Chairman of Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation resigns

NANAIMO – Andre Sullivan resigned Monday after 18 months at the helm of the board.

Andre Sullivan, chairman of the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation, has resigned.

Sullivan resigned Monday from the economic development corporation, following on the heels of three other resignations last week.

He has been a board member since the organization started in 2011, and chairman for the past 18 months.

The move comes as Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation faces a new mandate from the City of Nanaimo and partnering agreement. The organization is also without a chief executive officer who was fired last week after issuing an op-ed on the city decision to remove tourism from the umbrella of the corporation.

Sullivan said his resignation is not tied to the decision on tourism but is in large part because it got too busy and he couldn’t continue to volunteer at that level.

“My business is going gangbusters right now and I just need to focus on it and I just didn’t see myself leading the organization through another period where there wasn’t a CEO in place,” he said.

“I really enjoyed my time there. I think it’s an exceptional organization, it’s done some great work over the last six years and I think Nanaimo is a great place to do business and I will continue to support the growth of the economy through my private business.”

The economic development corporation has a 17-member board, which, with the resignation of Sullivan is now down to 12. One member resigned in September and three last week. It has not been confirmed if there are further resignations.