December’s Job Makers showcase Vancouver Island/Coast employers and businesses who are helping to grow the area’s economy.
These Job Makers, representing diverse sectors from tourism, forestry, technology, creative industries, agrifoods and manufacturing are among the local businesses and employers revving up the region’s economic engine.
This month’s highlights include:
- Inuktun Services, of Nanaimo, manufacturing remote robotic systems used in confined spaces and hazardous environments. It has grown from a small business of two in 1989 to a company with more than 50 employees and exports to 40 countries.
- Cloudhead Games, started in Coombs and now in Qualicum Beach, this company develops Virtual Reality for the gaming and entertainment industry. It has grown to 15 employees and plans to double in size in 2016.
- Long Hoh Enterprises, a small specialty sawmill based in Nanaimo.
- Cedar Journey Caskets, a First Nations company that manufactures affordable caskets, based in Nanaimo.
- Excel College, from the Comox Valley.
- Sea Cider Farm, on the Saanich Peninsula.
- Ciderhouse, on the Saanich Peninsula.
- Merridale Cidery, in the Cowichan Valley.
- The Moon Under Water Pub & Brewery, in Victoria.
- Accent Inns, in Victoria.
- MediaWorks, in Victoria.
“Vancouver Island is a desirable region to work, live and play,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Businesses locate there because of the skilled labour force and service offerings. Our Job Makers are what make Vancouver Island and BC so successful – they keep our economy diverse, strong and growing by investing in our communities and creating jobs. I am proud to showcase and promote their stories of success.”