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Rising Economy Taskforce

On April 16, 2020, SIPP announced the creation of a new multi-stakeholder taskforce to coordinate a strong response to the urgent economic crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the most comprehensive non-government COVID- related initiative in the Greater Victoria region, and will undertake a thorough process of crafting the best strategy to move the region into our new economy. A cohort of sector and business specific committees will work with the Taskforce to gather the empirical information needed to task the region into the next economy.

The Rising Economy Taskforce will focus on relief and recovery efforts, however, this is also an opportunity to explore the resiliency that the region needs in order to withstand future shocks. As an alliance of over 60 public and private partners across Greater Victoria, SIPP views this multi-stakeholder approach as essential to developing a coordinated response and strategy.

Read the full announcement here

Monitoring Economic Recovery

The taskforce will communicate with the public and its key stakeholders through an economic recovery dashboard that tracks key economic indicators on a month over month basis. This website will also host press releases, survey links and other key information about progress and ways to get involved. Stay tuned for the dashboard launch on May 21, or register for the webinar launch below.

Register here

Taskforce structure and timelines

Members of the taskforce were given detailed Terms of Reference that explore the various scenarios that could require their involvement for the next few months, or as long as 18 months. The taskforce will be informed by public feedback and also through several working groups to ensure all sectors of the economy are heard from. You can read the recent media coverage here.

The members of the taskforce include:

Emilie de Rosenroll

Vice Chair
Frank Bourree
Bourree and Associates

Craig Norris
CEO, Victoria International Marina
SIPP Board Chair

Christina Clarke
CEO, Songhees Devco
SIPP Board member

Ralf Mundel
VP Operations, Thrifty Foods

Mandy Farmer
CEO, Accent Inns

John Wilson
CEO, Wilson Group

Catherine Holt
CEO, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce

Gordon Fyfe
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, BC Investment Management Corporation (BCI)

Carol-Anne Hilton
CEO, Indigenomics Institute

Dr. Murray Fyfe
Medical Officer of Health (South Island), VIHA

Captain (Navy) Sam Sader
Base Commander, CFB Esquimalt

Dave Corey
Executive Officer, VREB

Paul Nursey
CEO, Destination Greater Victoria

Tina Fang
Chair of the Canadian Migration Institute
SIPP Board member

Robert Jawl
Managing Director, Jawl Properties

Cliff McNeil-Smith
Mayor of Sidney

Rasool Rayani
Investor, Entrepreneur, Business Owner

Lisa Helps
Mayor of Victoria

Jennifer Vornbrock
Community and Government Relations, UVic
SIPP Board member

Steve Pearce
Board President, Think Local First

Julie Lawlor
Executive Director, Westshore Chamber of Commerce

Gerry Salembier
Assistant DM BC Region, WD

Erinn Pinkerton
CEO, BC Transit

Jamie Marshall
Vice President, Business Development & Innovation, BC Ferries

Gordon Planes
Chief, T’Sou-ke Nation

Colin Plant
CRD Board Chair

Sandra Richardson
CEO, Victoria Foundation

Geoff Dickson
President & CEO, Victoria International Airport

Dan Ruscheinski
Senior Director, Esri Canada

Steve Wellburn
Partner, Private Enterprise and Professionals, MNP

Nikki Macdonald
Consultant, Adjunct Professor, UVic

Mitzi Dean
MLA Esquimalt-Metchosin

Doug Kobayashi
Colwood Councillor

Zac de Vries
Saanich Councillor

Ken Armour
Esquimalt Councillor

Sherri Bell
President, Camosun College

Jamie Cassels
President and Vice Chancellor, UVic

Philip Steenkamp
President and Vice Chancellor, Royal Roads University

Dan Gunn

Jeremy Meckler
Regional Manager, Community Business, Vancity