April 23, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


Mark Collins

Mark Collins, a former CEO of B.C. Ferries, is now the chief executive officer (CEO) of FRS Clipper in Canada and the chair of the FRS Clipper board of directors in the United States.

Maddy Morrison celebrates first year anniversary with the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

Jack Heisinger was named general manager of the Victoria Royals on April 10.

Xiaodan Fu begins working as Payroll Administrator at City of Victoria.

Kristof Schlagintweit has recently taken on a new role as Office Manager and Project Manager at GeoWest Engineering in Victoria.

Usman Afzal, Portfolio Manager, is a welcome addition to the Alitis Team at Alitis Investment Counsel.

Ed Life

Ed Life, the founder of Tecnet, announced his retirement after 50 years in the industry.

Max Space, a private space company, unveiled their expandable space habitat on April 9, 2024, at the 39th Space Symposium. The organization credited ALUULA Composites Inc. material for reinforcing the structure of the habitat.

On April 29th, Tim Hortons will launch their 11th annual Smile Cookie campaign on Vancouver Island. The campaign will continue until May 5th, with the proceeds going to the Children’s Health Foundation on Vancouver Island, Jeneece Place.

The University of Victoria has become one of only 14 post-secondary institutions in the world to reach a STARS Platinum sustainability rating. STARS is a global framework for reporting, comparing and incentivizing sustainability in all sectors of higher education. It provides a comprehensive, whole-institution view of sustainability, capturing social and environmental indicators in a wide array of impact areas. UVic has received a prestigious gold rating three times since first submitting to STARS in 2014. The platinum rating comes on the heels of UVic being named one of BC’s greenest employers for the tenth time.

In an attempt to increase the number of electric vehicles in Victoria, fast-charging fees will be based on the amount of power delivered, and EV owners will be permitted to charge their cars on the street close to their homes.

According to Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC)‘s annual report, BC Check-Up: Invest, which examines investment trends throughout the province, Greater Victoria set a new record with 4,992 housing units that started construction in 2023.

Design Victoria, a four day festival that celebrates the city’s growing design community from May 9 – 12, supported by Gabriel Ross, Aryze Developments, DAUSTUDIO, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Michael Green Architecture, and Vista Point, a development by Seacliff Properties.

After a combined investment of more than $8.7 million from the federal and provincial governments, the CRD, and the City of Victoria, approximately 576 Level-2 and 20 direct-current fast-charge (DCFC) EV charging ports in approximately 80 public locations across the Capital region will be installed. The CRD is undertaking regional coordination and close partnerships with local governments in the region, including the City of Victoria, which will manage up to 424 of the Level 2 and all 20 of the DCFCs planned under the project.

The Esquimalt Recreation Centre hosted a gathering of Greater Victoria volunteer organizations on April 18 to celebrate National Volunteer Week and highlight volunteer opportunities in the area.

he Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce welcomes its newest Chamber members, Wirk Consulting, Henneberry Consulting, and Alitis Investment Counsel.

Refresco Group, in which BCI had an investment stake, recently acquired VBC Bottling Corporation, a Modesto, California-based family-owned contract manufacturer of premium beverages.

The RTX pumper truck, which reportedly costs approximately $2 million, is due to be delivered to Victoria, making it the city’s first electric fire engine.

Whistle Buoy, a Victoria-based brewing company, collaborated with Superflux, a Vancouver-based organization, to develop a cannabis-infused beer that is devoid of THC and CBD. The beer was officially introduced on April 18th.

The PacBio Revio long-read HiFi sequencer has been bought by the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer in Canada. They are now ready to take samples for HiFi sequencing.

Hip-hop singer Flo Rida, who has been nominated for Grammys, will be performing live at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria on September 4th.

Evolution Health Clinics will be opening its Victoria location in May.

Chorizo & Co. on Fort Street will be closing its doors on May 18th.

Shatterbox Coffee, located in the Public Market building on Douglas Street, has closed permanently on April 8th.

In an effort to foster communication between the business and development communities, the WestShore Chamber and the City of Colwood will co-host an installment of the “Prosperity Roundtable” series on April 23 at 3300 Wishart Road, Victoria.

University Heights Shopping Centre, located in Saanich on Shelbourne Street and McKenzie Avenue, is undergoing a massive reconstruction project.

Saanich council and Uptown Shopping Centre have reached a partnership agreement for the organization of a multicultural winter festival that will honour holiday traditions including Kwanzaa, Christmas, Solstice, Diwali, and Hanukkah.

A six-story, fifty-unit rental building on Glasgow Avenue is among the 73 new housing units that the Saanich council advanced on Monday night.

The Quality Inn Waddling Dog in Saanichton was a recipient of a gold award in the Midscale Brands – Suburban category at the Choice Hotels Canada’s annual 2024 Guest Satisfaction Awards.

Michelle Richard has been named the new Executive Director of the Sooke Region Museum.

Save On FoodsGreen Leaf Bistro, serving Vietnamese food, will open at Colwood Corners, 129-1909 Sooke Road, on April 29th.

The Colwood Corners development in Colwood is set to welcome a Value Village thift store later this year.

WorkBC Centre Sidney will host the 2024 Sidney & Saanich Peninsula Job Fair on April 30 at the SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive.

Buddies Toys, which was established by sisters Carol van Adrichem and Jane Powell, recently celebrated 35 years of operation.

Salvador, Davis & Co. Notaries Public generously contributed to the Waterfront Signage Project of the Sidney Museum and Archives.

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