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Nanaimo Ministry Centre Tops VIREB Commercial Building Awards Downtown St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service takes Judges Choice in best of Vancouver Island event BY MARK MACDONALD BUSINESS EXAMINER VANCOUVER ISLAND

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A NA I MO – St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service in downtown Nanaimo was named the Judges’ Choice Best Overall Winner in the 10th Annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards, Thursday, April 20 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo. Over 50 projects were eligible this year for the awards, and there were 28 finalists in 11 categories: Institutional Renovation, Institutional, Retail Renovation, Office Renovation, Multi-Family Apartment, Multi-Family Townhome, Mixed Use, Retail, Industrial, Recreational and Green. St. Paul’s Centre also won the Award of Excellence in the Institutional Renovation category. The property at 100 Chapel Street had Checkwitch Poiron Architects as the Architect/Designer, and Heatherbrae Builders, both of

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From left, Derek Lewis of Coastal Community Credit Union, Brian Evans of St. Paul’s Centre for Ministry and Community Service with the Judges’ Choice Award, and Architect David Poiron. PHOTOS BY ARTEZ PHOTOGRAPHY

Nanaimo Realtor Elected President Of The BCREA Jim Stewart Has Been Actively Involved In Real Estate Sales Since 1993 BY DAVID HOLMES

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ANAIMO – For Nanaimo realtor Jim Stewart becoming President of the

British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is only the latest achievement in a career that began nearly 25 years ago. “You’d have to say I’m a lucky

guy, I’ve had an opportunity to serve my real estate community for a long time, being involved in a number of different positions and with a number of different

organizations,” he explained. First becoming a licensed real estate sales professional in 1993 SEE JIM STEWART | PAGE 47


2 NANAIMO VIU Approves Tuition Hikes And Begins Construction Vancouver Island University students can expect a rise in tuition according to the university’s latest budget. Meanwhile, construction of the new health and sciences centre is well underway. T he university’s board approved a balanced 2017-18 budget of $143.7-million on March 30; $61.3-million of which is anticipated to come from tuition and student services. Domestic tuition fees and student service fees are expected to rise by two per cent, amounting to $144.86 per semester credit hour. VIU’s Nanaimo campus has begun construction on the new $39.9-million health and science centre. Once completed in the fall of 2018, the building will be home to the health and chemistry programs, teaching labs for nursing and an environmental research laboratory. The new building is being built to LEED gold standards and includes an advanced heating and cooling system that uses geothermal energy. The building is the first phase of a $75-million multi-phased health and sciences centre project that includes the construction of a second building. Once completed, the

NEWS UPDATE two buildings would replace the three aging buildings on campus. The university’s aboriginal communities program is also receiving a top-up of $83,200 from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education. The money will go toward paying for 12 full-time equivalent seats in community health promotion for the aboriginal community’s program. The part-time certificate program blends in-class and online learning and includes a practicum. Graduates of the program will be able to find employment in health-related roles supporting aboriginal communities including community health representatives, aboriginal health coordinator and community engagement facilitator. T he prog ra m w i l l beg i n i n September.

VANCOUVER ISLAND Helijet Renews Resort Fishing Lodge Service Contracts Helijet has extended its existing helicopter air service contracts with six of BC’s world-renowned f ish i ng resor t lodge cl ients located on t he Ha id a Gwa i i Islands and Bella Bella, along the Central-West coast of British Columbia.

Collectively, the air service provisions are valued at over $5 million. Helijet will provide exclusive seasonal helicopter service to resort lodge locations utilizing twin-engine Sikorsky S-76 helicopters, flown and maintained by a Helijet team based on the Isla nds, at the Sandspit and Masset Airports and within the central coast, at Bella Bella Airport. Up to six, 13-passenger configured Sikorsky S-76 twin-engine helicopters will fly resort guests and supplies to and from these remotely located Lodges, which are nestled in along some of the most beautiful and rugged wilderness regions of British Columbia’s west coast. The S-76 helicopters will also be available for general charter to other clients at times when they’re not scheduled to serve Helijet’s resort lodge clients. Helijet also operates a yearround base located at Sandspit Airport, with a complete hangar and office infrastructure, mission specific helicopters and experienced flight crew, in support of all business sectors. Helijet is the leading air serv ice prov ider on BC’s north coast, providing a significant fleet of single and twin engine helicopters to a total of 12 world renow ned sport fish i ng a nd ecotourism lodge resorts, operating on Haida Gwaii and the North-Central Coast of British Columbia.

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COMOX VALLEY CVRD Launches Sports Tourism Initiative The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD has launched a new sports tourism initiative to promote the region as a sports destination. “This project consists of many elements and will provide support to sports organizations and facilities in their bids to host regional, provincial and national events,” explains Board Chair Jon Lefebure. “The CVRD will continue to pursue and present multisport, multi-venue events, such as the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (May 1-6, 2017) and the BC Summer Games (July 19-22, 2018).” A new website www.cvrd.bc.ca/ sportstourism markets the region’s attributes, including more than 50 sport venues and 100 organizations, to local stakeholders, events rights holders who may be scouting for a location, and teams and spectators coming to the region to participate in an event. It features several searchable databases and links to useful resources, community attractions, amenities and services. Organizers can promote their sport by submitting information, via a simple online form, which will be included in the regional sports events calendar. Sports

enthusiasts can subscribe to the events calendar and receive notifications of upcoming events. A hosting booklet will further promote the Cowichan Region as a sports destination and direct people to the website. It will be available to organizers to include in bid packages. Sport event organizers will have access to a CVRD funded inventory of hosting equipment to help stage sports functions and events. The equipment is available at little or no cost through the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena and the Island Savings Centre. “We are thrilled to provide this new service to support our dedicated, hardworking sports community,” says Lefebure. “Our thanks to everyone who contributed to the initiative. We welcome feedback on the various aspects of the program.”

NORTH ISLAND Quatsino First Nation’s Sign Agreement With Forestry Companies North Island Gazette Quatsino First Nation signed agreements with three forest companies on April 18, but all of the parties say this is just the start, not the end, of negotiations. Forest companies Western Forest SEE NEWS UPDATE | PAGE 3


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Products Inc., Interfor Corporation and Lemare each signed agreements with Chief James Nelson at the Quattishe Hall in Quatsino in front of more than 100 band members and guests. “Our relationship is starting, the negotiations are starting, now,” said Chief Nelson. “And it’s going to come from the grassroots up.” The chief and company officials said they hope to build long-term relationships that will support a strong future for the Nation and forestry within the Quatsino Traditional Territory on Northern Vancouver Island. Western, Interfor and Lemare hold forest tenures within the Quatsino Territory. The companies have been working in the Quatsino area for decades. Under the agreements, the licensees commit to working with Quatsino on matters of common interest and ensuring mutual benefit from forestry operations within the Territory. A news release from the companies said the agreements support Quatsino’s vision of a “vibrant, healthy community that is self- governing, prosperous, supportive, and carries our growing knowledge forward for future generations.” “Western has a long history of working with First Nation communities,” said Seanna McConnell, Director of First Nations Partnerships for Western. “Quatsino First Nation and Western have been leaders at working together in the forest industry — from silviculture crews to harvesting companies, and having recently celebrated the seventh anniversary of our award-winning Quatern Limited Partnership. Now, with this agreement we look to define the future of seeking mutually beneficial relationships as we produce the most sustainable building materials on the planet.” “We believe that building value for First Nations communities is a fundamental part of our business,” said Bob Craven, Interfor’s Manager of Economic Partnerships. “As a local second generation North Island Forestry business, Lemare has been actively invested in supporting many social, cultural and economic activities with the Quatsino First Nation,” said Ann-Marie Baron of Lemare. “We are proud of this relationship and look forward to developing new opportunities and continued growth through this agreement.”

VANCOUVER ISLAND Real Estate Supply Continues To Slow Across Vancouver Island The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reports that in April 2017, 478 single-family properties sold on the MLS System compared to 659 last April, a decrease of 27 per cent. Month over month, sales edged slightly lower from March. Inventory of single-family homes declined by 33 per cent from April 2016, with 1,122 active listings available last month compared to 1,694 one year ago. Additional listings have entered the market since VIREB hit its historic inventory low of 859 in December 2016. Active listings rose to 893 in January, 949 in February, and 1,023 in March. However, properties are being snapped up almost as soon as they hit the market. “Properly priced single-family homes between $400,000 and $600,000 rarely last more than 48 hours and usually generate multiple offers, with many selling above list price,” says Janice Stromar, 2017 VIREB President. The real estate market on Vancouver Island has been telling the same story for several months now, notes Stromar. “Limited supply, combined with high demand, means it has been a sellers’ market for months. Sellers are in the drivers’ seat, and the lack of inventory is frustrating buyers and realtors alike,” says Stromar. “That said, even though we are in a sellers’ market, homeowners still need to price their home correctly. Houses can sit unsold for months if they are priced higher than the market will bear.” She adds that sellers are not immune to the frustration that buyers are experiencing because it is hard to sell your home if you cannot find another property to buy. Still, homeowners reluctant to sell due to concerns of housing availability should make the most of this hot market. “Real estate is cyclical, and consumers need to take advantage of these market conditions because they won’t last forever,” says Stromar. “When the market does correct itself – and it always does – it usually happens without warning.”

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In April 2017, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $419,100, up 17.5 per cent from one year ago. Prices increased in every zone, ranging from 13 per cent in Duncan to 22 per cent in Nanaimo. The benchmark price of an apartment in April rose 28 per cent boardwide from the previous year, but the highest increase was in Campbell River, at 39 per cent. The townhouse market also strengthened in April, posting a 21 per cent increase board-wide. The April 2017 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $335,000, an increase of 18 per cent over April 2016. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price hit $415,800, up 16 per cent from 2016. Du nca n reported a benchmark price of $354,400, an increase of 13 per cent compared to April 2016. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 22 per cent to $461,600 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 20 per cent to $477,700. The price of a benchmark home in Port Alberni hit $227,400, up 19 per cent from one year ago.

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VANCOUVER ISLAND Ferry Terminals Get Federal Funding The federal government announced infrastructure grants for BC Ferries which will see them contribute up to $60-million in upgrades on routes serving Port Hardy, Port McNeill and the Gulf Islands. The upgrades will be worth $201-million and will include the purchase of new ferries and upgrades to existing terminals. The feds will contribute to the purchase of two vessels to serve Powell River-Texada Island and Port McNeill-Alert Bay Sointula. The funding will also go towards the procurement and refurbishing of a used vessel for the seasonal route between Bella Coola and Port Hardy, which is expected to take over in summer, 2018. These routes are currently sailed by aging vessels that are in need of replacement. Improvements for term i n a l s a re a l s o b e i n g supported by the grants, including a renovation of Ocean Falls and replacem e n t o f t h e L a n gd a l e

Terminal on the Sunshine Coast. BC Ferries hasn’t released the precise cost breakdowns as they have not begun the bidding process on all projects. While each project will not be worth a third of the $60-million equally, they will be eligible for a significant portion. BC Ferries’ 10-year plan calls for roughly $3-billion to be invested into terminals, ships, information technology and other projects. T he $60-million investment is part of $180-billion in infrastructure funding over 12-years that the federal government has said it will provide for public transit, green infrastructure, transportation that supports trade and rural and northern communities.

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milestone: 500 members and growing. Combined with the other three Cowichan Valley Chambers, we are one of the l a rge s t C h a m b e r n e t wo rk s on the isla nd w ith over 900 members. May is Membersh ip Month at our Chamber with a goal to add another 20 new members to the Chamber roster. Our promotions include con necting with members for testimonials, highlighting their reasons for joining the Chamber and the va lue the Cha mber network brings to their business.

