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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.

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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.

Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie
East Kootenay, Fernie Ange Qualizza talks about priorities

“Economic development is about turning community visions into plans and implementing them to achieve goals.” — Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie

Karl Sterzer, mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Karl Sterzer is a man with a mission

After years of struggling with its image and its economy, Canal Flats is on the threshold of becoming “Village Beautiful, Village Prosperous.”

BC Transit passengers relax and take in the sights on a stress-free journey/commute.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation For an easy ride, take the bus

Convenient, affordable transportation is key to a community’s livability, and BC Transit is providing that key in many small communities.

Andrea Wilkey and Michael Hoher promote  the benefits of Export Navigator.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Accessing international markets

Evidence confirms that the Export Navigator pilot project is uniquely answering ongoing needs of expansion-ready businesses.

Al Miller, owner of Home Hardware in Invermere, was elected mayor of the District of Invermere in October 2018.
East Kootenay, Invermere Al Miller wins the mayor’s job in Invermere

Al Miller, a 30-year resident of Invermere, is a business owner and the district’s new mayor.

Ron Toyota, mayor of Creston, wearing his chain of office
East Kootenay, Creston Ron Toyota returns

Ron Toyota talks about his 10 years as mayor and the accomplishments of the team at Creston’s Town Hall.

Lee Pratt is serving his second term as the mayor of Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Lee Pratt looks ahead

Lee Pratt likes to get things done, with good results for the people affected. “We’re regular people, doing a job,” he said.

John Dooley has returned to the office of mayor in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson John Dooley is back

After four years, John Dooley has returned to the position of mayor of Nelson. This term will give him a total of 13 years in the role.

Lisa Pasin was elected mayor of Trail, B.C., in October 2018.
West Kootenay, Trail Lisa Pasin, Trail’s new mayor

“I have a clear understanding of my role and clear expectations of myself and others in achieving our shared purpose.”—Lisa Pasin, Trail’s mayor

On October 20, 2018, Gary Sulz was elected to the office of mayor in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Meet the mayor of Revelstoke

We asked Gary Sulz a few questions about his background and hopes for his first term as mayor of Revelstoke.

Ed Attridge, the new executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, stands at the chamber entrance
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business New leadership for the Trail chamber

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce has new staff and a renewed commitment to its members and the community.

Artist's rendering of the ?aq?am Community Health & Wellness Facility
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Health & Wellness ʔaq̓am Community health

In partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, the ʔaq̓am Community has undertaken the construction of another significant project.

Kristy Jahn-Smith became the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism on September 4, 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism A leader for Cranbrook Tourism

As the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism, Kristy Jahn-Smith aims to put Cranbrook on the map as a tourism destination.

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.

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.

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.

Leanne and Chad Jensen are continuing the work begun by their father, Rick, in the New Dawn Group of Companies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments New Dawn - the future

The second Jensen generation at New Dawn share thoughts about business and family.

New Dawn Group of Companies sign
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate New Dawn past and present

As the New Dawn Group of Companies celebrates 40 years in business, we take a brief look at its beginning and its present.

(L to R) Chad, Rick and Leanne Jensen are partners in the New Dawn Group of Companies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate New Dawn Group: 40 years of building communities

Rick Jensen, founder of New Dawn Group of Companies, looks back at the company’s 40 years in construction and development.

Eagle Pass Lodge is the luxurious, intimate accommodation component of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, based in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge wins hospitality building award

Revelstoke’s beautiful little Eagle Pass Lodge has received the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Hospitality Award.