Page 1



–PAGE 14 West Kelowna Business Park Industrial Office Retail

KELOWNA Littco Enterprises, two decades of commercial wall and ceiling systems




Family first at Parker’s Chrysler Auto dealer celebrates 70 years in business

KELOWNA Winn Rentals celebrates 40 years in business


INDEX News Update


Vernon 3

Parker’s Chrysler employees celebrating 70 years in business

Kelowna 4


Kamloops 5 Movers and Shakers 18 Salmon Arm


Opinion 22 Green Sheet


Summerland 23 Contact us: 1-866-758-2684


Canadian Publications Mail Acct.: 40069240

E N T IC T ON – Parker’s C h r y s l e r, B C ’s o l d e s t Chrysler dealership, is celebrating its 70th year in business. As one of the cornerstones of

Penticton’s business community, the family-run company has built its brand on treating its employees and customers as one of their own.

“ We’re a f a m i ly b u s i n e s s through and through,” says Jim Tabler, General Manager of Parker’s. “Our customers receive the kind of positive experience they

do because the employees know that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. They SEE PARKER’S CHRYSLER   |  PAGE 10

Family business ‘Next Steps’ takes a proactive approach Family business and succession advisor speaks on the importance of planning


enowned family business and succession advisor David C. Bentall, Founder of Next Step Advisors, recently spoke at an event put on by the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) Vancouver Island, to talk about some of the long-term planning challenges facing today’s family companies. “I’ve seen the best and worst of situations,” says Bentall. “The family enterprise dynamic is so unique and complex, it’s unlike

any other form of business. I grew up in that environment and am very aware of the peaks and valleys that each employee and family member experiences. “I feel that the successes I’ve been able to contribute to as an advisor have been a direct result of the challenges I’ve gone through in my own business journey. My personal experience was very painful as the company ended up going through a major breakup, and it’s motivated me

For information or a free quote contact or visit

Tel: 250-861-8834

to help others avoid some of the mistakes that were made.” Bentall was born into a third generation construction and development company, well known for the Downtown Vancouver Bentall Centre, Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place), and the Telus Corporate offices, among many others. He is also an instructor for Institute of Family Enterprise Advisors, Business Families Foundation, the founding Chair

of UBC’s Centre for Family Business Studies, and was involved with the domestic bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. One of the most important issues Bentall identified was that many companies aren’t proactively preparing the next generation to lead. There are a wide-range of causes, from the current generation allowing an SEE NEXT STEPS |  PAGE 10


2 KAMLOOPS TRU expands global reach with Chinese agreements

Thompson Rivers University has expanded its global involvement with the signing of an agreement with Maple Leaf Educational System (MLES)—the largest BC curriculum teaching offshore school in China. Under the agreement of cooperation, 20 MLES students will be offered guaranteed employment as BC-Certified Teachers by MLES once they have successfully completed TRU’s Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education programs and obtained BC Teacher Certification. Eligible MLES students will be admitted to TRU’s four-year Bachelor of Science program and add an intensive 12 months of study in the Bachelor of Education program. The successful students will return to China upon receiving BC Teachers Certification and receive the same compensation as other BC-certified teachers recruited to work in China. “Under the terms of this agreement TRU will teach Chinese students science and math and then how to become the science and math teachers for Maple Leaf’s vast network of private schools,” said Alan Shaver, TRU President and Vice-Chancellor. “This really is a significant internationalization of BC education.” Graduates from China attending TRU from MLES will have a distinct advantage as they have a BC Dogwood Diploma because MLES offers a BC Ministry of Education-approved high school education. They are well prepared to integrate into the Canadian education system because BC teachers have taught them prior to arriving in Canada. Alan Shaver and Baihua Chadwick, TRU’s

Associate Vice-President International and CEO Global Operations, traveled to China’s largest private international school in late November. “We are proud that TRU’s Faculty of Science and Faculty of Education are able to work together to support Maple Leaf’s efforts to train BC-certified teachers for its schools,” said Baihua Chadwick. “TRU has an excellent reputation in China as does Maple Leaf Schools. This is a partnership that will have long-lasting benefits to us all.” Maple Leaf has 46 schools, including preschool, elementary, foreign nationals’ schools and high schools. More than 17,500 students were enrolled in Maple Leaf schools this fall with 7,077 of them studying BC curriculum courses. MLES employs more than 2,500 people, with 1,400 of them being teachers of Chinese nationality and 315 BC-certified.

WEST KELOWNA Proposed City Hall and Civic Centre Mayor Doug Findlater and West Kelowna Council recently announced that the West Kelowna Civic Centre project negotiations were nearing completion. The Civic Centre project will be a multi-use facility, consistent with the objectives of the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan, and will include a City Hall, owned by the City of West Kelowna, and one commercial office building, partially leased and occupied by Interior Health, and two residential apartment complexes owned by the developer, Strategic Development Group. The City of West Kelowna will soon seek approval from residents of West Kelowna to borrow up to $10.5 million to build the City Hall portion of the project. Details on the

kelowna | canmore | calgary

Home Styling Exterior | Interior | Renovations | New Builds



electoral approval process will be released early in 2016 and provided on this webpage. Council has set a maximum borrowing limit of $10.5 million dollars for the construction of City Hall, which is expected to cost $10 million. Construction costs include the building, the land it sits on, underground parking, landscaping, street lighting and sidewalks. No additional tax burden on residents will be required related to the construction of the City Hall; costs will be assumed within the current 10-year financial plan. The Civic Centre Complex will include: A 31,000 square foot City Hall, owned by the City of West Kelowna; Two residential lowrise buildings, owned by the developer; One commercial low-rise office building, owned by the developer A public plaza for community use and enjoyment; Underground and above ground parking; the City Hall portion of the parking will be owned by the City of West Kelowna; Environmental design practices for building and landscaping On June 10, 2014, West Kelowna Council announced that it had chosen 3641 Elliott Road as the preferred location for the development of a Municipal Hall/Civic Centre and would enter into negotiations with the selected proponent. Strategic Development Group, with assistance from the City of West Kelowna, has secured a tentative partnership with Interior Health Authority to lease a significant portion of the commercial office building for a West Kelowna Health Centre, which will consolidate services in the downtown core and provide room for future growth.

KELOWNA Amphitheatre proposed for Okanagan College campus A n o u td o o r a m p h i t h e a t re to a ccommodate up to 5,500 people is being proposed for the Vernon campus of Okanagan College by the non-profit Okanagan Summer Festival Society. The proposal for the amphitheatre and an initial concept plan were disclosed at a recent meeting of the Greater Vernon Advisory Council. “We see the opportunity to develop a significant addition to the cultural infrastructure of our valley at a site that has incredible views and that would showcase not just world-class performers but also worldclass scenery,” explains Diane Bond, the Society’s Managing Director. The group has been seeking a venue to accommodate large performing groups, such as symphony orchestras and dance companies, for some time. It has been working with Okanagan College with the Vernon campus site in mind since 2011. The amphitheatre would take advantage of campus topography; notably a coulee that has not figured into long-term development plans for the institution. With research in hand that speaks to the feasibility of the project, the Society has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the College’s Board of Governors that authorizes the Society to continue work on developing the idea. The expectation is that the Society would be wholly responsible for building and operating the facility on the College’s property in Coldstream under a long-term lease. “We expect all due diligence and funding arrangements would be in place before any final agreement is signed by the College,” explains Jane Lister, the College’s Regional Dean for the North Okanagan. “Next steps in the process include consultation with

our neighbours, the municipality, First Nations, and completion of any engineering or environmental studies that might be required.” No firm cost projections have been made for construction of the facility, explains Bond. “We are at early stages in our planning, although from our research we’re estimating between $5 and $10 million for the construction of the amphitheatre. We are seeking input from a number of experts to help us budget responsibly for a facility which will be attractive to both audiences and performers.” Bond reassured the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee that the Society would not be coming to the municipalities or the College for requests of major funding for the construction of the facility. The Society will be looking to federal and provincial funding opportunities as well as to private sector donors to make the amphitheatre a reality, she explained.

OKANAGAN Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Announces 2016 Advisory Board The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission has formally appointed its new Advisory Board for 2016. The Economic Development Commission Executive consists of the following members: Victor Narynskyyi, Chair – Centro Consulting Inc.; Larry Widmer, Past Chair – Community Futures of the Central Okanagan; Domenic Vinci, Vice Chair – Coast Capital Savings; Martin Cronin – Helios Global Tracking Ltd.; Jim Grant – Grant Thornton LLP; David McDougall – Blenz Coffee and Raghwa Gopal – Accelerate Okanagan & Saavani Skin Care. Accountable to the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board, the COEDC has a 40+ member advisory body including representatives of business associations, local government, and key industry leaders of Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Professional Services, Construction & Development, Technology and Tourism. The Advisory Board acts as a conduit of community and business information; this information provides staff the ability to identify tactics, activities and partnerships in order to facilitate a healthy, dynamic and sustainable community economy. New to the board this year: James Calissi of Calissi Farms for Agriculture; Mike Checkley of QHR Technologies for Health Care/ Technology; Alex Greer of Adaptive Ventures Inc for Technology/Manufacturing; Lynn Heinrich of Sun-Rype for Manufacturing/ Communications; Peter Jeffrey of Okanagan Peer Mentoring Group for Manufacturing; Brad Klassen of Troika Group for Trades/ Construction; Richard Luehr of Composite Panel North America for Manufacturing and Karen Olsson of Community Sift for Technology. The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s mission is to “Work in partnership to facilitate a healthy, dynamic and sustainable community economy by supporting existing businesses and encouraging appropriate new business investment.” The COEDC takes an objective and informed approach to research and evaluation while recognizing the relationship between economy, society, culture and environment. The Commission strives to work in the public interest and with all levels of government regardless of political affiliation.







t is that time of year again. The time when we reflect on the past and show gratitude towards others but it is also the time when prognosticators gaze into their crystal ball and predict what the New Year will bring. In the North Okanagan, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic. 2015 was a banner year for recreation and sports enthusiasts in the North Okanagan as one major sports complex was completed and another got approval from local taxpayers. The Greater Vernon Athletic Park situated on the Vernon campus of Okanagan College features a state of the art running track, modern change rooms, and an artificial infield that is ideal for soccer or football. The estimated $7.5 million dollar facility was officially opened in September of

2015 and received rave reviews from those involved in athletics. Just a few short months after the new track was opened, voters were back at the polls in late November to vote on another recreational facility. While the turnout was extremely low (16 per cent of eligible voters), the majority of those who voted gave the thumbs up to a $13.5 million dollar borrowing bylaw that will see a new arena built alongside the City’s major arena, Kal Tire Place. The low turnout was not a total surprise given the fact the referendum took place only weeks after the federal election but as has been said by others, the world is run by those who show up. Vernon mayor Akbal Mund, who was elected just over a year ago, told local media that he was disappointed with the low voter turnout. Mund isn’t sure why turnout was so low but speculates it might have something to do with the time of year. Despite the voter apathy, mayor Mund said he was happy they can “move forward” with the project. Ground breaking should occur in late summer 2016 with construction complete by late 2017 or early 2018. The positive referendum result was enough to have tourism industry reps buzzing about the potential for a growth in sport and event tourism. Throw in the three lakes at the city’s doorstep, numerous golf courses including

