Top 40: Jean Watson
Contributed - Apr 21, 2021 - People in Business

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Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Over 40” program.

Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Over 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the seventh year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will be featured throughout the year on Okanagan Edge.


Jean Watson is a founding owner of Vision Mechanical Ltd. in Kelowna, along with her husband, John. Their company is family run, becoming established in 1986 as a plumbing company. They moved to Kelowna from Vancouver in 1990 and opened Vision Mechanical then.

In the past 30 years, they have grown and added services, including HVAC, to their business model. They provide their customers with service and construction, evolving from a mom and pop shop to a mid-size business with 30 employees. Jean describes their growth as resulting from adopting new technologies and the ability to offer better practices working with clients. The owners, she says, care about the community, working for and supporting The Bridge for youth.

Jean, John and the team are excited to see how they can continue to service Kelowna and area for 2021; they are proud to say they have clients that keep coming back after many years, always a sign of success and trust.

Jean has changed along with the company, moving from being the point person at the end of the phone, the accountant and general office factor to helping run the company. That’s when growth really began. She is always looking for ways to better the staff and client experience and looks after human resources. She has teamed up with daughter Brandi to continue to grow the business and to implement continuous improvement.

Vision won gold medals two years running in the Best in Kelowna plumbing category.

Their giving profile includes The Bridge, schooling of several children in Kenya, and supporting local not-for-profits both through donations, and discounts for services. They also support small business through a networking organization.

And Jean is a big believer in on-the-job training and fostering excellent relationships with her employees.

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