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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

Grand Forks, B.C., is making a good recovery after being ravaged by flooding in May 2018.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Grand Forks after the flood

The community of Grand Forks, B.C., has some distance to go before it reaches an acceptable new level of “normal.”

Craig Luke is the operations manager and Alain Chiasson (R) is a new co-owner of Queen City Shuttle in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Nelson’s fleet sustained

Queen City Shuttle & Charters has new owners and an assured future.

A Rockwool employee stands in the bed of a red Rockwool pickup truck, handing a bag of insulation to a Boundary region homeowner
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment Rockwool is a friend to its neighbours in need

Rockwool is donating $200,000 worth of insulation to help flood-affected residents in Grand Forks and the surrounding area rebuild their homes.

Brad Pommen presents Smrt1 Technologies at the 2018 Tech Summit in Vancouver.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Vending machines meet the Internet

Smrt1 Technologies combines the convenience of the vending machine with the retail reach of the Internet and the connectivity of cellphones.

Vern Gorham, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, proudly shows some items of Creston's locally produced art, available in the chamber of commerce building.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, Tourism The Creston Valley chamber: growing steady

Vern Gorham, manager of the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, is busy building foundations and keeping an eye on his budgets.

The Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Colorado, has latice-like, woven wood cladding that admits light from all directions.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Spearhead Inc. enables beautiful architecture

Spearhead Inc. applies timeless materials, an age-old craft, ingenuity and advanced industrial technology to the world’s beautiful architecture.

Ernest Blackmore heads up the exceptional team at the Cranbrook Arby's fast-food restaurant.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Cranbrook’s Arby’s: simply the best

The Cranbrook Arby’s is providing the best customer satisfaction in the entire Arby’s franchise. Nice going, team!

Jillian Rutherford and Andrew Hayden stand at the heart of their new business, Fernie Distillers in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Fernie Distillers is first in Fernie

First distiller in Fernie opens for business on Canada Day.

Four smiling, bearded young men: Ian McCann, Doug Wagner, Jesse Roberts and Fred Williams, are the team that oversees operations at Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Hotspot: Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap

Fire Hall Kitchen & Tap is Cranbrook’s newest gastropub and craft beer taphouse, located in a cleverly converted fire hall on 11th Avenue South.

Rylee Christenson, shown here in Glacier National Park, became the manager of the Creston Valley Farmers Market in April 2018.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism The new face of the Creston Valley Farmers Market

After studying people, places and natural systems for her B.Sc. in geography, Rylee Christenson is managing the Creston Valley Farmers Market.

Construction is underway for the new Columbia Lake Technology Center in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Technology Economic turnabout in Canal Flats

A new technology centre being built in Canal Flats creates opportunities for businesses and a powerful incentive to building contractors.

WestJet Link aircraft at Canadian Rockies International Airport on June 20, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation WestJet touchdown in Cranbrook

WestJet Link is a new, three-times-a-weekday travel option at the Canadian Rockies International Airport.

Tim Termunde, president and CEO, Eagle Plains Resources Ltd.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Creston, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Eagle Plains goes solo on Iron Range

At the Iron Range property, where Eagle Plains Resources has exclusive ownership interest, the company is breaking with precedent.

Bob Hellman, paddling on Kootenay Lake in one of his own canoes
West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Hellman Canoe & Kayak—a passion project

Bob Hellman has an enduring love for paddling and for Canada’s wilderness, and his business keeps him connected to that passion.

Tom Thomson , executive director of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, appreciates the upgrades  to the chamber's new home in the former CP Rail station.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Meeting needs for Nelson’s businesses

Tom Thomson is dedicated to learning about the needs of the business community in Nelson and advocating to get those needs met.

Tracey Buckley of Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Technology, Influential Women in Business Tracey Buckley — a rare combination

An aptitude for technology, natural communication skills and an easy way with people have been key to Tracey Buckley’s success.

Brian Conn is the owner-operator of Kootenay Shade Works and Northstar Roasting Co.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Retail, Small Business Coffee dreams

Northstar Roasting Company is Brian Conn’s dream come true.

