2016 - 2017
The Board of Directors is elected annually by the membership at our April Annual General Meeting. The Board of Directors determine policies and programs. The staff employed by the board is responsible for organizing and executing the Chamber of Commerce's programs and promoting policies. The Committees and Task Forces are volunteer committees consisting of members of the Chamber of Commerce committed to achieving what needs to be done. As the #1 business association in the community, we are the voice of business through our collective association.
Bill McKinney - President
Bill McKinney moved to Parksville in 2000 following a 35 year career
with the Royal Bank. During these years he held several managerial
positions including 12 as Manager, Marketing & Sales for the
BC/Yukon District. Following his retirement, he immediately formed
Ideal Images, a promotional products & corporate apparel company.
Recipient of The Citizen Of The Year Glassie in 2005, Bill offers a vast wealth of experience and knowledge from the business world and a passion for marketing and customer service.
Andy Lankester - President-Elect
Andy Lankester has been the General Manager at Harris Oceanside GM since 2011, and recently was appointed Managing Partner, after purchasing shares in the company. He has been an active participant in Chamber events and a Board member since 2014. Andy believes that we can build a strong, vibrant, growing community, by supporting one another.
He has a love for being on the water and enjoys family and fishing when time allows.
Jean Maltesen - Vice President
Jeannie Maltesen moved to Parksville in 1993, and has lived in Errington since 1998. Jeannie holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education, and is working on completing her Doctorate in Education. She has been employed by VIU since 1993 and currently holds the position of Dean, Faculty of Academic and Career Preparation. As a representative for Vancouver Island University, a local resident of the Oceanside community, a parent of two high school age children, and a spouse of a local business owner, Jeannie has a vested interest in the economic development of this community. She brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber that encompasses a broad scope of stakeholder interests; one that supports the development of a vision and implementation of an actionable plan that will achieve long-term sustainability of a healthy, thriving Oceanside region.
Terry Kerr - Treasurer
Terry Kerr moved to Parksville with his wife Heather and two daughters, from Calgary, in February 2010. He has recently become a licensed Strata Manager in the province of BC and is working towards his Brokers license. Terry is one of the owners of The Kerr Group Management Corp. Since his appointment to the Board in 2011, Terry has taken on a Co-Chair role with Oceanside Initiatives – the Chamber Economic Development function.
Sue Battle - Director
Sue Battle and daughters Keri and Brianne strive to offer a large variety of pet food, treats, accessories and gifts for the animal lover in us all at Bosley’s in Parksville. Sue has lived on the Island since 1997 and in Parksville for the past two years. Her hobby is breeding and showing silver Bengal cats, but her favorite pastime is spending time with her two young granddaughters.
Garry Bentham - Director
Garry Bentham is a retired realtor & CREA member, having served 30 years in the business. His wife Barb worked with him for the last 19 years of his real estate career. Garry now works as a Certified Residential Building Designer and is registered with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC. He also holds membership with the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce. Garry’s company, Village Design & Drafting, includes a variety of services. He is experienced at planning new homes, additions and landscape design, as well as land use studies for agricultural and commercial properties. Garry’s planning office serves all locations between Nanaimo and Comox.
Cathie Kanani - Director
Cathie Kanani is a RBC Mortgage Specialist at the Parksville RBC. She has been with RBC for 20 years. In addition to her time with RBC, Cathie also worked for CIBC and BMO and she says she has done pretty much every job at the bank. It is her desire to be involved in the growth and well being of business in the Parksville region.
Cathie and her husband of 40 years have lived in the Parksville-Qualicum Beach area for 25 years where they raised their daughter. Cathie is a member of the Oceanside Women’s Business Network. She has been a Rotarian and a Board member with Parksville Ballet.
Dee McKinney - Director
Dee McKinney is the owner of Nail & Body Essence. She has been participating in Chamber events since 2012 as a representative of Oceanside ROI and took out a full membership in 2014. Dee has been an active contributor to the Fantasy Auction, Business Awards and Bocce on the Beach. Dee believes that being a member of the Chamber provides her with the opportunity to support her peers, network and work as a team to grow a strong business based community.
Ainsley Moore - Director
Ainsley Moore has lived in Parksville since 1987, with a brief exit to Ontario for 7 years. She spent 21 years in the local Real Estate industry then took a whole new path into Social Services 5 years ago. She is the Vocational Counsellor at Community Career Connections (Inclusion Parksville), providing assistance to adults with Diverse Abilities to find jobs in our wonderful community. She says “It is an amazing career and I love every minute of it.”
Ainsley is married to “a wonderful husband” and enjoys being with her 7 grandchildren and being a Nana. She believes it is important to give back to her community that has given her so much over the years.
Luc Oullet - Director
Luc Oullet started his professional career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer “R” & Red Seal Automotive Technician. Prior to starting his 20 year teaching career he owned & operated A-Star Automotive Recyclers in Prince George.
It is his wish to use his business and teaching experience to enhance partnerships with the chamber and school district to invest in the potential of our youth. As an advocate for projects that enhance economic viability of our community the chamber is an excellent organization to take a leadership role in connecting youth with local opportunities. In return, youth provide many benefits to local businesses.
Beth Ross - Director
Born in Victoria, active in media from 1976, and a resident of Parksville/Qualicum Beach since 1981, Beth established bDigital
Video Productions in 2011. Husband Gary helped raise their combined 5 children, 4 of whom are still local. What better way to support the community
and grow a business than by supporting the Chamber of Commerce. Beth sits on the Communications Committee. Beth believes the Chamber of Commerce is a valuable group and would like to offer her support in a more formal way, by volunteering on the board. She feels she has good ideas about networking and social media support, as well as contributing as a growing new business.
Dave Willie - Director
Dave Willie has owned and operated Black & White Event Rentals for over 25 years, serving Vancouver Island events and festivals from Victoria to Campbell River. Their clients include Corporate, Universities, Non Profit and Event Planners from across the lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
He has served as a Director and President of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and as a Director of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce, where Black & White has held a membership for over 20 years.
This experience served him well as a Councillor in Qualicum Beach and also as a Director at the Nanaimo Regional District where good governance and oversight is important.
Robynne Shaw - Past President
Robynne Shaw is the General Manager at Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort. She has been in the hospitality business in management positions since 1986, most of which has been in the Oceanside area. She has seen great growth in our business community. Robynne appreciates the strength of the Chamber and is interested in taking on a role that will enhance her knowledge of the business community and assist to keep it strong. Robynne is the Chair of the Parksville Qualicum Beach Tourism Association, and Vice Chair of Region 6 – Skate Canada.