June 22, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Chamber CEO Bruce Williams, South Island Prosperity Partnership CEO Emilie de Rosenroll and University of Victoria President Dr. Kevin Hall discuss the future of UVic's next strategic plan. View more photos from the event here.
South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Province hits pause on Royal BC Museum project
BC Premier John Horgan has admitted the province failed to properly explain plans to replace the Royal BC Museum, and has put the project on hold.

“I always try to act in the best interests of British Columbians,” Horgan said in a news release. “That involves listening. That also means taking responsibility when you make the wrong call.”

The museum is no longer scheduled to close this fall, and a new round of public consultation will begin to hear what British Columbians want to do with the institution.

"Kudos to the province for hearing what we, and many others, told them we didn't like about the initial announcement," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "The Royal BC Museum is a pillar of Greater Victoria's tourism industry so, first and foremost, we need it to stay in our region. The museum is deeply connected to our economy and benefits many of our members. What we want to see is the province make an investment in this asset that drives visitation, excites the intellect and creates revenue for our region and the province."

The Chamber also fully supports a more inclusive narrative about our province that shares the story of Indigenous people as well as all of the diverse communities that make up the fabric of who we are today.

Construction continues on a new Collections and Research Building in Colwood. It will house museum artifacts once completed.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
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 Final day Thursday, June 23 at 6 pm
Canada's Premiers gathering in Victoria this July
As Chair of the Council of the Federation, BC Premier John Horgan will host his counterparts from across the country in Victoria on July 11-12.

Premiers from every province and territory in Canada are expected to debate in style at the Fairmont Empress. The premiers will discuss national issues, including a call for the federal government to increase health care funding.

“Canada’s public health-care system began as a 50/50 partnership, but the federal government’s contribution has shrunk to just 22%," Horgan said in a news release. "This is not sustainable for our health-care system and we cannot afford to wait. Today, I renew my call to the federal government to provide their fair share and cover 35% of the costs."

Fairmont Empress: Member since 1962
Single-use plastic ban going nationwide this year
An initiative that started in the City of Victoria, was supported by business and took root across Greater Victoria is moving to the national stage. As of the end of this year, the federal government is banning the production or importation of single-use plastic bags, straws, stir sticks containers and other items that clog up landfills and contaminate natural ecosystems.

The Chamber worked closely with local governments on the initial regulations to ensure government followed innovations already being introduced by business. This helped the implementation unfold smoothly as the rules were a response to public demand as identified by businesses, ensuring success. The best way to address the seriousness of climate change is by supporting innovations led by business.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Supporting local restaurants continues with the Picnics & Patios Campaign
The Greater Victoria Picnics & Patios Campaign continues this week with more great prizes to be won!
Congratulations to @lisa_j_k for winning last week’s prize: a $75 gift card to their favourite restaurant, Boom + Batten Restaurant and Cafe​!
Don’t miss your chance to win this week’s prize:
Tag your favourite restaurant and two friends on this week’s #PicnicsPatiosVicBC giveaway post for a chance to win a $75 gift card of your choice!
Share a photo of your summertime snack and use the hashtag #PicnicsPatiosVicBC for five (5) additional entries!
By participating in the Picnics & Patios campaign this week, you will also be entered to win the Grand Prize: A $200 gift card to the restaurant of your choice + a prize pack of local goodies.
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Thinking about running for in a local election?
Allison Habkirk, former Mayor and Councillor for the District of Central Saanich, thought she knew what she was getting into when she decided to run for council, but was struck by how difficult it was.

This session will offer transparency on what being a Mayor or Councillor entails, what’s possible and what’s not, ensuring that potential candidates are better informed about what to expect when elected, and how to serve as community representatives.

This event is for anyone thinking of running for municipal election or for anyone who would like to know more about what our municipal officials do.
Wed., June 29 | 12-1:30 PM
Virtual via Airmeet
The best of both worlds!
July Mingler
@ The Fort Common
We are thrilled to bring together our monthly Business Mixer and Prodigy Group Mingle to build new connections this July! Our first ever Mingler!

Join us on Wednesday, July 20 at The Fort Common for an evening of connections, food, drinks, and fun. Stay tuned for an event theme announcement soon!

This vibrant, after hours business social event provides an excellent opportunity for members and prospective members to meet face-to-face, establishing or renewing valuable business relationships. 
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TELUS picks Victoria for launch of 5G service
Greater Victoria will be the first region in BC to benefit from access to TELUS premium 5G spectrum. The company announced Friday it was rolling out the high-speed network in select cities across Canada.

“The deployment of our 3500 MHz spectrum is an important step to unlocking the potential of 5G, particularly as it fuels innovation across different industries," Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer at TELUS said in a news release. "We believe that Canada should follow international best practices to ensure enough spectrum is available as quickly and affordably as possible so that all Canadians have access to the social, environmental and economic benefits that 5G brings, which is why we continue to advocate for responsible, strategic and predictable regulatory policy as a critical opportunity to drive timely and ubiquitous availability of 5G.”
TELUS Business: Member since 1962
TELUS Business: Chamber Champion since 2020
Memorial planned for tourism industry leader
Greater Victoria lost a stalwart of our tourism industry with the passing last week of Black Ball Ferry Line co-owner Ryan Malane. He was 48-years-old.

