Top employers in the Columbia Valley

Find out which companies have brought the most jobs to this Kootenay region

Kicking Horse Coffee building exterior

Kicking Horse Coffee is one of Columbia Valley's most prominent employers. — Photo courtesy Kicking Horse Coffee

Many people would love to live in the Columbia Valley - and for most, finding work there is a necessary step toward living that dream. Here are the top employers in the region based on the number of jobs they created.

1) Canfor

Canfor is a world leader in the production of sustainable lumber, pulp and paper. They have a location in Radium Hot Springs, which has provided excellent employment opportunities for Columbia Valley residents.

2) School District #6

School District #6, (also known as the Rocky Mountain School District), encompasses several communities, including Invermere, Kimberley and Golden. There are a variety of jobs offered within the district, such as teaching positions, administrative roles and janitorial.

  • Number of employees: 586
  • Job seekers resource: If you are interested in a career with School District #6, call the District Administration Office at 250-342-9243 for more information.

3) Panorama Mountain Resort (winter) 

This intimate mountain resort village offers skiing and other outdoor recreation opportunities, hot pools, a spa, restaurants, shops and more. There is always something going on here, with events and activities scheduled all throughout the season.

  • Number of employees: 500
  • Tour information: The best way to "tour" Panorama Mountain Resort is to go there as a guest and enjoy the activities firsthand. Or, take a virtual tour of the on-site amenities, and see why this is a great place to work and stay.
  • Job seekers page

4) Kicking Horse Coffee

One of the most well-known companies in Invermere is Kicking Horse Coffee. Producing organic, delicious, fair trade coffee is just one benefit to working there - the business also has a strong corporate culture and promotes sustainability and ethics in its practices.

  • Number of employees: 250
  • Tour information: Call 1-888-287-5282 to arrange a tour.
  • Job seekers page

5) New Dawn Developments Ltd.

Offering custom building design and construction, New Dawn Developments has made a name for itself in the Columbia Valley. If you have experience in the field, you may be the next new addition to the New Dawn team.

Danielle Cameron

Danielle Cameron is a writer and web editor for several publications and has been practising as a Certified Herbal Practitioner since 2005. View all of Danielle Cameron’s articles

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