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November 24, 2023

VICA Celebrates New Board of Directors for 2023/2024


November 24, 2023 (Victoria, BC) – The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) and its membership re-elected three industry leaders to its 2023-2024 Board of Directors during its 2023 Annual General Meeting. There were ten nominees from across Vancouver Island. The meeting was held on November 16th, 2023 at the Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse in Saanichton, BC.

Of the ten nominees, incumbents Stuart Cuthbert, Slegg Building Materials, Morley Wilkins, Method Chartered Professional Accounting and Scott Torry, AFC Construction, were re-elected to the board for another term.

For 2023/24 VICA welcomes Stuart Cuthbert as its new Board Chair, Barclay Ellis, Trades Labour Corporation (TLC) Victoria, as Vice-Chair, Scott Torry as Treasurer, Morley Wilkins as Secretary, and Kate Ulmer, Herold Engineering, as Past Chair.

With nearly two decades of domestic and international industry experience, Stuart’s leadership and prowess for exceptional governance positions VICA for success for the coming years. Drawing from his experience on the VICA Board and the BC Construction Association Board of Directors, as well as his background in supply, sub-contracting, and manufacturing, Stuart brings a holistic perspective to the Board Chair, understanding the diverse needs and priorities of VICA Members.

Outgoing Past-Chair Chris Lyons, Omicron Construction, was recognized for his years of service on the VICA Board. Chris was part of the founding group of what is now VICA’s successful Young Builders Network, creating a space for young industry professionals in the construction sector to network and mentorship opportunities. During Chris’ tenure on the VICA Board, he oversaw the pilot and expansion of VICA’s Tailgate Toolkit Program, our Construct Your Future youth employment program, as well as stewarding VICA through the COVID-19 Pandemic. With his departure from the VICA Board, Chris now joins the BC Construction Association’s Board of Directors.


“The need for construction services is at a historically high level, with government presenting policy to address the increasing need for housing and public infrastructure. Guided by the leadership of our 2023-2024 Board of Directors, I am confident that the Vancouver Island Construction Association and its members will be positioned to succeed in addressing the construction needs of Vancouver Island communities.”  

– Rory Kulmala, Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Island Construction Association

“I am deeply thankful to my fellow Vancouver Island Construction Association Members for electing me as their Board Chair. I look forward to continuing the work set forth by our previous board as well as exploring new initiatives to effectively serve VICA Members and the construction community on Vancouver Island. As chair, my dedication lies in upholding VICA’s core values of advocacy, fostering professional growth, ensuring effective governance, and enhancing member benefits.”

Stuart Cuthbert, Board Chair, Slegg Building Materials

“As my tenure as the Chair of the Vancouver Island Construction Association draws to a close, I reflect on a dynamic year in the Vancouver Island construction sector, filled with challenges and notable achievements. Through the collective efforts of the board, VICA leadership, and VICA’s staff we have made a positive impact on the construction landscape on Vancouver Island. I extend my gratitude to the committed group of Directors who stood by me during my tenure, and I am confident that VICA will remain as Vancouver Island’s premier construction industry association.”

Kate Ulmer, Past Chair, Herold Engineering

Owen O’Rourke
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) | 250-800-1722

As the Vancouver Island Construction Association, we serve our construction community: the institutional, commercial, industrial, civil, and multi-family residential construction sectors on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and other coastal areas of British Columbia. VICA members come from all areas of our industry from owners, designers, and contractors to purchasers of construction services. With roots that date back to 1912, we are one of the oldest not-for-profit construction associations in Canada.

(L-R) Stuart Cuthbert, Slegg Building Materials, Morley Wilkins, Method Chartered Professional Accounting, Scott Torry, AFC Construction, Kate Ulmer, Herold Engineering.

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