February 2, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria
Celebrating Black History Month together
February marks Black History Month and The Chamber strongly encourages everyone to learn more about the stories, struggles and accomplishments of Black Canadians.

There have been Black communities in BC since 1858. In that year, Nancy and Charles Alexander were one of the first Black families in Greater Victoria. The Alexanders settled on the corner of what is now Douglas and Fisgard streets before relocating to the District of Saanich, where they farmed for 33 years and raised 10 children. Charles built the first school house in the area and served as a school trustee.
District of Saanich: Member since 2019
Bus lanes on Pat Bay planned to speed commute
Transportation planning is vital to making Greater Victoria more affordable for business in our region. Options such as transit need to be convenient and worthwhile, which is why The Chamber applauds plans to speed up bus trips along the Pat Bay Highway.

Last week, the provincial government announced new bus lanes for Highway 17 at Mount Newton Cross Road. Faster commute times will encourage more people to use BC Transit to get to work, reducing overall traffic congestion and harmful emissions.
BC Transit: Member since 1999
Province planning to replace Royal BC Museum
A new state-of-the-art Royal BC Museum is being planned to replace the existing facility. The news was announced by BC's Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark.

The museum began operations 135 years ago and is a major attraction in our region. Minister Mark said the current facility doesn't meet modern safety or accessibility standards.

"A new and modern museum is long overdue, for the safety of all visitors, to remove barriers so everyone can access it and to keep our irreplaceable ­collections safe," Mark states. "Continuing on without a major redevelopment is not an option for anyone serious about the stewardship of BC’s history and culture. Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art facility that provides an educational and cultural legacy for the province while at the same time brings significant economic and social benefits to the region."
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
Prodigy Mingle - Online Trivia Game Night
Create connections and team building with a fun online trivia game night!

Don’t miss your chance to form a team and compete against others at this light-hearted, after hours event — or sign up individually and we'll connect you with other Chamber members — where you'll laugh, you'll debate answers and best of all simply relax and have fun for an hour-long game that promises to entertain.

Bond with your co-workers while answering skill-testing questions as you climb the leaderboard. Show the world that you and your team know best.

Don't forget to have fun coming up with a creative team name when registering. Puns are always welcome. The Prodigy Group, in partnership with Quiz This, is excited to be able provide you with an evening of entertainment and connections.
Pre-Game social from 6:30 to 7 PM and meet all the players online before the quiz begins.
February Virtual Business Mixer to the Arts
The Arts and Entertainment industry gives energy and passion to life here in Greater Victoria. Throughout the pandemic, these organizations have continued to innovate and provide us with memorable experiences and unique performances during difficult times.

Join us to support and celebrate arts and entertainment! Connect with a diverse group of business leaders and make valuable connections from the comfort of your own home.

You choose who to meet and when to wander to the next table chatting with business professionals like yourself, establishing or renewing valuable business relationships. Let us help you stay connected.

After the success of our January Virtual Mixer on our new interactive platform, you won't want to miss the opportunity to connect with new and familiar faces at our February Virtual Business Mixer.
Sponsored by:
Thurs., Feb. 17 | 5-6 PM | Online
Table Host Opportunity

Is your organization part of the Arts and Entertainment industry?Sign up today to be a Mixer Table Host!

For table host enquiries, please email Thomas Zeran:
Tourism rebound interrupted by Omicron cases
The numbers for December show the tourism industry was returning to pre-pandemic levels before Omicron caused a spike in COVID-19 cases. The Victoria Tourism Bulletin, released this week by Chemistry Consulting, shows the accommodation sector in particular had improved significantly from the year before. Average daily room rates were up $47.21 in December compared to December 2020.

With restrictions brought in because of Omicron expected to ease in the next few weeks, the industry is optimistic for improving business in 2022.
Chemistry Consulting: Member since 2006
Victoria council commits $200,000 to reconciliation
The Chamber is committed to taking action to advance the process of reconciliation, as well as investment in the growth of Greater Victoria's economy.

On Monday, City of Victoria council made an unprecedented recommendation to provide a $200,000 annual grant for the next five years to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. This year, funds will come from the city's 2021 surplus. In subsequent years, the grant will come out of revenue created by new builds on city land. The recommendation needs to be approved at a regular council meeting before it is formally added to the budget.

"I think this is supportable in the fact that I think the work that will be done will benefit the city overall, so not only the nations, but the city,” Victoria Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe says in the Times Colonist.
Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
The Future of Tourism with Paul Nursey, Destination Greater Victoria CEO
Our local tourism sector has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been a catastrophic disruption to our local economy.

