Brad Edgett, President, Chair
Mary Winspear Centre
Originally from Alberta, Brad moved to Victoria and joined the Empress Hotel where he managed the two in-house art galleries. Through this work, Brad developed his two passions, art and working with people. After a brief stint of working for Metasoft in Vancouver where he managed the sales team for Canada and the Western United States, Brad and his wife returned to Vancouver Island. Since assuming his role with the Mary Winspear Centre, Brad has successfully focused on bringing the community back to the Centre and the Centre back to the community. Under Brad’s leadership, the Centre has continued to increase event attendance, attract major conferences and grow in reputation as one of the outstanding venues on southern Vancouver Island.
Shai Thompson, Vice President
House of Lily Koi
Shai Thompson, the owner of House of Lily Koi in Sidney, brings 20 years of experience as a leader in sales training, fashion and personal style. Shai is a published author, keynote speaker, radio/TV personality and an acknowledged leader in sales training. Prior to Shai’s career as an image consultant, she was performing on stage across Canada as a professional musician for 20 years. She has played guitar, percussion and vocals with a who’s who list from Trooper, Loverboy, BJ Cook of Skylark, Temptations, Sheri Ulrich, Jody Proznick, and so many more.
Chris Cowland, Treasurer, Finance Chair
Chris joined Price Waterhouse London in 1976 and transferred to their Winnipeg office in 1980 with both a UK and Canadian designation. He has an extensive background in major and minor audits, both internal and external, worked for six years as financial controller of a large retail chain, became a Certified EDP Systems auditor in 1986, and has worked for several government ministries as director of finance and administration.
Kathy Blaine, Governance Chair
Brown’s the Florist
Kathy has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of the floral industry. She has been part of the Management Team at Browns for almost 30 years and has been anchored in Sidney tor the last 25. Kathy is proud to be part of a company that puts customer service first and is committed to the community, the environment and shopping local.
Sarah Matchett is originally from Hay River, NWT and has lived on Vancouver Island for ten years, the last four years in Sidney. She moved to the Peninsula to pursue a business venture and opened The Five & Dime Diner in 2014. A few years later, Sarah and her partner opened The Surly Mermaid Restaurant and continue to own and operate both locations. Currently a culinary arts student, Sarah has 17 years of restaurant experience and enjoys the industry, enjoys being a part of the business community and loves living in Sidney. She believes that serving on the Sidney BIA Board will provide a focused opportunity for her to contribute to the business community and to Sidney more generally.
Rod Laurie, Director
Galleon Books and Antiques
Co-owner of Galleon Books and Antiques, Rod joined Sidney’s well known Book Town in June of 2002. Transplanted from Kelowna, Rod worked for nine years with a local First Nation in the areas of self-government, by-law development, capital projects and municipal services agreements. However, his love for antiques and all things old inspired him to open shop in Sidney and live out the dream. This year marks Galleon Books & Antiques 15th anniversary in Sidney.
Having started her career in retail 15 years ago, Devon chose to marry her love of styling with her passion for strategy by specializing in fashion merchandising. She has earned her diploma in Retail Merchandising from University of Toronto, working in leadership positions with Banana Republic, until eventually managing her own department for Saje Natural Wellness where she supported their US expansion in 2017. Devon’s dream of one day opening her own retail space brought her back to her hometown of Vancouver Island, where she chose Sidney as the perfect location to begin her next step as a business owner. Devon is excited to be joining the wealth of experience and diverse backgrounds represented by the Sidney BIA.
Morgan Shaw, Executive Director
and Event Liaison/Facilitator, SEAG Chair
Sidney Business Improvement Area Society
After working many years in the tourism and not-for-profit industry, Morgan Shaw is now the Executive Director & Event Liaison/Facilitator for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA), a collaborative effort of the Sidney BIA and the Town of Sidney. Morgan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and the second one in Counselling Psychology and continues to develop and refine her skill set through education and training. In addition to her work with the Sidney BIA, she is an active member of the Peninsula Celebrations Society. She is the mother of two daughters, Natalie & Cal, and lives with her husband in Sidney, British Columbia.
Marcela Restrepo, Visitor Experience Manager
Sidney Business Improvement Area Society
Marcela is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business and holds a specialization in Service Management. She began working for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (Sidney BIA) as a summer student in 2018 and is now the Visitor Experience Manager of the Sidney Information Centre. Marcela manages a team of volunteer Visitor Services Counsellors and oversees daily operations of the Visitor Centre. She also works closely with the Executive Director of the Sidney BIA to increase footsteps to Sidney through various initiatives, events and marketing efforts. Marcela is a proud Sidney resident and takes pride in serving her community and its businesses.
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