OUR NEW CEO
"I’m looking forward to getting to know the members of The Chamber and to providing them with great service,” said Catherine Holt. “Member involvement is essential, and it allows The Chamber to do its part to make Victoria a great place to live and do business.”
After a thorough and rigorous search process, The Chamber’s Board selected Catherine Holt as its incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Catherine started her new role June 2 and is now settling into the diverse duties her role as CEO demands. For those who have not yet met Catherine, she has a comprehensive work background, from private to public that spans numerous sectors. For example, she was a producer for CBC/RadioCanada, communications advisor for the Yukon Government, owner of/ principle consultant with Sage Group Management Consultants, associate faculty with Royal Roads Masters of Business Administration program, and an assistant deputy minister of intergovernmental relations with the Government of B.C. Catherine is very active within her community, leading the charge—and change—when needed. She was Founding Chair of the Vancouver Island School of Art as well as founding board member of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada as well as Victoria 4
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Top: Catherine at Victoria Inner Harbour. Middle: Catherine biking in Greater Victoria. Below: Chase, her Australian Terrier.
Cycling Adventures. Catherine also chaired the Victoria Police Board’s finance committee and served on the BC Gaming Commission’s Board. For this edition of Business Matters, we asked Catherine a series of questions to offer readers insights into our new CEO. If you didn’t do what you did for a living, what would you be? I would be a contemporary visual artist. Good contemporary art can be thought-provoking, moving and change your perspective. As an amateur, I have spent many absorbing hours at the Vancouver Island School of Art, which I highly recommend.
What’s the best thing about living in Greater Victoria? There are so many great things ... but if I have to pick the best one it would be the many spectacular options for long bike rides all year round, especially on the Saanich Peninsula. What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do? Well, I haven't been the CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of