People in Business


Really communicate with animals
Contributed - Sep 28, 2022 - People in Business

By Mimi Thorp When taking my first BodyTalk class, I happened to be brought to Loesje Jacob’s magical place in Armstrong: Eagle’s Eye Ranch. When observing one mind-blowing session after another in her BodyTalk for Humans and Animals classes, it quickly dawned on me that while the protocols and procedures of BodyTalk were fascinating and […]

Troika elevates key employees
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 27, 2022 - People in Business

Troika Management Corp., now into its 20th year of existence, has named a new co-chief executive officer as well as a new partner. Brad Klassen is the new co-CEO of the Kelowna company, while Mike Woodroff is a new partner at the development firm. Klassen will serve as co-CEO with Renee Merrifield, who stepped back […]

Locals capture forestry awards
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 23, 2022 - People in Business

A pair of Okanagan forestry companies were honoured this week with national awards from the Forest Products Association of Canada. This is National Forest Week, so FPAC handed out its annual Awards of Excellence, which recognize people across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities. One of the […]

New GM at Watermark Beach
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 20, 2022 - People in Business

A man who started his hospitality career as a CN Tower elevator operator is the new general manager at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos. David McBean, who has more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, has International Sommelier Guild level one accreditation, and has worked for both global companies and independent properties throughout his […]

Psilocybin company hires CFO
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 19, 2022 - People in Business

A Kelowna biotech company focused on developing psilocybin-based compounds has named a new chief financial officer. Tryp Therapeutics announced Monday that Jim O’Neill will now be in charge of the company’s finances. O’Neill is taking over for Sid Taubenfeld, who moved from interim CFO to chief operating officer. “We are excited to welcome Jim to […]

Kamloops hires inclusion expert
Kristen Holliday - Sep 16, 2022 - People in Business

A new co-ordinator hired by the City of Kamloops will be responsible for developing an accessibility plan for the city, and an equity, diversity and inclusion training program for staff. In a news release, the City of Kamloops said it hired Tymmarah Mackie to fill its newly developed equity, diversity and inclusion co-ordinator role. “It […]

New faces on Vernon chamber
Darren Handschuh - Sep 16, 2022 - People in Business

Robin Cardew is returning as the president of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. The chartered professional accountant was confirmed at the chamber’s annual general meeting on Thursday. Kari Sargeant, of Organizing Chaos, was named vice-president, while Ryan Mackiewich, of WealthCo, will serve another year as secretary-treasurer. “I am extremely excited about our new board of […]

Faces of #OKGNtech
Accelerate Okanagan - Sep 12, 2022 - 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 […]

New boss at The Bridge
Brayden Ursel - Sep 09, 2022 - People in Business

The Bridge Youth and Family Services has named a new executive director. John Yarschenko will take on a larger leadership role within the Kelowna-based organization after an extensive nationwide search of qualified individuals. “John’s subject area expertise, familiarity with the organization, and collaborative and inclusive leadership style will be an asset that will benefit the […]

Wine Growers sets new board
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 08, 2022 - People in Business

Wine Growers British Columbia has added three new members to its board of directors, and all of them hail from the Thompson Okanagan region. The nine-member board welcomed Adam Woodward of Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops, Darryl Brooker of Okanagan Crush Pad Winery in Summerland and Samantha Collins of Mission Hill Family Estate in […]