June 13, 2024

 News Influencing Thompson Okanagan Business


Dr. Daniel Vigo

Dr. Daniel Vigo has been appointed by the Province as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Psychiatry, Toxic Drugs, and Concurrent Disorders in British Columbia.

Nico Christofi and Steve Petterson from SIGNALYTIC secured a significant $195,000 investment, while Al-Karim Khimji of Propra was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the 2024 Angel Summit.

Jillian Arlt, a Health care provider from Kelowna, has just introduced ‘Golden Age Fitness,’ a new mobile exercise service that provides group and individual lessons to seniors in Kelowna.

Aqua Waterfront Village, a development by Mission Group in Kelowna, has surpassed 74 per cent sales with construction ongoing.

MNP is pleased to announce four Partner promotions in the Thompson-Okanagan Region. MNP Partners & team members would like to congratulate Rohan Jacobs (Kelowna), Sean Strang (Vernon), Alex Perkin (Kamloops) and Aaron Moore (Kamloops)  for their commitment to leadership and exceptional client service working with business owners throughout the region.

Four new members have been appointed to the board of directors of the Downtown Kelowna Association. Jaspal Dhial of GSL Group has been appointed treasurer. David Lindsay, formerly of the Train Station Pub, Tina Thygesen, of Mission Group and Jason Wills, of Venture Realty, are the other new directors.

The Kelowna Chamber presents this weeks Top 40 under 40: Breanna McDonald, Okanagan-based caterer and founder of Table49; and Jeremy Dawn, Founder & CEO of SNFLWR Okanagan Real Estate Corporation.

LEGEND Global teamed up with Action Car and Truck Accessories and a few other businesses in the Okanogan region to donate a fully upfitted ProMaster to Central Okanagan Food Bank, which will be used for distributing supplies and delivering meals to the homeless and those in need in the community.

The Okanagan Falls winery Nighthawk Vineyards is thrilled to announce the release of their newest wine, a Viognier-Roussanne.

Falcon Engineering Ltd is currently housed at Accelerate Okanagan in the Innovation Centre, Unit 201 460 Doyle Ave., Kelowna.

Kyle Catherall, who previously served as a sales consultant at Kelowna Kia, has been promoted to the position of sales manager at Woodgrove Chrysler.

Greenfoot Energy Solutions has officially opened at 1445 Stevens Road, West Kelowna.

A new Economic Impact Study is being carried out by Accelerate Okanagan in collaboration with KPMG Canada to demonstrate the genuine influence of the Okanagan tech sector on the area. Take the survey:

Ecora Engineering & Environmental Ltd. has been awarded the Professional Services Award at the 2024 Pushor Mitchell LLP Thompson Okanagan Business Excellence Awards.

A new European furniture and decor store, Lux Domus Furnishings, has recently opened in Kelowna. The store is owned by Mihaela Rasovic.

The outdoor clothing store Arc’teryx, has opened on the ground level of 313 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna.

On June 13th, Save-On-Foods will formally open its 7th store in Kelowna at 940 Frost Road, in the Mission Village at the Ponds development.

Kelowna Chambers Board Committee Chairs will provide an update on the progress of their respective committees at the Kelowna Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, located at 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, on June 27.

More than 3,700 people participated in the Kelowna and Central Okanagan Spring GoByBike Week, with more than 90,000 kilometres logged on



Tracy McCall

Tracy McCall recently joined IG BC Interior Region as a Consultant.

Ron and Rae Fawcett, known for their many decades of commitment to the community, were recently inducted into the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame during the 2023 Thoroughbred Industry Awards held in Vancouver.

On May 31st, Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited held its first Cooper Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament in Kamloops, raising about $20,000 for the BC SPCA.

The City of Kamloops, ASK Wellness Society, and BC Housing have partnered to build The Confluence, an 80 rental houses for low-income seniors and families at 346 Campbell Avenue.

At the June 11, 2024, Kamloops Council endorsed the appointment of the following individuals to the Kamloops Community Land Trust Foundation Board of Directors: Mike Broadway, Lindsay Harris, Tina Lange, Mona Murray, Colin O’Leary and Ruth Williams.

The North Shore BIA are pleased to partner with A Way Home to produce a mural for their new building on Tranquille Rd. This will be a unique multi-story mural 40×47 feet in size.
The Kamloops Chamber is having their June Coffee Mob at Canadian Mental Health Association Kamloops Branch(CMHA) at 857 Seymour Street from 9-10 am on June 20th.
Snine Elementary school broke ground on June 4th and will seat 453 students. This is the first new school in the Kamloops-Thompson School District in 20 years and will be the second largest in the area.
The Bay in Aberdeen Mall has reopened after 6 months of closure.



