People in Business


Lexaria adds veteran voice
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 05, 2019 - People in Business

Kelowna’s Lexaria Bioscience has added an American venture capital company founder to its stable of mentors. Lexaria has appointed Gregg Smith, who is the founder of Evolution VC Partners in New York, as a senior advisor for the company. Evolution VC is a “culture tech” venture investment firm with more than 90 portfolio companies. “I […]

Firefighter granny going strong
Darren Handschuh - Oct 29, 2019 - People in Business

Cindy Knight is probably not what most people envision a firefighter to be. But when the time comes, the mother of three and grandmother grabs her gear and answers the call for help. Knight has been with Lumby and District Fire Department for four years, and there is no where else she would rather be. […]

OC president extended
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 28, 2019 - People in Business

Jim Hamilton will serve as Okanagan College president for the next 15 months, at which time he will retire. OC board of governors chair Chris Derickson announced Monday that Hamilton, who is B.C.’s longest-serving post-secondary president, has agreed to an extension that will take him until Jan. 29, 2021. The Vernon resident has been Okanagan […]

Fire prevention Burton’s focus
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 23, 2019 - People in Business

The City of Armstrong has hired a full-time fire prevention officer. Teagan Burton will assume the role for the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department on Dec. 2. Burton has been an active member of the city’s volunteer fire department since 2014. The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department consists of 40 highly trained, volunteer, on-call members. The members participate […]

Stibbard top business leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 23, 2019 - People in Business

JDS Group of Companies founder Jeff Stibbard has been named Kelowna’s business leader of the year for 2019. The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce announced the news on Wednesday morning, honouring Stibbard for his “outstanding contribution to the business community” in the Central Okanagan and to Canadian business. Stibbard was chosen by the independent judging panel […]

Vernon pro earns kudos
John Lawless - Oct 11, 2019 - People in Business

The PGA of British Columbia has named six of its annual award recipients, and one of them is a Vernon pro. Myles Johnson will be receiving the Community Leadership Bursary, which recognizes an extraordinary desire to make a difference in the lives of others, and giving back to the people that stop by the course. […]

Local poet up for big award
Darren Handschuh - Oct 09, 2019 - People in Business

Coldstream poet Laisha Rosnau has made the short list for a prestigious literary award. The Shevchenko Foundation has announced Rosnau’s poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Kobzar Book Award. The Kobzar Book Award is presented biennially to Canadian authors who explore the Ukrainian Canadian experience in their work, whether that […]

Berg a jewel of a leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 04, 2019 - People in Business

A Kelowna business owner has been elected president of a major Canadian jewelry association. Kim Berg, who co-owns European Goldsmith Fine Jewellery, is the new president of the Canadian Jewellery Group Cooperative Association, which is the nation’s largest jewelry buying group and represents independent stores. “The world is changing quickly and so is our industry,” […]

OSS names new boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 30, 2019 - People in Business

The Okanagan Symphony Society has decided on its new executive director. Geraldine Parent will start in the position on Nov. 4. She comes to the role with 25 years of experience in the arts, including administration and project management in diverse environments and at senior management levels. She has been the Kelowna Community Theatre manager […]

Kitts red hot on links
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 25, 2019 - People in Business

One of Kelowna’s own golf professionals had a day to remember on the course Tuesday. Mark Kitts, the club pro at Shadow Ridge Golf Club, won the 2019 Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO PGA of BC Club Professional Championship, which was held Monday and Tuesday at Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Kitts, who was playing in the tournament […]