A testimonial video is posted to social media daily, each w ith a d i fferent message about t he benef its of belong i ng to Cow icha n’s most act ive busi ness network i ng orga n ization. In add ition to n e t work i n g op p or t u n it ie s, marketing and advocacy, several members have touted how they have used the Chamber network to launch their new business and to connect with potential customers and clients. We’ve certainly noticed an increase in business startu p s a n d n e w b u s i n e s s e s to

the Valley – a testament that the Cowichan is a welcoming community and a great place to do business. Once again, we have a great line up of May events and activities to provide value to our members: A Mixer at the new Ol ive Stat ion i n d ow ntow n Du nca n, ou r Spri ng Newbie Brea k fast welcom i ng new members who have joined in the last year, a Lunch’n Learn to c e l e b r a t e I n t e r n a t i o n a l Coach i n g We ek, a M i xer at Rocky Creek Winery, and our Monthly Luncheon with CEO

Iain Black of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. ■■■ Welcome new memb ers to the Chamber: Coastal Power Vacuum, Cowichan Valley Indep endent L iv i ng Resou rce Centre, Moving Mountains Creative, Panago Pizza and South Cowichan Rotary Club. Sonja Nagel is Executive Director of the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at manager@duncancc.bc.ca or 250-748-1111

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being filmed in Cowichan during the past eight months. The most recent production, Li gh t of My Life , fe a t u r i n g Academy Award Winner Casey Affleck, drew unprecedented media attention to Cowichan in March and contributed more than $200,000 to the regional economy during its month long tenure at Elkington House. The production company behind Light of My Life also invested in remediating Elkington House and helped to rekindle local interest in restoring and revitalizing the iconic heritage building. “With the increased interest we’re seeing in filming in t he Cow ich a n it’s essent i a l to have a knowledgeable resou rc e p erson to a ssi s t t he sector,” says Econom ic Development Cow ich a n M a nager Amy Melmock. “With the tax incentives the Province is

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he Tof i no-L on g Beach Cha mber of C o m m e rc e h e l d a successful 2nd annual Business Excellence Awards gala evening on April 27th. T he event m a rked t he first time the Chamber has hosted the awards as its own event (last year the awards were part of our AGM). Held at The Shore on Tofino’s waterfront with amazing views of Clayoquot Sound, the event welcomed over 100 guests. We owe a great debt to our judges, Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust executive director Rebecca Hurwitz and Tourism Tofino executive director Kirsten Soder (Customer Service Excellence award). They did not have an easy task this year,

but they chose extremely worthy candidates from nominees in each of the six categories. A nd t he 2017 w i n ners are: Best Small Business Sea Monster Noodle Bar; Non-Profit of the Year Surfrider Pacific Rim; Customer Service Excellence - Robbie Elliott, Shelter Restaurant; Best Small Business - Rare Earth Weddings and Events; Business Leader Lewis and Cathy George, House of Himw itsa a nd Businesses and Business of the Year - Long Beach Lodge Resort. Cong ratu lations to a l l our winners and to all the businesses, organizations and individuals that were nominated this year. This event could not happ en w it hout ou r awa rd sponsors, many of whom sponsored for the second ye a r. T h a n k s to O cea n Village Beach Resort and Pacific Sands Resort for sponsoring the Best New Business award; Jamie’s Whaling Station and Jamie’s Rainforest Inn sponsored the Non-Profit of the Year award; and Tourism Tofino sponsored the Customer Service Excellence

award. Thanks as well to the Wickaninnish Inn for its sponsorship of the Small Business of the Year award, to Crystal Cove Beach Resort for sponsoring the Business of the Year award, and finally to the Westerly News for sponsoring the Business Leader award. A big thanks to Shelter Restaurant for contributing to our wine wall auction. Red Can Gourmet provided a wonderful catered dinner and generously donated their staff time to the event. Thanks to Smashing Glasses Event Rentals for the beautiful set up, and also to Paul Levy Photography for capturing the event and the red carpet so well. We have heard great feedback from this year’s event – the bottom line is Tofino loves to have an excuse to dress up! We’re looking forward to continuing this event for many years to come. Jen Dart is Executive Director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 250.725.3153. www. tofinochamber.org

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s a resort municipality, Ucluelet i s a lw a y s b u s tling with activity over the su m mer months, and 2017 looks to be no d ifferent. T h is year is shaping up to be one of o u r b u s ie s t ye t, w it h loca l busi ness ow ners reporting a large influx of tourists to the west coast, taking advantage of the free parks pass for Canada 150. While business activity is already heating up in the local community, at the Chamber, we have been hard at work preparing ourselves for the beginning of our event season. The Vancouver Island

Porsche Club rolls into to w n o n M a y 2 6 t h fo r their annual trip, and the Chamber is organizing a poker run to encourage attendees to shop local and visit our restaurants. On Ju ne 11, we w i l l be hosting the 18 th annual Edge to Edge half marat hon a n d 10 k m ra c e, welcoming over 300 runners and their families to the region. The following weekend, competitors from Van Isle 360 cruise i nto tow n , of fer i n g a much-needed break for their road weary crews and windblown sailors. The Chamber will provide racers with a delicious BBQ feast before they set off on the next leg of their journey. W hile planning an event is always a daunti n g t a s k , it’s a n e ve n bigger challenge when you are lacking critica l volu nte er s upp or t. Being new to the commu n ity a nd my role at the Chamber, I was unsure what to expect as we head into event season, but any doubts I had

were quickly laid to rest, as our community has stepped up in a big way. The expertise and guidance that my volunteers have been able to provide me with this year is invaluable, and none of these events would be happening without their support. When it comes to planning events, sourcing a g reat network of volunteers is integral to its success. This past week, Canada celebrated National Volunteer Week, s o I w a n te d to t a k e a moment to thank all the amazing volunteers in our community who generously donate their time and energy to help us out each and every year – we couldn’t do it without your support. Thank you for all that you do! Erin MacDonald is the General Manager for the Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 250.726.4641 or chamberoffice@ uclueletinfo.com.

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Mountain Warehouse is a new store at Woodgrove Centre, featuring outdoor equipment and clothing. ■■■ Pin Thai Massage has moved from 67 Skinner Street to 6 China Steps. ■■■ More Tim Hortons restaurants are on their way: on Northfield and on Nanoose Bay First Nation land where Lantzville Road intersects with the new intersection on the Island Highway. ■■■ Benjamin Moore Paints will be going into the former Sherman Williams Paint location on Mostar. Benjamin Moore currently also has a location near Home Depot. ■■■ Andy and Trina Reynolds have moved their Bonaventure Support Services company that works with disabled people to A-3148 Barons Road from Departure Bay Road. ■■■ Robert Suiter has opened Capital City Auto at 1701 Bowen Road. ■■■ Tomkins Financial has a new name for its office at 1-1200 Princess Royal: Hammond Bay Investments. Mark MacDonald writes about business in Nanaimo. Send information for the column to mark@businessexaminer.ca


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MANUFACTURING Manufacturing Employs More Than 170,000 Workers In BC British Columbia’s Manufacturing Sector The Fourth Largest In Canada BY DAVID HOLMES

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he odds are if you were to ask the average person what drives the British Columbia economy, the first thing they might say would be the resource sector. Forestry, mining, oil and gas and commercial fishing were the core industries that opened up the province and fueled its economy for more than a century. But there’s another player in the BC economic game that has, without anyone hardly noticing, come to the table with a hand full of aces – the manufacturing sector. “In British Columbia, during 2015, manufacturing represented 10 per cent of the Province’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and approximately 30 per cent of the business tax revenue paid to government. Manufacturing is the second largest employer in the BC goods producing sector with almost 13,000 companies employing almost 400,000 jobs directly and indirectly. In addition value-added manufacturing represents almost 65 per cent of BC’s exports,” explained Marcus Ewert-Johns, the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BC Alliance for Manufacturing (BCAFM). The BCAFM is a coalition of industry associations and other stakeholders involved in the

manufacturing sector. In essence the Alliance is an association of associations, with a membership that represents more than 3,000 manufacturers in the province and beyond. Industries represented within the Alliance include the aerospace industry, the food processing sector, the building supply community, the plastics industry and many others. Founded in 2014, the BCAFM is a coalition of manufacturing industry associations with a common vision; to promote a world-class manufacturing sector in British Columbia. The Alliance speaks and acts collectively on priority issues to ensure that all British Columbians continue to benefit from the economic growth, high-value outputs and high-paying jobs found across all types of manufacturing in the province. “When the government talks about the economy it tends to stick to the stereotypical natural resources such as mining and forestry. Manufacturing represents about 10 per cent of the economy, the bread and butter that’s been there forever but without the limelight that other sectors seem to get,” Ewert-Johns stated. Quietly going about its business without a lot of fanfare, the BC manufacturing sector’s workers are typically paid 15 per cent above the provincial industrial

Vineyards and other agri businesses are a central part of the success story that is the BC manufacturing sector average, and a full 22 per cent above workers in the service industries. In addition manufacturing is responsible for 171,000 direct jobs in the province and is the third largest contributor to the provincial GDP. The BC Alliance for Manufacturing estimates that for each dollar of manufacturing output in the province a full $3.50 of economic spin-off activity is generated. Provincial government statistics also show that the BC manufacturing sector is the fourth largest in Canada, and a major source of provincial exports. Released by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training in 2015, the report A Profile of British

Columbia’s Manufacturing Sector, stated that the value of BC manufactured exports to foreign destinations had topped the $22 billion mark by the end of 2014. The United States was the largest single recipient, accounting for nearly 12 per cent of the total. China was in second place, accounting for $4.1 billion worth of exports or just over five per cent of the total. “BC’s manufacturing sector is very diverse. If you were to look at it like an investment portfolio food production is by far the largest component. Food and beverage manufacturing (which would include products such as wine and craft beer) surpassed value added

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“Manufacturing represents about 10 per cent of the economy, the bread and butter that’s been there forever but without the limelight.” MARCUS EWERT-JOHNS PRESIDENT & CEO, BC ALLIANCE FOR MANUFACTURING

The design and production of components used in the auto sector is another exciting part of the industry Food and beverage manufacture is a key part of the industry, producing products exported around the world

wood products last year. That’s close to $10 billion in size so it’s a real behemoth. The surprising one that a lot of people don’t really know about is apparel. There are a number of technical performance companies for example producing high quality goods for the global market,” he said. Provincial government statistics also indicates that while most of the BC manufacturing jobs are concentrated in the Lower Mainland area (a full 65 percent) successful manufacturing enterprises exists all across the province. Vancouver Island and the BC coastal region (minus the Lower Mainland) account for 15.4 per cent of all manufacturing jobs, with the Thompson Okanagan finishing in third place, being home to 12.7 per cent of all manufacturing jobs in BC, with the north responsible for the remaining jobs. “A lot of attention is paid to marine and aerospace, but all tolled

marine, aerospace, automotives, railway and industries of that sort accounts for about $2 billion of the total. But it’s sexy. You want to put a politician in front of a ship or an airplane because it looks pretty good on the front page of the newspaper. But when you’re making widgets, or door hinges or door knobs or drain vents or anything else it doesn’t make for a sexy photo,” Ewert-Johns said. Despite its successes and its importance to the provincial economy, the manufacturing sector, like virtually every other industry in the province, is starting to feel pressure to replace workers who are gradually heading into retirement. Convincing young people to consider manufacturing as a career choice is becoming increasingly difficult. The BCAFM estimates that by 2025 as many as 55,000 new workers will be needed just to fill vacancies in BC alone, and that doesn’t include the unanticipated

need generated by the opening of any new manufacturing plants. For Ewert-Johns one source of possible replacements will have to come from new arrivals to the province, unless BC post secondary institutions can make job training for the manufacturing sector a much higher priority. “Staffing challenges is certainly one of the key issues facing the sector. By some estimates there could be anywhere from 50,000 to 80,000 job openings in manufacturing coming in the next eight to nine years. Unfortunately there are not enough young people coming out of the technical trades and the high schools to fill them,” he said. “I always say that you are just going to have to accept immigration as your only possible solution. You’re going to have to let millions of people come to Canada if you ever want to fill these jobs.” To learn more please visit the A lliance’s website at: w w w. manufacturingbc.org

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ANAIMO - Ken Smith and Ray Klaholz have known each other for three years. That’s also the length of time they’ve been business partners at Shine On Chrome and Graphic Finishes. “We met through my wife and a friend of Ken’s,” Klaholz explained. “We hit it off and decided to create this business.” Both men like to say they enjoy improving their toys, now they get to work on other people’s toys as well. “We’ve done powder coating on some fairly unique projects,” Smith said, smiling. “One day a guy brought a skeleton in that he had purchased at Costco. He wanted it done in chrome. We liked the finished product so much we went and bought one for ourselves.” Dressed in a cowboy hat, the shiny, polished skeleton sits in the front window at Shine On. It’s not easy to miss and represents only a small part of the variety of work the business has done since it first opened its doors in 2014. “We do water transfer graphics and powder coating on motorcycle tanks, we custom finish guitars, and we work on the big toys like antique cars and boats and trucks.” The shop has a photo album of the jobs it has taken on, each one, as Smith explained, taking up to 70 hours to complete and a standalone work of art its owners are proud of. “We did one motorcycle tank and fenders for a guy. At the time, we thought we recognized him but didn’t think too much about it. When we went to contact him when it was done, we got a California number. Turns out it was the actor, Justin Chatwin. When he came home to Nanaimo he picked it up and was very happy with the result.”

