Updated as of October 2018.
Owner/Interior Designer – Hook & Hook Renovations & Design
Andi has always had the design bug, growing up with a Designer & moving frequently gave her the ability to redesign new spaces. After studying Architecture for two years in California she switched her major and completed her degree in Interior Design in New York in 2004, following which she owned and operated a design firm with her mother in California. She moved to PEI in 2008, where she opened Hook & Hook Renovations and began to specialize in renovating historic homes as well as kitchen and bathroom renovations. Andi brings her design expertise and over 10 years of experience in small business.
Hillary has been employed in the financial services industry since 1984, working in locations including Vancouver Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Central Alberta. Through her many years as a commercial banker, she has gained expertise in providing financial solutions and advice to a broad spectrum of industry sectors. She enjoys being a part of local business owner’s growth and success and is happy to call the Saanich Peninsula her home.
Hillary also has a passion for community involvement and is an active member of the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club. Previously, Hillary has served as a Board Chair for Family and Community Support Services for the Town of Sylvan Lake, Alberta. She was also a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer and sat on the Citizens Review Committee for the United Way of Central Alberta.
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.
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.
Executive Director - Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Denny has extensive training and experience in finance and communication including having facilitated communication workshops with a wide variety of participants. While running her own small business advising and assisting clients with their organizational and accounting needs Denny worked with a cross-section of aboriginal and not-for-profit associations and for-profit businesses. Denny is a certified WorldHost trainer. Her volunteer activities include working with Restorative Justice Victoria as a facilitator and mentor, as Chair of the North Saanich Board of Variance, and as Treasurer of the BC Network for Compassionate Communication.
Owner – Itty Bitty Sign Shop
A well traveled Australian, Andrew comes to the Chamber with a wealth of experience from many different industries gained from his travels around Australia, Canada and the U.S in what could be called a thirty year “walkabout”.
His love of photography and writing has produced four publications and like many Australians affinity for the ocean, has found him a home on Vancouver Island.
As the owner of Itty Bitty Sign Shop, Andrew is a passionate supporter of small business and “keeping it local” and understands the challenges faced by the small business community.
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.
Owner – Coastal Heat Pumps
Don and his wife Joanne own COASTAL HEAT PUMPS and Don has been in the Heating and Cooling business since 1978. Don smiles when he says that he has been in the business since the 1900’s.
Don graduated from SAIT in Calgary in 1980 as a Certified Engineering Technologist. He became a Red Seal Qualified Refrigeration Mechanic in 1984.
Don and Joanne started their first Refrigeration Service Company in Canmore Alta in 1993. He sat on the Canmore Chamber of Commerce Board for two consecutive terms. Moving to the Island in 2003 and starting Coastal Heat Pumps in 2005. He has a heart for small local business and his core value in business is to “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”
Don and Joanne have been married 36 years and have three great children, Lindsey, Ashley and Andrew and four wonderful grandchildren.
Owner – The Bottle Depot
D’Arcy was born in Prince George. He was educated there, in Burnaby and in Campbell River.
D’Arcy worked for Crown Zellerbach before graduating from BCIT Business Administration. He spent nine years with Coca-Cola as a purchasing agent and in distribution and five years as the General Manager of Recycling company involved with initial CRD recycling programs. He started Adanac Recovery in 1993 producing and shipping bales of steel to a rebar mill in Seattle.
In 1994 he was contracted to transport beverage containers for Encorp Pacific. Bottle Depot started in 1995 on Quadra Street. Their Depots have been in eight different locations over the past 22 years. They operate three facilities with over 50 employees and an annual revenue of over fifteen million dollars.
He is also a partner in three other businesses in Victoria, Vancouver , and Nanaimo. He spends his time mentoring senior managers , negotiating contracts , and purchasing of major assets .
D’Arcy has been married for 43 years and has 2 daughters, a son and nine grandchildren.
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.
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.
Partner – Hughesman Morris CPA
Janine grew up in Victoria, BC and currently works in Sidney as a Chartered Professional Accountant. After working at her accounting firm for close to 10 years, she became a partner in 2015 at what is now Hughesman Morris, CPA’s. In her role as an accountant, she works closely with many diverse clients, including several local, non-profit organizations, servicing both their accounting and taxation needs, and brings this valuable knowledge and experience with her to the society. Janine also currently sits as the treasurer for the Intrepid Theatre Society (best known for the Victoria Fringe Festival) and the New Marine Centre Society (i.e. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea). Being an island girl at heart, she enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors hiking, camping and boating, accompanied by her husband, Tyler, and her dog, Cooper.
Chris helped companies of all sizes realize opportunities, increase their revenue and grow their brand in his role with Export Development Canada as Account Manager of Trade Finance. He is passionate about promoting Vancouver Island, and ensuring that the global spot light is shining on the Island, its business’, and its people.
Consultant – IG Wealth Management
Angus is a consultant with IG Wealth Management. He works mainly with incorporated individuals by planning and implementing intergenerational wealth management strategies. In his spare time Angus is a coach of the St. Michaels University School rowing team, and is a member of Alumni UBC’s leadership council.
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.
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
Terri was elected to her first term on Sidney Council in 2018. Prior to that she had a successful 34 year career in the federal public service starting at the Canada Revenue Agency in enforcement and then advancing to the Department of National Defence where she was a Regional Human Resources Manager with a focus on organizational effectiveness. She assisted managers with strategic planning, performance management, team building, business process improvement, employee recruitment & retention and community building. She loves looking for opportunities to bring individuals and groups together to collaborate, create synergy and new opportunities. During her 20 years in Sidney, she has served on numerous community Boards and was a recipient of the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal for community service.
District of Central Saanich
Gordon is a first term councillor for the District of Central Saanich, elected in 2018. Along with taking on this new and exciting responsibility with Central Saanich, he is also a second generation business owner of Valley Music Sales a wholesale and distribution company in Central Saanich. Valley Music Sales’ distribution channel covers almost 1,000 independent retailers in western Canada. He has been working in the company for over 20 years, starting in their retail stores many years ago and now operating the business with his sister and their long time friend.
As a local business owner he is excited to work with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and its members in growing the business community here on the Peninsula. He is also a strong proponent of shopping locally whether for food, products or services.