Predator Ridge, and one dynamite ski resort in Silverstar and you can understand why the City of Vernon adopted “Active Life” as its new slogan in 2015. Strong real states sales through 2015 have also given those in real estate industry a reason to be optimistic as they sense the potential for continued growth. Unfortunately, lingering in the back of everyone’s mind are two major issues, the sinking value of the Canadian dollar and the low price of oil. Like most things, there is a bit of good and bad that flows from that reality. The slowing activity in the Alberta oil sands may lessen the disposable income available for investors, remote workers, and those looking to relocate from Alberta but on the plus side the low price of oil and the high U-S exchange rate is good news for the tourism sector. More Americans are expected to head north with their increased spending power and more Canadians will likely stay closer to home rather than traveling abroad. It could be the perfect combination that creates a very strong year for the tourism industry. Meanwhile development permits with the City of Vernon were also up in 2015 and most believe that trend will continue in 2016 as the City is well positioned to attract new investment. Building permit values as of December were over

$100 million which is the second strongest on record. “Commercial development has been great,” says Kevin Poole, economic development manager, City of Vernon who added that a lot of the strength comes from a number of small commercial developments and a few big projects such as a revamped clubhouse at Predator Ridge Golf Resort that is worth $1.25 million. 2015 also marked an increased focus by the Greater Vernon Chamber on local politics and that included making a submission to Vernon City Council during their budget deliberations. It was the first time in more than a decade that the Chamber had submitted such a comprehensive submission. It ranged from encouraging strong fiscal management to the prudent use of contracted forces for anything beyond core services. As one Councillor put it, “it’s good to have the Chamber keeping our feet to the fire and ensuring we are keeping taxes in check and doing what we can to encourage investment.” In other news, a tip of the hat to local lawyer Tom Christensen, who was advised in December that he has been appointed as Queen’s counsel by the provincial government. Christensen is an associate with long time Chamber member Nixon Wenger LLP and told the local media, “it’s not something I’ve coveted but it’s definitely an

honour.” The QC designation is conferred each year on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates have been members of the BC bar for at least five years and have been nominated by their peers. Congrats also to Back to Earth Enviro Products & Soapworks of Coldstream which is a top ten semifinalist for the Premier’s People’s Choice Award in the BC Small Business Awards. The Premier’s People’s Choice Award celebrates BC’s entrepreneurs by recognizing a small business that is the heart of their community. The top 10 Semi-Finalists will complete a formal application that will be used to determine the Top 5 Finalists for each of the categories. The finalists will be announced on January 29, and the winners will be celebrated on February 25, 2016 at the awards ceremony in Vancouver. Finally the Greater Vernon Cha mber of Com merce was pleased that 80 new members joined the organization in 2015. That’s the most new members in more than ten years. We wish them and all our loyal members all the best for 2016! Dan Rogers is the General Manager at the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at

COST OF BAD HIRE STAGGERING A systemized hiring process saves time, energy and resources


ohn Glennon, president of Sandler Training in Kelowna, understands that the cost of a bad hire for business owners can be staggering. In fact, in a recent Sage survey of 800 b u si ness ow ners f rom across North America, 38 per cent said that finding qualified employees was their biggest challenge. On February 24 Sandler Training will be offering targeted training in attracting, identifying and hiring winning employees. “ T h e re i s a re a l s c ience a nd methodolog y to hiring,” said Glennon. “Sometimes though, employers hire in desperation, looking to fill a position quickly. Having a system provides the employer with a process they can use on a daily basis.” The full-day interactive workshop i nt roduces Sandler’s unique and systemized hiring process.

“There is a real science and methodology to hiring.” JOHN GLENNON OWNER

“Participants learn how to write the right recruiting ad, how to sort resumes to find the hidden gems and even what questions to ask during the interview,” Glennon said. “T hey’ll take home a documented hiring process they can use the next day.” Glennon added that with a tried and true process, employers a nd hu m a n resources personnel can conduct t he i nter v iew w it h con f idence a nd a

higher level of expertise and knowledge in how and what to look for in a future employee. “ W het her a bu si ness has a human resources department or the owner or manager conducts the hiring, the interview can be challenging,” Glennon explained, adding that being able to discern which applicant is right for the job simplifies the process saving time, energy and resources. On January 22, Sandler Training will be offering a two-hour lunch seminar about stress free prospecting. “A good way to start the new year is by sharpening sk i l ls. I n t h is sem i na r Sandler Training presents new strategies and techniques for making cold calls without pressure or anxiety.” Whether the sales person is looking for new business or solidifying old clients, Glennon said, this prospecting system balances a mix of activities, from networking to handling referrals. For details and to register for both events: www.



Kelowna, BC

DETAILS & REGISTRATION: February 24th, 2016 8:30am-4:30pm




WE’RE HERE FOR YOU Our membership is comprised of niche markets and we likely have a recommendation to help you connect with


commerce in our region



ew years are famous – or infamous – for resolutions. If your business resolution involves grow ing yo u r b u s i n e s s, f i nd i n g t h e right people to help you manage more effectively, or preparing your company for a successful sale, then start 2016 with a call to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. In addition to our advocacy work, improving conditions in which business operates, providing a variety of workshops and networking events, along with money saving programs, we are ideally suited to match your budget, your needs and our know-how to your strategic direction. Our business team is ready to assist you through the business cycle with an onsite visit

or in-office consultation. Our Chamber can provide you access to the right information and expertise to help you gain success in the Okanagan. We can help to direct you to grants, loans and investors to help you take your idea to market or fund training for existing staff. We are on a first-name basis with researchers to help you diversify your operations. And we have the expertise and facilitation skills to make business to business communications easy. We definitely know the right professionals: you could say we have the top experts on speed dial as our 1300 plus membership directory proves. Online ma rketi ng is a l low i ng companies to advertise for pennies per exposure; with us, you can discover how to utilize these marketing streams, as well as other resources to maximize your company’s exposure. Our membership is comprised of niche markets and we likely have a recommendation to help you connect with commerce in our region. From patents, to early stage capital, businesses for sale to interior design or build, let us introduce you to these great folks. The Board and staff of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce


Deadline for appeal is Feb 2, 2016 2015 Colliers International Property Tax Services specializes in the :LWKRYHU\HDUVRISURSHUW\DVVHVVPHQWDSSHDOH[SHULHQFH3DFWHVW annual Review and Appeal of property assessments, property &RPPHUFLDO5HDO(VWDWH$GYLVRUVVSHFLDOL]HLQWKHDQQXDO5HYLHZDQG tax minimization strategies, as well as Property Transfer Tax $SSHDORISURSHUW\DVVHVVPHQWVSURSHUW\WD[PLQLPL]DWLRQVWUDWHJLHV appeals throughout British Columbia. DVZHOODV3URSHUW\TUDQVIHUTD[DSSHDOVWKURXJKRXW%ULWLVK&ROXPELD

Proactive Service, Proven Results Tim Down, CAE,RIRI Tim Down,AACI, AACI,P. P. App, APP. CAE,

Associate Vice President Property Tax Services Director, Property Tax Services, British Columbia

PacWest Commercial Real Estate Advisors E-mail: 250-864-9140 Web:Tel: F: 1-250-864-9140

reflect often on how fortunate we are to work with some of the best companies and people in BC, and of course to live in the Okanagan! Our success is reflected in our members’ belief in our community’s leaders, our economic future and the collaborative gene that seems to run through us all, always b u i l d i n g o n s t re n g t h s a n d making an effort to include all members of our community in our planning. We are forever grateful that we a re pa rt of th is dy na m ic region. Happy holidays and a warm welcome to our newest 30 members who have aligned themselves with us in the last 30 days: Edward Jones, Spectrum Environmental Consulting, Ltd., Society of Friends of the Early Music Studio, Health Factors, T MG T he Mortgage Group, Mary Jane Banks Financial Advisor, Y2 Innovations, Barb Newman Realtor Fair Realty Kelowna, Kelowna & Area Explore & Save, Hotwire Electric, Glenmore Gift Gallery, Shine-a-Blind, DRMG Interior, EntireTEA Exquisite Teas Accessories & More, Kings Pest Control, Gold Business Technologies Ltd., Kelowna Home Check, Minstrel CafÊ & Bar, POO CREW, The Chef in Stead, Whole Heart Counselling, Luv

N Hope Foundation, NUCCA Kelowna, Gravity Float & Wellness, Let’s Go Transportation Ltd., Sony Real Estate Inc., MacDonald Wealth Group/TD Wealth, Prestige Collision, Pine Lighting and Class Media. Caroline Grover is the CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached by email at

Don’t agree with your property evaluation? You can appeal


roperty owners will soon be receiving their annual property assessment notices in the mail. This year, the BC Assessment Authority is sending approximately two million notices out to property owners across the province. Tim Down, Director, Property Tax Services with Colliers International has over 28 years of valuation and property assessment appeal experience in B.C., and is an accredited member with the Appraisal Instute of Canada, International Association of Assessing Officers, as well as the Canadian Property Taxpayers Association. He notes that 2016 property assessment values will vary from community to community based on the local market conditions. “It has been widely reported that residential property values have risen dramatically in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley,� says Down. “The unprecedented market demand for commercial and industrial properties will result in large assessment increases as well as there remains too much money chasing too few available properties. “However, resource based communities have not fared as well with the uncertainty of oil and gas expansion, collection and distribution to offshore markets. It is critical that commercial and industrial property owners and tenants take a close look at their 2016 property assessment values to ensure their assessment values are fair and equitable.� Down says that if an assessment is incorrect, the property owner or tenant will be paying more property tax now and into the future, so they need to ensure they have been assessed fairly and equitably. “Property taxpayers have the right to

either the lower of the actual market value or the equitable assessment value for their property,� Down says. “Assessment values should be no higher than a similar, competing property in the taxation jurisdiction.� Down points out that, for example, an industrial property in Fort St. John shouldn’t be assessed at a higher rate than a similar neighbouring property. “There are things that can cause a property assessment value to change beside a rising market: Changes to the neighbourhood, like updated services,� he adds. “Physical changes to the property. Changes in zoning and/or official community plans. The assessor is responsible to interpret the effect any change has on a property’s market value.� Down also points out that property taxpayers also have to be aware of “tax shifting� where certain property assessment values are increased above the average increase which will lead to a higher corresponding property tax notice. “Commercial and Industrial property tax rates are significantly higher in smaller communities compared to residential rates as local politicians tend to be more concerned with homeowners who vote,� he says. “Property taxes are the largest operating expenses after mortgage and leasing costs. A successful appeal will reduce the annual property taxes payable which goes straight to the bottom line performance of a property.� The property assessment appeal deadline is February 2, 2016 and there are no fees to file an appeal. “Once the appeal deadline has passed, you cannot appeal your property taxes,� Down notes.




