Business Examiner Thompson/Okanagan - October 2018

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ELOW NA - 50 th Parallel Estate Winery of Lake Country was named the Judge’s Choice best overall entry in the 10th Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Coast Capri Hotel. 50th Pa ra l lel a lso won the Winery Category in the event, which included a record tying 37 finalists and was presented by Gold Sponsors MNP LLP, RE/MAX Commercial and the Southern Interior Construction Association. Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan produced the event. Category sponsors for the event were RBC Royal Bank, BDC, NAI Commercial, Woodworks! BC, Freedom Capital, EZ Rock 101.5, and the Green Sheet Construction Review. Black Press was the print media sponsor. The General Contractor for 50th Parallel was Silver Rock Land Corporation of Vernon and the Architect/Designer was


Ken McLaughlin, centre, of RE/MAX Commercial, presents the Judges Choice Best Overall Award to Curtis and Sheri-Lee Krouzel of 50th Parallel Estate Winery of Lake Country PHOTO BY PRIME LIGHT MEDIA

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Sahuri and Associates Architecture of Kelowna. T h e b u i l d i n g i s a m u l t iuse, cultural destination that breathes new l i fe i nto w i nery architecture, using concrete, metal, glass and wood, while remaining sensitive to its surroundings. Other category winners were: Automotive: Turner Volkswagen of Kelowna. Bronag Contracting Limited of Kelow na was the General Contractor and the ArchitectDesigner was GTA Architecture of Kelowna. This was an extensive renovation of the former NAP Windows building and the builders kept as much as possible of the old building to reduce waste. C ra f t B e e r: T w i ste d H i l l s Cider Dome of Cawston. Coowners Kaylan Madeira and Joe Schneider were the designers and Fractal Geodesics the Architect. Twisted Hills is the first and on ly geodesic dome tast i ng room in Canada, and is visually captivating both in its unique


A L MON A R M – Grant Thornton LLP has a new “arm” – Drew Lee-Hai. T he Salmon Arm based accounting/business advisory firm at 541 6th Street has been serving the community for over 40

years, and announced October 1 it is joining Grant Thornton LLP, one of Canada’s leading professional services firms providing accounting, audit, tax and advisory services. “We came to the decision to join Grant Thornton after great deal of consideration. The professionals at Grant Thornton have

a likeminded philosophy on clients and communities. Their commitment to excellence is what guided us to take this step forward,” says Drew-Lee-Hai Partner David Drew. “As a result of this decision to grow our firm, our clients will have access to a number of additional services and resources.”

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LAKE COUNTRY District of Lake Country Recognized for Green Initiatives T he Dist r ict of L a ke Cou nt r y was awarded Level 3 recognition by the Joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee for its progress on Climate Action Charter commitments. This designation recognizes the district for efforts in reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions for the 2017 reporting year. This was achieved by setting up a Climate Action Reserve Fund where the District deposits the same amount of money that would otherwise be required to purchase carbon offsets in order to become GHG neutral under the Climate Action Charter. T he funds become available to the District in additional Climate Action initiatives such as energy retrofits to buildings or designing additional municipal infrastructure to be more sustainable and reduce GHGs. Lake Country signed the Climate Action Charter in 2007 making a commitment to work with the Province and UBCM to take action on climate change

and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community and corporate operations. The Level 3 award recognizes the District’s work towards ‘Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments’. T he GCC Climate Action Recognition Program was launched in 2012 to provide the Green Communities Committee with an opportunity to publicly recognize the process and achievements of Climate Action Charter signatories.

KELOWNA TOTA Takes Top Tourism Trophy T he T hompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) took home North America’s Responsible Tourism Award 2018 at the 25th Annual World Travel Awards. The Awards Gala, which was hosted in Montego Bay, is highly regarded as one of the most important hospitality events of the year, w ith government officials, industry leaders, and i nternationa l med ia i n attenda nce. This recognition comes on the heels of another international accolade, with TOTA taking home the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award at the World Tourism and Travel Council’s Global Summit in Argentina earlier this year. “We are so very honoured to be receiving th is international award for the work we are doing in this important area of tourism management�, said Glenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of TOTA. “T h i s re cog n it ion do e s not come without a great deal of effort and collaboration from industry, communit i e s a n d p a r t n e rs wh o h ave c om e together with a common belief in the critical nature of protecting our economic, environmental, cultural and social systems for future generations�. In 2017, the Thompson Okanagan Region was officially certified as the first destination in the Americas to have successfully achieved the Biosphere Sustainable Tou r ism Dest i nat ion accred itat ion from the Responsible Tourism Institute, an international accreditation body that maintains a Memorandum of Understa nd i ng w ith U N ESCO, is affiliated to the World Tourism Orga n i zat ion, a nd is a member of t he Global Sustainable Tourism Council. TOTA has also been nominated for the prestigious World’s Responsible Tourism Award 2018, which will be awarded in Portugal on December 1, 2018. Voting is now open and can be found on the World Travel Awards website.

KAMLOOPS Kamloops Transportation Company Eyes Void Left by Greyhound Demise TasteFull Excursions Inc., one of Kamloops’ leading transportation providers, has begun a new service to Vancouver International Airport. T he compa ny, wh ich is one of t he T hompson Va l ley’s prem ier shuttle providers for Sun Peaks Resort, has responded to the demise of Greyhound Bus Line by increasing its services to include both shared seating and private charter rates with daily/weekly schedules to many new locations. These locations include the most requested route: to/



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VERNON Financial Reporting Garners Award for City of Vernon T he G overn ment Fina nce Of f icers Association has presented the City of Vernon with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. T he award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of management and staff

to meeting the h ighest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation, assessi ng how wel l the budget serves as: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device. When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the i nd iv idu a l(s) or depa r t ment designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. T his has been presented to the City of Vernon’s Financial Services department. T h e re a re o v e r 1,6 0 0 p a r t i c i p a n t s i n the Budget Awa rds Prog ra m. T he most recent Budget Award recipients, along with their corresponding budget docu ments, a re posted qua rterly on GFOA’s website. Aw a rd re c i p i e n t s h a v e p i o ne ere d ef for t s to i mprove t he q u a lity of budgeti ng a nd prov ide a n excellent example for other government s t h rou g hout Nor t h A mer ic a . Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of more than 19,000 appoi nted a nd elected loca l, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington D.C.


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is coming from customer referrals, and you don’t have a proactive plan for generating referrals from your current customers, that may be something you want to prioritize in the coming year. Similarly, if you’ve gotten your best customer from an introduction you secured by asking a shared LinkedIn contact to arrange an introduction with a prospect, you may want to do more of that in the months ahead. 2. Know what kinds of customers you want to target. Not all customers are the same. We ask salespeople to sit down with their sales managers and discuss yearly acquisition targets for four different types: • Accounts you want to KEEP at roughly the same revenue level • Accounts you want to ATTAIN • Accou nts you wa nt to RECAPTURE • Accounts you want to EXPAND Don’t just look at customers as a single, undifferentiated group. Those are four very different categories, with four very different relationship challenges! Not all salespeople will have acquisition goals in all four categories. But it makes sense to identify what your personal quarterly and annual financial goals are in each of these areas (even if the target is zero), and to discuss those targets with your manager. The tactics for

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v e r t h i s p a s t s e v e ra l months it is clear that staff shortages continue to be a growing and escalating concern around the region. This is not a trend that is just being experienced in the Thompson Okanagan, but rather is occurring throughout the province and the entire country. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet or panacea that will ultimately fix this situation, however, in speaking with our colleagues at go2HR they had some excellent comments and questions that businesses should be considering as this labour challenge continues in to the foreseeable future. Remember, this is not a short-term situation nor something that will have a quick fix, but there are businesses that are dealing with it better than others…. Thank you to Arun Subramanian and Ginger Brunner of go2HR for the following considerations:

Despite all the talk about shortages, some employers still maintain they are okay…what is it they are doing and how can you implement similar actions? Recruitment should be a perennial activity - it needs to be strategic and deliberate Business is booming- in all industries- with increased need for staff; how does your business differentiate itself Demographic shift - declining youth population with a third of our industry’s workforce being youth (13% in other industries) What do you do to encourage employees to come back next season? Do you listen to your employees? Understand their needs? Follow up on their feedback? Do you know the profile of an “ideal” employee for your business? Where can you find people of that profile? Target your efforts Do you offer the best you can for your employees? Culinary- are you hiring/supporting apprentices? Engaging with culinary schools? Increasing efficiency- are you using technology (e.g. Online check in at hotels, like the airlines), etc. Do you involve your employees in the process? Glenn Mandziuk is President and CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region.

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’m always tempted to call every fourth fall “silly season” as suddenly, everyone’s a wannabe candidate, has all the solutions to our municipal issues, and the phone never stops ringing. A more charitable term might be “interesting times.” Certainly we are in interesting times in our super-charged political climate these days. The off-again, on-again cuts to the size of Toronto City Council come to mind; the Appeals Court has now sided with Premier Doug Ford. Our local municipal election is currently reflecting some good issues-related debate. Our Chamber is canvassing all Kelowna’s mayoral and councillor candidates, posting questions and responses on our website. We’re also hosting a live mayoral debate closer to the October 20 election date. October is a politically-charged month: the mail-in ballots asking British Columbians their views on electoral reformproportional representation go out on October 22. We’re hosting a panel discussion of the issue, Pro-Rep, and No to PR – both sides are sending their number ones to Kelowna on October 17 to present their cases to our membership. Bill Tieleman represents the ‘no’ side – a long-time NDP strategist, Bill makes compelling arguments for his views whenever he speaks. The ‘yes’ side will be represented by Marina Dobrinskaya, a supporter of Vision Vancouver, and ardent spokesperson for moving to a system of proportional representation. On that same day, of course, Canada marks the legalization of recreational cannabis. It doesn’t look like much will change, at least not right away. Stores won’t be opening up on every street corner, as City Councils across the country wrestle with the issue of business licenses for the new industry. What our Chamber sees is just that: a new industry and opportunities for businesses to establish a new framework for success. Many have been preparing for this date for years, getting federal licenses, business plans, people and funding in place. We have encouraged our own City Council to revisit the introduction of private liquor stores in the province, and the lessons learned at that time. Spot zoning,

