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.
- Dave Willie - President
- Jean Maltesen, President-Elect
- Andy Lankester, Vice-President
- Terry Kerr, Treasurer
- Tim Allix, Director
- Cathie Kanani, Director
- Dee McKinney, Director
- Philip Perry, Director
- Luc Ouellet, Director
- Beth Ross, Director
- Robynne Shaw, Director
- Meghan Walker, Director
- Bill McKinney, Past President
Dave Willie - President
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.
Jean Maltesen, President-ElectJeannie 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.
Andy Lankester, Vice-President
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.
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.
Tim Allix, DirectorTim Allix graduated from computer training at Vancouver Vocational College in 1986, following IDM, Epson Canada, and Northwest Digital (HP corporate) Tim started Zoomy Computers in Whistler,BC. Since moving to Vancouver Island in 2009 Tim has kept Zoomy Computers going, rebuilding his customer base, and rebranding as home-based Zoomy.com (Technology Made Easy). Tim also operates Sky-Camera.ca, which is a drone-based aerial photography/video venture. This will be his second year doing business, and he has his Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC), which is required to work legally as a professional aerial photographer.
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, DirectorDee 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. She looks forward to serving the membership as a Director with the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce.
Philip Perry, DirectorPhillip Perry, PhD is the founder of Coyotes Coffee, a specialty coffee micro roasting facility located in Parsksville BC. His background in the coffee industry includes operating several high end coffee bars on Vancouver Island over the past 13 years. His experiences over the previous 30 years have included serving as a forensic psychologist for the Federal government, founder of the Crisis Walk In Clinic at Vancouver Island Health Authority, CEO of WOODS Treatment Centres Western Canada, Trauma specialists at Foothills Hospital in Alberta and professor of psychology at UBC and adjunct professor of psychiatry at foothills Hospital.
Luc Ouellet, 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, DirectorBorn 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.
Robynne Shaw, DirectorRobynne 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.
Meghan Walker, DirectorMeghan Walker, REALTOR® at Royal LePage Parksville Qualicum Beach Realty has already achieved Director’s Platinum Award for being in the top 5% of residential agents in our market. In her previous career in tourism she enjoyed sharing her love of the island. This included working at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort, a role as Visitor Centre Manager and Membership Manager at the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Over 9 years at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort & Conference Centre. Meghan has been involved in local community groups and events such as the Qualicum Beach Family History Society the Dogwood Appaloosa Horse Club and Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and Haven House fundraisers.
Bill McKinney, Past 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.