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

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Mike Balance, Dale Donaldson, Christina Champlin and Cassandra Urbshas of Mallard's Source for Sports in Nelson, B.C.
Influencing Nelson

Our research rewarded us with information about a few of Nelson’s most influential business people.

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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, mayor of Nelson, enjoys the city's upgraded streetscape.

Upgraded esthetics and conveniences meet Nelson’s current needs while distinctive, historic architecture gives the city its timeless charm.

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Nelson branding and tourism

 
The attractions in and around Nelson, B.C., rival those of many cities ten times its size. Historic architecture, a vibrant, walkable downtown with sidewalk cafés, boutiques, public art and almost daily cultural activities are all within easy reach of residents and visitors. Add to that Nelson’s gorgeous setting on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, the surrounding mountain slopes and extravaganza of recreational activities, and you have a city that offers something to appeal to everyone.

The Nelson Kootenay Lake website homepage identifies Nelson as “a place for free spirits and well-rounded squares,” where “the best things in life aren’t things,” and you’ll find “culture, adventure and other stimulants.”
 
We should go there.

Upcoming Nelson events

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Nelson, B.C. | 7th Annual Kootenay Artisan Fair

Now in its seventh year, this event never fails to draw a crowd.

 

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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)

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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.

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