People in Business


Jackman joins Okanagan College
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 24, 2019 - People in Business

Helen Jackman is moving from the United Way to Okanagan College. Jackman has been hired as the college’s new director of advancement and the Okanagan College Foundation’s executive director. She will be leaving her role as United Way Southern Interior BC executive director to start at the college on June 10. “The college has a […]

Loewen new OMREB boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 18, 2019 - People in Business

Kelowna’s Michael Loewen is the new president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. OMREB, which is the largest real estate board in the Interior, also swore in its new board of directors earlier this month during its 60th annual general meeting in Kelowna. Loewen, who is a licensed Realtor in Kelowna, was elected to […]

Salmon Armanian wins HR award
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 03, 2019 - People in Business

A Salmon Arm resident has been named the top human resources professional in B.C. and Yukon. Sheri Hamilton, who works for Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union, was named the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon HR professional of the year at the organization’s annual convention in Vancouver on Wednesday morning. […]

Przybyl brings experience west
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 02, 2019 - People in Business

Century 21 Assurance Ltd. has hired Shirley Przybyl as its new managing broker. Przybyl has been in the real estate business for 26 years and comes to Kelowna from Winnipeg, where she served as managing broker for Century 21 Bachman and Associates for the last 11 years. Przybyl is a past president of the Manitoba […]

Gopal joins media board
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2019 - People in Business

Raghwa Gopal has yet another gig to keep him busy. M Square Media added Gopal, the former head of Kelowna’s Accelerate Okanagan, to its international advisory board. One other board member is from Canada, while the other three hail from Australia, Finland and the United Kingdom. Gopal recently left Accelerate Okanagan to become the president […]

UBCO hires hoops coach
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 29, 2019 - People in Business

The UBCO men’s basketball program has hired Clayton Pottinger as its new head coach. Pottinger, who comes to Kelowna after spending the last eight years at Red Deer College, will officially take the reins on May 15 but is already in transition mode and will attend UBCO’s annual athletic scholarship breakfast next Friday. Pottinger replaces […]

Local Realtor lands key role
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 28, 2019 - People in Business

West Kelowna’s Anthony Bastiaanssen was voted the president-elect of the B.C. Real Estate Association at its annual general meeting in Vancouver earlier this week. Bastiaanssen was president of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board in 2016 and works for RE/MAX Kelowna-Westside on Louie Drive. Fraser Valley Realtor Michael Trites was elected as the association’s 2019-20 […]

HR pro up for honour
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 22, 2019 - People in Business

A Kelowna human resources professional has been nominated for a prestigious award in her industry. Miranda Birkbeck, who is an HR advisor at First West Credit Union, is a finalist for the 2019 Rising Star Award. The honour recognizes young Chartered Professionals in Human Resources from B.C. and Yukon who are making “significant contributions to […]

Palmer joins Big White team
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 21, 2019 - People in Business

Josh Palmer is the new communications manager at Big White Ski Resort. Palmer was born and raised in B.C., where his passions for both mountain biking and snowboarding have fuelled his work in both digital communications and creative consultation. He has been a contributor to industry magazines and websites, and has led social media campaigns. […]

Knaak leads Kamloops chamber
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 15, 2019 - People in Business

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has a new president. Joshua Knaak, who is a managing partner at FIT Financial, is the person now in charge of the organization, which held its annual general meeting on Thursday and introduced its new board of directors. Vivek Sharma will serve as Knaak’s first vice-president, while Sandman Signature’s Tyson […]