Knaak leads Kamloops chamber
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 15, 2019 - Biz Releases

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The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has a new president.

Joshua Knaak, who is a managing partner at FIT Financial, is the person now in charge of the organization, which held its annual general meeting on Thursday and introduced its new board of directors.

Vivek Sharma will serve as Knaak’s first vice-president, while Sandman Signature’s Tyson Andrykew will be the second VP.

BDO Canada LLP’s Donna Gibson is the 2019-20 treasurer, and Advance Hospitality Consulting Services’ Bryce Herman will serve as secretary.

“With thanks to this past year’s board and all of their hard work, I look forward to leading our team through our strategic plan this year,” Knaak said in a press release. “We have solid direction and a strong board that will certainly make this a dynamic year.”

The chamber’s board of directors includes Daniel Carroll (Fulton & Company LLP), Dennis Clare (Domtar Inc.), Donna Gibson (BDO Canada LLP),  Alicia Glaicar (Mair Jensen Blair), Mike Henry (Thompson Rivers University), Cindy Piva (Thrive Business Strategies), Colin O’Leary (O’Leary and Associates Ltd.), Tim Shoults (Kamloops This Week) and Kate Stebbings (Trans Mountain Expansion Project).

Aleece Laird (Amplify Consulting Inc.) will serve as the BC Chamber of Commerce representative.

Big role for Big White VP
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 08, 2019 - People in Business

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Destination British Columbia has tagged a key member of the Okanagan business community to serve as one of its vice-chairmen.

Michael J. Ballingall of Big White Ski Resort has been named vice-chairman of Destination BC’s tourism marketing committee for 2019. Ballingall is Big White’s senior vice-president and has been a driving force for the province’s ski tourism industry.

He will serve in the role until Jan. 31, 2020.

Flowr adds innovation officer
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 06, 2019 - People in Business


The Flowr Corporation has promoted Jason Broome to the role of chief innovation officer.

Broome, who had been serving as the licensed cannabis producer’s senior vice-president of operations, will now develop “high-quality products and lead Flowr’s research into cultivars, form factors and delivery systems for the global markets.”

Broome will also be in charge of the company’s research and development facility, which, once completed, will be located next to its 80,000 square-foot cultivation facility on the Kelowna-Lake Country border.

“Flowr’s product innovation portfolio must meet the world-class standards of our cultivation,” Flowr co-CEO Tom Flow said in a press release. “It’s an unusually demanding ask, but Jason’s expertise across all aspects of product development, from molecule to market, is unique and yet totally in keeping with Flowr’s high-performance, high-creativity culture.”

Broome has spent 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, and he was the co-founder of the first company licensed to cultivate and extra hemp in Kentucky. He holds a master’s degree in molecular genetics from the University of Ottawa.

Changes at top of Waterplay
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 06, 2019 - People in Business

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Waterplay Solutions Corp. has a pair of new vice-presidents.

Kerrin Smith is the Kelowna company’s new VP of strategic growth and customer experience, while Lisa Neilson has been appointed VP of corporate services.

Smith comes to Waterplay with plenty of experience in corporate leadership and growth strategy. He has worked for Dupont and play equipment manufacturer Kompan, where he grew business by more than 300 per cent in a seven-year period.

Neilson has been with Waterplay for nearly 12 years and is now in charge of the company’s creative, engineering and operations departments.

First female CHBA leader
Okanagan Edge Staff - Mar 01, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Cassidy deVeer is the new president of the Canadian Home Builders Association’s Central Okanagan chapter.

DeVeer, who is president of Kelowna’s 3rd Generation Homes, is the first female to hold the position.

“I am proud to represent such an outstanding board, executive and members,” deVeer said in a press release. “It is an honour to be selected to work for the residential construction industry in the Central Okanagan. With pressures on the residential construction industry from all levels of government, our role to advocate for our members has never been more important.”

The construction industry in the Okanagan provides more than 25,310 jobs and is looking to grow year on year by 0.4%, according to the 2018 B.C. Labour Market Outlook report. Construction sits in the top three industries in the region, which is home to 11% of all B.C. residents or one in 10 workers.

Csek new chamber president
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 26, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Csek Creative’s Nikki Csek is the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s new president.