with public hearings for each address, then proved not only costly and time-consuming, but ultimately, unnecessary, and a barrier to commerce. Simple text amendments to zoning bylaws became, generally, the order of the day. Efficient and less costly. We hope to see Kelowna City Council allow businesses which have already invested significant dollars and time in getting ready for this new industry to get on with it; two years from now, the market will have voted with its feet, and the success stories won’t be hard to identify. Late in September the City proposed that a cannabis retail business license would be priced at $10,000, with applications accepted between October 1 and November 30, 2018. Thinking about municipal zoning and licensing issues makes me think about our upcoming election. When it comes to candidates for office in municipal elections, it is crucial for would-be politicians to understand their roles and responsibilities. Under the Community Charter, elected Mayors and Councillors are autonomous, responsible and accountable; their governance is established and continued by the will of the residents of their community, and they require adequate power and discretion to address existing and future community needs, within a legislative framework. As our municipal mayors who spoke out against the Speculation Tax during the September UBCM said, the introduction of the tax by the Province without prior consultation with local government runs contrary to the principle of respect for local government as an “order of Government” entrenched in the Community Charter. Newly elected municipal officials will have a steep learning curve! As October continues to unfold, our much-anticipated business excellence awards are handed out at an October 24 gala evening for a crowd of members, sponsors and Finalists. We prepped for the gala with a Semi-Finalist event earlier this month, at which we announced 33 Finalists in eleven categories. We did have more nominations than ever this year: 323. Our independent judging panel had to work very hard to interview all the businesses on their site visits! The Legislature began its fall sitting this month – on the agenda, long awaited details on the Speculation Tax, the Employer Health Tax, and a look-ahead to next year’s budget. While we were pleased in August when the Finance Minister announced Budget 2017 results were in the black – with a budget surplus of $301 million – the Chamber continues to keep a close watch on the current budget year, with the new spending on programs and ambitious promises. All this in an environment when

we know provincial income from property transfer taxes and real estate-related income – one of the biggest contributors to provincial revenue – is down some 25%. The Government layering on new taxes without a broad consent-based plan for paying for them presents a challenge to all British Columbians in the year ahead. We were concerned September 19 when the Fraser Institute computed that the ‘average BC family will pay an additional $969 in taxes.’ “While the government claims it is making life more affordable for B.C. families, that’s a significant amount

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BlackCap Creative; Kelowna Hot Shot Service; 101025205 Saskatchewan Ltd.; Sayvee Creative Inc.; Build 4 Value Consulting; WSP (formerly OPUS); EVS Canada; Marcel LaFlamme Barrister & Solicitor; Mexican Treasures; Sherpa Group Events; MPC Mutanho Professional Corporation; Ricco Bambino Winery; Teema Recruitment; The Fraser Patridge Group - RE/ MAX; and upgraded member Ric Lazare at Xeva Mortgage. Welcome all! Dan Rogers is Executive Director, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

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ENTICTON - TIME Winery won big, taking home two major awards at the 10th Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards. The fully-functioning downtown winery took home the Award of Excellence for the Wood category, as well as a Merit Award (runner up) for the Winery category at the event, held September 20 at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. “It was a very pleasant surprise,” says Ross Manning who co-owns the Solaris Group of Companies, the project’s general contractor, with Rocky Los. “This was our first major commercial project in the Okanagan, and we were very happy with the result.” Located in downtown Penticton, TIME Winery includes space for product ion, storage, tasting, and a restaurant. The project was built revitalizing the former PenMar Theatre, which closed in 2012. “Harry McWatters, the building’s owner, was looking for somewhere to build a winery here in Penticton, and somebody showed him this old fir and concrete block building,” says Manning. “The old part was built in 1954, and there was an addition in the early 2000s, but he didn’t realize exactly how much work was needed to update the building and get it up to code.” The design (begun by the late Nick Bevanda, and completed by Robert Cesnik and Dan Sawyer of HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc.) tried to maintain as much of the heritage of the original building as possible. The original wood ceiling panels were kept and restored in the back of the production areas, which include the tank room, the barrel room, and case-goods storage. High end finishes were used, as

The building’s design was begun by the late Nick Bevanda, and completed by Robert Cesnik and Dan Sawyer of HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc well as cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam beams, some of which form the wood truss supporting the second-floor office space. “When we began the demolition stage, we found old arch rib beams which were from the original roof from the 50s,” says Manning. “We retrofitted the roof and refurbished it.” “That feature was a plus for us, as well,” said McWatters. “The production area looks like a barrel because of the wood.” In all, the project took two years, finishing the wine-producing area in the back within the first year, and the front-end area during the second year. “It’s the first urban winery in

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Canada,” says Manning. “It features a full crush pad, tank and barrel fermentation area, bottling and storage all under one roof, with a tasting bar, dining area and a retail area.” Before McWatters and Encore Vineyards took ownership of the building, it was going to be transformed into a performing arts building for live theatre before the arts organization ran out of money. McWatters decided to keep space for a multi-purpose performing arts area, which Solaris is still renovating. A project this unique required creative collaboration between the builder, general contractor, and the architect. “The architect, who was a good friend, Nick Bevanda, had set up the base of how the building was going to look, but unfortunately, he passed away half way through the project,” says Manning. “With the help of the owners, Nick’s team, as well as ourselves, we were able to pull the vision together.” Manning and Los started the Solaris Group of Companies four years ago. The two had a professional relationship that spanned decades, first meeting 35 years earlier in Drumheller, Alberta. Manning has been in the construction business all his life, starting with residential then onto commercial and industrial

projects, and has been building high-end custom homes in the Okanagan since 2007. He founded Solaris to distinguish between residential and commercial construction. “I left a commercial atmosphere to come to Penticton in 2007, and took on high-end custom homes to establish a foothold in the business,” he says. “I brought Rocky out to help with a few jobs, he liked the area and decided to move out here.” Los has been building custom homes, commercial and industrial projects since 1991 under Rock Solid Construction Ltd., which holds a Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) in Alberta Construction Safety. Los is also a journeyman crane operator. The partners have experience building beam structures on the ground and craning into place. The group was hired to create canopy roofs at the Site C project. “One of the things that sets our company aparts is our ability to work with wood beams,” says Manning. “We’ve done a lot of this type of work and can take on remote projects as well. With the TIME Winery project, we were able to mill all of the beams ourselves, and didn’t need to involve a third party.” As the company grows, Manning and Los hope to take on more projects, commercial or industrial, that will be as exciting as Time Winery.





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Shuswap Float & Wellness in downtown Salmon Arm. Owner Kate Bischke’s m ission is to help as many people as she can to experience “calm energy” that can nurture, strengthen a nd hea l. K ate offers ser v ices that include Flotation and Halotherapy, Neurospa, Access Bars, Reiki, Massage, Young Living Oils and Sound Essence Vibrational Energy. Located at 140 Hudson Ave NE you can call Kate at (250) 803-2876 to make an appointment or visit their FB page Shuswap Float & Wellness Ltd. ••• The Shuswap Film Society is busy finalizing all the details for their next big event “Reel Weekend Festival” scheduled for November 2 – 4. All films will be shown at our vintage theatre, the “Salmar Classic” on Alexander Street in downtown Salmon Arm. The Salmar was constructed in 1949 and is home to an outstanding variety of entertainment, from new and off-release movies, concerts, to Film Society offerings from around the world. Using theirr state-of-the-art DVD projector, they also bring you classics from yesteryear as well as live broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Want to know what’s playing – go to

••• The Chamber was very pleased to host our A ll Cand idates Foru m on October 2 at the Salmar Classic. It was a full house event with many h av i ng to sta nd i n t he back galley to hear our mayoral and council candidates share their vision of Salmon Arm and answer questions garnered from our community members. The Chamber wishes all candidates the best of luck a nd we look forward to working with the newly-elected members of our City Council. ••• Hudson Avenue has yet another impressive addition to its lineup – Lazuline Gallery. L a z u l i ne presents t he work of the Shuswap Women’s Art Collective and has evolved to include nine vibrant and creative female voices: Lisa Figueroa, Tracey Kutschker, Linda Franklin, Wendy Browne, Frieda Martin, Rebecca Shepherd, Janice Cleland, Patricia Smith and Janet Aitken. Visit the gallery at 101 Hudson Avenue NE or go to Corryn Grayston is the General Manager at the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (250) 832-6247 or

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wards season is upon us, a nd not just i n Hol lywood. It’s time to recognize our business community, from the entrepreneurs taking a leap of faith into a new venture, to companies that innovate, to employees who inspire. For its 31st edition, the Penticton & Wine Country Chamb e r of C o m m e r c e B u s i n e s s Excellence Awards continues to grow, with a record number of nominees at more than 200 (doubling last year). Clearly, the number of nominees shows that the business community is vibrant and healthy, and the larger community is motivated to celebrate its success. But what does being

nom i nated mea n for a business? It mea ns that you a nd your employees have made an impact. It may have been on one customer or many, or on a charity or sports team you support, or general awareness that you a re ma ki ng a d i fference in a meaningful way. It’s not always about a grand gesture, but perhaps a steady and positive influence. Fo r t h o s e w h o s u b m i t t e d nominations, maybe they experienced outstanding service, or noticed something special about an individual; and taking the time to nominate is a special way of saying thank you. This year, the awards aren’t just being chosen by selection committees, as several changes to the process have been made. T he Community Impact Aw a r d w i l l b e a p e o p l e ’ s choice award. This award will not go to the traditional judging panel, but instead will be chosen th roug h a vote f rom Chamber members via a survey, and the general public via Facebook. Travel Penticton is organizing a judging panel to select the Tourism Excellence Award re c i p i e n t t h i s y e a r. T ra v e l

Penticton is great community partner to the Chamber, and it makes sense to have them involved in the process of selecting this recipient, as they will have clearly defined criteria for the tourism industry. T he rema i n i ng th i rteen awards will be judged by a fivepa nel select ion com m ittee, comprised of business professionals and community leaders, who will undertake an in-depth selection process and who will be bound to keep the winners a secret until awards night. An incredible variety of businesses and individuals make up the nominees, and equally i mpactf u l a re the sponsors, presenters, and volunteers who make the evening possible. It i s t r u ly i n spi r i ng to see the great level of enthusiasm to recognize the outstanding contributions that businesses, non-profits and individual leaders make to this region, and the value that each nominee brings to the community. Kim Kirkham is Executive Director at the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 778-476-3111 ext. 102.






