July 13, 2022
Your weekly round up of BizNews from throughout Greater Victoria!
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Find out everything you need to know at this information session facilitated by our Chamber Executive.

The Chamber works together to build good business and great community for all. It is our vision to be the most diverse and influential business association in the region.
Mon., July 25 | 12-1 PM
Hybrid Zoom & Chamber Office
Bank of Canada tries to tackle stubborn inflation
The Bank of Canada increased the policy interest rate by 1% Wednesday morning. The jump is more than what many financial pundits expected as the bank tries to get ahead of rising prices.

"Inflation is broadening because the Canadian economy is in excess demand. There aren’t enough goods and services to meet the demand we’re seeing as people enjoy a fully reopened economy," Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said. "Employers can’t find enough workers and they’re increasing wages to attract and retain staff. With households spending robustly, businesses are passing on higher input and labour costs by raising prices."

The Chamber recommends reaching out to your banker or mortgage expert to better understand the shifting landscape created by the Bank of Canada's announcements.
Canada's Premiers gather at Songhees Nation
An historic meeting at Songhees Nation this week brought together Canada's provincial premiers as well as leaders from National Indigenous Organizations. The two-day meeting wrapped up with an urgent call for the federal government to fund a modernization of Canada's health care system.

“The whole continuum of care needs to be revisited. And now is the time to do that,” BC Premier John Horgan told the Times Colonist. The discussion also needs to include Indigenous voices, which have not had a seat at the the table in the past.

“Hosting this meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre reflects and amplifies Indigenous voices in the decision-making process," the Songhees Nation said in a statement about the gathering.
Songhees Nation: member since 2017
Su’it Street shows action toward reconciliation
Actions matter on the road to reconciliation, and The Chamber applauds the decision by the City of Victoria to rename a municipal throughway Su'it Street. Pronounced "say-EET," the new name is Lekwungen for "truth."

The street had been named for Joseph Trutch, who was born in England and became involved in colonial politics in British Columbia. He was an avowed racist who refused to acknowledge Indigenous treaties and titles.

"With the renaming of this road, the Lekwungen people are not only able to share our native language, but also decolonize a chapter of local history," Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam said in a media release. "We will continue to work with the City of Victoria to change the narrative on historical figures, and towards a partnership reflective of truth and reconciliation.”

The Chamber continues to work with Indigenous individuals and nations to facilitate inclusion in the broader business community.
Songhees Nation: member since 2017
Rogers network outage shows need for reliability
Last Friday's network disruption at Rogers Communication affected many businesses who relied on the service for financial transactions or other communication needs.

Details are still emerging about what caused the outage and Rogers has so far promised to make sure the issue doesn't happen again and credit customers for five-days of service.

The disruption prompted the federal government to call on all communications companies to create a plan to mitigate the impact of any future outages.
Report helps retailers understand consumer trends
Consumers want to retain some of the benefits of spending more time at home, according to a report by professional services network PWC. The report found that 56% of Canadians are enjoying home cooking and only 6% said they expect to do less of it in the months ahead. As well, 34% of respondents said they shop local more often than before the pandemic and only 4% think that will change in the near future.

Not surprisingly, the increased ability to make purchases online has become a habit with online shopping levels stabilizing after a surge in growth. The lesson for retailers is that customers want the best of both worlds — the convenience of buying online and the experience of shopping in-person.
PWC: Member since 2014
Fall events line-up to grow your network
August Business Mixer
@ Sea Cider
Join us for our August Business Mixer at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. With a beautiful new events space, you won't want to miss this one!

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.
Join us for a great summer evening full of fabulous food, delectable drinks, and outstanding business connections.
Thursday, August 11 | 5-7 PM
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd., Saanichton
Co-Sponsored by:
Just announced!
Get outside with Prodigy and Take a Hike Foundation
Join us for an opportunity to recentre yourself and connect with others in the great outdoors. This event will start with a mindfulness activity led by Take A Hike Foundation facilitators that will give you great topics of discussion for a leisurely group excursion. 

After the walk, enjoy appies and drinks in a comfortable space that will foster great connections and future collaborations with a diverse group of emerging professionals. 
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 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
5 Chamber Business Mixer
Join us for the glorious return of our annual joint Chamber 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.
Hosted by:
Thurs., Sept. 22 | 5 - 7 PM
Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion
1070 Tillicum Rd., Victoria, BC
Join The Chamber in honouring Greater Victoria's most notable business community leaders
This exclusive formal event will celebrate 19 Business Hall of Fame inductees and recognize their contributions to the growth and development of our community. 

