2016 Influential Women in Business Awards

Kootenay Business wrapped up the 2016 Influential Women in Business Awards on Thursday, June 2nd in Nelson. Over 80 attendees gathered at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson to listen to guest speaker Michelle Mungall, Nelson/Creston MLA and an informative panel discussion on business success and mentorship. The panelists were Gina Ironmonger of Keystone Appraisals, Val Semeniuk, Kootenai Moon Home Store and Terry Van Horn of ICIC.

The Nelson luncheon mirrored a similar event held in Cranbrook the week before on May 28th which featured guest speaker, Karin Penner, former manager of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and a lively panel discussion as well.  The panel consisted of Melissa Hambalek, Initial Designs, Megan Lescanic, Bumble Tree and Rajean Grainger, Scotiabank, Cranbrook.

Here is a list of the Influential Women in Business recipients in the Kootenays for 2016:

West Kootenay

  • Mary Austin, Austin Engineering—Trail
  • Nicole Cherlet, Big Mountain Kitchen and Linen—Revelstoke
  • Tanya Finley, Finley's Bar and Grill—Nelson
  • Kayla Sebastian, Wood Spoon Bistro—Grand Forks

East Kootenay

  • Jenna Woods, Fernie Realty—Fernie
  • Sarah Adamson, Fuze Foods—Invermere
  • Pat Ridler, Pages Books Emporium—Cranbrook
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