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Ambassadors Committee

Ambassadors Committee Mandate

As a committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will serve in a front-line role by welcoming members to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Chaired by a member of the Kelowna Chamber, this group will meet new members of the Chamber to enhance the connectivity of Chamber members, enhance the value of Chamber membership, and strive to have Chamber members more engaged in the Chamber and contribute their ideas in a regular report to the Member Care Committee.

The reason Chamber members become Ambassadors is they wish to assist in business community, helping Chamber members grow their businesses. The role means they act as facilitators between Chamber members, making new and existing members feel welcome, providing introductions between Chamber members and assisting Chambers members in networking.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassadors Committee and how to get involved please contact the
Chamber or committee chair Bruce Murray.


Bruce Murray
TD Bank

Bruce was born and raised in the UK, and moved to Kelowna in 2007. He has a university degree in Economics and additional qualifications in banking and finance.

Bruce’s career includes over twenty one years in banking, seventeen years with one of the top five banks in the UK, and the last four spent in Kelowna, where he acts as a Small Business Advisor for TD at the Ellis street branch.

As a Small Business Advisor, Bruce provides sound financial advice on business credit, business bank accounts and Merchant Services, helping local businesses to grow and prosper.

His main responsibilities are providing business overdraft and operating lines of credit, term loans for the purchase of equipment, franchises and commercial mortgages to fund business premises.

For more information contact Bruce on 250 763 4241 Ext 245 or email bruce.murray@td.com and he will be happy to help.


Don Martin
TOPS Telecom
Don Martin was born in 1954 in Nanaimo, B.C.  as one of triplet boys. Don was a Radio Announcer at CHUB Radio in Nanaimo, a production line worker and Harmac Pulp Mill, a Manager at Blue Collar Men’s Wear (piloted the Blue Collar Bathtub on 2 crossings to Vancouver in the annual Bathtub Race!) Don worked for 10 years for Johnston Drug Wholesale as a Marketing  Rep before moving to Kelowna in 1984.

Don started as a Telecom Marketing Rep for ‘The Other Phone Store’ in Kelowna in 1985. The Other Phone Store was the first ‘Private Telephone Interconnect Company’ in the region, providing Telephones and Telecom Equipment for Residence and Business in competition with ‘BC Tel’.

The Other Phone Store soon became TOPS Telecom and focused strictly on the Business segment. TOPS has enjoyed tremendous success supplying and servicing Telecom platforms throughout the Thompson/Okanagan region.

Don enjoys being a Chamber Ambassador as well as a Kelowna Sunrise Rotarian (Past President and Rotarian of the Year).
Hobbies include Golf (not enough!) and Fishing (once in a while!) and looks forward to Travel (every few years!)

Don is happily married to Marika and has 2 Children (23 and 20)


Donna Rimmer

Donna Rimmer moved from Edmonton Alberta to Kelowna 24 years ago to enjoy the lifestyle Kelowna has to offer in raising her two children.

Her former role as Shaw Business Sales Consultant was ever changing in this evolving technology era. She offered existing and future business customers solutions to their day-to-day operational needs for phones, internet and TV bundles. Being with Shaw for 16 years along with 14 previous years in the banking industry, she sees herself as customer focused thriving on being able to deliver results and meeting the company’s business needs.

"It is an honour to be a part of the Ambassador team with the Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to continuing my role".


Patricia Livingstone
Re/Max Kelowna
Patricia has been a member Ambassador for 10 years. She is a Chartered Accountant(1983) from Alberta and has worked for a variety of companies, both in the public & private sector (Shell, Turbo, Prudential, University of Calgary, Alberta Sports Council, Houston Grand Opera).  She has 2 sons, Scott and Matt age 26 and 24.  Scott currently lives in Australia and Matt teaches English in Toyko. 

Patricia enjoys a variety of activities including sailing, golfing, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, scuba diving and hiking.  Patricia owns a lakefront cottage on Okanagan Lake to maximize her enjoyment of the Okanagan lifestyle.

Patricia is focused on getting results for her clients. I ensure smooth transactions as a result of my sincere understanding of each individuals unique needs and my meticulous attention to detail.

Bill Jack
Club Wine Tours
Bill Jack is the owner of Club Wine Tours. He has lived in the Okanagan for over 15 years. Bill has a beautiful wife Donna and two amazing daughters Serena and Tianna. He found his passion in tourism providing tours to thousands of guests from 48 different countries. Tours range from day tours, a customized private tour with a barrel tasting, to an afternoon sunset dinner tour.  Bill has learned many skills in business to enhance his role as an Ambassador. He has been a Chamber member for several years.  Bill enjoys meeting new chamber members, assisting in networking events and visiting new businesses.

