“I BELIEVE IN SUSTAINABLE, LOCAL FOOD SOURCES. I’M SO HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN CONNECTED WITH LIKE-MINDED INVESTORS”
Board of Directors
Karin brings a wealth of both practical and formal training to VICIC. Her keen and often unique insights into sustainability have been developed through experience in farming, many and varied volunteer activities, political involvement at executive levels, and a financial acumen honed over many years, while running her own successful professional practice. Karin’s areas of expertise include accounting, bookkeeping, taxation, systems design and implementation, change management, GHG calculations, and mentoring clients so they can be propelled forward to success. When Karin is not at the office or relaxing at home with her feet up sipping a glass of wine, you might find her at a routine gym training, skydiving, long-distance running, sailing her small sailboat to the South Pacific and back, or undertaking some fun activities with her grandson. With an exceptional ability to absorb, synthesize, refine, and present huge volumes of information or data in a digestible format, Karin is a keeper when it comes to VICIC’s bookkeeping. Be aware however, that behind her disarming smile and ready wit, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Andreas has held multiple senior finance positions since the late 1990s within corporations in the UK, Europe, United States, and Canada. He has worked in a variety of industries, including commercial real estate development, IT and telecommunication, travel, media, as well as ecological- and social enterprise. He has a special interest in sustainably operating and “triple bottom-line” enterprises.
He holds an MA in Economics from the FU University Berlin and MBA from Royal Roads University in Victoria. Andreas lives in Victoria.
Murdith McLean is a semi-retired professor of philosophy, who continues to publish academic articles on alternative business models. Murdith taught courses in professional and business ethics at the University of Manitoba, was the head of St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba for 17 years, and more recently taught at the University of Victoria where he has been actively engaged with issues regarding religion and the solidarity economy. Currently, he is leading a research project on the role of liberation theology in the social economy. Murdith’s life-long experience as a co-op member has given him a special interest in the potential of co-operatives and organizations based in common property to produce socially preferable outcomes.
Michael is a long-time resident of Galiano Island. He earned a Ph.D in ecology from UBC and is a retired provincial civil servant, former university professor and secondary school science teacher. He was the founding chair of the CRD’s Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission and currently chairs the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. Other current community activities include serving as the vice-president of the Galiano Community Loan Fund Society and vice-chair of the Galiano Parks and Recreation Commission.
Penny Pattison’s background is in Information Technology and Project Management, with a degree from the University of Waterloo. Penny has spent 35 years as a member and almost two decades as an active volunteer with Servas International, a world-wide peace and travel organization which is completely run by volunteers. She also spent several years on the Board of Directors of the Western Canada branch of Oikocredit, an international financial cooperative. As President, she was intimately involved in analyzing options for facilitating local investment. During the 4 years that Penny spent as a board member of the Community Social Planning Council, she was part of a group that initiated the process that culminated in VICIC, and is a founding member.
Mike Graeme grew up on unceded Sinixt territory in Nelson, B.C. After learning about the oppression that the Sinixt and other First Nations were facing in Canada, Mike changed paths to explore his responsibilities as a settler. Mike now holds a degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, where he learned about the power of cooperatives for social and environmental change. Mike is a recipient of the 3M National Student Fellowship, the Community Catalyst Award, the University of Victoria’s President‘s Scholarship, and the Premier’s International Scholarship. He currently lives and works as a photojournalist in solidarity with Indigenous and Black leaders doing decolonization work on Songhees, Esquimalt, and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. Mike believes his time is best spent confronting systemic racism, amplifying marginalized voices, and finding ways to bring a diversity of people around the same table to collaborate for a just and thriving world.