Our Team

VIEA President

George Hanson, M.Sc., CHRP, President
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Well known for his achievements in community, organizational and economic development, George has a reputation for getting things done and ‘making a difference’. He has consulted for corporations, community organizations, district, municipal, provincial and federal governments on Vancouver Island and beyond. George has led a comprehensive urban renewal project to considerable, award-winning success—attracting significant business and redevelopment investment while helping to guide design policy.

He has served on numerous community committees charged with improving social, educational and economic conditions . He served as President of the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia for two terms; served on Boards of the Oceanside Development and Construction Association and Nanaimo Minor Baseball Association; is a founding member and former Chair of YES Nanaimo; is a member of the Habitat for Humanity property Acquisition Committee; and is Vice-President of the Nanaimo Foundation.

George is the former Managing Director for the Downtown Nanaimo Partnership, former Development Manager for InSight Developments. He is Managing Partner of Clayton Consulting and President of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

Board of Directors

VIEA’s Board of Directors is comprised of a cross-section of public and private representatives, drawn from across Vancouver Island, who provide a wealth of business, community, and local government experience.

Mark Smith, Chair Query Technologies Victoria
Dan Hurley, Chair-Elect VIU Nanaimo
Bret Torok-Both, Past Chair, Wood Industries Committee Chair Coast Capital Savings Cowichan
Dan Dagg, Director, Island Good Committee Chair Hot House Marketing Victoria
Dave Willie, Director Black and White Event Rentals Parksville
Julie Scurr, Director Coast Salish Insurance Duncan
Lillian Hunt, Director Aboriginal Tourism BC Alert Bay
Sandy Herle, Director Close to You Fashions Parksville
Shannon Baikie, Director North Island Employment Foundations Society Campbell River
Trevor Cootes, Director Huu-ay-aht First Nations Government Port Alberni
Suzanne Hedges, Director Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa Courtenay
Katie Bishop, Director TD Bank Victoria
Rocky Boschman, Director Grieg Seafood BC Ltd. Campbell River
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