July 27, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
Chamber members and their guests enjoyed some fun in the sun at last week's Backyard Bash sponsored by Brown Bros Property Management. Guests networked in the beautiful Fort Common, courtesy of Fort Properties, while enjoying refreshing drinks from Spinnakers Brewpub. See more photos here.
The District of Saanich is offering tips for keeping cool, as well as offering up rec centres as cooling stations.

The District of Oak Bay has issued tips to Beat the Heat, while the City of Langford, the City of Colwood, the Township of Esquimalt and the Town of View Royal have also made public statements showcasing water parks and fountains to help residents stay cool. And if you're downtown, City of Victoria has misting stations that can help keep you and your four-legged friends cool.
District of Saanich: member since 2019
Town of View Royal: member since 2020
City of Colwood: member since 2020
District of Oak Bay: member since 2021
City of Victoria: member since 1962
City of Langford: member since 2020
Graphic courtesy City of Victoria
Missing middle plan going to public hearing Aug. 4
An initiative that could transform residential neighbourhoods in the City of Victoria is going to Public Hearing next week. The Missing Middle Housing Initiative is a proposal to spur housing density by allowing houseplexes and corner townhouses in areas that have traditionally been single-family homes.

The Aug. 4 public hearings are going ahead after what the city said has been an extensive 18-month community engagement process. Anyone interested in participating in the public hearing can do so in a number of ways.
City of Victoria: member since 1962
Chamber CEO Bruce Williams, second from left, was part of a group of local dignitaries who welcomed the nine millionth cruise ship passengers to Ogden Point. Rosa and Jesus More, pictured front and centre above, arrived Friday from Seattle.
Milestone cruise ship visitors feted at Ogden Point
It was a milestone that marked the renewed vibrancy of Greater Victoria's cruise ship industry. Friday's arrival of the ninth millionth passenger to debark at Ogden Point was more than a photo-op — it was a metric that this important economic driver is back in a big way.

Cruise ships bring abut $143 million in economic activity every year, and are the lifeblood for many projects being undertaken by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority. With the return of cruise, GVHA can start budgeting out community projects such as upgrades to the Broughton Street Wharf and the installation of shore power.
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority: member since 2003
Funds open path to high-demand jobs for students
Camosun College is among the BC post-secondary institutions receiving funding for a new pathway program aimed at helping students get skills that have the highest demand in the workforce.

"The pathway programs are a new Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning initiative that will help address labour shortages by better supporting students in completing the pre-requisites they need to transition directly into high-demand post-secondary programs of their choice," the provincial government announced Tuesday. "The overall goal is to increase learners’ success and improve their access to post-secondary programs related to high-priority careers in the skilled trades, the technology sector, early childhood education and health care, including nursing and allied health jobs."
Camosun College: member since 1981
RRU micro-credentials offer climate strategy skills
The world has changed quickly and employers require new skills to meet their potential. The Chamber has been a vocal advocate for micro-credentials as a way to provide people with the skills needed to do the work that's in demand.

"We're encouraged by the MicroStart Program, which is part of a collaboration between the South Island Prosperity Partnership and Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria," Chamber CEO Bruce Williams said. "Innovation led by business is the best way to address challenges such as climate change and Royal Roads' Climate Adaptation Fundamentals Micro-Credential is focused on skills that integrate climate strategies into people's work."
Royal Roads University: Member since 1996
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
South Island Prosperity Partnership: Member since 2017
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.
Bob Wright would say he was a simple “gumboot fisherman,” but the former President and CEO of the Oak Bay Marine Group built a sports-fishing empire.

In 1962, Wright built a small marina for pleasure boats in Oak Bay. Over the years, he grew the business to more than 1,000 employees in Canada, the U.S. and the Bahamas.

Wright passed away in 2013 at the age of 82. Beyond the sea, he supported the symphony, the art gallery and was part of the creation of the Gates of Harmonious Interest in Chinatown.
Bob Wright was awarded the Governors’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
Learn about Wright's impact and legacy at the 2022 Business Hall of Fame gala.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5-9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
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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 and 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.
Tues., Sept. 20 | 11:30 AM - 1 PM
The Parkside Hotel & Spa
810 Humboldt St., Victoria
Waitlist being taken
August Business Mixer
@ Sea Cider
Our August Business Mixer is at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in their beautiful new events space!

