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About Us

Who is the Prosperity Project?

The South Island Prosperity Project works with companies that want to grow in, or relocate to, Victoria and the South Vancouver Island region.

Why we exist

Our mission is to facilitate and promote the development of a strong, diversified economy on South Vancouver Island, creating a more collaborative region and a vibrant place to work.

We aim to:

  • Grow household incomes, enabling families to live here comfortably;
  • Engage First Nations in self-directed economic development initiatives;
  • Increase the amount of provincial, federal and private funding locally invested; and
  • Build momentum for other economic development projects.
 

Our Team

  • Emilie de Rosenroll
    Emilie de Rosenroll CEO

    Emilie has an extensive background in economic development at local, regional and provincial levels. A senior manager and management consultant, Emilie’s prior positions include the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authorities (NSARDA) and lead consultant to the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Union of Municipalities, helping  implement their new regional development model, including standard operating, evaluation, governance and accountability frameworks. In 2015, Emilie  spearheaded the creation of four new economic development agencies,  working directly with regional councils and boards of directors.

    Although a large part of Emilie’s career has been focused on   Nova Scotia, she strives to maintain  a global perspective on economic development. She is fluent in French and Spanish; has traveled to +30 countries; and has worked in various centres in Canada, the USA, France and Mexico. Before settling  in Victoria, the city where she was born, Emilie lived in  San Diego with her husband, Jeff, and their daughter, Scarlett.

  • Dallas Gislason
    Dallas Gislason Economic Development Officer / Business Concierge

    For over 13 years as an economic development professional, Dallas has played instrumental roles in many exciting projects in Canada, the USA and overseas. He has served on a number of boards including with Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI), the International Council on National Youth Policy, Junior Achievement of Saskatchewan, and he currently sits on the boards of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the Camosun Technology Access Centre.

    Dallas has received multiple awards for his work, including becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Premier of Saskatchewan’s Award of Excellence in Leadership. Prior to his work with the Prosperity Project, Dallas was the Economic Development Officer with the Greater Victoria Development Agency (GVDA).

  • Erin Beatson
    Erin Beatson Administrative & Project Assistant

    Erin Beatson joined South Island Prosperity Project in 2017 to provide administrative and project support to the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and the operations team. She has over 10 years of experience working in the private, public, and not-for- profit sectors. Erin graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and her professional interests include project management and leadership.

Our Advisors

  • Mike Shannon
    Mike Shannon Senior Business Advisor - Operations

    Mike has a 35-year background in executive business management and operations experience in the fields of telecommunications, electronic contract manufacturing in enterprises ranging from start-ups to multibillion dollar corporations. In his previous role prior to working with South Island Prosperity Project, he acted in the capacity of Senior Vice President responsible for approximately $1B annual revenue, directing all aspects of wireless operations activities for an organization active in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe.

  • Raman Kapil
    Raman Kapil Senior Business Advisor - Finance and Governance

    Raman Kapil is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with extensive business education and experience in: finance, technology, corporate governance (Chartered Director), and business management (MBA). Raman has over 24 years of corporate business experience in Canada providing technology solutions (Island Key, MarkR Management). He values the knowledge he earned by engaging in  international business throughout the USA, Ghana, Scotland and India.

  • Bruce Williams
    Bruce Williams Community Engagement

    After a successful career as a television and radio host, producer and manager in Ontario and on Vancouver Island, Bruce is now transitioning into a new career as an engagement professional, community and communications strategist and consultant, and community/business advisor.

    He is currently the Community Campaign Chair for the Greater Victoria United Way, serves on the Board of Directors for the College of Chiropractors of BC and the Vancouver Island University Foundation Board.

Our Board

  • Craig Norris – Chair
    Craig Norris – Chair CEO, Community Marine Concepts Ltd.

    Craig is a business leader guided by the mantra “Think Big, Act Now and Have Fun.” His skills are in leadership, economic development, change management, business development, client service, strategic planning, team building and project management. Craig holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary and a diploma in Architectural Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  He has 20 years of experience working in the Consulting industry in Alberta and British Columbia, serving a myriad of industries including community development, marine development, resort development, oil and gas, and mining.