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to ‘what we do around here’-t h i s wa s cr it ic a l , b e c au se in changing times, you can’t rely on a static h iera rchy to ma nage people. ‘We have to lead them instead, we have to put decision making power as ‘low’ (not a good word, but it’s left over from the industrial model) in the organization as possible.’ Part of what happens when you put decision-making in the hands of your frontline people is fear of making a mistake. We must decrease fear, because th is is the reason that we’re stuck, that we fa i l, that ou r

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RESTORATION LANDS LOOKS TO RESTORE JOBS, HOMES, AND ECONOMIC VALUE WITH ECO PARK Major Industrial Development to Feature Largest Solar Farm in Canada


O L D S T R E A M Restoration Lands’ Okanagan Eco Park is more than just a development project. “It’s an opportunity to restore jobs, homes and economic value to the area by unlocking this very important asset,” says Michael Molnar, the company’s co-owner and CEO. Restoration Lands is on mission to develop 92 acres of industrial land in the Coldstream area, which includes a 450,000 square foot former glass plant. After losing 350 high-paying jobs when Lavington Glass Plant shut down, the region was in need of a solution with substantial economic impact. T he former glass plant and s u r ro u n d i n g p ro p e r t y w a s purchased by Molnar and his wife, Sharon, in September, 2016, launching Restoration Lands. “Our main goal was to restore the building to be able to take in a tenant, but we also currently own 54 per cent of the serviced employable industrial land in our region,” says Molnar. “Our big-picture plan is to fill the building and also create what’s called Okanagan Eco Park, which is a sustainable, self-sufficient industrial park.” The Eco Park will include 2030 commercial lots, and will be stratified and controlled to ensure all tenants have mitigated their environmental impact. These companies may include a g r i c u l t u r a l , v a l u e-a d d e d lu mber a nd wood products, manufacturing, green industrial, bio-chemical, food processing, and service industries. The property is only 12 minutes from downtown Vernon, and 45 minutes from Kelowna. It will feature a double railway spur (CNR), and easy highway access. It i ncludes a cu r rent 7 M VA substation (Restoration Lands is in the process of upgrading to a 60 + MVA transmission sub), and industrial backup power

An aerial view of the property, which includes a 450,000 square foot factory. The company is in the midst of creating a 7.5 acre solar farm on the roof of the building

“One of the most unique features of this project will be the creation of a solar farm on the roof of the main factory. We’ve already restored the roof using Construct Shield building materials, and we’re preparing to create the largest solar installation in the province.” MIKE MOLNAR CO-OWNER AND CEO AT RESTORATION LANDS

generator, and 8” natural gas line (25 PSI, upgradable to 300 PSI), and three water sources on-site. W i t h a c c e s s to a l l o f t h e infrastructure and transport logistics, all of these companies can benefit and cooperate with

Mike and Sharon Molnar are owners of Restoration Lands each other and the surrounding communities to share resources thereby increasing efficiency, prof itabi l it y, a nd en s u r i n g environmental sustainability. The main 450,000 square foot building has been undergoing renovations for the last two years, and is nearly ready to house a tenant. “One of the most u n ique features of this project will be the creation of a solar farm on the roof on the main factory,” says Molnar. “We’ve already restored the roof using Construct

Shield building materials, and we’re preparing to create the largest solar installation in the province.” All of the power generated by this 7.5 acre rooftop installation will be consumed on-site by property owners and tenants. “When you look at the value of land, particularly industrial land, it doesn’t make sense to put a solar farm on the ground,” Molnar continues. “We decided to look at the flat roof on the old factory as free land, where we can generate enormous amounts of energy. “It makes complete sense from a sustainability perspective, especially when considering the demand for accessible clean power. The sun provides great energy, and we have very high solar exposure in this region. “We’ve been tracking all the w e a t h e r p a t te r n s s i n c e we purchased the building, and the site is very conducive to a project like this.” T h is project h as t he f u l l suppor t of the su rrou nd i ng municipalities, including Coldstream, Vernon, and the Regional District, including

economic development organizations. “O ver t he pa st two yea rs, we’ve been work i ng towa rd unlocking the economic value of this building, undergoing sig n i fica nt renovations a nd upgrades,” says Molnar. “We’ve spent almost $3.5 Million, which has already contributed to the local economy.” At this stage, appraisal value for the main structure has nearly quintupled, before construction of t he E co Pa rk h a s b eg u n. Molnar plans to build the rest of the property up over the next three to four years, with lots becoming available as early as next spring. “The economic development f rom jobs cre ate d a nd t a xbase, coupled w ith a l l the infrastructure and buildings that go up will be in the hundreds of millions,” he says. “We wouldn’t be surprised if our work resulted in an economic impact as high as $500 Million over time. We have 92 acres of industrial land. It’s time to unlock the value and create a legacy for the region.”




ELDORADO ENHANCES OKANAGAN LAKE FUN WITH BOARDWALK, BERTHS, RENTALS, AND FUEL BARGE Environmentally Conscious Project Chosen As Finalist For Commercial Building Award


E L OW NA - Oka n aga n Lake was made better for Kelowna boaters, visitors, and residents last year, thanks to a $2.5 million project by Argus Properties, owners of the Eldorado and Manteo lakefront Resorts. Starting in 2017, the 30 slips of the 1980s Eldorado Marina were removed and construction started on 66 new slips, a lakefront boardwalk, a twostorey operations building and a floating fuel barge. Hundreds of piles were driven into the lake to support the new construction, with the work carefully timed to minimize environmental impact. “It was an accelerated project because of the environmental concerns,” said Project Manager Stephen Harder. Argus Properties engaged an environmental consultant and worked with the provincial Ministry of the Environment to ensure the construction had minimal impact on the lake. Work began in January 2017. To prevent impact on spawning fish, all the pile-driving was finished by April 2017. “That was extremely important to us because we recognize the lake is a natural wonder for Kelowna,” said Trevor Morgan, Director of Hospitality for Argus Properties. Another environmental measure was use of Thruflow decking, which is designed to allow sunlight to flow through the dock to reach the lake. Environmentally responsible construction was one reason the project was chosen as a finalist in the 2018 Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards. Open to projects in the entire region, the awards

“That was extremely important to us because we recognize the lake is a natural wonder for Kelowna.” STEPHEN HARDER PROJECT MANAGER

acknowledge all facets of construction, from design to finish to environmental and community impact. Noteworthy features of the project include a 260 foot long by 15 foot wide lakefront boardwalk. Linking both resort properties, the new boardwalk is a public walkway along the shore of the lake, ideal for strolling, people watch i ng a nd d i n i ng at t he Boardwalk Bistro. It has quickly become a community landmark. From the boardwalk, resort guests and the public can access the 166 slips of the combined Eldorado and Manteo marinas. All slips are equipped with a luxury innovation: hydraulic lifts that bring moored boats out of the water. T he boat l i f ts of fer two advantages: Mooring the boat out of the water helps preserve the lower hull and extend the life of the boat; and The lake is subject to sudden winds than can shift the water from calm to high waves within 15 minutes, so the lifts keep the boats from being tossed by the waves or colliding with floating debris or docks. Boat owners in Kelowna immediately began booking the slips for long term, safe storage of their boats during the season. The boats can be quickly dropped into the water and launched from the slips for immediate fun on the lake. The slips are also popular with guests at both resorts and with visitors to the lake. In the first summer of operation, occupancy

Congratulations to the Eldorado Marina on your Commercial Building Award! PO BOX 20253, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2 250-769-7694

Located 700 feet off-shore, this two-storey floating building offers retail sales of boating gear and souvenirs along with watercraft rentals. To one side is a floating fuel barge was high. “Our lifts at both marinas were sold out through the summer,” Morgan said, adding that he now recommends visiting boaters book their slips in advance. The new slips were completed just in time. When Okanagan Lake recorded 100-year record high water levels in the summer of 2017, the old slips had already been removed and the new slips were in place. The unusually high water and resulting waves that summer would have swamped the old docks. “We dodged a bullet,” Morgan said. The docks bring visitors out to a two-storey, 1,500 square foot boat rental and retail outlet located 700 feet off shore. Designed in 1920s style, the building echoes the heritage style of the resort, which has been a

lakefront destination since it was opened by Countess Bubna in 1926. From the dock, fun-seekers can rent their choice of a Yamaha 212x Surf runabout, a Suncatcher pontoon boat, a Mastercraft tow boat, a Yamaha Wave runner, a kayak, or a stand-up paddleboard. Also available are boating accessories, snacks, and a line of Crew wear and Rip Curl beachwear. The build included a 12 by 56 foot fuel barge which can service up to four boats simultaneously. The fuel barge is one of only three in the area and is conveniently located next to a public boat launch. “Okanagan Lake is for everyone to enjoy and we’re delighted that this project makes it easier for everyone - resort guests,

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A view along the side of the rental building shows the environmentally friendly Thruflow decking that allows sunlight to still reach the lake bottom and one of the boat lifts built into each of the slips visitors, and locals - to have more fun on the lake,” Morgan said.

