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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

I moved from Edmonton Alberta to Kelowna 24 years ago to enjoy the lifestyle Kelowna has to offer in raising my two children.

My current role as Shaw Business Sales Consultant, is ever changing in this evolving technology era, I offer our existing and future business customers solutions to their day to day operational needs for phones, internet and TV bundles. Being in my 16th year with Shaw Communications along with 14 previous years in the banking industry I see myself 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
My name is Bill Jack I am the owner of Club Wine Tours. I have lived in the Okanagan for over 15 years. I have a beautiful wife Donna and two amazing daughters Serena and Tianna. I found my 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.  I have learned many skills in business to enhance my role as an ambassador. I have been a member for two years.  It is a pleasure meeting new chamber members, assisting in networking events and visiting new businesses.

“I wish you champagne wishes & Okanagan dreams”


Kerry Lockhart
Jimmy Pattison Broadcast

Kerry has recently returned home to Kelowna after 25 years in the Kootenays where he was very involved with the Trail and District Chamber of Commerce.

Kerry has enjoyed a career in radio braodcasting and was given a great oppurtunity to work with the Jimmy Pattison Broadcast group through their two Kelowna radio stations, Power 104 and Q103. So, here he is, loving living in Kelowna.  He enjoys the synergies with the Chamber of Commerce and community involvement with events and fundraisers from the Special Olympics to the Canadian Cancer Society and many more.

I am confident that I will be a valuable and cohesive member of the Chamber Ambassador team who will serve this beautiful city and community of ours well”.


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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.




Kent Harris
Twin View Ltd.

Since 1998, Kent has held Senior positions with financial companies in Vancouver and Kelowna.   Kent deals in and offers Private Limited Partnerships.  What he does is straightforward and simple.  He aligns eligible investors with private companies who require investor capital to build and grow their companies.  Once invested, his clients become Limited Partner owners and they participate in the growth, income and profits of those privately held companies.

Kent and his family have been proud supporters of:  Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School, BC Children’s Hospital, The Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC and The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation. In addition to being a member and Ambassador to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Kent is also a Director for The Rotary Club of Kelowna and a member of The Kelowna Estate Planning Society.




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.


Nick Battaglio
TD Canada Trust (ret.)
After a career of 40 years in the financial services industry Nick retired at the end of July 2012.  But now he is back p/t as a Member Account Executive with the Chamber. Prior to retiring from TD, Nick was Area Manager business Banking with TD Canada Trust covering the BC Southern Interior Region.  While with TD Nick worked with branches and customers to help them fulfill the banking needs of Business Clients from Credit to Cash Management Services.  Prior positions in his 34 year career with TD included personal lending, credit supervisor and branch manager.

Nick has been one of our longest-serving Member Ambassadors having volunteered with the Chamber for 12+ years.  Nick also volunteers with Community Futures of the Central Okanagan as a member of the Self Employment Committee as well as volunteering during the winter at Big White as a Snow Host. 



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
I relocated to Kelowna almost 2 years ago to help bring the face of Express Employment Professionals to the Okanagan. In my new role as General Manager, I am 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. My goal is to assist clients by providing recruiting & human resource solutions to boost productivity, morale and to help save time & money. I accomplish this by meeting with my 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.) I impact their business in the right way!! I am thankful to be living with my husband and daughter in such a beautiful place and look forward to positively impacting the Kelowna business community.