Mike Reilly | President. Mike was raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, and graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in biology. He worked for several years as a habitat consultant for forest companies in the BC Interior but gradually shifted to more IT management as the industry changed. After working as a project manager with a division of Hewlett-Packard, Mike changed careers to become a financial advisor with Freedom 55 Financial. Mike is excited to help his clients achieve peace of mind for themselves and their family’s future. Mike and his wife Karen are busy with six kids, three boys and three girls, ranging from middle school to post graduate students. His non working hours are spent at hockey practice, dance recitals, animal husbandry activities, parent teacher interviews and other domestic engineering tasks
Ingrid Vaughan| First Vice President. Ingrid owns and operates Smart HR, a consulting service geared towards helping business owners create and sustain strong HR processes and practices in their companies. Ingrid is a former manager of the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, and has extensive experience in helping Chamber members grow their businesses. She previously served as President of the board of South Island Centre for Counselling and Training, and on the boards of Worklink and the CoolAid Society.
Kelly Darwin | Second Vice President. Kelly is the owner of Seriously Creative, an award winning marketing & digital development company located in the Westshore. Seriously Creative was voted the Best of the West Shore’s “Home based business of the year award” in 2009 and then voted “Best Tech Company” in 2016, a testament to the growth and success you can achieve through the Chamber! Kelly is involved with the Belmont School Parents Advisory Council serving as Treasure(2015) and President(2016) and serves as a Director Consultant with Business Networking International. Kelly grew up in Langford, has raised his family here and continues to operate his business in the Westshore.
Todd Troyer | Treasurer. Todd is a principal at Collins Barrow Victoria Ltd. and Leads the practice at the Westshore office. He obtained his CGA designation in 1997, and his CA designation in 2000. Todd practices in auditing, accounting, and taxation services in both the public and private sectors.
Todd is an avid curler and has played competitively for many years. He is a former Canadian Junior Curling Champion having won the title in 1988 and was silver medalist at the 1989 World Junior Curling Championships. Todd has volunteered as a coach for youth curlers for many years and from 2009 to 2015 coached teams to B.C. Provincial Curling Championships. The 2012, 2013, and 2015 teams won the provincial title and represented B.C. at the Canadian Junior Championships. Todd is born and raised in Victoria and has lived in Colwood for 10 years with his wife Teresa and daughter Robyn.
Troy Biever | Director. Troy describes himself as a “serialpreneur,” starting with Panago Pizza in 2008, then the invention of a product and a deal on Dragons’ Den before moving to Victoria in 2014 to open two Orangetheory Fitness locations – the first in Victoria and the second in Langford in December 2015. Married with two kids and one dog, Troy is keen to “motivate, excite and make people excited about wanting to participate.”
Chris Burdge | Director. Chris is the owner of bWEST Interactive, an award winning online marketing firm based in Langford. Chris is also the founder and CEO of SOHO Victoria, an annual conference designed to help small and home office business owners succeed by empowering them to manage and grow their business, through workshops, 1-1 Expert Advice and networking. in 2009 Chris co-founded Social Media Camp, Canada’s largest social media conference, now in its eighth year here in Victoria. Chris is an avid supporter of the West Shore community and JDF Minor Hockey. When not working he can be found playing hockey, cycling or paddle boarding with his kids.
Henry Chipps | Director. Henry is a member of the Sci’anew First Nation and one of the treaty negotiators, and is part of a team discussing a new modern day treaty with the federal and provincial governments. Henry is also involved in First Nations education and works with Aboriginal Education at School District # 62. It is also here where Henry works with another team, here he works with the youth. Henry has been a director with the WestShore Chamber of Commerce since 2014.
Bruce Corenblum | Director. Bruce has worked for the Government of Alberta as counsel in the Department of Constitutional Law, Aboriginal Affairs and Municipal Affairs, and has represented the Government of Alberta at all court levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Currently he represents banks and credit unions in the area of corporate financing and foreclosures, personal injury claims, construction law and municipal law. In addition to practicing law, Bruce has served as President of Willow Ridge Community Association and Zone Chairman of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Bruce is a member of The Law Society of Alberta & The Canadian Bar Association, is a member of the King George Masonic Lodge, and lives in the West Shore, BC with his family.
Michele Hanson |Director. Michele has over 25 years of business experience as a successful entrepreneur running an award-winning custom fabrication company in Victoria. In her current role as at AOS, Michele manages client relationships and projects, implementation of new systems and processes and training client teams. In her free time, Michele and her husband Dan love to enjoy nature with their dog Max, walking through forest or beaches and camping throughout BC. The WestShore business community is near to Michele’s heart and she’s a Member of the WSCC Membership Committee.
Katharine Harrold |Director. Katharine is Vice-President of Communications and Advancement at Royal Roads University. Prior to joining Royal Roads in March 2015, she was Vice-President of Resource Development at the United Way of the Lower Mainland (Vancouver). At the United Way, Katharine was responsible for building and inspiring a team of staff and volunteers to raise $30 million annually through multiple revenue streams, including 44,000 donors, 700 workplace campaigns, and major and planned giving programs. Katharine lives in Colwood with her husband and two sons.
Bruce Simpson |Director. Bruce is the Branch Manager of Hatley Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Cremation Centre in Colwood. He moved to the Westshore 6 years ago from Calgary where he held a number of positions including being a Television News Reporter & Anchor for the CTV affiliate CFCN to being a Senior Fundraising Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society. He has previous experience as the Manager of Medicine Hat’s Downtown Business Revitalization Zone, and as a National Coordinator with an environmental group “Kids for Saving Earth”. Family is very important to Bruce. He and his wife Debra have a blended family with 4 adult children. They also provided primary parental care for their granddaughter for over 10 years. He loves his work saying he is able to drive home and the end of each day with the satisfaction of having helped somebody through a difficult time. As he says, “He’ll be the last person to ever let you down”.
Ken Taylor | Director. Ken Taylor has been a proud owner and operator of McDonald’s restaurants for over 20 years. He has several restaurants in the West Shore and Victoria area, including Esquimalt, Langford, Colwood and Sooke. Ken is an avid supporter of the West Shore community and supports local sports teams and food-banks. Ken has served as a director on the WestShore Chamber’s board since January, 2014, and resides in Colwood.