Fat Cat hires co-directors
Okanagan Edge Staff - Nov 12 - People in Business

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Erin Scott, left, and Karma Lacoff

The Interior Savings Fat Cat Children’s Festival has added a pair of co-directors.

Erin Scott and Karma Lacoff have been hired as the event’s new artistic and executive directors. The Fat Cat Children’s Festival will take place on June 7 and 8, 2019, at Waterfront Park.

Scott has a master of fine arts degree in performance and writing from UBCO, and she is an active participant in the Kelowna performing arts community.

Lacoff, who has plenty of experience in large- and small-scale event planning and music curating, is well-connected in the Canadian music industry. Lacoff works with Creative Okanagan, and has collaborated in the past with BreakOut West, Baptist Housing and Okanagan College.

“I am so excited to have Erin and Karma on board as co-directors!” Fat Cat president Teresa May said in a press release. “We had received many great applicants for this position, but we could not have chosen a greater match as co-directors of our festival as we move towards another decade of providing our community with a high calibre events of creative fun and enriching experience for the whole family to participate and enjoy in.

“These two talented ladies have some incredible ideas that will take this festival to the next level. Our board of directors welcome them with our open hearts and minds.”

Scott and Lacoff will be hosting a community outreach forum on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Okanagan coLab in downtown Kelowna. The event, which will be sponsored by Domino’s Pizza, begins with the food at 5:45 p.m. and follows with questions, discussions and brainstorming about the festival from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Kids, parents, early childhood educators, teachers and anyone interested in the festival’s future are welcome to attend. More information can be found on the festival’s Facebook page.


Local earns top 10 nod
Kirk Penton - Oct 25 - People in Business

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A local insurance broker has been named one of the top 10 under 40 by Canadian Insurance Top Broker magazine.

Garrett Jones, who is the regional manager of commercial insurance at Valley First, was the lone B.C.-based broker to make the list.

“I was surprised and honoured to be named amongst this very talented group who are shaping the future of our industry,” Jones said in a press release. “When I reflect back on my career, I’ve learned the importance of working for an organization whose values align with my own. It’s these shared values that enable me to have a strong connection locally to help our communities and members thrive.”

Jones, who joined Valley First in 2017, was recognized for both his leadership and for his community involvement. He joined the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective and volunteers with the Okanagan Community Food Bank.

Advance adds new dentist
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 19 - Biz Releases

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Dr. Amanda Sigouin is the newest member of a Kelowna dental organization.

Dr. Sigouin has joined Advance Dental Group, which is led by Dr. Andrew Macdonnell and is located at 1810 Gordon Dr. in James Centre.

Dr. Sigouin got her bachelor of science in biology at Simon Fraser University, where she graduated with first class distinction honours, and she was immediately accepted into the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at the University of British Columbia. She received numerous honours during her time at UBC.

Dr. Sigouin is accepting new patients and patient emergencies at Advance Dental Group, which is open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 250-762-3369 to make an appointment.

Local up for Stevie Award
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 15 - Biz Releases

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A Kelowna business owner is up for a prestigious award that will be presented in New York City next month.

Kristy Carruthers, who owns Proforma Inspired Promotions, is a finalist for The Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She is up for female entrepreneur of the year (business products) with 10 or fewer employees. Proforma is on track to reach $1 million in sales.

The Stevie Award is a premier business honour that recognizes the achievements of female executives, entrepreneurs and the organizations they run. Nominations are judged by many of the world’s most respected executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and business educators.

“It is a great honour to be named a Stevie Award finalist,” Carruthers said in a press release. “In an industry that is predominantly men, I think it’s important to have an award that recognizes hardworking women in business. I am truly flattered that my story is being considered for this award.”

Gold, silver and bronze winners will be revealed at the 15th annual awards dinner on Nov. 16 in New York City.

Ledinski joins CapriCMW
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 28 - People in Business

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CapriCMW Insurance Services has added Dave Ledinski to its Kelowna team of commercial risk advisors.

Ledinski has more than 20 years of experience in commercial insurance and risk management, and has worked closely with construction, real estate and property development companies. He will provide custom insurance and risk solutions for his new clients at CapriCMW.

Ledinski spent the last 18 years as a senior account executive at Western Financial Group.

CapriCMW now has more than 400 employees in 14 offices across B.C. and Ontario.

Coletta earns Founders Award
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 28 - Biz Releases

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Okanagan Crush Pad owner Christine Coletta on Thursday night was honoured with the Founders Awards at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.

ENCORE Vineyards owner Harry McWatters presented the award to Coletta, who was recognized for her contributions to the B.C. wine industry.

“I was very touched to receive this award,” Coletta said in a press release. “It was emotional to see my name added to a trophy containing the names of people who have worked tirelessly to create a thriving B.C. wine industry over the past 30 years.”

Coletta helped numerous B.C. wineries establish their businesses earlier in her career, and then she launched her own wine, Haywire, along with Okanagan Crush Pad, which was Canada’s first purpose-built custom crush winemaking facility.

Coletta was the BC Wine Institute’s founding executive director, she is a driving force on the Canadian culinary scene, and she is on the leading edge of the country’s organic farming and winemaking industries.

Unitarians hire new minister
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 26 - Biz Releases

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The Kelowna Unitarians have a new minister.

Danielle Webber, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who recently completed internships in Calgary and Toronto, has taken leadership of the Kelowna congregation.

Webber has advanced degrees in ministry and leadership, and describes herself as an agnostic spiritual. She has a passion for social justice initiatives, as she carried the Kelowna Unitarians’ banner at Kelowna’s trans march in August.

People of all faith backgrounds, and regardless of age, gender identity or family structure, are welcome to join the Kelowna Unitarians for services at 1310 Bertram Ave. on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Big White adds sports director
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 25 - Biz Releases

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Big White Ski Resort has hired a new director of mountain sports.

Michael Richards comes to the Okanagan, along with his wife and two children, from Collingwood, Ont., where skiing and snowboarding were a huge part of his life. He learned to ski at the Caledon Ski Club before moving west.

Richards spent 10 years at Whistler Mountain Ski School, where he rose to the level of assistant ski school director. He then spent his summers teaching snow sports in southern New Zealand.

Richards moved back to Ontario to get a degree and work for Xerox Canada but is now returning to B.C.

“We are overjoyed that Michael has chosen to relocate his family and join us as director of snow sports at Big White Ski Resort,” president and CEO Peter Plimmer said in a press release. “There might be a lot of difference in the size of mountains between Collingwood, Ontario, and Big White, but both areas have a strong commitment to growing our sport and we remain focused on providing the best instructors to teach at the Big White Snow Sports School.”

SilverStar hires sales maven
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 12 - Biz Releases

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SilverStar Mountain Resort has hired a new sales and marketing director from one of the top ski resorts in the world.

Ian Jenkins, who works as the international sales and marketing director at Vail Resorts in Colorado, is now in charge of the same department at SilverStar. His first day on the job will be next Wednesday.

Jenkins has also worked in sales and marketing at Whistler/Blackcomb, so he is more than familiar with the Canadian market.

True Leaf appoints chair
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 15 - Biz Releases

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Vernon’s True Leaf Medicine International has appointed the founding chair of its veterinary advisory board.

Dr. Katherine Kramer, DVM, has been practising veterinary medicine for 16 years and is currently the medical director at the VCA-Canada Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital.

Dr. Kramer is considered a pioneer in the field of medicinal cannabis for pets. She has been a vocal advocate for the research and therapeutic use of cannabis for animals.

Her role at True Leaf will be to recruit veterinarians from around the world as the company develops legal and safe medicinal cannabis products for pets.

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