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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

Invermere's Kanata Inn is owned by the Best Canadian Motor Inns group.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Motel metamorphosis

Invermere’s Kanata Inn is the new and improved version of the former Super 8 motel, and the first Kanata in B.C.

Chris Fuhs of Ace's Pit Stop in Grand Forks, B.C., brings positivity and enthusiasm to the tire business.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Chris Fuhs, Grand Forks community builder

Chris Fuhs of Grand Forks, is a generous, hard-working, community-spirited family man.

Jon Wedel of Cranbrook has a brilliant future ahead in the world of e-commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

Adam Pomeroy's shared passion for bikes and biking led him and Rob Gretchen to open Cycology Bikes in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Adam Pomeroy, Castlegar Cycologist

Adam Pomeroy’s bicycle business allows him to have fun, stay fit and enjoy his environment, and to help others do the same.

Jordan Strobel is a full-time student, a certified drone pilot and an experienced entrepreneur.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jordan Strobel, born to be in business

Demonstrating wisdom beyond his years, Jordan Strobel embraces the struggle that accompanies achievement.

Justin Storm became general manager of J.H. Huscroft Ltd. in 2013, at the age of 30.
East Kootenay, Creston, Forestry, 40 Under 40 Justin Storm, Creston’s dedicated lumberman

Justin Storm appreciates the collaboration among Creston’s businesses and community agencies, supporting the local economy.

Tyler Beckley owns and operates the Three BVars Guest & Cattle Ranch near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, 40 Under 40 Tyler Beckley, cowboy businessman

The owner of Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch thrives on guiding his guests through exciting new experiences.

Kris Koop of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm supports the health and welfare of animals.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Kris Koop, Castlegar’s critter champion

Lifelong animal lover Kris Koop, owner of Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm, provides care for pets through his products and services.

Sarina Beran, owner of Remedy's Rx in Sparwood, B.C., balances her work with her enjoyment of outdoor activity
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Health & Wellness, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Sarina Beran’s remedy works

Sarina Beran of Sparwood, B.C., loves the independence that comes with entrepreneurship.

Tim Wiley, owner/operator of Rustic Crust Pizza, loves to provide delectable fare for the people in and around Trail, B.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Tim Wiley, Trail’s favourite pizza man

“All the environments I encounter are positive because, well . . . pizza!” said Tim Wiley, owner of Rustic Crust Pizza in Trail, B.C.

t's a pleasure to spend time on the Platzl, Kimberley's European-style pedestrian mall.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Tourism Kimberley, reinvented and revitalized

Kimberley, B.C., is taking its place among the elite of B.C.’s tourist destinations while retaining its small-town charm

Quiet, beautiful Kaslo, B.C., is a gem set on the west shore of Kootenay Lake.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Tourism Kaslo, B.C.: small, beautiful and connected

Residents and visitors in Kaslo, B.C., enjoy a wealth of history, arts and culture, outdoor recreation and business opportunities.

Cranbrook is the largest urban centre in southeastern B.C.'s Kootenay region.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook serves up a bounty of amenities

Cranbrook’s “mountains of opportunity” slogan includes access to education, healthcare, culture, recreation and business success.

Mount 7, near Golden, B.C., is a popular launch site for people-powered flight.
West Kootenay, Golden, Tourism Golden grows opportunity

Both traditional and niche businesses can find a balanced, rewarding home in Golden, B.C.

Bobby Hutchinson of Sparwood, B.C., is a successful and prolific writer of romance novels.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Technology Bobby Hutchinson, romance writer

Bobby Hutchinson loves books so much that she’s made a career of writing them.

With spring approaching, the real estate market is warming up.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Real Estate Tips for getting top dollar for your home

Jason Wheeldon suggests ways to improve the saleability of your home without a lot of work and expense.

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

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

Susan Clovechok (L) of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Jessica Fairhart of Imagine Kootenay are enthusiastic about regional collaboration.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Imagine Kootenay success

Imagine Kootenay promotes the region as a good place to work, a great place to invest and an amazing place to live.

Tammy Verigin-Burk, executive director of the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, is a lifetime resident of the West Kootenay community.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Tourism Castlegar collaborates

In Castlegar, collaboration is seen as a common-sense measure that leverages the resources of individuals and groups for maximum effect.

Chris Brien and his partners at Pinnacle Professional Accounting in Castlegar, B.C., are building a new office for the business, with residences above it.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Small Business Chris Brien picks Castlegar

Improved Internet service in Castlegar opens new possibilities for Chris Brien, his partners and the staff of Pinnacle Professional Accounting.

Adam Pomeroy (left) and Rob Gretchen opened Cycology Bikes Inc. in Castlegar, B.C. in April 2016.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Bike kings of Castlegar

Adam Pomeroy and Rob Gretchen have opened a bike shop in Castlegar, B.C., and business is good.

Cal McDougall has been Sparwood's mayor for about 12 years—from 1996 to 2005 and from 2014 to the present.
East Kootenay, Sparwood Transition year for Sparwood

District of Sparwood mayor, Cal McDougall, admires the resilience of his community.

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.

Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn and Caitlin Berkhiem are the owners of Soulfood restaurant in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Cranbrook’s Soulfood

Exquisite, ethical edibles are the trademark of Cranbrook’s Soulfood restaurant.

Kris Koop owns and operates the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm shop in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Animal Care, Retail, Small Business Blue Barn business

The owner of the Blue Barn Pet & Hobby Farm in Castlegar loves critters and their people.

