August 17, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Thanks to our August Mixer host sponsor, Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse for putting on a flawless event last Thursday! Special thanks to catering sponsor Truffles Inspired Catering and to Pacific Opera Victoria for a wonderful performance. See photos from the event here.
  • Chris Yuan, Associate Wealth & Investment Advisor (RBC)
  • Jared Heimsoth, Director, Capital Markets (CIBC)
  • Kevin Greenard, Senior Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager (Scotiabank)
  • Manny Del Dago, Senior Wealth Advisor (Island Savings)
  • Susan Mowbray, Partner, Consulting (MNP)

The discussion was informative and enlightening. I encourage every Chamber member who wants to better understand what's happening with the economy to watch the recording of our conversation. I know it helped me, especially as there are reasons for optimism that aren't always reflected in the media. We're lucky to have Chamber Champions who continue to help us get through every challenge that arises.

Thank you,

Bruce Williams
CEO, The Chamber
RBC Financial Group - Commercial Financial Services, V. I. South: Chamber Champion since 2020
RBC Financial Group - Commercial Financial Services, V. I. South: Member since 1902
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Chamber Champion since 2020
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Member since 1901
Scotiabank: Chamber Champion since 2020
Scotiabank: Member since 1913
MNP LLP: Chamber Champion since 2020
MNP LLP: Member since 2013
Island Savings: Member since 1984
Housing starts up in July, national agency reports
Housing supply is critical in order to address the highest expense directly affecting the cost of living in our region and across Canada. With demand growing due to increases to our population, the challenge of our time is to ensure homes are accessible and affordable for everyone needed to help our community prosper.

"It's fundamental economics. A limited supply results in increased demand, which tends to increase costs," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "We need a concerted effort from all levels of government to support builders who need an adequate workforce as well as access to materials and land needed to build more homes."

Some progress is being made. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. recently reported that urban housing starts increased in July compared to June.

“Historically elevated levels of housing starts activity continue in Canada, which have been well above 200,000 units since 2020,” said Aled Ab Iorwerth, CMHC's Deputy Chief Economist.
Province has opportunity to review regional policing
The Chamber has long called for a renewed approach to policing in Greater Victoria in order to ensure resources are available where they're most needed.

A decision by the Township of Esquimalt to not renew a 10-year agreement with the City of Victoria to share policing costs creates an opportunity for the provincial government to look at a regional police force.

"Perhaps this might be an opportunity to make major structural changes in the makeup of the police departments here in the south Island,” VicPD police chief Del

A report released this spring by the province from the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act suggested that a regional police force is past due.

The report stated that, when the provincial government ordered the merger of the Esquimalt and Victoria police forces in 2002, the understanding at the time was that "this would be the first step towards regional integration of policing in the Capital Region, but this has not happened."
Township of Esquimalt: Member since 2020
City of Victoria: Member since 1863
Victoria Police Department: Member since 2008
Region busy with film industry productions
Greater Victoria's film industry continues to create economic opportunities on southern Vancouver Island. Netflix recently updated a website that provides details on their local productions. The site, Netflix in your Neighbourhood, shows filming locations of recent series such as Rescued by Ruby, Super PupZ and others.

“We had three features and 13 television movies come through last year — that’s amazing,” Vancouver Island South Film and Media commissioner Kathleen Gilbert told CHEK News. The industry was responsible for direct spending of about $55 million per year over the pandemic.

The Chamber continues to work with community partners on several projects looking to build production studios in Greater Victoria.
Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission: Member since 1980
Demand high for orange shirts ahead of Sept. 30
With a little more than one month before the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, demand is high for orange shirts that are traditionally worn as a show of support. The Vancouver Island Construction Association is offering to order shirts on behalf of companies. The deadline to order is 2 pm on Aug. 18. Check out VICA's latest newsletter for info on how to order.
Vancouver Island Construction Association: Member since 1986
Introducing our Business Hall of Fame Inductees
In the coming weeks, The Chamber will be highlighting our inaugural Business Hall of Fame inductees starting with previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
Cedric Steele grew up learning the skills of a trader by operating his family’s farm store in South Africa. He went on to study accounting, and found work at a large firm before moving to Canada in 1966.

In 1972, Cedric Steele Realty was founded, and, in 1974, Cedric and his family took over operations of Prospect Lake Golf Course.

Through connections with The Chamber and many other organizations, Steele became a mainstay in the community.

Steele has been passionate about his work with the Navy, having been appointed an Honorary Captain in 1997. He continues to champion a strong connection between CFB Esquimalt and the business community.
Cedric Steele was awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. 
Learn about Steele's impact and legacy at the 2022 Business Hall of Fame gala.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5-9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
Early Bird ticket sales end Aug. 31
Start your September with Chamber Events
Get outside with Prodigy and Take a Hike Foundation
Join the Prodigy Group and Take A Hike Foundation to reflect and connect with one another in nature. Counsellors will guide attendees through a circle exercise and a walk with options for different lengths and accessibility levels.
After the walk, enjoy casual appies and drinks in the Nature House where you can continue to foster great connections and future collaborations with a diverse group of emerging professionals overlooking Swan Lake and the beautiful outdoor landscape.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., Sept. 15  | 5-7 PM
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd., Victoria
Business Leaders Luncheon:
Mental Health in the Workplace with CMHA
Join Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division's CEO Jonny Morris to learn about CMHA's work around building better mental health.
Whether you are managing a mental illness, supporting someone you care about, managing a team at work, or looking to build your own overall health, CMHA has valuable resources to build skills and resilience to help.
Sponsored by:
Tues., Sept. 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
The Parkside Hotel & Spa, 810 Humboldt St., Victoria
5 Chamber Business Mixer
Join us for the annual joint mixer bringing together great businesses from the Esquimalt, Greater Victoria, Saanich PeninsulaSooke Region and WestShore Chambers

