Updated as of March 2017.
Principal – Cambium Leadership Inc.
Doug is an accomplished business advisor and Certified Management Consultant. He has over 30 years of experience in teaching, research, consulting, business operations, and business leadership. He has built, grown, and sold several companies, in both professional services and software development fields.
From a base in Sidney, Doug maintains a business advisory practice serving clients throughout southern Vancouver Island and beyond. Much of his work involves helping business owners with growth strategies, from product launch to exit and succession. He also facilitates a Business Owner Peer Support Group for small businesses of all types.
Doug has served on Executives and Boards of several professional organizations, private businesses, not-for-profit associations, service clubs and local government. He is an active member of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. He joined the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and was named a Director in 2014.
Senior Partner – Pearlman Lindholm
Gordon is a lawyer by profession and is the Senior Partner of Pearlman Lindholm, Greater Victoria’s largest full service law firm with offices in Victoria and Sidney. His main area of practice is business law and wills and estate matters. Gordon was born in Sidney and makes his home in Dean Park. He has a long history of volunteerism starting out with kid’s sports organizations. He then served 7 years on the Victoria Symphony Board (4 years as President), and served as President of Peninsula Rotary clubs for 3 terms. He has been on the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation for 8 years and for the last 4 years has been the Chair. In keeping up with his love for music he is on the Board of the Sidney Classical Orchestra. Gordon is passionate about the Saanich Peninsula and is in favour of healthy growth and co-operative planning efforts amongst our 3 member Municipalities.
Sheila is a partner in Paterson Henn CPA, a local Chartered Professional Accounting firm. They strive to be active in the Saanich Peninsula and to support their clients, their employees and the community. The SPCC has helped them to provide additional services to clients and perks to their employees. Sheila obtained her Chartered Accountant designation in 2012 and began building their local firm in Sidney in 2014 after many years with a previous local accounting firm. Being the treasurer since 2015, she finds the interaction with the board members and other business owners rewarding. The meetings and networking provides an opportunity to understand the community and the advantages as well as challenges to other businesses. She enjoys sailing around the local gulf islands, cycling the Peninsula or hiking local parks.
Owner – Tiger Lily Events
Tara, a certified wedding and event planner, learned about business and public relations at a young age through her family’s company, Keeping House,a private retirement home. She has also been involved with a media start-up company before starting Tiger Lily Events in November 2009. Tara lived internationally for 11 years where she was a pre-school teacher in Asia and later a flight attendant with Emirates Airlines in Dubai, UAE. She is still involved with the airline industry where she is a part of the inflight department with WestJet Airlines. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of Victoria and her Wedding and Event Planning Diploma at QC School of Event and Wedding Planning form Ottawa. Tara serves as an event consultant with non profit, charity and art organizations. She has been a director on two boards, Crimson Coast Dance Society, a contemporary dance organization and Canadian Mental Health Association, Mid Island Branch.
She is presently a member of the ORCCA (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents) Board, a Rotarian with the Rotary of Sidney Club and a casual host for Shaw TV. Tara has been a member of the SPCC since 2013 and a past member of the Greater Nanaimo Chamber (2008-2011). Tara has helped with past fundraisers with the SPCC. An important business issue for Tara would be support and advocacy for local community businesses.
Principal – The Treleaven Consulting Group Ltd.
In August 2005 John established The Treleaven Consulting Group Ltd., located in Sidney, to provide international marketing and policy advice to public and private sector clients. Prior to moving to Sidney he was President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP), a P3 organization providing market research and export services to 260 Saskatchewan companies. Mr. Treleaven began his career in the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in 1968. Postings included Sao Paulo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, London, San Jose, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Ambassador to the Philippines. In Ottawa he served in a variety of senior positions in Foreign Affairs and International Trade. John has been on the Board of Directors since 2007 and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Denny has extensive training in finance and communication and has facilitated communication workshops with a wide variety of participants. She has experience running her own small business advising and assisting clients with their accounting needs. Denny currently volunteers with Restorative Justice Victoria as a facilitator and mentor and is a member of the North Saanich Board of Variance. She has been treasurer of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication for 8 years. Denny is a certified WorldHost trainer, has worked with First Nations and several not-for-profit organizations which included another Chamber and two Visitor Centres.
Manager – Personal Banking – Island Savings – A division of First West Credit Union
Dan is an experienced financial industry professional who has been serving Vancouver Islanders since he joined the credit union sector in 1999. With education in finance and financial management service, he has spent most of his career working as a lending specialist. Recently, he’s translated this experience into leadership and now heads a team of personal bankers at Island Savings’ Brentwood branch. Dan is passionate about finding solutions that help his members achieve their financial goals. And, he passes that energy along to those he works alongside and mentors. Beyond the financial services industry, Dan enjoys giving back to the communities he lives and works in. As a long-time Island resident, he recognizes how local involvement helps build strong communities. As a father, Dan also likes to role model great behaviours for his children and their friends and for the last nine years he has been an active leader in his children’s scouting group.
