People in Business

Katrina Hansen
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 21, 2017 - People in Business

Name: Katrina Hansen Employer: Me! More specifially Pinned Boutique City: Kelowna Occupation: Owner/Operator of Pinned Boutique Tell us about your job: I get to be myself, hang out with my husband and meet the coolest people in our little boutique. Tell us about yourself: I’m a sincere yogini who loves pin-up and goth styles, 40s swing and death metal music. […]

Really good wood
Trevor Nichols - Feb 20, 2017 - People in Business

In a nondescript, industrial building in West Kelowna a pair of immigrants have built an internationally recognized company. Geometrik Owners Vladimir and Natasha Bolshakov might not be that well known in the Okanagan “but whomever is involved in commercial construction, they are very much aware of the Geometric brand,” Vladimir says. Sitting at a board […]

Okanagan ‘pioneer’ awarded
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 20, 2017 - People in Business

A 50-year veteran of the Okanagan Valley wine industry was awarded the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s coveted Spirited Industry Professional Award last week. Harry McWatters, CEO and president of Encore Vineyards Ltd., was recognized in front of a crowd of his peers at an awards lunch Feb. 17. The SIP Award is presented annually to […]

Silver for OK College
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 17, 2017 - People in Business

A trio of third-year marketing students from Okanagan College’s School of Business are back on B.C. soil after placing second at the 12th annual BDC Marketing Case Competition. A total of 34 post-secondary institutions sent teams to the competition, which was hosted by Vanier College in Montreal last weekend. OC’s team, composed of Jacob Kuypers, […]

The un-tech entrepreneur
Trevor Nichols - Feb 16, 2017 - People in Business

Janice Taylor likes to say she grew up “raised by the United Nations.” Born in Saskatchewan, her alcoholic dad left when she was young and her mom worked three jobs trying to stay afloat. Without her parents around a lot, Taylor spent a lot of time with other families in her neighbourhood – a multicultural […]

Better in Penticton
Trevor Nichols - Feb 14, 2017 - People in Business

When Keith MacIntyre first started his business in 2003 he had no contracts, no product ideas and no savings. His son had also just been born. “It was definitely pretty challenging for the first six months or so,” he recalled recently. “But I just decided it was time to go out on my own.” He […]

‘Swinging’ for the fences
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 14, 2017 - People in Business

A local couple is “swinging” for the fences as they attempt to tap their way to a nearly $30,000 donation to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Valaura Vedan and Vince Jones are contestants in this year’s Swinging with the Stars competition – an annual dance-off that acts as COHA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. As […]

9-year-old creates app
Trevor Nichols - Feb 09, 2017 - People in Business

A local nine-year-old made the speech of her life on Friday when she got the opportunity to pitch her mobile app to the president of Morningstar Interactive. Rhiannon Maynes says she got positive feedback from company president Mary Clark, and is now working on a business plan to take her idea to the next stage. […]

Abbey’s innovation
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 09, 2017 - People in Business

A local business student has just been honoured with a BC Social Innovation Youth Award. The awards recognize 12 individuals in B.C. under the age of 30 who are “creating positive social change within their communities.” Abbey Jones, a third-year business student at Okanagan College, was given the award Feb. 8 for her work with […]

Profit to the people
Trevor Nichols - Feb 08, 2017 - People in Business

Ken Stober had been working in the family business for well over two decades when he left it all behind. After 26 years in the construction industry he longed for a way to make the world a better place, so he began collaborating with local not-for-profit organizations. It wasn’t long before he realized he liked it more […]