunning and high end projects with unique design features and details. One of Glazier’s most stunning projects: the Marston family home in River’s Edge, is a 10,000 square foot craftsman waterfront home that boasts a large timber beam entryway, center inner courtyard, trey ceilings inlayed with dark moldings, rich wood cabinets and granite top kitchen. No detail was overlooked. But the stand-out feature is the indoor car showroom. “I am a car collector with 20 vehicles. I wanted to display them so people could see them.” The showroom is built into the house and is visible through a glass wall from the dining room, kitchen and family room. It is

tastefully decorated with gas station/garage and car memorabilia and automobiles that invite a longer than normal look. Today, the Marston’s are living in the house on the site of the new Glazier office and shop buildings. It looks out over a small meadow and forested area. The office building itself sits close to the highway. Inside, the space is spacious and airy with Glaziers signature detailed wood work in the ceiling and ceiling beams, and marble tile flooring. “Some of the main features,” said Teresa, “are the modern exterior view, multi-angled ceilings, large windows, open concept, energy efficiency and custom built-ins.” As the liaison with financial institutions, municipalities, legal consultants and customers, working in the well-designed space has its perks and comforts. “Randy and I work as a team

in designing/drafting the majority of the floor plans of our homes. I also manage the day to day administrative operations. Working with family definitely has its advantages – you can always count on family and we are all dedicated to making the company successful.” The secret to its success she said, has been the devotion and commitment the couple and its key employees has put into the company to make it stronger and to continually improve its products. She and her husband believe that Glazier’s competitive edge and workmanship will continue to move the company forward. With more than 20 years of experience, over 400 homes under its belt, and a highly visible new office complex, it will continue reinvesting and growing. Glazier Construction is at 3189 Northwest Bay Road in Nanoose Bay

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38 WHO IS SUING WHOM The contents of Who’s Suing Whom is provided by a third-party resource and is accurate according to public court documents. Some of these cases may have been resolved by publication date. DEFENDANT Royal Bank Of Canada 2255 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF MacLennan, Travis Allen CLAIM $25,176 DEFENDANT XW Sunrise Development Ltd 3-1696 Pear St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Filsinger, Heather Ann CLAIM $ 5,146 DEFENDANT Sharples Contracting Ltd 3320 Ocean Blvd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Saltman, David Lloyd CLAIM $ 8,680 DEFENDANT Cascade Fire Protection (2012) Ltd 360-1070 Douglas St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Baywest Hardware Ltd CLAIM $ 25,236 DEFENDANT

WHO IS SUING WHOM Sherwood Industries Ltd 6782 Old Field Rd, Saanichton, BC PLAINTIFF McDougall, Christine Alexandria CLAIM $ 25,076 DEFENDANT Line Level Landscaping & Development Corp 4118 Hatfield St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Titan Slegg GP Inc CLAIM $ 9,138 DEFENDANT Whiskey Dock Developments Ltd PO Box 77, Bamfield, BC PLAINTIFF Accredit Mortgage Ltd CLAIM $ 9,489,475 DEFENDANT 0694023 BC Ltd PO Box 77, Bamfield, BC PLAINTIFF Accredit Mortgage Ltd CLAIM $ 9,489,475 DEFENDANT Tzartus Holdings Ltd PO Box 77, Bamfield, BC PLAINTIFF Accredit Mortgage Ltd CLAIM $ 9,489,475 DEFENDANT Method Built Homes Inc 4566 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF

Plumb It Mechanical CLAIM $ 57,340 DEFENDANT Bluewater Developments Ltd PLAINTIFF Rounis, Christos CLAIM $ 177,500 DEFENDANT Full Tilt Roofing 260b Caralyn Rd, Campbell River, BC PLAINTIFF Central Builders Supply Limited CLAIM $ 25,281 DEFENDANT SCS Steel Container Systems Inc 200-1808 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Marks, Ben CLAIM $ 30,168 DEFENDANT Dr GS Grewal Inc 201 Selby St, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Irina, Ugoric CLAIM $ 37,031 DEFENDANT 1012032 BC Ltd 2050 College Dr, Campbell River, BC PLAINTIFF Petes Homeworks Ltd CLAIM $ 25,156


