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Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Selects Catherine Holt as New CEO A vigorous coast-to-coast selection process revealed Holt as a truly “members-oriented” candidate

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ICTORIA— The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce announced on May 13, 2016, that Catherine Holt would be its next CEO. The turnover process to succeed outgoing CEO Bruce Carter will begin on June 2, 2016. After the announcement, Holt confirmed the news by stating: “I’m looking forward to getting to know the members of The Chamber and providing them with great service. Member involvement is essential and it allows The Chamber to do its part to make Victoria a great place to live and do business.” Carter also acknowledged the changeover, saying: “I take great pride in The Chamber and our members and all that we have accomplished in the community. I look forward to working with Catherine during the turnover and beyond.” Holt is a seasoned executive with

extensive private, not-for-profit, and public policy experience. Most recently, she was the president and principal consultant of Sage Group Management Consultants, an organization that assists leaders with complex decision-making. Al Hasham, Chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber’s Board of Directors, was part of the four Board members forming the Chamber’s CEO search committee. He describes Holt’s appeal succinctly: “She understands that the membership is her priority. She leads from a place of understanding the needs of members.” Hasham explains that Holt’s first order of business will be to start getting to know more of the members. “Building relationships,” he says, will precede any discussions of vision or direction. “Everything must be driven by what the members want to see. Catherine SEE CATHERINE HOLT |  PAGE 15

Chair Al Hasham welcomes new Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO Catherine Holt to her new position

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ICTORIA - Four years ago, contractor and family man, Darren Pine, was not looking for a new business venture. But while watching an episode of the Shark Tank on TV one Friday night, he saw a business idea that peaked his interest.

The reality show has potential entrepreneurs pitching their product or idea to successful business men and women in the hopes of a buy in and investment. The episode Pine watched had two brothers from the United States sharing their mobile entertainment franchise idea. “They didn’t get the investment,” he said. “But it was such an

interesting idea that after the show I did an internet search to see if there was anything like it in Victoria.” What he found out had him and wife Alicia diving into the business, purchasing a territory and opening one of only three Games2u franchises in Canada. “We are mobile entertainment,” said Alicia, adding that

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their company provides groups, schools and recreational facilities with unique, interactive activities like giant, life-size hamster balls, bumper balls, laser tag, inflatables and a mobile video game theater and more. “Over the past three years, we’ve SEE TV SHOW |  PAGE 36

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