The Board of Directors consists of 13 directors, 8 of whom are elected by two Regional Advisory Committees, 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, including urban, rural and Indigenous communities.  This diverse Board, complemented by the specific expertise of the provincial appointees, brings an exceptional skill set and wide range of perspectives to the table.

The Board of Directors is the final decision-making voice for the organization, and usually meets seven to ten 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 was elected Chair of the Board of Directors in 2018.  She has been Mayor of Tofino since 2013 and a Board member since 2014.  She has previously served as Alberni Clayorquot Regional District Chair and is currently a member of the Province of BC's Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council. 

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.

As Chair of the Tofino Housing Corporation and through her involvement in housing policy development, she is often called upon to speak on issues related to resort communities such as affordable housing and short-term rental regulations.  Josie is actively engaged in community gardening and food security initiatives.

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

Mayor Aaron Stone is currently serving his second term as the Mayor for the Town of Ladysmith.  Elected as ICET Vice-Chair in 2018, he has been a Board Director since 2014. Aaron, who grew up in Ladysmith, is the president and general manager of Uforik Computers Inc. in downtown Ladysmith.

Mayor Stone 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 Mayor Andy Adams was elected as ICET Treasurer in 2018, having served on the Board since 2015 and has been Mayor of Campbell River since 2014.  He also serves on the Strathcona Regional District, Strathcona Gardens Commission, 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 Camosun College and University of Victoria.  Prior to retirement, he spent 30 years working in healthcare on Vancouver Island, including managing support and environmental services for VIHA 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, Campbell River Curling Club as well as the Campbell River Twinning Society.

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.

 

 JOHN JACK - Chair, 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. He was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2018.

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. 

 

Leslie BairdMAYOR LESLIE BAIRD - Cumberland, Board Secretary

Mayor Leslie Baird has been the Mayor of Cumberland since 2011.  She has a long history in local government having served as a Councillor since 1990. She is also a board member of the Vancouver Island North Film Commission.  She was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2018.

Born in Comox and raised in Cumberland, Leslie worked as a care-aid for 18 years as well as a serving as a union representative during that time. She has been extensively involved in local community organizations throughout the years, including the Cumberland Empire Events Society, the Rotary Club of Cumberland Centennial and as a long serving member of the Royal Canadian Legion. She also serves on the Comox Valley Social Planning Society and as liaison for the Comox Valley Regional District South Sewer Select Committee.

Mayor Baird is a proponent of maximizing outcomes through shared priorities and collaboration, and is an advocate for community-driven economic development to achieve community objectives.

 

MAYOR MICHELLE STAPLES - Duncan

Mayor Michelle Staples served seven years on Duncan City Council before being elected to her first term as Mayor in 2018. She is the Executive Director of Social Planning Cowichan, and has been involved in  community development in the Cowichan Valley for the past 20 years.  She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.

Mayor Staples is currently serving as Chair for the Duncan Community Sustainability Advisory Team, and previously served as Chair of Environment, Totem and Tourism Committee for the City of Duncan. She is also a small business owner, diversity educator and facilitator for Cultural Connections Cowichan focused on youth and intergenerational leadership.

Michelle holds a BA in Applied Communications, Counselling and Diversity Training, and is currently obtaining a Masters in Integrated Studies for Community Development and Administration. She believes in continuing ICET’s legacy as a partner with communities and catalyst for economic initiatives in the region.

 

Al SiebringMAYOR AL SIEBRING - District of North Cowichan

Mayor Al Siebring was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in 2018.  After 40 years as a radio broadcaster, Al decided – in 2008 – to run for election to local government.  He served three terms on Council and was elected mayor in 2018.

Highlights of his ten years in local government include chairing the Protective Services, Public Works, Agriculture, and Parks and Recreation Committees.  Since 2016, Al has been an appointed member of the Local Government Contract Management Committee, which oversees the administration of the contract governing the relationship between the Province and all BC municipalities that utilize the RCMP for their policing.  His experience in local government has been recognized with the Level 3 – Certificate of Excellence in Local Government award.

As someone who has lived throughout Canada and the US, Mayor Siebring recognizes the value of ICET in the region as a catalyst for responsible and sustainable economic development.

 

Ian MorrisonIAN MORRISON - Cowichan Valley Regional District

Ian Morrison was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He is Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, and is currently serving his fourth term as Director for the electoral area of Cowichan Lake South/Skutz Falls. He serves on the Electoral Area Parks and Advisory Planning Commission, and is also Chair of the Services Committee. In addition to local government Ian works in financial services.

 A resident of Honeymoon Bay for over twenty years, Ian has been actively involved in his community as a volunteer firefighter, hockey refree, President of the Honeymoon Bay Community Society, and participant in traditional Anishinaabe and Cree cultural ceremonies with his family. He is also 2nd Vice President of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, and a member of the Provincial negotiating team on the Ditidaht/Pacheesaht Treaty table.

Ian recognizes ICET as a strong platform for strengthened relationships with First Nations in the region, and believes in Indigenous led economic development that leverages their unique strengths and opportunities. 