DEFENDANT Homefront Ideas 2071D Malaview West Ave, Sidney, BC PLAINTIFF CTM Hitech Tile Installation Ltd CLAIM $ 8,542 DEFENDANT Pacific Arbour Six Residences Ltd 102-2590 Granville St, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Price Security Holdings Inc CLAIM $ 429,999 DEFENDANT Pacific Shore Holdings Ltd 2-1960 Island Hwy, Campbell River, BC PLAINTIFF Piccioni, Francesco CLAIM $ 25,336 DEFENDANT Mountain View Growers Inc 409 Ellis St, Penticton, BC PLAINTIFF HMQ-Province Of BC CLAIM $ 72,521 DEFENDANT College of Veterinarians of British Columbia 828 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Dehalt, Annette CLAIM $ 25,176

DEFENDANT Western Utilities Locating Services Ltd 301-830 Shamrock St, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Adair, Sarah CLAIM $ 11,214 DEFENDANT Kettle Valley Moulding & Millwork Inc 510-1708 Dolphin Ave, Kelowna, BC PLAINTIFF Floform Industries Ltd CLAIM $ 51,643 DEFENDANT Vancouver Island Tree Service Ltd 1495 Wilson Rd, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Meredith, Paula CLAIM $ 18,066 DEFENDANT MTI Magnolia Telecom Inc 314-1581 Hillside Ave, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Wade, Larry J CLAIM $ 22,176 DEFENDANT Urban Wildlife Stewardship Society 2017 Cadboro Bay Rd, Victoria, BC PLAINTIFF Terramar Environmental Research Ltd CLAIM $ 13,761



NORTH ISLAND Elizabeth Aman-Hume has been appointed Executive Director of the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth most recently served as manager of resource development for United Way Kitchener Waterloo. Kids in Motion Play Centre is now open in Port McNeill at 5-311 Hemlock Street. Kids in Motion is a registered non-profit society aiming to build and run an indoor children’s play centre in Port McNeill. BC Ferries has put out a tender to build four new ferries, one of which will be built to service the Port McNeill, Sointula, Alert Bay route. The current ferry has 26 vehicle spaces while the new one will have 46 spaces and will be much faster, with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The new ferry is scheduled to be in service by late 2019 or early 2020.

CAMPBELL RIVER Lisa Whitmore and Heather Gordon have been elected co-chairs of the Campbell River Downtown Business Improvement Association. Lisa is co-owner of Signature Oil and Vinegar while Heather is co-owner and artistic director of RainCoast Creative Performing Arts. Beach Fire Brewing and Nosh House officially celebrated their grand opening in December. The new craft brewery is at 594 11th Avenue. Century 21 Arbutus Realty welcomes Jennifer Dobbelaere to their team of realtors. Dr. Ian Marsh has announced his retirement from Quinsam Medical Group, effective March 1. Quinsam Medical is at 1400 Dogwood Street. Tom Longridge, Campbell River’s superintendent of schools and CEO for School District 72 is now also the president of the BC School Superintendents Association (BCSSA). Hillside Medical Clinic announces that Dr. Jordyn Vanderveen has taken over the current practice of Dr. Rose Pocock at 360 2nd Avenue. Campbell River City Council has appointed a new member to fill an opening on the Board of Variance. Brian Welchman will join the board for his first term, from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. The Board of Variance is an independent panel of five members appointed to consider

minor variances from the City’s Zoning Bylaw. Five certified general accountant (CGA) students from Campbell River attended the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia’s (CPABC) CPA convocation ceremony recently at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The students are Ron Bowles, Xiaoqian Henderson, Olga Hrybko, Stephanie Renwick and Andrea Smith. Students recognized at the ceremony have either become designated members this year or will be eligible for membership.

opportunity to try out gear before they buy it. Wayne Mackenzie Designer Goldsmith has moved home from their operation on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. Brian McLean Chevrolet Buick GMC at 2145 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay announces that Malina Mazzocchi has been named top salesperson for the month. After 33 years as a pharmacist, Bill Ostapovich is retiring from Shoppers Drug Mart at 310 8th Street in Courtenay. Finneron Hyundai at 250 Old Island Highway in Courtenay announces Glenice Neal as their top salesperson of the month. The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the Annual Community Awards Gala January 28 at the Florence Filberg Centre. Woodland Flooring was featured this year in two episodes of W Networks’ Love It or List It Vacation Homes. The Comox business has been producing wide-plank flooring since 1998 at 1584 Knight Road.

