People in Business


True Leaf hires Petco star
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 19, 2019 - People in Business

True Leaf Brands has hired Allen Fujimoto as True Leaf Pet’s senior vice-president of operations. Fujimoto has more than 25 years of experience leading complex business transformations for global, billion-dollar companies. He most recently served as transformation vice-president for Petco, where he is credited with improving profitability through assortment and supplier optimization. Fujimoto’s primary role […]

Houle goes home to Oliver
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 18, 2019 - People in Business

Randy Houle has been hired as Oliver’s director of development services, which is a newly created position. Houle will oversee a small department assuming responsibility for the long-term planning, current planning, building inspection, bylaw enforcement, subdivision and community development for the town. Houle is an Oliver native who has a master’s degree in planning from the […]

National status for trainer
John K. White - Jun 11, 2019 - People in Business

Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming recognized aquatics manager Gary Lefebvre at the regular meeting on Monday for his achievement in becoming certified as a national trainer with the Lifesaving Society of Canada. The mayor said he is one of 14 national certified trainers in Canada, and he is pleased to have such skill with the city […]

GTEC adds big name
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 10, 2019 - People in Business

A Kelowna-based cannabis producer has added the former CEO of Shoppers Drug Mart and of ALDO Group to its board of directors. GTEC Holdings, which bills itself as a vertically integrated premium cannabis producers, has appointed Jurgen Schreiber to its board as of Monday. Schreiber is currently the CEO of Katz Group. “The management team […]

Alzheimer group adds Kapp
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jun 10, 2019 - People in Business

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has announced Magda Kapp as its development officer, which is a newly created role and will be based in Kelowna. Kapp comes to the Alzheimer Society from BrainTrust Canada, where she worked as the director of prevention services and community engagement. “Over 70 per cent of our funding support comes […]

New Naramata Centre leader
Colin Dacre - Jun 04, 2019 - People in Business

There is a new woman steering the ship at the Naramata Centre. Susan Smith started Monday as the centre’s managing director, taking over from Jim Simpson, who has filled in on an interim basis for the last four months. Smith was previously the chief operating officer for Habitat for Humanity Canada, overseeing 55 offices across […]

OC honours business leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 23, 2019 - People in Business

Dr. Heather Banham is this year’s recipient of Okanagan College’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Banham retired from her role as dean of the Okanagan College School of Business in 2017 and will put a neat bow on her career with the honour. “Under Heather’s leadership, business programming was expanded on our Vernon and Penticton campuses, […]

UBCO names golf coach
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 22, 2019 - People in Business

Clay Stothers is the new head coach of the UBC Okanagan Heat men’s and women’s golf teams. The Okanagan Golf Club’s director of instruction is taking over for Cass Hritzuk, who stepped down to focus on his music career. “This is a dream opportunity for myself and my family,” Stothers said in a press release. […]

Vipers hire new boss
Darren Handschuh - May 07, 2019 - People in Business

The Vernon Vipers have a new bench boss. Mark Ferner’s term as the Snakes’ head coach and GM has ended with the organization hiring Jason McKee to take his place. “We are excited to welcome Jason, along with his wife Care-Ann and daughters Brianna and Brynn to the Vipers,” executive vice-president Todd Miller said in […]

Kamloops chamber hires ED
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 07, 2019 - People in Business

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has found its new executive director. Acacia Pangilinan, who was previously the chamber’s programs and events manager, has been appointed to the position by the board of directors and started in her new role on Monday. Pangilinan previously worked in Member of Parliament Cathy McLeod’s office, and she was also a […]