 

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

 

Megan HanacekMEGAN HANCEK - PROVINCIAL APPOINTEE

Megan Hanacek was appointed to the ICET Board by the Province of BC in 2018. Born on Vancouver Island and raised in Port McNeill, she is a professional biologist and forester, business owner and TV personality.

Megan is the CEO of the non-profit Private Forest Landowners Association, and owner of an environmental assessment firm. For over 25 years, she has led project work with the provincial and federal governments, private industry, First Nations, non-governmental organizations and academia throughout British Columbia. Previously, Megan was a forest stewardship specialist with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Managing Director of the Association of Professional Biology of BC, and planning forester with the Ministry of Forests.

Currently residing in Port McNeill with her husband and children, she is a strong voice for rural communities and sustainable resource-sector management and development.

 

Dana ThorneDANA THORNE - PROVINCIAL APPOINTEE

Dana Thorne was appointed to the ICET Board by the Province of BC in 2018. She is the Associate Director of Housing for Cowichan Tribes, has served on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Economic Development Commission as well as the Board of Directors of Community Futures Cowichan.  She holds a masters certificate in project management and is completing an MBA at Royal Roads University.

In addition to various management roles for the Cowichan Tribes, Dana has worked as an Advertising Account Executive and as a Commercial Account Manager for a financial institution. An active member of community recreation leagues, she is the volunteer Treasurer for the Cowichan Eagles Youth Soccer and Vice President of the Cowichan Women’s Flag Football.

Dana views the Trust as a significant catalyst for change, sustainability and growth of the region.  She is pleased to be part of a unique decision-making model that provides economic opportunities for all communities.

 

Barry O'NeillBARRY O'NEILL - PROVINCIAL APPOINTEE

Barry O’Neill was appointed to the ICET Board by the Province of BC in 2018. As the former President of CUPE British Columbia, he has extensive experience in labour relations, mediation, conflict resolution and building relationships with the public and private sector.

Barry has long been involved in community economic development and was one of the founders of the “10 Percent Shift”.  This initiative was presented throughout Canada and focused on supporting community leadership, youth entrepreneurship, incubation models and community focused procurement models.  He has been recognized for the development of “Spot the Hazard” occupational health and safety program and negotiated and implemented one of the first gender-neutral job evaluation processes in British Columbia.

Originally from Cape Breton Island, Barry now resides in Lantzville with his family.  He believes that communities are the true engine of our economy and advocates for collaboration between government and stakeholders in achieving strong, transparent and sustainable communities.

ROGER KISHI - PROVINCIAL APPOINTEE

Roger Kishi was appointed to the ICET Board by the Province of BC in 2019.  A resident of Cumberland, he is the Director of Homeless and Housing Programs at Wachiay Friendship Centre in Courtenay.  He is also active in the community with the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, Social Planning Council, Community Health Network and M’akola Housing Society Board.

 Roger served for two terms as Councillor for the Village of Cumberland, representing the Comox Valley on a number of local government committees.  He also served as Vice-Chair of the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District and on the St-Joseph’s hospital Board.

 Prior to moving to the Comox Valley, Roger worked at St-Paul’s hospital, served as Chair of the North Vancouver Social Planning Advisory Committee and as a Trustee with the Library Board.  Roger also spent 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve as a combat engineer.

Roger believes in ICET’s community centered decision-making process, where investments are directed  to a wide range of economic development and community building initiatives.

 

There is currently one vacancy.

 

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

MAYOR JOHN MACDONALD - Sayward

Mayor John MacDonald has been Mayor for the Village of Sayward since 2008.  He was elected Chair of  ICET’s North-Island South-Coast Regional Advisory Committee (NISCRAC) and is currently its longest serving member.

Originally from Ontario, John worked as a Logistics Officer for the Department of National Defense for over 40 years. Prior to becoming Mayor, he was involved in economic and tourism development for small, rural communities as Chair of the Sayward Future Society.

As a long-time resident of Sayward, John recognizes the substantial impact that modest, strategic funding can have on remote and traditionally resource-based communities. He is a strong believer in ICET’s inclusive decision-making model that embraces viewpoints from many perspectives.

 

Rod PetersMAYOR ROD PETERS - Lake Cowichan

Mayor Rod Peters is serving his first term as Mayor for Lake Cowichan.  He was elected Chair of ICET’s Central-South Island Regional Advisory Committee (CSIRAC) in 2018, and in that capacity serves as an ex-officio Board member.

Born and raised on the South Island, Rod has lived in Lake Cowichan and operated a family-owned retail business for 40 years. Previously, he served two terms on Council in the 1980s. Rod is a founding member of the Lake Cowichan Ratepayers Association and an Honorary Lifetime member of the Lake Cowichan Fire Department.

Mayor Peters values ICET’s role promoting tourism and technology in the region, and views the Trust as a vital tool in support of growth and prosperity for all of Vancouver Island and Coast.

 

 

 

 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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