BETTER BUSINESS IN 2016 There are so many ways that we can help you connect to more business in 2016



ew Year, New Connections” is ou r theme for January 2016. At the Kamloops Chamber, we take our slogan, “your business connection” quite seriously. We exist because of you, our members, and our goal is to make your membership worth so much more than your yearly fee. You might ask yourself, “What

can the Chamber connect me with?” We are glad you asked! Here are some ways we can be your connection to better business in 2016:

New business opportunities - Through fantastic networking events and great marketing opportunities, we can help connect you to different businesses in the community and new avenues to get the word out about your business. Business education - Build your business by growing your knowledge through our seminars and workshops on topics such as social media marketing, leadership skills, office administration, employment and tax law and much more. M o n e y-s a v i n g b e n e f i t s Save money for your business, streamline operations and increase productivity by taking advantage of our many benefits; such as fuel, office supply and merchant processing discounts, email marketing systems, payroll services and more. Connect to government - We at the Kamloops Chamber, are passionate about helping your

voice be heard by all levels of government. We work hard behind the scenes to change legislation that is affecting your business, to make it more business-friendly. Legislation changes such as being instrumental in the Tax-Free Savings Account, the 10 year passport and the easier movement of shipping containers across the country. Bring your ideas forward at one of our biannual roundtables, and let us help you have a bigger voice at Parliament Hill. There are so many ways that we ca n help you con nect to more business in 2016. To learn more, connect with one of our fou r tea m members: Executive Director, Deb McClelland; Member Relations Coordinator Kimberly Humphrey; Events Coordinator Acacia Schmietenknop, and Administrative & Marketing Coordinator, Candace Erlenbach, by contacting our office: 250.372.7722 or mail@ We would love to hear from you! ••• Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Celebrity Luncheon If you haven’t heard already, Hockey Day in Canada is comi ng to Ka m loops! T he Ka mloops Chamber is partnering with Hockey Day in Canada to sell tickets for the Scotiabank Celebrity Luncheon on February 4th 2016 at the Tournament Capital Centre. For only $50.00 per person, come hear from keynote speaker Trevor Linden and enjoy special appearances by Ron McLean and Don Cherry, as well as NHL alumni, the Stanley Cup and much more! Get your tickets fast because they won’t last long, at Deb McClelland is the executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached email at

TOTA DONATES OVER $7,500 TO SCHOLARSHIPS Area 27 Breaks Ground in the South Okanagan LIVER–WiththeOsoyoosIndian behalf of the council. “This is someAND BC HOSPITALITY FOUNDATION Band (OiB) on site for traditional thing the rest of the world is going



he Thompson Okanagan Tou rism A ssociation (TOTA) was honoured to fund and present over $7,500 worth of a n nua l awa rds to university students enrolled in Tourism and Hospitality programs at Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University

this fall and the BC Hospitality Foundation. The TOTA Tourism Excellence Scholarship is given annually to a student enrolled in their 3-4 year of the Bachelor of Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Management Specialty (Okanagan College) and the Bachelor of Tourism Management Program (Thompson Rivers University). Recipients are selected based on academic standing with preference given for prior employment within the tourism industry. “ T O TA i s p ro u d to s u pport these future leaders in our growing industry”, noted TOTA CEO Glenn Mandziuk. “The BC Hospitality Foundation contribution is going to an important cause that provides support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a

financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition. It also is committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and beverage programmes across BC.” Monies raised from the proceeds of TOTA Events including the Golf Tournament and the Tourism Summit supported the bursaries and a $4,600 donation to the BC Hospitality Association. Recipients included Jessica Politewicz of Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops; and two awards went to Maik Uhlmann at Okanagan College, Kelowna Glenn Mandziuk is President and Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Region. He can be reached at


celebrations, South Okanagan Motorsports Corporation (SOMC) officially broke ground December 16 to begin construction of a 5 kilometer (three mile)trackandmemberfacilitiesfortheir membership-based club Area 27. “I’m honoured that so many of you came out for this, with two weeks’ notice and only one week before Christmas”, stated president Bill Drossos to a crowd of Area 27 members, Osoyoos Indian Band members, local elected officials, and some local media. The event was a milestone for the club and the cumulative effort of several years of work scouting for land and obtaining a 99-year lease for 227 acres with the Government of Canada and Osoyoos Indian Band (October 2015). “I’m very excited about this project”, stated Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. “I’m a mayor of a very settled community, and we have our share of sceptics. But this is going to be a great thing for the community and the south Okanagan. You’ve got our support.” Also on hand was Osoyoos town councillor Mike Campol, speaking on

to watch”, Campol stated. “We’re thrilled to have Area 27 in the south Okanagan community.” ContractorLakeExcavating, owned by Area 27 co-founder Trevor Seibert, has begun site development and mobilized heavy equipment to the area. “I want to thankeveryonefromtheOsoyoosIndian Band”, stated Seibert. “I’ve been talking a lot with Chief Louie, making sure we can put a lot of local people to work.” Construction of Area 27 will include Seibert’s team from Lake Excavating as well as bring a number of employment opportunities for local skilled trades. “There’s no other builder in North America that has as much racing experience as Trevor”, stated Area 27 president Drossos. “With the Seibert family, you have three generations of racers and three generations of builders. We’re fortunate to have such a uniquely skilled group of professionals building our track and facilities.” Construction for Area 27 is now underway, with a scheduled break in January and resuming groundworks in February.

• We help you hire the RIGHT people by using the right PROCESS. • OUR AUTOMATED ONLINE PRE-SCREENING, saves time, money and elevates the level of candidates applying. Powered by Innervue® • 866-645-2047 • Find out more




Kelowna company celebrates 40 years in business


ELOWNA - Winn Rentals, like any successful business or building, would not have stood the test of time without a solid foundation. Jim, Brad and Bert Gretzinger have not only demonstrated that principle in their own involvement with the company, after forty years in operation they have a lot of employees and customers who also will testify to that fact. “Our goals are to constantly give the best service that we can, provide the best equipment, and maintain customer loyalty. It’s always been that way and growth seems to follow,” Bert, a co-owner of the company, told Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan. The original owner launched Kelowna-based Winn Rentals in 1975; in January 1976 Jim bought the company. One of a number of other rental companies in the same town, the operation was small and subsidized by ski equipment rentals and a bottle depot area. All this was housed in a 1,400 square foot building. “I started working with my dad in April of that year and at that time there were just the two of us and one other employee, Art Meyer, a mechanic who did repairs as needed. Although my father purchased Winn Rentals and I came on board shortly after, our decisions to move to Kelowna and to purchase the company were based mostly on a spirit of adventure and a desire for change,” Bert continued. The final decision to buy the company may have been prompted more by a desire to get out of the trucking industry than by a desire to operate an equipment rental business. As it turned out, however, it didn’t take the men long to realize there was potential in the enterprise but that plenty of ambition was an essential ingredient

“Dad passed away in 2011. We’d like to think that our father would be proud of all that we’ve accomplished with his dream. It’s a big part of a family business.” BERT GRETZINGER CO-OWNER, WINN RENTALS

Chris Dawe, Brad Gretzinger, Jay Holland, Konrad Schafer and Ross Anderson

in the mix. One of the first things to be done back then was to build up an inventory of equipment for rent since a few hammer drills, one air compressor and a basic line of lawn and garden equipment simply weren’t enough to do the trick. In spite of the encroaching 1980s recession, they increased their inventory, offered a delivery service and hired more people to serve their expanding customer base. The business grew, but once again, not without its challenges. I n a s how of s t ren g t h t he Gretzingers focused on acquiring more equipment to meet the needs of new and long time clients, now primarily construction SEE WINN RENTALS |  PAGE 7

Congratulations to Winn Rentals on 40 Years of Excellent Service.

Brothers Brad Gretzinger and Bert Gretzinger

For the past 40 years, Winn Rentals has been dedicated to serving the machinery needs of Kelowna and British Columbia. Volvo salutes Winn Rentals and their tremendous business success in making their customers more productive and profitable. Here’s to a continued partnership built on tradition and experience. Winn Rentals Ltd. 910 McCurdy Road, Kelowna BC V1X 2P7 250.491.1991 l



Foster Hodgins, Jeff Coates, Austin Pearson, Braden Siddall and Mitch Rulens

Dawn O’Neil and Cheryl Scrimbit


to the solidarity that supports Winn Rentals is the number of employees who are not only homegrown and long-term, they have a good understanding of the business and work flow as well as of their own role in the process, from beginning to end.


contractors; they continued to build on their delivery service to job sites. As the company grew and inventory increased, the need for a larger facility was evident. In an article that appeared in Canadian Rental Service in June 2004, writer Chris Skalkos described what steps were taken to provide the extra space needed to accommodate the expanding business. “…last year [2003] the company took a giant leap forward after building a new seven bay door state-of-the-art facility to service its customers in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.” Then came the market collapse in late 2008. Business immediately dropped thirty per cent. Along with the expected hiccups associated with establishing a new business, the looming economic downturn now had moved beyond the boundaries of Wall Street and had reached their community

and their company. That’s when Winn Rentals experienced the strength of wise planning, committed employees and customer loyalty: when other businesses succumbed to the downturn, their customer base continued to grow. The men’s founding principles demonstrated that strategic planning, dependable employees and financial management meant the difference between collapse or continued progress. Bert describes the past 40 years as a journey replete with “peaks and valleys”. “Somehow we’ve managed to make it. The company has become an example of step-by-step, strategically planned growth,” he said. Bert was quick to acknowledge that over the years much of the company’s success has been due to the quality and commitment of its employees. When asked if finding qualified trades persons was difficult, Bert explained that many of their staff are home-grown employees. “We now have 40 employees in 3104-48th Avenue Vernon, BC, V1T 3R6 Phone: (250)545-2188

all, including seven mechanics. We have a service manager, general manager, two administrators, a yard/shop foreman, a parts manager six insides sales people and approximately 15 delivery drivers,” he continued. Perhaps the greatest testament

“Our employees have worked their way up from the bottom. That’s the way this company has grown. They may start in general maintenance, then learn about the SEE WINN RENTALS |  PAGE 8

Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary! Spring Fuel Distributors Inc. 275 Campion Street, Kelowna BC 250-491-0427

Petro Canada is a Suncor Energy business.


Congratulations to the staff and management at Winn Rentals! Wishing you another 40 successful years in business!




equipment, then become delivery drivers. Everyone shares the responsibility but as staff move up the ladder to more responsibility they are aware of what everyone else’s job entails. “We pride ourselves on maintaining our staff. Some of them have been with us for twenty five years. Our service manager, Brad Demchuck has been working here since July 1991. Our manager, Konrad Schafer began part-time work with Bert in 1988 and later, in May 1992, fulltime. Office administer, Dawn O’Neil, has been part of the team since 1989. Finding mechanics is always a challenge but we’ve retained ours and we’re hoping that no one is planning on leaving,” he said, genuine appreciation in his voice. Bert also noted that several others have played a huge role in the company’s success. “Another reason for our growth was the addition of two partners in the 1990s: Kelly Robertson, who continues to work in outside sales and marketing and Don Buchner who solidified his role as lead mechanic. Both men have played a huge role in the success of Winn Rentals.” In return, the company has provided a number of ways in which to display its appreciation to its staff: the benefits of a profit sharing program; group health and benefit plan, RRSP plan and a Christmas appreciation evening. “We still go by the original philosophy of my father which is to treat people, especially staff and clients, the way you want to be treated.” As good as staff may be, however, community support is another key part of the company’s foundation. While their major market is in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country, Winn Rentals services the entire Okanagan area, including areas from Osoyoos to Vernon and parts north, including Big White. In some ways it’s been a long four decades since Winn Rentals was founded and housed in a small building but they’ve grown along with the communities of Kelowna and Rutland.