The chamber last week completed its nomination and election processes for its 2019-20 board of directors, and Csek will be the one taking over from Carmen Sparg, who will now serve as past president.

The new directors, who were appointed to the board via acclamation, will join the returnees and officially form the new board on March 31. They will be sworn in at the chamber’s presidents dinner on Thursday, April 25, at the Coast Capri Hotel.

There are also three appointees on the board: Maxine Dehart, Kelowna city councillor; Trevor McTavish, Junior Chamber International; Bill Gillett, Okanagan School of Business dean.

The directors are: Andrew Brunton, Pushor Mitchell; Ron Cannan, Interior Savings; Derek Gratz, UBC Okanagan; Andrew Ingenhorst, Grant Thornton; Angela Nagy, GreenStep Solutions; Justin O’Connor, Sotheby’s International; Pamela Pearson, Sentes Group; Dan Price, Emil Anderson; Domenic Rampone, West Manufacturing; Jeffrey Robinson, Rush Ihas LLP; Robert Scott, 2M Performance; Shelagh Turner, Canadian Mental Health Association; Laura Vigar, Watson’s Hound Lounge; Ray Wynsouw, CorWest Builders.

New hotel association boss
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 13, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Dale Sivucha has had the interim tag removed from his title with the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association.

Sivucha, who is the Coast Capri Hotel general manager, was named interim president of the association in October, and he became president on Feb. 7 when the KHMA held its annual general meeting.

The new board of directors was also elected during the meeting. Holiday Park Resort’s Don Culic will serve as vice-president, while Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort’s Heather Schaub returns as treasurer.

Natalie Corbett of Accent Inns Kelowna was named secretary, and there are three returning directors: Christa Park (The Royal Anne Hotel), Meg McManus (Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna) and Melanie Atkins (Hotel Zed Kelowna).

Rosemary Patterson, who is with Best Western Plus Wine Country Hotel & Suites, is the organization’s past president.

The KHMA acts as a liaison to facilitate, develop and support the business initiatives affecting the accommodation sector in Kelowna. It works with the city, Tourism Kelowna, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and other organizations, associations, and institutions involved with the industry.

Tower Ranch names pro
Okanagan Edge Staff - Feb 11, 2019 - Biz Releases

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Tower Ranch Golf Club has named its new head professional.

Miles Palahniuk joins the club after spending the last three years as the pro shop manager and associate professional at The Harvest Golf Club. He also spent time at Kelowna Golf and Country Club and Sunset Ranch Golf Club.

Palahniuk was the Okanagan Valley’s class A professional of the year in 2015, when he was also recognized as a Top 100 PGA of Canada professional.

“We are thrilled to welcome Miles to our team,” Tower Ranch general manager Eric Thorsteinson said in a press release. “Miles has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the golf industry and our local market. He has a passion for delivering memorable experiences and has a keen eye for detail.”

Unisus principal announced
Colin Dacre - Jan 14, 2019 - Biz Releases

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The Unisus private school in Summerland has announced its new senior principal.

Tosca Killoran comes to the institution with experience at baccalaureate schools in Europe and Asia.

“Killoran is also an author, a publisher and a frequent presenter and keynote speaker,” the school’s announcement stated.

She will start full-time at the school in July. She is currently completing her doctorate in education at East Carolina University. Her doctorate focuses on “supporting the creation of equitable, networked innovation communities within international schools.”

“From meeting Ms. Killoran, I am confident that she will work effectively with all our global-minded, outstanding Unisus team,” recruitment advisor Gary Little said.

King joins wine festival
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jan 07, 2019 - People in Business

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 The BC Wine Cider & Spirits Festival has announced Marjorie King as its judging manager.

King has spent the last 22 years in the industry, and in 2000 received the Founders Award by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society. She has formed long-standing relationships with honourable judges, sommeliers and industry influencers, and without her expertise and relationships B.C. judging competitions would not be what they are today.

“We are so thrilled to not only announce that Marjorie will continue working with our team but actually be granted the privilege to do so,” BC Wine Cider & Spirits Festival founder and general manager Katherine Bramall said in a press release. “Marjorie has developed and executed the province’s most credible judging competitions, including the Best of Varietal, BC Wine Awards and British Columbia Lieutenant Governors Wine Awards.

“We are honoured to be able to say that she will be exclusively working with our team moving forward.”

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