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Ambassadors Committee



Ambassadors Committee Mandate

As a committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will serve a one year term 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
Shaw Business

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 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 24 and 22.  Scott is currently taking adventure guide training at Thomson River University in Kamloops.  Matt is attending his fourth year at UBC-Okanagan majoring in Psychology.
 
Patricia enjoys a variety of activities including sailing, golfing, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, scuba diving and hiking.  Patricia owns a place at Big White and 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”

 

 
 
Peter Angle
Astral Media
I've been lucky to have been in the Radio Broadcast industry for 23 years, specializing on the advertising and marketing side of the business. 

Today, I am fortunate to work for ASTRAL Radio Kelowna and oversee an incredibly talented group of marketing specialists who work with business owners, managers and professionals on effective advertising solutions.
I have spent the past 2 year term as a Director for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce working with the Member Care Portfolio.
 

 
 
Rob Siddon
Coast Appliances
Rob Siddon is the GM of Coast Appliances and has resided in Kelowna for 12 years. Rob has extensive board experience with almost 7 years of service on the Canadian Home Builders Association Board of Directors. This includes 4 years as Chairman of CHBACO’s largest fundraiser The “Real” Home Show.  

 


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
Valley First Credit Union
Valley First Branch Manager at our newest location, Rutland.

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.

 

 
 
Kurt Jory
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Kurt Jory joined RBC Dominion Securities as an Investment Advisor in March, 2013. Kurt completed his BBA (Hons) at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON and worked for Luxury Financial Solutions for just under a year in conjunction with MGM Las Vegas along with other major financing projects.

Kurt often goes to extreme measures to ensure his clients every need is met and his desire to help people is very visible through his leadership in the community. When away from the office Kurt enjoys camping, fishing, snowboarding, playing hockey and most importantly spending time with family and friends. 

 

 
 
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.  Prior to retiring 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 the past 8 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
MNP LLP
 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.