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Friday, 16 October 2015 15:31

FINAL FIVE ANNOUNCED IN KPMG'S TOP 20 UNDER 40 VERNON

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE

FRIDAY OCT. 16, 2015

VERNON - The Greater Vernon Chamber is pleased to announce the final five recipients to be recognized in KPMG's Top 20 under 40 Vernon. These recipients were selected at random among the top twenty and include three business owners, a golf professional, and a lawyer. The five being recognized this week include:

Steve Brandner - Lawyer & Partner, Nixon Wenger LLP

Anna Jane (AJ) Eathorne - Head of Instruction, Predator Ridge Resort

Jeffery Holomis - Owner & President, Simolo Customs Ltd./SC Carts

Kim Nasipayko - Owner & Manager, Caufields Engraving

Braden Nixon - Managing Partner, Postill Nixon Earthworks

 

"When we launched the program we didn't have a good sense of the response we might get but it was overwhelming," says Dan Rogers, general manager, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. "We received close to 100 nominations and while we are only recognizing the top 20, all those nominated should be proud of their accomplishments and contribution to the community."

The twenty recipients for 2015 will be officially recognized at a community celebration event to be held on Thursday, October 22 (5:00pm-7:30pm) at Okanagan College during Small Business Week in BC. The event is open to the public though space is limited. Those interested in attending can contact the Chamber.

"We will be reviewing the program with our partners to determine if any adjustments can be made prior to next year and that might include expanding the number we recognize," says Rogers.

For more info on the recipients visit: www.20under40vernon.ca

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Rogers,

General Manager, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

P: 250-545-0771 E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                           

Oct. 13, 2015

VERNON - The Greater Vernon Chamber is pleased to announce the next five recipients to be recognized among KPMG’s Top 20 under 40 Vernon. These recipients were selected at random among the top twenty and include business owners and senior executives. The five being recognized this week include:

  • Josh Brazier – Owner, TND Naturals & 13th Floor Entertainment
  • Ryan Chambers - Vice President, DCT Chambers Trucking Ltd. (Chambers Group)
  • Jacob Kuiken - Owner and President, Everton Ridge Homes Ltd.                
  • Sareena  Nickoli – Owner and Purchasing & Marketing Manager, City Furniture Vernon
  • Ricardo Smith - Owner and President, Sun Country Cycle Ltd.

“The Greater Vernon Chamber is pleased to work with our partners in recognizing these young business leaders and we look forward to their positive contribution to the community for years to come,” says Dan Rogers, general manager, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

The twenty recipients will be officially recognized at a community celebration event to be held on Thursday, October 22 at Okanagan College during Small Business Week in BC.

For more info on the recipients visit:  www.20under40vernon.ca.

 

SPECIAL MEDIA NOTE:  The final five recipients in the top 20 under 40 initiative will be released at 3pm on Friday October 16, 2015 to allow for the preparation of the community celebration event which will be held the following Thursday.

 

 FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Rogers,

General Manager, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

P: 250-545-0771 

E:  manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

NEWS RELEASE

Oct. 6, 2015

VERNON - The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the next five recipients to be recognized under the KPMG Top 20 under 40 Vernon. The five were selected at random and include two doctors, a couple of business owners, and the current president of the local chapter of JCI (Junior Chamber International).

The five recipients announced today are:

  • Mark Zaino – VP Finance & Partner, Westwood Electric
  • Sue Solymosi - Mortgage Broker & Licensed Assistant, White House Mortgages
  • Dr. Laura McPherson, B.Sc., D.C. - Chiropractor & Co-­owner, Bluebird Sport & Spine
  • Dr. Karl Langer, MD FRCS - General Surgeon, Vernon Jubilee  Hospital
  • Mellissa Dobernigg - Business Owner, The BX Press Cidery & Orchard

 “These young professionals were selected from close to eighty nominations and a number of them were nominated more than once,” says Dan Rogers, Chamber general manager.  “These recipients are actively influencing the health and well being of the area and we are pleased to work with our partners in recognizing their contributions.”

The top 20 under 40 will be officially recognized at a community celebration event to be held on Thursday, October 22 at Okanagan College during Small Business Week in BC.

For more info on the recipients visit:  www.20under40vernon.ca.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Rogers, General Manager

P: 250-545-0771  E:  manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

 

NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 29, 2015

 

VERNON - The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the first five recipients to be recognized under the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 Vernon. The five are all in their thirties and were selected at random among the top twenty and include:

  • Elise Allan – Lawyer/partner at Nixon Wenger LLP.
  • Justin Jackson – Owner/founder of Nerd North Inc. & founder of Startup Vernon.
  • Linsey Johannsen - Owner/partner of Postill Nixon Earthworks.
  • On Ouch – Entrepreneur and business owner (Rice Box & Social Lead Marketing).
  • Brett VanderHoek - Corporate services supervisor at Tolko.

“Our young business leaders are paving the way for the future success of our community,” says Dave Adams, managing partner at KPMG Vernon. “We congratulate each recipient and look forward to the next fifteen recipients being announced over the next month.”

