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Chamber Chats with CEO, Bruce Williams

As part of The Chamber's commitment to keeping businesses up-to-date with information that can help them stay successful, Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce CEO, Bruce Williams is engaging in a series of conversations with leading subject experts.

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Victoria International Airport looking to future of air travel
Victoria International Airport is our air travel gateway to the rest of the world. It also happens to be one of the best managed and most scenic airports in the world. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with YYJ CEO Elizabeth Brown about post pandemic recovery, future plans for the airport and more.
23:45 6/12/24
CFB Esquimalt BASE Commander Captain (Navy) Kevin Whiteside
Greater Victoria is home to Maritime Forces Pacific, located along the West Coast of BC. CFB Esquimalt is headquarters for these operations and in Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks about the presence of the Royal Canadian Navy with CFB Esquimalt BASE Commander Captain (Navy) Kevin Whiteside.
20:22 6/5/24
FortisBC CEO Roger Dall’Antonia chats about keeping up with the demand for sustainable and renewable energy
As BCs population grows there will be increased demand for energy and power for homes, businesses and industry. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with FortisBC CEO Roger Dall’Antonia about keeping up with the demand for sustainable and renewable energy.
22:40 5/29/24
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)
Social service agencies and governments are working on addressing the current housing crisis in the Capital Region. Housing is a Canada wide issue and in this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams gets a National perspective on homelessness as he speaks with Tim Richter and Elisabeth Noble about the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
22:35 5/15/24
Culinary and Cannabis Tours in Victoria
Food and heritage tours in Greater Victoria are not just for tourists and visitors. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with three tour operations you can enjoy, Off The Eaten Track, A Taste of Victoria Food Tours, and in case your appetite needs a boost, Victoria Cannabis Tours
22:13 5/8/24
Colwood Mayor Doug Kobayashi
Like many municipalities in Greater Victoria the City of Colwood saw great change with the results of the last Municipal Election. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Colwood Mayor Doug Kobayashi about the new direction Colwood is taking.
22:54 5/1/24
Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch
There are many infrastructure projects pending inside the Tweed Curtain. Oak Bay Mayor Kevin Murdoch joins CEO Bruce Williams to outline what work is ahead. 
22:47 4/24/24
What is Ethical Investing?
While we invest money to make money we can also chose to invest money to make a difference. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Daniel Marley of Island Savings about how to make sustainable, ethical and responsible choices when investing.
22:52 4/17/24
Country Grocer and The Root Cellar chat about food security, and supporting local, on Vancouver Island
In this Chamber Chat, CEO Bruce Williams chats with two local grocery store owner/operators Daisy Orser Co-founder of The Root Cellar, and Craig Cavan, the South Island Operations Manager for Counrty Grocer.
22:36 4/3/24
3 Local Mobile Businesses in Victoria
One of the lasting shifts in the post pandemic world is the trend toward taking services mobile instead of in-office, in -clinic or in-store. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with three Chamber members who have gone mobile with dental services, health therapy and vehicle detailing with Compass Mobile Massage, Wheely Clean Dental and Figs Detailing.
22:16 3/27/24
District of Saanich Mayor, Dean Murdock
The District of Saanich is undergoing some significant transformation with plans for neighborhoods, transit and Parks. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams discusses all those issues and more with Saanich Mayor Dean Murdock.
22:44 3/20/24
Inter-Cultural Association, Greater Victoria, with CEO Shelly D'Mello
Immigrants to Greater Victoria encounter opportunities but also challenges as they settle into their new lives here. The Inter-Cultural Association provides services and programmes to these newcomers. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with ICA CEO Shelly D’Mello about the work they do.
22:47 3/7/24
Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto 2024
Greater Victoria is comprised of 9 First Nations and 13 municipal governments with Victoria being the municipality garnering the most attention. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto about safety in the streets, taxes and people who don’t like bike lanes.
22:38 2/29/24
Our Place Society, 2024
We have seen a steady increase in people living on the street and in many cases their mental illness challenges and drug induced behavior are on full public display. The Our Place Society supports those facing homelessness and addictions through a number of programmes and facilities. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams hears about the care being provided with Our Place CEO Julian Daly.
22:56 2/22/24
The procedures and processes involved in immigration to Canada
We know immigration to Canada is essential to growing our economy and the workforce needed to maintain that growth. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with immigration consultants Luciane Luthi and Chris Brown about the procedures and process involved in immigration to Canada
22:42 2/15/24
Co-op with UVic and Camosun College
Close to half of the employees doing our important Chamber work came to us through Co-op with UVic and Camosun College. That could support your business. In the Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams chats with past Chamber co op students and the Presidents of Canosun and UVic.
