Advisory Board
FTZVI is guided by a Board of Advisors appointed by the VIEA Board of Directors and managed by the VIEA President & CEO.
Both the FTZVI Board of Advisors and the VIEA Board of Directors are made up of volunteers who are stakeholders in the Island economy with skills, knowledge and experience specific to the export and investment objectives of FTZVI and VIEA’s mandate to help ensure a vital and sustainable Island economy.
Bill Collins

A consultant and principal of CollinsWorks Ventures Inc., Bill has more than 30 years’ experience in R&D, global sales and marketing, advanced manufacturing and M&A activities from bases in Canada, Europe, the South Pacific and the United States. For the past 15 years Bill has been on the leadership team for Quester Tangent, a BC based enterprise delivering engineering centric, complex technology. Bill is a member of the Professional Engineering and Geoscientists Association of British Columbia. Bill has been an evangelist for the growth of a vibrant advanced manufacturing sector on Vancouver Island.

John Lucas
Rocky Minhas
Mike Hooper
Jason Michell
Alex Stuart
David McCormick
Pat Deacon
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is currently the Chief Experience Officer of Query Technologies Corp., a Victoria-based technology company specializing in the development of software products and solutions designed to support business process and enhance customer experience. He has a diverse background in a number of corporate settings and has over thirty years of experience resulting in an advanced ability to execute a wide range of business development and marketing strategies designed to strengthen market presence, increase revenues and enhance overall profitability.
His career began in Vancouver in the music business and transitioned into the office products business. In August 1995 an opportunity to create a start up in Victoria presented itself and since that time he has built a strong network in the community and up and down the island. He is passionate about building local business and creating sustainability, is active in the community and has served on The Victoria Chamber Board since 2013.
Juan Navarro
George Hanson

As President & CEO of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance, George oversees production of the annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit, the annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Report, the ‘Island Good’ brand and Foreign Trade Zone Vancouver Island (FTZVI). He has a reputation for getting things done and ‘making a difference’. He is also Chair of the Nanaimo Foundation and a 23-year resident of Vancouver Island.

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About the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA)

VIEA is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region.