Kootenay Influencers

by Marie Milner

A blog showcasing people who are making a difference in communities throughout the Kootenays.

Kootenay Influencers blog will feature a people who are having an extraordinary impact on the business community in the Kootenay region. We’ll find out what they are doing, why they’re doing it and what makes them tick.

If you would like to recommend an influencer to be featured in this blog email Marie or call 1-800-663-8555 extension 273.
 

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

Recent Kootenay Influencers articles

The Nicholas family: Jesse, Jake and Rachael
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Education, First Nations , Kootenay Influencers, Who's Who Influencer Article Jesse Nicholas, influencer

In all of his roles, Jesse Nicholas strives to listen, understand, build consensus and serve his community.

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Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, stands before the Foundation logo and the donor recognition board at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers, Who's Who Influencer Article New leadership for EKFH

Brenna Baker recently made a shift from sheltering animals to supporting healthcare for East Kootenay citizens via the EKFH.

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Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

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Kai Palkeinen and Kelly Hutcheson are owner-operators of Pulse Boot Lab & Ski Co. in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke’s excellent boot fitters

The experts at Pulse Boot Lab can fine-tune the fit of your ski boots for a critical improvement in your performance and comfort on the hill.

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Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies and the director of Area A (rural Golden) in the CSRD.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influence and administration in Golden

Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies, and she’s also the director for Area A (CSRD).

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Parker Vaile (L) and Jordan Peterson (R) are owner-operators of VP Waste Solutions in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cleaning up in Golden

VP Waste Solutions of Golden, B.C., is a star in the unglamorous realm of waste management.

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Janet Fraser owns and operates
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Janet Fraser, business mentor

Business mentorship and volunteer projects make Janet Fraser an influencer in Rossland, B.C.

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Aaron Cosbey, internationally recognized development economist, took part in the Golden City Days Parade in his role as city councillor for Rossland, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Kootenay Influencers Little Rossland’s big-time influencer

Aaron Cosbey is a Rossland city councillor and an advisor on national and international boards for sustainable economic development.

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Darrel Fry is a third-generation Rosslander who is on a mission to disrupt climate change.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Replacing petro-plastic

Breakthrough technology from Advanced BioCarbon 3D of Rossland will create biodegradable, high performance, good-for-the-earth plastic.

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Jeff and Stephanie Bowes took full ownership of Canadian Timberframes Ltd. in Golden, B.C., on January 1, 2017.
West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Kootenay Influencers Top of the timberframe game

Canadian Timberframes Ltd., of Golden, B.C., is winning building contracts in some of the most prestigious areas in North America.

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Jodi Gravelle is the chief operating officer for the ?aq?am Community near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Jodi Gravelle, communication conduit

Human resources and communication are Jodi Gravelle’s main focuses in her position as COO for the ʔaq̓am Community.

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Brenda Palmer, founder and owner of Mrs. Palmer's Pantry in Cranbrook, B.C., has the support of family, friends, customers and—just possibly—an angel on her shoulder.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Brenda Palmer is taking her chips to the bank

Brenda Palmer believes that we should value our time as much or more than we do our money, and invest both wisely.

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Joy Barrett, cultural development officer for Nelson, B.C., and executive director of Castlegar Sculpturewalk, stands within “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen and Hans Winter (2016).
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers The power of art in Nelson, B.C.

Joy Barrett combines creativity and hard-headed business sense in her work as cultural development officer for the City of Nelson, B.C.

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Cranbrook-born Eric Termuende is an internationally recognized speaker who has just published his first book, called
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kootenay Influencers Eric Termuende, Kootenay-grown global influencer

Due in large part to technology, the workplace is becoming a colder, lonelier place. Eric Termuende is on a mission to change that.

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Mike Gray is a village councillor and the owner/operator of the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Hospitality and hope in Radium Hot Springs

“I don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks. If there’s someone in need, I want the community to be able to help.” —Mike Gray

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The Sterzer family enjoys a panoramic view of Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley from the top of Mount Sabine.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats champion

“I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make a positive difference in the small world around me.” — Karl Sterzer

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Roly (Roland) Russell, Ph.D., is the elected representative for Area D in the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary He also sits on a variety of boards for local organizations.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Kootenay Influencers Roly Russell supports rural Boundary

As an elected representative in Kootenay-Boundary and a volunteer on several local boards, Roly Russell is a person of influence.

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Nancy Trotman and Chris Bell are generous supporters of the community of Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers, Who's Who Influencer Article Castlegar influencers 2017

These Castlegar residents demonstrate the vision, patience and work ethic that it takes to grow their community.

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Andy Cohen is the general manager of Fernie Alpine Resort and Kimberley Alpine Resort.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Fernie’s long-time supporter

As a people person, networker, relationship builder and idea guy, Fernie’s Andy Cohen uses his influence to benefit the East Kootenay region.

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Jack Moes, dean of trades and technology at College of the Rockies, is pleased about the imminent $10-million expansion of the trades teaching facility.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Education, Kootenay Influencers Jack Moes influences futures

Jack Moes, dean of trades and technology at College of the Rockies, has an affinity for relevant, practical, applied learning.

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