Regional District of Nanaimo directors join business group

NANAIMO - Following a presentation, the Regional District of Nanaimo has voted to join the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

The Regional District of Nanaimo board has voted to join the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

Directors voted to join the alliance at its board meeting on May 26, following a presentation from Ron Cantelon, alliance chairman-elect.

“Our whole goal, our whole motive of operations is to foster economic development, bring new ideas to Nanaimo to enable collaboration and co-operation among people who want to make new ideas happen,” said Cantelon. “We’re not the deal makers, but we want deal makers together in a forum for them to create new economies and new opportunities.”

The regional district will have to pay an annual fee of $1,000, which will allow board directors and staff to be members.

The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance is a non-profit society that aims to lead economic development on the Island. It is funded by sponsorships, membership fees and money from events.