Incumbent and New Nominees Information

This information appears as submitted by each individual, and has not been edited and/or altered by the Chamber. Six positions are open that will be filled in the election period February 14-February 28. Electronic voting will be conducted by the Chamber during that period, and is open to all voting members in good standing.  There are nine nominees, of whom one is an Incumbent (currently sitting as a Director). The following individuals are officially nominated for a one-year term on the Board of Directors as per the By-Laws of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.  Their responses from their Candidate Profiles are available as you scroll down the page. 

Betts, Annika

Boelcke, Ellen

Daigle, Mike

Dow, Aaron

East, Laurence

Harvey, Maryse

Kuehn, Peter

Price, Dan (Incumbent)

West, Mark

 

 

Information from Nomination Form

Annika Betts

Estate Manager, Sandhill Winery/Calona 

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

I’m interested in becoming a board member for the Kelowna Chamber as it’s a great way to get involved within the community. Sandhill Winery has been a Chamber member for a long time, and this is an organization that I haven’t had the opportunity to volunteer with yet. Currently there isn’t a tourism partner on the board, and I feel I’d be a great representative for that sector.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

These areas essentially sum up my role at Sandhill Winery as the Estate Manager. Business planning is a large portion in my position as I oversee the Retail operations – this includes managing and creating budgets, advertising, and bringing in new business. My experience as Retail & Experience Manager before my current role, allowed me to lead a team to create the best experience for guests visiting the winery. I’m currently a board member for Tourism Kelowna and The Okanagan Wine Festival Society.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

I have not, but am looking forward to the opportunity to do so.

Ellen Boelcke

Executive Director, KCR Community Resources 

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

KCR is a Social Service Agency operating in the downtown core with over 50 employees. The opportunities for the agency are many should we be granted a seat at the Board of the Kelowna Chamber.

Firstly, we would have the opportunity for networking and connecting with local businesses and professionals. KCR wants to be viewed as engaged and taking initiative, staying current with changes in the environment. It is in KCR's strategic plan to increase our profile. Though the people we serve are well aware of us, the community at large has limited knowledge of the breadth and depth of our services. KCR would receive increased exposure by holding a seat at the Board level.

Further, as a key agency offering Employment services for those unemployed, it is vital we connect with businesses and employers to truly understand their need.

As the lead agency for Newcomers in the Central Okanagan we also want to be a voice for diversity in business and in our community.

On the other side, it may be of interest to the Kelowna Chamber to have representation from the non-profit sector. I hope to add to the discussions as I am community minded and well-connected with other social service agencies in Kelowna and area.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

Leadership: I have been the lead of non-profit societies for over 20 years. Presently, as Executive Director of KCR, I have over 50 employees and a further 10+ contractors with regular hours. I have presented about Leadership at various venues and conferences. I present annually at Okanagan College in their 3rd year business program and have been asked to present at UBCO to their 4th year Business students this semester. Over the years, I have developed a strong philosophy on leadership best practices and demonstrate this daily in my role at KCR.

Communication: As a good leader one must possess strong verbal communications skills. As part of my job, I must write many reports and proposals for funding requests, requiring strong written communication skills. In my leadership role, I also am asked to represent the organization in the media. An area I continue to learn is in social media - a skill I am building.

Community Involvement: As represented below in question #3, my job demands that I am well connected in the Kelowna community. Beyond KCR, I am an active volunteer with several organizations including cycling (X-Elle), Dog Therapy (St. John's Ambulance), event coordination (CARE Canada), and others.

Business Planning: This is an essential skill as an Executive Director. Each year, with the support of the Board of Directors, I complete a Business Plan including a strategic plan for each department and one for the overarching agency. The Strategic plans including detailed action plans with measureable results. Financial planning skills include annual projected budgets and monthly detailed balance and income statements. KCR is a $4M agency operating 28 programs within the 4 departments. We receive funds from 16 different sources - each funder having strict guidelines and reporting structures. Further, we operate three Social Enterprises within KCR. This creates a complex financial structure from which to serve those families and individuals most in need in our community.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

KCR has partnered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce in presenting the Ignite Okanagan Employer Symposium in 2019, and are partnering again in March 2020.

Mike Daigle

Manager, MNP LLP

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

To have an opportunity to connect with the business community in Kelowna and to use my skill set and experience be able to contribute the Kelowna Chamber.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

I am a manager at MNP and have a CPA designation. I have help positions both in public accounting and industry working in both finance and strategic capacities. In industry I have worked with large organizations and held management positions with small businesses as well.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

No.

Aaron Dow

Partner, Farris LLP

1. Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

The Chamber is the voice of the business community in Kelowna, which is currently experiencing a period of significant growth. With this growth come unique challenges and opportunities, and the decisions the Chamber makes today will have a long lasting effect on the future of our City. I would love to be a part of that process and I think I offer a particular skill set that will be helpful to the Chamber in assessing and dealing with those challenges and opportunities as they arise. I also believe that volunteering (whether it is for non-profit or industry organizations) is an important part of being a member of any community, and I would appreciate the opportunity to volunteer as a Board member of the Chamber.

2. Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning).

I have worked as a business lawyer in Kelowna for 13 years, and have been a Partner at Farris (one of the largest regional firms in BC) for the past 5 years. Through my work, I have had extensive experience in all aspects of business and business planning, from assisting clients with starting up and structuring new business ventures, to assisting clients in navigating through business expansion and day-to-day business matters, to representing clients in selling their business or transitioning their family business to the next generation. I also act for financial institutions and private lenders and have extensive experience in structuring and implementing business financing arrangements.