Vice-President – Victoria Airport Authority
James joined the Victoria Airport Authority in 2007 as the Manager of Information Technology. In 2008, additional responsibilities of air service development, airport marketing and tourism development were added to his portfolio. In 2010, he moved into the position of Director of Airside Operations, Technology & Environment. In 2014, he took on the role of Vice-President, Operations & Development, with a focus on public relations, revenue development and operational oversight for the Authority. James is a member of the Canadian Airports Council’s (CAC) Operations, safety and Technical Affairs Committee, the CAC Environment Committee and served on the Board for the North West Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
Andrew Bradley, Itty Bitty Sign Shop
Art Finlayson, AIBC, MRAIC
Principal – Finlayson Bonet Architecture Ltd.
Art graduated from Montana State University in 1964 with two degrees, B Sc. and B Arch. He transferred to Bozeman after spending his first year at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Art has 50 years of Architectural experience and became a Partner in Calgary first with Beatson Finlayson Howatt and Partners then merging with Stevenson Rains to become Rains Finlayson Barrett and Partners. Art spent 2½ years in Toronto as Vice President of Architecture on an assignment to establish an Architectural Department in Giffels and Associates a large multi disciplined Engineering Company. In 1989 Art and his wife Marilyn moved from Toronto to Victoria and started A.J. Finlayson Architect Ltd. Art now has a thriving Partnership with Silvia Bonet, Design Architect and an accomplished Technical staff headed up by Kyle Shick, Senior Technologist.
Art first became involved with the Chamber of Commerce in Calgary. When he arrived in Victoria he joined the Victoria Chamber and was a Director for 6 years. When he moved his office to Saanichton he joined the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and has spent two separate terms as a Director over the past 25 years. He is now again looking forward to working as a Director with his many friends and business acquaintances here on the Peninsula and Vancouver Island.
Art is also involved in the Community as a member of the Vancouver Island RUSI (Royal United Services Institute), a member of Heritage Acres as President of the Saanich Historical Artifacts Foundation and as a member in his second term of the Sidney Advisory Planning Commission.
Richard Flader, Flader Chartered Accountant
Executive Vice President, General Manager – Wilson’s Group
Joe is the General Manager of Wilson’s Transportation Ltd., the largest charter motor coach and sightseeing company on Vancouver Island. His career has been primarily associated to tourism, passenger transportation and hospitality initiatives. He has served on the Chamber Board for eight years and is a Past President. He sits on the Victoria Airport Consultative Committee, and is a Board Member of SportHost Victoria; a not-for-profit society dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of sport related events in Greater Victoria.
Reg Mooney, Lifetime Member, Penta Resources
Master Agent – Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
Doug was appointed Master Agent of the Peninsula Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in 1998 and has worked closely with the Board and Executive Directors over the years to build membership and revenue to help make SPCC a successful Chamber. Doug’s training was Insurance and Financial Planning, he received his Chartered Financial Planning designation in 1995. He has a store front office at 2480 Beacon Avenue and is also Agent for GICdirect.com and Portfolio Strategies Corporation. Doug can be contacted at email@example.com or 250-655-0707.
Municipal Council Representatives
District of North Saanich
Celia was re-elected in 2014 to her second term as a Councillor for North Saanich. Previously, she had been active working as a member of the Parks and the Agricultural Advisory Commissions. In 2010, she joined the Peninsula Singers, and continues to be an active member of this choir.
Among her other Councillor duties, Celia is the Alternate Director for Mayor Finall on the CRD Board, and attends the Saanich Peninsula Water and Wastewater Commissions’ meetings. A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Celia is bilingual, and enjoyed a long career with the Government of Canada. She is determined to learn about and understand the business and the goals of the Chamber.
Town of Sidney
Mervyn was recently re-elected to his second term by Town of Sidney. Prior to his election Mervyn was involved in the Sidney and Peninsula areas in diverse activities ranging from a founding Director of the Saanich Peninsula Health Association; a ten year plus volunteer with Beacon Community Services, a past vice chair of the Victoria Airport Authority Board to past chair of the CRD Water Advisory Committee.
Among his Councillor duties he was recently elected to be chair of the CRD Regional Water Commission. A graduate civil engineer Mervyn, enjoyed a rewarding career with the Canadian Armed Forces. Mervyn although new to the Chamber is eager to learn about Chamber matters and goals.
District of Central Saanich
Niall Paltiel is a first-term Councillor elected November 2014 for the District of Central Saanich. He is currently the Chair of the Peninsula Recreation Commission and Chair of Parks and Recreation for the District. Prior to joining Central Saanich Council, Niall owned and operated a successful landscaping business on the Peninsula. Niall is currently finishing his Political Science and Public Administration degree at the University of Victoria.
A proud member of the Saanichton Village Association, Niall is looking forward to finding opportunities that will deem the Peninsula as ‘open for business’. He encourages any business or customer to call, email, or stop him in the street and discuss the future of industry on the Saanich Peninsula.