Ken Smith and Ray Klaholz say that they are just two local guys who love to improve theirs and others’ toys. CREDIT:SHINEON CHROME

Ray Klaholz said that ShineOn Chrome gives him the opportunity to explore his creative side CREDIT:SHINEON CHROME

A lthough the duo have not known each other long, they say the partnership has worked out well. Their combined work history has given them a good grasp of what it takes to make a business successful and how to divide the workload. “Ray likes taking care of the social media stuff,” Smith said. “I do most of the admin work.” It helps that Klaholz has a background as production manager at the Nanaimo Daily News. He worked there for more than 15 years. “I knew the end was coming about a year before the paper closed down,” he explained. “I left just before the doors shut. It was perfect timing for Ken and me to start up this business.” Smith started his work life as an

apprentice carpenter, but ended up working at a body shop and indulging his passion for cars. “I worked there for nine years,” he recalled. “Then Tom Harris asked me to come and run their body shop. I was there five years before I took up commercial fishing.” Eventually, Smith landed at the Mutual Group, selling insurance and mutual funds and then earning his stock broker license. “I worked at the Mutual Group from 1996 to just last year. I thought I could do both jobs at the same time but I decided I wanted to put all my energy into this business.” Although each of the men has his role at Shine On, both Smith and Klaholz work the tools and take the opportunity to explore

ShineOn Chrome can apply a variety of printed designs onto surfaces that include plastic, fiberglass, metal, ceramics and anything that can be submerged in water CREDIT:SHINEON CHROME

their creativity. Smith is working on finishing a unique piece, a transmission he’s chromed and turned into a man-cave bathroom sink. Both say they have a bit of a perfectionist personality. In this business, that’s a desired trait. Some of their work goes onto some pricey machines. “We’ve done the fi n ish i ng touches on a 1912 Hudson race car. it was one of only 12 made in the world,” said Smith. “And we did the dash on a 1930 Model A that we powder coated on metal to look like a rich mahogany wood grain.” The pair have even redone an

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ccording to our calculations there has been a dramatic increase in the permits for the residential sector in the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions during the first quarter of 2017. Single family dwelling starts are up by 57 per cent overall, with the biggest increase occurring in

Campbell River which showed a 100 per cent increase in the new homes started this year, compared to the same period last year. The construction of secondary suites has increased by at least 100 per cent. We know that there are more secondary suites being constructed, however, certain subdivisions already zoned in the Comox Valley do not issue a permit for the suite when building a new home. The zoning for some subdivisions in Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox have been zoned for secondary suites. The construction of secondary suites will continue to rise, due to the low vacancy rate and the higher cost of real estate. Total construction values are $45.3 million compared to $37.2 million in 2016, a 24 per cent increase. According to the most recent Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Statistics (VIREB) inventory of single-family homes declined by

New home under construction by Crown Isle Homes 33 per cent from April 2016, with 1,122 active listings available last month compared to 1,694 one year ago. In April 2017, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB area was $419,100, up 17.5 per cent from one year ago. Prices increased in every zone, ranging

from 13 per cent in Duncan to 22 per cent in Nanaimo. The benchmark price of an apartment in April rose 28 per cent board-wide from the previous year, but the highest increase was in Campbell River, at 39 per cent. The townhouse market also strengthened in April, posting a 21 per cent increase

board-wide. The April 2017 benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $335,000, an increase of 18 per cent over April 2016. In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price hit $415,800, up 16 per cent from 2016. Duncan reported a benchmark price of $354,400, an increase of 13 per cent compared to April 2016. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose 22 per cent to $461,600 while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 20 per cent to $477,700. The price of a benchmark home in Port Alberni hit $227,400, up 19 per cent from one year ago. Clarice Coty is the editor of Building Links. Contact: clarice@ buildinglinks.ca or find Building Links on Facebook at www. facebook.com/BuildingLinks

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pril at the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce saw a new Boa rd for 2017/2018 with a Board Election Open House and a well-attended AGM. The Chamber AGM keynote speaker, Val Litwin President and CEO of BC Chamber, outlined a positive future for BC Ch a mb er a nd t he d i rect ion they are taking the BC Chamber brand. He touched on his diverse experience as the former CEO of Whistler Chamber,

co-founder of BLO blow dry bars, and vice president of franchise operations at Nurse Next Door. Val talked about how the Comox Valley and British Columbia are well-positioned to stand out with our diversified economies. The Chamber swore in the new board members, with help from Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula. The new Board members are: Daniel Kooman of Unveil Studio, Keith Pistell of Canadian Tire and Laurie Shambrook of Septen Financial. I n M a y t h e C o m ox Va l l e y Chamber of Commerce is hosting two info sessions. Futurpreneur Canada will speak to their mentorship program offered to new business people under 39. Futurpreneur is a Canadian non-profit dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneu r at a ti me. T he second info session is with the Bank of Canada. The Bank of Canada will inform the audience of how interest rates affect

business and those companies that export, as well as trade relations and negative interest rates. The Chamber has two after business mixers planned for May: The first at Comox Valley Seniors Village and the second at Rainforest Outdoor Living on May 30. Attending Chamber mixers is proving to be an essential networking activity in the Comox Valley. The Chamber is working hard to provide a variety of events a nd busi ness development opportunities for Comox Valley Chamber members. The May Leaders’ Luncheon is focusing on community policing with Officer in Charge Tim Walton of t he Comox Va l ley RCM P detachment. The Comox Valley Chamber welc ome d t he se w id e-ra ng i ng dy na m ic busi nesses to the Chamber in April: Classic LifeCare, Esther Sample, Kim Stallknecht Photography, Northrock Technologies, Evergreen

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ANAIMO - Pacific Station on Metral Drive has reached Phase 4. Once completed, the entire project will include five commercial office space buildings totalling 50,000 square feet, 16 two and three bedroom townhomes and a large apartment complex. Project developer, Westmark Construction and its team of design consultants, engineers and architects, have created a West Coast contemporary feel to each of the buildings with a mix of timber and stone, vaulted ceilings and inverted rooflines that are eye catching and highly visible from Metral Drive and the Island Highway. “Owners of the strata offices have been experiencing a great deal of success conducting business in this location,” said Westmark owner, Chris Lundy, adding that more than 40,000 vehicles drive by its location every day. Acquired in 2012, the property, backing onto the Island Highway and fronting Metral Drive, was identified by the city, in its Official City Plan (OCP), as part of a corridor slated for increased density. “The City of Nanaimo is looking to increase the density in strategic areas around the city,” Lundy said. “When the property came on the market, Westmark first assessed its potential and then determined its viability. It took a couple of months to complete our due diligence and get an assessment of the site, but once that was achieved we could follow through with the company vision for the site.” Part of that vision was to create a mixed-use complex that focu sed on of f ice space for

Pacific Station has the right balance of residential and commercial space CREDIT:WESTMARK CONSTRUCTION

“Owners of the strata offices have been experiencing a great deal of success conducting business in this location.” CHRIS LUNDY OWNER, WESTMARK CONSTRUCTION, NANAIMO

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professionals rather than retail and included residential buildings. Originally zoned for single family homes, Lundy explained that the property needed to be rezoned for comprehensive development which would provide for a variety of land uses and development approaches. “We needed to make sure there was the right balance of residential and commercial,” Lundy said. “The City was initially looking for residential space over the commercial, but that wasn’t the model we envisioned so we created a scenario that met the City’s and our needs. We changed the plans, got the zoning that was required, and are now building a community that has both commercial and residential space within the same development.” It’s a highly-desired town-centre design with services both residents and the professionals can take advantage of. Devin Jahelka, commercial real estate advisor, Jahelka Real Estate Group at Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty, said that the complex is becoming a thriving and vibrant business community. “Historically, with commercial real estate in Nanaimo, presales don’t happen, people here haven’t been receptive to it. Selling out Building A after 14 days on the market speaks to how excited the community is about this phase of the project. W hile Building B, which is currently under construction, still has space available, with its West Coast, modern style of architecture, secured underground parking, and convenient elevator access, remaining units are poised to move quickly.” What Jahelka is also seeing is interest from investors from larger markets outside of Nanaimo. “Other communities and larger cities have seen mixed use developments, they understand how successful they are. There are great synergies and referral relationships with businesses working together and building a strong sense of community. It’s setting the stage for other developments like this throughout

Part of the vision for Pacific Station was to create office space that focused on professionals rather than retail CREDIT:WESTMARK CONSTRUCTION

Highly visible the building sees more than 40,000 cars a day driving by on the Island Highway CREDIT: WESTMARK CONSTRUCTION

Nanaimo.” Lu ndy sa id that the la rger multi-family residential development will begin construction soon and feature 60 one and two bedroom units with secure underground parking. For Westmark, Pacific Station is an ongoing success story with Phase 2 already winning an

Honorable Mention for the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board’s (VIREB) Commercial Building Awards in 2015, and an Award of Merit for Phase 1 in 2014 and more recently the 2017 VIREB Award of Excellence for Townhouse. “There is quite a community unfolding within this complex,” Lundy said, “with a variety of

owners in the commercial strata space such as architects, engineers, financial planners, real estate advisors, notary public, chiropractor, hair salon, mortgage broker, language school, insurance broker, and a technology company. They are saying they’ve experienced a great deal of success doing business within

the complex. That’s how you define a professional community.” He explained that his initial vision for the property has been exceeded. “When we sat down with the architect and engineers we wanted to create a project that was unique in form and character. We didn’t want the standard and generic type architectural style, and we also wanted a look that would be consistent throughout with both the commercial and residential buildings.” But as Lundy explained, the challenge came in finding a way to mix the two together that fit the company vision and was complimentary to both the office space and residential. “The architects did a great job. I really commend Delinea Design Consultants on the great job they did. The entire team working on the project, from suppliers to trades, have really set a standard for being diligent with quality control. Winning the awards added substance to that quality and the creative aspects put into the master plan and in its development.” Andrea Ironside, Lundy’s wife SEE PACIFIC STATION | PAGE 19

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Commercial Realtors, Devin Jahelka and Carlee Jahelka, said that Building B has space to lease of up to 16,000 square feet CREDIT:JAHELKA REAL ESTATE GROUP

Even though the winter was harsh Westmark workers only took a couple of days off because of the snow CREDIT: WESTMARK CONSTRUCTION

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project coming together. Architecturally, it is beautiful. As it was being developed I was so excited about it I showed it to friends and they ended up buying units.â&#x20AC;? Westmark was incorporated in 1988 by Lundy. Its reach extends beyond Nanaimo through Duncan, Parksville, Qualicum and up into the Comox Valley as well as Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet. Its experience and expertise has seen It offering new home building, commercial construction, custom home building, design-build services and general contractor services. With this latest project, Lundy has brought multiple levels of knowledge, adding features to the Pacific Station to further set it apart. He also brought an understanding of the complexity of building on the Island during the winter months and in dealing with the challenges of a long, cold and wet past winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We created an onsite storm water management system that returns excess water back into the ground and rock gardens to help manage the run off. Although it was a harsh winter for the West Coast, we only took a couple of snow days off and otherwise we

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heir mantra is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You work hard for your vacations and we pledge to work hard for youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. They have so many 5-star ratings on Trip Advisor they were contacted to see if family and friends were writing the reviews for them. They were finalists in the Tourism Category at the Business Examiner Business Excellence Awards in February. Their guests have come from all over Canada, the US, Europe and the Middle East as well as Asia and Russia. They are the only All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) adventure company on Vancouver Island and their playground is the backcountry surrounding Port Alberni and out to the west coast communities of Tofino and Ucluelet. On day trips they delight in showing their clientele places

like the Nahmint Valley, Virgin Falls and the view from the mountain tops overlooking Barkley Sound. For overnighters they like to take their guests to a basic but warm, comfortable and completely quiet lodge at the head of remote Henderson Lake in an exclusive arrangement with the Uchucklesaht Tribe. There the 5-star adventure becomes one of a zillion stars in a night sky not affected by other light sources. The words and phrases which appear over and over again in the reviews would be music to any adventure business: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;personalizedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;professionalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;safeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;funâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;breathtakingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;got my moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth and moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, knowledgeableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;outstanding sceneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the best gift Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever hadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the most incredible experience Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever hadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. They work tirelessly to deliver on their mantra, to give all of their guestsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; life-long memories and to make sure everyone who goes out with them comes back safe, exhilarated and in awe of the wilderness. Although they can take as many as 10 guests at a time, they say the smaller tour groups make for a much more personal event. Eagles, deer and black bear are regular sights on the trips while owls and Roosevelt Elk are seen occasionally. The company is

West Coast Edge. The owners are Alberni Valley Originals, Blain and Patricia Pouliot. They are tireless promoters of the other adventure businesses in their â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;base campâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;trail headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; community of Port Alberni. A trip with West Coast Edge makes for a great birthday or anniversary gift or an extraordinary weekend. Give them a try and you will find out for yourself why guests call them â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the Canadian Outdoor Ambassadorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Pat Deakin is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Port Alberni. He can be reached at 250-720-2527 or Patrick_deakin@ portalberni.ca

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THE THUNDERBIRD PROJECT CARVING OUT NEW FROM OLD “Chief Councillor Charlie New building showcases innovation and creativity and the resilience of the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government

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ORT ALBERNI – On Argyle Street in Port Alberni on the site of the historic Somass Hotel is a building that stands as testament to a new and positive direction for the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government and its People. It houses both residential and commercial space and according to Scott Coulson, chief administrative officer, a strong spirit of renewal and hope and would not have been feasible without the signing of its modern day Treaty with Canada and BC. “Chief Councillor Charlie Cootes, Sr. had a vision of what could be done at the location and the project stayed true to it.” The 100-year-old building had many bad memories for the First Nations, but Cootes believed it could be saved and transformed into offices and apartments and something of value to his Tribe. “I remember wondering what we had gotten into. But they negotiated a great price, not just for the building, but also for the lot behind it.” Coulson said that the building was in terrible shape but an initial assessment deemed it salvageable with good bones. A call for bids was put out for construction of the new building and Tectonica Management Inc. submitted the successful proposal. “It was our biggest project to date and started out like any normal job,” said Darren Moss, owner Tectonica But normal it was not. “It was in horrific shape,” Coulson recalls. “It had been low-end housing and was infested with rats and needed asbestos abatement.” But as he explains, innovation and creativity are cornerstones of this development. For the asbestos removal, Moss suggested that local workers from

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Port Alberni, including members of Uchuckleshat, train for the set-up and removal of asbestos. “The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government paid for 10 students to take the 3-week course, got them the equipment and then gave them their first job on the Thunderbird project. Having the abatement done this way saved a lot of money on the project.” Once the demolition had reached a certain point, however, the structural engineer was brought in and gave the bad news that the building was not fit to save and to renovate the building would cost significantly more than tearing it down and rebuilding from scratch. “During the abatement, it was obvious that there was much more wrong with the building than was recoverable,” Coulson said. “A new plan was drawn up and Charlie’s original vision maintained, but the original building would have to go as it would not stand up to any earthquake.” Moss said that creating a new building was a better long term solution for the project and that it was good to set off in the new direction at such an early stage. But, because the idea was to transform the negative into a positive, not every piece of the building was disposed of. One hundred years ago, logging in the Alberni Valley was a thriving industry. Ships would transport logs around the world. “The empty ships would travel around the Horn using blue brick as ballast. They’d offload the brick, fill the hold with lumber and head back. The hotel was built, in part, SEE THUNDERBIRD | PAGE 22

