Join Sunshine Coast Tourism & Partners for the 2018 Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday November 7th, 2018

Where: Seasider Bistro + Wine Bar, Powell River

  • Speaker Series: 10am – 4pm
  • Annual General Meeting: 4pm – 6pm

Sunshine Coast Tourism’s AGM is your opportunity to learn more about our organization and review the year’s marketing, media, and financial activities. This meeting is open to the public, with special encouragement for SCT members, tourism stakeholders, and government officials to attend.  Members will also vote on Board of Director positions (updated nomination information below). 

We’d also like to invite you to attend a number of free presentations put on by industry leaders throughout the day. There is no charge to attend, however we encourage you to RSVP to ensure your space.

Speaker Schedule, Nov 7th 2018
10:00am – 11:00am
BC Ferries – Darin Guenette – Manager, Public Affairs

11:00am – 12:00pm
Green Tourism Canada- Angela Nagy, CEO

12:00pm – 1:00pm 
Lunch Break (on own)

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Go2HR – Arlene Keis, Director, Industry HR Development

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Indigenous Tourism BC – Theo Assu, Director, Development & Training

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Destination Management – Shawna Leung, Destination BC

Annual General Meeting, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Proposed Bylaw Changes

The SCT Board of Directors has recommended the following amendments to the current Bylaws. This change is necessitated in order to update in accordance with the new Societies Act, as well as reflect changes in Provincial legislation that took effect October 1, 2018 in regards to MRDT collection.  The proposed changes can be viewed HERE, with the amendments in red.

Bylaws may be amended by special resolution of the Members present and voting at the upcoming AGM on November 7th, 4pm at the Seasider Bistro in Powell River.

Unable To Attend In Person? 
Members Can Vote By Proxy

Members of Sunshine Coast Tourism can now vote by proxy.  According to the bylaws:

Proxy voting at any General Meeting is permitted for members who are:

  • a) Members in good standing
  • b) Able to submit in writing (by email or letter) the name of the proxy member 2 weeks prior to the General Meeting
  • c) Able to arrange a proxy member to be present at the General Meeting. No member may be allowed to serve as proxy for more than one member at any one time. 

To make this process easier, you can submit this form to confirm your proxy vote.  In accordance with the bylaws, this must be submitted no later than October 24, 2018.  If you have any questions about this process, please email

2017 AGM Minutes for your review >

Board of Director Nominations:

One of the most important matters dealt with at the AGM will be election of the Board of Directors. 

The following Directors have served 1 year of their 2-year terms and will therefore continue another year:

  • John Hermsen, Footprint Kayak & Hike Explorations – Member At Large, North
  • Linda Williams, Coast Cultural Alliance – Arts & Culture
  • Theressa Logan, Sunshine Coast Air – Recreation

The remaining 8 positions will be elected to 2-year terms, with exceptions noted below.

  • 1 x Large Accommodation (4 units +) – North (2 year term) 
  • 1 x Large Accommodation – North (1 year term)
  • 1 x Large Accommodation – South (2 year term)
  • 1 x Large Accommodation – South (1 year term)
  • 1 x Small Accommodations & Campgrounds (3 units or less)
  • 2 x Member at Large – South
  • 1 x Member at Large – North

The following members have been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors, and will be voted upon at the upcoming AGM on November 7th. As a reminder, the bylaws do allow for nominations from the floor at the AGM, so if you were unable to submit your form in time please know that is still an option.

Large Accommodation North (2 Seats Available):
Jack Barr, Beach Gardens Resort
Dikran Zabunyun, Town Centre Hotel

Large Accommodation South (2 Seats Available)
Martin Prestage, Up the Creek Backpacker’s Lodge

Small Accommodations & Campgrounds (1 Seat Available)
Bob Timms, Texada Vacation Rental

Member at Large, South (2 Seats Available)
Chris Greenfield, 101 Brewhouse & Distillery
Jamie Mani, Alpha Adventures

Member at Large, North (1 Seat Available)
Christine Hollmann, Terracentric Coastal Adventures

The following bio information was submitted by each nominee:

Name:  Jamie Mani, Alpha Adventures
Position sought: Member at Large, South

I have worked in the adventure tourism industry for 24 years and opened Alpha Adventures 17 years ago. As a certified guide in a number of areas – I still love being outside and sharing the very best of the Sunshine Coast with our clients in addition to operating other aspects of our business.

