Nanaimo News and Information has a new home online!

NNN media release – launch



Nanaimo news and information has a new home online


Nanaimo, BC – July 27, 2016  Nanaimo has a new source for hyper local news and information: produces the most daily, Nanaimo-focused, up-to the minute, reliable news content, 7 days a week.


The team is passionate about reporting the news that matters. From breaking stories, to traffic updates, community events, sports, weather, classifieds and more – you won’t find a more complete Nanaimo news source. And with more than 40 years of combined news experience the team has a proven record of reliable reporting.


“As Nanaimoites we wanted an online news source that was fast, but also trustworthy. It didn’t exist- so we created it,”  said Rob Bye, General Manager of “The news is constantly updated. Our newsroom is focused on breaking news coverage and in-depth reporting.” also features regional and international news, community event information, free classifieds, auto and real estate listings and public announcements. It is mobile and tablet compatible so you can read your news easily on your preferred device. was created by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, the team behind Nanaimo’s most listened to radio stations 102.3 The Wave and 106.9 The Wolf. At a time when other media are reducing service and staffing levels, the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group is investing in providing Nanaimo with a new source of high-quality, trustworthy, local news.


The NanaimoNewsNOW team includes Rob Bye – General Manager; Katie O’Connor – Sales Manager, Content Editor Holly Tribble and news team- Daryl Major, Ian Holmes, Dominic Abassi, Dan Marshall and Kyle Ireland.


For more information contact:


Rob Bye

General Manager


Member Profile Tim McGrath, ITS-FOOD Food Photography

ITS-FOOD Food Photography

Anybody in the food and beverage business knows the importance of great looking food photos. Tim McGrath at ITS-FOOD Food Photography specializes in the art of making food look delicious.

Tim creates a refined portrait of food, unlike the glut of bad snapshots on social media. He knows how to style food, create appropriate scenes with props, and apply the best lighting to make the food look its best. Distillers, restaurants, brewers, food trucks, or anybody in the production or distribution of food, would benefit from Tim’s expertise.

Shooting food for over seven years, Tim loves the art and creative elements of photography, but he also excels at the technical, marketing, and business side of photography. He provides guidance for clients, as different flavours, market, and media trends, can impact the style of photographs required for any given project.

Tim teaches clients how imagery can make a huge difference in how their company is perceived. It can enhance their message, and make their brand stand out in their advertising, or social media campaigns.

Being exclusive to food and beverage photography, allows Tim to hone his craft. He’s not distracted by other photography genres like weddings, and portraits.  His commitment pays off, as clients see Tim’s photos of their food, and can’t believe how scrumptious it looks.

On Vancouver Island, ITS-FOOD is the only food photography company north of the Malahat. Covering Central and Northern Vancouver Island, Tim also services clients in the Lower Mainland, as well as in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Tim creates photos to make people hungry, or thirsty. He invites Chamber members to a free consultation about their food photography needs, or welcomes introductions to anybody in the food and beverage industry. Contact Tim McGrath at ITS-Food, at

Written by Bonnie Chomica


Teamwork – Working as usual by Kim Smythe, CEO & President Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce


Summer living on Vancouver Island is nothing less than great. The weather has been fantastic since spring, business seems to have found a good groove locally, and there is much going on to entertain ourselves in our communities.

The best part of summer seems to start on the weekend of the Save On Foods Dragonboat Festival – always the weekend after Canada Day. I participated in planning this event during its earliest years, we were mainly made up of a group of business colleagues who simply thought “what a good cause, what a good party”! That team has evolved and transformed, the event has grown into one of the premier annual special events in our community, contributing nearly a million dollars to the Hospital Foundation, and impacting the local economy by untold millions with the 80 or so teams of paddlers and supporters participating each year.

Nanaimo Child Development Centre’s Silly Boat Regatta followed the next weekend with teams of businesses, community groups and families whipping up vessels in a few hours that were expected to float, move forward and stay under control for a hundred meters or so. Few finish, but the experience of working together to attempt that, plus the experience of the organizers and volunteers who are successful in raising over $100,000 on that day, makes it about as rewarding as it can get for a team.

The Great Bathtub Race is the final jewel in the crown of Nanaimo’s Marine Festival month. A lot of reorganization went into celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic, exclusive event in 2016. Now, the race starts and finishes in the same Maffeo-Sutton Park location, a festival has regrown around race weekend, and a concert featuring the likes of Trooper, Chilliwack and Valdy launched the celebration in the park this year. Sunday, what looks like a solo sport due to the single occupant in the ‘tub’, is actually a team sport with a big group of supporters getting each racer to the start line!

The season carries on with numerous major events and festivals like VIEX – our own country fair – the Blues Festival, car shows… you get the idea. A common thread running through the success of all these events and activities is the committed and enthusiastic teams it takes to make them happen.

Teamwork is obviously the key to success in so many endeavours in our community, in fact throughout  our lives. All of these successful events that benefit community services and our quality-of-life in Nanaimo should be honoured for the collaborative efforts produced by teams of tireless workers. I hope you’re part of one of these so you can enjoy the rewards that teamwork delivers and the resulting pride in your community.

Kim Smythe

President and CEO

Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce


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Annual Business Expo Adds New Partners



July 7, 2016




Annual Business Expo Adds New Partners


The Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce presents the 9th annual Business Expo on Thursday, October 20th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. This free trade show is targeted both to the public and for businesses to showcase their products and services to other businesses. This year Business Expo honours Small Business Month in BC and Manufacturing Month in Canada.


The roughly 100 exhibitors who have been taking part in recent Expo’s will have some new company this year. Public Works Canada has confirmed they are bringing an additional 20 plus exhibitors from a variety of government departments, agencies and crown corporations whose business is helping small and medium size businesses with support programs and services. In addition to the information booths, Public Works will also host breakout sessions with panels addressing topics like “How To Do Business With Government”, “Easing Access to Funding”, and “Start Ups & Innovation”.

Another value-added component this year is the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Luncheon celebrating Manufacturing Month. The CME, a strategic partner of the Chamber, will also host breakout sessions during the day. The Luncheon’s Keynote Speaker will be announced at a later date.

The trade show floor will be a scene of energetic networking as businesses meet new customers and make vendor contacts. Creative and interactive booths are encouraged and rewarded at the Community Futures After-Party and Awards held at the Coast Bastion Hotel. That’s where door prizes and draw winners are announced as well. Businesses position themselves as leaders in their industry and build confidence in their prospects with this cost-effective, face-to-face opportunity to complement their marketing activities.



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Kim Smythe, CEO

Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce

250-756-1191, ext 1