Gladstone Brewing Company has announced the limited release of their first bottled beer called the Gladstone Black Braggot. The brewery only produced 850 bottles of the beer which was aged for one year in bourbon barrels. Gladstone Brewing Company is at 244 4th Street in Courtenay. Comox Valley Regional District directors have re-elected Bruce Jolliffe as chair of the board and Bob Wells as vice-chair. Both were acclaimed to their positions.

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COMOX VALLEY The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa in Royston has received approval from the city to begin construction of two new restaurants: AQUA Bistro Wine and Bar and Ocean 7 Restaurant. AQUA Bistro Wine and Bar will feature casual shared plates paired with fine wines and cocktails, while Ocean 7 Restaurant will serve West Coast seafood, organic produce and grainfed meats from local sustainable growers and suppliers. Wedler Engineering LLP is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Courtenay branch officially opening for business. Wedler Engineering is at #211-2459 Cousins Avenue. North Island College has added Kwakiutl Chief Councillor Leslie Dickie to their Board of Governors. Dickie is the president of Deer River Holdings Ltd. and previously owned JD’s Small Engine Repair and the Fort Nelson branch of H & R Block. Dan Belcher has retired from Courtenay Physiotherapy Clinic at 389 12th Street. Straight Spine Chiropractic welcomes Dr. Franchesca Lee to their practice. Straight Spine has locations in Courtenay, Campbell River and Powell River. The HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial will re-open in its renovated facility in January at 190 Port Augusta Street in Comox. Mount Washington Alpine Resort opened for the 2016-17 winter season December 9. The opening came after a number of additions and renovations to the resort. There is a new restaurant called Eagle View Bistro, a new retail store, Outdoor Elements featuring apparel and equipment. The resort also opened the renovated Rossignol Demo Centre. The demo centre gives guests the

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Mayor Teunis Westbroek, Marc LaCouvee of Royal LePage Realty, Angela Hinz of Shorewater Resort, Renate Sutherland of SOS, Dr. Neill Neill, Katherine Wilk of Royal LePage Realty, Oura Giakoumakis of Thalassa Restaurant, Bev Walkey of Qualicum Beach Funeral Centre, Julie Chambers of The Gardens, Sarah Duncan of Coastal Community Credit Union and David Nellist of Raymond James. The Qualicum Chamber will be hosting the 2016 Community Awards at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre at 747 Jones Street February 15. Bridles and Bits is celebrating their 20th anniversary at 600 Church Road. Bridles and Bits is a family-owned and operated business which supplies alfalfa and grass hay as well as equestrian apparel and horse tack. There is a new Serious Coffee franchisee for their Heritage Mall outlet in Parksville. Dress for Less is moving from #12-2701 Alberni Highway to 180 Resort Drive in Parksville. Oceanside Hospice welcomes Christy Linder to their team of professionals at 210 Crescent Road West in Qualicum. Christy has worked in hospice palliative care throughout the province for 25 years. Marc Pelletier has been appointed new chief of police for the Oceanside RCMP. Pelletier previously served as a watch commander in Prince George and is in his 25th year with the RCMP. After 17 years in business, Maureen and Ron Groves are retiring and will be closing Village Clothing Ladies Fashions and Men’s Wear. Village Clothing is at 120 West 2nd Avenue. PQB Dental is moving to a new location at Unit 4, 826 Island Highway West in Parksville’s Wembley Centre.


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Paul Anacleto has been named the new store manager at Save On Foods. Paul moved for the position from Victoria. Pacific West Home Solutions is now open for business in Port Alberni. The new home improvement store is located in the former Sears location. Alberni Valley News has appointed Teresa Bird as their new publisher. Teresa Bird joined the News team in 2011. Genevieve Eichstadter has been hired by the Chamber of Commerce to direct a free training program for local store operators to promote local businesses, tourism sites, attractions and activities to visitors in the area. She has been involved in the tourism industry for almost 10 years, and is currently in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Masters of Arts program at UNBC.

