Posted by: cherylyoung | February 15, 2014



sidney 44
January 29, 2014  by
February 20, 2014
7:15 am to 10:00 am

Venue: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Date:   Thursday February 20, 2014 Time:    7:15AM – 10:00AM

Tickets are available by contacting the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Full breakfast will be served – Members – $35   Non-Members – $45 Advance purchase only – no ticket sales at the event

Email: Phone: 250-656-3616



This is an expanded event from previous years – With an audience participation component addressing the current Peninsula Business Environment.

7:15 – 7:45:            Breakfast

7:45 – 7:50            Welcome and introductions of mayors, councillors, MP/MLA etc.

7:50 – 8:20:            Mayors’ presentations (10 minutes each)

8:20 – 8:30:            Short 10 minute break

8:30 – 8:45:            Jim Bennett introduction of Tim Wake (former general manager of the Whistler Housing Authority)

8:45 – 9:00:            Presentation by Tim Wake on Affordable Housing

9:00 – 9:50:            Audience Participation (provide suggestions and solutions):

“What are the constraints that limit your business/organization?”

9:50 – 10:00   Closing remarks and thank you.

Business sectors represented:

  • Agriculture:
  • Medical:
  • Housing/Development:
  • Manufacturing:
  • Marine:
  • Tourism:
  • Transportation:

We are offering a unique opportunity to sponsor this event and showcase your business!

Table sponsorships are going fast at $150 per table and includes 2 event tickets

Contact the Chamber Office to participate

Mayors Bio’s

Larry Cross – Sidney Larry Cross is a long-time resident of the Sidney area and was first elected Mayor in December 2008. He also served as a Councillor from 2005 to 2008. Mayor Cross is committed to ensuring Sidney’s long term sustainability and to working in partnership with the community to make certain everyone has the opportunity to be heard and contribute. Accessibility and approachability are very important to the Mayor and he proves this by the numerous public events and meetings he attends, his response to telephone enquiries and his establishment of the Mayor’s Open Door.

Larry previously had a 37 year career as a popular teacher and school administrator which included time at Parkland Secondary, Saanich Middle School and the Saanich School District. He retired in 2003 and now, when his busy schedule allows, is a Private Consultant in the K-12 Education Sector specializing in Human Resources/Labour Relations issues.

He has served as President of the Education Undergraduate Society, UVIC; Saanich Teachers’ Association; and School District Administrators’ Association as well as Chair of the Vancouver Island Chapter, BC School Personnel Administrators’ Association. Larry has also been very involved with the University of Victoria, serving as President of the Alumni Association, Chair of the Alumni Communications Committee and was elected twice as a Senator.

Larry has been active in the community since 1973 including being Chair of the Friends of Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library; Memorial Park Society; Sidney Police Advisory Committee, Deep Cove Ratepayers Association and being the North Saanich Recycle Coordinator. He also was instrumental in the creation of Pat Bay Park.

After taking office, Mayor Cross introduced a reorganization of Council’s Committee structure resulting in the creation of the Community Development Commission, Healthy Community Commission, Parks and Infrastructure Committee, Protective Services Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee which are all working very successfully for the community.

External agencies Mayor Cross represents the Town on are: Capital Regional District Board; Capital Health Board; Greater Victoria Labour Relations; Peninsula Recreation Commission; and the MPS Joint Finance Steering Committee.

Larry and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 47 years and have a daughter in Vancouver and a son in Dublin – both attended Sidney/North Saanich Schools and the University of Victoria.

Alice Finall – North Saanich Alice is a long term resident of North Saanich and has been involved in the community in a volunteer capacity for many years. She is married to Derek and has three adult children. She recently retired from her law practice in Sidney where she worked for over twenty-six years. Alice was a Councillor in North Saanich from 1993-1999. She has most recently been the chair of the North Saanich Agricultural Advisory Commission. She has also been a member of the Environmental Advisory Commission and liaison to the Tree and Hedgerow Committee and Agricultural Task Force. She is a past elected member for Victoria of the BC Provincial Council, Canadian Bar Association.

Alice was a founding member of the North Saanich Food for the Future Society and co-organizer of the first North Saanich Farm Market. She was a founding member and Chair of the Society for Governance Advocacy in North Saanich. Alice was a member of the North Saanich Community Advisory Committee, which developed community vision for the 2007 Official Community Plan. She was director and chair of the Peninsula Streams Society and a founding member of the Friends of Dominion Brook Park Society. She also incorporated and was a founding member of the Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome.

Alastair Bryson – Central Saanich Alastair was born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland. He graduated as a veterinarian from Edinburgh University. Since emigrating to Canada in 1982, he has owned and operated three veterinary hospitals. He continues to practice veterinary surgery two days a week and fills the balance of his week with a mix of politics and farming. He lives on a sheep farm in the Mount Newton Valley which he operates with his wife and two children. Alastair was first elected to Central Saanich council in 2005. He served two terms as a councillor and was elected to the position of Mayor in November 2011. He also sits as the Central Saanich Director on the CRD board and he has been re-appointed as CRD Board Chair for 2014.



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