ICET is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 directors, eight of whom are elected by the two Regional Advisory Committees (RACs), representing the Central South Island Region and the North Island- Sunshine Coast Region.  The remaining 5 directors are appointed by BC’s Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The Board includes representatives from diverse areas in the ICET region, from its largest community to its smallest, as well as from other urban, rural and remote areas.  This diverse Board, complemented by the specific expertise of the provincial appointees, brings an exceptional skill set and wide-ranging perspectives to the table at each meeting.

The Board of Directors is the final decision-making voice for the organization, providing all final decisions on project approval, strategic planning and operations oversight.  The Board usually meets eight to twelve times per year.


The following directors were elected by the regional advisory committees for a two year term ending July 14, 2020: 

 

Josie Osborne

MAYOR JOSIE OSBORNE - Tofino, Board Chair

Mayor Josie Osborne has been Mayor of Tofino since 2013.  She also serves as the Chair of the District of Tofino Audit Committee and the Tofino Community Economic Development Committee. In 2014, she was elected to the ICET Board and in August 2018 was elected to the position of Chair. 

Born in BC and raised on Vancouver Island, Josie is a former registered professional biologist and has worked as both a fisheries biologist and as a non-profit administrator.  She currently owns and operates three small businesses with her husband in Tofino.

Josie is actively engaged in community gardening and food security initiatives and lives on a small acreage and public botanical garden with her husband, dog, two rabbits and two goats. 

Mayor Osborne is a strong believer in community driven economic development which incorporates principles of sustainability, smart growth and capacity building.  She believes in ICET’s value as a vehicle for partnership building and increasing community well-being.

 

 MAYOR AARON STONE -  Ladysmith, Board Vice Chair

Elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2014, Mayor Aaron Stone is currently serving in his first term as the Mayor for the Town of Ladysmith.   Stone, who grew up in Ladysmith, is the president and general manager of Uforik Computers Inc. in downtown Ladysmith.

Aaron has had a wide ranging career having served as vice President of Business Development for Global Media, Director of Interactive Technology and Marketing for the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies in addition to consulting work for professional sports and marketing companies in the US. In 2003, he “retired” to Ladysmith to be closer to his family and start a new business.

Mayor Stone has been actively involved in community development serving as school PAC Co-Chair and member of the Ladysmith Working Group on schools, Director and later President of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Director of the Ladysmith and District Credit Union.

Aaron believes that locally driven regional economic development initiatives provide strong returns. Enabling community driven initiatives and seeing regional value through a local lens has created a growing network of economic successes that benefit all communities in the ICET region.

  

MAYOR ANDY ADAMS - Campbell River, Board Treasurer

Mayor Andy Adams was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2015. He was first elected to Campbell River council in 1995 and has been Mayor of Campbell River since 2014.  He also serves on the Strathcona Regional District, Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District as well as a number of other committees and planning commissions. 

Born on Vancouver Island, Andy studied Business Administration at the University of Victoria and worked in healthcare administration on Vancouver Island for over 30 years. In 1992, he moved from Victoria to Campbell River to work for VIHA, managing environmental services for health facilities throughout the North Island.

Andy has had a longstanding involvement in a number of community organizations.  He has been involved with the Campbell River Rotary Club and Campbell River Curling Club for over 20 years serving as a member, director and president and also has served with the Campbell River Twinning Society for the past 10 years.

Mayor Adams values the trust’s collaborative model that stimulates creative economic opportunities for local and regional initiatives. Through the lens of his years spent in local government and community engagement, he recognizes and appreciates the significance of ICET’s contributions to the region’s economy.

 

BILL VEENHOF - Regional District of Nanaimo, Board Secretary

Bill Veenhof was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2016.  He has been an Area H Director (Shaw Hill, Deep Bay, Bowser) for the Regional District of Nanaimo since 2011 and has been its Chair since 2015. 

Born in St. Catherines, Bill spent his formative years in London, Ontario.  He joined the Canadian Air Force in 1978, and retired in 2010 after 33 years of service.  During his most recent posting, he was responsible for Air Force Operations to support security efforts at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Bill is a member of the Homelessness Task Force and a member of the Deep Bay Harbour Authority.  He also serves on numerous RDN committees including Executive, Recreation Grants, Parks and Recreation, Northern Community Economic Development, Sustainability, Emergency Preparedness, Justice, and Transit.

Bill is proud to serve on the Board of Directors and enjoys working with the Board and communities, to improve the economic health and well-being of the entire region.  

  

MAYOR PHIL KENT - Duncan

Mayor Phil Kent was first elected to Duncan Council in 1999, and has been the City's Mayor since 2005. He has also served as Vice Chair of the Cowichan Valley Region District Board and Chair of Region Services. Mayor Kent served as the Chair of the ICET Board of Directors for six years from 2012 to 2018.  

Phil has a long history of community involvement and currently serves on the CVRD Economic Development Commission, is a director of the Island Corridor Foundation and the Chair of Cowichan Success by Six Council of Partners. 

