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Kimberley Chamber of Commerce president, Rachelle Langlois, presents Allissa Keane (left) of Fruition Wellness with Business of the Year honours
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Kimberley Chamber hands out 2017 Excellence Awards

Here is a list of the nominees and the winners in each category of the Kimberley Chamber 2017 Excellence Awards

David Walls, President and Chief Executive Officer of the College of the Rockies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education College of the Rockies President David Walls signs contract extension

During his tenure, Walls has led College of the Rockies through a host of significant milestones including a celebration of the College’s fortieth anniversary

RKP Atlantic Business Services owner, Ron Pomerleau.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Technology Kimberley software company expands to Atlantic Canada

Point of sale system 'POS-n-Go' is designed for small business owners.

Wendy Booth, newly elected President of the Union of BC Municipalities.
East Kootenay RDEK Director elected as President of UBCM

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) was formed to provide a common voice for local government.

Couple with bike on gondola.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Developments, Tourism Vancouver-based Replay Resorts selected as master developer partner for Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama Mountain Resort is a four-season destination resort situated in British Columbia's Purcell Mountains.

A woman sits in front of her computer
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Technology Experience the Columbia Basin Symposium live online

Attend the Columbia Basin Trust event, SHIFT! Thriving in Change, from anywhere in the Basin

West Kootenay, Small Business Burton City Cider expands operations to double capacity

Owners/operators/cider makers/beekeepers Alan and Barbara Ross are the people behind the unique business, which opened in the spring 2016

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment City of Cranbrook awarded CEA honourable mention for WFP heat recovery project at UBCM

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy presented the Climate & Energy Action Awards. The City of Cranbrook received an Honourable Mention

East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie Brewing Company raises a glass to The Professor with new seasonal beer

The Professor Märzen is a commemorative brew, named after a partially created recipe found in past FBC brewmaster Gord Demaniuk’s recipe book

Well-known business owner, Dan Ashman (pictured centre), is dealer principal of AM Ford and was recently awarded Trail's Business Person of the Year Award.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail Chamber hands out Excellence Awards

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce hosted the 3rd Annual Business Excellence Awards on Saturday, September 30, 2017

FortisBC's new facility
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Energy A by-the-numbers look at the newly opened FortisBC Operations Centre in Castlegar

As FortisBC's $23-million operations centre comes to completion in Castlegar, we examine some of the benefits and features of the new facility

West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology #BCGO Tour brings business opportunities to local tech innovators in Nelson

Through #BCGO, the BC Innovation Council makes a concerted effort to bring opportunities to regions that aren’t as closely connected to industry and government

The Columbia Valley's new Economic Development Officer is Ryan Watmough
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Financial Ryan Watmough is the new Economic Development Officer for the Columbia Valley

Ryan Watmough has recently been hired by the Regional District of East Kootenay to be the new Economic Development Officer

Bob Wright was presented with the Al McCracken Memorial Award at the 2017 Community Futures British Columbia Conference in Quesnel, B.C. on September 15, 2017.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Community Futures Board Member Wins Award

Bob Wright, long-time volunteer and board member of Community Futures Central Kootenay, was honoured for his years of commitment and service

Wayne Stetski
East Kootenay, Energy CanWest/Superior Propane Merger: MP Stetski talks about Competition Bureau Ruling

MP Wayne Stetski weighs in on the CanWest/Superior Propane Merger Competition Bureau Ruling

College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations College Board elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

College of the Rockies Board of Governors elected new Board Chair, Jesse Nicholas and Vice-Chair, Cindy Yates

Pictured from left to right are: Erik Kalacis, Executive Director, Tamara Rotach, Loans Manager and Sara Stuart, Director.
West Kootenay, Trail, Financial $3.69 million in business support for Greater Trail

Community Futures Greater Trail was recognized at the British Columbia Community Futures AGM for its outstanding business loan program.

Dave Butler's new book, Full Curl
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Cranbrook author to release his new Jenny Willson mystery series

Dave Butler will be launching his new book, Full Curl, on Saturday, September 30 at the HeidOut in downtown Cranbrook

Deryn Collier
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, First Nations St. Eugene Writers Conference brings together the Kootenay’s best writers/instructors

St. Eugene will host their second writers conference, gathering award winning Canadian authors to lead three- and four-day workshops for writers

Kootenay Savings building in Trail
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Seven Kootenay-based credit unions look to merge under one umbrella

The seven credit unions that encompass the Kootenay, Boundary and Columbia Valley regions are creating a single credit union

Columbia Basin Trust’s new Child Care Support Program will help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Basin.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial Trust strengthens child care in the basin

$3.6 million for new three-year program to maintain, create new spaces

Kathy Cooper, CEO of Kootenay Rockies Tourism welcomes extra tourism funding for region.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Kootenay Rockies Tourism receives $200,000 to help tourism impacted by wildfires

The Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association and the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) will both receive funding from the province.

Will Stanhope climbed the Bugaboos last year.
West Kootenay, Castlegar One of Canada’s best rock climbers to attend Kootenay Climbing Festival

Canadian rock climbing superstar Will Stanhope will be guest speaking at the Kootenay Climbing Festival on Saturday, September 23rd in Robson, B.C.

