Two people have been hired to staff Sechelt’s business development initiative dubbed Sechelt Innovations Limited (SIL), although the initiative has yet to be approved by the inspector of municipalities.
“So the positions that we have hired are positions which report to the District for the present time, but we expect the final approval very soon based on some back and forth with the inspector,” said Sechelt Mayor John Henderson.
The District has hired Kirk Exner as SIL’s director of business development and Dave Jephcott as the manager of business development.
A press release from the District noted Exner has “over 20 years experience in developing new business as well as arranging financing” and that he “brings strong technology and venture capital experience to his new role.”
Jephcott has operated a sales and business growth marketing firm for the past ten years, according to the release, and he “has worked on promotional campaigns for various successful Sunshine Coast-based companies.”
Jephcott has also served as the business development manager of initiatives in Prince George in the past.
“Sechelt is very fortunate to have recruited Kirk and Dave,” Henderson said. “Both are entrepreneurs and have a wide range of experience and expertise that will ensure that SIL’s mandate of creating new jobs and businesses is achieved.”
Henderson did not tell Coast Reporter how much the new hires will be paid for their positions; however, he did say the money will come from the budget previously set aside for SIL.
“At this point the money is just an allocation for what amounts to the business development initiative, so we’re using parts of that to fund the work so far so that presumably when we do get into SIL formally, there’ll be some lesser amount than the total,” Henderson said. “This really fills out the team for SIL and lets us get into high gear on all the initiatives you’re hearing bits and pieces about.”