The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the largest Chamber in the Interior, along with the Lake Country Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Westside Board of Trade will be hosting two All Candidates Forums for the upcoming Federal election.

There is no cost to attend this forum, but pre-registration is required. Follow the links below:


Below you will find information on each candidate in their designated riding. Each candidate has been asked to provide photos and bios. Each candidate was advised to write and submit their own bio in 300 words of less. These have not been changed in any way by the Chamber except to limit word count. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

CLICK HERE to read the Canadian Chamber's 'What it Takes to Grow', Priorities for Canada's Next Parliament.

Electoral Districts

Kelowna - Lake Country

Desjarlais, Cade - NDP

Cade is a student leader at UBC Okanagan and a dedicated mental health activist. He is a political science major entering his second year at the University of British Columbia Okanagan he’s fought for social justice and more inclusive communities as a member of the Student Union Board of Directors.

Cade saw young people and working families struggle during the pandemic. Balancing school with a job in the hospitality sector, Cade saw big businesses and Canada’s ultra-rich make record profits while working people struggled to make ends meet. Cade knows that we need meaningful support for local businesses, workers, and our tourism industry as part of Canada’s pandemic recovery. He’s ready to stand up for good jobs that pay a living wage and make sure that small businesses have support during, and beyond the pandemic. He knows that everyone should be able to access a good post-secondary education and start their career without the burden of thousands of dollars in student debt.

Cade is standing with Jagmeet Singh and New Democrats to help build a better future where no one is left behind. Cade is passionate about mental health awareness and ensuring mental health resources are more accessible. He’s worked on the Youth Action Advisory Council at the Foundry, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Bell Let’s Talk to get help to more people.

He believes everyone should be able to access dental care, mental health services, and their prescription medication with their health card -- not their credit card. Cade understands that taking care of people and our environment go hand in hand. He’s fighting to make sure we tackle the climate crisis with bold emissions reduction targets and investments in good, sustainable jobs. 

Visit Cade's Website

Gray, Tracy - Conservative Party (Incumbent)

Tracy Gray is the Conservative candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country. During this exceptional time, she worked tenaciously day and night to serve her community. Since being elected in 2019, Tracy has been very engaged – participating in numerous community meetings and events, holding a public Teleforum townhall, hosting local roundtables, sending mail-in surveys to homes and writing a bi-weekly MP “In Your Service” report which is circulated widely through online and print media. In Ottawa, Tracy stood up for small businesses, not-for-profits and free speech while standing against tax increases and soaring debt. She was appointed to serve as Shadow Minister for Interprovincial Trade, and then as Shadow Minister for Export Promotion and International Trade, a role that often garnered national attention with the Liberal failures on this file. Tracy also served as Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade.

Prior to federal political service, Tracy worked a long career in the BC wine and beer sector, including owning Discover Wines wine stores. In this capacity, she was named 2006 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and one of BC’s 100 ‘New Pioneers’ in entrepreneurship by the Women’s Enterprise Centre. Tracy also served as a Kelowna City Councillor for the 2014-2018 term, as well as on several regional boards including Okanagan Film Commission, Okanagan Regional Library Board and Okanagan Basin Water Board.

Tracy actively volunteers in the community and lives in Kelowna with her husband Larry and their dog Ozzy. She also has one adult son. 

Visit Tracy's Website

Krupa, Tim - Liberal Party

Tim Krupa is running to deliver a strong economy, sustainable environment and experienced representation for Kelowna—Lake Country. Tim has extensive experience in business and government. He works in the financial sector at CPP Investments, which oversees $500 billion in assets on behalf of 20 million Canadians. Previously, he worked as an investor at Bridgewater and advised on policy in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Tim is a proud product of Kelowna, where his family has lived since 1996. He is the son of two teachers turned small business owners who instilled in him a passion for service. In turn, Tim has been deeply involved in our city as an athlete, volunteer and community organizer.

Tim completed the French Immersion program at Kelowna Secondary School, before graduating valedictorian at UBC Okanagan and serving on the University’s Board of Governors. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy with distinction at Oxford University. He researched economics at Harvard Business School and was consulted by Mark Carney on his book, Value(s).

These experiences will make Tim a strong advocate for our community in Ottawa. He knows how to deliver results and is ready to serve Kelowna—Lake Country to help build a community and country that is stronger and more resilient than ever before. He knows that families and small businesses in the Okanagan are recovering from the health crisis, economic hardship and extreme weather, including heatwaves and wildfires.