Congratulations to the Eldorado Marina on your Commercial Building Award! 17 - 737 Stremel Road, Kelowna, B.C. V1X 5E6 Phone: 250-491-1130




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architectural structure and its ced a r wood a nd cor r ugated metal interior finishing. Hospitality: Eagle Pass Heli Skiing of Revelstoke. BPR Construction Ltd. of Kelowna was the General Contractor, and Faction Architecture of Kelowna the Architect/Designer. The Lodge provides full-service accommodation, access to world class heli-skiing, a summer retreat for events and biking activities. Industrial: Geometrik of Kelowna Sawchuk Devleopments of Kelow na was the Genera l Contractor and DiStefano Jaud Architecture of Kelowna the Architect/Designer. Geometrik features appealing design, and incorporates efficient construction methods and architectural design elements. The project is a great addition to the overall Airport Business Park development. Institutional: Vernon Trades T r a i n i n g o f Ve r n o n M a p l e Reinders Construction of Kelowna was the General Contractor, and MQN Architects and Interior Design of Vernon the Architect/ Designer. The current Okanagan College trades program is housed in various location around Vernon, and this building helps to bring the trades programs into one facility where there can be more collaboration between the programs. Mixed Use: The Strathcona of Kelowna Sawchuk Developments of Kelowna is the General Contractor and Meiklejohn Architects Inc. of Kelowna the Architect/Designer. The Strathcona is a new, multipurpose, high density, in-fill development which replaced an outdated single family home. It features an extensive use of reclaimed look brick and pre-cast

Oscar Faoro of Woodworks!BC, left, presents the Wood Construction Award of Excellence to TIME Winery of Penticton concrete plinths and lintels. The development incorporates computerized glass which tints based on sun, shade and season. Multi Family: The Vistas On Battle of Kamloops Architect is Blue Green Architecture of Kamloops and General Contractor and Owner is ARPA Investments Ltd. of Kamloops. Building on the character of the area and celebrating the vibrancy of downtown living, the project was sold out four months prior to completion and was the Gold winner of the Keystone Award for ‘Best Multi-Family Project’. O f f i c e : B C Hyd ro o f Ve rnon. KASIAN is the Architect and OMICRON is the General Contractor. The major component of the

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SEE 50TH PARALLEL |  PAGE 12 Garry Tomporoski of GTA Architecture receives the Retail Award for Orchards Walk Pharmasave in Kamloops from Mark MacDonald of Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan PHOTOS BY PRIME LIGHT MEDIA



Pip Dhaliwal of Freedom Capital, left, presents the Award of Excellence in the Office Category to BC Hydro of Vernon

Institutional Award of Excellence went to Vernon Trades Training, represented by Maple Reinders, MQN Architects and Okanagan College, presented by Black Press


Clifford Kshyk of the Southern Interior Construction Association addresses the crowd

facility is the two-storey main building, accommodating 41 user groups with 360 full-time employees. Renovation: Central Okanagan Food Bank of Kelowna The Architect/Designer is Meiklejohn Architects Inc. of Kelowna, and the General Contractor TKI Construction Ltd. of Kelowna. T he new building is double the size of its previous version, and has higher ceilings, loading docks and parking, triples cold storage capacity, and changes the model of food banking so it looks more like a grocery store. R e t a i l : O r c h a r d s Wa l k

Pharmasave of Kamloops The ow ner a nd developer is Orchards Walk Developments of Kamloops, and the Architect/ Designer is GTA Architecture of Kelowna. This is the first building in the new com mercia l a rea at Orchards Walk. The building was designed as a role model to the relationship that this new neighbourhood wants to offer to Kamloops. Retail Renovation: Shon’s Bike & Ski of Nakusp The owner/developer is Shon’s Bike and Ski, and Studio 9 Architecture of Nelson is the Architect/Designer. T h is was the renovation of t he l a nd m a rk dow ntow n O pera House, bu i lt i n 1910.


Brian Kemp of BDC, left, presents the Industrial Award of Excellence to Geometrik of Kelowna

The building was beautifully restored to again be the community hub and is a significant contribution to the attractiveness and vitality of the downtown core. Wood: TIME Winery of Penticton T he Ow ner is Encore Vineyards of Summerland, the Architect/Designer is HDR-CEI Architecture Associates of Penticton, and the General Contractor is the Solaris Group of Companies of Penticton. T I M E Wi ner y h a s fou nd a home in a revitalized movie theatre, the former PenMar Theatre. The winery includes space for production, storage, tasting, and a restaurant. The original wood ceiling panels were kept

and restored in the back of house areas, which include the tank room, the barrel room, and casegoods storage. Merit Awards (runners-up) went to: Hospitality: Burfield Hostel of Sun Peaks and Truck 59 Ciderhouse of West Kelowna Institutional: Montebello Museum of Salmon Arm and Tourism Kelowna Visitor Centre Multi F.amily: Beechwood of Penticton Office: Fortis BC of Castlegar Wine r y: T IME Winery of Penticton The official program for the Awards can be viewed at: https:// docs/tokcba_2018_book_lr



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ow many times have you felt that you were not informed enough to vote for our government officials? You’ve heard the argument that you need to exercise your right to vote. But, we respect that you also don’t want to vote if you feel uninformed. Even with today’s social media and all-candidates forums, it is difficult to

know who the right fit for your own expectations would be. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce took on that challenge and interviewed every candidate for this year’s Kamloops municipal election. We asked the business community and they told us that they wanted to know where each of them stands on specific issues. So, that is what we asked them. I n rapid f i re response, candidates told us how they stand on fourteen current topics. And we video recorded their answers, which we posted to Our hope is that viewing those videos helped you to make your decisions on election day. •••

We are so happy to welcome the following new members to the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce; 5L Commercial Ltd, Unifor Local 10-B, Tapsnap, Cachelin Construction Ltd., Southgate Radiator and Auto Service, Centrecore HVAC, Twisted Goat Coffee Roasters, Flaman Fitness, Cocoa Dot Cakes and Re/Max Real Estate Kamloops – Rusty Franke. I f you a re i ntrig ued about bei ng a pa rt of our vibrant Chamber of Com merce, contact us at 250.372.7722 or www. Deb McClelland is Executive Director at the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at deb@



Orchard’s Walk Pharmasave Kamloops, BC Winner – Retail

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AWSTON - Twisted Hills is the first and only geodesic dome ta st i ng room in Canada. It creates a unique landmark for the community of Cawston, and is visually captivating, both in its unique architectural structure and its incredible cedar wo o d a nd cor r u gated metal interior finishing. The building is 33 per cent more energy efficient than other projects of this type, as the shape of the structure allows for better air circulation It was completed with 160 different individual triangles built on a fourfoot rise wall. The structure is 38 feet in diameter with a 23 foot ceiling and a 300 square foot mezza n i ne office space. This project contributes to tou rism i n the Similkameen Valley by g iv i ng tou r i sts a ra re g l i mpse i nto the construction of a geodesic dome and allowing them to enjoy organically grown products for which the dome was created. It includes 16 custom triangular windows a n d 5 c u s to m c u p o l a windows, which allow fo r p l e n t y o f n a t u ra l

lighting, decreasing the dema nd for elect rica l lighting. Additionally, the hardscape surrounding the dome decreases water consumption.


Twisted Hills Craft Cider 2070 Highway 3 Cawston, BC V0X1C2


Fractal Geodesics Construction Ltd. 1952 Osprey Lane Cawston, BC V0X1C1




TRUCK 59 CIDERHOUSE Category: Hospitality


EST KELOWNA - This pre-engineered steel and concrete building features a stick framed tasting room under an overhang with reclaimed wood (from a barn, silo and 80 year old beams). The low mono-sloped roof allows neighbours to maintain their lake view. It is pre-engineered for solar panels and an EV charging station (to be installed). Manufacturing waste was recycled and composted on-site, to be used in the orchard. The project was completed on a limited budget without compromising aesthetics, or environmental and community impact. The building follows the natural contour of the orchard, and utilizes an eclectic modern industrial design with an antique firefighting and orchard theme. It was designed with a large insulated overhang to minimize sun exposure in summer, allowing the site to operate with little to no air conditioning.

OWNER/GENERAL CONTRACTOR Russell Johnson Truck 59 Ciderhouse 3887 Brown Road West Kelowna, BC V4T 2J3


James Haasdyk Oasis Design 108 – 2303 Leckie Road Kelowna, BC V1X 6Y5





Category: Institutional

Category: Institutional


ELOWNA - An innovative lease agreement between City and Tourism Kelowna allowed the building to be placed in an area surrounded by the city park. The new building improves the safety and security of the downtown waterfront through ‘staff supervision’ and recognizes Kelowna’s changing tourism demographic, focusing on downtown waterfront as an industry hub. Special features of the project include the use of sustainable ‘BC Wood’ (Glulam beams and columns from Penticton, and Cedar from Vancouver Island). The building’s mechanical and electrical systems are all powered by renewable electric energy. The extensive use of high performance glass provides spectacular views of Lake Okanagan, and a large folding-sliding door allows for outdoor waterfront use. The architecture of the Visitor Centre allows it to fit seamlessly in its location, blending perfectly with the existing Kelowna Marina to the South and Stuart Park Zamboni storage building to the North.

OWNER/DEVELOPER Tourism Kelowna 238 Queensway Kelowna, BC V1Y 6S7


Jim Meiklejohn, Architect AIBC Meiklejohn Architects Inc. 233 Bernard Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N2


Mark Zumbo ANR Construction Ltd. PO Box 20126, Towne Centre Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2


ERNON - The current Okanagan College Trades program is housed in various location around the Vernon community. This building helps to bring the Trades programs into one facility where there can be more collaboration between the programs, developing a real-life experience for students of all levels. Situated in one of the most stunning locations within the valley, Okanagan College’s Kalamalka campus nestles into its natural environment, spanning across a ravine high above Kalamalka Lake with the snow-capped Monashee mountain range as a backdrop. Current buildings on campus capitalize on this beauty and breathtaking views taking a seemingly low profile in relation to the site. When designing the new trades facility, the team endeavored to create a similar relationship. As the first building experienced when arriving on campus by foot, bike, car, or transit, the design embraces its prominent location, affording a sense of arrival. The building has been located east of the existing main entry bridge and proposes a new roundabout drop-off and bus transit stop that will act as a central node and direct people to the main entrance of both buildings.


Deb Peterson Okanagan College 100 K.L.O. Road Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 t: 250-862-5601 e:


Vicki Topping MQN Architects and Interior Design Suite 100-3313 32nd Avenue Vernon, BC V1T 2M7 t: 250-542-1199 e:


Michael Donohoe Maple Reinders Construction 225 Lougheed Road Kelowna, BC V1V 2M1 t: 250-765-8892 ext. 132 e:






Category: Mixed Use

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ELOWNA - The Strathcona is a new, multipurpose, high density, in-fill development which replaced an outdated single family home. It features an extensive use of reclaimed look brick and pre-cast concrete plinths and lintels. Occupants include a high-end restaurant, several medical offices and three exclusive homes. The second floor is comprised of medical offices with convenient access to KGH next door. The restaurant has a Cafe and Bistro to support the building, the neighbourhood and those using KGH. The project features intelligentVIEW glass, which continually calculates the optimum tint level for day and night comfort.


