Speaker Date Topic
Scott Dutchak Jul 17, 2024
Home ownership is the key to a better future
Home ownership is the key to a better future

Scott Dutchak is CEO of Habitat for Humanity.  Recently Scott was quoted with advice to leaders such as Justin Trudeau, David Eby and various local government leaders as to why ignoring the needs of Canadians when we exclusively fund purpose built rental housing but not homes that can be purchased affordably.

Scott has ideas how to make housing more affordable as well as data that points to median wealth advantages for homeowners compared to renters 

District Governor Bill McGregor Jul 24, 2024
The Magic of Rotary
The Magic of Rotary

The District 5020 Governor, is the official representative of Rotary International in District 5020. As Governor, your mission is to lead clubs, inspire Rotary members, and engage the general public in the important role fulfilled by Rotary in our community.

Bill McGregor has been a Rotarian since 2007 in the Lacey Rotary Club. Served as its President 2013-2014 and served as the Assistant Governor In Area 130 (Lacey, Gateway, Hawks Prairie and Yelm clubs) from 2018 until 2021. Bill and his wife are Paul Harris Society members and are Major Donors.

He has a degree in Transportation Logistics, is certified through the American Ports Association as a Public Port Manager. He currently serves on the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association board and He has served on many Non-profit boards during his career.

As a former elected Port Commissioner, he had been involved with Ports in Washington State for over 42 years. He has worked at the executive level with the Ports of Tacoma, Olympia and Grays Harbor. In 2000, he retired from the Port of Grays Harbor, moved back to Lacey and went to work for Saint Martins University as the Director of Facilities Management. In 2006, he was appointed to a vacant Port of Olympia Commission seat and he held that elected position until December 2021 when he did not seek re-election.

He and his wife Barbara have been foster parents for over 40 years. They have opened their home to children for a night, for weeks, months and have had several stay for multiple years. They have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren with another one due in late 2022.

No Meeting. 5th Wednesday Jul 31, 2024
No Morning meeting.
Josh Shephard, High Tide Energy Inc Aug 07, 2024
Solar Power
TBA Aug 14, 2024
Italian Rotary friendship Exchange Team Aug 21, 2024
Rotary Friendship Exchange
Keith Yacucha Aug 28, 2024
Langford Council Putting its Financial House in Order
 Langford Council Putting its Financial House in Order

Keith Yacucha is a Langford City Councillor and an Economics instructor at Camosun College. Since moving to Langford in 2020, he has focused on enhancing transparency, public engagement, and long-term fiscal sustainability in the city. He aims to bring long-term strategic planning to the city and has been a key champion in realizing Langford’s first Strategic Plan and corresponding Master Plans to address the current poly-crisis.

In his academic role, Keith has been teaching at Camosun College since 2015, specializing in Economics, Econometrics, and Public Finance. He holds a BA from UBC Okanagan and an MA from the University of Victoria. His practical experience in public service enriches his teaching, providing students with real-world insights, while his academic experience similarly feeds back into his work in public service

Keith will speak about the financial picture the new Council inherited, the fiscal challenges faced including the YMCA, PFC, and their extreme embrace of Public Private Partnerships. Keith will finish the conversation with some positive about what is being done and "how we (I) see the city fiscally moving forward."

Darlene Hollstein – GM of Bay Centre Mall Sep 04, 2024
Bay Centre Mall is the Heart of Downtown
Bay Centre Mall is the Heart of Downtown

Darlene is the General Manager of the Bay Centre in downtown Victoria and has been employed in commercial property management for over 30 years with industry leaders such as Cadillac Fairview, Westcliff Property Management, 20Vic Management Inc., Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services ULC and on March 1, 2023 by JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services ) where she oversees the Bay Centre.

Darlene is passionate about Greater Victoria and has overseen major organizations such as Downtown Victoria Business Association, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chair of Destination Greater Victoria. She is also a Board member of BOMA (Building Operators and Managers Association) and sits on the committee for the Hospital Foundation, United Way Southern Vancouver Island Campaign Chair for 2023/2024 and previously the Coalition to End Homelessness as some of her philanthropy work.

