There are Nomination Advisors representing each of the five regions identified on Vancouver Island. They provide support to submissions from the public and work to encourage nominations in each of their communities.
Victoria and Area
Rahim is the GM and Owner at Max Furniture, a furniture store he co-founded with partner Al Hasham in 2008. Max Furniture specializes in Canadian Made Furniture located in Victoria BC. Rahim is also a partner in a small bookkeeping business, as well as, Sound Equipment and Photo Booth rental business. Before getting into business Rahim attended the University of Victoria and graduated with a Sociology Degree and a Minor in Business. Rahim is able to help many charities and local non for profits through his role at Max Furniture. He is a very large promoter of shopping local and helping the Vancouver Island economy grow. He wants to sustain great business practices so his business can hire even more employees and help build a stronger future for young entrepreneurs in Victoria.
Matt Peulen is co-founder of Metropolitan Capital Partners and Canadian Lighthouse Capital, Matt brings leadership, investment expertise, and business support to both roles. Matt consistently goes above and beyond in his business dealings, developing mutually rewarding relationships based on trust and respect. He is skilled at managing many different perspectives and at finding a workable solution for everyone involved. He is highly regarded as a bridge-builder in the business community in and around Victoria. A devoted husband and father, Matt carves out a considerable amount of time to sit on the Board of Directors for both the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson Centre’s.
I am a married father of 3 year old twins. I am a lawyer practicing civil litigation in Duncan. I was the Vice President of the Cowichan Valley Bar Association 2009-1010 and President in 2011. I am a member of the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia. I am currently a member of the Young Professionals of Cowichan whose goal is to improve social and business networking as well as community involvement. I am the Chair of the Cowichan Wheels Association. The CWA raises money and awareness for local people with spinal cord injuries and improving access in the community. I am an organizer of the local wheelchair rugby club, which is my sport of choice as a quadriplegic.
John is a natural leader & entrepreneur with a background in international marketing, branding & internet marketing. John launched his personal real estate business on Vancouver Island in 2008, and has achieved rare success in an exceptionally competitive marketplace. He has grown his business into a thriving firm, Cooper McLintock & Associates, which includes a senior partner, six employees, and is currently ranked as one of the Top 100 RE/MAX Teams in Western Canada, a region with more than 3000 teams. Cooper McLintock also ranks within the top 1% of VIREB REALTORs for 2014 sales. In 2013 John represented more homebuyers in Nanaimo than any other realtor on the planet. John also founded the international networking group, Elite Agents, and has served his community on the board of the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association (DNBIA) since 2009, where he was elected president in 2011, and is currently serving his third term as President.
Daniel Martinez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico and has a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2007 Daniel came to Nanaimo to attend VIU where he obtained his MBA. Daniel is a Partner at Integral Wealth Securities – Nanaimo Branch. He is an Investment and Insurance advisor as well as a Certifed Financial Planner® professional. Daniel loves living in Nanaimo and he donates much of his time to making it an even better place to live. He is the current Vice-President of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo and the Development Director of the Nanaimo Community Foundation. He is an active member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. Daniel is part of the Faculty of Management at Vancouver Island University and has participated with Junior Achievement in Nanaimo.
Professionally, I feel my greatest achievements have been in service to my clients where I have facilitated multi million dollar sales and acquisitions and assisted with the obtaining and maintenance of financing for capital projects in excess of $20million. I generally provide guidance and direction allowing businesses to succeed. In my volunteer roles, most substantially as Board Chair for the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, I continue to support the improvement of our quality of life by ensuring businesses have the opportunity to succeed. One of the most enjoyable volunteer roles was two terms as treasurer of the Young Professionals of Nanaimo during which I obtained grant funding and assisted with the administration of the revitalization of the Nanaimo Train Station.
Comox Valley and Campbell River
Drew joined the Jim’s Clothes Closet family in 2003 as a part time sales associate, and in 2013 at age 27, was promoted to General Manager of the company. Jim’s has grown to 3 stores, and has seen double digit growth over the last 4 years due to Drew’s commitment to quality product and customer service. Drew has been president of his strata association since 2007, leading multiple capital projects. Drew attributes his success in business to his mentor, store owner Don Ferster, and his family; spouse Tamara, and their 3 children, Jaedon, Lydia, and Jillian.
Due to his many successes Derek was offered partnership this year with the largest accounting firm in Northern Vancouver Island with a staff of 30 people. In addition to his achievements in his career, Derek holds several community positions in a number of executive boards and service clubs. He has a passion for volunteering and a commitment to his community, whether it is serving as a treasurer or director, or mentoring young adults. He is currently the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of the North Island College, a Director and Treasurer of Community Futures Strathcona Regional District, a Board Member of John Perkins Memorial Housing Society and the Membership Chair on the board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Campbell River.
Port Alberni & West Coast
Kama is a community connector, empowering educator, and lifelong learner who returned to Port Alberni for career and family. She is a champion for informing and empowering multi-barriered youth as an English, Social Justice and STEP UP (Skills Training Employment Program) teacher whose job includes developing local partnerships with non-profits and businesses to facilitate effective transitions to the post-secondary and the workforce. Kama was the Alberni Valley Times’ ‘Newsmaker of the Year’. She has been active in the school-based First Nations Steering Committee, Alberni Community and Women’s Resources (ACAWS) Board, and Rotary Arts District Oversight Committee. Accolades include: UNICEF BC Educator of the Year, BCCIC’s ‘We Make a Difference’ Award, Athabasca University A-MAISING Alumni, and BCTRA Golden Star Award for Legion partnerships.
Please contact the Nomination Advisor in your area.