Updated as of December 2, 2020.
Owner – Pacific Ridge Landscapes Ltd.
I ask every business owner I come across if they are members of the Peninsula Chamber, and if the answer is no I list all the reasons why they should join. I have found the Chamber to be wonderfully supportive and inclusive, collegial and encouraging while working to advance the issues that matter in our day to day lives as business owners.
I had the privilege to serve for 4 years on the Board of Directors of a national non-profit organization, in addition to a concurrent role as liaison between the board and the leadership team.
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.
Board member and treasurer for the Saanich Peninsula Chamberr during the 1990’s. Board member for the last two years. Current treasurer of Shoreline Medical Society, Saanich Peninsula Power Squadron and the Saanich Marine Rescue Society.
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
Al is a local serial entrepreneur who started his career by launching an aerospace engineering firm before moving on to manufacturing and technology startups. Al is one of the first graduates from the Acetech CEO training program and has helped numerous companies strategically overcome challenges as a turnaround CEO, Vice President, and consultant. He has always had an interest in new technology, entrepreneurship, and the success of both business and community. Al has also supported many not-for-profits, working on boards, fundraising, and training staff.
Life Insurance Broker – Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
I have been closely associated with the Saanich Peninsula Chamber since the spring of 2015 as a Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan Advisor. I own and operate Gravity Insurance Brokers in Sidney as I believe the Peninsula is a prosperous place to run a business and raise a family. I live in Central Saanich and was born and raised on the Saanich Peninsula.
Owner –Beacon Signs and Apparel
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.
Rod joined the VAA in 2018. He came from Fort McMurray Airport Authority where he was Vice-President, Commercial. Prior to that, he spent almost 14 years at Calgary Airport Authority in various roles of increasing responsibility, his last role was General Manager – Development Services, Planning and Engineering. Rod brings a broad range of directly-related experience to the role, having had a diverse and well-rounded airport career going back to 1995, where he started working as an Operations and Maintenance Officer with Yellowknife Airport.
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.
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.
Commercial Banking – Bank of Montreal
I have worked either with business or in business for over 25 years. Most of my career has been in commercial banking with BDC in Ontario for 12 years and most recently with BMO in Sidney for 5 years. In between I co-owned and successfully operated an independent business in Victoria for 7 years. I am passionate about business and working towards a local environment that enables growth and success.
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.
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.