2016 Influential Women in Business Awards

A group of business women standing, Michelle Mungall—provincial MLA for Nelson-Creston.Karin Penner—retired Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce manager.

Kootenay Business magazine is once again recognizing the most outstanding businesswomen in the region with our fifth annual Influential Women in Business Awards.

Over 100  nominations were received from our readers, confirming that the Kootenay area has some very exceptional women working and living here.

These women are community-minded; they are leaders, mentors and professionals; and they are dedicated to their chosen fields of endeavour.  Many are entrepreneurs who have built up businesses from scratch based on a dream or a need they have seen in their communities. 

To salute these hard-working, influential women, luncheons will be held in the East Kootenay and in the West Kootenay.  Three women from each area will receive special recognition at these events. 

East Kootenay:

Where: Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort,  209 Van Horne Street South, Cranbrook
When: Thursday, May 26 at noon
Guest Speaker: Karin Penner—retired Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce manager
Business panel: Featuring successful East Kootenay businesswomen
Influential Women in Business Awards and recognition: Three influential women from the East Kootenay will be selected.

West Kootenay:

Where: Prestige Lakeside Resort, 701 Lakeside Drive,  Nelson
When: Thursday, June 2 at noon
Guest speaker: Michelle Mungall—provincial MLA for Nelson-Creston
Business panel: Featuring successful West Kootenay businesswomen
Influential Women in Business Awards and recognition: Three influential women from the West Kootenay will be selected.

To register for either luncheon please email Amanda McQuarrie at [email protected] or call her direct at 250-426-7253 or 1-800-663-8555 at Kootenay Business magazine.  The lunch is $25 per person.

Meanwhile, here are the nominees.

East Kootenay

Sarah Adamson
Fuze Food, Athalmere

Jeannie Argatoff
ReMax Blue Sky Realty, Cranbrook

Kari Asselin
OM Organics, Invermere

Lisa Barnes
Max’s Place, Cranbrook

Janice Bezaire
Smaller Footprints Children’s Boutique Inc., Invermere

Sharron Billey
Realty Executives, Cranbrook

Krista Birch 
Glow Yoga & Wellness, Cranbrook

Wende Brash
ReMax Realty, Invermere

Lori Cameron
Tigz Tea Hut,  Creston

Catherine Conroy
Koocanusa Publications Inc., Cranbrook

Erin Dalton 
Lotus Books, Cranbrook

Chantel Delaney
Sprout Grocery & Market, Kimberley

Laurie Dickson
Aspire2bFit, Cranbrook

Melanie Dickson
Mane Street Salon & Dial-a-Clean Services Ltd., Kimberley 

Brigitte Franyo
Snowdrift Cafe, Kimberley

Kristin Jubinville
Hub International Barton Insurance Brokers, Cranbrook

Alice Kazakoff 
Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Radium Hot Springs

Lesley McCuaig
Lesley McCuaig Consulting & Research, Kimberley

Stephanie McGregor
The Paw Shop, Cranbrook

Carla Nelson
Maritime Travel, Cranbrook

Ashley Pedersen
Freedom Business & Tax Centre, Cranbrook

Shelagh Redecopp
Safe Travels, Cranbrook

Pat Ridler
Pages Book Emporium, Cranbrook

Heidi Romich 
The Heid Out Restaurant & Brewhouse, Cranbrook

Sandy and Justine Smith
Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Cranbrook

Janice Sommerfeld
Snap'd East Kootenay, Cranbrook

Sue Thomas
Sue’s Clotheslines, Creston

Marlene Vale
Marlene Vale Yoga, Castle on First, Fernie

Jenna Woods
Fernie Real Estate Company, Fernie

Ting Yuen
Art Rush Gallery, Golden

West Kootenay

Joni Askew
Fair Realty, Castlegar

Mary Austin 
Austin Engineering, Trail

Laura Bennetts
1st Impressions Hair Salon, Revelstoke

Amy Bohigian  
Watershed Productions Inc., Nelson

Sahana Browning
Wandering Wheels, Revelstoke

Diane Bull
Style Trends Clothier, Revelstoke

Krista Cadieux
Sangha Bean, Revelstoke

Sylvia Caldwell
Foundtree Product Design, Crescent Valley

Teresa Callaghan
Arrow Helicopters, Revelstoke

Nicole Cherlet 
Big Mountain Kitchen and Linen, Revelstoke

Stephanie China 
Revelution Fitness, Revelstoke

Liz Cohoe
Lillie and Cohoe, Nelson

Jessica Curran
Primary Choice Homes Corp., Nelson

Amy Eckert 
It Works Global, Nelson

Tanya Finley 
Finley's Bar and Grill, Nelson

Amy Flexman
Flexpeditions, Revelstoke

Arleigh Garratt
Garnish Jewellery Boutique, Revelstoke

Sandy Geysen 
Primerica Financial Services, Fruitvale 

Lori Hunter
Clover Kitchen Exhaust, Castlegar

Dr. Colleen Kramer
Beaver Valley Animal Clinic, Fruitvale

Penny Kuenle
I Got Juiced  Enterprises Ltd., Nelson

Natasha Lockey
Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching, Rossland