In this Chamber Chat, we talk with Destination Greater Victoria CEO Paul Nursey about our journey together the past many months, where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
Destination Greater Victoria: Member since 1988
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Stand out during Chamber Week: Feb. 14 -18, 2021 
With Chamber Week quickly approaching, make sure you're putting your best self forward by updating your online directory listing! Through strong SEO practices, thousands of users are viewing The Chamber’s member directoryevery month. So, we made an easy checklist to ensure your listing is getting the views it deserves. 
Online Directory Listing Checklist:

  • Your logo, pictures and YouTube video are all up-to-date 
  • All your social media channels are listed 
  • Your listing description reflects your brand 
  • All relevant keywords are added 
It's easy to make changes to your listing — simply login here. To update your logo or photos, scroll to the Upload Media section at the bottom of your Membership Portal. To update your listing description, keywords and social media channels, select the “Edit this profile” tab at the top of the page.

As always, you can email us the changes you would like to see and we can update your listing on your behalf.
As always, you can email us the changes you would like to see and we can update your listing on your behalf. 
Chamber Week is Feb. 14 – 18.  
Celebrating our Chamber Champions
Work for 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 a Project Coordinator at Mike Geric Construction to a Carpenter at Knappett Projects, Chamber Champions are ready to offer you your next great career move. 
Visit The Chamber’s job boardand find new opportunities today. 
If you have any questions or need help uploading your job, please email 
Member News
Scotiabank recognized for commitment to equality

Scotiabank has been featured in the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the fifth consecutive year. The index measures and recognizes initiatives that companies take to increase gender equality. Scotiabank received recognition for their enhanced coverage of gender affirming procedures, their high percentage of women executives and their deployment of $3 billion in capital to women-owned/led businesses.  
Scotiabank: Member since 1962
Scotiabank: Chamber Champion since 2021
SIPP receives recognition for resilience

South Island Prosperity Partnership has won three international awards for innovation and resiliency initiatives during the pandemic. Achieving two gold awards in the Innovation Programs and Initiatives category as well as the Special Events category, SIPP received praise for the success of Rising Economy Week and the development of recovery strategies since 2020. SIPP also received a silver award in the Partnerships with Education category for their work with the University of Victoria and Royal Roads University to launch micro-credential programs.  
South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017 
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Royal Roads University: Member since 1996 
Local fruit enhancing beer

Whistle Buoy Brewing Company has announced a partnership with LifeCycles Project to acquire locally grown fruit for their sour beers. LifeCycles Project focuses on community and sustainability by having a team of volunteers pick fruit from trees across Greater Victoria. This fruit can then be used within the community, such as the creation of Whistle Buoy’s Plum Party Golden Sour.
Whistle Buoy Brewing Company : Member since 2020
LifeCycles Project: Member since 2016 
Dumplings for a cause

For the month of February, Dumpling Drop will be donating $1 from every bag of dumplings to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
The company was created after one of its founders, Toom, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 62. Toom’s neurosurgeon highlighted the benefits of fine-motor activity, thus rolling dumplings became a full-time endeavor. At the 2021 Greater Victoria Business Awards, Dumpling Drop received the New Business Award.  
Dumpling Drop: Member since 2021 
Alzheimer Society of B.C: Member since 2019 
Celebrate 45 years of flight

Air North is celebrating their 45th anniversary this month. To mark the occasion, the airline is giving away a round-trip flight for two to Whitehorse and 30% off all airfare until Dec. 17. Founded in 1977, Air North originally operated as a charter service for the northern mining industry.  

Air North: Member since 2018
Relax at BC’s best rated spa

The Oak Bay Beach Hotel has been rated as the best spa in the province and 25th overall in North America. Rated by Spas of America, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel was highlighted for their heated mineral pools, oceanfront scenery and proximity to other activities within the District of Oak Bay
Oak Bay Beach Hotel: Member since 2011 
District of Oak Bay: Member since 2021 
BC Transit getting tap to pay

BC Transit has announced an innovative system to allow for tap payment on buses. Riders across the province will soon be able to tap their mobile app, debit card, credit card, mobile wallet, or reloadable smart card to pay for their fare. The system will be installed and run by Cubic Transportation Systems Canada, Ltd.

Cubic Transportation Systems Canada, Ltd: Member since 2019
BC Transit: Member since 1999
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