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

Imogen Whale of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Imogen Whale informs and influences

Imogen Whale, publisher of The Revelstoke Current, is a lover of reading, writing, Revelstoke and her family—not in that order, of course.

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Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival on the shore of Kootenay Lake, backed by the Purcell mountains
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kaslo makes music

Kaslo Bay Park, Kootenay Lake and the Purcell mountains create a gorgeous natural amphitheatre for Kaslo’s summer music festival.

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Dan Wiebe stands outside his split-rail cedar fencing plant
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Kootenay Influencers Dan Wiebe: Nakusp influencer

We’re calling Dan Wiebe an influencer in Nakusp, and he insists that he’s just one of many.

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Nicole Leclair is a Kimberley entrepreneur with diverse businesses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Leclair reinvented

“A lot of us in the business community have put everything we have on the line for our businesses.” —Nicole Leclair

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Jason Wheeldon is a successful Realtor in Cranbrook, and a tireless community volunteer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook influencers

Successful in their busy day-jobs, these are people who find time and energy to enrich their community.

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Steven Droste hiking near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Kootenay Influencers Sparwood influencers

Among the best of the natural resources in Sparwood, B.C., are the citizens who love and support the community.

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Diane Manson, owner of Mountain City Travel in Kimberley, is a consistent supporter of the city's business community.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kimberley influencers

Here are a few members of Kimberley’s business community whose attitudes and practices inspire and influence others.

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Karilyn Kempton is the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke influencers

These are some of the community-loving business people who are making a difference in Revelstoke, B.C.

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(L to R) Randy Richmond and Ted Hall, owners of Spearhead Inc.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Kootenay Influencers Nelson influencers, 2018

Check here for an evolving list of the visionaries, innovators and implementers in Nelson’s business community.

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Magi Scallion of Magi Scallion Professional Services in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Kootenay Influencers Influencers in Golden

We’re compiling an archive of information about the treasury of business people whose support and expertise are available in Golden, B.C.

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Nicole Briggs, the marketing and events manager at Red Mountain Resort In Rossland, B.C., stands for a moment at the bottom of the ski hill in August
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Rossland business influencers

Every community has its influencers, and we’d like to applaud the members of Rossland’s business community who are making a positive difference.

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Black-and-white photo of Erik Kalacis
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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Kitt Santano is the founder and owner of Swift Internet Services 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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Brad Pommen presents Smrt1 Technologies at the 2018 Tech Summit in Vancouver.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Vending machines meet the Internet

Smrt1 Technologies combines the convenience of the vending machine with the retail reach of the Internet and the connectivity of cellphones.

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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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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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