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with this brick.” But instead of throwing the bricks out. The Uchucklesaht had them refinished and repurposed into feature walls in four spots throughout the building. They also used salvaged pieces of the existing lumber for use as an accent feature in the front reception desk. “Reusing parts of the hotel helps with remembering the past. When the bar first opened, First Nations people were not allowed in. This is an opportunity for New Beginnings and having the wood and the brick are good reminders of how far things have come and the positive things happening today,” Coulson said. The challenges and surprises weren’t quite over though for the builders or the owners. After the demolition was completed and excavation for the foundation had begun, rock was discovered where it wasn’t expected. “We lost a couple of weeks breaking the rocks, which pushed the time table into the rainy season. But Darren and his team were excellent to work with, adjusting well to anything that came up,” Coulson said, adding that the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government office interviewed three bid companies, two of which were bigger than Tectonica. “We chose Tectonica because we had a sense that it was the right company for the project.” Tectonica is a Nanaimo-based company that specializes in project and construction management services. As construction managers, it acts as essential advisor to the owner, overseeing everything from the design process and construction documentation to the completion of construction. As project managers, its role is to manage the design construction teams, taking care of everything from finding the right subtrades to ensuring engineering and feasibility of the project. Moss said that the Thunderbird Project was a great success story for Tectonica’s collaborative approach to working with owners to address challenges. “We focused on finding local talent for this project as much as possible for on the site, and for the architectural team we worked

Charlie Cootes admiring a piece of cedar inset into the boardroom table with a scar made from the removal of a strip of bark over 600 years ago CREDIT:SCOTT COULSON

The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government wanted to remember the past history of the hotel so used lumber from the demolition as accent features CREDIT:TECTONICA MANAGEMENT

The old Somass Hotel at one time would not let First Nations through its doors, now it is the site of the Uchucklesaht Tribe Government administration offices CREDIT:TECTONICA MANAGEMENT

with Raymond de Beeld Architect in Nanaimo. Even the materials were purchased locally from local suppliers.” Today the four-storey Thunderbird Project is a model of West Coast ingenuity and presence. Its exterior highlights the colours of the Uchucklesaht’s emblem, designed in green, red, orange, yellow, black and white. Raw timber stand at its corners and at the entry to the bottom floor.

Not only will it serve as an administrative office for the Uchucklesaht staff, but it also offers 32 one and two bedroom apartments with the fourth floor also boasting views of the harbour and surrounding mountains. “These are high end apartments with large deck space and features like a high efficiency water source heat pump, an area on the roof for SEE THUNDERBIRD | PAGE 23

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conditioned mobile trailer. There is a real positive energy about this place. The residents love the community and the whole dynamic of the area has dramatically changed.â&#x20AC;? For Moss the stand-out feature of the project is that the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders overcame the challenges of the project to deliver a beautiful final product. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also in the story of the culturally significant furniture incorporated throughout the offices and the reuse of materials from the old hotel. In the main boardroom, a table is made from a cedar log found by Cootes and Coulson. It has a catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye scar on it from the stripping of a piece of bark to make a basket by the First Nations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The scar is about six or seven hundred years old and comes from Treaty Settlement Lands. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been polished and varnished and is at the centre of the table. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss it when you walk in the room. It stirs a strong sense of awe when you see it.â&#x20AC;? Stories abound in this building. From the three cedars standing sentinel at the corners, to the historical brick on the walls and the smooth table proudly sitting in the centre of a meeting room. Each item, each story brings into focus the memories ingrained into the fabric of the building and the bright future it and its people have moving forward. The Thunderbird Project is at the corner of Argyle Street and Kingsway Avenue in Port Alberni www.tectonica.ca

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n its research report: Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the World Bank est i m ated t he world’s population will hit nine billion people by the yea r 2050. To help feed that expanding global population seafood will become an increasingly important global food source, with sustainable aquacu ltu re the on ly v iable way to prevent a complete over fishing of the planet’s wild fish stocks. British Columbia’s aquaculture industry recognizes that need and the business opportunity it presents, and is prepared to face the challenges tomorrow will bring. “Tod ay we h ave 158 members up and down the coast of British Columbia. That list includes large companies, small companies, First Nations and independents (individuals operating on their own) who operate a sma l l shel l fish fa rm,” explained Darlene Winterburn, the Executive Director of the British Columbia Shellfish Growers Association (BCSGA). The Association’s mission is to advance the sustainable growth and prosperity of the BC shellfish industry in a global economy by providing leadership, communication and advocacy to members, government, the public and other stakeholders while maintaining and improving the integrity of the marine environment. BC shellfish farmers raise and harvest five individual species: clams, geoducks, mussels,

Oyster farming is another key part of the work carried out by British Columbia’s shellfish farming sector oysters and scallops. “The industry has attracted a re a l ly fa sci n at i n g m i x of people. Shellfish farming is a very hands-on sort of business so our people work really hard – they’re out there in the middle of the night, they’re out there in the middle of a storm. They work year round, despite the weather. In addition to the physical work shellfish farming also requires some serious mental work as they are strategizing and planning forward all the time.” T he World Bank report has projected that by 2030 62 per

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cent of all fish consumed worldwide will have been farm-raised, with Asia being the largest market. Currently Asia consumes as much as 70 per cent of all sea food products produced around the world. In terms of sheer numbers British Columbia’s salmon farming sector is the industry’s largest. BC leads Canada in salmon production, selling $745 million worth of the product in 2016 alone. By a wide margin BC grown salmon is exported, with $544 million worth of the fish sold to 12 different markets, primarily

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in Asia. BC salmon sales to Asia topped 4.7 million kilograms last year, a 40 per cent increase over 2015’s volumes – despite 2015 having been a record year. “Globally, the demand for seafood is increasing at about seven to nine per cent per year. As a result all producers of seafood are seeing an increase in demand. Wild capture has been essentially flat for the past 20 years so the only way to meet that growing demand is through aquaculture. Here in British Columbia we’re SEE AQUACULTURE | PAGE 26

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seeing the value of our product increase, but our volumes have remained stable for many years. So our members are looking to moderately increase their production,” explained Jeremy Dunn, the Executive Director of the BC Salmon Farmer’s Association (BCSFA). The commercial production of salmon in British Columbia is a fairly new industry, with its origins going back to the mid 1970s when the first experimental fish farms were opened. The BCSFA was created to support, promote and advocate on behalf of this new industry in 1984. Salmon farming in BC has a $1.1 billion economic impact on the province and accounts for more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs. “The value of our products continues to

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increase, our markets around the world continue to increase and diversify which shows that this really is a business that BC should be thinking more seriously about. Aquaculture has become a cornerstone of the province’s agri foods sector. For the past seven years farm raised salmon has been the number one valued export from BC for agri foods,” he explained. “Aquaculture is a low carbon business creating a high quality protein that is in very high demand all over the world. That is a formula for continued success.” W hile formal aquaculture may be a fairly new industry, the concept of selective seafood harvesting and species maintenance has ancient cultural roots among the province’s First Nation’s peoples. As most aquaculture takes place in rural locations much of the province’s activities take place in concert with its First Nation communities.

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“We launched our Association about 14 years ago as there seemed to be a growing need for an organization to lend support to the individual First Nations whether it’s related to fish or shellfish, in all categories,” explained Richard Harry the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association (AAA). The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association was created to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture development. The group serves as a resource body providing guidance and advice with respect to sustainable aquaculture development, regulation and management of aquaculture. Its main business motivator is the belief that aquaculture development has the potential to play a major role in the diversification and strengthening of the local and regional economies of First Nations. “We help in a number of different areas, whether it is in capacity or management or planning. Over the years we’ve worked in many different ways with First Nations. That’s really part of why we do exist, to provide information and resources for our members.” For Harry and other members of his Association, aquaculture isn’t something new - it has always been part of First Nation culture on the coast. “First

Nations peoples have been building clam gardens on the coast for something like 5,000 years. The resource has to sustain itself and over fishing would have wiped it out centuries ago if it hadn’t been maintained by those who came before. Our people have been practicing aquaculture long before it even had that name,” Harry said. With systems and structures in place to produce sustainable food sources, with an ever expanding global market for its products, and with a clear vision for future development, the province’s aquaculture industry is ready to meet the challenges of the future. “Aquaculture is ecologically sustainable and is socially responsible. Aquaculture presents an opportunity to fill the gap between the supply and the demand,” Winterburn said. “The demand is not going away because our population continues to grow. Shellfish and seafood are a huge part of a healthy diet and we’re here to help satisfy that growing demand.” To learn more please visit the BC Salmon Farmers Association’s website at: www.bcsalmonfarmers.ca, the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association’s website at: www.aboriginalaquaculture.com and the BC Shellfish Grower’s Association’s website at: www.bcsga.ca

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B.C. Farm-Raised Salmon – Top 10 1. Worth over $1.14-billion to the province’s economy 2. Considered B.C.’s #1 agricultural export and the province’s highest valued seafood product 3. Produces more than 77.8K kilograms of salmon annually 4. Accounts for 58% of the salmon raised in Canada and 3% of the world’s salmon production, making it the fourth largest global producer 5. Generates about 5,000 coastal jobs that pay 30% higher than the provincial median employment income 6. Donates $600,000+ and 23,000+ lbs of salmon to community organizations and causes 7. Has 20 social and economic agreements with Coastal First Nations 8. Raises 78% of its salmon in partnership with First Nations 9. All B.C. salmon farms have achieved at least one third-party certification 10. Has invested $1.5 million dollars towards funding research projects to gain a better understanding of the marine environment


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Nanaimo, was General Contractor. A replacement for the previous church hall, this new facility normalizes the various interior levels to provide facility-wide accessibility. This includes a much-needed upgrade to community meeting spaces, administration offices and a commercial grade kitchen. The design pays homage to the adjacent 1934 structure with its use of tall proportioned windows, diamond tile roof and vaulted wood ceilings. Coastal Community Credit Union was a Gold Sponsor of the event, and Black Press a Platinum Media Sponsor. Category sponsors included RE/MAX Commercial, Colliers International, Canadian Western Bank, MNP LLP, NAI Commercial, Yellow Sheet Review, Herold Engineering and Invest Comox Valley. Business Examiner Vancouver Island coordinated the event, which had Dave Hammond and John Cooper as Masters of Ceremonies. BC SPCA of Nanaimo was also a double winner, taking the Award of Excellence in Institutional, as well as the Green Award for environmental excellence. Island West Coast Developments of Nanaimo was the General Contractor on the building, at 154 Westwood Road, which was designed by Meiklejohn Architects Inc. of Kelowna. The local SPCA was outgrowing SEE VIREB | PAGE 33

Enjoying a chat at the pre-event soiree, from left: Business Examiner Vancouver Island Publisher Mark MacDonald, Doug Tyce of MNP LLP, Dave Kirk of Cunningham Rivard Appraisals, who was a judge of the VIREB Commercial Building Awards, and Ron Sawyer of RBC Royal Bank

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Dover Ridge of Nanaimo won the Award of Excellence for Multi-Family Apartment. From left: Daryoush Firouzli of D-Architecture, Robin Kelley and Brad Archibald of Colliers International

Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit won the Award of Excellence in the Recreational Category. From left: Chief Executive Peter Trzewik of the GAIN Dealer Group, Chris Erb of SupErb Construction, and Stephen Hurstt of the Yellow Sheet Review.

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its existing space, so this expansion was just what was needed. In addition to providing a new home for the SPCA and its animals, the new facility incorporates a nearby patch of land, adding a new dog walking park for local residents to use. This new build 9,000 square foot facility is one of a kind, including some great west coast architectural features. Other category Award of Excellence Winners were:

RECREATIONAL Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit at 4063 Cowichan Valley Highway in Duncan. SupErb Construction of Nanaimo was General Contractor and James E. Irwin Architect Inc. of Victoria the Architect/Designer. The Vancouver Island Motorsport

Circuit is Canada’s first motorsports country club and boasts a 15,000 square foot clubhouse and a 2.3 km road course. The clubhouse is a state-of-the-art facility and is equipped with four pit garages, locker rooms, the Paddock Lounge, a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms and a large presentation center. The observation deck of the clubhouse provides a 180-degree view of the road course and a partial view of the dynamic area.

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look. This location features both wood and stone, with a striking front entrance canopy. Being in a fairly industrial area, this building stands out significantly.

residential node. The urban streetscape features architectural concrete and a mix of metal and hardi-plank cladding. Private decks enclosed with obscure glass are buffered from the street by low-maintenance landscaping with a bio-swale design. The development is bike and pedestrian friendly.

