• Board of Directors 2018-2019

  • President

    DIANA WILSON – Kal Tire

    Diana is the director of solution delivery at Kal Tire and has more than 25 years of experience delivering business value through technology and process improvement projects.  Diana is very proud to have been raised in Vernon.  She graduated from Vernon Senior Secondary and subsequently received her diploma in computer information systems in Kelowna in 1985.  Prior to joining Kal Tire in 2007, Diana was a director at Sierra Systems for 10 years, where she provided consulting services and managed business and system initiatives for private sector and government organizations.  Diana enjoys many of the recreational opportunities that Vernon has to offer and can be found kayaking, biking or skiing.  Diana discovered she has a real passion for outrigger paddling when she moved to Vernon and is the president of the Vernon Paddling Centre. Diana brings to the Chamber board her commitment to solving business problems, and her passion for Vernon and all it has to offer.

     

  • Vice President

    KRYSTIN KEMPTON – Nixon Wenger LLP

    Krystin is a lawyer at Nixon Wenger LLP, with a general solicitor’s practice. Krystin attended law school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and received a certificate in international business law at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.  

    Prior to moving to Vernon, Krystin practiced corporate and securities law at a large national law firm in Vancouver. At Nixon Wenger, Krystin advises corporate and individual clients on corporate and commercial transactions, lending and borrowing, wills and estates, real estate and land development matters. Krystin was recently named one of Vernon’s Top 20 Under 40.

     

  • Secretary-Treasurer

    Greg Stevens - TD Commercial Bank

    Greg is a commercial account manager at TD Commercial Bank, and he's dedicated to finding financing solutions for medium-sized businesses in Greater Vernon.

    Greg is a graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business, earning a post-graduate diploma in accounting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) and Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) designations.

    Greg's previous board experience includes time spent as president and secretary/treasurer of the Ambleside/Dundarave Business Improvement Area (formerly the Ambleside Business Association), director on the finance committee of the District of West Vancouver and director of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. Greg's passionate about serving his community and works to advocate for business owners, and he looks forward to serving the members of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce as a director on the board. 

     

  • Past President 

    MARKUS SCHROTT - BDO Canada LLP

    Markus Schrott is a partner at BDO Canada LLP and he's dedicated to helping clients with tax planning and growth strategies. Markus has been in the accounting profession since 2000 and with BDO Canada LLP since 2004.  As an accountant and advisor, Markus typically works with four main groups of clients - start-up companies, growth companies, professionals and clients that need assurance.  He moved to Vernon in January 2012 with his wife Kaarina and three children. Markus believes the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce is vital to the health and prosperity of the business community and its residents, and as a board member, Markus is excited to engage in meaningful conversation with members and helping the Chamber and the business community flourish.  

     

  • Director

    NAVNEET K. GHOMAN - Woolley & Co.

    Navneet is an associate lawyer at Woolley & Co. Barristers and Solicitors. Navneet is a graduate of Cornell University, Villanova University School of Law, and Osgoode Hall Law School. She was recently called to the bars of both Ontario and British Columbia. In addition to her legal education and training, Navneet has gained extensive business and real estate experience in both the U.S. and Canada. Navneet was born and raised in an entrepreneurial environment that cultivated her innate business sense, negotiation abilities and leadership skills. Navneet is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association - B.C. Branch and the Vernon Bar Association. Navneet has started to take an active role participating with various organizations in support of our local community and she is delighted to call the beautiful Okanagan Valley home.

     

  • Director

    DARRIN TAYLOR - Axis Intervention Services 

    Axis Intervention Services CEO Darrin Taylor, is a board registered interventionist, a certified intervention professional and a registered therapeutic counsellor. Axis provides addiction expertise to families and industry throughout the Okanagan and across Canada. Darrin sits on the board of directors for the Association of Intervention Specialists, an international organization of professional behavioural health interventionists. Within that role, he serves as chair of their ethics committee. He served on the board of directors for the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada from 2014 to 2016. Darrin moved to Vernon from southern Ontario in 1994 and has been an entrepreneur, employer and very active in the Vernon community. As a downtown business and property owner, he served on the Downtown Vernon Association executive during the 1990s. As an active parent of school-aged children, Darrin served as president of the District Parent Advisory Council at School District 22 from 2011 to 2013. These days, he is actively involved at the Vernon Christian School and has served on the finance committee there since 2015. 

     

  • Director

    DUDLEY COULTER – Peak PR and DVA

    Dudley is an active contributor to Greater Vernon’s business community. He is the Downtown Vernon Association's Events and Marketing Coordinator organizing high-profile local events and developing marketing campaigns to promote the downtown core. Dudley is also a strategic partner at Triumph Coffee and the owner at a small public relations agency, Peak PR, employing his education and passion in communications and marketing to the benefit of regional organizations and businesses.

    Dudley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Diploma in Public Relations from University of Victoria.

