October 23, 2019
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
Familiar faces retain their seats in Greater Victoria
Greater Victoria's four federal ridings will have familiar faces after voters in Saanich-Esquimalt-Sooke (NDP - Randall Garrison), Cowichan-Malahat-Langford (NDP - Alistair MacGregor) and Saanich-Gulf Islands (Green - Elizabeth May) returned incumbents to their roles.

The lone newcomer was in Victoria, where city councillor Laurel Collins made the leap from municipal to federal politics with a decisive victory as the NDP candidate.

The win means Victoria voters will be going to the polls again in the new year for a by-election to select Collins' replacement. The estimated cost to hold a by-election is $200,000.

The Chamber — always happy to help with civic causes — has crafted a Help Wanted ad for potential council candidates. You're welcome.
Let's spread kindness throughout Greater Victoria! Watch for Kindness Cards at retailers and other locations around the community!

Be sure to take a photo of your kind act and email it or share it on social media tagging us and adding #RAKdayYYJ for a chance to win one of two $500 prizes for a registered charity of your choice! For more information, visit
Chamber calls for city to work with cruise industry
The Chamber has had an active week advocating on behalf of our region's cruise ship industry and our partners at the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

Last week, a motion at Victoria city council caused concern because of its approach to trying to solve the climate crisis. Chamber CEO Catherine Holt was interviewed by Global TV the day after council made the motion, and noted that the city has had its best successes when working collaboratively to find solutions that bring about change.

On Monday, Catherine was a guest on CFAX explaining why innovation led by business is our best hope for finding solutions to the climate crisis. Greater Victoria and our region of the planet have been at the forefront of the environmental movement, and we need to be leaders in progressive change. The actions we take to work with business and industry can serve as a model for other regions to follow.

The Victoria motion is back on the agenda for tomorrow's council meeting.

Does your business benefit from cruise ships?

In order to effectively talk about the economic importance of cruise ships, it's good to share stories of people whose livelihood is connected to this industry.

Tell us how you and your business benefits from cruise ships, and we'll try to use these personal stories as part of our ongoing advocacy.

GVHA: member since 2003
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Business Leaders' Luncheon
What's ahead for regional transportation?
Getting there from here shouldn't be difficult, but without a comprehensive regional transportation plan no one is getting anywhere fast.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss the future of how we travel and speak to specific projects planned for the region.
Thu, Nov 7 | 11:30 am - 1 pm
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
728 Humboldt St .
Sponsored by:
Economic improvement drives 21st-century business: CEO column
This column originally appeared in the Oct. 20 edition of the Times Colonist.
Message from Chamber CEO Catherine Holt  

Coming to terms with a new way of thinking about economic health doesn’t mean we need to grind to a halt. That won’t get us anywhere.

Once again, language is key. What if we replaced the mantra of “growth” with language that better explains where we want to go? Such as “economic improvement.”

Isn’t that what we really mean by growth anyway?
Read the entire column by Chamber CEO Catherine Holt here
Employers needed to inform CleanBC strategy
CleanBC is looking for input from employers and training organizations on a Workforce Readiness Plan that will help create economic opportunities for the province. CleanBC is conducting a survey as part of its labour market research and analysis. This is a chance for businesses and employers in Greater Victoria to address gaps and barriers or point out opportunities.

The survey is open until midnight Nov. 22. It's confidential, takes about 15 minutes and everyone who completes it receives a $50 pass to Globe 2020 in Vancouver next February.
Win a trip for 2 to Seattle!

One lucky attendee will win a round trip for two between Seattle, WA and Victoria with a two-night stay at the Hyatt Regency Seattle courtesy of Victoria Clipper. The draw will take place the evening of the gala!
Only 10 tix left!

This black-tie evening includes cocktails, chef stations, a silent and live auction, dancing and an interactive photo booth.

Sat, Nov. 2 | 6-10:30 pm
Fairmont Empress
721 Government St .
Bay Street bridge reopens Monday
Drivers can be forgiven if they hear the sound of heavenly choirs drowning out their morning radio next Monday.

The Bay Street bridge will reopen for two-way traffic from 5 am to 7 pm by Oct. 28.
Currently, motorists trying to go between downtown and Vic West and Esquimalt are being funneled over the Johnson Street bridge or out to Gorge Road. The congestion has resulted in atypical traffic jams.
The $6.1 million project to repair the bridge, officially known as the Point Ellice Bridge, will continue nightly from 7 pm to 5 am until completed.
Chamber helping make health care more accessible
In Greater Victoria, finding a family doctor is undoubtedly a difficult task. With cold and flu season quickly approaching, getting a prescription or waiting hours for medical advice can take a serious toll on the productivity of not only yourself, but your business as well.

If you have Chambers Group Insurance, you can now take advantage of Teladoc Telemedicine Services a fast and efficient way of getting the help you need, when you need it.

Members can receive a diagnosis, treatment recommendation, and even be prescribed medicine when necessary. Members can consult a physician about non-urgent medical matters by video conference or by phone, from wherever they are, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Chambers Plan offers the Teladoc Telemedicine service at no additional charge to all plan members and their dependents. With the Chambers Group Insurance plan, you can customize an employee benefits plan that meets your needs.

For over 17 years, Jack Insurance and Financial Services has helped Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce members design a Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance plan reflecting the size and requirements of their businesses.
Jack Insurance and Financial Services: Member since 1998
When people feel taken care of at work, it makes their whole lives better. Give your team access to information and resources, like a risk assessment tool that can help you get ahead of any bad habits to keep everyone productive and healthy.
Each week, The Chamber will profile one of the 14 different award categories, encouraging members to nominate a deserving Chamber member.
The Innovation award recognizes a business that has developed a process, product or service that is original and contributes to profitability and/or market share. Demonstrated by:

• Use of science and/or technology to create a business that is original and unique

• Shows a high degree of originality, creativity and/or experimentation to design and realize innovation

• Commercialization or quantifiable growth within new and/or existing markets.
Need inspiration? Check out the videos of our Innovation winner from 2019.

Thanks to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business for sponsoring this award.
Members Around Town
Women in Business Gala Awards

Congratulations to Kristen Kost, vice president of sales and marketing at Mairet Hotels , and Hazel Braithwaite, director and donor at United Way of Greater Victoria for each winning awards at the annual Women in Business Gala hosted by Black Press Media.

Kristen received the Rising Star award, while Hazel received the Community Initiative award. The event, held at the Parkside Hotel and Spa , was attended by more than 150 women in leadership roles. Black Press has hosted this annual event for more than a decade, focusing on women who make a difference to our region.

Mairet Hotels: member since 2019

Parkside Hotel and Spa: member since 2013
United Way of Greater Victoria: member since 1972
Black Press: member since 1987
Pints and Politics

Before Monday's election, Justin Trudeau visited Victoria’s Bard & Banker Pub on Sunday night to try and rally local support for the Liberal Party of Canada.

No local Liberal candidates were elected, but we bet plenty of politics are still being discussed over a pint or two.

The Liberal minority government received 33.1% of the popular vote across Canada.

Closer to home, the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands had the largest voter turnout in BC at 73.1%.

Bard and Banker: member since 2008
Kindness All Around

Since 2008, The Victoria Foundation has dubbed the first Friday in November Random Act of Kindness Day .

It's all about helping others by holding open doors, giving compliments or anything to make someone’s day a bit brighter!

What are some acts of kindness you appreciate? Email us at , and we'll share your ideas on social media. #RAKdayYYJ

The Victoria Foundation: members since 2004
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