Mayor Kent has been self employed in business for over three decades, and holds certificates in Business Management, Strategic Planning  from Royal Roads University and Sustainable Community Development from Simon Fraser University. Phil believes that the ICET model has been a catalyst for the development of economic initiatives that benefit the entire region and for a shift to regional thinking by all of the region’s local leaders.

 

Mayor Paul Ives

MAYOR PAUL IVES - Comox, Board Treasurer

Mayor Paul Ives has been the Mayor of Comox since 2008 and prior to that served as councillor from 2002-2008 and on the Comox Valley Regional District Board from 2005-2011. He was first elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2014 and served as its treasurer until 2018.

Born in Halifax and raised in a military family, Paul has lived on both coasts and in Ottawa.  He obtained his BA at Queen’s University and graduated from Dalhousie University with a law degree in 1987.  He practiced law at a national law firm in Vancouver prior to establishing his own practice in the Comox Valley in 1992. He is currently a partner at Ives Burger Law Firm.

Paul has been actively involved in the community serving as Board Member and Chair of the Comox Recreation Commission and Comox Rotary Club.  He was also involved for many years as a coach in minor hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer.

Paul believes that ICET is an excellent model for economic development collaboration and has appreciated working with other local leaders on ICET issues.  He believes that there are many sides to any issue and that consensus building towards solutions offers the best long term results.

 

MAYOR ROSS FORREST - Lake Cowichan

Born and raised in Lake Cowichan, Ross Forrest has been its Mayor since 2008. He has experienced the community’s ups and downs from the heyday of a thriving forest industry and the lean years of the industry’s downturn, to its recent resurgence as a tourism destination.

 Upon completion of high school Ross began a long career in the logging industry. In 2006, after the logging camp where he worked closed down permanently, he began working in the Parks and Recreation department for the District of North Cowichan.

In addition to his role as Mayor, Ross also serves on the Cowichan Watershed Board and is chairperson of its Flows and Fish Committee.

With a long history of involvement in sports, Ross truly understands the strength and unity of a team.  He believes that communities in the ICET region can be more effective  as a team and that a regional approach will help drive economic growth creating jobs and new opportunities for all. 

 

 JOHN JACK, ALBERNI CLAYOQUOT REGIONAL DISTRICT

John Alan Jack was raised in the Parksville-Qualicum area and currently resides there with his wife and daughter. He  graduated with Distinction from what is now VIU in the field of Global Studies. Since then, he has been deeply involved with his tribe, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (HFN), in modern treaty negotiations and ratification with BC and Canada, achieving self-governance in 2011.

John has served as an elected Member of Council for the HFN since 2009. His portfolio has included every major file and he is currently responsible for external relations with the federal government, serves as HFN representative and chairperson of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, and is responsible for HFN’s co-management relationship with Steelhead LNG. 

John is passionate about true and meaningful reconciliation with First Nations encompassing political, social and economic aspects. He believes there should be more focus on the advancement of economic reconciliation, specifically how First Nations can be better integrated into the economy as principals and decision-makers. In addition, he believes education and exposure to the wider world is central to the advancement of reconciliation in BC and Canada. 

 

Five Directors are appointed by the Provincial government and will serve until August 2021:

  There are currently five vacancies.

The Regional Advisory Committee Chairs sit on the Board as ex-officio members:


JON LEFEBURE

Mayor Jon Lefebure was first elected to the District of North Cowichan in 1999, and is now in his fourth term as the District’s Mayor.  Jon also serves as the Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.  An active volunteer and leader in his community, Jon has worked to attract Vancouver Island University Campus, build a premier regional recreational facility, and has helped to introduce transit to Chemainus and Crofton.

Jon holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Carleton University, and together with his wife Marlene, operates a successful design and build construction business.   Jon and his family have lived in Chemainus for more than 20 years.

Jon has served as Chair of the Central South Island Regional Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2008 and was re-elected Chair in 2014.  He is a strong advocate for regional collaboration and is looking forward to many more years with ICET, supporting progressive projects that benefit the entire region.

 

MAYOR TEUNIS WESTBROEK

Teunis Westbroek has been Mayor of Qualicum Beach since 1999 and was elected Chair of ICET’s North Island Sunshine Coast Regional Advisory Committee (NISCRAC) in 2011.

Born and raised in Holland, Westbroek came to Canada, and spent 35 years as a commercial fisherman. During that time, he took on roles as President of the Northern Trollers Association and as a member of the Canadian Section of the International North Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Teunis has been a member of the Board of the Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia for the past 12 years, and has served as Chair for the last 3 years.

As the Chair for the North Central Island Regional Advisory Committee, Teunis is committed to creating a stronger and more diverse economy for the entire region.

 

 

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,600
post completion jobs created
$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$230
million leveraged into the region
$49.1
million disbursed
$50.9
million committed
185
economic development projects
150
projects completed
36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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