Cranbrook: Who’s who in business

Information for business in Cranbrook, B.C., including contacts, award winners and listings.

Panoramic view of Cranbrook in the moonlight, with snow-capped mountains in the background

Cranbrook has a well-attended farmer's market offering locally made products. — Kerry Shellborn photo

Community Pulse Population19,319 Number of businesses1,454 Supporting industriesManufacturing, tourism

The city of Cranbrook, B.C., has a population of 19,319 and services a region of more than 55,000 residents. Set in the wide-open valley of the Rocky Mountain Trench in southeastern B.C., Cranbrook is known for its year-round sunny climate with moderate winters, hot summers and surrounding natural beauty. The Canadian Rockies International Airport, located just 12 minutes from the city, allows easy in-and-out access for residents and visitors. Cranbrook is home to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, the College of the Rockies, the recreational and cultural amenities of Western Financial Place—home to the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club—and the Key City Theatre. It offers a thriving farmers market from June to October and limitless recreation opportunities year-round.

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

Everything you need to know about the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce on one handy page.

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City of Cranbrook

The City of Cranbrook hosts regular council meetings on the first and second Monday of each month.

Current council

  • Lee Pratt, Mayor
  • Tom Shypitka
  • Ron Popoff
  • Isaac Hockley
  • Danielle Cardozo
  • Norma Blissett
  • Wesly Graham

Economic development contact

One-on-one with the Mayor

Lee Pratt is the mayor of Cranbrook, B.C.

The first task for Cranbrook’s new mayor and council will be to draft up a budget for capital expenditures.

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Top employers

Every year Kootenay Business lists the Top 110 employers in the Kootenays. Cranbrook had several businesses on the list.

  • City of Cranbrook (200)
  • Real Canadian Superstore (200)
  • Prestige Hotels & Resorts (150)
  • Canada Safeway (130)
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council (100)
  • Home Depot (83)
  • Fab-Rite Services Ltd. (70)
  • East Kootenay Community Credit Union (68)
  • Wildstone Golf Course (65, seasonal)
  • Regional District of East Kootenay (56)
  • Heritage Inn Cranbrook (55)
  • New Dawn Developments Ltd. (50)
  • Home Hardware Building Centre (47)
  • Selkirk Signs & Services Ltd. (47)
  • Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Child & Family Services (46)
  • Koocanusa Publications Inc. (40)
  • The Kootenay Import Auto Group (38)
  • BDO Canada LLP (38)
  • Cranbrook Dodge (34)
  • Rocky Mountain Diesel Ltd. (34)
  • Dacota Freight Service Ltd. (29)
  • Denham Ford (BC) Ltd. (28)
  • ReMax Caldwell Agencies Ltd. (13)

Top business people in Cranbrook

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.

Tristen Chernove, CEO of Elevate Airports and general manager of the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, B.C., is also  the recipient of three medals from the September 2016 Paralympic Games.
Tristen Chernove

Tristen Chernove is inspired by the energy of Cranbrook’s business community, and he’s reciprocating in a big way.

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Dawn Torgerson in the vitamin aisle at Nutter's Bulk & Natural Foods.
Dawn Torgerson

The owner of Nutter’s Bulk & Natural Foods and co-owner of Home Hardware Building Centre in Cranbrook is a bit of a risk-taker.

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Laurie Goodlad standing next to some of merchandise at Muriel and Jane's General Store.
Laurie Goodlad

Opening a retail business allows Laurie Goodlad to combine her love of customer service with her enjoyment of merchandising.

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Longtime Businesses of Cranbrook

Paul Whittingham and Stewart Medford welcomed golfers to the Cranbrook Golf Club in late April.
A century of golf in Cranbrook

The founders of the 100-year-old Cranbrook Golf Club and the dedicated volunteers who worked with them created an enduring recreational oasis.

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Colette and Dwayne Thompson of Kootenay Landscape, Cranbrook, B.C.
Kootenay Landscape: from sideline to success

Kootenay Landscape has evolved from a part-time lawn-mowing venture into a landscape maintenance company employing up to 20.

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Smiling man standing in front of a wall display of backpacks
Twenty-five years in outdoor gear

Iain MacLeod owns High Country Outdoor Gear & Clothing, the shop that’s been his second home since he was 10 years old.

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Do you own a business in Cranbrook? 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 Cranbrook businesses