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Marie Milner, always a lover of words and language, has worked for most of her life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field. She hopes that her stories in Kootenay Business magazine do justice to the motivation and commitment of Kootenay business people. Milner is grateful for the inspiration that she experiences in the course of her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration.

Most recent articles by Marie Milner

Brad Parsell, executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce, at his desk
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

Emmeline Marshall-Hill, Graham Watt and Brian Taylor, on the shore of the Granby River, Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Environment, Real Estate Changing the face of Grand Forks

Driven by the forces of nature and the community’s needs, Grand Forks is in the process of transforming itself.

Lee Pratt, mayor of Cranbrook, and David Kim, the city's CAO. lead the team that's enabling exciting advances at city hall
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Featured Stories Streamlined processes at Cranbrook city hall

A local developer gives us an example of how the City of Cranbrook’s new attitude is supporting his industry and community in practical ways.

Chad Jensen. the president of New Dawn Developments, based in Cranbrook, B.C., at the New Dawn office
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate, Small Business, Featured Product Prospects at Legacy Lookout

Legacy Lookout blends the practical, the comfortable and the beautiful to create a welcoming adult community.

Stuart Ady, the owner/operator of Ernie's Used Auto Parts in Castlegar, B.C., beside his service truck
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Environment, Small Business, Featured Stories Recycling is a passion at Ernie’s

Thanks to Stuart Ady, Ernie’s Used Auto Parts has a long history of exceptional environmental standards and customer service in Castlegar.

David Gandossi (left), president and CEO of Mercer International Inc., and Brian Merwin , vice-president of corporate development at Mercer International Inc.at the Forest Products Association of Canada awards ceremony (May 9, 2019, Vancouver, B.C.)
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation Mercer Celgar wins at innovation

Award-winning new trailer design from Mercer Celgar creates more efficient transport of wood chips and pulp.

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.

Ball player slides in at home plate
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism The GFI is back

The return of the Grand Forks International baseball tournament embodies the unquenchable spirit of the community.

Aerial view of the solar power installation on the roof of the Ktunaxa Nation Council auditorium.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, First Nations Green power at KNC

The Ktunaxa Nation Council has reduced its government building’s environmental footprint and the cost of maintaining a home base.

Executive director Pete Bourke and visitor centre supervisor Sarah Miller of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, beside the chamber sign on Highway 93/95
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business Leading the Columbia Valley chamber

The board of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomes Pete Bourke to the position of executive director.

Female flag person, Theresa Clarke, in high-visibility gear, with a D&B Flagging truck behind her
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Small Business, Transportation D&B Flagging: 100 per cent Ktunaxa owned

Nupqu Development Corporation and ʔaq̓am Community Enterprises recently joined forces to acquire D&B Flagging and Traffic Control.

Erinne Allen has a two-year contract for the position of events manager for the City of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Celebrations in Grand Forks

Events manager Erinne Allen is planning a whole slew of events for Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Cedra Eichenauer and Melissa Johnson of the Nakusp and District Chamber of Commerce stand beside the decorative paddlwheel outside the chamber office
West Kootenay, Nakusp Nakusp report, summer 2019

With the help of a summer student, chamber manager Cedra Eichenauer is providing services for the business community and Nakusp’s visitors.

Ron Fraser stands outside Cranbrook city hall
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New director on City of Cranbrook staff

Ron Fraser joined the staff of the City of Cranbrook on October 22, 2018, as the director of the Office of Innovation and Collaboration.

Suzan Hewat is serving her second term as the mayor of Kaslo, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo Kaslo: Historic and future-focused

Kaslo remembers and honours its history while actively working to achieve healthy growth and a secure future.

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.

Three smiling  business-women holding bouquets of flowers: Shawna L'Heureux, Zen Mountain Float & Wellness, Kimberley; Anna Lamb, Pro-Fitness Gym,
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Influential Women in Business awards, 2019

We congratulate all of the nominees to the Influential Women in Business list and thank them for their work and their contribution.

Golf course with golf cart, water feature and fountain, against a mountain backdrop
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism PGA of BC comes to Copper Point

In July 2019, the G&G Golf Company and Callaway Golf PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship will be held at Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere.

Head shot of smiling young blonde woman wearing glasses and business attire
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business Shawna Bryant heads up the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Shawna Bryant brings a full-time passion for business growth to her part-time job as executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce.

Brad Parsell became the executive director of the Fernie Chamber of Commerce on April 8, 2019
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Fernie chamber’s new exec

Oz transplant Brad Parsell takes on a big job in Fernie.

Darren Brewer has joined the staff at Cranbrook City Hall as the business development co-ordinator
East Kootenay, Cranbrook New member for Team Cranbrook

Darren Brewer is the City of Cranbrook’s new business development co-ordinator.

Ingrid Bron is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Insights for Revelstoke

New information on Revelstoke’s population numbers supports effective planning for adequate City services.

Lee Pratt, mayor of Cranbrook; Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley and Rick Jensen, owner, New Dawn Group, founded the Cranbrook-Kimberley Development Initiative in November 2015.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Featured Stories Cranbrook and Kimberley are teamed up for growth

The ongoing goal of CKDI is to attract new businesses to create opportunities for better paying jobs in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

International students at the College of the Rockies welcome the announcement of provincial funding to double the amount of on-campus housing.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Education, Real Estate College welcomes funding for student housing

The provincial government is providing $11.6 million for construction of more student accommodations at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook.

