May 28, 2024

News Impacting Southern Vancouver Island Business


James Innis

James Innis has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of Sutton Group Realty Services Ltd.

Jonathon Redbird has been appointed to the board of directors of Energy Plug, a Vancouver-based energy technology startup.

Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist, headed by Dr. Vincent Defalque, DACVD®, is opening in Victoria, at 108-1497 Admirals Road.

Bhavnoor Dhaliwal is starting a new position as Structural EIT at WSP in Canada in Victoria.

Elizabeth Macey has joined Macdonald Realty, Victoria office.

David Telford has recently joined Infrastructure BC as an intern. He is currently in his 4th year of study within the University of Victoria’s BCom program.

Danny Roma has been hired as the new Senior Software Developer at BC Pension Corporation.

Bill Tucker, Korey Roberts, Pablo Yuste, Hank Sam, and George Sawatzky, the principals of Omicron Canada, have restructured Nexii Building Materials, a firm that is under creditor protection, and have purchased the business back.

The Order of Military Merit has appointed Navy Capt. Peter Scott Robinson of Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Leslie Biller of the Naval Tactical Operations Group, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Joseph Wist of the Naval Training Development Centre (Pacific), Master Warrant Officer Drew Russell Scott of the Real Property Operations Unit (Pacific), and Ranger Jean Julienne Tsannie of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group as officers.

Rezoning application to allow 56 residential units and one industrial unit to be accessed from Tyee Road has been accepted by the Victoria council. The property in at 1055 Alston St. is now zoned for light industrial use.

Hailay Teklemariam

Hailay Teklemariam is joining BC Ferries in a new role as an Intermediate Technical Analyst—Network.

B.C. unveils online building permit centre to speed up homebuilding across province and reduce builder wait times by standardising inconsistent community regulations.

Pym Island, a six-acre island off of Swartz Bay, is listed at $7 million for prospective island owners. The island includes a “luxurious” main home, five additional cottages, an outdoor tennis court, a boathouse, and over 2,700 feet of ocean beachfront.

The Marilena Cafe and Raw Bar, located on Douglas in downtown Victoria, was the sole restaurant in Victoria to be included in the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants List. The restaurant was ranked as the top new restaurant in the country and the 27th best restaurant in Canada.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is giving the business community a chance to speak with Kevin Falcon, the head of BC United, the province’s official opposition, on June 6.

On May 14th, a ceremonial ground-breaking ceremony was held for a new six-story air traffic control tower that will be constructed at Victoria International Airport to accommodate the ever-increasing number of flights ..

Open Ocean Robotics recently received the Innovation Award at the 2024 Greater Victoria Business Awards.

The BC Cancer Foundation‘s BC Cancer Student Programs will receive funding of $50,000 from the RBC Foundation.

Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union, was present at an important announcement made by the Mid Island Co-op and the BC Cancer Foundation, regarding the donation of $1,000,000 from the Co-Op towards the new cancer centre in Nanaimo.

On June 1, 2024, the general minimum wage increases from $16.75 to $17.40 an hour. The 3.9% increase also applies to minimum-wage rates for resident caretakers, live-in home-support workers and live-in camp leaders. The increase will help approximately 240,000 workers who currently earn less than $17.40 per hour.

The B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) has awarded the first two recipients of a new non-dilutive investment avenue for emerging B.C.-based ventures that have recently graduated from university entrepreneurship programs. Vancouver-based VulcanX Energy Corp. and Victoria-based Curat Innovations Inc. have each been awarded $75,000.

Chris Gilmore

Chris Gilmore has been appointed to the position of A/Assistant Deputy Minister by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation.

Habitat for Humanity Victoria announced the conclusion of the “Open a Door” charity art auction, which has successfully raised a total of $14,895. Dozens of once-ordinary doors were transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art, highlighting the extraordinary imagination and talent of 48 local artists. These creations were available for public viewing and auction at Mayfair Shopping Centre. With Habitat Victoria’s Ferguson build around the corner, the support from the community is greatly appreciated.

Spinnakers, oldest brewhouse in Canada, celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Jagdeep Bunet’s Rising Star Wholesale Bakery, located in the 900-block of Devonshire Road, is currently closed as a result of a fire that caused significant damage.

Chorizo & Co., located at 807 Fort St, Victoria, has officially closed on May 18th.

Hartland Landfill in Saanich claimed the fourth place at Interchange Recycling’s Top Collector Awards for its accumulation of antifreeze and used oil.

The British Columbia government has made amendments to a law that previously restricted First Nations from acquiring land. This change now enables them to directly purchase and own land in the province.

Understanding Indigenous History: A Path Forward, hosted by award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist Lisa LaFlamme and featuring interviews with First Nations leader Phil Fontaine and human rights expert Kathleen Mahoney, will assist viewers in understanding the complex tapestries of Indigenous history and Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

The Sooke Fire Rescue may now release a tender to purchase a new rescue pumper apparatus vehicle for up to $946,899, following the approval from the Sooke council.

After spending $4 million, the new Church and Throup roundabout in Sooke is almost complete, enhancing safety and traffic flow and enabling more cars and pedestrians.

Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke are set to boost community sustainability with a generous $500,000 grant from the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative. This funding will be utilized to develop clean energy projects, a collaborative effort between the federal and provincial governments, and the New Relationship Trust.

Western Foods is celebrating its 29th anniversary.

The acquisition of ‘The Muse’, by famous artist Louis-Marc Simard for the Seaside Sculpture Walk, has been announced by the Town of Sidney and ArtSea Community Arts Council.

Beacon Community Services is pleased to announce the Access Awareness Expo, taking place on Saturday, June 1, at the SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, in partnership with SPARC BC and the Town of Sidney.

Cottons and Blues, located at 2437 Beacon Ave., is hiring a part-time Assistant Manager.

After breaking ground on May 22, the Township of Esquimalt is set to commence construction of their new public safety building. The building will contain Esquimalt Fire Rescue, an emergency operations centre, and office space for the Capital Regional District (CRD).

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