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

John was the founder of Island Terminals Ltd. which was one of the first transportation companies to establish and utilize the Duke Point Industrial Park properties. He is highly experienced in Pacific Northwest coastal transport logistics. Over the years he has developed a wide range of marine transport solutions and established many relationships within the industry. 

John’s marine experience covers an extremely wide range of technical and professional skills and knowledge derived from within the towboat industry. John continues to be involved in marine engineering, navigation, construction, salvage and management of cargo operations. He is currently Operations Manager of Seaspan Ferries bulk cargo facilities located at Duke Point. 

John holds a Master 60 Ton ticket and a 5th Class Power Engineer, Boiler Endorsement plus a variety of other marine related certifications. 

His interests have led to various volunteer positions within a number of community organizations from marine heritage societies to potential offshore energy developments. 

In his coming retirement you will find John back at sea exploring the Pacific Ocean and coastal communities with his wife. 

Rocky Minhas
Mike Hooper
Mike was born and raised on Vancouver Island – he has lived in the Ladysmith Area since the early 1960’s. Mike has an under-graduate degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria. He worked in land management positions in the forest industry for 26 years before accepting the appointment of Nanaimo Airport President and CEO in May, 2006.
Jason Michell
Alex Stuart
David McCormick

Dave McCormick is the Director of Public Relations and Business Development with the Port Alberni Port Authority. Since joining PAPA in 2010 he’s facilitated numerous community initiatives and business development successes while building strong partnerships, such as the marine economic cluster, the City of Port Alberni; local, provincial and national Chambers of Commerce; VIEA Foreign Trade Zone Committee, Community Cruise Ship Committee and many other community groups.

Community and Stakeholder engagement is an important priority for PAPA, which Dave has helped lead, including the City of Port Alberni-Port Authority Joint Working Group as well as working with numerous local charities and event organizers to help raise their profiles and meet their goals. Dave also spent two different terms on the board of directors of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Junior Hockey Society.

Pat Deakin
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

Juan Navarro is an entrepreneur, researcher and educator with over 20 years of combined experience in business, finance, regional economics and international trade. As director of his own business CMX Partnerships, he has encouraged and facilitated the collaboration of strategic alliances, and he has organized trade missions. As a researcher, his reports have analyzed the Next Generation Trade and Investment Issues and Free Trade Agreements occurring on the Asia Pacific region. His last report, completed for the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), was endorsed by the ABAC plenary to submit to the Second APEC Senior Official Meeting (SOM2), and due to the interest generated in the report; he was invited by the APEC Chair to present his findings during SOM2, in Chile in May 2019. As an educator, Mr. Navarro has worked as associate faculty and executive at several universities during the last 15 years. He currently teaches in the School of Business at Royal Roads University and he is member of Study Group Canada. Juan Navarro is a member of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and he has collaborated actively with the World Bank Institute as a member of the panel of experts assessing high-impact entrepreneurial projects. In addition, he volunteers as a mentor at Futurpreneur Canada, where he has been recognized for his dedicated efforts, providing guidance and support to young entrepreneurs. 



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.