MULTI-FAMILY APARTMENT MULTI-FAMILY TOWNHOME Pacific Station Townhomes of Nanaimo. Westmark Construction of Nanaimo was General Contractor, with Delinea Design Consultants and D-Architecture of Nanaimo as Architects/Designers. The building features a West Coast modern design located in mixed-use corridor, in a commercial/

Dover Ridge of Nanaimo. Windley Contracting of Nanaimo was General Contractor and D-Architecture the Architect/ Designer. A 50 unit residential rental apartment, it is four storeys tall with one and two bedroom units featuring a modern SEE VIREB | PAGE 36

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Chinook doesn’t just rent the scaffolding and components, it also constructs them, putting them together in whatever configuration is required, as well as shrink wrapping for asbestos removal or painting projects. “T he compa ny has a h ighly-t ra i ne d c rew, u nd er t he management of Mike Ferguson, operations manager and Chris Johnson, construction manager, that are kept busy year-round. They can build the scaffolding to conform to any shape,” she said. Safety is the priority on every job, Reier and Haylock stressed, adding that the competency course now taught to scaffolding crews through the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) was created by Chinook. “We are dedicated to safety at every level, from our main offices in Nanaimo and Parksville to our satellite office in Campbell River. When the company was first created, the union was not providing appropriate scaffold

training. Chinook wanted everyone trained properly so in 2010 it created an education department and hired a consultant group to create a suitable competency program. It was so well received that it was adopted by CMAW. Innovation is a hallmark of Chinook, not just with its training and installation expertise, but also with its ability to get equipment to a job site efficiently. “Our drivers operate six crew trucks and four flatdeck/equipment trailers for transporting everything that is needed for a project,” Haylock said. With a variety of unique projects, Chinook stays flexible, adapting to its range of clients and their needs. Mast climbers were added to the line-up of services in response to the demand for accessing large surface areas and the new Vancouver Island branch in Parksville opened its doors in October 2016 to provide both its residential and commercial customers another location to access its services. Both Haylock and Reier emphasized that as Chinook continues to grow, its priority stays the same: provide safe yet profitable and highly effective scaffolding for its clients. Ch i nook Sca ffold Systems is at 1152 Herring Gull Way in Parksville www.chinookscaffold.ca

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and support staff who provide the expertise required to design and manage structural and municipal engineering projects from their initial concept to project completion.” Herold Engineering Limited specializes in project management, civil/municipal infrastructure work, building structures and enclosures, industrial, marine and bridge projects. Projects include airports, educational and recreational facilities, fire halls, police stations, health care facilities, industrial projects, office buildings and multi-residential projects. Mike Herold founded Herold Engineering Limited in 1994, and the company beca me a wel l-respected structural engineering firm serving mid and north Vancouver Island. In 2000 the company expanded into civil engineering services to complement its structural and specialty engineering services. Herold Engineering Limited’s head office is at 3701 Shenton Road in Nanaimo, and in recent years, they’ve

opened design offices in Victoria, the West Coast and Fort Nelson. “We are involved in a wide variety of building, municipal, transportation and marine projects throughout British Columbia with the majority of our work on Vancouver Island,” says Mike Herold. George Hrabowych adds the company has extensive experience in municipal engineering, including project management, feasibility and conceptual design studies, detailed design, contract administration, site supervision and layout, and construction management for a wide range of clients. Herold Engineering Limited has captured a long-list of awards from numerous competitions over the years for projects they’ve been involved with on and off Vancouver Island, including several LEED Gold and Silver awards. The company is also recognized for making significant contributions to a large number of worthy causes and charities. www.heroldengineering. com

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J.R.E. Hardware of Nanaimo was the Award of Excellence winner in the Industrial Category. From left: Jia Zheng, Rob Turgeon and Courtenay Ndiaye of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

BC SPCA of Nanaimo, represented by Bob Busch and Leon Davis, captured the Institutional Award of Excellence and the Green Award

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INDUSTRIAL: J.R.E. Hardware Inc. at 1870 Dufferin Crescent in Nanaimo. General Contractor was Nanaimo Timberworks Inc. of Nanaimo and Raymond de Beeld Architecture Inc. the Architect/Designers. This project is owned, conceived and completed by a team of Vancouver Island residents. It features a true timber structure, sawn and crafted from coastal fir logs, placed perfectly amongst a fast growing community of businesses. As well as the pleasant esthetics, a focus on energy efficiency ensures a comfortable environment for its occupants while keeping operating costs low.

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he Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) puts entrepreneurs first. We a re t he on ly ba n k dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs and have been helping build strong, profitable companies for 70 years. With almost 2,000 employees and more than 100 business centres across t h e c o u n t r y, w e o f fe r loans, consulting services, growth and business transition capital, securitization, as well as venture capital to more than 30,000 small and mediumsized companies. T heir success is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. A different kind of bank At BDC, we understand that a business is more than dollars and cents. This is why we look at it as a whole, including its potential for growth and the owner’s vision for the future. B D C o f fe r s b u s i n e s s

loans designed to protect cash flow and help entrepreneurs grow their businesses over the long-term. We lend money to purchase commercial real estate, buy new or used equipment, invest in technology and a variety of other business needs. We do this by complementing the role played by private-sector financial institutions and we work in partnership with them to find the best solution for each business. Through our subsidiary— BDC Capital, we offer a full spectrum of specialized financing, including venture capital, equity as well as growth and business transition capital. Entrepreneurs need more than financing. They also need specialized advice, adapted to their unique needs. This is why we offer consulting services to help business owners accelerate growth, improve productivity and build organizational capabilities. Our experienced consultants advise entrepreneurs in key business areas including financial planning,

human resources, market development, technology, business transition, global expansion, operational efficiency and innovation. At BDC, we believe that ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs are the engine of our economy and it is our role, as Canada’s development bank, to help them succeed.

BDC is pleased to be associated with the 2017 Building Awards. As the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs, we’re proud to congratulate all the nominees and winners for their outstanding contributions and acheivements.

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A I Com mercia l Central Vancouver Island is a full service commercial real estate brokerage providing personalized service to central Vancouver Island since 1993. Our team of dedicated professionals provide clients with market knowledge and insight for the reg ion stretch i ng from Duncan and Nanaimo to the Comox Valley and Tofino. Our transaction and advisory services include: ■ Sa les a nd lea si ng brokerage for property owners ■ B uyer a nd ten a nt representation ■ Property and facility management ■ Business brokerage ■ Consulting In January we announced ou r pa rtnersh ip w ith the 460 Group of Companies, which enables us to provide

real estate brokerage firms, with 375 offices worldwide

our clients with additional services and expertise. The partnership is a natural fit as the 460 Group shares our values, team culture and commitment

to clients. The NAI Commercial team, brand and core services will remain the same but we look forward to the opportunities this new partnership will bring our company and clients as we continue to grow on Vancouver Island. NAI Global is the single largest global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage fi rms, w ith 375 offices worldwide. NA I Global member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide you with exceptional solutions to your commercial real estate needs. Our local team of experienced professionals combine their expertise to help our clients achieve their objectives. We are fortunate to work with a full range of clients including individual investors, local business owners, developers, international corporations and governments at all levels. We welcome an opportu n ity to d i scu ss you r com mercia l rea l estate needs.

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Island’s Top Young Professionals Honoured At Gala Event Fifth Annual Top 20 Under 40 Awards Presented At Ceremony In Nanaimo

Tom Harris (left) and Nanaimo City Councillor Bill Yochim congratulate one of the Top 20 Under 40 winners Jolleen Dick

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A NA I MO – T he best, brightest a nd most community-focused young entrepreneurs on Vancouver Isla nd were honored April 8, at the presentation of the 2017 Top 20 Under 40 Business and Community Achievement Awards. Taking place at a special gala event held at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (VICC) in Nanaimo, this year’s event is the fifth time the award campaign has been organized and the second time the gala has been held in Nanaimo. T he 2017 winners included

Allison Kilby, Craig W. Rennison, Kathryn Jones, Dave Forrester, Deanne Orrell, Greg Phillips, Jason Schmidt, Laurie Bienert, Tim Mawdsley, Adrian Pereira, Chris Hunt, Christopher Mavrikos, James Bogusz, Mike Smith, Glen Smethurst, Linley Faulkner, Andrew Wilson, Elizabeth Robinow, Jolleen Dick and Lisa George. Founded and chaired by developer Roger McKinnon, the Top 20 Under 40 Awards were l a u n c h e d i n 201 2 a n d we re created to both recognize and celebrate t he ach ievements

Andrew Wilson (seated) from Wilson’s Transportation Ltd. was joined by his extended family at the gala event of Vancouver Island’s leading you n g profession a l s. To b e considered for the prestigious award a detailed nomination must be submitted, with more than 200 placed for consideration this year. “It was fabu lous th is yea r, every year it gets better and better. This was our fifth year and we had about 430 people in attendance so it was a terrific

John Watson from Comox Valley Economic Development Society presented Michelle Stilwell with an Honorary Alumni award

“This was our fifth year and we had about 430 people in attendance so it was a terrific evening.” ROGER MCKINNON FOUNDER, TOP 20 UNDER 40

evening,” McKinnon explained. Recipients of the honor must be more than successful business persons. They must also be recog n i zed com mu n ity champions, those willing to go that extra mile to make their individual regions better places. T he nom i nation docu ments must demonstrate the positive role the nominee plays in their community, as well as showcasing their business acumen. Regional judges from all across Vancouver Island go over the

nominations received from their individual regions, culling the list down to 100 semi-finalists before a team of executive judges make the final 20 selections. The executive panel includes Michael O’Connor, Keith Dagg, Troy-Anne Constable, Edd Moyes and chairman McKinnon. “There are five regions, Port Alberni / West Coast, Duncan, Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox / North Island. Within those regions we have regional judges who go over the nominations to arrive at 100 nominee finalists,” McKinnon explained. “This year we did something a little different, we presented Michelle Stilwell with an honorary award as well as the main awards themselves. We’ve come a long way from our first event that saw about 225 people attend so it just keeps getting better and bigger each year.” Created to celebrate the success of loca l com mu n ity leaders, the Top 20 Under 40 awards have become a looked for regional event. To lea r n more plea se v i sit the event’s website at: w ww.20under40.ca


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BUSINESS OF THE YEAR GOES TO GNB BUILDERS Built Green Builder Since 2008, the Company is a Multiple Award Winner for Both New Builds and Renovations

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ADYSMITH - It’s been a busy year for GNB Builders and the year has only just begun. Not only did it step up to the podium and take home Construction/Development Business of the Year at the 2017 Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, it also walked away with an award from the 2017 Vancouver Island Building Excellence Awards for Best Single Family Bathroom Renovation under $50,000. “It was an honour to take home the Business of the Year for Vancouver Island, especially when we were competing against other great companies,” said Greg Bianchini, owner of GNB. With over 31 years of experience in the building industry, the recent award wins have the company at the top of its game with Bianchini continuing to look for ways to keep exceeding that ceiling. A Built Green Builder since 2008, GNB Builders specializes in creating custom homes and major renovations with Built Green Certification on every project. A multiple award winning company; its team has won Build Green Builder/R 2000 of the year for BC; Gold and Silver awards through the Canadian Home Builders Association; Best Construction Company on Vancouver Island; another Grand VIBE and Best Renovator, Best Builder and Project of the Year, Vancouver Island, to name only a few. As it is a family owned and operated business, Greg’s wife Heidi has been Business Manager, Project Coordinator and Interior Designer for the last 14 years. Together they bring a collaborative effort to each project. “There is a flow to our projects with both of us involved at

The stunning Treehouse home and 2016 finalist for Project of the Year CREDIT:GNB BUILDERS

different levels of its development,” Greg said. “And a better level of communication that the client and homeowner benefits from.” But working and living together, in the same home and office, 24/7, isn’t always easy. Like any family business it’s hard to turn off work, especially when both love what they do. “We have a young family and wanted to make sure we brought balance, not just to our home life, but also to our working relationship. We recently hired Julie Anne Richards, a life and business coach to help us with our focus for the future of GNB.” Heidi Bianchini says that having a common goal for both work and family life is what makes things run smoothly. “Julie Anne has helped us define roles and responsibilities,” said Heidi. “We have so many competent people in the office that know all the aspects of business. She helped us streamline who does what. The finished process is a much more efficient business and that carries over to our

“We have a young family and wanted to make sure we brought balance not just to our home life but also to our working relationship.” GREG BIANCHINI OWNER, GNB BUILDERS

Greg and Heidi Bianchini bring a collaborative effort to each project

family. We are now 100 per cent focused on business during work hours and when we are with our kids, we are 100 per cent engaged with them.” Greg said the experience has been life changing, especially because without balance, either work or home life can suffer. “We’ve been talking at the office about what fulfillment is. The more fulfilled the office is the happier everyone is and the more they want to do a better job. That automatically impacts the SEE GNB BUILDERS | PAGE 44

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client with above average results. There is nothing better than being happy and fulfilled at work.” Heidi added that the payoff for GNB clients is in the relationships they build with all of GNB staff. “We work closely w ith ou r clients, feeling what they feel. When we are totally engaged in the process there is a better understanding of their needs and it is very satisfying knowing that we are fulfilling someone’s dream.” Greg said that being proactive with work/life balance puts the office in a better position to deal with conflict or challenges in a healthy way and avoids a buildup of negative emotions. “We are looking at phenomenal growth right now. Since 2004 we’ve been getting stronger and stronger. A few years ago, we were booking well in advance. Today, we have bookings into 2020. We have a responsibility to our staff and clients to manage that growth wisely and to make sure we continue to back up our track record with quality custom homes.” He added that trust plays a large role in his company and not just building it with clients. “Heidi has a real eye for design and what the client wants and needs. I trust her to present a clear picture of what is needed. I think the clients see that and it

In 2017 GNB Builders won the VIBE Best New Bathroom over $30,000 CREDIT:GNB BUILDERS

helps us create that perfect home. I also have a lot of trust in my Red Sealed Journeymen Carpenters and Foremen. They get the job done and help keep our clients happy.” As h is compa ny g rows, Bianchini is taking on more of the administrative role, overseeing multiple projects but relying on his foremen to keep the GNB system running smoothly.

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“It’s tough to let the belt go so sometimes I’ll put it on, get out the tools and keep the skills current! But now that we are busier and booked ahead, my time is better spent in the office. I trust my guys to do the best job

possible.” He’s also spending more time mentoring. GNB has four apprentices and Bianchini wants to i mpress on them a strong work ethic and good business acumen.