AMLOOPS - The project integrates commercial and residential to create a core for the community, connecting with its two neighbours to share common access. It has stepped roof lines to break up the mass and be less intrusive to the neighbours. The complex strikes a great balance providing a great living and great shopping experience. The building features colored concrete curbs, hardie board finishing, extra sound proofing on the windows, an exercise room in the ameneity area, and double elevators.








Dr. Heather Martin Strathcona Holdings Ltd. 345 Francis Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 5E8 Jim Meiklejohn Meiklejohn Architects Inc. 233 Bernard Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N2

Kevin Imthorn Sawchuk Developments Co. Ltd. 486 Adams Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7S1


Scott Bianco Golden Valley Enterprises Ltd. 2060 Columbia Avenue Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 4W4 Glen Froese Craven Huston Powers 9355 Young Road Chilliwack, BC V2P 4S3


ELOWNA - The Central Okanagan Food Bank Society purchased this building in 2017, however it required extensive renovation. The new building is double the size of the society’s previous location, has higher ceilings, loading docks, and parking. In addition, the organization has tripled its cold storage capacity and changed its model of Food Banking to one that looks more like a grocery store. Aesthetically pleasing transparent glass walls and use of stainless steel allows for an engaging and open environment serving staff, clients, volunteers, community partners and donors. The building is an inclusive space, equipped with ramps, an elevator and wheel chair accessible washrooms. Builders re-used existing material wherever possible, including 30 plus floor trusses, new LED lighting, and re-located existing radiant heaters. They incorporated windows for natural light to reduce heating/lighting, integrated an energy efficient washer/dryer, and installed HVAC RTU’s, evaporation and condensation units, and energy efficient office and kitchen appliances. The existing staircase was incorporated into the new design, and all unused construction materials were recycled, including wood and metal.


Lenetta Parry Central Okanagan Food Bank Society 2310 Enterprise Way Kelowna BC V1X 4H7

ARCHITECT/DESIGNER Jim Meiklejohn Meiklejohn Architects Inc. 233 Bernard Avenue Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N2

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Brandon Panopoulos TKI Construction Ltd. 17-737 Stremel Road Kelowna, BC V1X 5E6


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with Drew Lee-Hai symbolizes our commitment to growth and serving our communities as we continue to engage with dynamic businesses across B.C.” Grant Thornton LLP is a Ca nad ia n member of Gra nt T hor nton International Ltd., whose member and correspondent firms operate in over 100 countries worldwide.

ongratulations to GEM Quality Homes for b ei n g a 2018 TOM M I E Si lver Award Finalist! Amanda a n d G r a h a m Wa t s o n , owners of GEM Quality Homes have their head office in Armstrong. Did you have a chance to visit our newest agritou rism pa r tner th is summer? If not, you will have to wait until 2019 to visit Farmstrong Cider Co. Jeff and Halee Fried h ave been fa r m i ng for 30 years and their child ren a re now the th i rd generat ion com m itted to growing good food for great people. In 2016 Jeff a nd Ha lee pu rchased a

century old farm steeped with history and deeply rooted in the agriculture community of Spallumcheen. Looking for ways to make the farm more viable, Halee’s fascination with cider and Jeff’s desi re to restore the heritage barn led to the idea of Farmstrong Cider Co. Since the spring of 2016 Jeff and Halee along w ith thei r sons Mitchel l, Aver y a n d G r i f f i n have been working hard to make premium craft (small batch) ciders along with restoring a heritage barn built in 1896. T he TELUS PureFibre Network w i l l not on ly be coming to the Spallumcheen Industrial Park but also to the residents in the Udy Subdivision. Construction is proposed to com mence i n the second quarter of 2019 with completion in the third quarter. Community partner and local business Rancho Vignola is hosting their annual direct-to-consumer Harvest Sale featuring new-crop dried fruits and nuts. All of the product is carefully hand-selected

by Richard, Sue and their team. M a rk you r c a lenda rs for the 6 t h A n nua l ‘Cheese! It’s a Natural’ event Saturday November 3rd! The event runs f rom 10a m – 2pm a nd will feature 10+ cheese producers as well as slow food producers whose products pair well with cheese. T he ‘spi r ited’ evening event will begin a t 6: 3 0 p m a n d t i c k e t holders will enjoy 7 small plates paired with a perfect beverage! Ne x t B u s i n e s s A f te r Business is October 21 is hosted by Orchard Bloss o m H o n e y f ro m 5: 3 0 – 7:30pm. And save the dates! Chamber AGM & Dinner November 21st at Fairways Bistro followed by our annual Christmas Socia l Wed nesday December 12 at the A rmstrong Spallumcheen Museum & Art Gallery. Patti Noonan is the Executive Director at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (250)546 8155 or




SILVERROCK BRINGS HOME GOLD Vernon Contractors Win Best Overall for 50th Parallel Estate Winery


AKE COUNTRY - SilverRock Land Corp took home the coveted Judges Choice Award at the 10th Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards. Their project, the 50th Parallel Estate Winery, won both an Award of Excellence (First Place) in the Winery category, and was recognized as the best overall project at the event on September 20 at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. “We were thrilled to hear the news,” says Brent Ree, managing partner at SilverRock. “I felt like the project was a strong contender to do well at those awards, but to win the top prize was really special. “We were really glad to be a part of the project, and we had a really great team and did everything we could do to deliver it to the owner’s satisfaction.” Located 15 minutes away from Kelowna International Airport, 50th Parallel Winery was founded by Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel in 2009. The winery was built in two phases, w ith the fi rst bei ng completed in fall of 2014 and the second phase, an expansion including a restaurant and tasting centre, opening this spring. The design objective of this project was to marry a wine production building, wine tasting building, and wine caves into the architectural complex as one simple yet iconic concept that works well with the landscape. Embracing a ‘less is more’ philosophy, the structure is sleek and unassuming, and blends in with its surroundings. The interior features 20 foot ceilings and all-glass facades to take full advantage of the spectacular landscape views. The winery incrementally transitions from the production facility which grounds the building, to a beautiful event space, to a unique

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50th Parallel Estate Winery at dusk

Chuck Winn, founder of SilverRock, has been living and working in the Vernon area for decades open air, seasonal wood-fired forno bistro, and culminating with a ‘Glass House’ tasting room. The entire facility is sheltered by the continuing cantilevered roof line, and anchored by the wine caves that retain the hill behind, creating a simple yet powerful architectured image. Deep overhangs and exterior shading devices are employed to control sun penetration to m i n i m i z e b u i ld i n g co ol i n g requirements. At first glance the eye is drawn to a stunning 12” thick concrete wall that frames the winery’s name in shining polished metal, but also serves function ahead of its form. The wall retains the mountain behind, and conceals an access ramp that allows fruit arriving from lower vineyards to be transported to the covered crush pad above. It also creates a loading area to receive winery production

The Downtown Professional Centre, another SilverRock project items like glass bottles and oak wine barrels. For the production facility, the building is backed into the slope of the vineyard beyond. This sectional relationship allows for the harvested grapes to enter the building at the second level, and be deposited directly into the tops of large stainless steel fermentation vats. The efficiency of the gravity fed system is of the utmost importance, as the grapes can often be monitored hourly to determine the optimum date of harvest. T he se cond proje c t ph a se SEE SILVERROCK LAND CORP |  PAGE 18

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All the structures at the 50th Parallel Estate Winery were built using only concrete, metal, glass, and wood The wine tasting room at 50th Parallel Estate Winery

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includes a reception hall, tasting room, and a ‘wine cave’. The long, gently curving cave is backed into the site topography, the design of which mimics a natural cave which serves to regulate temperature and elevate humidity in an otherwise hot and dry climate. The dimensions of the cave were carefully considered to maximize storage space while allowing complete forklift access to all barrels for the topping, racking, and fining processes that can extend for

several years after the wine is barreled. The project breathes new life into winery architecture, using only concrete, metal, glass and wood, while remaining sensitive to its surroundings. “I think the most stunning part of this project was the architecture,” says Ree. “It’s one of a kind. “I th in k Tim Sahuri of SAHURI + Associates Architecture Inc. had a fantastic vision for the architecture of the building which presented some structural engineering challenges. It’s always a balance between cost and esthetics, and I think the team

worked through finding the best value for the owner, by delivering something that the architect was looking for in the design of the building.” SilverRock Land Corp., the project’s general contractor, was founded by Chuck Winn, a lifelong Okanagan resident. He is a journeyman carpenter who has extensive experience in residential construction. His father, Keith Winn, had a long construction career in Vernon, and developed a strong reputation in the custom home and commercial building industry. After working with his father for

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a number of years, Chuck started Silver Rock in 2007, completing several major projects along the way. “The Nixon Wenger Building was one of the company’s first major commercial projects, and was designed in a way that would reflect the architecture of the Vernon courthouse,” says Ree. The design build, a 4-storey, 45,000 square foot structure, was completed in August 2011, and in 2012, Ree joined Chuck as a managing partner. “I’ve been in the real estate and construction business for over 20 years, and I’m a civil engineer by training,” he says. “I also have an MBA from the University of Calgary. “I started working in land development in Calgary, and have always been interested in construction, building, and housing. I started my career as a civil

engineer, and got pulled toward more development type projects.” Ree had always wanted to move to the Okanagan, so when he had an opportunity to move out and work on The Rise in Vernon, he took it. Over the years, Ree began working with Chuck on several projects. “I joined up with Chuck in 2012, and the company has continued to grow,” he says. “We’ve now established ourselves as one of the main general contractors in the Vernon area.” In the same year that Ree joined, the compa ny completed the SilverRock Professional Centre, located in downtown Vernon. The project was a three-storey, 18,971 square foot building with full wheelchair accessibility, covered parking, and a keyless entry system. SEE SILVERROCK LAND CORP |  PAGE 19

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The winery boasts spectacular views of the surrounding region


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Accord i ng to Ree, projects like this one give the team at SilverRock a unique advantage when it comes to working with large-scale commercial or residential developments. “After we finished the Nixo n We n g e r B u i l d i n g , t h e

n o w-r e t i r e d f o u n d e r P a u l Nixon, would always say, ‘the thing I like about Silver Rock is that you treat my money like it’s your own,’” says Ree. “Because we do our own projects, we know what it’s like to be an owner, so we always try to treat the owner’s money like it’s our own.”