Moving rental equipment “We’re in a unique environment in Kelowna in that it’s getting bigger and bigger but there’s still a small town feel to the region. The population is more diverse but we still need to stay connected and [continue] building relationships in the community. Anyone who does business here needs to be aware of that.” “We try to be as much involved in the community as possible. We have lots of ties to different organizations. We like to be visible and known as good corporate citizens. This isn’t just where we make our living, it’s where we live.” A long and impressive list of orga n izations supported by Winn Rentals appears on their website. Some of those include projects ranging from the Kettle SEE WINN RENTALS |  PAGE 9

Cookson Motors would like to congratulate Winn Rentals on 40 years of business! Kelowna : ph: 1-250-763-2327 toll free: 1-800-735-3943 Penticton : ph:1-250-492-0240 toll free:1-877-766-7627

Company building



Don Buchner, Rob Rose, Brad Demchuck, Ray Gillberg, Brent Robertson, Carl Wood, Mike Faminoff, Wes Schaumleffel and Brad Macaulay


Valley Railway Society to Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Kelowna BMX Club to Habitat for Humanity and numerous sports teams and events, sporting and otherwise. That list barely scratches the list of worthy organizations and non-profits benefiting from the generosity of Winn Rentals Ltd. A lot has happened since those early days of January, 1976: they soon outgrew the original building, necessitating a move to a 3,000 square facility in 1979; in 1991 their continued growth resulted in the acquisition of an

8,000 foot square quonset hut. The company currently occupies an 18,000 square foot building as well as the quonset. Asked about plans to celebrate their four decades in business, Bert was modest in his reply. “We’ll let people know about it but we’re not going to be the major horn blower. Our philosophy will continue to be the same. Customer service is a huge part of our profile. A lot of businesses talk about it but I’d like to think we take it to the next level. Equipment does break down but it’s how you handle those problems that makes the difference. Our goals are constant: give the best service we can. Provide the best equipment and

High-quality products Made in Germany.

(604) 298-8996



Congratulations, from all of us!

Congratulations to Winn Rentals on Your 40th Anniversary!

service possible. Maintain customer loyalty. It’s always been that way for us, success then seems to take place.” “Dad passed away in 2011. We’d like to think that our father would be proud of all that we’ve accomplished with his dream. It’s a big part of a family business.” Bert, the company, its partners, the employees and indeed the entire community have faced and overcome challenges but they’ve faced them together. That sense of camaraderie is powerful and has evoked an outpouring of support and appreciation for the citizens, clients and employees who call Kelowna and area home.

Congratulations to Winn Rentals on their 40th Anniversary! Come and see us! 911 Stremel Road, Kelowna (on highway 97, across from Scandia) 250-860-1000 •

FREE WITH EVERY PURCHASE. The Genie reputation is built upon doing what’s right for our customers. And when it comes to giving you aerial equipment, and the suppor t you need for superior uptime, no one goes to greater heights than our dedicated teams. Trust in the difference we can make for you.



*Based on 2014 aerial work platform global equipment revenue (Access International, May/June 2015). Includes powered access manufacturers. Excludes telehandlers and manufacturers of non-powered access equipment. © 2015 Terex Aerial Work Platforms. Genie and Taking You Higher are registered trademarks of Terex Corporation or its subsidiaries.




environment to develop that’s not conducive to accountability for their children or relatives, a lack of maturity or capacity from the younger generation, or even a lack of motivation from existing leadership to prepare to step aside. “The wisest families have a few things in common that help them get through this issue, “ he says. “First, they require that the family member work outside of the family business, anywhere from 2-5 years. Some even require them to obtain a specific number of promotions within other organizations. This tactic creates a filter ensuring that they take the position seriously and have the ability to contribute in a meaningful way. “Second, when t he fa m i ly member does start working, it’s important that they report to non-family managers and be regularly evaluated. By not doing


come to work everyday knowing that they’re going to be respected, and that their efforts are valued and appreciated. “The family-oriented culture has created a n env iron ment where employees want to work long-term, we have many team members who have been here for more than two decades. That’s translated into a staff that’s filled with people who really care about building strong relationships with customers, they’re not just here for a paycheck, they show up to make a difference, solve the customer’s problems and make their day go as smooth as possible.” Tabler became the GM of Parker’s in September of 2015, working his way through the company from the service department, where he started back in 1990. He credits the corporate culture, and its focus on listening and empathy as key contributors behind the dealership’s success. “There’s more to listening than just letting someone talk,” he says. “One of the most valuable things I’ve learned during my time here has been the ability to ‘get out of’ the conversations that I’m in and hear what’s really being said. Once you get to the heart of an issue, whether it’s with an employee or customer, it’s vital to not make a hasty decision. I’ve found that quite often the quickest decision is the wrong one. “One of the things that we do really well here is to take all of the facts, take a step back, and come up with something that’s going to benefit everyone involved. My managers over the years have instilled that in me, and I take pride in passing it on to others. That focus is essential to problem solving for our customers, and when we provide solutions that

David C. Bentall, Founder of Next Step Advisors, engaging a crowd on family business and succession planning (Photo Credit: Trinity Western University) so you can actually rob someone of valuable feedback that leads to growth and improved performance. That concept can also be extended throughout the company with ‘360 performance reviews’, which creates a safe place for all staff to give honest,

apply to the larger issues they’re facing, it creates those ‘win-win’ scenarios that develop long-term business relationships.” The emphasis on relationships and personal connections are what Tabler believes has allowed Parker’s to see consistent growth for so many years. “We have avoided the auto industry stigma of ‘performance culture,’” he says. “And have done so through our focus on developing relationships with our clients. Listening, problem solving, and treating all of our customers and employees like family members have contributed to the achievements we’ve seen so far. As we go forward there are going to be many opportunities for growth and expansion, but our core values will not change, and will serve as the lens we look through to make all decisions in the future.” Parker’s is also known as a major community supporter, sponsoring a wide variety of minor sports teams and community organizations, including youth and special needs focused initiatives, and the 2016 BC Winter Games. “Giving back is a priority for us,” says Tabler. “It’s really important that we support the community that has given so much to our company. That’s another part of our culture; we truly care about the people in this City. We’re more than just an auto dealer, we’re a partner, supporter and cheerleader of the region and all that it has to offer.” The dealership was started by Glady, Lloyd and Gordon Parker in 1945, and has stayed in the family since then, growing into one of the Okanagan’s most recognized names in auto. Currently the brand is in the process of transitioning from the second to third generation of Parkers.

objective feedback.” Another challenge can be the older generation’s unwillingness, or perceived inability to move out the way and allow the next one to take over. “W hen someone starts a company it’s their baby,” says

Bentall. “It’s really important to have empathy for that, and understand the hard work and dedication that it took to get the business to where it is now. This is something that requires the older generation to be very proactive, and one of the first things they can do is develop strong leadership teams that have input on the direction and strategy of the company. “Adding an external board of directors comprised of a majority of independent directors is another effective tactic. Outside objective input is critical in an organization’s development. Following that the current owners need to determine how much capital they want to draw from the business so that they’re not dependent on a salary within the company. Once those things have been determined, you can start developing a plan to transition them away from day-to-day operations, and move the next generation in.” Bentall also spoke on issue

prevention, and the importance of taking a forward thinking approach to the future of the family business. “Studies have shown that there are a few strategies that prevent internal conflicts and ensure that everyone is on the same page,” he says. “Regular family meetings are vital, there needs to be a place where each person can feel comfortable to express their frustrations and feedback without fear of retribution. “In addition, there needs to be a formalized strategic planning process that ensures that everyone is on the same page, and knows where the company is headed. One of the most destructive habits in family businesses is the failure to communicate and seek out objective feedback. If you can make sure that it’s not an issue, and give your family and non-family employees opportunities to have their say, you’re going to save a lot of heartache and stress.”

Strongest November Home Sales in Ten Years


he Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMR EB) reports that MLS residential sales for the month of November were up 21 per cent from a year ago to 548 units. More homes were sold in the Okanagan last month than in any November since 2005 when 560 home sales were recorded. “Strong consumer confidence has tra nslated i nto elevated housing demand,” said Christopher Miller, OMREB President and active realtor in the Central Okanagan. “More homes traded hands by the end of November in the Okanagan than in all of 2014.” Robust employment growth and rising wages in the province are helping to underpin housing demand and drive increased migration to BC from other provinces, most notably from Alberta. Historically low mortgage interest rates and an increasingly diversified housing stock are also contributing to home ownership options in the Okanagan. “The inventory of homes for sa le wa s dow n nea rly 9 p er cent in November compared to the same month last year. With fewer homes for sale in many neighbourhoods, potential home buyers are now facing increased competition for the best properties,” said Miller. With i n OM R EB’s th ree d iverse markets – Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, and Shuswap-Revelstoke areas – sales activity and prices, and supply and demand tends to vary among property types at different times and locations,

w ith ups and dow ns experie n c e d z o n e-b y-z o n e a n d month-by-month. “The Central Okanagan and Shuswap markets have exhibited relative strength this year, while housing demand in the Nor t h Ok a n a ga n h a s ed ged lower in its performance compared to the past year, largely as the result of a weaker Alberta economy,” added Miller. Boa rd-w ide (Pe ach l a nd to Revelstoke): Overall sales of all property types reported during November 2015 increased 18 per cent compared to 2014 (to 619 units from 524) and rose 4.6 per cent year-to-date (to 8,359 from 7,991). Total residential sales for the month were up 21 per cent over last year at this time (at 548 units from 453) while year-to-date sales improved by 6 per cent compared to 2014 (to 7,544 units from 7,109). Si ngle fa m i ly home sa les across the board area were up 8.7 per cent, compared to November 2014 (to 263 from 242) while year-to-date sales were up 4.2 per cent (at 3,964 from 3,806). Central Zone (Peachland to Lake Country): During November, overall sales of all property types in the Central Zone were up 17.5 per cent with 389 units compared to 331 in 2014. Yearto-date sales activity increased by 7.7 per cent compared to the same period last year (January through November) to 5,448 units from 5,060 in 2014. Total residential sales for the month rose 20.4 per cent to 348 units compared to 289 in 2014, and was up by 9.7 per cent

yea r-to-date (to 5,062 from 4,614). The sale of single family homes was up 5.5 per cent over last November (to 154 from 146) and was up 7.6 per cent year-todate (to 2,542 from 2,362). North Zone (Predator Ridge to Enderby): Overall property sales for November in the North Zone were up 34 per cent to 161 units compared to 120 last year at this time. Sales activity yearto-date was down 3.6 per cent to 1,810 units compared to 1,878 during the first eleven months of 2014. Total residential sales were up 44 per cent this past month to 143 u n its compa red to 99 units in 2014, and were down 2.8 per cent year-to-date (to 1,626 from 1,673). Single family home sales were up 33 per cent over last November (to 76 from 57) and declined 7.8 per cent year-to-date (to 894 from 970). Shuswap Zone (Salmon Arm to Revelstoke): In November, sales activity for all property types in the Shuswap-Revelstoke Zone increased by 1.3 per cent over 2014 (at 75 units compared to 74) while the year-to-date sales were up 4.3 per cent over the same eleven-month period last year (at 1,094 units from 1,049). Total residential unit sales for the month were down 4.6 per cent compared to November 2014 (at 62 units from 65) and rose 5.2 per cent year-to-date (to 924 from 878). T he sa le of si ngle fa m i ly homes declined 4.6 per cent (to 62 units from 65 last year) and was up 11.4 per cent year-todate (to 528 from 474) compared to November 2014.