  • Frank Bourree – Vice Chair
    Frank Bourree – Vice Chair Principal and Owner, Chemistry Consulting

    Prior to establishing Chemistry Consulting Group, Frank was  with Grant Thornton; he served as a Partner and National Tourism Consulting Leader for 12 years. As a partner and founder of Chemistry Consulting Group, Frank provides consulting services to businesses and governments across Western Canada, working with a team of over 135 staff in 9 offices. His areas of specialization include operational and strategic planning, human resource consulting, and executive search & recruitment. 

  • Sean Midwood – Secretary/Treasurer
    Sean Midwood – Secretary/Treasurer Retired, former NATO & RCN

    Sean’s last role, prior to retirement, was Chief of Staff to the Director of Service Strategy (ex CTO) within NATO’s Communication and Information Agency (NCIA). Previous to this, Sean was the Programme Manager for various NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) projects, including those in Afghanistan. Prior to joining NATO, Sean was a Combat Systems Engineer in Canada’s Navy. Sean holds a MSc from the United States Navy Postgraduate School and a BEng in Electrical Engineering from Lakehead University.

  • Deirdre Campbell – Board Director
    Deirdre Campbell – Board Director Managing Director Canada, Beattie Tartan

    As the managing director of the newly merged Beattie Tartan Integrated Communications and founder of the Tartan Group, Deirdre has been a communications professional in Canada for over 20 years, expanding her communications strategy firm into global markets since launching her own company in 2001. With its hub in Victoria, Beattie Tartan also has offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Deirdre holds an MBA in Communications from Royal Roads University and a BA in Journalism from Ryerson University.

  • Pedro Marquez – Board Director
    Pedro Marquez – Board Director Vice-President Global Advancement, Marketing and Business Development

    After obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration equivalent degree at ITAM in Mexico City, Pedro earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and a PhD in Management and Political Science from the University of Calgary. He is currently the Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development at Royal Roads University, and was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Management  (2007 – 2015). He has authored book chapters and journal articles on NAFTA, founder centrality, cross-cultural business ethics and entrepreneurship education.

  • Christina Clarke – Board Director
    Christina Clarke – Board Director Executive Director, Songhees Nation

    Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History and Anthropology from the University of Victoria. She was among the first 11 students to receive a certificate in First Nations tax administration from Thompson Rivers University and the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics. Christina has assisted the Songhees Nation in implementing the First Nations Fiscal Management Act with the very first Local Revenue Laws, Financial Administration Law, and Taxpayer Representation Law passed in Canada. Christina’s proudest achievement is her contribution as a member of the Songhees Wellness Centre Project team.

  • Ray Brougham – Board Director
    Ray Brougham – Board Director President, Rainhouse Canada (formerly Prototype Equipment Design)

    Rainhouse Canada is an ISO-certified design and manufacturing company that provides turnkey solutions to industries and companies with complex engineering and manufacturing needs. Ray has also been involved in projects  to bring aerospace work to Vancouver Island through the Vancouver Island Aerospace Association (VIAA) and is an active member of the newly formed Association of British Columbia Marine Industry (ABCMI). Rainhouse has close ties to Camosun College and the University of Victoria. Ray is an active alumni and past sessional instructor, and maintains close ties with all the engineering teams at these post-secondary institutions.  

  • Jill Doucette – Board Director
    Jill Doucette – Board Director Owner and Founder, Synergy

    Synergy is a BC-based organization with a mission to catalyze the green economy. Her work with local businesses to reach zero waste and carbon neutrality has won numerous awards for innovation and commitment to environmental practice. Jill holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and conducted research in clean technology before founding Synergy. She is the author of three books on Green Communities and Hospitality, and she teaches business leadership and sustainability at Camosun College.

  • Jacques van Campen – Board Director
    Jacques van Campen – Board Director Retired, former VP of Schneider Electric

    At Schneider Electric, Jacques was responsible for leading technical innovation and development teams of 300+ global engineers. He was also responsible for leading small start-ups, mid-sized growth organizations, and large multinational lines of business ranging in revenues from single millions to $500M+/Yr. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Jacques was VP of Operations at Power Measurement. He worked overseas in France and India and held global responsibilities for teams in multiple countries. Jacques holds a BSc in Engineering from the University of Victoria.