Having operated our business in both sections of the Sunshine Coast (upper based out of Powell River and lower based out of Sechelt and Pender Harbour) I have a unique perspective on strategic planning for the Sunshine Coast as a region. My experience on other boards and with a variety of community groups will assist me in creating cohesive policies that assist our area. I am excited and passionate about tourism on the Sunshine Coast, and I welcome the opportunity to return and serve for another term on the board of SCT.

Name:  Martin Prestage, Up The Creek Consulting
Position sought: Large Accommodation, South

As owner of Up The Creek Backpacker’s Lodge in Roberts Creek, now in it’s 14th year of operation, I have long been dedicated to supporting sustainable and responsible tourism on the Sunshine Coast. UTC is the only surviving lodge of it’s kind on the South Coast, where business is not driven by profit alone. Our company philosophy is based upon my own personal life goals, focusing on sustainability, recycling, waste reduction, community spirit and positive attitude.

In between running two businesses and parenting, I have now been on the board of Sunshine Coast Tourism for four years, the last two as President. Before that I was Marketing Chair of the former SCBBCOA. I also remain on the board of Transportation Choices (one of the two founding directors), advocating for cyclists and public transit users along the Coast, and deliverers of the annual Bike to Work Week.

SCT’s board firmly adopted the role of a Strategic Governance board with the introduction of MRDT in August 2016. Since that date, a full compliment of staff have benefited from the strong leadership of an 11 person board with an involved Executive. However, this has meant a ‘hands-off’ approach that has allowed staff to develop and grow.

Name:  Dikran Zabunyan, Town Centre Hotel
Position sought: Large Accommodation, North

I am a visionary, vibrant, innovative, focused, prepared and attention to detail hospitality executive with a very diverse background in the overall management of Award Winning Elite Resorts (including Rockwater Resort and Spa) Boutique Hotels and a Four Diamond Casino Resort.

In addition to serving on the Sunshine Coast Tourism Board from 2012 through 2014, I feel that I have a good understanding of SCT’s mission and core values. Given my 30 years experience within the Hospitality Industry I feel that I can make a solid contribution to this Board.

Name:  Bob Timms, Texada Vacation Rental
Position sought: Small Accommodations & Campgrounds

Bob Timms has been involved with Tourism for well over 20 years is the small accommodation sector. He is one of the founding Directors of Tourism Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and currently the President of Tourism Powell River. He has also served on Sunshine Coast Tourism’s Board in the past.

I am offering my nomination as representative of the small accommodations and campgrounds to help ensure their prosperity through their membership with Tourism Powell River and Sunshine Coast Tourism. Help with the ever changing marketing models one being the transition of TPR into SCT and how to maintain local identity and branding techniques.

Name:  Christine Hollmann, Terracentric Coastal Adventures 
Position sought: Member at Large, North

Christine is born & raised in Powell River and has worked in tourism and hospitality since her teenage years. She is a co-founder & co-owner of Terracentric Coastal Adventures Ltd in the busy destination of Lund. Having been in business since 2001, Christine has seen the exponential growth of the Sunshine Coast into a major tourism destination with the benefits and challenges that this presents to the communities along the coast.

Having been on the Board both pre MRDT and now again during MRDT, Christine has a good working knowledge of the board, its strategic plan and the work that it needs to do in order to meet the needs of the both the communities it serves and the changing needs of the tourism customer. Maintaining the sustainability of our communities for both residents and visitors alike, so the Coast continues to be a place one wants to live in and visit, is key to the health of the Sunshine Coast & an important value for Christine as both a resident and entrepreneur in Lund.

Name:  Chris Greenfield, Coast Distillery Ltd.
Position sought: Member at Large, South

Co-owner of The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery in Gibsons (2017) and The Troller Ale House in Horseshoe Bay (2013) and a Gibsons resident since 2007.

I can act a direct liaison between Sunshine Coast Tourism and the breweries and distilleries on the Coast. Brewery tourism is a growing in this province and is key to the viability of our businesses. Breweries, Distilleries and Cideries play an important role in promoting the Sunshine Coast and improving the overall tourist experience. Working with Tourism Board would only help to improve the message of the great things the Sunshine Coast has to offer.