See the entire list of 2018 Influential Women in Business nominees

These influential women were nominated for being outstanding Kootenay entrepreneurs

2018 Influential Women in Business graphic.

— Image courtesy Kootenay Business

Our latest list of Influential Women in Business nominees is now finalized. We salute these women for their entrepreneurial spirit as well as their extensive community involvement. Thanks also to all those who nominated these outstanding women. Your comments and input are very much appreciated.


  • Dr. Kathryn Arbic —North Star Veterinary Clinic, Kimberley
  • Brenda Bannister —Timber Hitch Coffee Shop/Rustic Hutch Consignment, Kimberley
  • Shawna Barber — Naked Yeti Waxing & Aesthetics, Cranbrook
  • Denai Bell — Arrow and Axe General Store, Kimberley
  • Jill Bentley-Lobban — Centex Market/Stoke Cold Pressed Juice, Kimberley
  • Olivia Besanger — Olivia Besanger Personal Training, Cranbrook
  • Tammy Bradford — Creston Museum, Creston
  • Grace Brulotte — FIRE: Fernie Adaptive Snow Program, Fernie
  • Lori Cameron — Tigz Designs, Creston
  • Dr. Crystal Campbell — Family Practice Associates, Creston
  • Peggy Chalmers — Moon River Gift Gallery, Golden
  • Alicia Clarke — Grow Children's Boutique, Fernie
  • Seana Coolbaugh — Koko Beach, Cranbrook
  • Vanessa Croome & Krista Turcasso — Claris Media/Fernie Fix, Fernie
  • Michelle Cubin — Healing Hollow Essential Oil Co., Kimberley
  • Chantel Delaney — Sprout Health Market, Kimberley
  • Laurie Dickson —  Aspire2Bfit, Cranbrook
  • Melanie Dickson — Mane Street Salon, Kimberley
  • Laurel Doehle — Isosceles, Cranbrook/Fernie
  • Kya Dubois — Soul of the Boreal Tattoos, Cranbrook
  • Tamara Duggan — Tamarack Dispensaries, Kimberley
  • Danielle Eaton — Brook PR, Cranbrook
  • Chelsea Eisses — Inner Roar Yoga & Wellness, Cranbrook
  • Rhianna Embury — Kootenay Farm-to-Folk, Cranbrook
  • Michelle Forbes — Kimberley City Bakery, Kimberley
  • Brigitte Franyo — Snowdrift Cafe, Kimberley
  • Adrienne Gerein — Interior Designs by Adrienne, Cranbrook
  • Samantha Gernhart — Fairmont Hot Springs Resort/Clarity Marketing & Design, Fairmont Hot Springs
  • Chantal Hack — Burrito Grill, Kimberley
  • Dr. Whitney Henker — Kootenay Family Vision Care, Cranbrook
  • Lisa Johnson — Train Hard Live Easy, Cranbrook
  • Ute Juras — Mayor, Canal Flats
  • Nicole Kauffman — Cap-It Cranbrook, Cranbrook
  • Helen Kroeker — Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort, Cranbrook
  • Jennifer Krotz — Canadian Rockies Landscape, Cranbrook
  • Anna Lamb — Pro-Fitness Gym, Cranbrook
  • Rachelle Langlois — Sun Life Financial/Kimberley Chamber of Commerce, Kimberley
  • KC Lawrence — Inferno Fitness, Cranbrook
  • Beverly MacNaughton — Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, Sparwood
  • Carly Marsh — Grubstake Pizza, Kimberley
  • Stephanie McGregor — The Paw Shop, Cranbrook
  • Trena Neid — RBC Royal Bank Mortgage Centre, Cranbrook
  • Brandi O’Neill — Paper & Cup, Kimberley
  • Sharrie Paulsen — Hub International Insurance Brokers, Cranbrook
  • Ashley Pedersen — EK Freedom Business & Tax Centre,Cranbrook
  • Andreja Scanland — Frank’s Steak & Schnitzel Haus, Cranbrook
  • Carrie Schafer — e-KNOW, Cranbrook
  • Carla Sinclair — Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Cranbrook
  • Sandy Smith — Sandy Smith Personal Real Estate Corporation, Cranbrook
  • Monica Swagar — Swag Hair Studio, Kimberley
  • Pat Tames — Wolfy’s Hair Den, Kimberley
  • Erin Thompson — Kimberley Kritters Pet Boutique, Kimberley
  • Karen Tse — Rockies Law Corporation, Fernie/Sparwood
  • Andrea Tubbs — True Key Hotels & Resorts/Bighorn Meadows Resort, Radium Hot Springs
  • Rhiannon Tutty — Sun Life Financial, Invermere
  • Patty Vadnais — Fernie Chamber of Commerce, Fernie
  • Nikki Van Boeyen — Gipman Kitchens and Cabinetry, Cranbrook
  • Wendy Van Puymbroeck — Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Kimberley
  • Shannon Veitch — Century 21 Veitch Realty, Creston
  • Chantel Vincent — Freyja Lifestyle Fashion, Fernie
  • Karen Vold — Kootenay Media, Kimberley/Cranbrook
  • Kaytee Wheaton — Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty, Cranbrook
  • Dianne Wilkie — My Best Friend’s Closet/Lickety Splits Ice Cream/Signs on the Side, Kimberley
  • Lynnette Wray — Cranbrook & District Community Foundation, Cranbrook