Below is a list of the developers, designers, and engineers for the 50th Parallel Estate Winery: Owner: Curtis Krouzel, 50th Parallel Estate Winery Contractor: Gerry Kruger, Silver Rock Land Corp. Architect/Designer: Tim Sahuri, SAHURI + Associates Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer: Mahdi Yazdinezhad, ROV Consulting Inc. Mechanical Engineer: Tony Pagnotta, Reinbold Engineering Electrical Engineer: Roger Hébert, Jarvis Engineering Consultants Ltd. Civil Engineer: Steve Tobler, CTQ Consultants Ltd. Sustainability Consulting: Lindsey Kindrat, 3 Point Environmental Landscape Architecture: Deron Miller, Scatliff + Miller + Murray


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NAI Commercial Okanagan has brokered the sale of 10 acres of industrial land in West Kelowna. The land parcel, located at 2648 Kyle Road, sold for $10.25 million to Denciti Acquisitions Corp. The property is one of the largest undeveloped industrial sites in the area. NAI has also brokered the sale of an 8,000-square-foot industrial building at 1340 St. Paul Street, totaling $1.97 million. Dave Ledinski has joined the team at CapriCMW Insurance Services as thei r new Commercial Risk Advisor. Ledinski brings with him more than 20 years of experience in risk management and commercial insurance, and formerly worked with Western Financial Group as a Senior Account Executive. CapriCMW is one of the leading independent insurance brokers in Western Canada, with over 400 employees in 14 offices from BC to Ontario.

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Kelowna company, Vitalis Extraction Technology, founded by Pete Patterson and Joel Sherlock, has acquired status as Canada’s first American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) BPV certified extraction original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This is Canada’s first ASMEcertified business in the cannabis industry, a step forward

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for the company, which is the largest supercritical CO2 extraction equipment manufacturer supplying the international cannabis industry. This announcement also follows the doubling of their production capacity.

Consulting last year and is now a Strategic Advisor to MacKay CEO Forums. The MacKay CEO Forums are peer group forum env i ron ments worki ng w ith facilitators and members from non-competitive companies, designed to provide strategic input

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into company operations and improve performance. Ken also consults with family businesses. The staff at Crowe MacKay LLP, at 500 – 1620 Dickson Avenue, welcome David Tung, CPA, CMA on board as their Practice Leader for Scientific Research and Experimental Development and Business Tax Incentives. Tung brings with him more than 25 ye a rs of p ubl ic ac cou nt i n g experience. Steve and Jill Lemke’s business, Prestige Landscape Ltd., now occupies the site at 3300 Sexsmith Road. This year Prestige celebrates 25 years in business. Local business Top Fashion Hair Design, owned by Lana Bretthauer, and located at 1695D Burtch Road, celebrates its 30th anniversary in the same location. The team at At Your Fingertips welcomes Megan Soroka as their newest nail technician. The salon is located at #102 – 2000 Enterprise Way. Amore Mio Italian Gelato & Bistro, located at 270 Bernard Avenue, now offers Italian pastas and other authentic dishes for their lunch and dinner menus. T he shop is owned by Pietro Peracchi, offering freshly made gelato with local fruits in their season. Nancy Ling has been made a partner for FH&P Lawyers LLP, located at 400 – 275 Lawrence Avenue. Ling manages wills, estate, trust, incapacity planning and administration services, and is Treasurer of the Wills and Trusts section Okanagan and Chair of the Commercial and Real Estate Section Okanagan. The Canadian Home Builders Association of the Central Okanagan (CHBA-CO) has elected its new executive committee for 2018-2020: Les Bellamy of Bellamy Homes – President, Cassidy deVeer of 3rd Generation Homes – 1st Vice President, Justin O’Connor of Sotheby’s – Past President, and Kevin Santos of Grant Thornton LLP – Treasurer. This year’s board of directors consists of: Brianne McKenzie of Kelowna Now / Csek Creative, Ray Wynsouw of CorWest Builders, Krista Paine of Ian Paine Construction & Design, Erika Jarvis of CapriCMW Insurance, Russ Foster of Wilden / Blenk Development, Jade Davidson of Hybrid Elevator, Ranvir Nahal of Sunterra Custom Homes, Chuck Cullen of Team Construction, and David Pfuetzner of Align West Homes. John and June Martens have opened up a gluten free bakery, Crumbs and Roses Gluten Free Baked Goods & Desserts, with their daughter, Valerie. T he

shop, now at 443 Banks Road, began three years ago as an online and delivery operation.

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The 20th Annual Kamloops Fall Home Show will be happening on October 19-20th at the Sandman Centre, located at 300 Lorne Street. This year’s event, hosted by BC HomeShows Ltd., will feature over 100 businesses offering products and services ranging from renovations and design to small home gadgets and health products.

Drew Lee-Hai is welcomed aboard the team at Grant Thornton LLP Accounting, Tax, Advisory, at 541 6th Street NE. The Shuswap Family Resource and Referral Society w i l l be celebrating its 30th year providing services and programs to the surrounding community on October 17th. A celebration will be taking place at the Shuswap Family Centre at 681 Marine Park Drive NE. Robert MacDermott has been named Product Advisor for the month of September at Hilltop Toyota, at 2350 Trans Canada Highway NE. Silhouette Fashion Boutique, located at the corner of Lakeshore and Alexander, celebrates its second year in business this year. In commemoration of Small Business Week, the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop on October 13th on “Starting a Small Business.” The workshop is scheduled to take place from 9-12pm at Duffer’s Den Restaurant, at 2404 Centennial Drive in Blind Bay.

KAMLOOPS Darrick Boyes has joined the sales team at River City Nissan as a Pre-Ow ned Sa les Ma nager. River City Nissan is located at 2435 East Trans Canada Highway. A “mom and pop” cannabis shop may be opening in North Kamloops. Chris Lyth placed an application for a cannabis license in order to open The Shore Cannabiz Shop, located at 399 Tranquile Road. After the legalization of marijuana on October 17th, the application will reach Kamloops City Hall by October 30th. On October 19-21st, the 10th Annual Interior Wellness Festival will take place in the Sahali Mall. This year’s events will feature a market, café and healing garden. Local high school girls have created an eco-friendly wooden sma rtphone sta nd ca l led Recycled Sounds. The project was created under a 16-week pilot program called Steminists, a partnership between Arrow Transportation and Junior Achievement British Columbia (JABC) to pique interest in science, technolog y, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to high school girls. JA Canada has chosen the Kamloops team and their project to represent the country in the international JA

Classic FX Head to Toe, a business located at 556 Tranquile Road, welcomes new Spa Supervisor and Licensed Esthetician Lyndsey to their team. The 11th Annual Chefs in the City culinary event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Kamloops, is coming up on November 5th. This year will feature food from 21 local vendors, food trucks and chefs, 10 wineries and breweries and their products, a vote for the People’s Choice Award for best chef, and live jazz music. Tickets are available online at Local reporter, Marty Hastings of Kamloops This Week, has been presented with the 2018 Norm Wright Merit Award in recognition of the promotion of lacrosse. Hastings has covered minor lacrosse throughout Kamloops and the surrounding region. Charmaine Kramer has been n a m e d a s t h e n e w ge n e r a l manager for The Residence at Orchards Walk, a retirement community at 3300 Valleyview Drive. Valleyview Barber, located at 2172 Flamingo Road, welcomes new employee Lana to their barbering team. The team at Sunny Shores Dental, at 1-1222 Tranquile Road, welcomes Dr. Perry Vitoratos to the practice. Dr. Vitoratos has 20 years of family dental practice experience and comes from Williams Lake. The Cariboo Childcare Society of Thompson Rivers University has received the 2018 Childcare Award of Excellence from the BC Government. The award celebrates excellence in childcare particularly in areas of promoting diversity, tradition, cultural safety and collaboration. Tanya, formerly of Tower Barbers in Northills Mall, has joined the barbering team at Mount Paul Barbers at 704 Mount Paul Way, which is now under new management. Due to the closing of Greyhound services, Tasteful Transportation, a company providing shuttle services between Kamloops wineries, has expanded their services to travel to a variety of

locations - including the Vancouver International Airport. T h e T hom p s on O k a n aga n Tourism Association (TOTA) was recognized with North America’s Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards, held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

PENTICTON HooDoo Adventure Company, owned by Mike and Lyndie Hill, has acquired Chute Lake Lodge in Naramata, BC, effective October 9th. The acquisition involved local investors and new management plans updates to the historic recreation location. The facility will soon become an all-season adventure and recreation destination for both locals and tourists. Renovations are expected to begin immediately, with a re-opening planned for December 1st. This year’s Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards took place at the Trade and Convention Centre on October 13th. This year’s winners featured: David Kampe of Peter’s Bros. – Businessman of the Year, Ogopogo Tours – Sustainable Resource Indu st r y E xcell e n ce Award , Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre – Workplace Culture Excellence Award, Boyd Autobody and Glass – Service Excellence Award, Penticton Farmers Market – Tourism Excellence Award, South Okanagan Events Centre – Newsmaker of the Year, YES Project – Non-Profit Organization of the Year, Valley First Credit Union, a division of First West Coast Credit Union – Health and Wellness in the Workplace, Cannery Brewing – Farm to Glass Award, Tracy Van Raes – Community Volunteer of the Year, South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services – Community Impact Award, Save-On Foods – Business of the Year, Liz Murphy of HooDoo Adventure Co. – Most Valuable Employee Award, NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness – New Business Award, and Cameron Betts of Betts Electric – Young Business Leader of the Year. The FutureBiz Penticton: 2019 Economic Outlook Forum will be taking place on November 8th at the Lakeside Resort in Penticton. The event is an opportunity to connect with other businesses, gain economic insight from business leaders, and get new tools and resources. A Youth Resource Centre and Foundry will soon be up and running in Penticton, located at 501 Main Street. The centre was made possible by the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan-Similkameen’s $1.2 million ‘Future Starts Here’ fundraising campaign. Renovations have commenced to get the facility ready for opening by the

21 spring of 2019. The family medicine practice of Dr. Vivian Maier and Dr. John Surkan will be relocating to 1011516 Fairview Road as of October 9th. Neighbourhood Brewing Company, founded by Mike Coghill, is a new brewing business venture coming to Penticton. The brewery is planned for a location on Winnipeg Street and Westminster Avenue, offering a unique craft beer experience and food service to customers. The business is expected to open in the summer of 2019.

