Columnists


Robotic firm ahead of its time
Accelerate Okanagan - Mar 02, 2021 - Columnists

The battle is on. Things are heating up. And our top six have been chosen. We met one-on-one with the 2021 OKGN Angel Summit’s top six to hear their insights into the summit and their final pitch for the top spot, which will take place virtually on March 18. Meet Mike Boudreau, founder of TechBrew Robotics in Salmon […]

True leaders allow for growth
Myrna Selzler Park - Mar 01, 2021 - Columnists

The world presents a different perspective when you are face down in a snowbank. The lesson? Well, take a lesson when you want to learn something new. I did. Last week, I took a cross-country ski lesson and got the perspective of an untethered marionette as my arms and legs were flailing in all directions. […]

Natural wine grows in popularity
Shannan Schimmelmann - Feb 26, 2021 - Columnists

Appealing to the conscious consumer, natural wine is one of the most exciting styles of wine in the world right now. Although there has been a surge in interest, natural wine is not a new phenomenon. Despite its growing popularity, natural wine still only represents less than 1% of all the wine in the world. What […]

We should all be like Pete
Contributed - Feb 24, 2021 - Columnists

By Shawn Bonnough “Pisco sour, mate?” “Uhhh, OK!” I reply. “Muh name’s Pete,” an always smiling Ozzie says to me as he hands me a drink. I think to myself: I wish everyone was this friendly, confident, welcoming and genuine. Wouldn’t we all be a lot happier? Like everyone does, I immediately fell in love with […]

Orange wine the robust choice
Shannan Schimmelmann - Feb 09, 2021 - Columnists

Orange wine is trending for so many reasons, my favourite being that it is for adventurous souls that love diversity. There is a surprising range of colours, flavours, textures and styles of orange wine. It’s my go-to wine choice when I’m in the mood for something robust, bright and bursting with fruit, floral flavours or […]

Don’t be a micromanager
Myrna Selzler Park - Jan 29, 2021 - Columnists

I can feel the tightness in my chest and the blood rushing to my brain. My fingernails leave trails on the desk as I push down the anger that is boiling up. I am trying desperately to respond with patience. “If I recall, I said I needed this spreadsheet done today.” My administrator nods. “You […]

Oak big part of wine picture
Shannan Schimmelmann - Jan 22, 2021 - Columnists

By Shannan Schimmelmann and Rhona Stanislaus If you’ve participated in wine tastings, you’ve likely heard tasting room associates referring to some wine being barrel-aged in oak—French or American or a combination of both. But what are they actually referring to? Why oak? What’s the difference between French and American? Is one better than the other?    […]

Numbers can tell the story
Contributed - Jan 20, 2021 - Columnists

By Pamela Lynch During a fire ceremony in Bali, a high priest chanted into the starlit night anointing us with a stream of blessings. The evening had begun as an illuminating and uplifting way to invite in the first year of a new decade in 2020. We all looked quizzically at the priest and his […]

Do you find the time?
Myrna Selzler Park - Jan 15, 2021 - Columnists

Time slows as I adjust my goggles, lean on my poles and survey creation from a mountaintop. The awe flooding through me slows time even more as I peer through ice-speckled goggles: azure sky, snow ghosts, sunlight sparkling on fresh powder. I’m late for a meeting, but I let the feeling wash over me before […]

Shamanism will lift the veil
Contributed - Jan 13, 2021 - Columnists

By Keyla Sereen Ohs Shamanism is a way of walking upon the planet and a way of seeing things that our society has taught us to veil. It is living a life divinely connected to spirit, to our earth, and in deep gratitude for the blessings our planet and community bring to us through our joint […]