South Island Prosperity Partnership Announces Board for 2023/24 

June 19, 2023



VICTORIA – It’s been a year of major expansion and impact for South Island Prosperity Partnership, Greater Victoria’s economic development agency — and that’s good news for the entire region, said SIPP Group CEO Emilie de Rosenroll at the organization’s Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2023.

“This year, SIPP officially launched the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) and the Indigenous Prosperity Centre,” says de Rosenroll. “We also added three executive directors and doubled our staff to steer that expansion and take advantage of new opportunities for the entire South Island region.”

At the AGM, SIPP released its Leadership by Listening: Impact Report 2022-2023 and welcomed new board member Robert Mittelman, Acting Dean, Faculty of Management, Royal Roads University. Board Chair Frank Bourree also thanked outgoing board members Geoff Wilmshurst and Lindalee Brougham for their service.

SIPP’s 2023-2024 Board includes:

Frank Bourree, Chair — Principal & Owner, Bourree + Associates

Jennifer Vornbrock, Vice-Chair — Executive Director, Community & Government Relations, UVic 

Kear Porttris — Owner, Porttris Consulting Group

Susanne Thiessen — Assistant Professor, Indigenous Community Development, School of Public Administration, UVic

Peter Cowan — Co-founder, Innovation Asset Collective; Founder & Principal Consultant, Northworks IP 

Sonterra Ross — Director, Finance & Administration, Beacon Community Services

Tony Payne — Senior Vice President, Technology and Innovation, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Suzanne Bradbury— Co-owner, Fort Properties Ltd.

Basma Majerbi — Associate Professor, Gustavson School of Business, UVic, and Development Lead, Vancouver Island Impact Investing Hub (VI3Hub)

Terry Gunning — Senior Managing Partner, Technical, DXC Technology

Robert Mittelman, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management, Associate Professor of Social Entrepreneurship, and Co-Director of the School of Business, Royal Roads University.

“South Island Prosperity Partnership is an example of successful collaboration in action,” says Board Chair Frank Bourree. “SIPP looks at the South Island economy through a regional lens, knowing that what benefits one part of the region benefits us all, raising us all up to create a future of prosperity.”

Business Examiner Submitted


Share This