SUMMERLAND Okanagan Crush Pad Winery has partnered with the Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship Society to revitalize a 2.8-hectare creekside habitat of forest and floodplain near Eneas Creek. The habitat is located on Okanagan Crush Pad owners’ Steve Lornie and Christine Coletta’s land parcel at the Garnet Valley Ranch, and they have already planted over 1,000 native plants. 2,000 more native plant life will be added this month. A new display entitled Who Gives a Hoot has opened at the Summerland Art Gallery. The show features owls in various forms – paintings, photographs, taxidermy, ceramics, fibre arts and more. Funds raised through the show will go towards the South Okanagan Rehab Centre for Owls. Christine Coletta, owner of Okanagan Crush Pad, was recognized with the Founders Award at the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival for her contributions to the wine industry in BC. WorkBC has recognized Shoppers Drug Mart in Summerland, owned by Austin Ojala, with a certificate honoring their efforts for inclusivity in the workplace. Summerland Shoppers has worked to accommodate SEE MOVERS AND SHAKERS |  PAGE 23

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ot Withstanding. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s threatened use of the rarely used Clause upset the proverbial apple cart for some, but to others, it was about time. One court ruled Ford’s decision to cut the number of city councilors from 47 to 25 for the upcoming civic election wouldn’t be allowed. Ford waived the Not Withstanding Clause, but before he had to actually use it, another court ruled the Premier was indeed within his power to make such a decision. So he never had to use it. But he could have. And he would have. It is just one word, but it is a very important one, which, if needed, ensures that democracy – the rule of the people – remains intact. In every day terms, Not Withstanding basically means “nevertheless”, as in: After considering

all relevant facts and information - including judges and the courts – the government is going to do this. Elected governments are designed to carry out the will of the people, as people vote in which individuals and parties they want to best represent their interests. Democracy, therefore, is the rule of the people. Kritocracy is the rule of the judges and courts, which can overrule the will of the people. The Not Withstanding Clause is there to provide balance between the two. To quote columnist Rex Murphy: “The NWC (Not Withstanding Clause) is an instrument of the Charter of Rights to protect against judicial overreach. There are times judges should say no to legislatures. There are other times legislatures should say no to judges. Seems fair. Very Canadian in fact.” While Canadians expect fairness from the courts, we must also acknowledge that judges are people, too, and therefore, well, people. Their opinions and rulings are expected to be well thought out, and measured, but do they always make the right decision? Is that possible? Add to this the uncomfortable knowledge of how judges becomes judges that must be allowed into our conversations.

The appointment of judges is part of the political process, plain and simple. The federal government of the day makes decisions on which judges will fill which federal court, including the Supreme Court. Provincial governments make the same choices for provincial court. We must ask ourselves: Would liberal-minded governments appoint conservative-minded judges, or vice-versa? How dare we ask? Isn’t it time we did, considering what appears to be an increase in “activist” judges whose decisions can seem to be their own interpretation of the law? In Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a rather fluid vehicle left wide open for personal interpretation by judges at all levels, and since Canadian law is based on precedence “what did the last guy get?”, shifting sand can be the norm. Unless the appropriate elected government head invokes the Not Withstanding Clause to overrule the judges. That is the balance that ensures that, ultimately, the interests of people in general are kept at the highest value. Whether or not the Ontario court made the ruling after Ford waived the Not Withstanding flag to selfpreserve its power and avoid further, widespread use of the clause

to overrule court decisions cannot be proven. But it did show the potential power our political leaders can wield to overturn decisions that undermine the wishes of the majority of the electorate, or what is in the best interests of the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could have used the Not Withstanding Clause to overrule court rulings and drive the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline forward to completion. He chose not to. B.C.’s NDP Premier John Horgan’s stonewalling of the muchneeded pipeline through the courts is a cost borne entirely by taxpayers, but one which, with the use of just one clause - Not Withstanding - could be stopped in its tracks. Polls show most people supported the pipeline expansion, which has not (and many believe will not) proceed as the federal and provincial governments use court decisions as a political shield. They can appease their supporter base by using taxpayer-funded legal bills to stop projects, and at the same time put their hands up and say “we want to, but can’t because of the courts”. How convenient. So, having said all that, and peering past the Not Withstanding Clause, what was Premier Ford’s real action all about?

Smaller government. Less politicians. Savings for beleaguered taxpayers. Governments are paid for by taxes, and Canada has quickly become uncompetitive tax-wise, particularly compared to our U.S. neighbours, which makes us vulnerable for a “brain drain” of higher skilled workers that have been targeted by the Canadian taxman. Governments at all levels should get out of business. Get out of the gas business (Petro Canada), get out of the insurance business (ICBC), and get out of the liquor distribution business (provincial liquor stores). And anything else that the private sector, has proven, time and time again, that it can do much better, and do so competitively. Governments would argue they need to be involved in these sectors, not just from a regulatory standpoint, but also for revenue that helps provide other social services. Nevertheless. Or should we say, Not Withstanding? Premier Ford’s use of the NWC to cut Toronto council almost in half, not only helped balance out the power of the courts, but drive this point home that our governments need to be smaller. And therefore, less expensive for taxpayers.




aking your life more a f fo r d a b l e ” h a s been a dom i na nt rhetorical theme of British Columbia’s government - so much so that its 2018 budget uses the word “affordable” 76 times. Finance Minister Carole James mentioned “affordable” 26 times in her latest budget speech. W h i le ma k i ng l i fe more

affordable is a terrific goal, the government of Premier John Horgan has substantially increased taxes on middle-class families. It’s hard to see what’s affordable about that. Before this government’s tax increases, the average BC family’s total tax bill (federal, provincial and local taxes) was $47,868 nearly 42 per cent of its income. This includes income, payroll, sales, property, carbon, health, fuel and alcohol taxes, to name but a few. Given the tremendous tax burden that BC families face, it’s no wonder James said her government’s elimination of Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums will take “some pressure off people’s pocket books.” That would, of course, be nice. Unfortunately, it’s not the case. Since assuming power in July 2017, this government has enacted or announced several significant tax increases that more than offset its elimination of MSP premiums. The government raised taxes on

British Columbians earning more than $150,000 to a rate of 16.8 per cent from 14.7 per cent under the previous government. It also increased the general business income tax rate from 11 per cent to 12 per cent (while maintaining the previous government’s pledge to reduce the small business tax rate from 2.5 per cent to 2.0 per cent). And substantially increased the carbon tax from $30 per tonne when it took office to $50 per tonne by 2022. What’s more, it has completely abandoned a commitment to making the carbon tax revenue neutral. Then there’s the MSP premiums switch. The previous Liberal government said it would cut MSP premiums in half, a plan the new NDP government adopted and implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, while also planning to eliminate the remaining half on Jan. 1, 2020. To replace the forgone revenue, the government will levy a new Employer Health Tax (EHT) starting in January 2019. While the EHT will be levied on employers, don’t be fooled - it

will very quickly be paid by workers. A recent empirical study of Canada by economists based at HEC Montréal, the graduate business school of the Université de Montréal, found that “payroll taxes are passed almost entirely to workers in the form of lower wages.” All told, these tax increases will add an expected $1.9 billion to the tax burden of British Columbians once fully implemented. But what do these tax hikes mean for average families? As noted in a recent Fraser Institute study, the average BC family will pay $959 more in taxes, led mainly by a $498 increase in fuel and carbon taxes. And while the government has tried to protect lower-income families by increasing the Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit, families with household incomes ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 will, on average, still pay nearly $200 more in taxes. This calculation does not include several tax increases on residential property (increased

property transfer taxes, speculation tax and increased school tax), which total more than $500 million. There’s no question that these tax hikes will hit some middleincome families, including families who experience substantial appreciation in home values, or where property tax hikes result in higher rental prices for renters in an already-tight rental market. Higher carbon, personal income, payroll, business and residential property taxes will not only hit the wallets of BC families, it will also make the province less attractive for business investment and entrepreneurs. And it will make it more difficult to attract and retain top talent, with ripple effects throughout the economy. BC - less affordable for families and less attractive for business,’ is not exactly a slogan for success. Niels Veldhuis and Milagros Palacios are economists with the Fraser Institute.

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employee Quentin Timmer, who lives with a disability, and so has adjusted or changed some tasks in order for him to be able to complete them. The staff enjoys Timmer’s positive attitude and presence in the workplace. The staff at Parker Real Estate, located at 13242 Victoria Road North, welcomes Jill Jennex to their realty team.