Local wall and ceiling systems contracting company celebrates 20th anniversary


E L OW NA - Littco Enterprises, a commercial wall and ceiling systems contractor headquartered in Kelowna, is celebrating twenty years of service to commercial and residential clients. Incorporated in 1995 by its founder, Rick Little, the company has g row n to become one of the Okanagan’s largest contractors of drywall, insulation and

related services. “Our company does a variety of work - all the way from big jobs to little jobs,” Ty Winterbach tells Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan. Ty and his wife, Rhonda, are the third owners of Littco Enterprises. Ty explains. “In 2001 Rick’s son, Jim, took over [the company]; in 2002 I bega n worki ng w ith h i m. I purchased the company from him in 2010. For a short time before that it belonged to a big U.S. cong lomerate but t h at wasn’t successful.” Over the course of the past two decades R ick a nd Ji m Little’s vision became reality

Left to right: Ty Winterbach, Rhonda Winterbach, Andre Jung and Johanna Campbell

“Honest work. Good people. Quality and a schedule the client was hoping for. Nothing brings us more satisfaction.” TY WINTERBACH CO-OWNER OF LITTCO ENTERPRISES

Feature bulkheads in master bedroom at Sole Kelowna, a new construction multifamily project

a nd today the compa ny employs between thirty and fifty employees includ ing subcontractors. “Cu rrent ly we have t h i r ty employees - fifteen hard employees a nd fi fteen subcontractors. Later [in the year] we usually have twenty employees and thirty subcontractors,” Ty explains. Having that number of employees involves maintaining a constant stream of contracts and projects, a challenge made easier by the variety of services offered by Littco Enterprises. Some of these services include: dry wall, steel stud framing, i nsu lation, fi re cau l k i ng, acoustica l cei l i ngs a nd wa l l panels as well as small repairs. “We take on houses, do a lot of big high-end elite residential contracts, spec houses for some builders, multi-family const r uct ion, com mercia l town houses and more.” Littco Enterprises also offers a number of lesser known services. One example is the company’s small repairs service. Ty recounts a recent example. “A c l i e n t c a l l e d a n d s a i d she had a carpet com ing the

nex t d ay a nd she wa nted to have her ceiling re-textured and painted before the carpet came. Within an hour we had someone in there and working on her project. We are - and we want to be - known as a compa ny t h at ca n come to you. We will take care of things for you,” he said. Small or home-based businesses also benefit from small repa i r ser v ic e s. I n a not her example, Ty cited the renovation of a small office in need of renovations. “We have a few employees who a re jack s of a l l t rades. They can do all the work and then clean up at the end of the d ay - a l l w it hout t he of f ice hav i ng to shut dow n du ri ng the process. By using a small crew, the office can still be occupied and there won’t be a lot of different people coming in each day. That means there is less disruption for the operations of that office and no loss of time for the client.” A nother lesser k now n service and one that isn’t heavily advertised is that of fire wall SEE LITTCO ENTERPRISES |  PAGE 12

 

We are proud to be a part of your team and take pride in building the community together… Calgary

Edmonton Grande Prairie

403-291-1013 780-463-7413



Red Deer



Medicine Hat








Winnipeg 204-633-8747



Congratulations Littco on 20 Years in Business!

Elite Residential new construction project in Kelowna, highly specialized drywall and framing surrounding featured reflecting pool


caulking. “There is more need for this service as fire codes have become more intense. It involves sealing any wall penetrations that are in a fire separation.” Littco Enterprises also spec i a l i z e s i n t he i n s t a l l at ion of acoustica l pa nels, a sk i l l made increasingly popular in the Oka naga n Va l ley by the desig n of modern bu i ld i ngs conta in i ng glass a nd ha rder surfaces. B ec au se mu lt iple ser v ices

Always Proud To Work With Littco Enterprises

Committed to Excellence & Guided by Experience




Commercial & Residential Projects

101-916 Ethel Street,Kelowna, BC V1Y 2W2

director on the Southern Interior Chapter board. Within that organization we have Red Seal certification. Training is primarily done in the Lower M a i n l a nd but it ta kes eig ht weeks to do any of the modules. T hat makes it difficult for our local guys to do that. However, the program is not govern ment subsid i zed a nd as a result of the downturn in the economy from 2008-2014, there wasn’t a lot of work going on so there weren’t enough


Wishing You Continued Success!

General Contracting • Construction Management Interior Reconstruction

250-868-8326 |

demand multiple skills, employees a nd subcont ractors represent specific skill sets: there are framers who also install suspended ceilings and steel studs, boarders who specialize in hanging drywall and tapers who focus on mudding, taping and ceiling texturing. I n add ition to certi fied trade’s people, Littco Enterpr ises employs a nu mber of apprentices. “ We a re a m e m b e r of a n d I’m on the board of the Wall and Ceiling Association that represents our industry. I am t he cu r rent t rea su rer a nd a

© 2015 CGC A USG COMPANY and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. The trademarks CGC, SYNKO, IT’S YOUR WORLD. BUILD IT., the CGC logo, the design elements and colours, and related marks are trademarks of USG Corporation or its affiliates.

1700 – 1631 Dickson Ave KELOWNA Phone: 250-763-2305



Aberdeen Hall High School Vision Hall with 40’ high suspended wood ceiling installation


apprentices to run a program up here. When there is enough interest in the Okanagan we ma nage to r u n prog ra ms up here. We have a number of guys we’ve put through.” No matter how many or how skilled the employees and subcontractors, office staff are at the heart of operations. Four individuals fill vital roles in the running of the daily operations of the company. Andre Jung, as project manager, oversees the contracts and crews. In a highly visible position, he looks after day to day operations, l ia ises w ith

clients and co-ordinates the on-site work crew. O f f i c e m a n a ge r, Jo h a n n a Campbell, on the other hand, is responsible for the vital but more behind the scenes work of bookkeeping and managing our Certificate of Recognition (COR) with WorkSafeBC office. “That means we get audited every year for safety programs, that’s part of the Workman’s Compensation Boa rd (WCB) program to create a safer work environment. Safety is constantly being addressed on the worksite and also during our mont h ly meet i ngs. We a l so d iscuss ‘tool box topics’ on a weekly basis. For example, in the colder weather we talk

about safety concerns around snow and ice on the job site.” Co-owner with Ty, responsibilities for Rhonda Winterbach include price checking, marketing and website content management. Coordination of small repairs services are also part of Rhonda’s portfolio. Responsibility for the overa l l ad m i n istration of Littco Enterprises rests on Ty’s desk. “I work on com munication and addressing things ahead of time before they become a problem. Strong communication allows us to build strong relationships with our clients. We try to push our schedules to help our clients as much as possible; we take the building from its ‘stick frame’ [phase] until it’s ready to be occupied.” When asked if finding qualified employees was ever a problem , t he re s p on se wa s immediate. “ I t’s a l w a y s a n o n-go i n g problem and it has been for a long time. In fact, it seems to be more prevalent as we see an aging work force readying for retirement plus fewer young people going into the trades. That’s why we work on keeping a consistent work flow. Nowad ays people w i l l l ive here and work in other locations that pay more. If the work slows down there they come back home to look for work.” I n l i g h t o f l a b o u r m a rk e t challenges and in spite of solid growth and an even stronger market share, Ty noted there were no pla n ned cha nges i n t he compa ny’s f utu re business plan. “ No. No pl a n ne d ch a n ge s because if it ain’t broke, why f i x it. We feel we a re pretty good at what we do. We don’t wa nt to be the la rgest company, our goal is to maintain the good relationships we have with our clients and with our employees. I don’t t h i n k there is a nything greater that we want to achieve in the future, rather, we want to keep the people who work for us work i ng so they can provide for their families. We want interesting projects so t hey feel cha l lenged. We

a re u n ique i n that we’re not forced to do the same thing day in and day out and this allows our employees the opportunity to show thei r sk i l l sets. Examples are the construction of big wooden suspended ceilings and feature walls - just to name several. T he results of their work is then showcased on our website.” A c c o rd i n g to T y i t i s i mportant to note that in all the different trades in the industry, Littco Enterprises brings together a variety of products and people to create a finished product. It’s always the matter of each person contributi ng a skill and as these skills are utilized and synchronized, the creation of someone else’s vision emerges. To reach that goal, individual trades do individual things and then they are finished. “We need specific conditions to have the finished product look as it should. Examples of things that must be taken into consideration a re the i n f luence of heat and moisture. It takes a lot of time for residential and other structures to dry enoug h so we ca n conti nue. Somet i mes people push too hard and it [drywall or mudding] hasn’t dried properly but it continues to dry out behind the scenes. It’s important for people to understand that our scope is a process. There are so many variables that affect the final product.”

Congratulations, Littco Enterprises, on 20 years in business!

W h i le thei r work may be a process, Littco Enterprises’s com m it ment to h a rd work, pro du c t s of exc el lenc e a nd cl ient satisfaction has been u nchanging since its inception twenty years ago. Nothing in the future means more to them. “Honest work. Good people. Q u a l it y a nd a sche du le t he client was hoping for. Nothing brings us more satisfaction. I feel honoured to work here with great employees who enjoy getting up everyday to do an honest day’s work. We have to work together; feeling focused and fulfilled is what keeps us coming back and doing our job.”

Congratulations On Your 20th ! Brendon Rothwell

Notary Public #102-546 Leon Avenue Kelowna, BC 250 861.4452



Structural Engineering Consultants Condos near UBC - Kelowna, BC

200-1854 Kirschner Rd. Kelowna, BC


Proud to partner with Littco Enterprises. Congratulations on 20 years in business, here’s to many more. We’ve got you covered. 1-800-670-1877 l


910 McCurdy Rd, Kelowna, B.C. 250-491-1991 | 1-800-228-5702

Locally Owned & Operated Since 1975




Core principle of land lease could leave a tidy chunk for enjoying retirement


ELOW NA -A s housi ng prices rise, the baby boom generation, new retirees and those looking to downsize are seeking to invest in homes that provide a certain standard of living without breaking the bank. That means getting top dollar for an existing home and a deal on the next, leaving a tidy chunk for investing or playing. Solstice at Tower Ranch in Kelowna offers affordable, awarding winning home designs in an adult lifestyle community that caters to these specific financial needs. Owned by Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities, the development is one of its 115 residential, recreational and marine communities operating across Canada, using a land lease model. “The core principle of bare land strata and land lease is that the homeowner owns the home and rents the land,” said Lachlan MacLean, vice president of property operations for Parkbridge. With house prices in Kelowna averaging $519,996 in November of this year, Solstice comes in with homes averaging $250,000. “Our homeowners don’t have to have their money tied up in a property,” MacLean added. “Rather than paying hundreds or thousands of dollars a month, they can apply what they are saving and invest in enjoying their retirement.” MacLean said it’s an attractive model that isn’t widely known. “It offers alternatives and is especially appealing to snowbirds.” As the land owners, Parkbridge is responsible for all the maintenance and upkeep of the property. That includes maintaining the roads, sewers, waste removal, walking paths, security and other amenities like clubhouses. “Home owners have a 99-year lease that is transferrable,” MacLean said. “And rent on the land

Lachlan MacLean said that Parkbridge initially purchased the Solstice property two years ago CREDIT: RHEAGAN THOMPSON

“Rather than paying hundreds or thousands of dollars a month Solstice homeowners can apply what they are saving and invest in enjoying their retirement.”