That’s why Tim will fight to help build back our local economy, create good jobs, and combat climate change. As we finish the fight against COVID, he will advocate to make housing more affordable, support agriculture, protect the health of those most vulnerable, and defend and celebrate the incredible diversity of our vibrant community.

Visit Tim's Website

Rogers, Brian - People's Party of Canada

My name is Brian Rogers.... I am a Journeyman electrician.  I have lived in this valleysince the early 70's and I've seen a lot of change. I have gone to school here; elementary, middle, high school and even college. I met my wife here when she moved to the valley to go to school.  We met on a blind date in January of 1989 and married in June of 1991. Our children were born here.  We have a daughter and a son who have grown up here.

This valley is my home. I worked at Western Star Trucks for 25 years, which ended when the company was sold. I worked hard to get a job and keep my family fed and eventually that led me to becoming an electrician.

I have worked blue collar jobs all my life. I grew more and more frustrated as the politicians made their own lives better and did squat all for the common guy.  Life has gotten harder and we keep electing wolves to watch our herds. Something has got to change. 

I first noticed Maxime Bernier when he first was vying for the leadership of the conservative party. I was disappointed when he lost the race. I soon found out that he decided to start a grass roots party and when the first meeting was held in Kelowna , I was there. I believed in the party platform so I became a founding member.

I believe passionately in our legal constitution - which is largely being ignored or abused.  Over the last 30 years I have studied our constitution, I have studied legal precedent and become increasingly outraged at what is happening in our system. The regular person needs a voice. I'd like to be that voice. 

Hello everyone,
My name is Brian Rogers,
I am one of the candidate nominees for the People's
Party of Canada for Kelowna - Lake Country.
I am a Journeyman electrician. I have lived in this valley since the early 70's and
I've seen a lot of change. I have gone to school here; elementary, middle, high
school and even college. I met my wife here when she moved to the valley to go to
school. We met on a blind date in January of 1989 and married in June of 1991. Our
children were born here. We have a daughter and a son who have grown up here.
This valley is my home. I worked at Western Star Trucks for 25 years, which ended
when the company was sold. I worked hard to get a job and keep my family fed and
eventually that led me to becoming an electrician.
I have worked blue collar jobs all my life. I grew more and more frustrated as the
politicians made their own lives better and did squat all for the common guy. Life
has gotten harder and we keep electing wolves to watch our herds. Something has
got to change.
I first noticed Maxime Bernier when he first was vying for the leadership of the
conservative party. I was disappointed when he lost the race. I soon found out that
he decided to start a grass roots party and when the first meeting was held in
Kelowna , I was there. I believed in the party platform so I became a founding
member.
I believe passionately in our legal constitution - which is largely being ignored or
abused. Over the last 30 years I have studied our constitution, I have studied legal
precedent and become increasingly outraged at what is happening in our system.
The regular person needs a voice. I'd like to be that voice.
My name is Brian Rogers....
I am a Journeyman electrician. I have lived in this valley
since the early 70's and I've seen a lot of change. I have gone to school here;
elementary, middle, high school and even college. I met my wife here when she
moved to the valley to go to school. We met on a blind date in January of 1989 and
married in June of 1991. Our children were born here. We have a daughter and a
son who have grown up here.
This valley is my home. I worked at Western Star Trucks for 25 years, which ended
when the company was sold. I worked hard to get a job and keep my family fed and
eventually that led me to becoming an electrician.
I have worked blue collar jobs all my life. I grew more and more frustrated as the
politicians made their own lives better and did squat all for the common guy. Life
has gotten harder and we keep electing wolves to watch our herds. Something has
got to change.
I first noticed Maxime Bernier when he first was vying for the leadership of the
conservative party. I was disappointed when he lost the race. I soon found out that
he decided to start a grass roots party and when the first meeting was held in
Kelowna , I was there. I believed in the party platform so I became a founding
member.
I believe passionately in our legal constitution - which is largely being ignored or
abused. Over the last 30 years I have studied our constitution, I have studied legal
precedent and become increasingly outraged at what is happening in our system.
The regular person needs a voice. I'd like to be that voice.