Costa Rica-born Pilar Portela, CEO of Astra Smart Systems Inc. and i4C Innovation in the West Kootenay, is passionate about rural sustainability and the practical application of emerging technology
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Technology, Influential Women in Business Pilar Portela: Business leader, role model, mentor

Technology entrepreneur Pilar Portela shares her perspective on the leadership roles of women in business.

Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training, listens to children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program at College of the Rockies on May 25, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education New funding for education benefits the newest generation

New provincial funding allows College of the Rockies to double the size of its Early Childhood Education Program.

Natasha Lockey was please to be recognized by Kootenay Business magazine as an Influential Woman in Business in the West Kootenay
West Kootenay, Rossland, Small Business, Tourism, Influential Women in Business Natasha Lockey, influential entrepreneur

Natasha Lockey is all about adapting to change, taking responsibility and grasping new opportunities.

Rauni Naud was recognized by Kootenay Business magazine as an Influential Woman in Business in the West Kootenay region
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Influential Women in Business Rauni Naud: focused, balanced and fulfilled

Rauni Naud combines a single-minded focus, continuing education and passion for her community to achieve financial success and a balanced life.

Elana Rosenfeld, CEO and founder of Kicking Horse Coffee
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.

Curtis McLaren, owner of Kimberley Electric, in his hardhat and safety vest
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Industry opportunities

Kimberley Electric has been busy with some significant projects in Cranbrook in the past year.

Pilar Portela, Natasha Lockey and Rauni Naud were given special recognition as influential women in business for 2018.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Influential Women in Business 7 women who represent the spirit of Kootenay women in business for 2018

We applaud the Kootenay businesswomen who were nominated to our Influential Women in Business list for 2018.

Alan Rice stands outside the new BDO office in Kimberley
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business BDO opens in Kimberley

BDO now maintains a full-time accounting office in Kimberley

Construction of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Admin & Health Center is scheduled for completion in July 2018.
East Kootenay, First Nations Centralized amenities for TPIB

The Tobacco Plains Indian Band Community Administration & Health Centre is designed to be a multi-faceted community hub.

Aerial view showing many points of interests in the area of Christina Lake
West Kootenay, Christina Lake, Tourism Christina Lake wayfinding made easy

A slick new wayfinding app—available as a free download for mobile devices—is now available for Christina Lake and its immediate area.

Two young women try their skills at logrolling during Logger Sports in Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Summer-long celebrations in Kaslo

Come to the party in Kaslo—enjoy the beauty, the welcoming atmosphere, and the many events and activities that mark Kaslo’s 125th anniversary.

Exterior of the Wildhorse Surgical Clinic in Cranbrook, with construction almost complete
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Wildhorse Surgical Clinic nears completion

Wildhorse Surgical Clinic, a sleek and modern new building in Cranbrook, is almost ready for its “family” to move in.

Bryan Armstrong and Heather Rennebohm are deeply involved in the planning process for the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre
East Kootenay, Invermere, First Nations Columbia Lake Centre welcomes the Valley

The ʔakisq̓nuk First Nation is building the Columbia Lake Recreation Centre to promote sport, fitness and community in the Columbia Valley.

The new trades building at College of the Rockies will be open for classes in August 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education New trades building at COTR

By September, the new trades facility at College of the Rockies will be hopping with student activity.

Krista Berg and Patrick Tolchard, owners of Valley Zipline Adventures in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., celebrated opening day on June 21, 2017.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Small Business, Tourism Aerial adventures in the Valley

Valley Zipline Adventures is a hot new tourist draw near Radium Hot Springs.

First Nations people in colourful traditional dress, at National Aboriginal Day parade
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism Indigenous tourism is a growing sector

The trend toward experiential, educational getaways is driving a spike in the interest in Canada’s Indigenous cultures and activities.

