Driven by a vision for The Shipyards District to be the North Shore’s downtown, a magnetic gathering place, the Lower Lonsdale Business Improvement Area (LLBIA) was established to provide a united, collective voice for the business district with the primary goal to market and promote businesses within the designated geographical area to locals and visitors.
A non-profit society, the Lower Lonsdale BIA, also known as
The Shipyards District, was registered with the Province of British Columbia in December 2016 and an Executive Director was hired in May 2017. With more than 600 business members, the BIA operates year-round to provide customer hospitality.
The 14-member LLBIA board is elected from eligible members at each Annual General Meeting. Each director serves a two-year term on the board which meets nine times a year. Programs and initiatives are executed by a full-time executive director supported by part-time and contract staff.
All commercial property owners and licensed business operators within the BIA are eligible members. The BIA boundary is comprised of eighteen city blocks beginning north at 4th street, south to Carrie Cates Court with St. George Street as its eastern border and Forbes Avenue as its western border.
The Strategic Plan will assist the board’s decision making for all projects, events and partnerships up to and including our mandate renewal in 2021, and will provide guidance to operational staff, suppliers, and our membership.
Andrew Klaver, Shipyards Coffee – President
Faye Bednarczyk, The Polygon Gallery – Vice President
Simon Koldyk, Streetcar Brewing – Treasurer
Mithra Sawyer, Mo’s General Store – Secretary
Yavanna Arnold, skoah (Past President)
Jason Black, Quay Property Management
Miranda Widgery-Webber, Perform Art Studios
Tony Sun, Reckless Bikes
Hugh Cooper, Kit & Coop Real Estate
Pam Chilton, Zimba Design
Heidi George, Unity Clothing
Diane Webster, Cuervo Boutique