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Laurie L’Heureux has been named Multiplex and sports facilities supervisor for the City of Port Alberni. L’Heureux was previously the Echo aquatic facility supervisor. Teresa Ludvigson is the new Executive Director for the Port Alberni Hospital Foundation and will be opening a new kiosk in 2017 at the hospital. Stag Il Barbers, Serious Coffee and Wait You Chinese Restaurant at 10th Avenue Plaza have all closed for a period of time for renovations as a result of an electrical fire in mid-December. John Jack has been named the new chair for the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. City of Port Alberni major projects advisor and former city manager Ken Watson officially ended his position on December 31 after 25 years of service. He will be taking a new position as director of legislative services for the District of Saanich. Kelly Gilday has been named the new Fire Chief for the City of Port Alberni. Gilday was previously the deputy fire chief for the City of Langley.

TOFINO-UCLUELET Ucluelet’s Chamber of Commerce is handing over the visitor services portfolio to Tourism Ucluelet. The Chamber has handled the district’s visitor services since 2004. Tofino Bottle Depot at Unit #1 – 671 Industrial Way will close its doors permanently in March. The close is a result of space and parking limitations at the current site and an inability to compensate for rent increases at a larger location.

NANAIMO Kelly Hudson has sold the Nanaimo operations of Unity Business Systems to Andre Brosseau of Innov8 Digital Solutions, which has offices in Kelowna and Kamloops as well as the Unity office in Victoria. They have also purchased the Canon sales and service for Vancouver Island. City Tile has purchased Mostar Mini Storage. Fastenal has moved to #102-2052 Boxwood Road. Dave O’Connor, a lawyer with Robson O’Connor will be retiring and Anna Novacek, a lawyer at the John Hossack office in Parksville, will be taking it over when he retires. Harbour City Animal Hospital is a new veterinary office at 2208 Peterson
Road. Zorkin Insurance Brokers Inc. has become part of Westland Insurance Groups Ltd. Jason Breuker, formerly of Mosaic, has started a position in the tech services department at Shaw’s head office. Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary will be opening in the old Bino’s location at 1045 Terminal Avenue. It is their sixth location. Red Living is the name of a new paint and furniture store opening in the former location of The Quilted Duck. Enex Fuels has taken over Nanoose-based Full Service Fuels. Full Service owners Mike and Leslie Watson have retired following the takeover. Enex Fuels, owned by Todd Nicklin, has five locations across Vancouver Island. Governor General David Johnston has announced that Snuneymuxw elder Ellen White has been named to the Order of Canada for her work as a Coast Salish cultural leader. A shout out to Amber Harris of Brand Name Blinds for fantastic service, affordable prices and quality products. She can be reached at 250-7145900 or Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty is pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Wood to their Royal Service Group. Before becoming a realtor, Jeff spent 20 years as an executive head-hunter, finding talented people for 500 clients in the USA and Canada. Whiteaker Roden and Associates Chartered SEE MOVER’S AND SHAKERS | PAGE 41




Professional Accountants announces the retirement of James Whiteaker, CPA, CA. Existing and new clients can expect to receive the same service from long-time associate and partner, Kevin Roden and other staff members at the practice, which is now known as Roden and Associates. Ralph Nilson, president and vice-chancellor of Vancouver Island University, has been reappointed for a third term. Nilson’s third term as president lasts until June 30, 2019. Nominations for the Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement award are open. Nominations by peers and colleagues for the awards will be accepted online until February 18 and should include a summary of achievements as well as letters of reference. The Black Tie Gala Event announcing the winners will be held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo April 18. Maurice Donn retired as publisher of the Nanaimo News Bulletin in mid-December. Maurice has been in the newspaper business for more than 30 years. Advertising manager Sean McCue is acting publisher. The City of Nanaimo has announced they are seeking expressions of interest for the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for venue management and visitor development services. The announcement comes as their contract with Atlific Hotels expires in March. Harbourview Volkswagen has named David Price as their top salesperson for the month at their dealership at 4921 Wellington Road. Windley Contracting Ltd. has started building the new Harbouview Volkswagen dealership building. The Arts and Heritage Centre on Gabriola Island is being renovated thanks to money from donors and a $169,403 grant from the provincial government. Renovations to the centre are expected to be complete in February and renovations on a hand-built log structure are slated to be completed by the end of July. Kirsten Michieli has been named top salesperson of the month at Nanaimo Toyota at 2555 Bowen Road. Steve Marshall Ford has named Dave Gray as their top salesman of the month at their 3851 Shenton Road dealership. The Newcastle Island Society has announced it will close. The disband comes amid news its three-year effort to earn Newcastle Island the recognition as a Canadian historic landscape of significance fell without support from the Snuneymuxw First Nation. The partners at Leakey and Lewicki Ltd. Chartered Professional Accountants congratulates Andrew Dunbar on becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant. Leakey and Lewicki is at 603-5800 Turner Road. In January, for the first time, the National Master of Business Administration Games took place in Nanaimo. The team of Nneka Ocogbolu, Anand Soni, Jyothiss Mathew and Marisa Rosli was the first to ever represent Vancouver Island University in the national competition. The local team presented on the virtues of a new events centre in Nanaimo and came in first place. The Games saw students from 19 universities in Canada participate. After 30 years of operating at 65 Nicol Street, John and Monika Murray will be closing the Nanaimo International Hostel as they retire. Lantzville council has appointed Councillor Bob Colclough as the district’s representative for the Regional District of Nanaimo. Colclough will replace Lantzville’s current representative, Mayor Colin Haime. Six Nanaimo CPA students who passed the Common Final Examination (CFE) written in September 2016 have made the Honour Role for their performance on the multi-day exam: Katherine Wolfe, Louise Blomer, Zaida Giron, Duane Jacobs, Steven Thompson, Jessica Turkington and Ryan Wood.