22:38 2/8/24
Times Colonist Editor and Publisher Dave Obee
The ways we gather our information and news have been evolving for decades. Where are we now in a mostly digital world and how has conventional media adapted to change ? In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams talks about the current state of media with Times Colonist Editor and Publisher Dave Obee
22:53 2/1/24
Pathways and Partnerships, Career Education in School District 61
Students start engaging with career options at a very early age, maybe earlier than you might realize. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams discusses how this happens in School District 61 with Superintendent Deb Whitten and Lindsay Johnson, SD61 Vice Principal of Pathways and Partnerships, Career Education
22:58 1/25/24
The Canadian Coast Guard
Marine Search and Rescue, spill response, navigational support and marine vessel support are all part of the function of the Canadian Coast Guard. You’ve seen their ships, now hear the whole story of what they do. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Coast Guard Assistant Commissioner Derek Moss
22:20 1/18/24
The M.V. Coho, Black Ball Ferry Lines, learn the fascinating history.
M.V. Coho has been moving Canadians and Americans across our marine highway between BC and Washington State since the late 1950s. Its history is a fascinating story and in this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams hears that story from Ryan Burles with Black Ball Ferry Line.
22:54 1/4/24
A look ahead to how we can best manage our finances both personal and business.
2023 has been a disruptive year for us all with our financial matters being impacted by inflation and higher interest rates. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams gets an assessment of the year past and a look ahead to how we can best manage our finances both personal and business. Bruce speaks with financial experts Graeme Kaye with Island Savings and our Board Chair Kris Wirk, a partner with the accounting firm Dusanj and Wirk
22:48 12/28/23
Western Canada's first Chamber of Commerce turns 160
The Chamber has been the voice of business in Greater Victoria for 160 years and has been celebrating this milestone throughout 2023 through initiatives such as the 1863 web project. CEO Bruce Williams speaks with The Chamber's project lead Jim Zeeben and research and co-op student Lian Woo about their work chronicling our region's economic past as well as the diverse history of communities connected by commerce on Vancouver Island.
22:31 12/21/23
Managing our seasonal stress with Canadian Mental Health Association CEO Jonny Morris
The Holiday Season is stressful for so many people in so many ways. Inflation, interest rates and uncertainty are compounding mental health too. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams talks about managing our seasonal stress with Canadian Mental Health Association CEO Jonny Morris.
22:48 12/14/23
Are you financially literate?
Do you fully understand the implications of inflation and higher interest rates? None of us are untouched by these factors. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams discusses financial literacy tips with Luke Biles of MNP and Travis Koivula of Island Savings.
22:43 12/7/23
Victoria Hospitals Foundation 2023 Update
Despite challenges we experience within our Healthcare system Canada is still a world leader in providing care to sick people. That care is not all paid for by your tax dollars. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams learns about how philanthropy enhances our hospital care from Avery Brohman of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.
22:15 11/30/23
Royal BC Museum’s ongoing operations
The Royal BC Museum has been under scrutiny since a controversial announcement last year about it’s planned temporary closure and rebuild. In this Chamber Chat with CEO Bruce Williams you will learn the status of those plans and RBCM’s ongoing operations with RBCM Board Chair Leslie Brown and Acting CEO Tracy Drake
22:53 11/23/23
Construction, Building and Design
Construction, building and design are robust across our region and have been for many years. What is trending, what is the impact of high interest rates and inflation, and is it best to build or renovate ? These issues and more are discussed in this Chamber Chat as CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Ann Squires Ferguson of Western Design and Build and Dave Stephens of Lida Construction.
22:09 11/16/23
Victoria Foundation Vital Sign Report 2023
Just like your vital signs data reveals how healthy you are, The Victoria Foundation Vital Sign Report analyses the health and vibrancy of our community. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams speaks with Paige Shoenfeld, VP with Leger and Jonathan Dyck, Director with the Victoria Foundation to check on our region’s Vital Signs.
22:50 11/9/23
Cyber Security with Rachel Guinto from Island Savings
How often do you see a questionable email or text message and wonder if it’s a scam ? Cyber security is a growing concern and cyber crime is a growing business. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams gets good advice about on line engagement from Rachel Guinto of Island Savings.
22:50 11/2/23
Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.. In Victoria! January 2024
The eyes of Canada will be on Victoria in January 2024 when we host the National Sportsnet broadcast of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. In this Chamber Chat CEO Bruce Williams gets all the details of the who, when and where from the organizers of this epic hockey event.
22:28 10/12/23