Solstice offers seven home styles with three colour palettes to choose from CREDIT:RHEAGAN THOMPSON


is reasonable. It’s ideal for those wanting to travel or spend part of the year away from home.” Overlooking Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley, Solstice sits on the west side of Tower Ranch Mountain and butts up against Tower Ranch Regional Park. Above the park is the working Tower cattle ranch. MacLean said that Parkbridge initially purchased the property about two years ago. Originally part of the Tower ranch, the land sits uphill from Dillworth Homes and beside the Tower Ranch Golf Course where the clubhouse and gym have been made available to Solstice home owners. “Parkbridge likes the Okanagan,

Hillside excavation ensured easy access to each home and optimal views CREDIT: SANDY MORRIS

we already have existing adult communities in Oliver and West Kelow na a nd a recreationa l vehicle (RV) resort on Gallagher Lake in Oliver. We know the region is sought after for retirement

by people from BC, Alberta and Ontario.” He added that Parkbridge communities are tight knit and active, so creating a community next to a golf course, and to hiking and

world class biking trails was a good fit. Sandy Morris, construction manager, said the building sites SEE SOLSTICE AT TOWER RANCH|  PAGE 15

Always a pleasure to work with Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities. Congratulations on another great project. #104 – 470 Neave Court Kelowna, BC • Office: (778) 753.2288 •



Sandy Morris enjoys views of the lake and wildlife as construction manager at Solstice CREDIT:SANDY MORRIS

The Tower Ranch golf course has been nominated and selected as a Top 3 Best New Canadian Golf Course by Golf Digest CREDIT: RHEAGAN THOMPSON


have amazing views, not just of the golf course and city but also of the mountains and valley. “You can see all the way down the valley to Peachland,” she said. “It’s very quiet here and very close to wildlife. During construction we’ve seen a herd of elk, deer, bald eagles, heron and osprey.” Solstice offers buyers seven home styles with three colour packages to choose from. The designs, reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style, are simple and, as Morris said, well finished and mirror a natural, organic look. Colours are soft and muted and blend well with a variety of décor choices. “There’s hardwood or premium laminate and tile in the living areas and kitchen, and carpet in the bedrooms. All the appliances are Whirlpool and stainless steel and each home has a gas fireplace.” In Phase 1, Morris explained that there will be 28 homes ranging from 1100 sq. ft. to 1500 sq. ft. The houses will feature two to three bedrooms and bathrooms. Three

of the home designs are walk-in one-level ranchers, another three are walk outs with all living on the main floor, and the seventh style is a two story walk up. Grey and brown tones and modest roof slope have the homes subtly blending into the surrounding landscape with brick and stone features creating a dramatic entryway. Optional courtyards and covered decks encourage enjoyment of the Okanagan’s moderate climate and landscaping focuses on low maintenance plants and design. Interiors utilize space well, with a large main bathroom, open concept kitchen, dining area and great room; the spacious master bedroom with 4 piece ensuite boasts a large walk-in closet and in some models a bright open walkout, unfinished basement or crawlspace. In November the Solstice show home won two silver Tommie Awards and was nominated for two gold awards in the categories of Excellence in Show Home $500K and under and the FortisBC award for Building Energy Efficiency. The Tommie awards showcase the building industry’s finest in a variety of categories. It has been

recognizing building excellence in the Okanagan Valley for 24 years. Morris said the credit for the wins and the nominations goes to the combined efforts of local professionals and sub-trades. “Building on a mountain slope can present challenges,” Morris explained. “But right from the start, our excavator, Brad Freh of Brantal Excavation, showed a high level of expertise and care, looking at each house separately and ensuring correct measurements so that each house was placed on the lot to give level and easy access to the home.” Each detail was carefully considered, not just in the initial preparations but also in the placement and design of the homes. The urban design team at New Town Services in Kelowna created the initial look while R-tistry Designs adding the finishing touches. Cabinets were built by Kekulibay Cabinets and the show home was staged by interior designer Denise Klassen, with furnishings from Fanny’s Furniture. The FortisBC nomination comes from the homes’ high energy efficiency rating. EnerGuide rate scale ranges from zero to 100. A


‘0’ represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and very high energy consumption. A rating of ‘100’ is given to a very well insulated house that is heated by renewal energy sources, such as wind or solar.

The Solstice show home earned an energy efficiency rating of 80, a number, according to EnerGuide, that few houses attain. Part of the high rating comes from the gas SEE SOLSTICE AT TOWER RANCH|  PAGE 16


Always a pleasure working with your team! Office: 250-491-0680 Fax 250-491-0623 #105-171 Commercial Drive, Kelowna BC

The main bathroom boasts a double sink, tile floors and custom cabinets

• Roof Trusses • LVL Beams • Nudura ICF • Wall Panels • Engineering Services • I Joists • Metal Roofing • Glulam Beams KELOWNA LOCATION: 1794 Baron Rd., Kelowna BC

VERNON LOCATION: 8111 Highland Place, Vernon BC

(250) 868-8444

(250) 558-5112




Home styles come with 2 or 3 bedrooms and bathrooms CREDIT: DARREN HULL


water heater that measures in at 95 per cent efficiency with low emissions and operating costs. But the assessment also includes the efficiency of appliances, quality of insulation and air exchange, all of which have thoughtfully been considered in the design and construction of the Solstice homes. Morris explained that 80 per cent of the homes will be single family, with phases 2,3 and 4 also offering quadraplex, triplex and duplex options on up to approximately 162 building sites. “The development of the different phases will be based on the market but should build out over the next six to seven years.”

s, Congratulation from all of us!

105-430 Banks Road Kelowna


She added that phase 3 will see the completion of a 1.5 km. walkway made of crushed rock that will make its way around the entire subdivision. MacLean said that the model, design and development considered what the target audience wanted. “Right from its inception the project has been very collaborative. We looked at what our target audience was looking for and considered how to achieve that within the desired price point.” According to MacLean the potential homeowner at Solstice is not going to be living full time in their house, they’ll be traveling, visiting grandchildren and flying south. He said they are intelligent about planning for their retirement, using the land lease model as a way of freeing up a nest egg. He also said that the potential homeowner is active and looking for a community located in a region with a variety of recreational activities and high quality amenities and facilities. With Kelowna International Airport, Kelowna city center, Okanagan Lake, Wine Country, Big White Ski Resort, a rich and diverse arts and culture scene and myriad farm markets only minutes from the development, there are plenty of events and activities for the Solstice home owner to enjoy and explore. “This is a tried, tested and proven model,” he said. “There are thousands of these communities across Canada where people enjoy quality of life that isn’t at the expense of

Simple sophistication for an uncluttered and clean look CREDIT: DARREN HULL

their income.” Both Morris and MacLean agree that the lifestyle presented by Solstice and other land lease communities also offers a different type of transaction between the

homeowner and Parkbridge. “We own the land and take care of its maintenance and upkeep,” he said. For him that means developing a vested relationship with the homeowner that spans the years

Proud to build with you, for tomorrow.

Congratulations on Another Great Project.

292-C Campion Street Kelowna, BC Phone (250) 765-5988

Proud Lighting Supplier Caleb B Stevens Cell: 250 870 8289

1953 Baron Rd. Phone 250.862.3245

of residence. Simple, uncomplicated and nicely finished, just like its homes. Solstice at Tower Ranch is at 1790 Tower Ranch Drive in Kelowna.





new front office manager Mike Isaac.

The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has opened a new location in Vernon. The new centre will offer entrepreneurs complete financing and consulting services. BDC is the only bank dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. With more than 100 business centres and over 32,000 clients across Canada, it offers loans, investments and advisory services. BDC’s purpose is to support Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and mediumsized businesses.

Lacy Manz, Vanessa Roberts, Ross Rufiange and Michelle Underwood of BDO Chartered professional Accountants have passed their Common Final Examination, a final step in becoming a CPA.

Erik Kalacis has joined the team as Director of Sales and Marketing at Silverstar. Erik comes to SilverStar with a rich background and expertise in the mountain resort and tourism industries.  Formerly with Red Mountain Resort and Grouse Mountain in various senior leadership roles in marketing, sales, business development and operations, Erik brings new energy and creativity to the SilverStar team. Wayne Marriott joins the sales team at Bannister Honda. The City of Vernon unveiled a revised website at It includes interactive maps, image gallery and improved search functions. The old Bank of Montreal on 30th Avenue is undergoing renovations to prepare for the new tenant the Vernon Dental Centre. Tom Christensen, associate with Nixon Wenger and MLA for Vernon-Monashee from 2001-2009, has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel by the Provincial government. Christy Berger and registered massage therapist, Dylan Wiebe, join Thrive Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic at #27, 100 Kalamalka Lake Road. Marten Brewpub has opened its doors. Owners Stefan and Pearl Marten opened the Brewpub next to their restaurant the Naked Pig. Brewmaster Stefan Buhl, from Germany, is one of Canada’s top brewers. While the focus of the Naked Pig was more of a Barbecue-style restaurant, the Brewpub has more of a European focus. Kevin Kaardal is the new superintendent of the Central Okanagan School District. Norm Brule has been promoted to Service Manager at Watkin Motors. The Regional District of North

The Kelowna Canadian Italian Club has completed renovations at their hall on 770 Lawrence Avenue. Okanagan is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Main Street is celebrating their first anniversary.

added Colin Ford to their team as brand director.

Spine and Sports Northend at 201 – 4710 31st Street is having its 10 year anniversary.


The Best Western Plus Kelowna has taken over operations of the restaurant and pub on the premises. The pub will go back to being called 97 Street Pub and the restaurant the Cornerstone Grill.

Vernon VW on the Swan Lake Automile welcomes Adam Figley. He brings 7 years in the automobile industry.

Peter Angle is the new General Manager of K96.3 Classic Rock in Kelowna and Country 100.7 in Penticton. He was previously with Bell Media.

Mike Lizee is salesman of the month for November at Vernon Hyundai.

Peach City Radio has found a new location at the Cannery Trade Centre.


Chuck Fullerton is top producer at Penticton Toyota.

Splatsin Centre had its official opening. The $15-million community centre covers 33,581 square feet over 3 floors and is available for banquets or conventions accommodating up to 2,000 people.

Mike Van de Leest of Penticton Hyundai achieved top sales for November.

Enderby Seniors Housing Society received approval for 36 units of supportive housing. This project will expand Enderby Memorial Terrace’s current 15 units to 51. The City of Enderby and the Enderby & District Services Commission both agreed to waive development cost charges. A plan to expand the Riverwalk in Enderby has been approved by Council and the Splatsin band. A basic improvement would be $260,000 and the long-term vision for a fully lit pathway would cost about $800,000.

