Nanaimo council hoping to fill depleted economic development board

By Dominic Abassi
November 27, 2016 - 1:43pm

NANAIMO — Council has put out the call for applications to fill some of the empty positions on the board of directors for the Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation (NEDC).
According to the NEDC's website, there are only eight members left on the board, two of them city representatives.

As of September, the board was at its maximum size of 17.
That number was slashed following the resignations of 10 board members, nine of them over a two week period in late October and early November. Those departures included current and past board chairs Andre Sullivan and AJ Hustins.

The mass departure came shortly after a council decision to strip tourism from the NEDC's mandate and the subsequent firing of the corporation's chief executive officer.

A city of Nanaimo release states "the NEDC Directors are an integral component of the Corporation’s decision making and are responsible for setting NEDC’s strategic and policy direction."

Newly appointed chair Erralyn Thomas told NanaimoNewsNOW in early November that refilling the board with quality people was a priority.

The release states council is looking for exemplary leaders in the community, with a knowledge of board governance and a willingness to commit to a three year term.

Applications will be accepted in writing until Dec. 23.

The NEDC was established in 2011 as a for-profit arms-length corporation, tasked with providing economic development services for the greater Nanaimo area.

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