he Board of Directors consists of 13 directors, eight of whom are elected by two Regional Advisory Committees, representing the Central South Island Region and the North Island- Sunshine Coast Region. The remaining five 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 10 times per year.

The following directors were elected by the Regional Advisory Committees for a two year term ending July 14, 2022: 


MAYOR AARON STONE -  Ladysmith, Board Chair

Mayor Aaron Stone is currently serving his second term as the Mayor for the Town of Ladysmith. Elected as ICET Board Chair in 2020, 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.


JOHN JACK - Chair, Alberni Clayoquot Regional District, Board Vice Chair

John Alan Jack was raised in the Parksville-Qualicum area and currently resides there with his wife, daughter and son. 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. 



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.


Mayor Darnelda SiegersMAYOR DARNELDA SIEGERS - Sechelt

Mayor Darnelda Siegers was elected to the ICET Board of Directors in July 2020. She was elected Mayor of Sechelt in 2018 and served as a Councillor for seven years prior to her election.

Originally from Alberta, Darnelda moved to Sechelt with her husband in 2009. She holds a diploma in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Education Degree and an Executive Certificate in Local Government through Dalhousie University.

Passionate about education, Mayor Siegers previously worked as Secretary Treasurer for a school board, taught high school mathematics and business education and worked as a software implementation specialist throughout Canada and internationally. She currently works as an independent mortgage broker.

Darnelda is deeply committed to her community and sits on a number of organizations including the Seniors Planning Table, Sunshine Coast Housing Committee, Sunshine Coast Homelessness Advisory Committee, Sunshine Coast Community Forest, the Community Action Team.and the Downtown Business Association, to name but a few.

Mayor Siegers believes in the mandate of ICET and the impact it makes through its ability to contribute funds to communities for projects that are locally initiated and driven. ICET is a nimble organization and plays a significant role in the region, providing much needed grassroots support for economic opportunities for the communities it serves.


JESSE KETLER - Chair, Comox Valley Regional District 

Jesse Ketler was elected to the ICET Board in November 2020. She is also serving her second term as Chair for the Comox Valley Regional District, where she previously served as Director. Over the years, Jesse has served on multiple committees, including the Comox Valley Economic Development Society and the Cumberland Economic Development Committee.

Jesse is passionate about social issues, including homelessness and affordable housing. She also believes in social procurement as a strategic means to achieve social, economic and workforce goals. In 2014, while serving on the Village of Cumberland Council, Jesse put forward a motion to implement a social procurement framework and, a year later, the Village of Cumberland became the first municipality in Canada to earn Buy Social certification. A strong advocate for innovation, Jesse believes in collaboration among differing sectors to achieve common goals.

Jesse wholeheartedly supports ICET’s collaborative decision-making model and wants to contribute to the Trust’s work with communities across Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.



Mayor Martin Davis has been Mayor of Tahsis since 2018, prior to which he served as Village councillor. Elected to the ICET Board in 2021, Martin is also Chairman of the Strathcona Regional District Municipal Services Committee, President of the Canadian Cave Conservancy and Coordinator the Batcaver Program.

Martin grew up in Ontario, moving out to British Columbia in 1999. He has 40 years of experience in the forest industry and is also a small business owner. A lifelong environmentalist, he has worked with government in developing karst management policy resulting in the protection of thousands of hectares of rare old growth karst ecosystems on Vancouver Island.

Martin believes ICET is an excellent high-value mechanism for social and economic progress. He sees the Trust as a flexible and effective regional tool to help advance economic development initiatives, build capacity and provide financial support for small communities to enhance tourism and other economic opportunities, as well as improve their overall quality of life.


Five Directors are appointed by the Provincial government and will serve until August 2024:


Megan HanacekMEGAN HANACEK - Board Treasurer, Port McNeill

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 THORNE - Board Secretary, Cowichan Tribes

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. In October 2021, Dana was named to Rowing Canada's Board of Directors. 

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 - Lantzville

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 - Member at Large, Cumberland 

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.


JOHN ELLIOTT Stz'uminus First Nation

John Elliott was appointed to the ICET Board by the Province of BC in 2021. He served as Chief for Stz'uminus First Nation for 11 years. Previously, John was an Elected Councillor and a Fisheries Guardian for Stz’uminus First Nation.

Active in his community, he volunteers by gathering traditional foods for Elder and teaching youth traditional harvesting for Stz’uminus First Nation. Previously, John was Chair of board of Coast Salish Economic Development Corporation and a Board Member for Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Service. He also shared the Chair position with the Ladysmith Mayor on the Naut’sa Mawt Steering Committee.

John holds an Aquaculture Diploma from Malaspina College.


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


Mayor Bob Wells was elected Chair of the North Island – Sunshine Coast Regional Advisory Committee (NISCRAC) in July 2020. He has been Mayor of Courtenay since 2018 and served as Chair of the Comox Valley Regional District in 2018-2019. Previously, he served on Courtenay City Council from 2014-2018.

A resident of the Comox Valley since 2001, Bob has an extensive technology and entrepreneurial background. In the mid 90's, Bob worked at the BC Ministry of Education and at some dot com companies, after which he took a job at Shaw Cable in a technical leadership role with Internet and Digital TV. In 2006, Bob created My Tech Guys in Courtenay. It was named one of BC’s best managed companies and the province’s fastest growing company in 2010. Mayor Wells was also recognized as one of BC’s Top 40 under 40 in business, as well as the Comox Valley Chamber Small Business of the Year. 

Mayor Wells is passionate about his community. Driven by his love for bringing people together to solve difficult problems, he is actively involved as a volunteer in community development and youth initiatives. 

Mayor Mark SwainMAYOR MARK SWAIN - Lantzville 

Mayor Mark Swain was elected Chair of the Central South Island Regional Advisory Committee (CSIRAC) in July 2020. He has been Mayor of the District of Lantzville since 2018.

Mark is originally from New Zealand, immigrating to Canada when he was seven years old. He grew up in Campbell River, then lived in Victoria and Vancouver, before returning to the Island in 2002, then to Lantzville nine years later. Mayor Swain has a background in Science-Kinesiology and practices in the functional assessment of injured persons and workplace ergonomics.

Mayor Swain has been actively involved in his community, coaching youth and serving on the Regional District of Nanaimo Board. He also supports small scale agricultural use of private property in Lantzville.

Mark is deeply commitment to helping Lantzville enhance its economic resiliency by developing the village core area for the local community. He believes in ICET’s continued efforts to diversify the economies of Central and Northern Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast through a community-centred decision-making process.

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