LAKE COUNTRY The Regional District of Central Okanagan has appointed a new Fire Chief in the Ellison Fire Protection District. David Bates replaces Chief Kurt Szalla. A new Food Bank has opened on Bottom Wood Lake Road in Winfield due to generous donations. A new Dairy Queen has opened at 10074 Highway 97, with 38 seats and 45 staff. Owners are Kelly Leach and Craig Misfeldt. Chopsticks Asian Taste Restaurant at 34 – 10071

KELOWNA Summerhill Pyramid Winery at 4870 Chute Lake Road is celebrating their 25th anniversary. Tourism Kelowna has a new board for 2016. They are Daniel Bibby of Delta Grand (Chair); Thom Killingsworth of Four Points Sheraton (Vicechair); Stan Martindale of Ramada Hotel (Past chair); David McFadden of Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm (Secretary); Tanya Stroinig of the Prestige Hotel (Treasurer); Heather Schaub of Casa Loma Resort; Tony Stewart of Quails’ Gate Winery; Dan Matheson of the Okanagan Golf Club; Katie Balkwill of Big White; Nathan Flavel of Kelowna Actors Studio; Rosemary Paterson of the Best Western; Heather Schroeter of Manteo Resort and Debbie Dupasquier of Distinctly Kelowna Tours. Appointees are Penny Gambell, Lake Country Council; Gail Given, Kelowna Council and Sam Samaddar of Kelowna Airport. Scott Jennings of RE/MAX Kelowna has been recognized by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board for his community service and volunteer efforts as part of their Realtors Care Award Program. Loyal Hair Therapy Ltd has opened a second location at 104-190 St. Paul Street in the SOLE building. The salon partners with local cosmetology school – MC College and has

Sandy Harrington and Elsa Parsa have relocated from Dewey, Cuttem and Howe to Cedars Hairport at 1131 Sutherland Avenue. Cedars new owner, Mona Dib, has completely renovated the salon. Rick Sentes, Adam Rich, Colin Gingell and team at Kelowna Mercedes-Benz on Enterprise Way was been awarded the Mercedes-Benz Canada Star Dealer designation for achievement in 2015. They have been recognized for the third time as one of the top ten Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the country. Interior Savings has opened the Glenmore Community Branch at 500 – 1982 Kane Road. As well as banking services they offer Insurance services beside the branch, a community room with multimedia equipment and 24-hour access for community organizations and small business owners to hold meetings. Farris, Vaughan, Wills and Murphy LLP welcome Teio Senda as an associate in their corporate practice group. His focus is corporate and commercial law, real estate, banking and wills and estates. StarDyne Technologies of Kelowna has acquired Stone Orchard Software Inc out of Newmarket, Ontario. Stone Orchard is a leading provider of cemetery crematorium and funeral home software and services supporting over 550 cemeteries and funeral homes in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. They have also purchased Yfactor Inc., a specialist in marketing for communities with a focus on strategy, technology and design. Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre welcomes Stephanie Sanderson as the new front desk supervisor. She joins

Travis Thibeault has opened Pure Pilates at 2992 Lakeview Cover road in West Kelowna. He brings 10 years’ experience. Michael Wynne, former general manager of Holiday Inn Express, is the new assistant manager at Mission Villas Retirement Community at 4433 Gordon Drive. Local, Mark Hauptman’s Haupy’s Beaver Rub is now available in over 50 locations throughout BC and online at The 12 ingredient seasoning can be used on a variety of meats. Dewey, Cuttem and Howe Hair Company has been sold to Paul McIntyre, a well-known stylist. Paul has been in the hair industry for 23 years. Rhonda Pearson, previously with Regis in Orchard Park also joins the team. Other award winning stylists are Lisa McIntyre and Vernita Boies. Lesley Pierce, owner and founder of Creative Mortgage, at 200-1505 Harvey Avenue, has retired and sold her business to her son Shawn Pierce. Tom Fellhauer has been reelected by acclamation as the Bencher of the BC Law Society for the Okanagan District for an additional two year term. This will be Tom’s fourth term as Bencher. The Benchers are the Board of Governors of the Law Society of BC regulating the legal profession in BC. Lee Valley Tools will be opening their first Kelowna store in the old Target location in Orchard Plaza. They are set to open the 15,000 square foot store this spring. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is pleased to announce its new board of directors for the coming year. Newly appointed at the Society’s annual general meeting are: Luke Whittall with Clos du Soleil, Annika Betts from Monte Creek Ranch Winery, and U. Andy Gebert Co-Owner of St. Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery. The Okanagan Wine Festivals SEE MOVERS & SHAKERS |  PAGE 18





Society operates and markets three 10 day annual Wine Festivals in Winter, Spring and Fall and a Signature Events Series year round with the goal to increase sales for wineries and tourism partners and to generate a lasting wine experience for both tourism and retail. Returning Society board members include: Chair Person Bruce Hibbard with Hester Creek Winery, Marketing Chair Christa-Lee McWatters Bond with Time Estate Winery, Secretary Sally Sharpe with Constellation Brands and Great Estates of the Okanagan, Signature Events Co-Chair Carolyn Nixon with Nixon Hospitality Group, Membership Chair Roger Wong with Gray Monk Estate Winery and Intrigue Wines, Judging Chair Julian Scholefield with Okanagan Crush Pad, Finance Chair Jamie Moore with Hooded Merganser,  Signature Events Co-Chair Patti OgdenGrady with Okanagan Wine Country Tours, and Jonathan Rouse, Associate Dean of Wine, Food and Tourism with Okanagan College. Connie Denesiuk has been announced as the incoming chair of Okanagan College’s board of governors and Doug Manning is vice-chair.

The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has welcomed Dr. Georgina Georgeson of Giants Head Dental as a new member. On December 3rd Santorini’s Restaurant celebrated 24 years in business. Jubilee Dental has launched its new website, which aims to be user friendly, outlining its services and staff with engaging images, customer reviews, and detailed descriptions of procedures. Nester’s Market has recently become the first major North American grocery chain to replace all SeaChoice redlisted seafood with sustainable alternatives. SeaChoice Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program is about solutions for healthy oceans. The program was created to help Canadian businesses and shoppers take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain. Amber Goodwin, previously known as Freedom Found and Amber Goodwin Creative & Fresh Designs, has announced her new brand –Keystone Creative Studios.


Goodwin will now provide photo editing and album design in her design services. The brand relaunch will include a new website, which is coming soon. True Grain Bread has been featured on CBC national news on a segment talking about bakeries returning to basics by milling its own grains into flour. Lakeshore Racquets Club has announced that with the assistance of ViaSport and the Province of BC it is now able to offer a new subsidized Junior Squash program. The funding from ViaSport has allowed them to retain the services of a Level II Coach and to purchase equipment for children who do not have their own. Local urban farm What The Fungus became a top 10 semifinalist in the category of Best Company in the Small Business BC Awards. The next round decides the top 5 finalists and, if selected, the company would pitch to a judging panel. Winners will be announced on February 25, 2016 at the Small Business BC Awards ceremony in Vancouver. Congratulations to all of our members who were recognized in Okanagan Life Magazine’s Best of the Okanagan 2015.

Winners from Summerland in the South Okanagan category were: Dirty Laundry Vineyard (Best place to taste wines); Johnston Meier Insurance (Best Insurance Company); Summerland Montessori School (Best Private School); Pearce Taylor Schneiderat (Best Law Firm); Royal LePage (Best Real Estate Company); The Suburban Princess Boutique (Best Women’s Fashion and Best Fashion Accessories); Mavco Plumbing & Heating (Best Plumbing Contractor); Alder Street Autobody (Best Auto Body Repair); Adrian’s Automotive (Best Auto Maintenance); Big O Tire Shop (Best Tire Dealer); and the Summerland Golf & Country Club (Best Golf Course).

SALMON ARM Brushstrokes Signs & Awnings was recently featured in SignCraft, a major international sign trade magazine.

KAMLOOPS Tradeopolis Communications made the Small Business BC Awards semifinals for the Best Company Award and Rainbow’s Roost made the semifinals for Best Workplace Award.

Lawyer and former city councillor, John O’Fee is one of 39 lawyers across the province appointed for the Queen’s Counsel designation.

Domtar Mill celebrates 50 years in Kamloops. Key Financial Group LLP announced Ryan Buck’s successful completion and 1 admission to the Chartered eB ag p Professional Accountants of C – dS B1 and on his new designation asaWaR ge B paucket g e – a CPA. R dS B Fillin VI

e t ag aR ep Se da aW t ke oW eB uc ing R R B I C joined Dentist, Dr. Dali Li has ll V Fi e ag Rd at ep m Se s Co and Dr. Daryl Shinkewski i Wd Dr. Re t o CR Dental jec nstr Glenn Neilson at» Sahali Rd pro the co s d t Co an 3 l e 5s age in 1 0 s Centre, 208 – 1211 Summit 5 e R 2 p 1 ti 20 12 w rI » s e20130 oormy en jec str ve nk


li ve n g ha di ams il d to Bu ee te cte for 1T3hr sele ids land






ongratulations to Melanie Hart, owner of The Dream Room, in obtaining her designation as a Certified Executive Coach with the Centre for Executive Coaching. In addition, Melanie is very excited to announce the expansion of her business & marketing consulting services to include a new “room” The Executive The Executive Suite. ca is an expansion of products and services in Assessments, Executive Coaching & Training for leaders. For a brief overview go to!theexecutivesuit ecaofferings/c1b8n ••• Downtown Salmon Arm has a new addition on Hudson Avenue. Lemon Tree

Pizza opened their doors on December 4th and owners Jen and Randy Taylor and Jeff and Lynette Delorme have been busy keeping up with the steady flow of orders for freshly made pizza. Their menu includes pizza (full and by the slice), wings, bread stix, cinna stiix, salads and daily lunch specials. Open 7 days a week they invite you to visit them at 180 Hudson Avenue or at http://www. ••• JJ’s Hemp Hollow was recently bought by Wesley Lesosky who also owns The Lemonade Stand in Kamloops and Merritt. JJ’s Hemp Hollow / The Lemonade Stand offers the largest selection and is your number one shop for the latest in Vaporizers, E cigs, E Juice, Hookahs, Cigars and Water Pipes. Open 7 days a week at 420 TransCanada Highway West or ••• Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Salmon Arm are very pleased to have partnered in a project to re-purpose the four pillar signs in our town centre. Taking images of historic events, buildings and

recreation from the archives at RJ Haney Heritage Village, and mixing in a contemporary piece, we transposed the pictures onto brushed aluminum panels. Working with the talented designers at High Impact Signs & Design we created beautiful historic and contemporary images within our city. ••• The Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce extends its appreciation to Mayor and Council for approving our request to continue as the service provider for the Salmon Arm Visitor Centre for 2016 – 2018. The Chamber is also excited to officially announce a Chamber of Commerce Tourism Subcommittee in early 2016. The Subcommittee will work with our members and other stakeholder organizations to formulate strategies to strengthen and evolve the delivery of tourism information within our city and region.


Is en e b id orth ject ov o

pr Pr rkNs aijon als gml ohsapvite in ld amHs d to ui te re


te r lec s fo nd se id Isla en e b id orth ject ov o N pr Pr jor ls ma pita s Ho



ge pa




MEDIA KIT 2013 MEDIA KIT 2013 Vancouver Island | Thompson-Okanagan | Peace| Cariboo Skeena Vancouver Island| Victoria | Victoria | thompson-okanagan Fraser Valley

5 ge 15 20 pa 12 130 20 ry go te Ca

5 ge 15 20 pa 12 130 20 ry go te a C


What’s happening in your region? Make sure you find out by subscribing to:

5 ge 15 20 pa 12 130 20 ry go te a C

Peace Cariboo Skeena


To get your own copy of Business Examiner, starting with Vancouver provide Island | Victoria | thompson-okanagan | Fraser Valley the next issue, simply us with the information required below, and it will be on its way to your door!