Sean Campbell, the general manager of Community Futures East Kootenay, based in Cranbrook, B.C., stands outside the Groundfloor  Co-Working Space
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Financial, Small Business, Featured Stories Building entrepreneurship

Community Futures has an assortment of supportive mechanisms for Kootenay region entrepreneurs.

Tom Zeleznik was elected mayor of Nakusp in October 2018.
West Kootenay, Nakusp, Technology Nakusp to get connected

The announcement of funding for high-speed Internet opens new possibilities for economic development for Nakusp.

Johnny Strilaeff is the president and CEO of Columbia Basin Trust, and acting president and CEO of Columbia Power Corporation.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Energy, Financial The Trust is fulfilling its purpose

“Our mandate is set by the people of the Columbia Basin, and it’s our job to execute on it.” — Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, the Trust.

DCT Chambers truck on an elevated stretch of highway built on a mountainside
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Forestry, Transportation The Chambers Group: Trucking at its most innovative

DCT Chambers Trucking presents the DCT or dump-clean trailer—another innovation in a long line of firsts.

Lee Pratt (L) is the mayor of Cranbrook and David Kim is the city's CAO.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook courts development

The City of Cranbrook is developing and applying its strategies in the realm of economic development.

Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc. of Nelson, B.C., produced this concept rendering of the proposed District office for Elkford, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Environment Pride of Elkford

“Elkford has been a leader in climate change awareness, so it was important to make the district office a green building.” — Scott Beeching

Mark Laver is the economic development manager in Castlegar, B.C.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Education, Technology Castlegar steps into the future

In Castlegar, the seeds of economic development, career inspiration and opportunity are planted early and deep.

Ron Toyota is the mayor of Creston and the contact person for economic development in the town and the surrounding valley.
East Kootenay, Creston, Health & Wellness Committed to a better Creston

Readily available health care and prompt emergency response are high priorities for the Town of Creston’s residents and administration.

Schaun Goodeve, manager of economic development, Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley Kimberley supports its own

Kimberley’s manager of economic development, Schaun Goodeve, sees a bright future for Kimberley’s strong and engaged business community.

Adrian Bergles is the chief administrative officer of Canal Flats
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Health & Wellness, Retail, Technology Growth and opportunity in Canal Flats

The economic recovery in Canal Flats presents exciting opportunities to shape the future of the village and the Columbia Valley.

Jon Wilsgard is the CAO for the Town of Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments Golden embraces development

Golden, B.C., is looking at implementing a more structured, formalized approach to economic development.

David Perehudoff is the chief administrative officer for the City of Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments Taking care of business—and more—in Trail

“We’re trying to identify evolving priorities and advance the interests for the overall prosperity of the area,” —David Perehudoff, CAO, Trail

Tom Thomson outside the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
West Kootenay, Nelson The power of partnership

The NAEDP is an efficient, cost-effective collaboration that envisions and enables sustainable improvements in Nelson and the surrounding area.

Norm McInnis addresses a group from a speakers' platform
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Guiding development in Fernie

Big-picture vision, planning and community involvement keep the city of Fernie sustainable and well-loved by its residents and visitors.

Scott Beeching is the director of planning and development services for the District of Elkford.
East Kootenay, Elkford Elkford’s economic strategy

The single-industry District of Elkford supports economic development in the surrounding region and the needs of its immediate community.

Rebekah Tebrinke of PV Ranch Adventures, in front of the fireplace
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Rebekah Tebrinke, PV Ranch Adventures

Rebekah Tebrinke is following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents at PV Ranch Adventures, near Grand Forks, B.C.

Ian Benson of Elkford owns Bearspaw Contracting and several other companies across Canada.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Ian Benson, Bearspaw Contracting

Ian Benson supports Elkford and the entire Elk Valley through his labour contracting company and his charitable foundation.

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

Celeste Mullin is the chief operations officer for Golden Life Management.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Golden Life in Cranbrook

Golden Life Management adds value and meaning to its care by supporting seniors outside of its villages to reduce social isolation.

Dean McKerracher (left) and Curtis Helgesen (right) spent time in Peru in 2018, working with mining communities under the CISAL program.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining Elkford pays it forward

The leadership team from Elkford share success strategies with mining communities in South America.

Kristin Parsons
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Getting to know Kristin Parsons

Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, talks about the chamber’s ABCs and building bridges.

In autumn of 2018, Dean McKerracher was acclaimed to his fifth consecutive term as mayor of the District of Elkford.
East Kootenay, Elkford Dean McKerracher’s fifth term begins

Dean McKerracher talks about the projects the village council has addressed in the past four years, and looks at its focus for the next four.

Brian Taylor is now serving his fourth term as mayor of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks Brian Taylor is back at Grand Forks city hall

“I hope that soon we can develop the dream that Grand Forks needs, showing that our community is going to grow and change.” —Brian Taylor, mayor

Clara Reinhardt is the mayor of Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs Clara Reinhardt begins second term

Village infrastructure is well in hand, so the administration of Radium Hot Springs can focus on the things that make life even finer.

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.

Bruno Tassone, mayor of Castlegar, wears the official chain of office
West Kootenay, Castlegar Bruno Tassone moves into the mayor’s office in Castlegar

The new mayor of Castlegar is well acquainted with infrastructure and what it means to the city’s ability to function.