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Marie Milner, always a lover of words and language, has worked for most of her life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field. She hopes that her stories in Kootenay Business magazine do justice to the motivation and commitment of Kootenay business people. Milner is grateful for the inspiration that she experiences in the course of her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration.

Most recent articles by Marie Milner

Dee Connell of Main Street Fun & Games, stands before shelves full of games and toys
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Invermere’s intrepid influencers

We shine a little light on a few of the business people who are leading the field in their own way in Invermere.

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, appears in his ceremonial headdress and colourful beaded vest
East Kootenay, Creston, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Chief and influencer

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, remembers his roots and works to improve life for the next generations.

Lee Pratt, mayor of Cranbrook, is a community influencer
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influencing Cranbrook, 2018

If we were making up a dream team of Cranbrook’s influencers, the people listed here would be on the roster.

Danny Rickaby, who passed away early in 2017, was the managing partner at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Top 10 Business People Danny Rickaby

In posthumous recognition of Danny Rickaby’s years of influence in Nelson, we include him on our list of 2018’s Top 10 Kootenay business people.

Tim Popowich is the passionate power behind Fernie Copper Works Inc., a new business in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business A passion for copper

Tim Popowich loves copper, his chosen craft medium, for its functionality and beauty.

Angela White is the office manager for Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Top 10 Business People Angela White

Fairmont Creek Vacation Rentals has a treasure in its office manager, Angela White.

Rob Jay and Terra Park own and operate Terra Firma Farms in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Terra Park and Rob Jay

Terra Park and Rob Jay are intimately connected to the people of Revelstoke—their organic farm provides food for the community.

Barry Benson, a Realtor in the Columbia Valley, is based in Canal Flats.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kootenay Influencers Empowering Canal Flats

Leaders in Canal Flats are developing plans for strategic economic growth in the community.

William Trowell, shown here with his wife and son, is the owner of Selkirk Security Services Ltd., in Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People William Trowell

Thirty years of experience and knowledge in the security industry have placed William Trowell at the top of his game.

Jimmy Bundschuh, owner of the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Bundschuh sets the stage

Jimmy Bundschuh is most comfortable working behind the scenes, but recognizes that the scope of his business has made him a regional influencer.

Dr. Rebecca Kolbenson took over the Golden Optometric Clinic in Golden, B.C., in 2013.
West Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Top 10 Business People Dr. Rebecca Kolbenson

The Golden Optometric clinic received the 2017 Professional Service Excellence Award from the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

Lolli and David Gagnon of Golden, B.C., display two awards presented to their business, Higher Ground Sports.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Higher Ground Sports takes the high road

Lolli and David Gagnon have founded a business and a not-for-profit organization that support the community of Golden, B.C.

Darrell Kemle is the owner/operator of Kokanee Ford and Kemlee Equipment Ltd. in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Retail, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Darrell Kemle

Darrell Kemle’s businesses run on a tried-and-true combination: high-quality product at a fair price, backed by exceptional customer service.

The Export Navigator pilot project offers workshops for businesses new to the complexities of exporting goods and services.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Golden, Trail, Education, Small Business Training for exporters

If you own or manage a small business that is ready to expand into markets outside of British Columbia, this free workshop can help.

Craig Moritz is a country singer and animal advocate who lives in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Animal Care, Entertainment and Hospitality, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats music man

Craig Moritz brings a talent for country music and a passion for animal rescue to his new home community of Canal Flats.

Dave Higginson and Juniper Kelly, business owners, and Ben Demers, are the front-line team at Hig & Son Automotive Repair in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Golden’s influential mechanic

Hig & Son Automotive Repair operates on principles of honesty and reliability. We’d call that influential.

The Nicholas family: Jesse, Jake and Rachael
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Education, First Nations , Kootenay Influencers Jesse Nicholas, influencer

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

Christy King, the manager of the East Kootenay branch of the B.C. SPCA, cuddles a pretty, black-and-white cat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care Admin change at EK SPCA

Christy King, a qualified animal care supervisor, is the new manager of the EK SPCA, Cranbrook branch.

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 New leadership for EKFH

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

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach Derek Stuart stands with two other coaches behind the bench at a Kimberley Dynamiters hockey game
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Dynamiters invest in Kimberley

The Kimberley Dynamiters Hockey Club provides strong and willing shoulders for the community to lean on.

Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

Matt Cockell, the president, general manager and co-owner of the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, with the empty ice in the background
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Team ICE reaches out

The Kootenay Ice drives Cranbrook’s economy. It also inspires our kids, develops responsible, caring citizens and gives us excellent hockey.

Terry Bedwell, leaseholder and operator of True Root Café stands at the entrance of the eatery.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism True Root—not just for travellers

True Root Café in Cranbrook’s Best Western Hotel offers breakfast, lunch and catering.

Amy Walker in the black, white and silver decor of Lux & Lace, her new hair salon.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Lux & Lace Hair Boutique

Amy Walker has opened her own elegant new hair salon in Cranbrook.

Stone and wood make up the Downtown Cranbrook sign that welcomes visitors
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook to become a tourism destination

With funding assured for tourism marketing, the Cranbrook Tourism Society can proceed with showcasing this area to the world.

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.

(L to R) Aaron Christensen and Noah Wesche are the owner-operators of Sullivan Machine Works.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Technology A modern Sullivan for Kimberley

Two of Kimberley’s native sons hope to expand Sullivan Machine Works to a location in their home town.

In late summer 2017, Jamie Mayes of Revelstoke, B.C., became the interim program manager for Imagine Kootenay.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Better life through Imagine Kootenay

Imagine Kootenay’s motto, “This is your better life,” certainly applies in the case of Jamie Mayes, the organization’s new program manager.

2017 has been a challenging and rewarding year for Mark McKee, mayor of Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Record-setting growth in Revelstoke

According to Revelstoke’s mayor, Mark McKee, development activity in the city is at a 40-year high.

Jana Thompson took on the role of executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce in September 2017.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Revy chamber welcomes Jana Thompson

Jana Thompson, a relative newcomer to Revelstoke, is the new executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce.

Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley, B.C., is working to diversify the sources of support for Kimberley's economy.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business Focus forward: Kimberley 2017

“I don’t spend a lot of time looking back at where we’ve been—I always focus on where we’re going.” —Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley

Peter Legge (L), prolific author and chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, is pictured here with Chris Botterill, president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Pearls from Peter Legge

Peter Legge, chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, charmed, enlightened and entertained Cranbrook chamber members on October 18.

With three years as Cranbrook's mayor behind him, Lee Pratt talked with us about his team, their accomplishments and their future focus.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Developing Cranbrook

The vision and energy at Cranbrook City Hall is focused on local and outside sources of support for long-term, sustainable economic development.

Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield was the keynote speaker at a Columbia Basin Trust Symposium in mid-October 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Education Canadian spaceman comes to the Kootenays

During his visit to Cranbrook, Colonel Chris Hadfield encouraged all of us to explore "the edge of impossible."

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Smart, hardworking and ambitious are words that describe Jaime Dekkers, the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Cranbrook Bookkeeping: the next generation

Young Jaime Dekkers is the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping.

Terry Van Horn of LCIC and Brian Fry of i4C Innovation lead the Metal Tech Alley marketing strategy.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology Trail, B.C. leads industry change

A beautiful area in southeastern British Columbia is becoming a local nexus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Caleb Willems owns and operates East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist keeps it simple

Caleb Willems’s goal for his clients is “more garden, less gardening.”

Brandon Bolen, P.Eng., is a structural engineer who recently opened Bolen Engineering in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Bolen Engineering

Brandon Bolen, professional engineer, is a natural problem solver.

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.

Robert Baker, manager of the Trail airport, looks forward to completion of a brand new terminal building and an upgraded runway.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology, Tourism, Transportation Trail airport transformed

Improvements at the Trail Regional Airport include a striking new terminal, improved safety, expanded parking and care for the environment.

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.

Audry Durham is the executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, additionally supporting the communities of Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail chamber update, 2017

The change that the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce wants to see in the local business community is, simply, more business.

West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Tourism Looking to Golden’s future

Infrastructure, infill growth and community connectivity are high on the agenda for the Town of Golden.

Jolene Salanski became owner of the Northwest Grill in Cranbrook on August 1, 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Next phase for Northwest Grill

Jolene Salanski, owner of the Northwest Grill, looks forward to expanding the catering component of her new business.

Barb Smythe is the owner-operator of Auntie Barb's Bakery, Bistro & Banquets in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Auntie Barb, cook and baker

Auntie Barb’s has a new location and an expanded range of offerings.