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.

Fernie's historic City Hall

This beautiful heritage building serves as the City Hall in Fernie, B.C. — Kimberly Shellborn photo

Community Pulse Population4,160 Number of businesses645 Supporting industriesMining, tourism, forestry, construction, trade, service

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. 

Fernie Chamber of Commerce

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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.

City Council

  • 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

Mary Giuliano, mayor of Fernie, B.C., with council

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.

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Upcoming Fernie events

Fernie, B.C. | Keeping Food Real Part I: Maximize Yields, Optimize Efforts

This is the first installation of a three-part series, educating students on getting the most out of their food gardens.

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Top employers

  • 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.

(L to R) Ryan Doehle, wife Laurel, son Ethan, and daughter Kyra with their dog WiFi.
Ryan Doehle

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 2017

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Lindsay Reynolds is the owner of Three Sisters Day Spa in Fernie.
Lindsay Reynolds

After she found a home in Fernie, Lindsay Reynolds discovered a passion to bring the business of beauty to town.

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Pierre Dupont stands outside the Le Grand Fromage location in Fernie.
Pierre Dupont

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 residents

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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.

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