People in Business


Top 40: Kray Mitchell
Contributed - Apr 16, 2021 - People in Business

Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Over 40” program. Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Over 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the seventh year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will […]

Brooker hopes to grow Flowr
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 16, 2021 - People in Business

Darryl Brooker is moving from wine to weed. The Mission Hill Family Estate president has quit to become the chief executive officer of Flowr, the publicly traded cannabis company whose operations are based in Kelowna. Brooker spent the last three-plus years as Mission Hill’s president but had been with the West Kelowna winery since 2015. […]

Carrot, egg or coffee beans?
Contributed - Apr 14, 2021 - People in Business

By Tricia Veltri Life can be challenging, especially during these uncertain times. In the year since the pandemic began, I have noticed the number of referrals grow exponentially in my clinical counselling practice. It appears that isolation, uncertainty, fear and frustration have brought up many people’s issues and past traumas to the surface. How are […]

New super for Vernon SD22
Victoria Femia - Apr 13, 2021 - People in Business

Vernon’s School District 22 will have a new superintendent at the end of the school year. The board of education has appointed Dr. Christine Perkins to the position, effective Aug. 1. Perkins is currently superintendent of the Kootenay Lake School District. She previously served as assistant superintendent in School District 58, which is in the […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Apr 12, 2021 - People in Business

A strong community can promote new ideas and ensure accountability. It can also act as motivation, support and even provide a little friendly competition. The power of community is undeniable, and the Okanagan tech community is no exception. Our community is strong and growing with record speed, and maintaining connections through a period of growth […]

Top 40: Melissa Hunt
Contributed - Apr 08, 2021 - People in Business

Okanagan Edge and the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce are partnering to showcase some of the region’s most exciting entrepreneurs through the “Top 40 Over 40” program. Sponsored by BDO, the “Top 40 Over 40” recognizes high-achieving professionals in our community and showcases their accomplishments. This marks the seventh year the chamber has conducted a “Top 40” showcase. Honourees will […]

Skin care goes long way
Tom Kernaghan - Apr 07, 2021 - People in Business

Beauty is skin deep. For Odette Baumgartner, the owner of Odette’s Skincare & Medi Spa, the beauty we bring to the world goes deeper than we may think. It requires a holistic approach of ongoing care from the outside and sustained health on the inside. Baumgartner’s spas—one in Kelowna, the other in Lake Country—specialize in […]

New trades dean at OC
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2021 - People in Business

Okanagan College has hired a new dean for its trades and apprenticeship program. Stephen Speers is taking over for Steve Moores, who is retiring this month after serving as dean for the last eight years. “It’s challenging to put into words just how excited I am to be joining Okanagan College, with its strong reputation […]

TOTA boasts energy champion
Okanagan Edge Staff - Apr 01, 2021 - People in Business

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is all about sustainability, and Thivya Viswanathan is a big reason why the region keeps winning awards due to its Earth-friendly initiatives. Viswanathan, who is TOTA’s eco-efficiency analyst, has been named one of Efficiency Canada’s 13 “energy champions.” She works closely with more than 400 tourism and hospitality businesses to help […]

Homeopathy helps in many ways
Contributed - Mar 31, 2021 - People in Business

By Mona Niebergall Homeopathy is a natural medicine that is based on the philosophy of “like cures like,” or the law of similars. It is the strongest energy medicine known to man. Homeopathy has been in practice for more than 200 years and is gaining in popularity as people search for something that does not […]