The strength of The Chamber is our members and the people who 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 Get to know Teri Hustins
What was your first job? Ice cream scooper. What do you think is the most important life lesson for someone to learn? To treat everyone with kindness and respect.
Owner Oscar & Libby’s Get to know Oscar & Libby’s
With two stores located in What’s your favourite thing about your job? Downtown Victoria, The challenge of trying (Fort Street and Market to grow a business. Square) Oscar & Libby’s What is the best perk has become Victoria’s What is your company’s of your job? Working gift store for all greatest strength? Our with my husband. We’re a ability to react quickly to that is upbeat and great team. new opportunities/trends and offbeat. What’s your favourite way of networking with other businesses? Community events like the Fort Street Scrub Up.
Best team-building moment or program you’ve ever experienced? A fire in 2013, 10 days before the start of the Christmas shopping season. What project is your business proudest of? The Fort Street Kindness Meters; The Fort Street Parklet.
What sets your business apart from other businesses? Our sense of humour. Why do you like working in your industry? It’s fast paced and always changing. What’s new with your business? Oh! I can’t tell you that but we’re planning something new in 2018. What is the one thing no one understands or knows about your business? That our business is named after our two kitties.
How do you relax? There’s nothing like a really good mystery book to escape the stresses of a day. Where can we find you on the weekend? Usually puttering around in my garden. Big city or the wilderness? Wilderness, hands down! What did you do on your summer vacation? Spent time at our cabin on a remote island. Favourite summer activity to do in Victoria? A bike ride followed by a picnic near the ocean. What’s something people don’t know about you? That I am an introvert. If you had a superpower what would it be? I often wish that I had a collapsible third arm. If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead who would it be? Queen Elizabeth.
Oscar & Libby’s: Member since 2005
Nick Poushinsky Vice President Stantec Get to know Stantec How and when was your business founded? Stantec is a Canadian success story. We started in 1954 as a one-person firm, and today, the Stantec community unites approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy and resource, environmental, water, and infrastructure projects to life. What’s new with your business? What’s new is also quite old about Stantec. We recently acquired a global firm that has specialized in all matters related to water, making us a leader globally as a firm assisting with the management of one of our most precious resources—water. This continues a process of growth through the acquisition and integration of great companies. How important is succession planning? At Stantec the Succession Planning process is near to my heart as I move into an ‘emeritus’ sort of role working with my successor. We emphasize the requirement
living life to the full with honesty and respect for those around Stantec me is a lesson I learn daily. What are you passionate brings buildings, about? Life, living and energy, resource, people. environmental,
infrastructure, and What was your first job? A paper route when I was water projects to seven years old. life. Could you manage without your cell phone? I wish. that all employees identify a successor(s) and work with them to prepare them for the day when they step into a new role. How is your business innovative? Our Creativity & Innovation (C&I) Program nurtures the efforts of our people to apply any idea that benefits us, our clients, or our communities, and enhances our reputation, competitive position, and ultimately our financial performance. Get to know Nick Poushinsky What do you think is the most important life lesson for someone to learn? I don’t believe in ONE most important lesson being a helpful notion. I DO believe that
Where do you like to eat in Greater Victoria? We have so many great restaurants that I could go on for hours about where I like to eat. Downtown Saveur and Zambri’s are two favourites. We live in Brentwood Bay and love to walk to Zanzibar for dinner. Favourite summer activity to do in Victoria? Actually, summer and year-round we love walking our dog through Butchart Gardens. If you had a superpower what would it be? I would mandate that children outlive their parents.
Stantec: Member since 2002 BUSINESSMATTERS | november 2017