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 has been recognized as one of Vernon’s Top 20 Under 40.
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.
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.
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.
ROBIN CARDEW - Robin Cardew CPA Chartered Professional Accountant
Robin is a chartered professional accountant, with a public practice in Vernon serving the Okanagan. His experience in various industries has transferred into public practice where he offers tax and other accounting services to valued clients.
Having been through the Certified General Accountants school of education and training and having reached his goal of becoming a professional accountant while working full time and raising a family, he knows the value of determination and hard work. Serving the community through volunteer efforts is important and connecting with the local business community, with solid, trusting relationships, is essential.
The future of Vernon and the surrounding area is the legacy we will pass along to generations to come, and by being involved at the planning and community advocacy stages of the differing interests Vernon has, it is his hope that proper information is obtained and reviewed before decisions are made at all levels of government. Helping others and being involved is his happy place and he looks forward to servicing this community for a very long time. Robin is an active member of the Chamber advocacy committee. This would be his first term on the board
DUDLEY COULTER – Triumph Coffee, Rise Communications, Splatsin First Nation
Dudley is the co-owner of Triumph Coffee, a downtown-based coffee shop serving ethically sourced coffee of the highest quality. Dudley also employs his education and passion for communications and marketing as the Communications Specialist at Splatsin First Nation and his side hustle, RISE Communications, which serves small to large-sized organizations throughout the province.
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 has volunteered with Special Olympics B.C. in the past 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.
SCOT DURWARD – Tolko Industries
Scot is the manager of operations and woodlands human resources for Tolko Industries. Scot has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Victoria and is a chartered professional in human resources.
He started his work in the Chamber movement at the Surrey Board of Trade as a member of their social policy committee. He also created the framework for Surrey Board of Trade’s 2013 Gold Award project, HR Solutions for Immigrant Talent.
Prior to moving to Vernon, Scot was the policy chair and second vice-president for the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce. Throughout his career, Scot has been involved in a number of non-profit boards at the director level, with a particular interest in drug treatment facilities.
PETER KAZ – One 11 Media Group
An international marketing, event and talent manager, Peter has created large events and publicity stunts globally for new hotels, Fortune 500 companies and shopping malls from Sweden to Hong Kong and Calgary to Iceland. He has been in the marketing and event industry for over 25 years and just before he moved to Vernon a few years ago, one of his entertainment clients had a top 30 single in Canada and another opened for The Weeknd, Rihanna and Ariana Grande on their international tours.
He has created One 11 Media Group, which assists businesses with marketing, branding, creative content and video/drone projects. Plus, he has launched Hello Okanagan, a YouTube show (which Castanet and Shaw TV distributes) and Virtual Funhouse Entertainment, an agency with many old and new friends in the entertainment business. Virtual Funhouse offers online custom shows for birthdays, corporate zoom gatherings, family functions and much more.
Peter also produces the Vernon Comic Con, Game On Street Hockey Tourney and the largest talent show in the area, Okanagan's Got Talent. He looks forward to assisting the Chamber in any capacity, making Vernon more of a destination for tourists and offering more excitement to locals.
ROGER LAMOUREUX – Tatawaw Kanata Glamping & Wellness
Roger 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.
LEIF LENNIE - Pleasant Valley Painters
Leif has over a decade of experience in the construction and home improvement industry. He started as a part-time house painter while competing as a national-caliber, cross-country ski racer and undertaking a degree in economics at Lakehead University.
Then in 2014, he founded LPL Painters in Thunder Bay, Ont. In April 2019, Leif sold LPL Painters to open Pleasant Valley Painters, a Vernon-based painting company working throughout the Okanagan Valley. Above all, Leif values community and integrity, and In this spirit, he serves the people and businesses of Vernon and the Okanagan.
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.
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.
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.