Our 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.
This event is now at capacity. Please register to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you if space becomes available.
Thursday, August 11 | 5-7 PM
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd., Saanichton
Catering Sponsor:
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 over 10,000 visitors 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]
Celebrating what makes British Columbia home
Take a moment this BC Day long-weekend and look back on the history of the province, the diversity of its people and what we can do together to ensure BC is home for all.

BC Day is a good time to reflect on the role First Nations held for millennia as the stewards of this land. As we all work towards reconciliation, join us in supporting our friends, neighbors and community members who strive to make BC the great place it is. The Songhees and Malahat First Nations are both home to tourism businesses that provide incredible experiences.

Start local by enjoying all that Greater Victoria has to offer — arts and entertainmentattractionslocal shopping and more. Now could be a great time to get started on that lingering home project, or even schedule a last minute getaway to see the natural beauty of the province.

We hope you have a relaxing and insightful BC Day!

The Chamber will be closed on Monday, August 1.
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
A Review of our region with Bob Lapham, CAO of the CRD (Part 2)
The Capital Regional District manages our fresh water supply, waste water management, recycling and has a role in providing affordable housing acrossGreater Victoria. 

Learn more about the CRD in Part 2 of this Chamber Chat with CRD CAO Bob Lapham in conversation with Bruce Williams.
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Island Savings
Capital Regional District (CRD): Member since 1993
Elevate your job to top of The Chamber’s job board!
Are you looking to get extra attention on your job board post? For an extra $45 USD per listing, shoot your job to the top of the job board and increase the number of jobseekers that view your offer.

Your job will also have a highlighted “FEATURED” badge and will be published to the Google Jobs Network.

You can also upgrade your previously posted positions to ensure your job opening gets the most views over time.

Learn more about how to post on the job board and utilize featured posting.

If you have any questions or need assistance uploading your job, please email [email protected]
Member News
Songhees Park Expansion opens to public

The City of Victoria, in partnership with the Songhees Nation, has unveiled the new Songhees Park expansion. Located beside the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and overlooking the Inner Harbour, the site features extensive seating, gathering spaces, and 55 species of Indigenous plants.
City of Victoria: Member since 1962
Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort: Member since 1988
Songhees Nation: Member since 2017
Oak Bay Marina lease renewed to 2027

The Oak Bay Marina has had their lease extended by an additional five years, giving the District of Oak Bay more time to determine long-term options for the site. Currently operated by the Oak Bay Marine Group, the marina will be re-imagined over the next three decades to foster meaningful reconciliation and community engagement.

District of Oak Bay: Member since 2021
Oak Bay Marine Group: Member since 1969
Book Bash recognizing literacy achievement

The Victoria Literacy Connection Society’s annual Book Bash returns this August. This all-ages event rewards participants for every 100 pages they read, with prizes given to top readers. Participants are invited to challenge themselves, friends, groups or businesses to see who reads the most pages.

Victoria Literacy Connection Society: Member since 2018
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Symphony Splash Returns

Don’t miss the return of the Victoria Symphony’s Splash Around Town Summer Festival, on now until July 31. From iconic jazz to flamenco and bossa nova, enjoy free outdoor concerts across Greater Victoria and performances in picturesque venues such as the Royal Theatre.
Royal and McPherson Theatres Society: Member since 1976
Victoria Symphony: Member since 1984
Saanich Parks nationally recognized

For the first time, the District of Saanich was assessed by the Canadian City Park Report. Saanich was one of 30 cities profiled for their commitment to developing parks within the municipality, focusing on park management and Indigenous reconciliation. Saanich ranked second in BC for their amount of publicly accessible green spaces, and third in amount of natural area.

District of Saanich: Member since 2019
A crafty recreation of Royal Roads

A revivalist architecture fan has recreated the Royal Roads University campus in Minecraft. The post, originally published last fall, highlights Chris Tang’s creativity in recreating Hatley Castle at 1:1 scale. The creation, which took two months to complete, has been admired by the RRU archival department for its unique interpretation of the area.
Royal Roads University: Member since 1996
New CEO for Victoria Conservatory of Music

Nathan Medd has been appointed as the new CEO of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Medd received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 from the University of Victoria, and has since received a Master’s degree from Harvard University in nonprofit management. He will be working towards achieving the goals of the conservatory's 2025 strategic plan, and will begin his role as CEO this October.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
Victoria Conservatory of Music: Member since 2000
Member to Member Discounts
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