Castlegar: Who’s who in business

Information about business in Castlegar, B.C. - including contacts, award winners and listings.

Castlegar is attractively situated on the banks of the Columbia River.

Castlegar is an attractive community with a thriving business scene. — Brendan Mitchell photo

Community Pulse Population7,259 Number of businesses679 Supporting industriesMining, manufacturing (wood products), education

With its central West Kootenay location, Castlegar, B.C., is positioned as the commercial service centre of the region. The West Kootenay Regional Airport sees 70,000 passenger movements a year while education, retail and the lumber industry help the city thrive.

Castlegar Chamber of Commerce

Find out more about Castlegar's chamber, and what it does for the community.

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City of Castlegar

Castlegar offers attractive lifestyle options with an abundance of outdoor activities and a friendly, small-city feel.

The Castlegar city council regularly meets on the first and third Monday of each month, with a summer recess during July and August.

Mayor: Lawrence Chernoff

Current council:

  •     Councillor Dan Rye
  •     Councillor Deb McIntosh
  •     Councillor Florio Vassilakakis
  •     Councillor Bruno Tassone
  •     Councillor Kevin Chernoff
  •     Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff

Economic development contact:


One-on-one with the Mayor

Lawrence Chernoff is the mayor of Castlegar, B.C.

Lawrence Chernoff has returned as the mayor of Castlegar, bringing his upbeat outlook back to the city for a fourth term.

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Top employers

Every year Kootenay Business lists the Top 110 employers in the Kootenays. With a number of key sectors that serve the region, Castlegar had a number of companies and organizations on the list for 2014.

  • Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership (444)
  • Selkirk College (353)
  • International Forest Products Limited (300)
  • Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd. (135)
  • Canada Safeway (109)
  • Certified Coating Specialists Inc. (70)
  • Canadian Tire (51)
  • Columbia Power Corporation (42)
  • Columbia Basin Trust (42)
  • Heritage Credit Union (33)
  • Glacier Honda (20)

Top business people in Castlegar

The following business individuals have shown dedication to business and their communities. They have been recognized on the Kootenay Business list of Top 10 business people for various years.

Rauni Naud – Co-owner Naud Lester Insurance and Investment Solutions Inc.
Rauni Naud

Rauni Naud stays on top of financial trends so her clients can secure their financial futures

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Dan Rye, manager of Kootenay Market in Castlegar, B.C.
Dan Rye

Kootenay Market is a welcoming hub at the heart of Castlegar, B.C., thanks to manager Dan Rye and his friendly staff.

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Dale Donaldson stands against the background of a snowy peak.
Dale Donaldson

Even after 30 years as owner of Mallard’s Source For Sports in Castlegar, Dale Donaldson still enjoys every shift he works.

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Longtime Businesses of Castlegar

Kitchen cabinets made by Bruce Richier of Leaf Cabinetry, Winlaw, B.C.
A career in wood

Bruce Richier of Leaf Cabinetry produces beautiful cabinets and furniture pieces for homes and businesses throughout the West Kootenay.

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Do you own a business in Castlegar? We'd like to hear more about you. Please contact us if you're a successful long-time business owner in the area, or if you think you would qualify as a top employer in the Kootenays.

Promoted Castlegar businesses