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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

Jon Wedel of Cranbrook
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology, 40 Under 40 Jon Wedel pushes limits

Crazy ideas, pushing limits and working under pressure are common elements for the team at Flex Commerce.

East Kootenay, Creston, Education, Kootenay Influencers Local author writes for the world

Diane Kalen-Sukra writes about what individuals and communities can do to stop the rising tide of incivility that is threatening our world.

Black-and-white photo of a silvery-coloured diamond on a pile of fine, dark rock rubble
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Mining Newest diamond for industry

They’re not the sparkling, “put a ring on it” kind, but these diamonds have huge value for all kinds of industries.

A Unifab tradesman wears protective gear to meet welding safety standards.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Unifab: fabulous fabricators

Unifab Industries of Grand Forks celebrates 20 years in the steel fabrication industry with continuing innovations.

Gaming tables and slot machines at the St. Eugene resort casino
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism, Featured Stories Casino of the Rockies refreshed

A renovated, refreshed, renewed Casino of the Rockies welcomes local and out-of-town guests, offering new entertainment and services.

A man and two women at a round table on a patio, with mountains in the far distance
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments, Real Estate Parastone’s Montane community: Come on in

Fernie’s Montane subdivision embodies the dream of Simon Howse and Jason Smith, founders and owners of Parastone Developments Ltd.

Judy Banfield of Nelson, in a garden
West Kootenay, Nelson, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Judy Banfield listens

Judy Banfield of Nelson has long been a source of support and influence for people at their most vulnerable times: infancy, youth, parenthood and advanced age.

Brian Pealow, owner of Pealow's grocery store in Creston, in the store's colourful produce department
East Kootenay, Creston Pealow’s loves Creston

Brian Pealow has worked in the grocery business since he was 16. He’s now using his own Creston supermarket to enrich the community.

Kitchen design showroom for Spruced Kitchens
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Building the heart of the home

Caralee McKinney’s kitchen design business in Nelson is built on her design aptitude, skills and strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

Heather Lang holds a small sign for Root 93 Dental Centre
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness Root 93 smile makers

Root 93 Dental Centre provides more access to dental care in the Columbia Valley

Magnified piece of flake graphite
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Mining, Small Business, Transportation Clean energy from Eagle Graphite

Eagle Graphite, near Nelson, has been granted $290,000 from the Province of B.C. to support the development of improved electric vehicle batteries.

Lilina Lysenko holds a congratulatory bouquet and a certificate recognizing her as a 2019 influential woman in business
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Everyday law, exceptional lawyer

Through her law firm, Lilina Lysenko helps West Kootenay residents solve everyday—and sometimes exceptional—legal questions and issues.

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.

Colourful storefront of Kootenay Virtual Reality
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Virtual reality has a home in Creston

The virtual reality experience is a new entertainment option in the Kootenay region thanks to Kootenay Virtual Reality in Creston, B.C.

Honor Neve, chief curator, and Valerie Bourne, business manager, Cranbrook History Centre
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Status boost for Cranbrook History Centre

The railcar collection at the Cranbrook History Centre has attracted recognition from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Smiling Megan Lescanec at Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Small Business Bumble Tree puts down new roots

Bumble Tree Baby and Children Essentials has found its forever home in a bright new location on 10th Avenue in Cranbrook, B.C.

(L to R) Kristy Jahn-Smith of Cranbrook Tourism, Kathy Cooper of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, Paula Amos of Indigenous Tourism BC and Richard Porges, Destination BC.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism A wide-angle look at tourism

A four-member tourism panel presented information about trends, opportunities and challenges in the Kootenay tourism industry.

Part of a 52-unit affordable  housing project being constructed by B.C. Housing in Grand Forks, B.C
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Developments, Real Estate Grand Forks housing projects

New, affordable apartments and townhouses—the first of their kind in Grand Forks—will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2019.

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.