Nicole MacMillan, who owns and operates Tim Hortons stores across the Southern Interior, has been honoured as one of the Top 40 under 40 sponsored by Kettle Valley Memorial and the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.

This year, JoieFarm Winery is celebrating Father’s Day with a new event on June 16: a Father’s Day BBQ with Grapevine BBQ.

On Father’s Day, Nighthawk Vineyards in Okanagan Falls will host a BBQ and blues concert with the famed Poppa Dawg as the featured performer and the Okanagan Falls Skaha Lake Winery Association. The event is titled Father’s Day Blues & BBQ.

After being taken over by local businessman Johnny Aantjes in April, The Nest, which is situated at #301-1475 Fairview Road, is offering locally sourced food with a focus on breakfast and brunch.

The Peach City Beach Cruise car display in Penticton, will return this year to the Okanagan lakeshore on June 21, 22, and 23.



The SASCU Indoor Sports Complex‘s future will be decided in part by the citizens of Salmon Arm, who will be invited to an open house event on June 19th.

The Shuswap Community Foundation and the Community Prosperity Fund of the Provincial government are teaming up to support community-based initiatives that aim to alleviate poverty and promote social inclusion.

Between the Bread Food Truck has officially opened in Salmon Arm.

Salmon Arm Chamber welcomes their newest members: Meridian Integrative Health andSalmon Arm Silverbacks.

BGC Engineering has issued the final report on the post-wildfire landslide assessment and the CSRD is making the report available. The report is highly technical in nature and complex in terms of data. The upcoming meetings on June 13 and 17 are designed to explain the content of the report and allow residents to ask questions to better understand what the data means for them.

Downtown Salmon Arm announced their 2024 Best Dressed Window Contest winners: 1st place Wildwood Flower Emporium2nd place Wearabouts and 3rd place RE-Market etc.



Robin Barycroft

Robin Barycroft was recognized as Realtor of the Year at the annual Association of Interior Realtors Awards. This accolade celebrates professionals who have achieved success while demonstrating care and generosity. Roberta Schaafsma has been given the Rookie Realtor award, and the Distinguished Service Award was won by Jayme McKillop.

Clark Builders has awarded Securiforce Services, Ltd. the security scope for the Active Living Centre project in Vernon.

A new gift shop, an accessible restroom, and an accessible entrance have been added to the Caetani Centre, a heritage house located at 3401 Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon, since it reopened after renovation.

The Science of Illusion Fundraiser, which takes place on June 15 at the Okanagan Science Centre in Vernon, features magician, illusionist, and award-winning mentalist (mind reader) Ryan Michael. All revenues from the event go towards funding the science centre’s innovative programs and educational initiatives.

Donna Sullivan of Brew Mart on Kal Lake Road in Vernon is closing the business and hosting a charity auction on June 15 at 1711 Kalamalka Lake Road.

Uride is now offering its services in Armstrong and Enderby, allowing users to make reservations for their rides.

The Vernon Community Radio Society is auctioning sailing lessons from the North Okanagan Sailing Club, a wine and charcuterie board at Black Hills Winery, an antique table, bottles of wine, and more until June 23 to raise $25,000 to Power the Tower and begin broadcasting across Greater Vernon.

The Vernon Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members: North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Society and Vernon Tireland Auto Centre.

Tourism Vernon is hosting the next Chamber Business after 5 on June 18th 5-7 PM at Cambium Cidery.

Preliminary work on the 43rd Street Vernon Creek Crossing project is now underway. For the project, approximately two dozen mature multi-stemmed trees will be removed. To compensate, 130 native trees and a variety of native shrubs will be planted in accordance with regulatory requirements. Seventy-seven of these compensation trees will be planted at the 43rd Street bridge. The Project is a key component of the City’s flood mitigation plan.



Dirty Laundry Vineyards of Summerland was awarded the title of “Wine of the Year” at the 45th annual Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, which was held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. The wine was a 2022 Cellar Series Gamay Noir.

Summerland is considering a partnership with LocalMotive Organic Delivery and Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen (CFOS) to establish the Okanagan Food and Innovation Hub in the district.

The Summerland Chamber is having their AGM on June 19 at 4 pm in the Summerland Chamber Boardroom.

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