David McQuinn, Leader of the Coast Green Team, Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo

The Coast Brand is trying to improve our sustainability positioning, so in that way the report not only helped us, it helped the whole brand.

Kate Maddigan, Project Manager, Cortes Community Forest Cooperative

The Co-op is trying to build a greater understanding of how Cortes Island can support the use of wood harvested on the island, and what initiatives have worked in other communities.

Andrea Butler, lead hand, West Bamfield project

The revitalization of West Park now as a stunning attractive meeting place with shelter from our relentless rains means so much for the community.

A Steady Path to Economic, Social, and Cultural Rebuilding

Intelligence is taking advantage of your environment, and in our own backyard that’s what we’re trying to do. Our community and our Nation are doing today what our grandparents did for millennia before us.”

Jen Demler, co-owner Ground Up Coffee, Gabriola Island.

The report that was produced is an invaluable document that we can continue to go back to. It’s a great tool to take from to train new staff in all the ways we strive to be more efficient

Matt Hill, Owner of Fern + Cedar Brewing Company

We chose to open our new brewery in the East Village project of Qualicum Beach as we recognized the area as being in a prime location to service residents and tourists.
Inside Fern + Cedar

About Island Coastal Economic Trust

We strategically invest in inclusive economic development, diversification, and innovation in partnership with communities across Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and island and inlets from the Salish Sea to Cape Caution.

Learn about how we empower communities and our regional impact in our latest Annual Report

$59 million

invested in communities

$322 million

total investment impact


permanent jobs created