“The apprentices get to work on all aspects of a project. I get to teach them to bring their best to every job they do, whether that is digging a ditch or hammering SEE GNB BUILDERS | PAGE 45

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A Built Green Builder since 2008, GNB Builders specializes in creating custom homes and major renovations with Built Green Certification on every project CREDIT:GNB BUILDERS

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a nail. Mentoring, for me, is

important. I can show them that hard work does pay off and they can be proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

He added that GNB is always looking for good employees - for people who get excited about the industry and want to excel in what they do, leaving something permanent for others to enjoy. “It makes a difference in the outcome of a project when all stakeholders take pride in their work,” he stressed. “From subtrades to suppliers, pride comes in being proactive and solution based. When there are obstacles, how you deal with them makes a difference. We’ve had several young companies start with us. What they saw was an opportunity to stay and move forward with us. We want people, even in the entry level jobs, to be inventive and innovative because we have room for them to grow with us.” Expansion and adding value to his clients’ experience has GNB branching out and developing a landscape division.

“Our clients were asking for landscaping and finishing off their property and I found I really enjoyed getting dirty and I always have ideas about how it Congratulations GNB Builders on your recent VIBE Award for Maison De Campagne

should look so a few years ago I did my first house. Now we offer full landscaping service; it’s another part of offering clients continuity from acquiring the property, designing the exterior and interior of the house, building it and then designing and adding the landscaping.” Adding this latest component to GNB ties in well with its Built Green philosophy and mandate. All homes have been certified with Platinum or Gold Build and Energy Star rating and according to Bianchini it is a smart platform. “Offsetting our footprint is a wise choice in home building nowadays. Why wouldn’t you want to make a difference in your environment?” Making a difference is important for the couple, so is giving back to their community. “We’ve opted to take most of our advertising dollars and put it back into the community. We sponsor several local kid’s sports teams, including baseball and motocross, and donate money to North Oyster School for sports jerseys and the Ladysmith Food Bank.” As GNB enters its next phase of growth, it plans on continuing to be proactive, ensuring the company and all stakeholders find that balance between work, community and homelife and enjoying the homes his team has created. GNB Builders is at 13100 Magdalena Drive in Ladysmith www.gnbbuilders.ca

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NFE Manufacturing’s Origins Go Back Nearly 130 Years Design & Engineering Firm Has Worked With Clients Across Canada & Beyond BY DAVID HOLMES

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HEMAINUS – For nearly 130 years NFE Manufacturing (formerly known as Nanaimo Foundry & Engineering Works Ltd.) has helped to build Vancouver Island – and the story is far from over. Founded July 18, 1888 by brothers Thomas and Nathaniel Dobeson, machinists freshly arrived from England, the pair had established a foundry and machine shop in the pioneer community to service the needs of the region’s coal mining industry. Today NFE Manufacturing has grown beyond anything imagined by its founders, serving industries that didn’t even exist when first launched. “We’ve renamed the company NFE Manufacturing as we do more work internationally so when you say Nanaimo Foundry it can really cause confusion, as we’re no longer located in Nanaimo and we’re not actually a foundry,” explained NFE’s owner Marc Langevin. Moving to its present eight acre site (3528 Smiley Road) in 1999, NFE Manufacturing is a full service engineering, design, machining and fabricating company

more into the marine and energy sectors so NFE continues to explore and expand.” MARC LANGEVIN OWNER, NFE MANUFACTURING

serving a wide industrial client base that includes forestry, mining, oil and gas, aerospace, aquaculture and more recently green energy applications, such as runof-river and ocean turbines. Today NFE, operating out of its two facilities (a 26,000 square foot facility in Chemainus and a 6,000 square foot operation

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NFE Manufacturing has a long history of producing components used to build forest industry heavy equipment

in Campbell River) and with a staff count of 45, has worked on projects as far afield as Chile, providing expert design and manufacturing for everything from logging equipment to a renewal power tidal turbine barge required to generate electricity using tidal power. “ N i c h o l s o n M a n u f a c t u ring builds the popular Madill line of logging equipment and we’ve been a key partner in the

production of their equipment, supplying fabricated machines and painted assemblies. We’ve been very involved in producing booms and other major components, so they’re an important customer for us,” he explained. With a company Mission Statement that reads: “We strive to deliver a level of service that exceeds the expectations of our customers” NFE Manufacturing anticipates that in the future the

company will continue to provide the sort of innovative and quality products that has kept it thriving since 1888. “As time goes on we find that we’re branching more into the marine and energy sectors so NFE continues to explore and expand into new markets and industries,” Langevin said. To learn more please visit the company website at: www.nfe. ca

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Stewart has embraced many leaderships roles within his profession. He previously served as a Director with the BCREA for four years and as a Director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) for more than six years. In 2011 Stewart was VIREB’s President. Named realtor of the year in 2006, Stewart has volunteered to serve on any number of committees over the years for both VIREB and BCREA. Before settling on a career in real estate sales he worked as both a homebuilder and as a finance manager. He is currently a Sales Associate with 460 Realty in Nanaimo. “The political process has actually helped me to develop and grow my real estate career. When I first got into real estate I was fairly new to the community and when you’re new you have to create your own sphere of influence. My challenge was my best buddy was Brian McCullough, a very well established realtor, so anyone I would meet with him were his clients. So the only way you can become established is to create your own network, and so for me that involved becoming actively involved in the local Liberal riding association,” he explained. Stewart would in time become President of the local Liberal riding association, would become its Regional Director and

a lucky guy, I’ve had an opportunity to serve my real estate community for a long time.” JIM STEWART PRESIDENT, BRITISH COLUMBIA REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION

An associate of 460 Realty, Jim Stewart is a residential realtor working in the Central Vancouver Island area eventually would take his place at the Party’s Provincial Executive – a position he held for 12 years. “While doing that I started volunteering at the Board level provincially and became part of the Government Relations Committee for BCREA. When the provincial government changed

in 2001 there was an opportunity for realtor to go to government and make some changes,” he said. “Under the leadership of Gordon Campbell we were able to help with the creation of a new Real Estate Services Act, which ultimately led to the ability of

realtor to create personal corporations. If you are operating a successful business, incorporation allows you to tax plan and it allows you to operate your business in a more professional manner.” Today i n British Colu mbia the establishment of a Personal

Real Estate Corporation (PREC) is becoming much more common among real estate sales professionals. Stewart gave up his work with the Liberal Party when he joined the BCREA Board of Directors in 2012. With decades of service behind him, and having seen his profession change dramatically over the years, Stewart has never lost his enthusiasm for the business and considers it a solid career choice for those just entering the profession. “I think we’re lucky. Real estate is a great profession. Where else can you have a small business, for a relatively small investment of time and education, and have the opportunity to create something that both helps people and is successful?” To learn more please visit his website at: www.460realty.com

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WHO IS SUING WHOM The contents of Who’s Suing Whom is provided by a thirdparty resource and is accurate according to public court documents. Some of these cases may have been resolved by publication date. DEFENDANT 0763634 BC Ltd 1945 Bunker Hill Drive, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Sorensen Trilogy Engineering Ltd CLAIM $11,370 DEFENDANT 0735973 BC Ltd 7-4180 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Sorensen Trilogy Engineering Ltd CLAIM $11,370 DEFENDANT Park Meadows Development Ltd 7-4180 Island Highway North, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF Sorensen Trilogy Engineering Ltd CLAIM $11,370 DEFENDANT Campbell River Village Holdings Ltd 305-1901 Rosser Avenue,

Burnaby, BC PLAINTIFF Myung Sook Chae CLAIM $7,150 DEFENDANT TD Insurance Meloche Monnex 800-885 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Corey Scott CLAIM $15,186

DEFENDANT Natural Glacial Waters Inc PLAINTIFF Don May Construction Inc CLAIM $85,883 DEFENDANT Haarsma Waste Innovations Inc 225 Vancouver Avenue, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF George Walter Noshkin CLAIM $15,575

DEFENDANT Carstar Canada 2600-595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Corey Scott CLAIM $15,186

DEFENDANT Tan Island Lodge Ltd Box 26, Whaletown, BC PLAINTIFF Strathcona Regional District CLAIM $63,577

DEFENDANT Blake Vancouver Services Inc 200-575 Tenth Street, Courtenay, BC PLAINTIFF Corey Scott CLAIM $15,186

DEFENDANT Quest for Color Ltd 2-707 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach, BC PLAINTIFF Sara Dacosta CLAIM $60,000

DEFENDANT Oasis Hydroseeding & Landscaping 3976 Craig Road, Campbell River, BC PLAINTIFF Haigh Development Corp CLAIM $24,877

DEFENDANT ReMax First Realty 101-897 Island Highway, Parksville, BC PLAINTIFF Paul Page-Roomhany CLAIM $25,276 DEFENDANT

Premier Marine Insurance Managers Group West Inc 2900-550 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF John Stasiuk CLAIM $12,307 DEFENDANT Jysk Linen N Furniture Inc 1700-1075 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC PLAINTIFF Anne Marie Duex CLAIM $25,216 DEFENDANT Morningstar Golf Club Ltd 525 Lowrys Road, Parksville, BC PLAINTIFF Golf Supply House CLAIM $10,369

49 DEFENDANT 0987289 BC LTD PLAINTIFF Mark Wanstall CLAIM $28,447,284 DEFENDANT 0960933 BC LTD PLAINTIFF Mark Wanstall CLAIM $28,447,284 DEFENDANT 0959361 BC LTD PLAINTIFF Mark Wanstall CLAIM $28,447,284 DEFENDANT

DEFENDANT Castaway Developments Inc 237 Matchlee Drive, Gold River, BC PLAINTIFF Benchmark Mortgage Corp CLAIM $66,316 DEFENDANT Canutra Naturals Ltd 703 – 220 Townsite Road, Nanaimo, BC PLAINTIFF 0904649 BC LTD CLAIM $8,769

0987289 BC Ltd PLAINTIFF Mark Wanstall CLAIM $3,376,050 DEFENDANT Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd 100-576 England Avenue, Courtenay, BC PLAINTIFF Royal Bank of Canada CLAIM $88,624


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OMOX VALLEY – A new, Vancouver Island-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has quickly captured the imagination of investors throughout the region. All Island Equity REIT recently completed the purchase of a massive real estate portfolio that consists of 80 per cent residential and 20 per cent commercial properties: 21 apartment buildings (334 apartment units) and 7 commercial buildings (73,000 square feet) spread throughout the Comox Valley. Commercial properties include Fitzgerald Centre, Northgate Plaza, 777 Fitzgerald Avenue, 910 Fitzgerald Avenue, Arbour Court, 450 Eighth Street in Courtenay and 1761 Comox Avenue in Comox. “The apartments are 100 per cent leased, and we have a waiting list,” notes lead shareholder and Director of All Island Equity REIT, Patrick Sullivan. “The apartment portfolio represents almost 20 per cent of the total inventory in the Comox Valley, and we believe it’s the highest multi-family quality apartment product in the local market.” Su l l iva n wa s enjoy i ng h i s semi-retirement. The founder of the Nanaimo arm of Integral Wealth Securities Limited sold the company to his son Andre Sullivan in 2011, with Daniel Martinez joining the firm as a shareholder. Yet when this opportunity arose,

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Sullivan jumped back in. He’s impressed that his son, Andre, and Martinez were able to raise that much capital so quickly – most of it from the Central Vancouver Island area. “We needed $20.4 million in investor capital for the $65 million purchase, and they raised $22.4 million in just four months,” notes Patrick. “One thing I’m proud of is that naysayers said to raise this much capital out of a small place like Nanaimo would be something of a very tall order. They could see it happening out of Toronto or with foreign investors, which would typically purchase these types of investments. “I’m just incredibly proud of Andre and Daniel being able to raise that amount of capital and

keep the ownership on Vancouver Island.” A REIT is a company that owns and operates income-producing real estate property, allowing investors to participate in a pool of real property that is rented to produce income. All free cash flow is distributed to shareholders, and dividends can be received as cash or additional shares. R E I T sha res qu a l i f y for non-registered and registered plans such as RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs and RESPs. As a REIT, All Island Equity offers investors income revenue from rental units, and Capital Gains through property appreciation, debt repayment and new purchases. “REITs are traditionally a higher yield alternative to fixed income

such as bonds or GICs,” says Patrick, noting that equity returns on this portfolio have consistently yielded between 5-8 per cent, historically. “They minimize risk with a pool of multiple assets, and investors can enjoy the benefits of being a landlord without the work associated with managing a rental property.” The Board of Directors includes Garth Busch, former managing partner of MNP LLP and Dave Hammond of RE/MAX of Nanaimo, and Patrick Sullivan. Bob Moss of NAI Commercial has signed on as Operations Manager. A ll of the current property management and landscaping staff have been retained. “We have a great team that comes with tremendous

resumes,” adds Sullivan. “They are well established Vancouver Island business people with significant real estate and business experience.” Sullivan adds that as new investors come on board and the fund cash increases, the REIT managers will look at acquiring other real estate projects on Vancouver Island. “As we raise capital, we’ll look at other opportunities,” he notes. “For developers who might want to liquidate their projects quickly after completion, we’ll be able to give them an attractive exit alternative.” Patrick managed the successful All Island Equity Mortgage Investment Corporation (MIC), which he started in 1997 “to give people investment options other than GICs and bonds. The fund is a lender of special circumstance, and gives options to people for obtaining mortgages. Our lending criterion is based on 75 per cent of the value of the project, meaning the MIC obtains and sells the property in instances of foreclosure.” Integral Wealth Securities Limited has opened a new Comox Valley office, at 1761 Comox Avenue in Comox. To inquire about All Island Equity REIT, visit www.integralwealth.com/Nanaimo or call Andre Sullivan or Daniel Martinez at 1-800-982-7761.