John Wilson, President & CEO The Wilsons Group Sep 11, 2024
The winding roads of the public transit and travel business
The winding roads of the public transit and travel business

John Wilson is the President and CEO of The Wilson’s Group of Companies. Wilson’s has been an active member of the British Columbia Business and Tourism community for over 40 years. Since 2008, under John’s leadership, the company has grown exponentially from a small charter and rental fleet of 40 vehicles to over 200 with a variety of service offerings under their umbrella – The Wilson’s Group of Companies. Today, Wilson’s is known as one of the largest and most diverse ground transportation companies and an industry leader in British Columbia.

John serves on several boards and committees, these include being Past Chair of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Motor Coach Canada, Chair of the Victoria Hockey Legacy Society, Canadian Representative for United Motorcoach Association, Past President of Victoria’s SKAL Club, Board Member of the City of Victoria’s Economic Development and Downtown Prosperity Task Force, Board Member of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, a committee member of Destination Greater Victoria’s Destination Management and Transportation, as well as the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission Committee.

Wilson’s Transportation was established in 1962 by William Kello Wilson, and started as a general delivery company. It was a small operation at the time, with just one delivery truck. After moving to Victoria, the first school bus was added to the fleet and with steady commitment to his clients – along with great personal service – Kello was able to grow his company to serve the Greater Victoria area. By 1980, his small company had grown large enough to be incorporated and became Wilson’s Transportation Ltd.    

Today, through continued commitment to safety and service, the company has grown to become the largest motor coach charter and transportation company on Vancouver Island, serving groups all over the Pacific Northwest. Our staff is comprised of three generations of Wilson family members and a team of talented, dedicated individuals who love what they do.”

Skip Triplett Sep 18, 2024
The Power of a Scholarship
The Power of a Scholarship

Skip Triplett has led a very full life. He's been a soldier, a corporate manager, an educator, and now a governance, leadership and engagement consultant. He lives in Colwood with his wife, Stewart Ann.

For today's purposes, let's focus on his education experience. He led Kwantlen Polytechnic University (it has campuses in Langley, Surrey, and Richmond) in its transitions from a Community College to a University. He retired as its President in 2008 and is now its President Emeritus. He is currently the Board Chair of LaSalle College Vancouver, a private degree granting college focused on creative industries. Our own former member Jamie Kemp is its Chief Academic Officer.

He is a former member the Rotary Clubs of Richmond, South Surrey, and Westshore. He has served as Chair of Rotary International District 5050's and District 5020's International Scholarship Committees and as member of the College Action Committee of Victoria's Western Communities. It was the impetus behind the Camosun, Royal Roads, and U Vic collaborations to bring on-site post-secondary education to the West Shore.

He loves watching young people grow career, leadership, and citizenship skills. Now in his early 80s, he is still at it! He is the Army Cadet League of Canada's BC Branch Representative for South Vancouver Island where he provides advice and support to the Cadet Corps of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment in Esquimalt, the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria, and the 39 Service Battalion in Saanich.

TBA Sep 25, 2024
Dann Gunn Oct 02, 2024
High Tech pumps billions into our economy.. find out how, here
High Tech pumps billions into our economy..  find out how, here

After being accepted by Royal Roads University, Dan transferred from Trent University where he started in Political Science after unexpectedly getting elected to Georgina City Council when he was 22. Fortunately for Dan, one of his RRU profs was Doug Taylor, the then CEO of VIATEC. They hit it off and two weeks after graduating Dan started on a 7-month contract.

Dan loves how the not-for-profit world allows his entrepreneurial spirit to flourish while making a difference helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Having previously operated his own IT support company and a publishing company, Dan knows how tough starting a business can be and he takes great satisfaction from playing any role he can in helping others achieve their goals.

20 years later, Dan's 7-month contract has turned into a career and in 2005, he was promoted to leading the organization. A lover of creativity and innovation, Dan takes pride in VIATEC's unique approach to serving its members.

Dan's Talk:

The 2023 Economic Impact Study showcases the remarkable growth and substantial contributions of Victoria’s tech sector. We worked long and hard with an Economist to produce these significant results, using data from 1,173 local tech companies. The study highlights several key findings:

  • Total Economic Impact: $7.8 billion
  • Growth Since 2017: 50.8% increase
  • Job Creation: 19.3% more net jobs

These findings illustrate the tech sector's significant role in bolstering Victoria’s economy, positioning it as a crucial driver of local prosperity. The study not only underscores the impressive advancements made but also emphasizes the importance of ongoing support and investment to maintain and accelerate this momentum.