Director takes new job

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chris Fudge goes to B.C. Transit

Chris Fudge

With just about a year’s time under his belt at the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Chris Fudge is moving on.

“Making the choice to leave the Chamber was a tough decision and one I struggled with,” explained Fudge, whose last day at the Chamber was Friday, Nov. 22.

“Sometimes opportunities present themselves and this was one that was too good to pass up.”

Fudge joined the Chamber in January of 2012 after serving as the Senior Manager of Member and Visitor Services for Tourism Whistler, a member-based marketing and sales organization, where he was responsible for all member communications and engagement.

Prior to Tourism Whistler, he spent three years as Regional Manager of Accommodation with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and was directly involved in the strategic planning, detailed operational planning and Games readiness phases of the Games.

From 1998 to 2004, Fudge was the International Sales Manager representing Whistler Blackcomb and was instrumental in cultivating relationships with key travel partners around the world and in developing new international markets for the resort. In 2004, he was selected to join the parent company, Intrawest, to support an integrated sales and marketing effort for the company’s network of resorts throughout North America and Europe.

“I will definitely miss the Chamber and the interaction with the community members that I had through the job,” said Fudge.

“Working with the wonderful people in this community, that’s been a highlight for me. Along the way I met some great individuals and I learned what tremendous assets there are here in the community from a business standpoint. I see so much potential in this area,” he said.

Fudge is moving on to a position with B.C. Transit working with their regional transit team.

“It’s a group that works collaboratively with municipalities in B.C. and their transit programs. It involves being out in communities and engaging with stakeholders. There will definitely be some similarities compared to what I was doing in this community,” Fudge said.

As of this Monday (Nov. 25) the day to day management of the Chamber office operations are continuing under the direction and guidance of Linda Duivenvoorden, the Chamber’s Office Administrator, until the board can meet and discuss the next steps on filling Fudge’s position with the organization.

“We wish Chris the best in his new role with B.C. Transit,” said Wendy Everson, the president of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

“He has brought leadership and strong management to the Chamber and we are pleased to know that with similar skilled staff members like Linda, we have the management leadership to easily transition the day to day management. Linda joined the Chamber last summer and she has led the management team on several marketing initiatives. We look forward to Linda continuing this momentum with membership and all business alliances alike.”

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pandemic spurs egg-citement for backyard chickens in Greater Victoria

Fowl surge in popularity during COVID-19 pandemic

Saanich looks at allowing alcohol in parks after North Vancouver gives the green light

Bylaw allowing liquor in parks ‘a very positive idea,’ mayor says

Pandemic profiles: Passion at the heart of community businesses

Businesses rely on community support to stay open

Organizer, Victoria councillor, VicPD talk about upcoming rally for Black lives

‘It’s a simple ask’: Peace rally for Black lives organizer asks people to listen

George Floyd mural appears on Victoria street

Victoria artist Paul Archer painted the mural outside his shop on Fort Street

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

‘Alarmed’: Health critic calls for more data on COVID-19 in trucking industry

Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec said that level of detail is not being collected

UPDATED: Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park arrested

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Most Read