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NORTH ISLAND Tides and Tales Sport Fishing Adventures is now the owner of Codfather Charters in Port Hardy at 6465 Hardy Bay Road.

Ronni Lister of Re/Max Ocean Pacific Realty has been recognized in Real Estate Professional (REP) magazine’s Top 200 Agents list. The list shines the spotlight on leading realtors who elevate the industry and go above and beyond for their clients.

The Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members Allan Jackman of C.A.B Industrial Automotive and Cathy Black of The Rock’s Edge Restaurant.

Dr. Lucia Ma will be joining the Crown Isle Clinic this summer at 444 Lerwick Road in Courtenay.

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The Wendy’s Restaurant at 2351 Cliffe Avenue has completed onsite renovations to freshen up the location.

Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre has received the Proud of My Home Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market. Dealerowners Gary Thulin and Allison Kilby were one of 23 stores to be honoured with the award out of nearly 1,100 stores across Canada.

The Westerley Family Restaurant has completed renovations to revitalize the restaurant. The Westerley is at 1590 Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay attached to the Best Western Hotel.

Bill Howich Chrysler RV and Marine welcomes Lawrence Sami to their team as the new Assistant Manager. Congratulations to Brant Peniuk, Bill Howich Chrysler’s top salesperson for the month. Bill Howich Chrysler is at 2277 North Island Highway. La Tee Da Lingerie Boutique at 1042 Shoppers Row is celebrating their 10th anniversary. UnSugared Confectionary is a new business at 1971 Island Highway. RH Printing and Graphic Design has been sold to Chelsea and Mike Miller-Chayeski. RH Printing and Graphic Design is at #2 – 1040 9th Avenue. Quinsam Communications Group has opened a new location at 146 – 1420 Island Highway. The Campbell River Visitor Information Centre reopened on April 21 at 1235 Shoppers Row after a month long hiatus from its location next to Spirit Square. The city relocated its visitor information services centre to neighbour the Campbell River Museum in January as a cost-saving measure during the slower months.

Comox Valley Youth Music Centre at #204 – 580 Duncan Avenue is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Courtenay. Art Knapp Garden Home and Fashion at 28955 Wentworth Road is celebrating their 25th anniversary in business. The Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced their new and returning board members for 2017-18. They include Keith Pistell of Canadian Tire, Laurie Shambrook of Septen Financial and Daniel Kooman of Unveil Studios. This year’s executive sees Mackenzie Gartside as Chair, Linda Thomas as Vice-Chair, Donna Cloutier as Treasurer and Kevin East as Past-Chair. Continuing directors are Randall Heidt, Tricia St. Pierre and Paula Fraser. Black Press has merged the Comox Valley Record and Comox Valley Echo newspaper operations. The new publication is operating as the Comox Valley Record brand as of April 11. Keith Currie of the Comox Valley Echo is the Publisher. The Merville Community Association (MCA) has elected a new board of directors: Peter Smith, John Lapp, Larry Caine, Signi Caine, Ian Holm and Craig Freeman, with alternates Rob Freeman and Destry Glover.

COMOX VALLEY Courtenay Mazda was recently named a Dealer of Distinction by Mazda Canada. The local dealership was one of only two dealerships on Vancouver Island to achieve the designation, recognizing dealers who have excelled in all aspects of their dealership’s operations. Courtenay Massage Therapy has moved into a larger space at 432 10th Street in Courtenay. The 2,000 square-foot space is brighter, wheelchair accessible and features six treatment rooms and a yoga room with heated floors and yoga props. Jason Neal and the Re-nu-it Home Improvements and Contracting team was recently presented with the Best of Trusted Pros award for the third year in a row. Re-nu-it is at 260 Willemar Avenue in Courtenay and has been in business since 2009.

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PARKSVILLEQUALICUM The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce elected a board of directors for 2017-18 at their recent annual general meeting. Dave Willie is President, Jean Maltesen is President-Elect, Andy Lankester is Vice-President, Terry Kerr is Treasurer and Bill McKinney is Past-President. Board of directors: Tim Allix, Cathie Kanani, Dee McKinney, Philip Perry, Luc Ouellet, Beth Ross, Robynne Shaw and Meghan Walker. Calgary’s Bellstar Hotel and Resorts, which manages destination resorts across Western Canada, has renewed its contract with The Beach Club Resort in Parksville. Under the renewed agreement, the Beach Club will be contracted under Bellstar Hotel and Resorts management through April, 2022. Arbutus Self Storage is a new company open in the Parksville Industrial Park at 1164 Franklins Gull Way. Bluenose Motor Company has moved their service centre to 1390 Industrial Way in Parksville. Qualicum Beach Medical Dental announces Dr. Betsabe Behkish has joined their dental practice at 167

Paula Szabo has been promoted to Service Manager at Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC. The dealership is at 512 East Island Highway in Parksville. Aaron Nicklen of Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty has been included in Real Estate Professional (REP) magazine’s 2017 Top 200 Agents list.

PORT ALBERNI The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce held their annual Community Excellence Awards April 21 at the Italian Hall. The award winners are: Portal Players Dramatic Society for the Spirit of Music Award, Port Posh Wash - Green Award, Brakers Marine - Welcoming Workplace, Sarah Thomas for her efforts in Cycling Initiatives for the Health and Wellness Award, Terri Buse won the Ambassador of Service Award

and KAL Tire won the overall Customer Service Award. Totem Tree Service picked up the Rising Star Award, Denis/Toosha Houle of Houle Printing won the Chamber Award, Meals on Wheels won the Volunteer of the Year Award, Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association got the Tourism/Hospitality Award, The Blue Marlin Inn picked up the Business Investment Award, Jenna West, Samuel Tsai & Ethan Jack were all recognized as Youth of the Year, Don Ferster got the coveted Visionary Award, Trends Design Team won the Social Media Award, Jan/Karen Lavertu of Westcoast Home Hardware won the Special Recognition Award, Mike Hudson, owner of Port Boat House, accepted the Business Excellence Award and Mr. Jeff Cook after winning the ‘No Cigar lol Award’ picked up the major award of the evening being named as Port Alberni’s Citizen of the Year. Westcoast Home Hardware Building Centre at #114-3550 Johnston Road is celebrating their 10th anniversary in business. Serious Coffee has reopened for business after the 10th Avenue Plaza shop incurred smoke damage from a fire in an adjacent unit four months ago. Theresa Kingston, director of community services for the City of Port Alberni will be retiring at the end of June. Steven Tatoosh was re-elected

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as Hupacasath chief in the First Nation’s recent general election. Brandy Lauder, Warren Lauder and Jim Tatoosh have been elected as councillors. Eleanor Bratt is retiring from her work with the Port Alberni Association for Community Living after 26 years of working with the organization. Parry Gallagher, owner of Coombs Furniture has opened a new store in Port Alberni at 4035A Redford Street. Carmoor’s Cookery is being turned into Porto Taco, a Mexican restaurant, at 5304 Argyle Street. Boomerangs Restaurant on Johnston Road has closed temporarily for renovations. Hetherington Industries at 4715 Roger Street is celebrating their 30th anniversary.

TOFINOUCLUELET Tim Rundle of Creative Salmon has received the Canadian Organic Trade Association’s (COTA) Organic Champion of the Year award. COTA is a lobbying organization that works to drum up support for organic producers from the government.

Tofino Co-op congratulates Shari Wright for completing the requirements for the Home Building Solutions Advance training program. Haida Charlie has completed Tofino Co-op’s requirements for the Deli Advance Training Program. Ucluelet’s Floathouse Patio and Grill recently took home both the People’s and Judge’s Choice awards from this year’s Chowder Chow Down competition. The competition is an annual fundraiser for the West Coast’s Food Bank on the Edge Society. Les Doiron, the President of Ucluelet First Nation has been appointed to the BC Parks Foundation Board of Directors. The newly formed foundation is designed to assist in generating revenue to help preserve the provincial park system.

NANAIMO Eden Gardens opened on April 28 on Northfield Road. The facility is a new $34-million, 130-bed facility for seniors with dementia and other complex care needs that is replacing the Nanaimo Travellers Lodge. R.W. (Bob) Wall Construction Ltd. was the General Contractor for the project. Josh Higgins, Senior Marketing Advisor with the Business Examiner has been named president of the SEE MOVER’S AND SHAKERS | PAGE 53


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Nanaimo Executives Association (NEA). In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and Harbour Air Seaplanes’ 35th anniversary – two of Harbour Air’s aircraft have been painted in Canada’s official colours and will be adorned with the official Canada 150 logo. One of Harbour Air’s de Havilland Otter and de Havilland Beaver planes have been chosen as the planes to feature the logo. A proposed downtown Nanaimo hotel has won a 10-year municipal tax exemption. The six-storey hotel at Front Street, estimated to cost $14-million to build, will be given a $202,600 annual tax break. As part of the agreement, the hotel must be open and running with 90 rooms and groundfloor commercial space no later than July 30, 2020. The project has already received a development permit and is expected to feature a private courtyard for guests, a sky bar on the sixth floor and ground-level retail space. The BC Major Midget League announces that Zvonko (Zed) Malenica has been appointed as the new general manager of the North Island Silvertips hockey team. Malenica has been a scout for the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips and founder of a high school hockey academy in Nanaimo. Congratulations to Holly Bright on receiving the John Hobday Award from the Canadian Council for the Arts. The John Hobday Award is for professional development and comes with a $10,000 prize. Bright is the artistic director of Crimson Coast Dance Society.

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Nanaimo Lifeline is celebrating 30 years of service in the Central Vancouver Island area. The company is a personal emergency response service that enables you to call for help in any emergency at the push of a button. Lifeline is at 202-1801 Bowen Road. The landmark Nanaimo Acme Food Co. building at 14 Commercial Street will be demolished this fall as part of the ongoing cleanup work at the former Jean Burns building site. Harbourview Volkswagen is currently undergoing an expansion of their location at 4921 Wellington Road, notes Dealer Principal John Wynia. The dealership welcomes Andy Parker as their new Sales Associate. The Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre is purchasing the King Arthur Court complex and will be upgrading suites with $4.6-million from BC Housing. The new owners will be renaming the complex Sanala, Kwakwaka’wakw for ‘to be whole’. The organization will allow tenants who are in good standing to stay and will address existing safety issues immediately after taking ownership on May 5 by installing new locks on front doors and repairing damaged parts of the property. Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre has an additional affordable housing project under construction on Bowen Road. Nanaimo school district board vice-chair Stephanie Higginson has been elected vice-president of the BC School Trustees Association. Impact Painting has moved to a new location at 461 Selby Street. Amethyst Forest and Spiritual Spa has moved to a location in the same complex at #10-1925 Bowen Road. Steve Ward is the top salesperson of the month at Steve Marshall Ford at 3851 Shenton Road. Nanaimo Port Authority announces Patrick Belanger has joined the organization as the new Marina Manager. Belanger moves to Nanaimo from Victoria, where he worked with the Victoria Harbour Authority. Woodgrove Chrysler congratulates Rayson Young on his fifth anniversary with the dealership’s team of technicians at 6800 Island Highway North.

David Mailloux David Mailloux received Community Futures Central Island’s volunteer of the Year for 2017 where he is currently Vice Chair of the volunteer board of directors and chair of the Marketing Committee. Mailloux took over the position as Manager, Communications & Public Affairs at the Nanaimo Port Authority in 2014. Joan’s Jewelry has opened for business at 621 Townsite Road. Wingren Floors welcomes Erica Upshaw to their team at 1621 Northfield Road. The Nanaimo Community Hospice Society has recruited Susan Steen to fill the role of Executive Director. Steen has worked in the non-profit sector for many years and relocated from Burlington, ON to take the position. Nanaimo Hospice Shoppe at 35 – 1925 Bowen Road has undergone an expansion and renovations to include a larger variety of items to better serve their clients.

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WHERE IS ALL THAT FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE MONEY?