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.

Katherine Russell is a world traveler and glass artist who lives in Elkford, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism Art meets lifestyle in Elkford

Glass artist Katherine Russell chose to settle in Elkford because it offers the wilderness recreation she loves.

Johnny Strilaeff is the new President and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, headquartered in Castlegar, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Developments, Education, Financial New leader, same philosophy for Columbia Basin Trust

In his new role as President and CEO, Johnny Strilaeff will rely on his experience as a Basin resident and on his work experience with the Trust since 2005.

Elkford, B.C., is a thriving village in the Rocky Mountains of southeastern British Columbia
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Elkford chamber update, 2017

Community support, inclusion and economic development are the ongoing focus of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce.

Leslie Vissers, a computer programmer for AMEC, works from her home office in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology The lure of Nelson’s lifestyle

With only a dial-up connection, Leslie Vissers boldly moved from her traditional office to work from home, thousands of miles from her employer.

Danielle Ecclestone opened her eclectic novelty shop in Cranbrook in early October 2016.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Fun merchandise at Seams Fun

Seams Fun carries a stock of novelty clothing, accessories and home decor items.

Mark Colgate, PhD, from UVic, spoke at a professional development session organized by Patty Vadnais (R) for the Fernie Ambassadors Program.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Tourism Fernie Chamber update, 2017

Clear communication, inclusive participation, support and fun are keys to success for the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.

Heidi Lettrari is the general manager of Kaslo Sourdough Pasta, a family business in Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo Heidi Lettrari

Heidi Lettrari, the woman behind award-winning Kaslo Sourdough Pasta, is gaining recognition for her sales and marketing savvy.

Tristen Chernove, CEO of Elevate Airports and general manager of the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook, B.C., is also  the recipient of three medals from the September 2016 Paralympic Games.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, New Denver Tristen Chernove

Tristen Chernove is inspired by the energy of Cranbrook’s business community, and he’s reciprocating in a big way.

Peter Nielsen is vice-president of operations at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen, VP operations, is taking Revelstoke Mountain Resort to exciting new heights of success.

Tersia and Ben DeJager own and operate Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery near Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail Tersia and Ben DeJager

The power of personality is evident in the successful operation of Columbia Gardens Vineyard & Winery near Trail, B.C.

Dianna Ducs is the executive director for Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism.
West Kootenay, Nelson Dianna Ducs

Dianna Ducs, executive director of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, is leading the way to a significant increase in tourism in her area.

World-class whitewater kayaking attracted Seán McTernan to Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism Fernie lifestyle rocks

With the online world at his fingertips, Seán McTernan left Ireland for Canada and established his digital business in Fernie.

Robin Garrett owns and operated Robin's Ink & Taxes in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business, Services Robin’s Ink and Taxes

Word-of-mouth from satisfied clients has grown Robin’s Ink & Taxes from a one-woman show to a thriving, seven-women accounting centre.

Norm McInnis became the CAO for the City of Fernie on November 1, 2016.
East Kootenay, Fernie Norm McInnis, new CAO for Fernie

Fernie’s new CAO brings experience and a creative approach to the work of community engagement and community development.

Ron Toyota, mayor of Creston, B.C., is a second-generation Canadian who was born and raised in Creston.
East Kootenay, Creston Creston, B.C., update, 2017

Methodically and carefully, Mayor Ron Toyota and the Town council of Creston are making the community’s strategic plan a reality.

Tim Affolter, Monique Lynn, Collin Ludwar and Debbie Perepolkin are advisors at Assante Wealth Management in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Financial, Services Assante Financial Management Ltd.

Professionalism, accountability and transparency form the foundation for services provided by Assante Financial Management Ltd.

Kevin Cormack has been city manager for Nelson, B.C., since 2006.
West Kootenay, Nelson Kevin Cormack, Nelson city manager

Nelson’s city manager, Kevin Cormack, relies on both creativity and strong planning to continue the progress in his community.

As a dedicated arborist, Chris Nicholson goes to great heights in the course of his workday.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Black Bear Tree Care, Fernie

Chris Nicholson is a highly qualified, tree-loving arborist who owns and operates Black Bear Tree Care in Fernie, B.C.

Rob Rolleman is the founder of SupportWorks Facilitation in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Services SupportWorks Facilitation specializes in workplace mediation

When effective communication becomes difficult, in or outside the workplace, an objective listener can help.

Karen Coté, director of finance for the District of Invermere, has worked for the District for 28 years.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Financial Karen Coté, DOF, Invermere

The District of Invermere’s director of finance, Karen Coté, started her public service career as the District’s receptionist.

Tracey Butler brought 20 years of experience in municipal administration to her position as director of corporate services in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar Tracey Butler, DOCS, Castlegar

Tracey Butler, DOCS for Castlegar, B.C., is all about teamwork, serving the public and keeping things real.

David Kim takes pleasure in serving the City of Cranbrook as its chief administrative officer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial David Kim, CAO Cranbrook

Through his work as chief administrator for the City of Cranbrook, David Kim satisfies his wish to contribute to his community.

Jon Wilsgard is the corporate officer and CAO for the Town of Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden Jon Wilsgard, Golden CAO

Jon Wilsgard is one of many small-town CAOs who are dedicated to managing the critical elements of daily life in their communities.

Jack Caldwell and Sjanne Beattie opened Kootenay Life Cycle spin studio in October 2016.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Cranbrook loves to spin

There's a new spin studio at Western Financial Place in Cranbrook, B.C.