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About Us

Who is the Prosperity Project?

The South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP) is the economic development organization for Greater Victoria, B.C., comprised of 45 members, including ten local governments, five First Nations, three post-secondary institutions, seven industry associations and non-profits, and 20 major employers, all working together to bolster our region’s economic and social prosperity. This will happen by catalyzing the creation of high-quality, household-sustaining jobs, so that more families can afford to live, work and build a life here.

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

    In 2016, Emilie de Rosenroll became the inaugural CEO of the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP). She spearheaded a number of economic development initiatives, including the regional Smart Cities strategy, involving over 50 organizations and including 15 local Governments. Drawing on her extensive governance and Public-Private expertise, the first phase of the strategy focuses on transportation and mobility followed by a focus on building common data platforms along with measurement of Mobility Wellbeing.

    Emilie’s prior positions include the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Province Association of Regional Development Authorities, and lead consultant to the Province of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Union of Municipalities, where she helped implement their new regional development model followed by facilitating the creation of four new economic development agencies.

  • Dallas Gislason
    Dallas Gislason Director of Economic Development

    Dallas has played instrumental roles in many exciting economic development  projects in Canada, the USA, and overseas over the past 14 years. He has served on a number of boards, including Business Retention and Expansion International  and the International Council on National Youth Policy. He currently sits on the boards of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the Camosun Technology Access Centre. Dallas is 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 for the Greater Victoria Development Agency.

  • Bruce Williams
    Bruce Williams Director of Engagement

    After a successful career as a television and radio host, producer, Bruce is now transitioning into a new career as an engagement professional, community and communications strategist and consultant, and community business advisor. Engaging with SIPP’s members and community stakeholders to work together on meaningful initiatives is his specialty at SIPP. He is currently a Board Director for the Greater Victoria United Way and the Vancouver Island University Foundation. Bruce is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

     

     

  • Jacques van Campen
    Jacques van Campen Director of Innovation

    At Schneider Electric, Jacques was responsible for leading technical innovation and development teams of more than 300 global engineers. He was also responsible for leading small start-ups, mid-sized growth organizations, and large multinational lines of business ranging in annual revenues from single millions to more than $500M . He has 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.

  • Taryn Malcolm
    Taryn Malcolm Marketing & Communications Specialist

    Taryn has 15 years of experience working in creative communications in Canada and Latin America. She is passionate about storytelling and using it to drive people to action. Before joining SIPP, she was part of a team at the Victoria Hospitals Foundation that raised more than $60M in the past eight years. She also worked for the Downtown Victoria Business Association, bringing creative marketing initiatives and original events to the downtown core. Before moving to Victoria, Taryn worked in eco-tourism public relations in Mexico and Costa Rica.

  • Veronica Plihal
    Veronica Plihal Office Manager

    Veronica recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, receiving an award for top academic performance in her graduating class. She spent the final year of her studies working on her thesis, developing and analyzing the psychometric properties of a new psychological assessment. In addition to her research and data analysis skills, Veronica brings to SIPP a fresh perspective on young adult experiences with mobility and housing in Greater Victoria. Some of Veronica’s passions include environmental consciousness, sustainability, and equal opportunity.

  • Kieran Buggy
    Kieran Buggy FDI Concierge

    Kieran excels in customer service leadership after years of experience in the hotel and tourism industry.  He is currently completing his Bachelor of Business majoring in Tourism and Marketing with a passion for destination management and the growth of the region. Kieran applies his skills to SIPP’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) strategies and attracting new organizations to Greater Victoria.  After several years living in Revelstoke, Australian-born Kieran continues to enjoy his free time exploring the great outdoors on foot, mountain bike, or snowboard.

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.” With 20 years of experience working in the Consulting industry in Alberta and British Columbia, Craig served a myriad of industries including community development, marine development, resort development, oil and gas, and mining. His skills are in leadership, economic development, business development, client service, strategic planning,  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.

  • 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.

  • Tina Ryan – Board Director
    Tina Ryan – Board Director President, Visa Seminars International

    Tina Ryan is the Chair of Canadian Migration Institute, the President of Visa Seminars International Inc.—an immigration consulting firm and the General Partner of US based Aerie Leisure LLP. Tina is also a US FAA licensed Private Pilot and a Co-author of PCTIA accredited immigration educational program CSIC E-Academy, an instructor and a bilingual entrepreneur who has conducted business successfully in different countries such as China, Canada and USA.

     

     

  • 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 assisted the Songhees Nation in implementing the First Nations Fiscal Management Act. Christina’s proudest achievement is her contribution as a member of the Songhees Wellness Centre Project team.

  • George Nassar – Board Director
    George Nassar – Board Director Manager, Data Operations, Enterprise Data Management, bcIMC

    George Nassar has more than 20 years of professional experience in financial services, and has held various leadership roles at investment management, brokerage, and exchange services firms, including BCI, TMX, Desjardins, and E*Trade.  George brings expertise in business strategy and planning, product and project management, marketing, and sales in fintech and financial services.  George holds a BA in Economics/Business Administration from Bishop’s University.

     

     

  • Anna MacMillan – Board Director
    Anna MacMillan – Board Director Retired Partner & Counsel, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

    Anna MacMillan is a retired Partner and current Counsel for DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Anna won a Lexpert Leaders Award for Practice Excellence in 2014 and was recommended in The Legal 500 Canada 2016 Edition under Banking and Finance. Anna has extensive experience in advising regulated financial institutions.  She has a broad based background in merger and acquisition transactions ranging from mega deals in the billions of dollars to acquisitions/sales of small owner operated businesses. Anna has a unique knowledge of global activities and opportunities given her experience as a partner of two significant national law firms and then of a global firm.

  • Pat Elemans – Board Director
    Pat Elemans – Board Director Assistant Dean, University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business

    Pat Elemans is Assistant Dean of the Gustavson School of Business and oversees the school’s external relations team, including development, community and corporate relations, public relations and marketing, and alumni relations. Additionally, she teaches in the MBA and Master of Global Business programs. She has more than 20 years experience having served as the Director of MBA Programs at UVic, Assistant Dean External, University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Management, and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs.

  • Kyman Chan – Ex Officio (Advisor)
    Kyman Chan – Ex Officio (Advisor) Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

    Kyman Chan is a Partner of Grant Thornton LLP with over 20 years of experience serving the local Victoria market, particularly entrepreneurial mid-market companies and emerging public sector organizations. He specializes in providing assurance services including audits and review engagements to not-for-profit organizations, public sector entities and private companies, with a high concentration of clients in the manufacturing, transportation, hospitality and technology sectors.