“I wish you champagne wishes & Okanagan dreams”



John Whitehead
John K. Whitehead & Associates

John Whitehead is an experienced leader, facilitator and coach with over 40 years of senior sales management experience. Over the years John has experienced various sales management experiences from retail to direct sales, selling both tangible and intangibles. John has held senior operational positions with national organizations achieving significant recognition for his results.

In 2010 John decided to return to school and in 2012 graduated from Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC with an MA in Leadership. John describes himself as a continuous learner, motivated to learn more so that he can better help others achieve their goals.



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Andrea Lindal
Lexabi Communications

Andrea Lindal is a Digital Communications Specialist and owner of Lexabi Communications.  Lexabi specializes in Social Media, Email Marketing, Blogging, Digital Marketing Strategy and website development. Raised in Kelowna with over 25 years of marketing & communications experience, Andrea involves herself in the community and holds much pride in her work and family.




Chris Gorman
Sun Life Financial

Chris Gorman is a Sun Life Financial advisor, father and community leader.  Chris attended UBC, where he received a BA in History and Political Science and an MBA from the Sauder School of Business. He also received a Business Administration diploma from BCIT.

Chris’s career has spanned commercial insurance, post-secondary education leadership, non-profit financial management, and financial advising.  He is also an elected Trustee with the Central Okanagan School District.  His community service and professional experience reflect a commitment to building a better future.

As a financial advisor, Chris provides sound advice to develop and grow investment and insurance portfolios for individuals, families and businesses to achieve their financial security and wealth goals.  He provides valued counsel to choose the right options and simplify the processes to secure them at the right time. Chris can be reached at 250.860.6403 ext. 2231 or email Chris Gorman.



Shawna McCrea

Successful Sales Leader, with 24 years experience in the financial sales and service industry.  Critical strengths include cohesive team building, relationship marketing and applying sound business strategies.  Positive, enthusiastic, creative and results driven with proven track record of leading successful teams.



Todd Myles

Todd Myles is a senior accountant with MNP LLP where he primarily works in assurance services. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia in 2012.

In his spare time Todd enjoys travelling, skiing, and golfing.

Brian Stephenson
Pushor Mitchell

Although born in Ontario, Brian considers himself Kelowna-bred (and justifiably so).  Brian plans to build his practice as a corporate/commercial lawyer at Pushor Mitchell serving the needs of Okanagan businesses.

Prior to setting himself along the path of the legal profession, Brian worked in many of Kelowna’s key industries including construction and landscaping, tourism and hospitality, customer service, and during his younger days even acted as mobile news distribution specialist (paperboy). His past experiences and exposure to the diverse range of businesses present in the Okanagan provides Brian with a unique perspective of the opportunities the region has to offer as well as the challenges which it can pose.

Brian is eager to assist business owners in his legal career and as an Ambassador for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Kristie Nyrose
Express Employment
Kristie Nyrose relocated to Kelowna 2 years ago to help bring the face of Express Employment Professionals to the Okanagan. In her new role as General Manager, she is responsible to ensure the day-to-day operations of the office run efficiently as well as to develop relationships with local businesses in the area. Kristie's goal is to assist clients by providing recruiting & human resource solutions to boost productivity, morale and to help save time & money. She accomplishes this by meeting with clients to understand their business and culture… ~ (How their companies run, what type of people they need to keep it running successfully and what do I need to do to ensure its future success.) Kristie impacts their business in the right way!! She is thankful to be living with her husband and daughter in such a beautiful place and looks forward to positively impacting the Kelowna business community.

Lorna Corman

Lorna has lived in Kelowna for 24 years. During this time she has always worked in the printing industry as an account representative and loved every minute of it. For the past 8 years she has worked for Wayside. Wayside has been a major player in the Printing Business for over 94 years. Over this time, Wayside has evolved to be more than a printing provider, now supplying Marketing, Design Services, Signage, Packaging and so much more. Wayside employs over 50 people in the area. Lorna has a background in Graphic Design and a diploma in Advertising Art. 

Lorna lives with husband Kurt in beautiful South East Kelowna. They have 2 great kids, Kendra and Nicholas. Aside from a busy family life, Lorna enjoys skiing, discovering new and exciting places in the spectacular Okanagan and spending time in her  crazy garden.

“I enjoy meeting new people and am very excited to be a an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber. Please feel free to contact me directly should you need assistance with your Printing, Marketing or Large Format Signage needs at Lorna or 1-800-663-6432 ext 402”