Tyler McNaughton and Sacha Bentall, owners of Cutter Ranch, on horseback on their farm near Fort Steele, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Small Business Outstanding award for Cutter Ranch

Full-time farmers Sacha Bentall and Tyler McNaughton of Cutter Ranch received a prestigious award from an organization of their peers.

Jennifer and Darren Krotz are the owner-operators of Canadian Rockies Landscape—winner of a 2018 Business Excellence Award—in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Insight from Cranbrook’s award-winning landscaper

Owners of Canadian Rockies Landscape talk about their history, business success and industry trends.

Clara Reinhardt, mayor of Radium Hot Springs, with the beautiful Columbia Valley behind her
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs RHS Village updates, 2018

Radium Hot Springs has a new community hall, new energy in the business community and a mayor who loves her job.

(L to R) Roberta Hall, Kent Kebe and Kara Cassidy welcome people to the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Tourism support is tops for the RHSCC

Together with Parks Canada and the Village administration, the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce takes care of regional visitors.

Susan Clovechok is the executive director at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business CVCC offers advocacy and opportunity

A new online tool at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce enables the chamber to be more responsive to the immediate issues of its members.

Tammy Morgan has been the executive director of the Cranbrook History Centre since January 2017
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Growing collections in history

The Cranbrook History Centre is building new housing for the trains and adding artifacts, fossils, and more merchandise in the gift shop.

The well-used Canal Flats Arena is undergoing some welcome upgrades
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Tourism Refreshing the heart of Canal Flats

Here’s why the Canal Flats Arena matters so much to the Village and the surrounding communities, and why it needs help.

George and Rachel Freitag are the owners of Elizabeth Lake Lodge, an award-winning accommodation in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Elizabeth Lake Lodge scores again

Appreciation from customers and community are sweeping Elizabeth Lake Lodge to high rankings on lists that matter.

Dave Grimsdell (L) and Ryan Johnson, founders of Sniper Action Photos, installed cameras for Rockland Estates in St. Martin.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology, Tourism Sniper Action Photo captures adventure

The success of Sniper Action Photo, a two-man Revelstoke company, is pretty much an entrepreneur’s dream come true.

Kendra Begg became the executive director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce in June 2017.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Focus forward for Boundary chamber

Kendra Begg, the executive director of the Boundary Country Chamber of Commerce, is proactive, action-focused and tenacious.

Chris Fields is the current economic development officer in the village of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Creating a new Canal Flats

“The world is changing fast, and adaptability equals success.” - Chris Fields, economic development officer, Canal Flats, B.C.

Western Financial Place, the home arena for the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, will have a jumbotron installed in time for the 2019-2020 hockey season.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality New features for WFP

Word has come down from the Western Hockey League that Western Financial Place must undergo upgrades to comply with league standards.

The sign for the new Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium was unveiled on April 6, 2018.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations ʔaq̓am Community gym now complete

On April 6, 2018, the ʔaq̓am Community celebrated the opening of the Dan Joe Memorial Gymnasium.

Bighorn Meadows Resort offers a complete package of luxury accommodation and a wide variety of year-round recreation options in southeastern B.C.'s beautiful Columbia Valley.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism True Key expands its family

On February 1, 2018, True Key Hotels & Resorts took on the management of the Radium Golf Group.

The winning team members from the Business Management program at College of the Rockies are (L to R) Jordan Lydell, Yunguang (John) Li, Bradley Schmidt, Brandon Ouillette and Rezin (Butch) Butalid course instructor and team coach.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education Top honours for COTR team

Rezin (Butch) Butalid talked with us about the Business Management diploma program at College of the Rockies, and the value of competition.

Diane Heinrich became the CAO for the City of Grand Forks on January 18, 2018
West Kootenay, Grand Forks Diane Heinrich, Grand Forks CAO

The City of Grand Forks has an excellent management team—young, full of energy and doing well. CAO Diane Heinrich is there to assist them.

Eden Yesh and his son, Liam, enjoy the beauty of the Columbia Valley in winter.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Eden Yesh

Eden Yesh is setting up investment co-ops to help entrepreneurs access business capital and mentorship.