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The strength of The Chamber is our members and the people that run these outstanding businesses. These interviews have been edited for length and clarity. To see the full interviews, or find out how you can be featured, visit our website www.victoriachamber.ca

General Manager of The Bay Centre – 20 Vic Management Inc. What is the best perk of your job? Working in a shopping centre! Need I say more? What’s your favourite thing about your job? The overall diversity of what I am exposed to in a day. Most people don’t even realize there is an administration office behind a shopping centre. It is like operating a small city every day. What’s your favourite Chamber event? The Business Awards as it highlights THE BAY CENTRE IS and rewards so many LOCATED IN THE CENTRE dynamic businesses OF VICTORIA'S SHOPPING AND and owners we have BUSINESS DISTRICT, AND HAS A in the region and it is MIX OF OVER 90 STREET FRONT a great networking AND INTERIOR SHOPS—IT’S NO event. Business lunch WONDER WHY OVER 7 MILLION or after work drinks? GUESTS VISIT THE BAY Anyone that knows CENTRE ANNUALLY. me, knows I prefer to work out at lunch. I always have time for a quick cocktail after work though. Best team-building moment or program you’ve ever experienced? Serving breakfast at Our

Place Society. What is the one thing no one understands or knows about your business? That I don’t have all of the keys to the stores nor can I go in after hours and shop when I want. Favourite place on Vancouver Island? Honestly is there a bad place on Vancouver Island? What do you think is the most important life lesson for someone to learn? The value of hard work, committing to bettering oneself in work and play and giving back to your community. I have found that any volunteering I have committed to is extremely fulfilling. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? To spend time doing what you are passionate about. Life is just too short. If you had a superpower what would it be? Not needing to sleep. Favourite social media for work/personal? Twitter and Facebook for business, Instagram to keep up with friends and family and Snapchat to see what my kids are up to.


Food Purveyor of 10 Acres Bistro | Commons | Kitchen | Farm What is your favourite thing about your job? That everyone can relate to my business through eating, drinking and entertaining. Ironically that can also be the most irritating thing! How is your business environmentally sustainable? We compost everything we possibly can from each of our restaurants and in turn use it to nurture our crops, ultimately providing the freshest organic produce available to our customers. Business lunch or after work drinks? I encourage both! What is one job you could never do? Wedding Coordinator. What is your company's greatest strength? The quality of young people our farm and kitchen attract who are passionate about the farm-totable and slow-cooking movement. Just yesterday eight of our cooks were at the farm learning how to butcher pigs ... and we sampled chèvre the farmers produced from our recently acquired goat herd! What is the one thing no one understands or knows about your business? My business’ success relies on the success of other restaurants and

shops in Victoria. Downtown businesses in general thrive, with both the locals and tourists, when we are all doing a great job. What was your first job? Morning newspaper delivery THE 10 ACRES GROUP boy for the Daily IS MADE UP OF THREE LEADING Colonist. What RESTAURANTS IN DOWNTOWN VICTORIA INCLUDING 10 ACRES BISTRO, has been THE COMMONS AND THE KITCHEN your best life (FORMERLY KNOWN AS PESCATORES). lesson? My MUCH OF THE SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC first restaurant HARVEST SERVED AT EACH OF OUR job was when RESTAURANTS COMES STRAIGHT I was in high FROM OUR 10 ACRE FARM IN school and more NORTH SAANICH. or less thought I managed it. I felt I was indispensable, so imagine my shock when in a fit of pique I quit—fully expecting the restaurant to close—I saw that business you like to eat in Greater Victoria? carried on as usual! Apparently not Over the last several years the quality of absolutely indispensable! Where can food options—be it charcuterie shops, we find you on the weekend? Happily bakeries, restaurants, niche eateries and doing my crosswords. What is your bars—has improved so much it's hard to favourite event or festival in Greater pick just one! Victoria? Symphony Splash. Where do




Profile for Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Business Matters November 2016  

Business Matters November 2016