October 24, 1998
Ian Thow, manager of Investors Group downtown Victoria office at 737 Yates
St., has suddenly resigned after 12 years with the investment firm. The
move on Thursday surprised Victoria's investment community, and nobody at
the local office would comment.
Spokesman Liz Prall at Investors head office in Winnipeg would only
confirm he was gone and wouldn't discuss why. "He resigned from the
company and the reason for his resignation is between Mr. Thow and the
company," she said.
"It was my decision and I resigned for personal reasons. It's a good thing
for me and I'm excited about it," said Thow. He said he'll announce next
week he's moving to another investment firm.
Under Thow's leadership -- he became Victoria manager in 1993 at just 33
years old -- Investors Group was a major player in community events and
charitable fundraisers. Thow himself organized half a dozen annual dinners
for the homeless, and early this year helped raise $100,000 to buy a
police boat for Victoria.
He is president of the Victoria branch of CrimeStoppers, and last month
helped land bringing the 2000 convention of Crimestoppers International
for Victoria. In the meantime, Investors' B.C. vice- president Richard
Hobbs has been moved over from Vancouver to run the Victoria operation.