  • Sheila Adcock — Career Development Services, Trail
  • Peggy Aitken — Kootenay Lake Medical Clinic, Nelson
  • Lea Belcourt — Dog Patch Pottery, Crawford Bay
  • Alissa Bryden — Virtual Heights Accounting, Rossland
  • Tracey Buckley — Telus, Revelstoke
  • Gina Burroughs — Service BC, Grand Forks
  • Jocelyn Carver — Kootenay Career Development Society, Nelson
  • Kim Clark — Kim’s Creations Catering, Castlegar
  • Hana Cullen — Sunnyside Naturals, Kaslo
  • Cheryl Ehman — Paradise Pool and Spa, Trail
  • Cedra Eichenauer — Nakusp & District Chamber of Commerce, Nakusp
  • Dawn English — Diggers and Daisies Children's Consignment, Castlegar
  • Charlotte Ferreux — Thrive Consulting/Change by Choice, Castlegar
  • Celinda Galloway — Rusty Nail Signs and Decor, Grand Forks
  • Dr. Brandy Grantham — Back in Balance Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, Castlegar
  • Carly Hadfield — Lion’s Head Smoke & Brew Pub, Robson
  • Courtney Hulbert — Ice Creek Lodge, Winlaw
  • Rebecca Jewell — Riders Retreat, Nakusp
  • Aviva Keely — Apparel Thrift Store, Nelson
  • Nina Knott — Slocan Village Market, Slocan
  • Lisa Kramer-Hunt — Registered Acupuncturist, Trail
  • Danielle Labelle — Studio Labelle Dance, Fruitvale
  • Tracey Larson — Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., Revelstoke
  • Nicole LeBlanc Charlwood — West Kootenay EcoSociety, Nelson
  • Natasha Lockey — Kootenay Gateway Mountain Shuttle, Rossland
  • Lynn Russell — Detzler Chiropractic, Trail
  • Mary Martin — Century 21 Kootenay Homes Inc., Trail
  • Joya McIntyre — Selkirk Security Service Ltd., Trail
  • Jackie McPhee — Zone Traffic Control Ltd., Revelstoke
  • Meredith Messett — Rest Assured Kootenay Floats, Castlegar
  • Rauni Naud — Sun Life Financial, Castlegar
  • Pilar Portela — i4C Innovation Centre, Trail
  • Diane Remple — Flaca’s Bakery and Bistro, Slocan
  • Stephanie Robinson — The Red Pair Shoe Store, Rossland
  • Cyndal Taylor — Sun Life Financial, Castlegar
  • Stacey Trowell — Selkirk Security Services Ltd., Trail
  • Terry Van Horn — Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation, Trail
  • Amanda Verigin — Kootenay Country Store Cooperative, Nelson
  • Tammy Verigin-Burk — Castlegar Chamber of Commerce, Castlegar

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