This historic event will be a night to remember with great food, drink and opportunities to connect with Greater Victoria's most influential business stakeholders.
Wed., Oct. 5 | 5 - 9 PM
Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas St
Early bird ticket pricing until Aug. 31
Summer Savings
This summer, beat the heat and save some money with help from The Chamber!

As a member of The Chamber, you and your organization are eligible for an extensive list of discounts and savings. Take advantage of these corporate discounts as part of the Chamber Benefits Program.

Need to improve your home office? Lenovo, Monk Office, Grand & Toy offer a variety of discounts for hardware, furniture and more.

Ship your packages with ease, and get 50% off domestic and international shipping with UPS. Shipments can be easily tracked through UPS My Choice® for Business. Learn more about shipping rates and tracking here.

Our Chamber Benefits Program has many valuable offers to utilize, from fuel discounts to certificates of origin. Chamber members can also find and post on the Member to Member Offers page for free, a constantly updated resource to showcase your product/service to fellow Chamber members.

For more information on how to take advantage of these savings, or to post a Member to Member offer, contact [email protected]
Chamber Chats with CEO Bruce Williams
What's Next for the Royal BC Museum?
The announcement of plans for a new Royal BC Museum was received with strong opposition from many. There are parts of that plan and next steps still unknown to most of us. What is the story behind the story?  

In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams discusses it all with RBCM CEO Alicia Dubois.
Royal BC Museum: Member since 1994
Special thanks to our series sponsor: Island Savings
Showcase opportunities in your industry
Find the best talent in your industry with The Chamber’s job board.

When you post your next job, be sure to add your "industry type" to ensure your job can be found by the right candidates. The list of industry types is constantly being updated, and can be modified to highlight any industry. Don’t see your industry listed? Send us an email!

Also remember to add a specific category for the job in the position title. From Admin and HR to Marketing and Communications positions, you can see all 14 categories here.

If you have any questions about the job board or need assistance posting, email [email protected]
Member News
Northwest Deuce Days returns this weekend

Keep your eyes and ears open for hundreds of hot rods as Northwest Deuce Days returns to Greater Victoria July 14-17. Hosted by Destination Greater Victoria for the first time, this year marks the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Ford known as the Deuce. Hot rods arrive on the Black Ball Ferry Thursday at 2:15 pm for those looking to welcome them back for the first time since 2019.
Black Ball Ferry Line: Member since 1961
Destination Greater Victoria: Member since 1988
Prince of Whales designated Climate +

Prince of Whales Whale Watching has become a Climate Positive designated marine adventure compan, committed to offsetting 110% of their greenhouse gas emission annually. Prince of Whales partnered with Synergy Enterprises to develop an emissions reduction, monitoring and reporting program to achieve this goal.

Synergy Foundation: Member since 2017
Prince of Whales Whale Watching: Member since 2002
Cycling skills for the whole family

Looking for some family-friendly cycling programs? The District of Saanich is opening their Tripp Station Youth Bike Skills Park on July 19 to give riders a place to practice their riding skills in a structured, safe and managed environment. Also on July 19, Capital Bike is hosting a free Cycling with Kids workshop to teach parents how to safely ride with their children.

District of Saanich: Member since 2019

Capital Bike: Member since 2022
UVic offers Indigenous Reconciliation MBA

The University of Victoria is creating the world’s first custom MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation. The program is designed to create an action framework that integrates reconciliation into community social services while creating new pathways for Indigenous students in higher education. Students for the program will be selected by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the provincial government, comprising Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants.
University of Victoria: Member since 1976
University of Victoria: Chamber Champion since 2020
Page One sourcing sustainable materials

Page One Publishing has moved to a more sustainable printing process, utilizing paper sourced on Vancouver Island. By using locally sourced materials that avoid old growth logging, emissions through freight have been substantially reduced.
Page One Publishing Inc.: Member since 2004
BCI recognized for two decades of giving

BCI has received the Naden Band Spirit of Excellence Award from the United Way of Southern Vancouver Island. Recognized for their commitment in supporting UWSVI, BCI has raised more than $1.2 million through annual campaigns since 2000. The funds have been allocated to counselling services for people with mental health concerns, as well as programs for new parents, financial literacy training and other important initiatives.

BCI: Member since 2019
United Way Southern Vancouver Island: Member since 1972
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