These young business professionals were selected from close to eighty nominations. They are actively influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in the Greater Vernon Area. Five recipients will be announced each Tuesday for the next few weeks with the top 20 all being recognized at a community celebration event to be held on Thursday, October 22nd at Okanagan College.

“After completing this year’s selection process, I couldn’t be more optimistic about the future of the Greater Vernon area,” says Tracy Cobb-Reeves, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce president. “We are thrilled with the great response to this new and important initiative and the panel of judges had a very difficult time getting the recipient list down to just twenty.”

For more info on the recipients visit:  www.20under40vernon.ca

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Rogers, General Manager

P: 250-545-0771  E:  manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 15:09

GREATER VERNON CHAMBER ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT AND BOARD

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE

Sept. 23, 2015

 

Vernon – Tracy Cobb-Reeves is the new president of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting.  Cobb-Reeves is the director of communications at Kal Tire and previously served as vice-president of the Chamber.  She was elected at the AGM which was held Wednesday September 23 and takes over from Jaron Chasca of Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services who remains with the Board as past-president. 

“We have a lot to look forward to as the organization continues to implement the Board’s three-year strategic plan that was tabled last year,” stated Cobb-Reeves. “We were pleased to add more than 80 new members over the past year and continue to focus on adding value to our members and increasing our advocacy efforts on their behalf.”

The other table officers elected were Dauna Kennedy Grant (executive director, Vernon Public Art Gallery) who takes over as vice president and Markus Schrott (Partner at BDO Canada LLP) who remains in the secretary-treasurer role after being re-elected.  Directors at large for 2015-2016 include Phil Dyck (Okanagan Real Estate Investments), Adrienne Harris (Portico Property Services), Marlene Higgins (Kal Tire), Geordie McLennan (Western Financial Group), Graham Matthews (Nixon Wenger), Pam Owen (Vantage One), Rob Tedham (RBC Dominion Securities) and Diana Wilson (Kal Tire).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tracy Cobb-Reeves, President                                                  

T: 250.541.3707

tracy_cobb-reeves@kaltire.com">tracy_cobb-reeves@kaltire.com

 

Dan Rogers, General Manager

T : 250.545.0771

manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

MEDIA ADVISORY

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

 

VERNON - Instead of hosting their own all-candidates forum the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has decided instead to partner with JCI Vernon (Junior Chamber International) in staging their All Candidates Forum on Friday September 25th at Okanagan College (Vernon Campus).

 

“In light of the significant number of forums being scheduled which our members and the public can attend, we did not want to duplicate the work of others while adding more logistical challenges for the candidates during what is an extremely busy campaign,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager.

 

The Vernon Chamber will be encouraging its members to attend the JCI hosted forum on Friday September 25th starting at 6pm.

 

In addition the Greater Vernon Chamber will be asking each candidate to complete a short written questionnaire that will be posted on the GVCC website (vernonchamber.ca) for chamber members and the public to review at their leisure. This questionnaire will deal primarily with the economy and trade.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dan Rogers, General Manager

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

T 250.545.0771 E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 18, 2015

 

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce (GVCC) has teamed up with KPMG LLP to bring the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 to Vernon.  The initiative was officially launched today as the Vernon Chamber began the search for young professionals under the age of 40 years of age who are making their mark through business success and community involvement.

 

“Vernon is fortunate to have many young, skilled, and knowledgeable professionals who are becoming our next generation of leaders and change-makers,” says David Adams, managing partner with KPMG’s office in Vernon. “KPMG is proud to sponsor the Greater Vernon Top 20 Under 40, and to recognize individuals who are making a positive impact in Vernon.”

 

Starting September 22, 2015 recipients will be announced over the course of four weeks and will be featured on the KPMG Top 20 Under 40 website. The recipients will also be honoured at a special recognition event on Thursday, October 22, 2015 during Small Business Week.

 

“This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the support and encouragement of KPMG and for that we are grateful,” says Jaron Chasca, GVCC president. “We believe that by recognizing some of the talented young entrepreneurs that it will encourage other young professionals to invest and strengthen in our community.”

 

If you know a resident of the Greater Vernon area who is excelling in their career, passionate about the community, helping to raise the profile of the Greater Vernon area, and will be under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2015, then they are a perfect candidate for the KPMG Top 20 Under 40.  

 

Nominees can be entrepreneurs, executives, managers, or professionals in public, private, or not-for-profit sectors.  To nominate someone visit:  www.20under40vernon.ca.  Nominations will be accepted until Friday September 4th

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Dan Rogers, General Manager

P: 250-545-0771

E:  manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca

Monday, 20 July 2015 09:35

GREATER VERNON CHAMBER HOSTS ROUND TABLE ON TOURISM

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE                                                                            

JULY 17, 2015

 

VERNON – Increasing the amount of U.S. tourists coming to the Okanagan was a key issue that was discussed during a Round Table on Tourism held in Vernon on Friday.  Over a dozen representatives from the tourism sector in the region joined the Chair of the Parliamentary Tourism Caucus in a discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.   MP Blake Richards was in Vernon to share the federal government’s strategic plan for tourism and also to listen to the concerns of industry reps.  

