People in Business


OC to honour local leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 14, 2024 - People in Business

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 […]

Locals off to restaurant hall
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 13, 2024 - People in Business

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 […]

New leader at SaaS Academy
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 12, 2024 - People in Business

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, […]

Vernon Realtors shine bright
Chelsey Mutter - Jun 10, 2024 - People in Business

Three Vernon Realtors have been named some of the best in the Okanagan. At the annual Association of Interior Realtors Awards, three Re/Max Vernon agents won three of the four categories. “Managing broker-owners of Re/Max Vernon, Krista Blankley and Michelle Girard, proudly announce that Re/Max Vernon agents cleaned up at the annual Association of Interior […]

Kamloops pharmacist honoured
Michael Potestio - Jun 05, 2024 - People in Business

A Kamloops pharmacist has been recognized for his collaboration in team-based health care. Graeme Hill is the recipient of the 2024 Collaborative Care Award. He was recognized at an awards gala on May 31, held as part of the BC Pharmacy Association Annual Conference at Vancouver’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. The award recognizes Hill’s collaboration with […]

Theatre boss moving on
Josh Dawson - Jun 03, 2024 - People in Business

Western Canada Theatre is launching a nation-wide hunt to fill the shoes of its outgoing executive director. In a news release, WCT said executive director Leslie Biles will be returning to her hometown of Calgary later this month. Under Biles’ leadership, WCT said she strengthened community partnerships, and established programs and new systems to increase […]

Tolko names new boss
Connor McDowell - Jun 03, 2024 - People in Business

Tolko will be led for the first time by someone without the founding family name. The forestry and manufacturing company announced last week that it has chosen a new president and CEO. Pino Pucci has stepped into the role after nearly a decade in leadership positions at the company. “I’m honoured to build upon the […]

Professor top business woman
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 28, 2024 - People in Business

Kelowna Women in Business has honoured an Okanagan College professor with its most prestigious award. OC business professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah has been named KWIB’s 2024 Business Woman of the Year, given annually to a leader who is a champion for women in the workforce and role model within her industry who displays excellence in her field […]

Avant COO leaving company
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 22, 2024 - People in Business

A Kelowna cannabis company’s chief operating officer is moving on to new adventures. Avant Brands earlier this month announced that COO David Lynn will be leaving the company on July 5 after six years at the helm. “David has been a key player in our success, helping to streamline our operations and prepare us for […]

Peachland names new chief
Pat Bulmer - May 08, 2024 - People in Business

Peachland’s new fire chief will get to work on May 27. Ian Cummings, currently the chief for Armstrong-Spallumcheen, has been hired for the top job in Peachland. “Ian comes to us from the Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department, where he has been the fire chief for the past six years after being a paid on-call firefighter […]