People in Business


Allied names new CFO
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 27, 2020 - People in Business

A Kelowna medical cannabis company has announced its new chief financial officer. Ryan Maarschalk is the new CFO of Allied Corp. He replaces Malcolm Davidson, who has left the company to pursue other professional opportunities. “On behalf of the board of directors, I would like extend a warm welcome to Mr. Maarshalk and also to […]

Local Realtor leads BCREA
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 24, 2020 - People in Business

West Kelowna’s Anthony Bastiaanssen is the new president of the British Columbia Real Estate Association. He was elected to the role during the BCREA’s annual meeting on Tuesday. Bastiaanssen has been a Realtor with RE/MAX Kelowna-Westside since 2006 and received his managing brokers’ licence in 2013. He is a former director and president of the […]

Lees to lead Freedom’s Door
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 24, 2020 - People in Business

Peter Lees is the new executive director of Freedom’s Door. Lees has decades of experience in Kelowna and in the United Kingdom when it comes to charitable societies and housing for those dealing with addiction and mental health issues. He has been at Freedom’s Door for the past two years, running the Next Steps program […]

Opera Kelowna taps Thomson
Laura Brookes - Mar 23, 2020 - People in Business

Opera Kelowna has announced it will bring on nationally renowned conductor Rosemary Thomson as interim artistic director for the 2020 summer season. Thomson has held the position of music director and conductor with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra since 2007 and will remain in that position. The dual appointments present a special set of opportunities for collaboration between Opera Kelowna […]

Jabbusch joins CapriCMW
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 20, 2020 - People in Business

CapriCMW Insurance Services has added to its staff a risk advisor with nearly a quarter century of experience. Lisa Jabbusch joined the fold of the Kelowna company earlier this month, and she brought with her more than 24 years of experience in the commercial insurance business. She specializes working with clients in the strata, construction […]

Local poet tops in her field
John Lawless - Mar 18, 2020 - People in Business

Coldstream poet Laisha Rosnau has won the 2020 Kobzar Book Award, given biennially to Canadian writers who explore the Ukranian-Canadian experience through their literature. Her poetry collection, Our Familiar Hunger, earned her the prestigious prize. “I was overwhelmed at the honour of the Kobzar Award, in particular, because of what it represents,” Rosnau said. “These […]

Robinson ready for turbulence
Kirk Penton - Mar 17, 2020 - People in Business

Jeff Robinson sure picked an interesting week to take over as Kelowna Chamber of Commerce president. The partner at Rush Ihas Hardwick LLP was supposed to take the ceremonial handoff from outgoing president Nikki Csek on Wednesday during the chamber’s annual general meeting, but COVID-19 has put that—and seemingly everything else—on the back burner. “It […]

Moss to lead hunger fight
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 12, 2020 - People in Business

The Central Okanagan Food Bank has named Trevor Moss as its new chief executive officer. He will begin his new role on March 30. Moss comes to the food bank from Freedom’s Door, where he spent the last few years as executive director, and he brings 21 years of leadership and administrative experience in the […]

Rotary Centre gets new boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 10, 2020 - People in Business

Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts has appointed Colleen Fitzpatrick as its new executive director. Fitzpatrick is a public relations practitioner who has held senior roles in both for-profit and non-profit organizations in the public and private sectors. She comes to Kelowna from southern Ontario, where she was the convocation director, and community relations and […]

Douglas grabs SIDIT reins
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 09, 2020 - People in Business

The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust has found its new chief executive officer. Laurel Douglas, who last month resigned from the CEO role with the Women’s Enterprise Centre, will take over the top SIDIT role on May 4. “Laurel brings to our organization significant economic development, leadership and development lending experience,” SIDIT board chair and […]