Susan Simosko, President, Chair, SEAG Chair
Susan Simosko Associates Inc.
Susan Simosko owns and operates Susan Simosko Associates an international consulting firm dedicated to supporting organizations and individuals to plan, implement and evaluate positive change. The company specializes in helping clients define new directions, improve communication, and enhance productivity. Susan is a well-regarded meeting facilitator and communications mentor. She is also the author of eight books and dozens of articles. Within Sidney, she has contributed to many community organizations including Sister Cities, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Development Commission. She has been involved with the Sidney BIA since its inception and has been Acting President or President for the past four years.
Brad Edgett, Vice President
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.
Chris Cowland, Treasurer, Finance Chair
Cowland & Associates
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.
Todd Wiebe, Secretary, Governance Chair
Salvador Davis & Co.
Todd Wiebe holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Legal Studies from Simon Fraser University. As partner at Salvador Davis & Co., Notaries Public and a resident of downtown Sidney, Todd is eager to both be involved and proactive in seeing Sidney as a vibrant place to live, work and visit. Todd is confident that he will bring a strong sense of community partnership and a business-focused mindset to the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society.
Natalie King, Director
The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
Natalie has been the General Manager of The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa since 2009, and joined the organization in overseeing Food & Beverage operations shortly after the hotel opened in 2007. As a hub for activity in Sidney, the hotel has been the perfect place to liaise with the tourist, resident and business community. Natalie’s community involvement has extended beyond the hotel with past participation as Chamber of Commerce Board member, Community Development Committee member, many community fundraising efforts and as a founding member of the Sidney BIA. Natalie holds a BA from Concordia University.
Bob Whyte, Director
Born in Victoria in 1943, Bob made his first foray into the marine business in Sidney with his father, Charlie Whyte, in 1964. By 1975, Bob had left that partnership and invested in his own marine business: Bob Whyte Marine Ltd. He was an active hands-on manager and it obviously worked. During his 6 1/2 years in the business he paid off all his loans, bought his Dad’s ‘Marina and Ship’s Chandlery’, and turned a handsome profit. It is noteworthy that his marine business grew while others at that time were closing down. Bob attributes this not to gimmicks, but to good old-fashioned hard work and common sense, and a dedication to service. At age 38 he retired but eventually got into the development business creating and building Commercial, Industrial and Residential projects in Sidney and up-Island.
Kathy Blaine, Director
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.
Shai Thompson, Director
House of Lily Koi
Shai Thompson, 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.
d.g. bremner & company
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 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.
Donna Petrie, Executive Director & Event Liaison | Facilitator
Sidney Business Improvement Area Society
After working many years in the hospitality industry, Donna Petrie is now the Executive Director for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society and Sidney Event Liaison, a collaborative effort of the SBIA and the Town of Sidney. Donna recently received a Diploma in Public Relations at the University of Victoria.
Morgan Shaw, Visitor Experience Manager: Sidney Visitor Centre
Sidney Business Improvement Area Society
Morgan Shaw is the Visitor Experience Manager for the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society. With a Bachelor of Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration, her professional experience and education is focused on work with community minded, not-for-profit organizations.