Kootenay Influencers

by Marie Milner

A blog showcasing people who are making a difference in communities throughout the Kootenays.

Kootenay Influencers blog will feature a people who are having an extraordinary impact on the business community in the Kootenay region. We’ll find out what they are doing, why they’re doing it and what makes them tick.

If you would like to recommend an influencer to be featured in this blog email Marie or call 1-800-663-8555 extension 273.
 

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

Recent Kootenay Influencers articles

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.

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Mike Adams of Taylor Adams Chartered Professional Accountants is celebrated as Cranbrook's 2017 Citizen of the Year.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Mike Adams, Cranbrook Citizen of 2017

Mike Adams is an inspiring example of professionalism in business, generous community service, steadfast friendship and commitment to family.

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(L to R) Claude and Lillis Perreault and Fredrik Bergkvist are partner-owners of the Bridge Bistro in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Fernie influencers 2018

Creativity, practicality and appreciation for their community drive these Fernie residents to high levels of contribution.

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Kathy and Chris Sykes received the 2017 Business Person of the Year Award from the Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Castlegar influencers 2018

These Castlegar citizens have gone beyond the necessary to create quality in the business community and benefits for the community at large.

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Rich and Annie Murphy are the owners of the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club.
West Kootenay, Trail, Kootenay Influencers Trail influencers, 2018

Trail’s influencers demonstrate a mindset that supports Trail itself and the surrounding region

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Brian Lawrence contributes to the media, the arts and small business in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Applauding Creston’s influencers

Creston is fortunate to have these people of influence working in many sectors of the community.

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Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, appears in his ceremonial headdress and colourful beaded vest
East Kootenay, Creston, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Chief and influencer

Jason Louie, chief of the Lower Kootenay Indian Band, remembers his roots and works to improve life for the next generations.

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Lee Pratt, mayor of Cranbrook, is a community influencer
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influencing Cranbrook, 2018

If we were making up a dream team of Cranbrook’s influencers, the people listed here would be on the roster.

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Barry Benson, a Realtor in the Columbia Valley, is based in Canal Flats.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Kootenay Influencers Empowering Canal Flats

Leaders in Canal Flats are developing plans for strategic economic growth in the community.

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Jimmy Bundschuh, owner of the Savoy Hotel in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Bundschuh sets the stage

Jimmy Bundschuh is most comfortable working behind the scenes, but recognizes that the scope of his business has made him a regional influencer.

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Lolli and David Gagnon of Golden, B.C., display two awards presented to their business, Higher Ground Sports.
West Kootenay, Golden, Retail, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Higher Ground Sports takes the high road

Lolli and David Gagnon have founded a business and a not-for-profit organization that support the community of Golden, B.C.

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Craig Moritz is a country singer and animal advocate who lives in Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Animal Care, Entertainment and Hospitality, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats music man

Craig Moritz brings a talent for country music and a passion for animal rescue to his new home community of Canal Flats.

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Dave Higginson and Juniper Kelly, business owners, and Ben Demers, are the front-line team at Hig & Son Automotive Repair in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Golden’s influential mechanic

Hig & Son Automotive Repair operates on principles of honesty and reliability. We’d call that influential.

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The Nicholas family: Jesse, Jake and Rachael
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Invermere, Education, First Nations , Kootenay Influencers Jesse Nicholas, influencer

In all of his roles, Jesse Nicholas strives to listen, understand, build consensus and serve his community.

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Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, stands before the Foundation logo and the donor recognition board at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers New leadership for EKFH

Brenna Baker recently made a shift from sheltering animals to supporting healthcare for East Kootenay citizens via the EKFH.

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Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

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Kai Palkeinen and Kelly Hutcheson are owner-operators of Pulse Boot Lab & Ski Co. in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke’s excellent boot fitters

The experts at Pulse Boot Lab can fine-tune the fit of your ski boots for a critical improvement in your performance and comfort on the hill.

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Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies and the director of Area A (rural Golden) in the CSRD.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influence and administration in Golden

Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies, and she’s also the director for Area A (CSRD).

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Parker Vaile (L) and Jordan Peterson (R) are owner-operators of VP Waste Solutions in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cleaning up in Golden

VP Waste Solutions of Golden, B.C., is a star in the unglamorous realm of waste management.

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Janet Fraser owns and operates
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Janet Fraser, business mentor

Business mentorship and volunteer projects make Janet Fraser an influencer in Rossland, B.C.

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