The Alberta MP noted that there has been renewed interest in the Tourism Caucus on Parliament Hill as representatives from all parties realize how important tourism is to the country’s economy. 

Richards has been meeting with tourism operators looking at ways to grow the industry whether it's through special events, sporting events or festivals and he added that there are great opportunities with Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations coming up.

Attendees raised concerns about the need to help promote small communities globally as there are limited resources they can tap into.   Meanwhile, while some operators have recently seen an increase in visitors from the U.S., many believe more can be done to promote tourism south of the border.  Richards agreed and stated that is why the recent federal budget saw an increased investment in promoting Canada in the U.S. market.

MLA Eric Foster also attended the forum and reminded attendees that tourism remains a key component of the BC Job`s Plan.  Representatives from the City of Vernon, Tourism Vernon, along with a number of tourism operators and hoteliers attended the round-table discussion that was hosted by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

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 FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dan Rogers, General Manager

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce    T:  250.545.0771   E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca           

Friday, 03 July 2015 10:00

GREATER VERNON CHAMBER TO HOST FEDERAL JUSTICE MINISTER

Written by Dan Proulx Published in Press Releases

NEWS RELEASE                                                                              

JULY 3, 2015

 

VERNON - The North Okanagan may be a hotly contested riding in the up-coming federal election if the attention it is getting from top ranking federal politicians is any indication.  The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a luncheon with the Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Peter McKay on Wednesday July 8th.  The theme of Mr. MacKay’s speech is “a successful budget, a secure Canada” and is part of the Chamber’s public speaker series. It follows on the heels of a visit by veteran Liberal MP Ralph Goodale.

“Mr. MacKay’s visit to Vernon highlights a very busy July for us,” says Dan Rogers, GVCC general manager. “We will also be getting a critical update on the economic outlook for Canada by Warren Jestin, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with Scotiabank.”  The Chamber’s speaker series aims to raise awareness of the issues impacting economic development in the North Okanagan and beyond.

The Peter MacKay luncheon is slated for the Best Western Vernon Lodge next Wednesday while Jestin will be in the city for a breakfast briefing on July 15th.   More information including registration is available through the Chamber’s website under events listing. vernonchamber.ca

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BACKGROUND

Peter MacKay was first elected to Parliament in 1997 and re-elected in five consecutive elections (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011).  In July 2013, Mr. MacKay was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Previously, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in February 2006 and Minister of National Defence in August 2007.  Before entering politics, Mr. MacKay had a private law practice in New Glasgow, specializing in criminal and family law. In 1993, he accepted an appointment as Crown Attorney for the Central Region of Nova Scotia. He prosecuted cases at all levels, including youth and provincial courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. After graduating from Acadia University, Mr. MacKay went on to study law at Dalhousie University. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 1991.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Dan Rogers, General Manager

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce    T:  250.545.0771   E: manager@vernonchamber.ca">manager@vernonchamber.ca           

NEWS RELEASE

May 25, 2015


Vernon – The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce’s call for legislative changes to enable the Province to take a more active role in regional governance reviews has received support from delegates attending the BC Chamber AGM in Prince George. The issue stems from the challenges that arise when you have two growing municipalities that are adjacent to each other or adjacent to electoral areas. GVCC’s members have continually raised concern about the region’s convoluted governance structure and its impact on economic growth.

“Provincial legislation is quite limiting in allowing for the exploration of different governance models that could achieve positive results for business in streamlining regulatory and development processes among neighbouring local government jurisdictions, says Matt Davidson, chair of GVCC’s policy advisory committee. “We appreciate that there are pros and cons related to different governance models but those can’t be examined if there is unwillingness by local governments to explore those ideas or if there is a lack of financial resources from the Province to undertake such reviews.”

The GVCC policy resolution calls for changes that would enable the Province to initiate a study even if only one jurisdiction is interested in exploring the business case for changes in regional governance.

“The GVCC is pleased to have received the support from our peers from across the province,” said Jaron Chasca, GVCC president. “Our Chamber is committed to creating a more business-friendly region and we think this policy will help achieve that outcome.”
GVCC is also partnering with the Kelowna Chamber in tabling a policy that calls for greater investment in digital media as a means to grow the economy. GVCC is represented at the AGM by President Jaron Chasca, Vice President Tracy Cobb Reeves and General Manager Dan Rogers. The event runs through to May 27. The BC Chamber of Commerce AGM and Conference is the largest annual business policy-building forum in the province. This year, over 40 policies have been put forward and will be voted on at the AGM policy sessions.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Rogers                                                                  Jaron Chasca
General Manager                                                          President
P: 250.545-0771 C: 250-640-3798                                 C: 250-550-9859
E: manager@vernonchamber.ca                                     E jchasca@hotmail.com

 

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