Island Crisis Care Society is running a familyfriendly winter fundraising event for Nanaimo’s homeless February 25. Thousands of participants will be taking part in the event, which is a night time winter walk, in an anticipated 100 cities across Canada. For more information contact Michelle Authier at Businesses and members of the community have teamed up to raise over $25,000 for Grace Orphanage in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The organization called Party for a Purpose is the brainchild of Dr. Kristen Butler and her team from Island Optimal Health and Moksha Yoga. The first event the organization held was in 2015 and this year the Formal Gala and Experience Auction raised $26,811.16 for Grace Orphanage towards the purchase of land for future development. Bethlehem Centre is pleased to announce the opening of a new Gift Shop in conjunction with Global Village Nanaimo. The gift shop is at 2371 Arbot Road and features fair trade goods from around the world. The 2nd annual BorschtFest will be taking place on Sunday, January 29th between 12 and 3 pm. The successful event will take place at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Hall at 4017 Victoria Avenue in Nanaimo. Competitors include: Firehouse Grill, Two Chefs Affair (last year’s winner), Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen, New York Style Pizza, Modern Café, Coco’s Café, the Sandwich House and the Dish Downtown. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at 250-7223830. Last years event sold out early.


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wo of the easiest decisions for the provincial government – nonpolitically speaking – in recent memory have been the approval of the construction of Site C Clean Energy Project in northern B.C., and the twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline to the West Coast. Even though Justin Trudeau cuddled up to environmentalist causes during last year’s election – when many things are promised and unfortunately, seldom delivered – he was forced through economic realities to approve Kinder Morgan. While the Prime Minister put the stop sign out to Northern Gateway, we won’t be finished with that topic any time soon, for Enbridge will undoubtedly seek to be reimbursed for its time and investment in the pipeline over many years. If a multi-billion dollar settlement

isn’t reached, look for this to end up in court, with taxpayers covering the costs, obviously. Allowing Kinder Morgan to add another pipe to its existing route is the most economical, and least environmentally obtrusive option. It was a political compromise many saw coming, but it is already raising the hackles of extreme greenists who believed they had an ally in the PM to support their cause. Alberta needs to get more of their oil out to non-Canadian markets, and doubling the size of a current, safe route, is the simplest and easiest route to take. If you’re not a politician. But if one seeks to appease the vocal minority actively practicing uninformed recreational outrage against such natural resource extraction (and ultimately, the well paying jobs they produce), that makes it a tough decision. Surely neither the NDP or the BC Liberals forget that the entirety of our last provincial election turned on then NDP-leader Adrian Dix’ campaign trail dictum that he wouldn’t approve Kinder Morgan. That statement alone cost him “middle” British Columbia, represented by trades and resource workers who earned their incomes through projects like this. Christy Clark and her team did an admirable job of winning an election most figured would end up

