Downtown Victoria Business Association hires
Jeff Bray as Executive Director
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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, FRIDAY APRIL 20, 2018—The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) is pleased to announce it has hired Jeff Bray as its Executive Director. Mr. Bray, who was acting as interim Executive Director since December 2017, accepted the offer this week and started his permanent tenure in this position as of today. The DVBA offered Mr. Bray the position after conducting an extensive, nation-wide search to fill this position.
“We are thrilled Jeff Bray has accepted our offer to become the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s next Executive Director. Jeff Bray is a true community leader, and the DVBA Board of Directors has complete confidence in Mr. Bray’s ability to expand the ways the DVBA is able to support the 1500+ unique businesses that make downtown Victoria such a special place for us all,” says Suzanne Bradbury, Chair of the DVBA Board of Directors.
“On a more personal level, many of us who live or work downtown have had a chance to get to know Jeff through his community leadership. Jeff brings a lot of integrity and heart to this position, and I’m sure many will join me in saying that he is a thoughtful, cheerful, compassionate and caring person, who is wholeheartedly dedicated to helping downtown Victoria become even more vibrant and exciting than it is today,” Bradbury adds.
Jeff Bray grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from UBC, Bray embarked on a 13-year career with the BC Government. In 2001, Bray was elected the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. More recently, Bray was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Shaw in BC. Bray was President of Capital Public Affairs Inc., a public affairs consulting firm, and acted as the interim Executive Director of the DVBA since December 2017. Bray is Vice-Chair of the Royal BC Museum Foundation, Vice- Chair of the Garth Homer Society, Vice-President of the Former MLA Association of BC, and is Vice-President of the North Quadra Community Association.
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with the outstanding DVBA team in continuing the work of building a vibrant and prosperous downtown,” says Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association. “As a team, we have the expertise and experience needed to lead innovative projects and offer programs and services that support our business members in downtown Victoria.”
The DVBA Board conducted an exhaustive, multi-stage executive search process that garnered 37 applications from across Canada. After a rigorous selection process, with multiple interviews, the DVBA hiring committee made its recommendation to offer the position to Jeff Bray this week, which was unanimously accepted by the Board. For details on the position, visit https://downtownvictoria.ca/about/job-postings/
The DVBA’s Annual General Meeting will be on May 2nd from 5-7 pm at the Legacy Art Gallery where our new Executive Director will be formally introduced. Suzanne Bradbury will also be completing her 3-year term on the board and Kathy Hogan, current Vice-Chair of the Board, will be officially welcomed as the DVBA Board Chair.
The DVBA also welcomes Tyler Dolan on the board of directors. A few more board nominations have been received and will be confirmed at the upcoming Annual General Meeting. For more information about the DVBA office team and board members visit https://downtownvictoria.ca/about/team/