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here’s the investment? During the 2015 federal election campaign, Justin Trudeau promised to invest billions of dollars into “infrastructure”, much to the delight of the electorate. Nearing the midway mark of 2017, and a year and a half since the Liberals formed government, we are well aware of an increase in spending. A “promised” $10 billion deficit ballooned to $30 billion in their first budget. The announced federal budget deficit this year is $28.5 billion – three times the promised campaign number. Where has the money gone? And more importantly, where is the promised “infrastructure”? Generally speaking, when we see

the word infrastructure, don’t we expect an investment in structure? Bridges? Roads? Facilities that only government can and should be commissioned to build – sewer, water, etc.? These are the necessary components of any economy that enable the private sector to do what they do best – create wealth and jobs. If by using the word “infrastructure”, Trudeau meant to say “people”, well, that has merit. Investing in people is good. Except that wasn’t what was insinuated. We are watching the Liberals send millions of Canadian dollars overseas to various countries for numerous causes. As in when the United States recently bombed the airport in Syria following their government’s use of sarin gas on its own people. And Trudeau promptly announced $840 million in foreign aid to Syria. In the run-up to the last election, voters expressed frustration concerning the amount of money the federal government was distributing in foreign aid - even though the Conservatives had steadily pared that back. The very strong question was: “Shouldn’t we be looking after our own backyard, first?” A very good question indeed. Most certainly, we should be

looking after Canadians first, with Canadian dollars. That’s what taxes are supposed to be utilized for. Canada’s social safety net is already one of the most generous in the entire world. But the best way to boost revenues and therefore contribute more in that matter is to have a growing economy. This country needs that significant investment in infrastructure that Trudeau promised, and one would suspect that’s one reason why voters overlooked the Trudeau family favourite – deficit spending. If Canadians thought they could get bridges and roads and dams and other structures so necessary for a healthy economy built, then they believed they could live with it. Look at the dividends that result from funding injected into upgrading the John Hart Dam near Campbell River. The Site C Dam, the third dam on the Skeena River in northern BC. The McKenzie Interchange in Victoria, intended to reduce traffic congestion in the region. All of these significant expenditures result in well paying jobs from highly skilled trades and has a massive trickle-down effect and significant socio-economic benefits. Working people are busier people,

who are more productive, active and healthy. Bringing home a sizeable paycheque from a meaningful job is very good for one’s self-esteem as well. It’s much, much more beneficial to everyone when people are working. As a country, we help those who cannot help themselves. That’s what generous Canada does. Yet the excesses of a welfare/government dependent system that is taken advantage of by those who can work, but choose not to, makes people dependent on “big brother”, and keeps them idle and non-productive. When government pays people more to stay home and do nothing, making it only marginally beneficial to go out and get a job to provide for themselves and their families, it’s a clear sign that the social safety net has become excessive and failed to reach its ultimate, intended goal: Helping people. Giving people something for doing nothing doesn’t help them get up on their feet and become productive, financially contributing members of society. It weakens them – and the country – in the long-term. That’s generally not positive long-term investment in “infrastructure”. Highway investment is much

more than fixing a few potholes – it’s improving traffic flow and adding lanes for cars and trucks where traffic volumes call for it. It’s bad for business when trucks filled with goods and supplies spend hours on the highways, putt-putting along at 15 kilometres per hour, due to traffic congestion. In business, time is money, and that collective slowness increases the cost of doing business. What could be a 15 minute drive becomes an hour. . .a twohour trip now takes six hours at the wrong time of the day. When governments distribute money in such a way that causes people to become more dependent on government hand-outs, even though it provides short-term relief, it also has long-term negative repercussions. People aren’t encouraged to get out and fend for themselves, working and creating jobs and an independent financial future for their families. Canada expects the federal government to fulfill its promise of investment in infrastructure. Yesterday. If it’s in projects, it will not only give us what we need to move the country forward, those projects will help everyone move forward, including the people building them with well paying jobs.

LIBERAL FINANCE MINISTER MORNEAU DETACHED FROM ECONOMIC REALITY

THE FRASER INSTITUTE JASON CLEMENS & NEILS VELDHUIS

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anada’s anemic economic growth should be of the upmost concern to Canadian policymakers - but it’s not. In 2016, the economy had one of its most difficult years, with growth at a mere 1.3 per cent. Looking forward, it doesn’t get much better. The federal Department of Finance predicts economic growth will average just 1.6 per cent out to 2030. Why then is Finance Minister Bill Morneau so detached from the state of the economy?

Consider a recent interview on CBC’s Power and Politics. With respect to economic growth, the m i n ister cla i med: “O u r plan is working. We’ve seen real improvements.” In reality, however, growth expectations from private-sector economists have consistently declined since this government came to power. The Liberal’s 2015 economic update forecast average economic growth of 2.1 per cent over the next five years (20162020). Budget 2016, the first full budget for the new government, lowered expectations for future growth to 1.9 per cent. Expectations were further downgraded to 1.7 per cent in the 2016 economic update and 1.6 per cent in Budget 2017. The minister is also mistaken about Canada’s competitiveness and policies that are critical to ensuring a positive economic environment for investment and entrepreneurship. For instance, he claimed: “we have a very competitive tax situation right now from a corporate standpoint.” Morneau seemed to be talking about statutory or listed corporate income tax rates. Among the 35

industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada’s federal corporate income tax rate (15 per cent) is tied for the third lowest. However, this ignores sub-national corporate income tax rates that must be combined with the federal rate to properly measure national competitiveness. Canada’s 26.8 per cent combined (average) federal and provincial corporate income tax rate ranks 23rd in the OECD. It’s hard to see how 23rd out of 35 countries positions Canada as “very” competitive. The minister also boasted about raising taxes on higher income earners, which seems to indicate he’s unaware how such increases affect potential investment from Canadian and international investors, businesses and entrepreneurs. The tax hike on upper-income earners has worsened Canada’s competitive disadvantage on personal income taxes. The minister would also not state clearly that the government won’t raise capital gains taxes or taxes on stock options, both critical to entrepreneurs and business startups.

On tax fairness, the minister stated: “I want to know that two people living side by side, one earning the same as the next, actually have the same rate of tax.” Here, the minister seems oblivious to the fact that his own actions in Budget 2016 worsened tax fairness for households by ending the limited income-splitting for couples with young children. For example, in 2016, two households both with two parents and two children and the same income, say $120,000, would have had markedly different tax bills depending on the split of the income between the spouses. The household with two working parents each making $60,000 would have paid $21,187 in personal income and payroll taxes (both provincial and federal). The other house, where only one parent worked outside of the home, would have paid $30,409 in taxes. Lastly, the minister’s comments about the importance of dealing with “middle-class anxiety” seem detached from his government’s policies. He clearly doesn’t think large budget deficits, with no plan to return to a balanced budget, causes anxiety for Canadians. This stands in direct conflict with recent

polling data that shows Canadians are increasingly concerned about deficits. Indeed, in one poll released just after the budget, Canadians ranked deficits as the third most important economic issue facing the government. It also ignores the uncertainty such deficits and mounting debt introduce into Canada’s economic environment. Such deficits mean a higher likelihood of increasing taxes in the future since deficits are simply taxes deferred. In response to uncertainty, people take a wait-and-see approach to investment and entrepreneurship or, worse, decide to take their business outside of Canada. Anemic economic growth and lack of private investment in Canada make it all the more important to improve Canada’s investment climate. Not only has the federal government done the opposite, the minister of finance seems worryingly detached from the policies of his ministry, their effect and the state of the economy. Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis are economists with the Fraser Institute.

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Road lot they are buying at Dockside Green. The new venture is expected to open in early 2018.

3 in the Meadow Hill Development on May 3. The ceremony celebrates the beginning of construction on their two new homes that will be built on the property.

Nissan of Duncan has opened for business at 439 Trans-Canada Highway.

LADYSMITHCHEMAINUS The Ladysmith Downtown Business Association elected a new board of directors at their annual general meeting. Nominated as directors for two-year terms are John de Leeuw, CEO of Ladysmith and District Credit Union, John Craig, Peter MacHardy, President of PEMAC and Associates, Jennifer Ostle, Owner of Jennifer Ostle Notary Public and Andrea Rosato-Taylor, Publisher of the Ladysmith Chronicle. Returning directors includes Jason Kelland, owner of A&W Restaurant, Millie Stirling, Branch Manager at Waypoint Insurance, Tammy Leslie, partner at Palmer Leslie Chartered Professional Accountants, Cheri Mactier of Re/Max Ocean Pointe and Trent Kaese, owner and General Manager of Cottonwood Golf Course. Howard and Dorothy Jean Kinney have sold Kinney Clothing Company to Bella Sun. Sun, who took over the store two months ago, has renovated the outlet to expand floor space and increase the outlets inventory. Kinney Clothing Company is at 2881 Mill Street in Chemainus. Frank Laird Automotive at 1250 Rocky Creek Road in Ladysmith is celebrating 25 years in business.

COWICHAN VALLEY Tourism Cowichan announces their new board of directors, including Amy Melmock of Economic Development Cowichan (CVRD), George Gates of the Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Nick Both of Ramada Duncan, Shane Park of Lake Cowichan Lodge and Peggy Kolosoff of Kiwi Cove Lodge. They join the continuing directors: Janet Docherty of Merridale Ciderworks, Jim Humphrey of Beaver Lake Resort, Duane Shaw of Mill Bay Marine Group, Robyn Radcliffe of The Raptors and Randal Huber of Chemainus Theatre Festival. Jackie Robertson took over Rembrandt’s Chocolates as the new owner May 1. Ernest and Lisette Howers will work with Jackie during the transition. Rembrandt’s Chocolates is at 24 Kenneth Street in Duncan. Janet Docherty and Rick Pipes, owners of Cobble Hill’s Merridale Cidery and Distillery are launching a new venture in Victoria called Dockside Brewery and Distillery. The pair plan on opening a craft distillery and brewery, a pizzeria and tasting bar and a rooftop patio on a Harbour

The Board of Directors for the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games has been announced by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. The directors and roles are: Jennifer Woike as President, Mona Kaiser as Vice-President, Mark Margerison in Accommodation, Tara Benham in Administration, Kirsten Schrader in Ceremonies and Special Events, Damir Wallener in Communications Systems, Chad Conrad in Food Services, Dan Varga in Friends of the Games, Jim Dias in Logistics, Cam Drew and Kal Kaiser in Marketing, Nick Withers in Medical Services, Deb Savory Wright in Participant and Volunteer Services, Anne Muir in Protocol, Garrett Elliott in Sport, Garry Burns in Security and Wendy Mitchell in Transportation. The Games will be held in Cowichan next year from July 19-22 and are expected to contribute over $2-million to the local economy. Eamonn Carter is the top salesperson of the month at Bowmel Chrysler at 461 Trans-Canada Highway. Ampersand Distilling Company recently received the Audience Favourite Award in both the gin and vodka categories at BC Distilled 2017, an annual BC spirits competition.

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Trust (ICET). “Building on the City’s investment in CRAdvantage, our open-access broadband network, this new project will help us maximize the benefits of an asset built to revitalize the economy and attract new businesses,” said Mayor Andy Adams. ICET will provide up to $10,000 in matching funding to develop a comprehensive tech attraction strategy. The strategy will assess the community’s assets and current role in the tech sector and identify the tools and partnerships required to attract and develop tech related business opportunities. The project will also engage local and regional stakeholders involved in tech to assess opportunities for collaborative regional approaches. “Campbell R iver has taken a proact ive approach to renewing their business climate by investing in economic infrastructure, and their decision to create a municipally-owned broadband network is evidence of that forward-thinking approach,” said Phil Kent, ICET Chair. “Tech industry jobs are highvalue and desirable for communities, and combining the needed infrastructure with the lifestyle and affordability of the Campbell River area adds to the opportunity to kick-start a new industrial cluster in the ICET region.” The project is being funded

through a new stream in the Island Coastal Economic Trust’s Economic Development Readiness (EDRP) program, designed to support the development of the technology sector in the region. Project work will begin in fall of 2017 with completion expected by year end.

BC US Announces Duty on Canadian Softwood Lumber The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that preliminary countervailing duties of nearly 20 per cent will be applied to the majority of Canadian softwood lumber shipments entering the United States. Preliminary countervailing duties in the form of cash deposits become effective around May 1, 2017, (once notice published in U.S. federal register) for four months to the end of August. Thereafter, these duties will not be collected until the final orders are published in January 2018. The U.S. Department of Commerce argues that the countervailing duty is required to offset what in its view is unfair subsidies that Canadian and provincial governments allegedly provide to lumber companies. The U.S. Department of Commerce investigated five companies and assessed preliminary countervailing duties as follows:

Canfor: 20.26 per cent, Irving: 3.02 per cent, Resolute: 12.82 per cent, Tolko: 19.50 per cent, West Fraser: 24.12 per cent. The preliminary countervailing duty assessed on all other companies is 19.88 per cent (the average of the duty rates assessed on the five companies). In addition on April 24, the U.S. Department of Commerce found “critical circumstances” applied on a preliminary basis to Irving and all other companies, but not to Canfor, Resolute, Tolko and West Fraser. This means that Irving and all other companies may be assessed countervailing duties on their shipments made since about Jan. 31 (90 days prior to the notice being published in the U.S. federal register, expected around May 1). Cash deposits are held in trust by U.S. Customs until all avenues for appeal are exhausted. Options for appeal will be assessed at the time all final orders are issued, which is currently expected to be in January 2018. On June 23, the U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to release its preliminary determination on anti-dumping duties. The Department of Commerce argues that an anti-dumping duty may be required to offset what in its view are unfair selling practices by Canadian lumber companies that are allegedly selling lumber into the U.S. at a price below their costs or sales value in Canada. Critical circumstances also would apply to Irving and all other companies on a preliminary basis.

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Cheryl Painter Yonge has opened Chocolate Pearl at 133 Craig Street. The shop will feature chocolate pearls made with a variety of fillings as well as other chocolate treats. Soulful Memories at 20 Station Street has expanded operations. Owner Bernie Kramski has opened a new store called Soulful LPs which specializes in vinyl records, CDs and DVDs, two storefronts away from Soulful Memories.

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NexGen Hearing has opened for business at 161 Trunk Road.

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Malcolm Butler has taken over ownership of the Duncan RC Shop at 277 Government Street. Butler served for 25 years with the Royal Canadian Navy and recently relocated to the Cowichan Valley.

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Congratulations to Ilke Bene, CPHR, AVP Human Resources at Island Savings and First West Credit Union, upon being the recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence for HR Professional of the Year at the 55th Annual gathering of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC and Yukon held in Vancouver. Gerry Pool has opened Island Equipment Rentals in Duncan on Polkey Road, and changed the name of their Highway 4 Rentals in Parksville as well.

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