New Lay Bencher Stacy Kuiack

You could say that Stacy Kuiack has been an entrepreneur his whole life. Growing up in Sooke, BC, Stacy got his start at the age of five working with his father, an independent electrician.

“My dad would take me to the job site in his Ford F-150. I would follow the crew around, picking up any copper wire clippings they would leave behind,” said Kuiack.

a large photo of Stacy Kuiack After that experience, Stacy swore that he would get a “normal” job when he grew up. But his entrepreneurial spirit led him on a different path. After earning a BA in economics and political science, Stacy founded his first company — Vigil Health Solutions, a publicly-traded breakthrough behavioural software and medical technology company — at the age of 25.

Now 37, Stacy has an MBA in corporate finance from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and serves as corporate finance consultant to Turner Lane Development Corporation, one of Western Canada’s leading land-development and management firms. He is also an executive in residence with the School of Business at the University of Victoria, where he shares his knowledge and experience with current students.

Stacy’s strong business acumen caught the attention of the Vancouver Sun, which named Stacy one of their “British Columbians to Watch” in 2002.

He has also been nominated for the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, the Caldwell Partners “National Top 40 Under 40,” and the Business Development Canada “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

In the community, Stacy serves as a Director of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise and is a member of the BC Cancer Foundation (Vancouver Island) Advisory Council.

In his spare time, Stacy is an active member of the Vancouver Island Soccer League, where he serves as a goalie for the Castaways Juniors B team. Stacy’s stellar performance last season, including four shut outs, helped his team secure a second place finish in the Masters B division.

Stacy hopes to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to his role as a Lay Bencher. “I have always had a strong appreciation of the value that lawyers can bring to the management team. It is my hope that my background and experience will add value at the Benchers table,” said Kuiack.

Stacy replaces Lay Bencher June Preston, who becomes a Life Bencher after seven years of service.

Shortly before this issue of the Benchers’ Bulletin went to press, Haydn Acheson was appointed a Lay Bencher, replacing Ken Dobell. Acheson will be profiled in the next bulletin.

Stacy Kuiack — curriculum vitae
Professional experience:
  • President and Corporate Finance Consultant, Turner Lane Development Corporation
  • Executive in Residence, University of Victoria School of Business
  • Founder, President and CEO, Vigil Health Solutions Inc.
  • Vice-President, MPI Group
Community affiliations:
  • Director, Canadian Association of Family Business
  • Director and executive member of the Board of Advisors, University of Victoria
    School of Business
  • Director, Victoria YMCA
  • Member, BC Cancer Foundation Advisory Council
  • Former Governor and Finance Committee member, Camosun College
  • Former Director, Leadership Council, International Assisted Living Foundation
Professional recognition:
  • Nominee, Vancouver Island Top 40 Under 40 (2007)
  • Project of the Year, CARE Awards (2006)
  • “British Columbians to Watch,” Vancouver Sun (2002)
  • Gold Award for Universal Design, The American Society on Aging  (2002)
  • Finalist, Business Development Bank of Canada “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” (2001)
  • Finalist, Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” (2000 and 2001)