Nelson: Who’s who in business

Nelson is known for its beautiful mountain setting on the shore of Kootenay Lake, its thriving arts community and its engaging coffeeshop culture.

The picturesque city of Nelson, B.C., is built on a hill.

— Photo courtesy Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce

Community Pulse Population9,800 Number of businesses1,110 Supporting industriesForestry, construction, tourism, value-added manufacturing, light industry, technology

Nelson, B.C., a city of 9,800 people in the southeastern part of the province, is known for its beautiful mountain setting on the shore of Kootenay Lake, its thriving arts community and its engaging coffeeshop culture. It was recently included on the list of Canada’s best small towns in the book The Great Canadian Bucket List: One of a Kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock. The economy is supported by forestry and mining, with a generous infusion of tourist dollars. Several nearby ski resorts, hiking and biking trails right out its back door and beautiful Kootenay Lake, all offer recreational activities for every age and preference and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

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Nelson Chamber of Commerce

This glorious mountain city has an impressive chamber of commerce.

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City of Nelson

Current council

  • Deb Kozak (Mayor)
  • Anna Purcell
  • Michael Dailly
  • Robin Cherbo
  • Bob Adams
  • Valerie Warmington
  • Janice Morrison

Economic development contact

  • Kevin Cormack, city manager

One-on-one with the Mayor

Deb Kozak is the mayor of Nelson, B.C.

Deb Kozak is taking the lead in Nelson as she steps into position of mayor after nine years on council.

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Nelson branding and tourism

Top employers

Every year Kootenay Business lists the Top 110 employers in the Kootenays. A notable city in the West Kootenay, Nelson is well represented on the list.

  • School District 8 (787)
  • Pacific Insight Electronics Corp. (400)
  • Whitewater Ski Resort (225 in winter)
  • City of Nelson (203)
  • Hume Hotel & Best Western Baker Street Inn (154)
  • Walmart (140)
  • Maglio Building Centre Ltd.(Trail and Nelson, 80)
  • Kootenay Country Store Co-op (75)
  • Nelson & District Credit Union (65)
  • Nelson Chrysler (26)

Top business people in Nelson

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.


Dianna Ducs is the executive director for Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.
Dianna Ducs

Dianna Ducs, executive director of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, is leading the way to a significant increase in tourism in her area.

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Doug Mann is the manufacturing director at Pacific Insight.
Doug Mann

Doug Mann’s career in automotive engineering spans 35 years. He recently moved to Nelson to join Pacific Insight.

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Ted Murrell is the general manager of Save-On-Foods in Nelson, B.C.
Ted Murrell

The right elements came together to make Save-On-Foods the top pick for Business of the Year in Nelson, B.C.

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Longtime Businesses of Nelson

The charming and contemporary Adventure Hotel is situated in a 103-year-old building on Baker Street in Nelson, B.C.
The Nelson Adventure

At the age of 103, the independently owned Adventure Hotel in Nelson, B.C., has reached its best level yet.

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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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Paul and Agnez Bowolin and their son, of Nelson, B.C.
Facilitating financial freedom

Under its new name, Nelson Family Financial Services continues the trusted practices established by Money Concepts.

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Do you own a business in Nelson? 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 Nelson businesses