Victoria-based E-commerce research and analytics leader Advanced Economic Research Systems Inc. (AERS), announced last week the appointment of Alex A. Campbell to the company’s board of directors. Campbell is the founder and former chair of Vancouver Island success story Thrifty Foods. Campbell is widely respected and will bring to the company experience in adapting business processes to facilitate continued growth and success. Campbell sold Thrifty Foods to Sobeys Inc. in 2007 and continues to be involved in an advisory capacity. This appointment sheds some light on their $1 Million private equity funding a couple weeks ago.