Fernie: Who’s who in business
Fernie’s predominant claim to fame is as a spectacular winter sports destination, though coal mining is still an important component of the city’s economy.
The city of Fernie has deep roots. In 1873, Michael Phillips discovered coal outcroppings in southeastern B.C.’s Crowsnest Pass. Once the Canadian Pacific Railroad arrived in 1898, the industries of coal mining and logging became established, along with the community of Fernie. Between 1904 and 1910 the town of Fernie burned to the ground twice and was rebuilt, the second time from brick and stone. Though legend had it that an ill-wish hovered over the town from the days of William Fernie’s commerce-tainted romantic liaison with an Indian princess, the population grew and the city thrived.
City of Fernie
Fernie’s predominant claim to fame is as a spectacular winter sports destination, though coal mining is still an important component of the city’s economic foundation. City council meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
- Mary Giuliano, Mayor
- Phil Iddon
- Dan McSkimming
- Joe Warshawsky
- Ange Qualizza
- Jon Levesque
- Dennis Schafer
Economic development contact
- Jim Hendricks, 250-423-2225
One-on-one with the Mayor
With the momentum of her first term as a foundation, Mary Giuliano has again taken on the challenges of the mayor’s position in Fernie.Read full article
- Teck Coal (4,055 total employees)
- Fernie Alpine Resort (600 employees - winter)
Top business people in Fernie
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.
Ryan Doehle’s 21 years of work in his self-started and expanding business have landed him a spot on the list of the Top 10 Business People of 2017Read full article
After she found a home in Fernie, Lindsay Reynolds discovered a passion to bring the business of beauty to town.Read full article
Opening Le Grand Fromage in Fernie and Nelson has offered a way for Pierre Dupont to share his taste and knowledge for quality cheese with Kootenay residentsRead full article
Do you own a business in Fernie? 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.