Garth Busch

Mr. Busch recently retired as MNP LLP’s Regional Managing Partner for Vancouver Island and Northern BC. Mr. Busch has spent more than 40 years delivering accounting, tax, and consulting solutions for a wide variety of clients in diverse industries. Mr. Busch has also been active as a principal in commercial and residential real estate construction and leasing since 1990.

Mr. Busch has been active in many community organizations including being past President or Treasurer of Tourism Prince Albert Inc., the High Noon Optimist Club of Prince Albert, Club Bingo Inc. and North Saskatchewan Summer Games. He has been a member of rotary clubs, Prince Albert Elks Lodge, Junior Achievement, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (“VIEA”), as well as serving on many community boards and committees.

Mr. Busch graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction in 1976 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1978.

Dave Hammond

Mr. Hammond is a partner in the HB Real Estate Group at RE/MAX of Nanaimo. His practice is a combination of residential and commercial business, which includes multi-family, retail, office and industrial land. He has been active in real estate development on Vancouver Island both as an agent and as a principal.

Mr. Hammond is a past director of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board. His community service includes past Chair of the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation, past chair of the Nanaimo Schools Foundation, past Chair of the Nanaimo Hospice renovation project and many others.

He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from the Nanaimo Chamber of commerce.

Mr. Hammond is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce (Real Estate). Mr. Hammond has been a licensed realtor since 1978 and a realtor in Nanaimo since 1980.

Ben Vanderhorst

Mr. Vanderhorst served as Partner at Huxham & Co. Chartered Accountants in Courtenay from 1997 until the merger with MNP in 2004. Mr. Vanderhorst served as Partner of MNP LLP from 2004 until his retirement in 2012.

Mr. Vanderhorst served as a board member of the Practice Review and Licensing Committee (ICABC) from 2000 to 2008, as Director of BC Assessment from 2011 to 2017, as Chair of the HR committee and CEO search committee, and as a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. He has served as treasurer of Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association and the Comox Valley Community Foundation, and president of Comox Valley Farmers Institute and Comox Valley Multiplex Society. In addition, he has served on the boards of the Comox Valley Hospice and Transition societies.

Mr. Vanderhorst is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 1996. He is a past holder of the CPA.CA and the ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors) designations.

Shelley Legin

Ms. Legin’s career spans forty years with her most relevant executive roles being Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President Administration at Vancouver Island University (VIU), General Manager, Corporate Services at the City of Nanaimo and Vice-President at Crown Investment Corporation (CIC). Her background includes maintenance oversight at VIU for three campuses, nine locations and fifty buildings. In her tenure at VIU, she successfully led construction projects totalling over $80 million. At CIC, she managed equity placements and follow-on investments in a $500 million portfolio. She is an engaged leader and is regarded as an expert in strategy development and transformational change.

Over her career she contributed to her profession through association membership and by taking leadership positions on multiple boards including the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, Mid-Island Business Initiative, VIU Initiatives Trust, BC Association of Institutes and Universities, Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) Summit and the Canadian Association of University Business Officers.

She has served her community with long-term board positions on both the Family YMCA and the Globe Theatre Society boards.

She has an MBA from Queen’s University, is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and is a Doctoral Candidate for a Doctor of Business Administration degree at Royal Roads University (RRU). Ms. Legin is also Associate Faculty at RRU School of Business.

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