Whistler’s Sue Adams has been appointed to the provincial
government’s Small Business Roundtable, West Vancouver-Garibaldi MLA Joan
McIntyre announced Thursday.
"Sue's successes and experience in owning and operating
restaurants and catering operations in Vancouver and Whistler will add
a wealth of knowledge to the Small Business Roundtable," said McIntyre.
"I know Whistler will be well-represented with the appointment of Sue
Adams, partner in the Pemberton Valley Supermarket, is also
managing partner of Bevendale Enterprises Inc., which operates the Grocery
Store and Delish Café and Catering in Whistler. Since moving from her native
Australia in the late 1960s, Adams has owned and managed several food-based
businesses in the Vancouver area.
Adams is the recently appointed chair of North Shore Credit
Union and also serves as chair of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine
Festival, vice-chair of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Board, and chair of the
Advisory Council for the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers. In 2001,
she was named Whistler Chamber Businessperson of the year and in 2007 was named
one of Business in Vancouver's Most Influential Women in Business.
"Sue's experience and strong entrepreneurial spirit add an
important voice for small business on the roundtable," said Rick Thorpe,
Minister of Small Business and Revenue and Minister responsible for Regulatory
Reform. "I look forward to her contributions as the roundtable continues
its consultations, preparing recommendations for government and the small
business sector to ensure we achieve our goal of becoming Canada's most
Adams takes the place of former Pique Publisher Kathy Barnett
at the roundtable. Barnett died in a car-bicycle collision in January.
Thorpe, who was in Whistler Thursday for the announcement of an
online business service, said:
“Kathy was a tireless
worker on behalf of Whistler, tireless worker on behalf of the province of
British Columbia, one who brought to me as minister responsible for small
business, many, many ideas, and we were all saddened by her passing. But you
know, I know she would want us to think about the great community that you live
in, and that she helped make such a great community.
“I think it's very, very important we
all recognize and in our own personal ways say thank you to Kathy for her
contributions to British Columbia and her contributions to Whistler,” said
“We look forward to Susan with us,
sharing with the province, sharing with the premier, many ideas that she has
had at being so successful and being such an important contributor to
Adams welcomed the opportunity to be part of the roundtable.
"Having experienced so many valuable learning
opportunities throughout my career, I am eager for the chance to work in
partnership with government and other small business owners to enhance the
overall success of this sector," said Adams.
The Small Business Roundtable was established in October 2005
to consult with small business and advise government and the small business
sector on issues, strategies and potential actions to make it easier to do
business in British Columbia. The roundtable's members are small business
leaders who represent regions, industries and associations throughout British