Staff Members

Meeting the needs of a roster of 600+ members is not easy … but the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce employees make it look that way! Whether they are planning events, developing communications strategies, or advocating to local, provincial or federal governments on behalf of all Chamber members … ‘our team’ is a winning one!

Dianne Hawkins, CEO

From the barn to the boardroom, CEO Dianne Hawkins embraces the diversity of the Valley.

Dianne Hawkins feels that the best thing about her position is creating programs, working on collective projects and building relationships. She loves connecting people and working together. Dianne carries a genuine and innocent belief, youthful hope and a dynamic breadth of experience which drive her sense of purpose to implement and establish dynamic organizations and teams. She has had diverse success as an educator, both in the private and public sectors as well as decades of leadership experience in business and as a Chamber of Commerce CEO.  Dianne grew up in a family automotive business.

One of Dianne’s key leadership strengths is building engaged teams and program development. Over the years what has worked for her is to lead from her heart, and trust her instincts. Being in leadership has taught her the importance of authenticity, to defy her fears, and to live with integrity and embrace innovation.  Her practical and professional approach meets her confidence and joi-de-vivre in a brilliantly unexpected way making her an adept asset from the field or the boardroom.

She accounts her success to the community of support and accountability she has built around her.


Staff Member Listings

Dianne Hawkins
Chief Executive Officer

Kirra Gullickson
Events & Marketing Coordinator



Valerie Taylor
Accounting Administrator

Mike Stolting
Business Development/Membership

Julie Keumbehdjian
Operations/Member Services

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