Mandy is president and CEO of Accent Inns, a boastfully BC hotel chain with six properties that was so awesomely ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in BC by BC Business Magazine! She was named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40, a YWCA Woman of Distinction and is currently ranked #40 in Profit Magazines Top100 Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, all while maintaining the #1 spot in her kid’s hearts.
Ok, I lied. Her real title is Bike Lover (president & CEO is actually crossed out), since she’s just dying to tell you all the great places to mountain bike, tour, or road ride all over BC - fitting for the bike friendliest hotel chain around!
Founder and Chairman of Accent Inns. A successful entrepreneur, tireless volunteer and beloved employer, Terry Farmer has made British Columbia a better place to live, work and play.
No matter who describes his work ethic – loyal employees of Accent Inns, tourism operators who have benefited from his vision and expertise throughout the years, or his family who are following in his management footsteps – they all reply that Terry Farmer is a man who cares deeply about people, his community, the environment, and tourism in this province.
In 2008, Terry received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University. Terry is a long-time supporter of tourism in B.C. and has been recognized with a long list of accolades and awards. In addition to his honourary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University, he also received the Rotary Community Leadership Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Generosity of Spirit Award and in 2002, he was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal: an award given to those Canadians who helped develop the country over the past 50 years. In addition, Terry was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Tourism and Hospitality (Pacific Region) in 1998, the first Tourism Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Terry is past president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, past director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, founding chair of Pacific Sport National Training Centre-Victoria, and past chair of Tourism Victoria, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Bay/Greater Victoria Summer Games. He has served as a volunteer on the boards of numerous charitable, sports and community organizations including the Commonwealth Games, Patrons Council, Greater Victoria Hospital Society, YM-YWCA and the Community Welfare Council. More recently Terry was the chair of the Belleville Terminal Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local team charged with developing a sustainable, market-driven financial model for the future development of the Belleville Street Terminal along Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
Today, Terry is a volunteer speaker at United Way Leadership presentations and is a member of the go2 Speakers Bureau: a resource for employers in tourism. He’s also chair of an adhoc committee on Tourism, appointed by Dr. Alan Calhoon, President of Royal Roads University and is a director of Pacifica Housing.
Terry is proud to be an active member of his community and a model for others. However, he maintains that the role of father and grandfather is his greatest achievement.