Outdoor experts heading to Pearkes Rec Centre for expo

What's new around the business scene for Greater Victoria

The Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo comes to the Pearkes Recreation Centre April 21 and 22, bringing together experts, products and services for the coming camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing and cycling seasons.

Activities on-site include archery, a 12-metre air gun range, a paintball range, fishing simulator and kids’ zone.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for kids (five and younger free), or $20 for a family (two adults, two kids). For more details, visit www.ifmevents.com.

New & Notable

Campus Acura threw open the doors last week for the much-anticipated grand opening of its new showroom at 3347 Oak St.

Campus Auto Group’s Richard Graham, management and staff welcomed Takashi Sekiguchi, president and CEO of Honda Canada; Jerry Chenkin, executive vice-president of Honda Canada, and invited guests to the celebration. Following a ceremonial ribbon cutting and gift exchange, Campus unveiled the all-new Acura ILX, set to be released in late May or early June. Also on display was the all-new 2013 RDX Sport Utility, available now.

The Fairmont Empress has transformed its Kipling’s restaurant into the Ivy Ballroom, which will open with a celebratory party in early May. With a capital investment of more than $500,000, this airy space – just under 4,500 square feet and with room for up to 280 guests – takes its name from the ivy façade of the iconic local hotel.

The board of governors of Commissionaires Victoria, the Islands and Yukon recently welcomed John Dewar as chief executive officer, replacing the retiring Stan Verran.

Dewar has held a number of senior executive positions elsewhere, and also served in the Royal Canadian Navy, where he commanded HMCS Chignecto, Miramichi and Huron.

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association-Victoria has issued the call for entries for its 2012 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island.

Entry forms and criteria are online at www.chbavictoria.com and submissions are due by 4 p.m. on June 11. Entrants must be members of the CHBA, a registered non-profit organization supporting education and training, professionalism, consumer awareness and housing affordability.

Awards & Accolades

The Vancouver Island chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) recently presented the McCall family of McCall Bros. Funeral Directors Ltd. with the Family Enterprise of the Year Achievement Award. The award recognizes Canadian family businesses and the considerable contribution they make to their local communities and national economy. McCall Bros. is a fourth-generation family business, serving the Victoria community since 1921.

In the Community

Support women’s shelters across Canada with the annual Shelter from the Storm campaign from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Winners and HomeSense.

Running until May 13, the campaign will see partial proceeds from the sale of specially designed products go toward helping women and children rebuild their lives after abuse, through supporting violence prevention programs and more than 450 shelters nationwide.

Submit your business news to jblyth@telus.net.

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