Architectural drawings of the recently-built homeless shelter in Chilliwack, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Homeless Shelter Project gains momentum

Cranbrook's Homeless Shelter Coalition is picking up momentum and moving forward with a plan to build a homeless shelter

BCIC logo
West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology BCIC on the move: businesses travel the province looking for B.C. tech solutions with stop in Nelson

The B.C. Growth Opportunities Tour takes businesses looking for tech solutions across the province to interact with local innovators and solution providers

Government building
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, First Nations Ktunaxa Nation Council proceeding with renewable energy installation

The Ktunaxa Nation Council is set to install solar arrays on the rooftop of the Ktunaxa Nation Government Building in Cranbrook

Scenic view of mountains, with worker and construction vehicle in foreground.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Teck Steelmaking coal price guidance issued: volume up—prices slide

Teck is a diversified company committed to responsible mining and mineral development.

West Kootenay, Nelson, Technology Methode agrees to acquire Nelson’s Pacific Insight For $144 Million

Methode will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Pacific Insight in an upcoming transaction

Eagle Pass Lodge
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge celebrates grand opening of new day lodge

Eagle Pass Lodge near Revelstoke celebrated the official grand opening of their new day lodge in June 2017

Adults learn in a classroom
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, West Kootenay, Golden, Nelson, Revelstoke, Education, Small Business Workshops to address common non-profit needs

Columbia Basin Trust offers workshops this fall through its non-profit advisors program

Sparrow Hair Salon
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Fernie’s Sparrow Hair Salon celebrates grand re-opening

Stacey Goldade and Noel Vanoostenbrugge are celebrating the official grand re-opening of Sparrow Hair Salon

Johnny Strilaeff
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Continued growth and new programs benefit Basin residents

See the highlights from Columbia Basin Trust's 2016/17 Annual Service Plan Report

Denham Ford's recent fundraiser 'Our Hometown for Hunger' raised over $4000 for the Cranbrook Salvation Army's Soup Kitchen endowment fund.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial Cranbrook and District Community Foundation Fund for Salvation Army Soup Kitchen fund grew by $4,000

EKC helped established the CDCF endowment fund to benefit the Salvation Army’s Soup Kitchen in 2004.

Halcyon Hot Springs.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Entertainment and Hospitality, Financial, Tourism No details forthcoming on sale of Halcyon Hot Springs

The hot springs resort is located on the shores of Arrow Lake north of Nakusp and was evidently sold to a lower mainland investor in March or April.

Scenic view of mountain bikers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Call for nominations for the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of nine individuals including an Executive Committee of 5 seats, which includes a Past Chair position.

The new Ramada Inn in Revelstoke.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism New Ramada Inn opens in Revelstoke

The hotel construction was fast-tracked by Kamloops’ Horizon North, who assembled pre-built modular units to erect the building on a fast-paced schedule.

Recent Selkirk College Heavy Mechanical Program graduate Running Wolf returned to school after a life filled with challenges as a result of the former residential school system.
West Kootenay, Education Selkirk College Heavy Mechanical Program student overcomes and gives back

A recent graduate on Nelson's Silver King Campus knows what it's like to stare into the face of adversity and triumph.

Skimmerhorn Winery.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Two Calgary commodity traders new owners of Creston’s Skimmerhorn Winery

Skimmerhorn Winery and Vineyard is a 19.74 acre parcel of land in Creston, complete with a tasting room and bistro.

A graduate of Mount Sentinel Secondary, Jennifer Perepelkin is a Selkirk College Metal Fabricator Foundation Program and is moonlighting on the Yellowridge Construction crew that is working on the Silver King Campus refresh project currently taking place in Nelson.
West Kootenay, Developments, Education Selkirk College student joins Silver King Campus refresh crew

The Silver King Campus renewal project is slated for completion in Spring 2018.

Doris Silva, College Director of Student Affairs.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Financial College welcomes return of tuition-free programs

The decision, announced by the BC government on August 8, will be in effect for September classes.

The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society’s Golden Years Lodge will be upgraded to become more energy efficient thanks to support from Columbia Basin Trust’s Energy Retrofit Program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial 25 buildings to receive energy retrofits

Columbia Basin Trust provides $900,000 this year through its new Energy Retrofit Program.

Sacha and Tyler from Cutter Ranch located in Fort Steele, in the East Kootenay, raise heritage pork, pasture chicken and beef.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Education New program helps agriculture grow

Services include expert advice on topics such as irrigation, pest control, production, water, soil, climate change and research.

Construction site, home of the new Fitness Inc. building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Health & Wellness Fitness Inc. on the move to Cranbrook industrial park

The new, two-story facility will be 12,500 square feet—some 3,800 square feet larger than its previous space.

Members of the SMARTS project team at Selkirk College’s Applied Research & Innovation Centre in Castlegar.
West Kootenay, Education, Technology Selkirk College partners with local businesses to enhance innovation

The goal of this project was to promote the development, adaptation and/or adoption of technologies and integrate them into business models.

Andras Lukacs
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism Meet Rossland Tourism’s new Executive Director

Andras fills the position that was vacated by Deanne Stevens, who left to take a position at Selkirk College.

Overview of Columbia Valley Classic Car Show.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Transportation Classic Car Show stays in Radium Hot Springs: “positive resolution” says Chamber

The annual Classic Car Show & Shine will be held on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

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