• Board of Directors 2016-2017

  • President

    DAUNA KENNEDY GRANT – Vernon Public Art Gallery

    Dauna Kennedy Grant has been the Executive Director for the Vernon Public Art Gallery since 2008. With over 20 years in the not for profit industry. In addition to overseeing the operations of VPAG, she leads the Steering Committee for the proposed new art gallery facility for the North Okanagan and participates on a variety of community related task forces. As a current board member for the GVCC, Dauna is active on the Policy, Strategic Planning and Membership Committees.  In 2012, Dauna was nominated for Business Woman of the Year for her contributions and work in the Arts.  Prior to moving to Vernon in 2008, Dauna was very involved in Grande Prairie both professionally and in a volunteer capacity.  Some highlights include working on two community capital campaigns; Centre 2000 and Safety City and being Executive Director for Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities.

     

  • Vice President

    MARKUS SCHROTT – BDO Canada LLP

    Markus Schrott is a partner at BDO Canada LLP 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, which include start-up companies, growth companies, professionals and clients that need assurance.  Having moved to Vernon in January 2012 with his wife Kaarina and three children. 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. 

     

  • Secretary-Treasurer

    BEN ROBINSON - Valley First

    Benjamin Robinson is a Business Banking Advisor with Valley First (A Division of First West Credit Union), servicing the North Okanagan. In this role Ben works closely with local business owners to uncover value form their banking, and helps facilitate ongoing growth with lending and advice.  Ben grew up in the Okanagan, and is now raising his children in the Vernon area with his wife Chelsey. Ben’s combination of small business ownership, education through Okanagan College, and industry work experience has provided him with good insight into what it takes to run a business in the area.  Ben is excited to work with the Chamber of Commerce and its members to help make Vernon the best place to live and do business in the Okanagan.

     

  • Past President

    TRACY COBB-REEVES – Kal Tire

    Tracy is a communications professional with over 20 years’ experience working with local, national and international organizations. Tracy moved to the Okanagan in 2011 and started her own business, Sky Communications, providing strategic communications support to clients throughout the Okanagan. In 2012 she assumed the role of Director, Communications for Kal Tire.  Tracy’s prior roles include being the National Director, Communications and Fund Development for the owner/operator of the 1988 Olympic legacy facilities, WinSport Canada (Calgary) and before that the Public Relations Director for a full-service agency, Venture Communications (Calgary). Her career began in the fashion and beauty industries working directly for Peter Nygård, of Nygård International overseeing all PR, advertising and fashion show production in a number of countries followed by leading the public relations and philanthropic initiatives for Revlon Canada. 

     

  • Director

    PHIL DYCK – Okanagan Real Estate Investments

    After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and graduating from Law School in 1992, Phil worked as an Associate for Nixon Wenger, Barristers and Solicitors, from 1993 to 1998.  In 1999, he accepted a partnership at Nixon Wenger and worked there as a partner until December 2014. During Phil's 21 years at Nixon Wenger, he stood out as an exceptional problem solver in the legal community. He appeared in all levels of the BC Court system as a relentless advocate for his clients.  Phil has an extensive knowledge of business finances as a result of his tenure as a lawyer.  In December 2014, Phil left the practice of law to pursue his long held passion - real estate investing.  Today, Phil is the controlling mind of his company Okanagan Real Estate Investments.  The company now manages a multimillion dollar real estate portfolio and works with investors to help them achieve exceptional returns.

     

  • Director

    ADRIENNE HARRIS – Portico Properties Ltd.

    Adrienne Harris is the Co-Owner/Operator of Portico Property Services Ltd.  She and her family moved to Vernon 10 years ago from Whistler. They wanted a place to be able to raise their family but still have access to all the wonderful outdoor activities.  Moving to a growing community she saw a potential to open up a business that met the needs of a unique market and clientele. Living and working in Whistler gave her a different perspective on the level of service they offer their clients.  As a small business she also sees a need to be involved in the business community.  Having volunteered for VWIB on many occasions and committees and being a past president of a business referral group Adrienne knows the importance of networking and building relationships. 