VERNON Kerry Biggs, who most recently served as Vice President, Treasurer for Lululemon Athletica, has been hired on as the Chief Financial Officer for True Leaf Medicine International Ltd.. During his time with NASDAQ-listed company, Lululemon, Mr. Biggs’

responsibilities included overseeing capital markets, insurance and risk activities, liquidity, and treasury. A show home for Bernard’s Village has now opened at 75 – 2100 55th Avenue. The rancher-style homes begin at $279,900 and offer bonuses on their last six homes. Kent Hough is congratulated on being named Salesperson of the Month for September for Vernon Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, located at 4607 27 Street. Lacy Dona ld h a s ach ieve d Salesman of the Month for August at Vernon Hyundai, located at 4608 – 27 Street. The Hot Spot on 6 is a brand new restaurant open at #1 – 2601 Highway 6, which offers breakfast, lunches and dinners, and

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truck service bays, parts warehouse, service counter, associpowerful synergy is stucco, ates offices – glazing, stone and vertical metal cladding exterior – 35 surface created parking stalls PROJECT STATUS Site servicing underway GENERAL CONTRACTOR Sash Developments – 243 Lake Lucerne Way SE, Calgary T2J 3J5 403-608-8107


3430 Okanagan Ave – Expansion of the Salmon Arm Tennis Club – Indoor Facility PROJECT TYPE Commercial add/alter

The Greater Vernon Recreation Master Plan, a roadmap of sorts to the future of recreation in Vernon, has been approved in its final draft by the Vernon city council. The plan includes 30 recommendations, vetted from members of the community, including requests for a new pool. The North Valley Gymnastics Society was awarded a grant for $17,250 for the purpose of constructing a bigger facility in the city. The grant was given by Electoral Areas B and C, which also counts the Regional District of North Okanagan as a “Silver Level” sponsor for the venue. The team at Watkin 103 Motors, at 4602 – 27th Street, congratulates Sean Lewko on being named Salesperson of the Month for September 2018.


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Tyler O’Dwyer received the title of Top Salesperson for the month of September at Vernon Toyota, located at 3401 48th Avenue.

27th Street. The facility features 30-minute-or-less oil changes, qualified technicians, and warranty guaranteed service for all makes and models.

Khoa Vo is congratulated on being named Salesperson of the Month for September at Bannister Honda.

Frede Laursen has rejoined the sales team at Vernon Volkswagen, located at 6205 Highway 97 North.

Beginning October 11th, the Vernon Public Art Gallery will feature works from two local artists: Jolene Mackie and Myron Campbell. Campbell’s art exhibition is entitled Ghosts of Robert Lake, and Mackie’s exhibition is called Curious Ref lections. Mackie was chosen as the Mackie Lake House Foundation artist in residence.

Robert McLaren has achieved Salesperson of the Month for September at Bannister GM, at 4703 27 Street.

A grand opening was recently held for Express Lane Fast Oil Ch a n ge s & More at Vernon Chrysler Dodge Jeep, at 4607

& Townhouses – Affordable Housing – Margarets Landing PROJECT TYPE Multi-family new

Vernon resident Amanda Shatzko was chosen from over 1,000 nominated applicants to participate in the Global Cultural Leadership Programme, by the Cultural Diplomacy Platform. Later this month, Shatzko will represent the country in Amsterdam where she will cultivate cross-cultural relations with countries from all over the world.


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PROJECT STATUS PROJECT Foundations underway as of New condominium and townSeptember/18 house development – 3 structures – 2 townhouse buildings, ARCHITECT SIMONE SUNDERLAND 3 storeys, 1 eightplex and 1 New Town Planning Services sixplex, 14 units total, garages, Inc – 1464 St Paul St, Kelowna SIMONE SUNDERLAND 1,871 sf to 1,931 sf, approx V1Y 2E6 250-860-8185 26,314 sf total – condominium PROJECT 250-804-6118 DEVELOPER building, 3 storeys, 35 units, Saba Construction – 209 New water treatment facility the dis1 and 2 bedrooms, 394 sf to OWNER 1263980 Ave, Surrey V3W 3A6 trict is currently testing several methSalmon Arm Tennis Club – Box 949 sf, approx 29,095 sf total 604-537-7824 ods including membrane technology LOCATION 1032, Salmon Arm V1E 4P2 250- LOCATION – wood frame, concrete and 832-4894 Crescent – steel construction – horizontal PROJECT STATUS 175 Kokanee Way - Ramada Hotel 165 Celano Townhouses Design underway - Tender calland forvertical board and batten PROJECT TYPE exterior – fiberglass laminate PROJECT TYPE Contractor anticipated General commercial new shingles – double glazed winMulti-family July/14 new - construction completion dows – metal guard rails PROJECT anticipated late 2015 PROJECT LOCATION LOCATION PROJECT STATUS New Ramada Hotel in the Campbell New townhouse development CONSULTANT 2241 Springfield 1471industrial St Paul Stpark – Retail – Rezoning application at final Rd - Mission Creek - 4 storeys – 5 structures, 1 sixplex, 2 -fiveOpus Dayton Knight 255 1715 Residential – Brooklyn at reading – development permit Crossing Westside 3,780 sm - 80 rooms - restaurant - pool plexes, 1 threeplex, 1 duplex Bernard Block application submitted Dickson Ave, V1Y 9G6 250-868-4925 with waterslide - elevators - concrete – 3 storeys – 21 units – 1,246 PROJECT TYPE LOCATION OWNER sf units – 2 and 3 79 85 Twin Lake Rd, Kaleden – construction - roof articulation with sf to 1,467 PROJECT TYPE ARCHITECT commercial new Mixed-use – balconies – single Architecture Residential – Twin Lakes Golf porte cocheredevelopment - asphalt shingles - 98 bedrooms District of Sicamous - 1214 Patrick McCusker PROJECT Rd, and double car garages – comInc – 3034 Benvoulin Resort surface parking stalls Riverside Ave, Sicamous V0E 2V0 PROJECT mon green space – fiber cement Kelowna V1WNew 4M5commercial 778-484- urban lifestyle 250-836-2477 New Phased multi-use developPROJECT TYPE PROJECT STATUS lap siding exterior – asphalt 0223 centre - 6 buildings - 2Mixed-use to 7 storeys ment – 3 structures – Tower late development PROJECT MANAGER Construction start anticipated shingles retail commercial at ground level 1, 24 storey condominium GENERAL CONTRACTOR 2014 PROJECT MHPM - 550 555 W 12th Ave, Van Mar Constructors with officeInc units and commercial tower – 178 – above - underground PROJECT STATUS New residential community – Vancouver V5Z 3X7 604-714-0988 parkade 80 above ground short ARCHITECT residential units – 1 and 2 Foundations underway as of 9110 196A St, Langley V1M 3B4 term parking stalls SFD lots and townhouse lots – bedrooms – approx 151,495 September/18 604-882-0700 DF Architecture Inc - 1205 4871 Shell Phase 1, multi family, 50 townsf – ground level retail, approx PROJECT STATUS houses – Phase 2 – SFDs APPLICANT OWNER Rd, Richmond V6X 3Z6 604-284-5194 6,000 sf – 4 levels u/g parking Society of Hope – 101 2055 Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society – application Development permit – Towers 2 and 3, future develPROJECT STATUS DEVELOPER Benvoulin Court, Kelowna V1W 442 Leon Ave, Kelowna V1Y 6J3 submitted opment Rezoning application for Phase LOCATION 250-763-4905 Prism Ventures Inc - 3571 Barmond 2C7 250-862-8233 1 at 2nd reading ARCHITECT PROJECT STATUS Ave, Richmond V7E 1A4 604-338-4656 To Be Determined - Ice Facility ARCHITECT Ekistics Town PlanningARCHITECT - 1925 Main Construction start of Tower 1 OWNER Raymond Letkeman Architects PROJECT TYPE St, Vancouver V5T 3C1Sproule 604-739-7526 anticipated fall/18 – rezoning & Associates Planning Inc – 200 970 Homer St, Prism Hotels and Resorts 800 and development permit -appliArch – 512 1529 W 6 Ave, institutional add/alter DEVELOPER Vancouver V6B 2W7 604-66914800 Landmark cations approvedBlvd, Dallas Texas V6J 1R1 604-7333339 PROJECT LOCATION R366 Enterprises Ltd -Vancouver 4870B Chute, 75254 214-987-9300 3347 500 FlemingKelowna Rd – Townhouses ARCHITECT NewCONTRACTOR ice facility for the Greater V1W 4M3 250-764-8963 GENERAL Maurice Pez Architect Ltd – 28 – Urban Park DEVELOPER Vernon area to replace the aging VanMar Constructors – 101B GENERAL CONTRACTOR 1020 Mainland, Vancouver CRS Group of Companies – 920 ArenaRd, - 4,000 seats - may be TYPE 30701Civic Simpson Abbotsford PROJECT Lambert and Paul Construction Ltd - St, Vancouver V6B2T4 604-240-2025 475 W Georgia an addition to Kal Tire Place or the V2T 6Y7 604-882-0700 Multi-family new V6B 4M9 604-689-3800 300 2000 Spall Rd, Kelowna V1Y 9P6 DEVELOPER Priest Valley Arena or construction of PROJECT 250-860-2331 LOCATION Mission Group (Kelowna) – 10th OWNER a new ice facility New townhouse complex – 5 floor 1631 Dickson Kelowna Twin Lakes Golf Resort – 250451 Shuswap St - SD Ave, 83 North Okanastructures – 3 storeys – 3 PROJECT STATUS V1Y 0B5 250-448-8810 497-5359 gan Shuswap Administration Building eightplexes – 2 sixplexes – Feasibility study and cost analysis LOCATION PROJECT TYPE study anticipated shortly - the36 units total – 3 bedrooms 1759 Hwy 33E – Condominiums – 1,273 sf to 1,367 sf units institutional new






of the vision and the attainment PROJECT Expansion of the Salmon Arm of the goals. TennisaClub storey buildEstablish plan– 1.5 of action to ing – 21,425 sf – 3 tennis achievecourts the vision. It is pos– washrooms – admin sible to space move–“what is” closer new parking area to “what could be” – but not alone PROJECT STATUS and notSteel without a plan. The last framing and roofing step in visioning establish a anticipatedistoto start late September/18 – foundations plan of action. Develop the goals complete that give life and action to the vision. ARCHITECT Here is where leader and Planning Services followerNew areTown joined in their comInc – 1464 St Paul St, Kelowna mitment to the vision. V1Y 2E6 250-860-8185 Think about how your personal GENERAL CONTRACTOR vision and goals fit with the viTimberline Solutions Ltd – 1140 sion and4 goals of your company. Ave SW, Salmon Arm V1E 1T1 Is it a good fit or a forced fit? The PROJECT best fit is when your vision coNew administration building on the alesces with the company’s vi- old JL Jackson school site - 2,640 sm -





Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will decide in June whether or not to hold a referendum in November/14 to fund a new ice facility - location,




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