Our purpose

Economic Development Cowichan is the economic development arm of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD).
 
The CVRD is governed by a 15-member board. The board is comprised of appointed directors from our four municipalities and an elected director from each of the nine electoral areas.
 
Economic Development Cowichan is a part of the CVRD’s Land Use Services Division. A key part of our mandate is to build connections between community, business, and local government. Working in collaboration with our regional economic development partners, we focus on:
  • Strengthening the regional economy by supporting and attracting businesses and sector development
  • Strengthening communities through engagement and support for community-based initiatives
  • Communicating the advantages of living, working and investing in Cowichan
Our people

 

Barry O'Riordan

Barry O’Riordan

manager

Barry graduated with a Masters of Arts in economics at the National University of Ireland and, having lived in the Cowichan valley since 2016, has stepped into his role with Economic Development Cowichan with a broad base of experience in local government, industry and non-profit sectors. Barry is passionate about the opportunity for economic development Cowichan to shape the landscape of the Cowichan Valley in a way that promotes healthy and sustainable economic development for current and future generations. Barry is responsible for assisting with the implementation of a variety of strategic projects including the industrial land use action plan and implementing recommendations that have stemmed from the recently released Cowichan tech strategy.

Email Barry

250.746.7880 extension 1

 

Judy Mills

Judy Mills

administrative coordinator

Judy has been managing the administrative needs of Economic Development Cowichan for the past 15 years. As a first point of contact at Economic Development Cowichan, Judy helps connect residents, newcomers and business people with local government and community service organizations.

Email Judy
250.746.7880 extension 2

 

Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor

economic development analyst

Brittany comes to EDC with a background in tourism destination development, stakeholder relations, and marketing. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Guelph and a Diploma in Tourism Management from Humber College in Ontario. After spending several years promoting destinations in Atlantic Canada, she moved west and settled in the Cowichan Valley in 2016. In her role, Brittany has a broad range of responsibilities including research and analysis, project coordination, stakeholder relations, event management, marketing, and public relations.

Email Brittany
250.746.7880 extension 3

Our plan
 

Economic Development Cowichan is guided by the Corporate Plan of the CVRD and by its own 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

 

Contact us

Economic Development Cowichan is located in the Community Futures Building in downtown Duncan, just a few blocks from the Cowichan Valley Regional District headquarters.

Economic Development Cowichan
135 Third Street
Duncan, BC V9L 1R9
250.746.7880

Cowichan Valley Regional District
175 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC V9L 1N8
250.746.2500
1.800.665.3955

Media Enquiries
Kris Schumacher
Manager of Communications and Engagement
Cowichan Valley Regional District
Email: [email protected]
250.746.2635
1.800.665.3955

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135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
[email protected]
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508

Economic
Development
Cowichan

Economic
Development
Cowichan

135 Third Street
Duncan, BC
Canada V9L 1R9
[email protected]
T 250.746.7880
TF 1.866.746.2508