Visit Brian's Website

Szeman, Imre - Green Party

Dr. Imre Szeman is the Climate Critic in the Green Party’s Shadow Cabinet. He holds the position of University Research Professor of Environmental Communication at the University of Waterloo and has previously held positions at McMaster University, the University of Alberta, and Okanagan University College. Imre is originally from Calgary, Alberta, the city his parents immigrated to following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Imre’s research explores the social changes needed to help support a transition to sustainable forms of energy. He is the author and editor of more than 25 books and has given lectures to members of the public around the world. In 2020, he was recognized for his research contributions by his appointment to the Royal Society of Canada

In addition to his work, Imre has been active in the arts and culture sector, working with organizations across Canada, including The Banff Centre. He enjoys hiking and mountain biking, cooking meals for friends and family with food grown on his small B.C. homestead and walking his dog through fields and forests. He remains a devoted sports fan, despite supporting hockey, football, and soccer clubs which never fail to disappoint. Imre divides his time between the B.C. Interior and Southern Ontario.

Visit Imre's Website


Central Okanagan - Similkameen - Nicola 

 

Albas, Dan - Conservative Party (Incumbent)

Dan Albas is the Conservative candidate for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. In his various roles as a parliamentarian, Dan has advocated for reducing interprovincial trade barriers, helping students with student loan debt while giving employers options to retain good staff, defending credit union members against unfair regulation and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training many youth to learn the mental and physical discipline of the martial arts. Dan is a firm believer in accountability and is well known for maintaining a 24/7 call service and frequently returns calls on evening and weekends. In addition, Dan writes weekly columns published in local media to provide citizens with an update on his activities in Ottawa and is recognized as one of Canada’s top 10 most active Members of Parliament on social media.

Visit Dan's Website

Eves, Sarah - Liberal Party

As the Federal Liberal candidate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, Sarah Eves is committed to building an inclusive, vibrant community while working to ensure a swift and robust economic recovery.

Sarah Eves holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Education from University of Northern British Columbia, and a Certificate in Inclusive Education from Queens University. Sarah is an elementary school teacher, specializing in Inclusive Education.

Sarah is passionate about helping people around her. She has volunteered at the Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store. She is a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ2S community. She is her school’s representative for both LGBTQ2S and Diversity Lead, in an effort to support individuals, and provide training and assistance to staff. Sarah champions individuality and expression.

In 2017, Sarah and her family established a scholarship to support students who demonstrate that they have persevered to graduate.

In 2015, Sarah saw the positive impact of the Canada Child Tax Benefit. She knew working families were struggling to meet basic needs, and saw the necessity of student breakfast and lunch programs. Once the Canada Child Tax Benefit was implemented, Sarah noticed a real decrease in the level of need. There is still more work to do to ensure that no child in Canada is living below the poverty line. Sarah knows that good governance means you can improve the life of a child while growing the economy. You can have both progressive environmental and strong economic policies.

Sarah will be a strong voice for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. She will work tirelessly to ensure that the unique needs of the riding, from rural to urban, are met with action. Sarah will advocate for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola in Ottawa.

For more information, please reach out to saraheves@liberalcosn.ca or 250.315.5465.

Visit Sarah's Website

McDonald, Kathryn - People's Party of Canada

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Phillip, Joan - NDP

Joan Phillip has years of experience fighting to make life better for the people of British Columbia and to protect our environment, alongside her husband, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip from the Syilx Nation. Joan has extensive political experience with the Penticton Indian Band and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, and through her ongoing position as a Lands Manager.

Joan understands the challenges facing the working people of BC and knows firsthand about the terrible losses from the pandemic, residential schools, and forest fires. She listens carefully to people in the Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola district – youth, elders, families, workers, and business owners.

She has seen lives being put on hold during the pandemic, small business owners facing severe economic hardship, the discovery of unmarked graves on residential school grounds sending shock waves through the country, and forest fires exploding through our province. She is ready to tackle the challenges of climate change, reconciliation, and economic reform.

The NDP has made life better for millions of people during this pandemic. Joan knows there is plenty more to be done and is standing with Jagmeet Singh and the NDP team to fight for a real recovery from COVID-19 that makes medications and dental care more affordable, works towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and takes bold action on the climate crisis.

Joan pledges to support people in need, especially those who often go unnoticed. She will make sure the voices of people across the Central Okanagan–Similkameen–Nicola district are heard in Ottawa. Throughout this pandemic, Trudeau’s Liberals and the Conservatives have been looking out for the ultra-rich. Joan, Jagmeet, and the NDP are fighting for families and workers.

Visit Joan's Website

 

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