The beautiful, open space of the new Gorge Park Pavilion will set the stage for a great evening of connection hosted by The Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce and will feature some of their local member businesses.

This event welcomes Chamber members of all 5 local Chambers. Future members of a chamber are welcome to join the event to see firsthand why joining a local Chamber of Commerce is right for you.
Sponsored by:
Venue Sponsor:
Thurs., Sept. 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Rd, Victoria, BC
Chamber Partners:
October Business Mixer @ Pendray Inn & Tea House
Emerse yourself in elegance at the October Business Mixer hosted by the Pendray Inn & Tea House.

Formerly known as the Gatsby Mansion, the magnificent Victorian-era Pendray Inn and Tea House offers a boutique experience for those in search of a little old time romance.

Come enjoy it's remarkable history and outstanding service while you establish and renew business connections.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., October 20 | 5 - 7 PM
Pendray Inn & Tea House
309 Belleville Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1X2
The Chamber Auction is back this November
Showcase your product or service
We are thrilled to announce the return of our Annual Auction, taking place Nov. 6 – 13.

This is a major fundraising event for The Chamber, with all proceeds supporting our work as the largest and most influential advocate for businesses in the region. Last year, we received thousands of visits to our auction platform for an action-packed week of bidding on fabulous gifts and memorable experiences.
Do you want your products and services featured in the auction?

From gift cards to great local items and everything in-between, reach thousands of potential customers by donating a prize today. Keep an eye on our social media feed to see some of the incredible Auction items that will be featured this year.
Sponsored by:
As an event sponsor, Maximum Express, Courier, Freight and Logistics is offering donors complimentary delivery of their auction item to The Chamber Office.

Any questions? Please call (250) 383-7191 or email [email protected]
Looking to hire before fall? The Chamber can help
As we all enjoy the final stretch of summer, ensure you’re well-staffed for the rest of the year by using The Chamber’s job board.

As an exclusive Chamber member benefit, you can post a free 30-day listing on the job board every calendar year. Use the code INTRO2022 at checkout to use this offer today.

Reach the right candidates with the help of The Chamber. If you have any questions or need help uploading your job posting, email [email protected]
Member News
UVic initiative sharing technology with Ukraine

The Victoria Hand Project, an initiative based at the University of Victoria, is looking to share prosthetic technology with those affected in Ukraine. By installing 3D printers in Ukrainian clinics, patients will be able to access on-demand prosthetics while being significantly cheaper to produce than traditional methods.
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
Restaurants announced for Hungry Hearts gala

Our Place’s Hungry Hearts gala, presented by PwC, returns Sept. 10. Eight restaurants battle in the high-profile food competition, including the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe, the Fairmont Empress, Camosun College and the Inn at Laurel Point.
Fairmont Empress: Member since 1913
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort: Member since 1988
Camosun College: Member since 1981
Inn at Laurel Point: Member since 1991
Our Place Society: Member since 2010
PwC: Member since 2014
Four Island hotels ranked among Top 25 in Canada

Four hotels on the Island were rated among the best hotels in Canada, based on reviews and ratings on Tripadvisor. The list includes the Magnolia Hotel & Spa, the Oswego Hotel and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.
Magnolia Hotel & Spa: Member since 1998
Oswego Hotel: Member since 2007
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Member since 2011
FNHPA announces new Upskilling Program with TD

Applications are open for the First Nations Housing Professionals Association’s (FNHPA) new upskilling program, funded by TD Canada Trust. The program will cover training and educational costs for housing professionals on their path to becoming a certified First Nations Housing Professional.
TD Canada Trust: Member since 1913
Colwood seeks public input on parks management

The City of Colwood is seeking public input on the new Latoria Creek Park management plan and the updated Havenwood Park plan. The feedback will help guide decision making and amenity upgrades for the parks over the next decade. Input can be submitted via an online questionnaire until Sept. 5.

City of Colwood: Member since 2020
49 Below Ice Cream opens storefront

49 Below Ice Cream’s brand-new storefront has a flavour for everyone — from Hawkins Cheezies to Fatso Peanut Butter. 49 Below gave CHEK News the early scoop on their Order Up! segment.

49 Below was a finalist for the Business of the Year (1-10 employees) award at the 2022 Greater Victoria Business Awards.

Fatso won the New Business award at the 2019 Business Awards.
CHEK News: Member since 1971
CHEK News: Chamber Champion since 2020
49 Below Ice Cream: Member since 2022

Fatso: Member since 2019
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