Steve Pearce
Steve PearcePresident
Steve is passionate about what local really means, and how he can make a difference in his community.
Paul Hadfield
Paul HadfieldPast President
Paul Hadfield is the owner/publican of Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses in Victoria, Canada’s oldest existing microbrewery and brewpub, which opened in 1984. Spinnakers now also has an artisan vinegar brewery, it produces its own sparkling mineral water and chocolate, and has an on-site bakery and guest accommodation.
Ernest Bednarz
Ernest BednarzTreasurer
Ernest is passionate about business and entrepreneurship. Doing the deals has always driven Ernest to get involved in early-stage business ventures during his career. Ernest is passionate about business and entrepreneurship.
Jack Adamson
Jack AdamsonBoard Member
Jack Adamson got his start as a Copywriter/Art Director in Australia after graduating in the top ten at A.W.A.R.D School, Sydney.
Ben Cram
Ben CramBoard Member
Ben and his wife were in the Parsonage Caf  in Fernwood, when the owners joked with them about buying it before actually offering them the opportunity. They took the jump and love it!
Ben has since become a certified judge for the World Barista Competitions which are happening in Dublin, Ireland in 2016.
Matt King
Matt KingBoard Member
Matt is the co-owner of Robinsons Outdoor Store and an expert fly fisherman.
Reinert Peterson
Reinert PetersonBoard Member
Reinert is an experienced Senior Account Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry.
Skilled in Radio Advertising, Digital Strategy, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Event Management, and Media Relations.
Gary Hollick
Gary HollickBoard Member
Specializing in marketing, branding, and promotions, we create opportunities for businesses and individuals to promote and brand themselves through publications, new media, internet, public events and traditional media.
Michele Hamilton
Michele HamiltonManaging Director
Michele has been the Managing Director of Think Local First since 2013. She is always looking to connect with businesses in Greater Victoria, BC to discover where their stories overlap and how their relationship can help others around them.
Cecilia Velasco
Cecilia VelascoMembership Director
Cecilia works to build engagement with our existing and prospective members. She is always focused on how we can support our members in meaningful ways for them including networking mixers, learning events, mentorship program, and member-to-member discounts.