• Board of Directors 2018-2019

  • President

    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 is the President and Chair 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, Ontario and received a certificate in International Business Law studying 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

    BEN ROBINSON - Okanagan Timberworks Ltd

    Ben Robinson is the owner of Okanagan Timberworks Ltd., where he is able to combine his interest in building unique things while growing a local business. Ben has worked in retail and business banking, and previously operated an automotive business in Vernon. He grew up and attended school in the Okanagan and is now raising his two children here with his wife Chelsey. Ben is excited to be involved with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce as he enjoys seeing new and existing business’ grow and thrive in our community

     

  • Past 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.  

     

  • Director

    NAVNEET K. GHOMAN, B.S.c., J.D., LL.M. - 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 United States 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 - British Columbia 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

    ROBYN DANIELsSON - PREDATOR RIDGE 

    Robyn has been the resort sales manager at Predator Ridge since Dec 2017.  Prior to that she worked for a Global software company, where she was responsible for selling $1Million annually to central USA.  Robyn has experience working and communicating at all levels within an organization and building teams to accomplish larger company wide objectives.  She loves to network and bring people together – she believes there is a common thread to be found in all professional relationships to collectively create and foster both short and long-term relationships.

    Robyn has lived in Vernon for past 4 years, prior to that was in Vancouver for 14 years, originally from Winnipeg.  She has a 7 year old daughter at Bearisto. As a family they love spending their time up at Silver Star in the winter and Kal lake in the summer

     

  • Director

    DUDLEY COULTER – Peak PR and DVA

    Dudley is an active contributor to Greater Vernon’s business community, he is currently employed at the Downtown Vernon Association as the Events & Promotions Coordinator where he manages all facets events and business to consumer marketing of the downtown core. On the side, Dudley owns and operates a Public Relations business (Peak PR) where he employs one person part-time and provide communications, marketing and brand awareness expertise to four businesses on a weekly basis.

    An advocate of life-long learning, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications through Royal Roads University (expected 2019) and boasts a Diploma in Public Relations from the University of Victoria.

    Dudley also volunteers as a media relations personnel with the North Okanagan Cycling Society and has volunteered with Special Olympics BC as a head coach and with the RCMP in the past. In his spare time, Dudley can be found in the mountains on a pair of skis or on a mountain bike.

     

  • Director

    BRETT VANDERHOEK – Tolko Industries Manager, Talent

    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 Manager, 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 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

    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 USA, Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway and Canada.   After getting off the hockey coaster ride, he immediately jumped onto 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 & operated businesses to National/International Corporations.  Specializing in Business Development/Sales & Marketing, the Scrambler challenged Roger in the areas of an OEM coupled with Retail/Commercial & Industrial sales.  If balancing 3 very active kids, a dog, a household, spouse and career wasn’t enough let’s make it more exhilarating by adding in community services by getting involved as coach, manager, solicitor/fundraiser just to name a few.  Good thing the scrambler has slowed down.  As a thrill seeker Rogers 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 has served on the board of directors of Vernon Winter Carnival for 6 years, serving one year as vice chair and her last year as Chair. Deb currently is on the committee for Queen Silver Star excellence Program.  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 raised over $15,000 to date for various charities. Deb is currently the secretary for Funtastic.  Deb has also volunteered at Knox Mountain hill climb for 25 years.  Deb and Doug also assist with Upper Room mission, the splash of colour run, JCI Gala, United way, sponsor ladies and men’s baseball teams, Chamber of Commerce golf tournaments, teens count too, Child diabetes, spoken at schools regarding the effects of drunk driving, Run for Cure.    In April deb ran 10k and raised $1785 for Canucks place, childrens hospice house.  Deb was awarded in 2010 from Mortgage brokers association of BC the community service award.  In 2012 Deb was awarded the community service award from Canadian there since 2015. 

     

  • 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, 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, that I hope 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.