Okanagan Biz

OC to honour local leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - 11:39 am - Okanagan Biz

Okanagan College is recognizing Kelowna’s former mental health leader with its highest honour. The college has given its 2024 Honour Fellow award to Shelagh Turner, the former Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna chief executive officer. Turner will be honoured during the institution’s graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon. The college has been presenting its Honorary Fellow […]

Merritt plants shuts down
Glacier Media - 10:33 am - Okanagan Biz

Aspen Planers has temporarily shuttered its Merritt operations due to B.C.’s “collapsing” forestry industry, putting about 100 people out of work. Due to what AP Group executive vice-president Bruce Rose calls “market realities,” Aspen Planers’ Merritt mill has been offline for more than a month. Prior to the closure, Aspen ran on a “only a […]

Osoyoos project advances
Sarah Crookall - 9:48 am - Okanagan Biz

The Town of Osoyoos has approved a developer’s request to increase maximum height allowance for a five-storey apartment across from Osoyoos Elementary School. During a council meeting Tuesday and after other previous proposed height rejections, the developer returned to town hall seeking an increase from 13 to 14.48 metres at 6828 89th Street. Earlier in […]

New radio station closer
Chelsey Mutter - 9:07 am - Okanagan Biz

Vernonites are getting close to having one more radio station in the city. The Vernon Community Radio Society says it’s nearing its $25,000 goal to Power the Tower and begin broadcasting across Greater Vernon. “We have been overwhelmed with the support we have seen from the Vernon Community since we started this campaign,” the community […]

Locals off to restaurant hall
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 13, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

Four Central Okanagan residents are headed to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association on Thursday announced its 2024 inductees, who will be inducted on Oct. 21, at the Italian Culture Centre in Richmond. Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines (active restaurateur), Gospel Mission food service manager Jeremy Luypen (leading back […]

Kelowna farm smooths operations
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 13, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s Sandhar Farms is one of several B.C. agriculture businesses that has taken advantage of the B.C. On-Farm Technology Adoption Program, all in an effort to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation and resilience of Canada’s agriculture, agrifood and agriculture-based products sector. Sandhar Farms used its $88,000 in funding to purchase a fruit-picking platform for its orchard, […]

More patrols for industrial area
Luc Rempel - Jun 13, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

Salmon Arm Mayor Alan Harrison said police will step up patrols in a local industrial area after a man wrote to council claiming his business had been burgled five times in the last two months. Salmon Arm Ready Mix owner Murray LaTosky wrote to council to request “stronger, sterner measures” after the break-ins. Council discussed […]

Relief in sight for renters?
Cindy White - Jun 13, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

A new rent calculator tool designed by CBC News brings into stark focus just how unaffordable it is in Kelowna. Kelowna was the second worst Canadian metropolitan area in both percentage and the number of vacant or potentially vacant ‘affordable’ two-bedroom units. Toronto was worst in percentage, while Peterborough had the lowest count, but it […]

Chamber reacts to rate cut
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 12, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

Businesses across the country were feeling positive even before the Bank of Canada’s interest rate cut last week, but Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president Maryse Harvey remains cautious. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released its quarterly business conditions survey findings this week, and its business expectations index moved into positive territory for the first time […]

New leader at SaaS Academy
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 12, 2024 - Okanagan Biz

Kelowna’s SaaS Academy has a new chief executive officer. The company, which helps software as a service founders to grow their businesses and develop an exit strategy, has hired Johnny Page as its new boss. Page formerly served as CEO of Silvertrac, where he significantly reduced customer churn and led the company to an acquisition, […]