with an NDP government, without a doubt. But the fundamental shift in opinion took place with the off-the-cuff promise by Dix, which caught even his own party off guard. And such is the reality of economics that even Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley has been lobbying B.C. to support the pipeline to get Alberta oil out to the coast. Think about that: An avowed anti-oil field critic, now in power, has realized what Alberta’s books would look like without that revenue. And is supporting a bigger pipeline. The Peace River has already been dammed twice, and it is inexpensive hydroelectric power that has generated riches for generations for British Columbians. As we race forward in a world driven by technology, the demand for power only continues to increase. Governments have given people more of what they want – “green” power from alternative, non-hydro sources. It’s not enough to meet demand, and perhaps never will be. But what is clearly evident is that as its arrival is accompanied by higher and higher power rates. Just look at Ontario. Yet, there continues to be lobbying efforts against Site C. In one particularly disturbing account, a Grade 6 class in the Lower Mainland was given a recent

assignment: Students were told they needed to write the Premier and Prime Minister and tell them they don’t want Site C built. It wasn’t framed with: “What do you think about the Site C dam? Do you think it’s a good idea?” The teacher told them what to write. It was blatant manipulation by the teacher, and a prime example of how some public school teachers have slipped from educating and informing their impressionable students to indoctrinating and directing. This is educational abuse, plain and simple, and a misuse of public trust. This type of “training” is a large cloud over our collective horizon, as indoctrinated students will become non-thinking voters, programmed to think as the teacher dictates. Shouldn’t we be asking some serious questions of our educators in this regard? What are they teaching our children? When we hear explosive rhetoric about the “corrupt” political system we now employ, I hear misunderstanding and misinformation. Are there corrupt politicians? Obviously. But the system we have was set up many generations ago by intelligent people with the best of intentions, with a primary goal of fairness to all.

Is it perfect? No. But if in the classroom, students were to receive proper instruction about the function of government – how it was formed, why it was set up in such a fashion, and how it functions – we’d have less angry, confused people, and, I suggest, more informed, enthusiastic individuals who recognize the opportunities to make constructive change that are well within their grasp, if they can learn to play by the rules that have helped make Canada great. What we see now is an increasingly hostile public, protesting louder and louder to make their point, which is their right. They seem to somehow believe that if they shout louder and longer, that is the only way they will achieve their goals. Or, if they do, a vocal minority can get what they want at the expense of the majority. Isn’t it time government leaders realize that there are some segments of society that don’t include compromise in their vocabulary, and that they will never be satisfied until they get 100 per cent of what they want? Yes, politicians need to listen to the people. But surely they must be committed to doing the right thing for the wellbeing of most, and not cave into the unrealistic, and increasingly hostile, demands of a vocal minority.

DEBT-LADEN GOVERNMENTS NEED TO TACKLE GILDED PUBLIC SECTOR WAGES Canadian governments can begin to control their debt and deficits by aligning public-sector pay with the private sector



even years after the 200809 recession, the federal and many provincial governments continue to struggle with deficits, spending more than the revenues they collect and digging deeper into debt. All told, governments in Canada are projecting they will rack up $43.8 billion in deficits this year alone. With the pay and benefits for government employees consuming a

significant share of government spending - often about half of a provincial budget - controlling these costs is key to any government’s effort to repair public finances. There’s ample reason to better control compensation costs. While governments must provide competitive compensation to attract qualified employees, decades of research has shown that the wages and benefits of government employees tend to eclipse those for comparable private-sector positions. This is not just about economics. It’s unfair to have government workers receive a premium paid for by private-sector workers who receive less for similar positions.

A new Fraser Institute study spotlights the wage premium enjoyed by government employees in Canada at all levels (federal, provincial and local). Using Statistics Canada data from 2015, the study finds that government employees receive, on average, 10.6 per cent higher wages than comparable workers in the private sector. (This wage premium accounts for differences between individual workers in the two sectors such as age, gender, education, tenure, experience and type of work.) But wages are just one component of total compensation, which includes pensions, early retirement and job security. As any business-owner or manager will tell you, it’s the total cost of compensation that matters rather than the individual components. Yet even on various non-wage benefits, the available Statistics Canada data suggest government employees in Canada come out ahead. First consider pensions, one of the costliest benefits provided to workers in both sectors. In 2015, 89.3 per

cent of government-sector workers were covered by a registered pension compared to just 23.8 per cent of private sector workers. Tellingly, virtually all government pensions (eight of 10) provide defined benefits, guaranteeing a certain income level in retirement, rather than being dependent on how investments perform. Government-sector workers in Canada also retire 2.3 years earlier, on average, than private-sector workers and are away from their jobs for personal reasons (12.7 days) more often than private-sector workers (7.8 days). When it comes to job security, another non-wage benefit, government workers have a distinct advantage. In 2015, 3.8 per cent of private-sector employment in Canada experienced job loss - approximately seven times higher than the 0.5 per cent of government-sector employment. So what drives this disparity in wages and benefits? The reason is twofold. In the government sector, political factors largely determine the wage-setting

