April 16, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


Peter McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin has been appointed CEO of Harwood Custom Composites (HCC), a privately held Canadian company headquartered at Victoria International Airport (YYJ). In this capacity, HCC will facilitate the expansion of its services to meet the growing need for dependable and secure custom composite fabrication for aerospace industry partners.

Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé, known as Ddhälh kit Nelnah, has joined PGL’s Victoria office as Environmental Consultant.

Eve Bennett, BCom ’17, a graduate of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at UVic, and Julian Wells, a fourth-year business minor, have been named to BCBusiness’ 30 under 30 list.

Purebread has won the Best Quick Serve Restaurant Concept, Large Airport Division at the recent Airport Experience Conference.

On April 8, Victoria High School reopened with a grand ceremony following a four-year closure for seismic upgrades and renovations.

Kalea Pieroelie

Kalea Pieroelie has been promoted to the role of Communications and Media Coordinator at Tennis BC.

Art Murray Dance Studio will celebrate five years in business with a party on Friday, May 3rd for students and alumni.

The Old Bailey, now known as Smith’s Bar, on Courtney Street, has been closed down.

The long-standing HSBC Canada branch on Douglas Street at Courtney Street in downtown Victoria has closed.

Trees, a cannabis shop that was located in Victoria’s Burnside Gorge neighbourhood and was open since 2017 along Alpha Street, just off Douglas Street, has closed.

As part of the $394 million property acquisition fund announced in Budget 2023, the province has acquired Budget Rent-A-Car and surrounding Uptown property, including the transit infrastructure.

Tim Hortons Smile Cookies™️ will be back on April 29 to support Jeneece Place, our home away from home in Victoria.

A total of $2.4 billion, with $2 billion going into a fund to provide computing resources and technical infrastructure, will be set aside in the next budget by the Liberal government to improve AI capabilities.

A home-flipping tax will be introduced in British Columbia to reduce speculation and housing costs. Residential sales within a year of purchase will be taxed at 20 per cent of the profit starting January 1, 2025, and zero after two years. The Budget 2024 tax will be detailed by Finance Minister Katrine Conroy and Housing Minister Ravi Kahlon at a news conference

With a budget of $3.6 billion, B.C. Hydro has issued its first request for private power producers in 15 years, with the goal of supplying 270,000 homes with electricity by 2031. All bids for extra energy must be in accordance with Clean B.C.’s definition of renewable power and incorporate at least 25 per cent First Nations equity in order to be included in the biannual power call.

Lee-Ann McEllister

The BC Lenders Group Association named its new Board of Directors  bringing diverse expertise and a shared commitment to excellence in providing educational events to mortgage brokers: President: Lee-Ann McEllister, ACC; Vice President: Kim Weishuhn; Treasurer: Matthew Sherriff; Secretary: Tania Hatcher; Directors:  Kristina Morrison, Jennifer Sternig, Nicole Thomson, Cluny Coghlan, Yvonne Futter, Paula Hutton.

An eight-foot-tall orca statue that currently resides inside the Mary Winspear Centre will soon become a Sidney landmark, greeting community members and visitors travelling down Beacon Avenue. The statue will be positioned in front of the Visitor Information Centre (2281 Beacon Ave) where the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society works with volunteers to provide guidance to people getting to know Sidney.

On April 10City of Langford Council approved a one-year Stadium Use Agreement with Pacific Football Club (PFC). The City has been working diligently with PFC to negotiate a new long-term Stadium Use Agreement. Contract negotiations were triggered when on June 30, 2023, PFC did not exercise its unilateral right to renew the contract for another five-year term.

Habitat for Humanity Victoria has submitted an application to the District of Saanich for approval of Ferguson Place in Gordon Head, its next affordable housing complex.

The City of Langford has donated a fire truck to the Malahat Volunteer Fire Department.

 With its golden anniversary coming up in the spring, Colwood Church will be celebrating by donating $50,000 to local causes.

A piece of property on Hovey Road has been acquired by the District of Central Saanich. This land will be used to redevelop civic facilities, such as municipal offices, fire and police stations, and maybe even other recreational and community amenities.

A bus terminal serving BC Transit‘s Handy Dart fleet will be located in Saanich at the intersection of Glanford and Vanalman Avenues.

The Culis Market and pho eatery on Hoffman Avenue at Veterans Memorial Parkway has permanently shut down.

Larry Underwood has sworn as the new chief of the T’Sou-ke Nation.

The development application from GMC Projects, based in Esquimalt, which aims to bring 272 rental and condominium units and 8,000 square feet of contemporary retail space to Esquimalt Road at Head Street, was approved by the Esquimalt council.

The Sooke Harbour House, led by executive chef and partner Melissa Craig, is set to reopen soon.

Cedarwood Inn & Suites is closing its doors today, after 49 years of operation.

The Fickle Fig celebrates its 8th year anniversary.

Victoria Distillers presents their newest creation, Empress 1908 Cucumber Lemon Gin, which is currently offered in liquor stores around British Columbia as well as their tasting facility at 9891 Seaport Pl.

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