Nichola Lytle
Pink Dog Designs, Nelson

Rauni Naud
Sun Life Financial, Castlegar

Leticia Nugent
Record Ridge Denture Clinic, Trail

Kendra Powell
Mountain Meals Coffee Shop, Revelstoke

Andrea Ryman 
Endless Adventures, Castlegar

Goldie Sanghera
Paramjit's Kitchen, Revelstoke

Sara Sansom
Birch & Lace Hair Company, Revelstoke

Bree Seabrook
Columbia Power Corporation, Castlegar

Kayla Sebastian  
The Wooden Spoon Bistro, Grand Forks

Christy Shaw 
Mountain Goodness Natural Foods Health Food Store, Revelstoke

Cheryl Speerbrecker-Miner 
Kootenay Hearing Aid & Audiology Clinic, Trail/Castlegar

Deanne Steven
Tourism Rossland, Rossland

Emily Tucker
Investors Group, Nelson

Jakki Van Hemert
Heart & Soul Tae Kwon Do & Amec Foster Wheeler, Fruitvale

Terry Van Horn
Lower Columbia Initiatives, Trail

Tammy Verigin-Burk
Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce, Castlegar

Andrea Winckers
Copper Hut Technologies Inc. & Ripple Effect Consulting Inc., Rossland

A group of business women all standing together.
Cranbrook, Castlegar, Golden, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Financial, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Kootenay Business Magazine presents the 2016 list of Women in Business nominations

Kootenay Business Magazine will announce the winners of the 2016 Women in Business awards at luncheons in the East Kootenay and West Kootenay

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Mary Austin, Nicole Cherlet, Tanya Finley and Kayla Sebastian received  Influential Women in Business Awards from Kootenay Business magazine.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Grand Forks, Nelson, Revelstoke, Trail, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

2016 IWIB recap

Seven businesswomen received the Kootenay Business magazine Influential Women in Business Awards for 2016.

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Marlene Vale, owner and movement facilitator at the Castle on First.
Fernie, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Marlene Vale

Seeing a need for a collaborative space, Marlene Vale got other fitness leaders on board to create an active centre that offers over 27 fitness classes a week.

Jenna Woods, realtor at Fernie Real Estate Company Ltd.
Fernie, Real Estate, Influential Women in Business

Jenna Woods

This young real estate agent is full of energy

Andrea Winckers Tyreman, CEO, Yodel & Ripple Effect Consulting Inc.
Rossland, Small Business, Technology, Influential Women in Business

Andrea Winckers Tyreman

Natural curiosity has helped Andrea Winckers Tyreman to reach beyond status quo.

Bree Seabrook, Manager of Communications Columbia Power Corporation.
Trail, Energy, Influential Women in Business

Bree Seabrook

Being prepared for anything and everything is all part of the job.

Jakki Van Hemert, owner/operator of Heart & Soul Tae Kwon Do
Trail, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Jakki Van Hemert

Jakki Van Hemert’s goal is to help others overcome their own fears

Sara Sansom, owner of Birch & Lace, cutting a customers hair.
Revelstoke, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Sara Sansom

In an industry known for its extensive use of chemicals, it is rare to find a stylist who is concerned about the environmental impact of her work.

Ashley Pedersen, owner of  Freedom Business & Tax Centre
Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Ashley Pedersen

Ashley Pedersen makes sense out of her clients financial questions

Emily Tucker, consultant at Investors Group
Nelson, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Emily Tucker makes financial planning attainable even for the younger demographic

Emily Tucker makes financial planning attainable even for the younger demographic

Mary Austin, director of business development at Austin Engineering Ltd.
Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Mary Austin

Mary Austin taps into the Kootenay potential

Jessica Curran, owner of  Primary Choice Homes in Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Real Estate, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Jessica Curran

Jessica Curran offers people a stable housing opportunity in the community.

Amy Eckert, It Works Global.
Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Amy Eckert

Amy Eckert learned to have confidence in her own abilities—and then taught others to do the same.

Sylvia Caldwell, Food Industry Specialist of Foundtree Product Design.
Castlegar, Nelson, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Sylvia Caldwell

Sylvia Caldwell wants to actively grow a vibrant food industry in the Kootenays.

Deanne Steven, Executive Director, Tourism Rossland
Rossland, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Deanne Steven

As a leader in the tourism sector, Deanne Steven creates effective solutions for her home community of Rossland, B.C.

Ting Yuen, Artist/Jewelry designer/owner and operator of Art Rush Gallery.
Golden, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Ting Yuen

Determination kept Art Rush Gallery going even in the early years and through economic downturns.

Sarah Adamson, owner/operator of Fuze Food and Smoothies
Invermere, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Sarah Adamson

From a seasonal food truck, Fuze Food has grown into a thriving, healthy take-out restaurant.

Kari Asselin, owner and creator of OM Organics Boutique Apothecary
Invermere, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Kari Asselin

Kari Asselin creates organic skin care products.

CEO of Naud Lester Insurance & Investments Solutions Inc.  and Advisor at SunLife Financial
Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business, Influential Women in Business

Rauni Naud

Rauni Naud has won numerous recognition awards within the Sun Life organization.

View our Influential Women in Business lists for other years