Malane was highly regarded as a marketer, and played a pivotal role in helping the company steer through the pandemic and re-launch its iconic Coho ferry last fall.

"The Chamber extends our condolences to all of Ryan's family and friends, as well as everyone who worked with him," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "I saw firsthand the value of the MV Coho as part of the ceremony marking its return to service. It's part of the fabric of our region and Ryan will always be a part of that."

A memorial will be held in mid-July in Port Angeles.
Black Ball Ferry Line: Member since 1961
Showing Pride across Greater Victoria
Join The Chamber in celebrating Pride June 23-July 2!

Pride Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and there are many great opportunities to show your support throughout the week. From the Big Gay Dog Walk to the highly anticipated Pride Parade, check out engaging events, performances and exhibits from across the region.

Attend Canada’s largest Pride literary event, Pride in the Word, at the Victoria Conference Centre July 2. The event features book and poetry readings from six writers.

Looking for more aways to celebrate Pride? Make sure to visit Destination Greater Victoria’s Guide to Pride 2022 for a list of more exciting events.

Join us as we take the time to celebrate diversity and inclusion across the region. Happy Pride Week from The Chamber!
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
Building Communities with Reliance Properties
As we work through the challenges of a housing crisis, projects are being planned to build whole communities and not just housing units. Reliance Properties is one of the organization leading those plans.

In this Chamber Chat, we speak with Reliance CEO Jon Stovell about plans for Royal Beach in Colwood, Capital Iron lands in Victoria and more.
Reliance Properties Ltd: Member since 2022
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Respecting Indigenous Peoples – every day
Tuesday, June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day – and The Chamber would like to encourage our members to treat every day as if it was National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Listening with purpose, respecting ancestral lands, and making positive steps towards truth and reconciliation.

The Chamber is proud to work with local Nations and a diverse membership as we continue to support Indigenous businesses in our community. Find a list of Indigenous-owned Chamber members here.
Work with a Chamber Champion!
When you’re searching for your next employer, look no further than a Chamber Champion!

Featured on The Chamber’s job board, Chamber Champions are offering great career opportunities for talented individuals across Greater Victoria.

From an Administrative Assistant at MNP to a Banking Advisor at RBC, Chamber Champions are ready to offer you your next great career move.

Visit The Chamber’s job board and find new opportunities today.

If you have any questions about The Chamber’s job board, please contact
Member News
Greater Victoria named non-binary capital of Canada

According to Statistics Canada, Greater Victoria is the non-binary capital of Canada. Capital Daily released an article showcasing that 0.41% of Greater Victorian’s self-identify themselves as non-binary- approximately 1 in every 255 residents. Greater Victoria is also home to the world’s largest collection of works by and about trans, non-binary, two-spirit, and other gender-diverse individuals, which is housed at the University of Victoria.

Capital Daily: Member since 2020
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
CIBC excels in customer satisfaction

CIBC online banking has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power. Based on navigation, speed, visual appearance and information/content, CIBC received the recognition due to a variety of innovative tools to help clients manage their finances online.
CIBC: Member since 1962
CIBC: Chamber Champion since 2020
Langford expanding Veterans Memorial Park

The City of Langford has purchased 1.35 acres of land to expand Veterans Memorial Park. The expansion will double the size of the park by 2024, and will be developed at no additional cost to taxpayers. The expansion is designed to give community organizations more space to hold events and increase greenspace within the community.

City of Langford: Member since 2019
Indigenous experiences await

The Songhees Nation is launching new tourism initiatives this week, inviting visitors to experience unique Indigenous cultural experiences. Featuring canoe rides, walking tours, and storytelling, opportunities can be discovered at

Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
Flowers and Falsettos

Throughout the summer, The Butchart Gardens will be hosting 20 family friendly outdoor concerts. Kicking off on July 1 and running until September 3, these open-air concerts are included with admission to the gardens.
The Butchart Gardens: Member since 1976
Gordy’s Cookin’ for Kids

On June 25, Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress will be hosting a Tour de Rock Charity BBQ at 715 Finlayson St. From 11-3, attendees will be invited to ride a Tour de Rock training bike, get official tour swag, and enjoy a great meal with a $10 donation. In support of the Canadian Cancer Society, Tour de Rock is celebrating their 25th anniversary of raising money for childhood cancer research.
Canadian Cancer Society: Member since 2009
Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress: Member since 2002
Great Little Box, great managed company

Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies of 2022. Praised for their overall business performance and sustained growth, the company has received Canada’s Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation for 11 consecutive years.

Great Little Box Company/Ideon Packaging: Member since 2016
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