Revelstoke influencers

Here are some of Revelstoke’s business people who are involved in the betterment of their community

Karilyn Kempton is the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke

Karilyn Kempton is the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke. — Photo courtesy Karilyn Kempton

The Revelstoke businesspeople featured here take pride in their community and actively support progress and improvements in that community.  We hope they know that they’re appreciated.

We have begun a list of those business community members who are having a widespread positive influence, and we invite you to suggest names that we might add to the list as the occasion presents itself. Please email [email protected] with your suggestions.

In late 2018 we added these names:

Karilyn Kempton has been the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke since December 2016. She collaborates with local stakeholders to link technology workers in Revelstoke with the businesses that need them.

Kempton works with people from the business, education and tech sectors to learn what is most needed with regard to technology, and then develops programming to address those needs. She is influencing youth in Revelstoke and other communities through mentorship and work experience opportunities.

“We created a database of all the tech workers and consultants in Revelstoke who are looking for work, and we share that,” Kempton said. “I can connect employers to this database of workers with the skills that they need. We also provide networking opportunities and workshops based on what the entrepreneurs and businesses say that they want and need.”

Kempton’s monthly tech meetups are a mechanism that helps to create a cohesive, supportive community.

Meghan Tabor, the marketing manager of Tourism Revelstoke, is all set to play in the snow. — Photo courtesy Meghan Tabor

Meghan Tabor is the marketing manager of the Revelstoke Accommodation Association, known as Tourism Revelstoke. She previously worked as marketing coordinator for the tourism arm of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, and has played a significant contributing role in defining Revelstoke’s brand in Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.

Tabor has put forward many useful initiatives and ideas that promote and support tourism and tourism businesses. Her commitment to building a better community and seeing success beyond visitation numbers and revenue extends to volunteering endless hours for local community groups, sitting on several boards and serving as an adviser for regional committees.

The groups in which she’s involved include the Revelstoke Cycling Association, the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, the Mountain Bike Tourism Association of B.C., and Kootenay Rockies Tourism Regional Destination Management Committee.

On the list since 2016, and still going strong:

The Renaud brothers, Brett and Scott, are active supporters of Revelstoke’s economy. They own a number of businesses there, including Revelstoke Equipment Rentals, Bresco Industries Ltd., Score Construction Ltd., and R Carwash.

Brett Renaud, owner of several companies in Revelstoke, is dedicated to his community's economic development. — Photo courtesy Brett Renaud

Brett said that though he’s the one who is more visible in the town, without Scott’s dedicated work their business reputation and achievements certainly wouldn’t be what they are today.

Brett has a passion for small business and has been chair of the Revelstoke Area Economic Development Commission for about five years. He served as president of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce at the age of 23, he has been a member of the Rotary Club for 12 years and served on the former Ski Hill Society. Both brothers have mentored many young entrepreneurs through their business startups.

Brett would like to see practical life skills training included in the school curriculum. He believes that young people would benefit from more skills in the area of handling finances and from having a better understanding of the importance to potential employers of a genuinely strong work history on their resumé.

What drives him to support his community? “If you don’t support the community, the community won’t support you,” he said. “We’re in this together.”

Clark Traverse, the senior manager for BDO Canada in Revelstoke, B.C., is recognized as an influencer in the city after just two-and-a-half years of living in Revelstoke. He and his family enjoy supporting their community by being active in children’s groups and various community organizations.

Clark Traverse is the senior manager of BDO Canada in Revelstoke, B.C. — Photo courtesy Clark Traverse

“Where I’m most active is with our Rotary Club,” said Traverse. “We support many local community projects such as fundraising for playground equipment for local parks. I’m involved with minor hockey and minor baseball, and through work with BDO I’m involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations.”

Traverse enjoys working with businesses in a variety of sectors, getting to know the owners as well as their businesses. For Traverse, his work blends well with his personal passion to support owner-managed, small-to-medium-sized businesses.

“I have always felt that’s where my ties are, and my passion,” he said. “That’s what has driven me to where I am now. It’s fun and exciting to help business owners put a plan in place to build on their vision so they can execute it. Sometimes my world is less about numbers and more about bringing in a new perspective and helping get a plan lined up so that it can become real.”

Roberta Bobicki, CEO of the Revelstoke Credit Union, has taken pride in Revelstoke since she came to live there in 1968. Bobicki is a common-sense problem-solver who doesn’t waste energy in making judgements—she focuses instead on the goal of a positive solution.

Roberta Bobicki, the CEO of the Revelstoke Credit Union, is an active supporter of her community. — Photo courtesy Roberta Bobicki

Because of Bobicki’s long-time passion for Revelstoke, she has involved herself in many committees and organizations in the city, both as a private citizen and as a representative of the Credit Union. Those organizations include the Revelstoke Area Economic Development Commission, the chamber of commerce, the hospice society, the Revelstoke Glacier Challenge ball tournament, the Poverty Reduction Committee, the Food Bank—and the list goes on.

“Any influence I have been able to provide that has improved anyone’s life—emotionally, financially, reputationally—that’s what gets me up in the morning,” Bobicki said. “I know that the bottom line is important, but my passion within this organization is to provide education and growth and seeing success for our employees, watching them develop their careers, knowing we’ve provided the platform.”

She believes that if you want to support progress, you have to get involved. “Revelstoke is fortunate to have had such quality, visionary individuals in the past 30 years,” she said.

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

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