    Active in the community, Dudley also volunteers as the media relations personnel with the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) and volunteered with Special Olympics B.C. as a head coach, coaching one local athlete to Word Championships. In his spare time, Dudley can be found in the mountains on a pair of skis or on a mountain bike. He has been named one of Vernon's Top 20 Under 40.

     

  • Director

    BRETT VANDERHOEK – Tolko Industries

    Brett is passionate about developing and implementing strategic human resources initiatives. His experience entails leadership roles in multiple industries across both traditional and non-profit sectors.  In 2011, Brett joined Tolko Industries as a corporate human resources advisor, focusing on talent management.  His current role of manager of talent includes a diverse portfolio, with areas such as organizational development and employee relations.  Some of Brett’s previous roles include HR director at Open Door Group (Ministry of Housing and Social Development), HR manager at Home Depot and professional development instructor at the Centre for Arts and Technology.  Brett is a strong supporter of volunteerism and community involvement, with continued support of the B.C. SPCA and BCHRMA. He is also an active member of the Okanagan College Business Administration Program Advisory Committee. 

     

  • Director

    ROGER B. LAMOUREUX – Tatawaw Kanata Glamping & Wellness

    Roger B. Lamoureux was born and raised in Calgary until his hockey career took him on a roller coaster ride through academia, inner growth, foreign life experiences, international travel, and some fame without the monetary wealth.  Roger’s wealth would be measured in the friendships he was fortunate to create while living in the U.S., Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway and Canada.  After getting off the hockey coaster ride, he immediately jumped on to the Scrambler, also known as the Canadian dream!  Lots of fun and full of action, that’s the Scrambler.  This ride took him in and out of turns at the various levels of business from his personally founded, owned and operated businesses to national/international corporations.  Specializing in business development and sales and marketing, the Scrambler challenged Roger in the areas of an OEM coupled with retail, commercial and industrial sales.  If balancing three very active kids, a dog, a household, spouse and career wasn’t enough, let’s make it more exhilarating by adding in community services as a coach, manager and solicitor/fundraiser just to name a few.  It's a good thing the Scrambler has slowed down.  As a thrill seeker, Roger looks forward to the new challenges ahead so he can continue to perform and take pride in building long-term relationships. 

     

  • Director

    ALY PAIN - The Conflict Coach 

    Aly Pain, The Conflict Coach, helps business owners who have settled for less, create what they know is possible. Aly’s clients typically struggle with the understanding and skills they need to have difficult conversations. As a Master communicator, she is an expert at decoding relationships to create engaged cultures. Aly supports her clients to become better leaders, attract and retain better people, and grow bigger profits. 

    Aly has spent over 20 years learning about the nuances of communication and personality styles during a decade of personal development training, two Coach certifications, and multiple other programs, conferences and in-depth studies. Aly had the opportunity to focus her skills in a business environment by working with some of Canada’s top Entrepreneurs and their teams.  Aly’s vision is to continue adding value as a board member while offering world-class, transformational programs that resolve your people problems and create collaborative solutions. 

     

  • Director

    DEB WHITE - White House Mortgages 

    Deb loves the North Okanagan and being involved in the community.  She has served on the board of directors of Vernon Winter Carnival for 10 years, serving one year as Vice-President and 5 years as President.  In 2009, Deb and her friend Dawn King formed Carolling for a Cause. Each year in December, they carol for a different cause and have risen over $15,000 to date for various charities. Deb has served on the Funtastic Board/ Run for Cure committee as well as the Mortgage Brokers Association board for BC.  Deb’s commitment for the community extends to supporting different events such of Upper room Mission, the Splash of colour run, Hospital Gala, the United Way, Chamber of Commerce golf event, Kindale, Teens count too and sponsors the Gators White House baseball team.    Deb started White House Mortgages in 2005 and has since grown that brokerage to 5 locations in the interior of BC housing more than 20 brokers. The respected team at White House Mortgages is routinely awarded by lenders and within the DLC network for efficiency and volume of business. In addition, Deb has been named to the CMP Top Brokers list 5 years in a row.

    When Deb is not busy with her husband, 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren and not tending to her acreage in rural North Okanagan she can be found quadding or boating, enjoying our beautiful North Okanagan. 

  • Director

    JAYME MCKILLOP - Jayme McKillop Co. 

    First and foremost, I am huge advocate for my community. I believe by helping others, I can help myself and I see the power of working together to accomplish great things. Encouraging synergy within a community is a way, I think, that helps to create purpose and worth. Living in such an incredible place, makes it all worth while. I am a licensed Realtor with RE/MAX Vernon, and I hope that will help me continue to support and thrive in my community as an advocate for people, property, homes, the local food movement, environmental awareness, music and my family. I see now how sensitive and personal purchasing a home, property or a business is. It is such an honour to help people make such a HUGE decision and I truly want to assist people in the very best way I can.