Board of Directors
Board of Directors
- President: Aaron Stone
- Past President: Rob Waters
- Vice President: Alana Newton
- Treasurer: Michael Furlot
- Secretary: Cyndi Beaulieu
- Director: Don Banasky
- Director: Sean Dunlop
- Director: John de Leeuw
- Director: Mike Hooper
- Director: Rick Morencie
President: Aaron Stone
Aaron Stone has been a member of the Board of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce since 2013. He brings an extensive background in product management, sales and marketing to the Board having served as a Vice President and Director in several successful business ventures throughout the US and Canada. Very active in the community, Stone also serves on the local Ladysmith and District Credit Union Board of Directors (since 2013) as well as continues to work closely with the Town of Ladysmith and School District 68 on many other community initiatives. He also enjoys coaching, having coached youth soccer in the region.
Past President: Rob Waters
Rob Waters is general manager of Ladysmith Marina.
He has served in management roles focusing on sales and operations in tourism and marine tourism businesses since moving to the west coast from Edmonton in 1968.
Rob has been employed by the Oak Bay Marine Group for over 25 years. He is a Board Member Emeritus of Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Vice President: Alana Newton
Royal Roads Graduate, Certified Exec Coach. 28 years experience as a board member and/or CEO of various NGO’s from 2004-2007. I was the Chief Administrative Officer for the Villiage of Longview, Alberta. Cert of Management of Banff Centre. Previous in Alberta, Notary Public, Commissioner for Oaths and Marriage Commissioner. Currently I am Exec. Secretary/Admin for Seventh Step Society of Canada. Business owner of Presents of Mind Coaching and Jockey Person 2 Person (direct Sales business). I am also a trained facilitator and public speaker. My husband George and I are the Managers of the Town & Country Mobile Home Park and have been residents of Ladysmith for threee years. I believe I can bring my knowledge of good governance, Municipal perspective and an entreprenerial attitude. I have good computer skills and a good grasp of Social Media.
Treasurer: Michael Furlot
Michael Furlot is an Independant Investment and Insurance Advisor with 25 years of business-management experience. He is based in Ladysmith and has been a member of the community since 2000.
Furlot has been a part of many different community groups including a past president of the Rotary Club and is currently club Secretary, is a board member for the Ladysmith Resources Centre, member of the Ladysmith Seniors Advisory Council and Treasurer of the Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce .
Secretary: Cyndi Beaulieu
Cyndi has lived in Ladysmith for the last 16 years and has been a part of Royal LePage for the last 15 years.
During her time in Ladysmith, she has been a part of the advisory planning commission and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Ladysmith Golf Course and the Chamber of Commerce.
Cyndi has worked everywhere from the office to the coal industry and has even been a disk jockey at a radio station in Nelson, B.C.
Director: Don Banasky
Don began his career with an entrepreneurial spirit as President of Untamed Industries Inc. providing customers with a variety of labour-related services. In 1994, he joined TimberWest Forest Corp. and gained experience as a Chokerman, Rigging Slinger, Hooktender, and a mechanical processor operator. In 2002, along with Bryan Gregson he launched FallTech Logging Ltd., which provided mechanical falling and bunching services of upwards of a million cubic meters a year. At this time he also began D. Banasky Logging Consultants Ltd., which focused on project management, safety, and systems development, team building and training.
In 2011 FallTech Logging Ltd. was purchased by The Gregson Group and Don continues to provide consulting and management service to both companies. Don acts as general foreman for Copcan Contracting Ltd., and is involved in many capacities including estimating, project and systems management, strategic business development and safety implementation.
He serves as a Director of Practicum Placement at VIU as well as President of the TLA and sits on numerous committees including the Steep Slope Advisory Committee, Incident investigation Advisory Committee, STIR Committee and various other safety committees in the hopes to make a difference in the Forest Industry in BC and abroad.
As a result of Don’s safety and leadership experience, he has recently become an international speaker promoting and supporting initiatives that advocate healthy workplace environments, while integrating safety, quality and production to produce a work force that masters situational awareness. In 2013 Don was awarded the BC Forest Safety Council MVP in Safety Award.
Director: John de Leeuw
John de Leeuw has been the CEO of Ladysmith & District Credit Union since 2005. Prior to acting as CEO he worked at the Credit Union as Operations Manager for 10 years. John has been working in the Credit Union system for over 22 years in Alberta, Saskatchewan and BC. In his role as CEO, John has assembled an excellent Executive Team consisting of Managers of Member Services, Support Services, Insurance and Human Resources.
John has been involved within the Ladysmith community for many years having served previously on the Chamber of Commerce and other community boards. When not at work he enjoys spending time camping, fishing and spending time with his wife and daughters.
Director: Sean Dunlop
Sean Dunlop moved to Ladysmith in 2011 when he and his brother purchased the Home Hardware Building Centre. Prior to Ladysmith Sean and his wife lived in Victoria where he worked in Labour Relations and Human Resource Management.
Although the business opportunity is what led Sean to Ladysmith, he was just as excited about the opportunity to move back to a smaller community and start a family. Sean grew up in Port Hardy where he worked in the family hardware business and learned the importance and community value in being involved in such organizations such the a Chamber of Commerce.
Director: Mike Hooper
President, CEO – Nanaimo Airport
Mike was born and raised on Vancouver Island - he has lived in the Yellow Point Area since the early 1960’s, where he and his wife Kathy have raised three daughters, and are now enjoying the adventures of three grandchildren.
Mike has an under-graduate degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Royal Roads University in Victoria.
Mike worked for MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser, in operational and strategic land management for 26 years – followed by 2 years as a business consultant. He has been a member of numerous Boards; including Park and Fire commissions, the BC Forest Museum, BC Aviation Council, and 1 year on the Nanaimo Airport Commission.
Mike accepted the appointment of airport President and CEO in May of 2006. During the past 8 years the NAC team has completed a number of improvements at the Nanaimo Airport and they are now working to increase the number of destinations to better service the people in the surrounding regions.
Director: Rick Morencie
After 25 plus years of military service and wanting to stay in the Cowichan Valley, Rick and his wife Kathy moved to Ladysmith. Rick joined the military pretty much out of high school and became a Naval Electrician. He worked his way up the ranks through various postings, training and positions dealing with people and machinery difficulties on a regular basis.
While still active in the military Rick was an active volunteer in the community, volunteering in several positions from coaching sports, to a Scouting Leader. He also spent 10 years as a volunteer fireman with the Duncan Volunteer Fire Department.
After the summer off following his retirement, Rick started dealing in second hand items and was offered to rent a commercial space at a real decent rate. Being an offer to good to refuse, he opened a second hand store called Red’s Emporium. Shortly after the opening of Red’s Emporium, Rick received the Sears Catalogue Merchant position for the Ladysmith and surrounding areas.
After being in business for 2 years and being a Director for the Chamber of Commerce for the past year, Rick would like to continue his commitment and assistance with the various activities that the Chamber is involved in.