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, 2018:

MAYOR PHIL KENT - Duncan, Board Chair

Mayor Phil Kent of Duncan has been the Chair of the ICET Board of Directors since 2012.  He 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. 

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 elected treasurer in 2015.

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.


Josie Osborne

MAYOR JOSIE OSBORNE- Tofino, Board Secretary

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 Community Economic Development Committee and as Chair of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District.  She was elected to the ICET Board and Secretary of the Executive Committee in 2014.

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.



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. 



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

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.


 Nanaimo Regional District

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 have been elected to serve on the Board of Directors and looks forward to working with the Board and communities, to improve the economic health and well-being of the entire region.  



Shirley Ackland was elected Mayor of the Town of Port McNeill in 2014, having previously served as a councillor for six years.   She also serves on the Board of the Mount Waddington Regional District.

Born and raised in Burnaby, Mayor Ackland has lived in Port McNeill for 37 years. For the past 30 years, she has worked as an English instructor at North Island College and also serves as the Faculty Association President.

Mayor Ackland is a strong advocate for issues that affect older adults and believes that healthy aging-in-place is vital for the long term economic stability of rural communities. 


The following directors were appointed by the Provincial government and will serve until August 2018:

CAMELA TANG - Vice-Chair

Camela Tang was appointed to the ICET Board of Directors in 2006 as one of the first Directors and in 2012 was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board Executive Committee. A resident of Nanaimo for the past 30 years, Camela is a passionate supporter of the arts and the general economy in the region.

Camela is the founder of the C.V.I Centre for the Arts-Nanaimo and has been the president since inception in 1999. Camela is also president of the Nanaimo Boathouse Society, the past Chair of the Nanaimo Spirit of BC Committee, Past-President of the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership Society and Chair of the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Committee.  She was Chair of the 2008 Nanaimo Cultural Capital of Canada Organizing Committee, Past-President of the Nanaimo Art Gallery, Director of Theatre One, City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture Commissioner and member of the Cultural Committee. 

Ms. Tang is a recipient of the Positive Image Award from the Economic Development Group of Nanaimo, and recipient of the 2008 Honour in Culture Award from the City of Nanaimo.




Dave Mannix, of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, was appointed to the ICET Board of Directors by the Province of BC in 2006, as one of the original directors.

A resident of Nanaimo, Dave is the Chief Executive Officer of Coast Opportunity Funds. In this capacity he oversees the community investment of over $116 million in conservation and economic development funds for participating First Nations.

Dave has a background in private enterprise, having owned his own forestry company for more than twenty years. He has also worked for thirteen years in economic development for the Nanaimo area Snuneymuxw First Nation.


DALLAS SMITH -  Executive Committee Member at-large

Dallas Smith, of the Tlowitsis Nation, was one of the first Directors appointed to the ICET Board in 2006 Born in White Rock, the Island has always been “home” as both of his parents are from North Island area First Nations communities. He currently calls both Campbell River and Duncan home.

Dallas is the son of a hereditary Chief and is the founder and president of Nanwakolas Council, a First Nations organization dedicated to protecting and managing First Nations cultural values while building strategic opportunities with government and industry. Dallas is also involved with other organizations such as the Coast Sustainability Trust, the Coast Opportunity Fund, Geoscience BC, the Premiers Council on the Environment and the Ministers Council on Employment for People with Disabilities.

As a member of the Board Executive Committee, Dallas is a strong voice for regional collaboration and inclusive regional economic development practices.



Starr Winchester was appointed to the ICET Board of Directors in August of 2015.  She had previously been elected to serve two terms as the Chair of the North Island Sunshine Coast Regional Advisory Committee between 2006 and 2009.

Born and raised in Courtenay, Starr served on Courtenay Council for 21 years, with six of those years as Mayor. Previously, she worked in the banking industry for 34 years, retiring from Scotiabank in  2001.

She has been active in the community on many boards and committees including the Comox Valley Regional District, the Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital Board, the Comox Valley Economic Development Society, the Comox Valley Art Gallery, the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board and the Municipal Finance Authority.

Starr is a strong supporter of economic development and believes that collaboration with our regional partners is the best way to achieve positive results.



Kevin Tevington is a former naval officer and retired information technology (IT) professional with extensive experience in IT operations and management.  Throughout his career he has managed a wide range of complex multimillion dollar projects for the US armed services in the US and abroad. 

A resident of the Comox Valley, he has been involved with a number of local groups such as the Comox Valley-Campbell River BC Senior Games Organizing Committee, the Spirit of BC Community Committee and the Comox Valley Torch Relay Task Force for the 2010 Olympic Games.

Kevin was appointed to the ICET Board of Directors in 2013.



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


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.



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.



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