Since I first moved to Kelowna in 2006, I have always tried to be involved in volunteering, whether for non-profit organizations such as Ballet Kelowna, Launch Community Development Foundation, or 100 Heroes That Give a Damn, or industry organizations such as the Okanagan Science and Technology Council (now Accelerate Okanagan) and I have held leadership positions in all of those organizations.

3. Have you volunteered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce before?

No, although I have been a regular attendee at Chamber events such as the lunch and after hours events, Business Excellence Awards and Chamber Golf Tournaments.
 

Laurence East

Business Development, Leadership Team - Central Okanagan Food Bank

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

For over a decade I have served this community and City by launching a number of businesses, social enterprises, and founding and developing non-profits. I have been in the forefront of working with the City and social agencies on the homelessness issue and had the privilege of founding and leading the Metro Community, which has become a significant agency in that area.

I am committed to seeing the same rigour and management applied in the business world, brought to non-profit activity. This sector needs transparency, accountability and good governance. Furthermore, I firmly believe that the pressing social issues in our community that affect the business sector need a voice and perspective from someone who understands the challenges but is also solution-oriented. The frequent absence of the business community at the table when seeking to solve social issues is hard to fathom, and must (in my opinion) change.

As a Chamber member, I am keen to add my experience to the conversation and to serve the business community.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

I serve as part of the Executive leadership team at the Central Okanagan Food Bank and in addition to leading the Metro Community for over a decade, I have more recently served as Executive Director of the Central Okanagan Foundation, and as a Professor at the University of British Columbia in the School of Management, where I teach business and marketing. I have had the privilege of being a long-standing contributor at Okanagan College as well, on the Human Service Work course, and the OC School of Business. I am passionate about strategic planning and frequently speak on the values of good governance, financial and operational transparency and sustainability. I hold multiple post-graduate work in the areas of sociology, politics and development. Perhaps the most rewarding elements of my working life have come not just from starting and launching businesses and organisations, but also the rigor of developing robust systems that support sustainable strategic operations and the means to execute them over the long-term.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

I have never volunteered with the Chamber before, but as part of our role with Metro Community a number of years ago, in partnership with the DKA, we offered lunch and learn courses to business owners and operators, in the areas of interfacing and engaging with the homeless community in a dignifying way. I have also served as a consultant to Chamber members from time to time in the area of engaging with non-profits and social agencies.

Maryse Harvey

Owner, MH2 Advisory Services

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

I am keen to put my extensive government relations, advocacy and aerospace governance experience at the service of the Kelowna business community. I want to contribute to the development and delivery of decisions that support optimal wealth creation in the region, as well as to help solve the issues that hinder its growth, particularly in the areas of aerospace and human resources.  Most importantly, I want to work hard at developing and executing strategies to meet the goals of the Chamber's members.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

Having spent more than 25 years in Ottawa working in and around the federal government, I have a thorough understanding of the decision-making process and of the crucial elements important to an effective advocacy strategy. In addition to developing an excellent understanding of the dynamics that prevail within the industry, my experience as a Senior VP (and previously VP of Public Affairs) at the Aerospace Industry Association of Canada (AIAC) includes extensive strategic communication development (branding and marketing). advocacy, and business planning development. In addition, the time I have spent in a Crown Corporation provided the opportunity to lead the development and execution of Government Relations strategies, and to further develop a wide network of collaborators within the Federal government. I currently own a small Advisory Services practice focused on aerospace governance and human resources.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

I presently sit on the Policy Advisory Committee, since May 2019.  

Peter Kuehn

CEO, OPFH Services

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

Because, given the opportunity, I believe to be able to add value on many issues in different sectors of engagement by the Chamber, due to my experiences, successes and failures, owning & operating Companies, which have been mostly successful, in the Okanagan, Canada and in a number of Countries and Continents. *When making policies, decisions, and deliberating - experience is the foundation to success.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

4 year Apprenticeship in Business & Commerce - Germany.

5 years as communication and marketing Agent for "AIR FRANCE AIRLINES' for Europe, Asia and N.America

50 years owning & operating 6 companies in the Okanagan and in Europe.

Import & Export with Germany & the middle and far East.

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

Yes, decades ago when I held a long-term Membership - about 25 years. 

 

Dan Price, Incumbent

Chief Financial Officer, Emil Anderson Construction/Dilworth Homes

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

The Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Kelowna. Through its advocacy efforts, the Chamber works to ensure that businesses operate in conditions where success is possible. Rather than stand on the sidelines while multiple levels of government continue to tax businesses and its owners, I want to be on the front lines fighting for our local businesses.

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

As the Chief Financial Officer of a large and diverse organization, I am well versed in the areas of leadership, communication and business planning. In addition to my day job, I chair the finance committee at the Chamber and sit on its Policy Advocacy Committee. In terms of Community involvement outside or the Chamber, I volunteer as a head coach with Kelowna Minor Hockey and serve on the Board of Directors of the Kelowna Figure Skating Club, where I chair its finance committee. 

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

I have served on the Board of Directors at the Chamber for the last two years, one of which was on the Executive. As noted above, I am currently the Chair of the Finance Committee.

Mark West

President & Founder, Epic Real Estate Solutions, Inc.

1.  Why do you want to be a board member with the Kelowna Chamber?

I feel can provide entrepreneurial perspective to issues the Chamber addresses

2.  Please detail your experience in the areas of Leadership, Communication, Community Involvement, and Business Planning (finance, strategic and long-term planning.)

  • Past Director at large for Urban Land Institute
  • Past Board Member Habitat for Humanity
  • 15 years leadership Epic Real Estate Solutions Inc Real Estate Brokerage and Project Marketing leader in Kelowna
  • President Anagram Holdings Inc Real Estate development in affordable housing

3.  Have you volunteered with the Kelowna of Chamber of Commerce before?

No.