process, while the private sector is largely guided by market forces and profit constraints. These differences are amplified by the monopoly environment in which the government sector operates versus the competitive environment of the private sector. The first step to solving the government compensation premium is better data collected on a more regular basis. Better information, available more regularly, will hold governments to account for managing compensation costs. The longer-term solution, however, is to enact measures that link the wages and benefits of government employees to similar positions in the private sector. Doing so would allow governments to better control spending, rein in debt, and maintain fairness for taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill. Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios are co-authors of the Fraser Institute study Comparing Government and Private Sector Compensation in Canada.

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VIU wins MBA Games on home court This year marks the first time in National MBA Games’ history that the event was hosted in BC and won by a West Coast team. BETH HENDRY-YIM


ancouver Island University’s MBA Games team is celebrating a national victory after taking top spot in the 2017 MBA Games. Five hundred and twenty aspiring MBA students from 19 Canadian universities descended on Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island University (VIU) January 2-4, to compete in the games, the first time in the games 30-year history that they were held in British Columbia. “It was a privilege to host an event that had such a significant economic impact on our community,” said David Iremadze, the recently appointed director of Graduate Business Studies at VIU. “We’re very proud of the team not only for winning but also for the strategies they implemented to keep the focus on taking positive action today for the greater good of tomorrow.” The national games followed on the heels of the BC MBA Games, a VIU created initiative that served as a warm-up for the big event. Key components of the games revolved around volunteerism and community connections with students competing in academic, team sport and spirit competitions. Both the BC and national games were student-driven with volunteers from the VIU student body and alumni, as well as the 40 member VIU MBA games competing team led by Team Captain – Nneka Otogbolu, Spirits Captain – Hemangi Sheth, Sports Captain – Navin Yadav, and Case Captain – Jyothiss Mathew. Omar Karim and Dominik Beckers, chairman and vice chairman of the organizing committee, and their international team of MBA Candidates and business students- along with MBA Games coach David Woodward- created a real West Coast experience for

participants that included, a stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa and Resort, an ocean dinner cruise and the use of facilities in and around Nanaimo. T he J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, based in Montreal, stepped up to match funds raised by the MBA Games up to $150,000. T he V I U M BA tea m ra ised $90,000 in matched funds for the Moose Hide Campaign, which was chosen as the charity partner, to help raise awareness of and to prevent violence against Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and children. “With the matching donation, the MBA Games raised a total of $300,000 with two last-minute anonymous donations coming in within the last half hour!” said Karim. Founders of the Moose Hide Campaign, Paul and Raven Lacerte, gave moving presentations about the organization’s goals and mandate. After the event, funds raised were added up to determine the highest amount and the winner of the spirit portion of the games. “We were amazed at the generosity of donors,” Karim said. “The Foundation’s matching efforts provides invaluable support for the vital anti-violence work that’s being undertaken on behalf of the MBA Games and the Moose Hide Campaign.” For the students, Iremadze said that an event of this size provided a wealth of opportunities for experiential learning and leadership development, from presenting case studies for the academic portion of the competition to organizing accommodation, writing up contracts and managing the finances. The University worked with the students and assisted where needed, but the majority of the legwork was done by the students. The games will also fund a new Moose Hide program called Safe

Space, Safe SPlace, an initiative to prevent violence towards women on university campuses across Canada. “MBA delegates submitted video presentations and participated in the Mystery Spirit event, Safe Space, Safe Place. Delegates were challenged to create a poster presentation along with a report that outlined an action plan for implementing the project on their

university campuses. The judges were very impressed. Now there is a program, accessed through the Moose Hide Campaign, that any campus can utilize,” added Karim. Major contributors to the event included the VIU MBA Program, VIU Faculty of International Education, the City of Nanaimo, the City of Parksville, the Town of Qualicum Beach, Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort and Spa and CIBC.

Omar Karim (right), chairman of the MBA Games organizing committee, and Dominik Beckers, vice chairman, wanted to give participants a West Coast experience CREDIT:VIU MBA PROGRAM


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