     

  • Director

    JARON CHASCA - Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services

    Jaron, a licensed second generation funeral director and active manager with Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services™, has over twenty years experience in the funeral profession. He began his career as a Funeral Attendant in Calgary and then moved to Cranbrook to work in his family’s funeral home and complete his apprenticeship. After completing a two year apprenticeship, Jaron moved back to Calgary where he was the Sales Manager with the City of Calgary cemeteries for three years. During this time he also completed his Marketing and Entrepreneur diploma from Mount Royal College.  Jaron re-joined the family business with Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services™ in Vernon and Armstrong and brought with him his knowledge, experience and especially his passion for serving bereaved families to the Okanagan. He is excited about the opportunity to grow and enhance the Chamber’s impact on the business environment in the region.

     

  • Director

    ROB TEDHAM – RBC Dominion Securities

    Rob is deeply committed to serving, promoting and representing the interests of the members of the Chamber. He is passionate about furthering an “open for business” reputation for our community, while maintaining, and enhancing its economic and social prosperity. Over the past year Rob has served on the Chambers Policy Committee and more specifically the BIG RED sub-committee which has been in dialogue with the City regarding the policy and rules governing building permit applications. Rob and his wife, Laura have been homeowners in Vernon for over ten years, frequent visitors over the past thirty plus years and permanent residents for a year and a half.  He is employed full time by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. as a Financial Advisor. His volunteer activities have included being a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the Calgary Transportation Authority - Airline Committee where he participated in the “open skies” air treaty negotiations between Canada and the United States.

     

     

  • Director

    DIANA WILSON – Kal Tire

    Diana is the Director, Solution Delivery at Kal Tire and has over 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 throughout the year.  Diana discovered she has a real passion for outrigger paddling when she moved to Vernon and for the past two years has enjoyed her role as President and Chair of the Vernon Paddling Centre. Diana brings to the chamber board her commitment to implementing solutions that support business, and her passion for Vernon and all it has to offer.

     

  • Director

    MIKE PETRENY – Baron Insurance

    Mike and his family moved to Vernon from the South Okanagan in the summer of 2013 to accept a position with Baron Insurance as a Commercial Producer. This past year he obtained his CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker) designation. Mike enjoys the diversity of his profession as it allows him to work with owners of a variety of businesses that range in size and scope of operations. He has volunteered with numerous community groups including JCI International, The Salvation Army, and the Canadian Red Cross. He is very much looking forward to his role as Board Member for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys conducting business meetings while on the course...preferably from the middle of the fairway.

     

  • 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 Ltd. as a Corporate HR Advisor focusing on talent management.  His current role of Corporate Services Supervisor 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 Centre for Arts and Technology.  Brett is a strong supporter of volunteerism and community involvement with continued support of the BCSPCA and BCHRMA, and is an active member of the Okanagan College Business Administration Program Advisory Committee. 

     

  • Director

    KRYSTIN KEMPTON – Nixon Wenger LLP

    Krystin is a lawyer at Nixon Wenger LLP, with a general solicitor’s practice. She grew up in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario and studied political science and psychology at Lakehead University. Krystin attended law school at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and received a certificate in International Business Law studying at Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.  By fast tracking law school, Krystin spent her final semester skiing in Revelstoke.   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 previously stood on the board of governors for Lakehead University, and currently serves as a director of the North Okanagan Cycling Society, Caetani Cultural Centre and Downtown Vernon Association. Krystin likes to bike up mountains in the summer and ski down them in the winter. 

     

  • Director

    ALY PAIN – Aly Pain Professional Coaching Services

    Aly Pain is fiercely passionate about the unique and unlimited potential in every person. She uses her gifts to help you cut through crap and chaos to find it, own it and act on it. She brings her bold, authentic and skilled coaching to developing and delivering her Exponentially You Programs, keynotes and workshops that move you forward, faster, both personally and professionally.  Born and raised in Kelowna, Aly began her speaking career at the age of 7. She won the honour of being the emcee at her Elementary School Christmas Pageant because she could clearly project her voice in a gymnasium of 300 people without a microphone. When she wasn’t leading a student committee or on the mic, she was playing and excelling at one of many sports leading to numerous awards and an entire wall full of medals and ribbons. She also had the honour of carrying the torch through Kelowna for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Torch Relay.

     

  • Director

    DARRIN TAYLOR – Axis Intervention

    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. He served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada from 2014-2016. Darrin moved to Vernon from southern Ontario in 1994 and has been an entrepreneur, employer, and very active in the Vernon community. He has served on the Downtown Vernon Association executive and as an active parent of school aged children, Darrin served as President of the District Parent Advisory Council at School District 22 from 2011-1013. These days, he is actively involved at the Vernon Christian School and has served on the Finance Committee there since 2015. 

     


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