(includes GST)









M noeVxpIRreesBs s nengeco5mRCR N n a t g st e o ria ic sdseal nc a –stpr a Firs a in sL cto V Wa RM Vi U CmRieoC nou ressoeL RC R 5 a p n J d e a ls Nexa R ag Co ic sseo a –p aS Re CeR LL » UV ie W ect

N Ro roj e co JaNmt Nanad VI st pn in th o e S, Isl S e e r I ew m euRve eR NoW ’ n r wo f Ntnc eW aisound fo VIVa H e2nsKc BR , r p a g » n eS o s 1 r t I k n k:agepWoes Im eR donaaisgbarnea eW bVaICenevN–itepalwrizmeapn aeutno fc kaH t BR -o s n » r e d o Ge o rtsK so

13 20


W k: wn tban o t es wn do wn W o t wn do I

n a t pWoes Im gaI Nt ks na en loo ize n au2to0 e alw ka StM o i t a i e t N o n- Ve ra rev ermg so IN abo to Gpa ks SS– mp oN coll o o o i l e th CUSNew 2p0o ion IN ge9.6 rat BUS Fo o ugpxa128” l b » r a & e EaS1–.6 x 1. pr oll w c IeS eS20 8” o Ne IC IN 2. ew 6ampum p om th

L n 9.lco S BU caerlsug6etxbro1en2.g8” yrs po a E 0r1a.i s x 1 F Nt ictIori eS & n ni e s u o p2se .8” pa Civ V CI NM I nnlsherxpirses c2 omreengeuelrae5deRupr k eR a oL V C a p p c k i se w repb o go Nt » UVmie Cas neosuRnpog eLrnLiitte–menpt atarnydyriv Me y m on ur Ja RN e ne yp k hNrai colmuctoim V pre gkee SCo ew y tre eto go R e l e v l » e oung etnirtmaetnt anreynt tNW rn Va


3 01


5 15 20 e 12 130 ag p ry 20 go te Ca 5 15 20 e 12 130 ag p ry 20 go te Ca

your source of local Business news

Fax us at 250-758-2668 so we can start your subscription today!

your source of local Business news

Please send cheque to:

Invest Northwest Publishing, 25 Cavan St., Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T9

13 20


13 20

r s yocomsmtlioorenr i my IN se , V tro een Fra eS lmuo issig RIlley y in gr v uois ortte t e d W Va le el srsee q o sdotlra in en e g r i f ase t d er pe BR e n » Fras La wn titrpor s eeraen olor ssim nd i r m i : o brolaegynimi imlaidunsatgganse quis dboalonrtkealwize pWaoe s-ioek es dsot vNit an g s M e f Lan ompwprsanon dit pratis eWrate ks to re Germ ck wa ed ro m s n o li il les ch ut do sim is tbh agni imoiuw ion lo year il r Ut dolo tem t min alit M gAGe do dolu ssis essn borat our 28th t sim te raw p–aP ali la po lpu i erit u k S– anc qu col d P S iw sveedli tem l U w e il le dolu NP ch ut do sim Ne . ilis r RSAI Ut dolo tem g 129 min alit do dolu ssis BWU rlu x 8” t t e it sim ali D&S Ea 01.6 x 1. lpu er R S XssX nu qui I a X A 2 .8” e l li mXcX I ve W te 2 XlXd C lu A r X o I dw a X Xo anrc oNLG XpI pom brxtmemeceutiv eD iro dL te o ace inIt imri tJe es na W ae BeUN Nap M p nd N a s N RER ri m estJur VTeH Ch w cotirrepoprxrteemtcnuahtfnstioeteahvg X gOoR de in ne uanngaimeoneisarttJmedteoesnndeiroeactos »» N



3 01



eX lXl vXiX mXsX edd aXrX leasn naslit ut cXhX tmdeorl psim la uolpte

u m gyr pisronm uini 24 Sut teolo U il ge q ad to vt erelita pam te sdtro ate dm oalurm elu ye min lintcdh adho is th a sw ow -t gesro llsim rita sem

Paper Name: Name: Address:

b v S tsid mMo o’s p es cha erWh w al e W ry b s La itori th eve em at it re 84 ed hin ike “m wh mo d us: ct 8-26 wit r. l b e on But yon 5 nta nts alie to g r. be er Co 66-7 ha Cav a l is usin g fo ing ord 8 rc k c in 1o e e m id l s g – fo look e loo ts in y sa r, it ic” are ey’r tac tl en in b e ntr ers th con rec d ce emb at, ular as ran e ar m an threg he as r h reb id th eir d. mbe of ests e to ng dS ng ou k to . th pan cha cess r W oL tra s y bac ase ex he pro ate yN a li T e re d s y a g e c n,” Re av th G un nit in th tio IC ed the . l e C hair so u om be ra usi eR e244 s de e ht omm is c s to llabo ’s a b er & -c a By gge o ig li c pa c k e a o o pa Tra in as c t m at a a n seemew c rr. H Cav e c ict S rd th stb at n lie e s th tr a 14 We t th rds: ava .J. L ll a Dis bo rrge u o C N e d pa be r e , b o w Le t at as w k an . m fe a s n is e w li T orm g td.,. ba rc me m it ss “ N te L st dir e me u r h o id ra s sSep adliCt la sa 3ss st iate e W om on o f w alen orl lput adgo sim ne ssoc of th of C is y o u aunt r'W A 14air ber cus a n Utk boelod ilis n ui O ch am r fo e , m m bd emr' liq ef duo tite ll ve olute C2h0 ou b a s Bri lu “ min lit d Ddois 2ip s in S y s2h

a sis es im ts eri

Postal Code:


Order your subscription online at

yN od


13 20

per year


1 20

5 ge 15 20 pa 12 130 20 ry go te Ca



13 20

13 20


yN od

o’s y os oarn buailll ide -a tesee f Cvoic offfe ebrv eitalte d icto ae is it oer erco s s hu e to Hth c l) W s e m an pealpnin t dCu m Mg orfo td a m h nenin raatal dicoab, sthco mpm- bers otsha endeins leet q v in eu s t’s ais is t iom10esntre m.e(B ls iomnen rvceolo hgaems e m avw ell litte g fmo nodno eafiidra olv . aW H r u c he g are R.W .Wis itp Due aonCa ohtichhly in s. It“’sWinpgleo ac-e a hsehs thweilr,l s t is t r in bySRhe eavdedlo oanshfo aim s fag ly m aflsw gphed ie neo f N a o ulo vit inp e or spopllle,” din livkeen is ne o. I nd snitCs Naannd is d tenr , hs,eall eovroe acti bneg onfo Ha part naim all’s nia pefu builnan e pharu ao e.oSn issthd n’s threia eed fual re e a Na . W naad re ti a rcti d g re tta am th w-er ewnse. w isoma : -acarel c in R.W , Ca poGr oera adnin hild aatRao as nat poom tec glth a l a 26 r N m f r p c il e y b c f e o r o h n y g w tC arilo o je k iea icd ic o a n C o buu er r is t pa l ll.h dee shite te roosf D pa ent ata c afo e rin a h e de f H o hset 0bme imoothn tedp eler t t m Mnae im m str edic aall no,nshyeoamr m2m r 10 m . W iow uisr c oC’sha ahneamr rveolvu’snlidtt f ooof e Noa nal.e Tfi or,m th imo Nt uin e. It e -g h- itsh d fre 2 are R.W d it fo a lseo ’hcly v s anrin o ta sp n th y ad on nim i ie t N o lafa ly a is 9 b I n sits ana bisy th a ug svsit qguin netof l Hple e like r r N he H X d oro rceti -bse dcoen el rpaeo ed th pa 11 an reate e. S is th mn’spa t0h0e dja n a. s a n de date y e refu i ,0 h a m s c G in s Up Valle re t G d a e a r l uercw t is : 18 me r an hild a3t0a ansicn noaw w l g pN aen26 li io Ne u er c th ecw t p aanilyy o je c k i n ic a o ahg ic 9 g s fo p r 1 o pD r a e d h e w h Rmee Co aimo all nd e5ar s 0 g omo n t p e r ttht m na imT he 2a cim 2105 wo 20 n le a d io m is y ’sp na e Na vil 12 22130 th imo Na u r r e u nyes-mf o he N ital. d fro rks oas2t c t e p pa C ey 20 32 na y th ry ’ i v aadr to os lan st a9ll r bgo a is e s s s qlu ent al H the We ox V Rive H p r 0 - c er ” ed X p rs 3t4e ll11 ke de date omy ap tant Ca i m 0,0 0 adjal Gesntrcfiht,athse in s Up VaClle mpbe 8Sha gs coun ic na bepu of It & 3 1 a w n n n . C a rs Ne to ac cli giothaenyhair ors e vi ve ich 9 t eeas p , c rn d th sa toria app and o e Mo orial1 ow R e C 5 ag wom ic v an .” k Da im s it 2105: na le 4 ls] c ag f go nithn ituc e o g 20 Vic elop ings ed Na vil s v v 12ct us22183-2068 aspseMehinard o ecyissiomple o nBby ath“NlealxIMi-n rks oast de d sa gres 05 2 ie C arnyar bo us dadpeo io F ia pa C ey nta 6-7 aNsi il is 3 m uosye y’s o l 0 st or all Co r 2 bu k pro g it im 2 dec o”ard w eople We ox V Rive1-86 rs [Ja 4eSh ct cp “ 3atidt ers an ad e vi p m ll nt trap ke Co be Cs2a8niv un tee h id th thtefibt,g.”e ave aidS. e ha s a nta mp &S urf u was a mit ls sa aenbdes blionf thto. Ith he s war ng ccou Ca o rs i e e eh mir lrs u,”e a ea. m to a o v v ly v co ass itastet ,hcuhaerrfnuo ydoth sa toria app and Mo orial sity tia l C m n cu.”te u ha Dra w agnicd nodve in s r t a n it ] s m e p ic a a it o e reo e g 5 V ed n iv idues: e s 68t4, lo ceols inga wofog faisitiohn ooun yyyth IM a SI ge s vin ve esctitte 8-2en ass citehinIta’s U prta pa Io rd eirec espyle ilnitb ais“Neacx-er o de d sa gres N e ia a M C y t h ia’sConm m6r-7e5s id itmeier t,saenar’s b“o ot uths d apkeo nis sibio awnaNhs mb le il ri od n g e 6p cra eSeuy ity pu o2m0 poec erd bu k pro to go h e ictor h co1-8 ba m eop “ c w of [J am id h rs nim lsd rees dels ey s vic p t. By bo a tra V a rc ne list d to s 8t e ena aha eth ll e sse 1 ga.”s ave wsahida s id Cdath a r 2 univras taivu ittee sath se d a g hu va seri li8n h we hear t f in tin ateo of in iswa mm sels e an m19b kn,”oh g,”aw a ky TV in u ufu u unly ve. to u n id co as itte hin oo ille g n da nd sity diaml a C m nd dfaecr yinoyuo cyuote sp oksv ootin ey m g a on h“ ’rea ou hSIdeer ow ad a e ca er ndenat sat r o d 5 o it u iv u c y e re I h ll , e : e h id w h a p sg a S itIoS at t inUgn icres itteeleeandt nary citinIt’s ir fa syyoo ility WispcRa r o rtspa n V e esdid eioria er “ the ake sib e nNeh b e hde de’smp ncm y N th clu t sta icha d is w d t n ea inn acraiaercieom-bparse dcvritbueilet, w oo pu o miospno beSg mem Ne he • to ph ew aonf ip m n Co ls are t gels a yg ey s ic t x a e c lu B e 5 t e l a V aer van ligic s sdhto m tiv 0nthice asse a s al rie wh e se •ad a ate g tiohna acu t12 ra15 02 u pCa 981 a.t y v V se 1 y , now ,” h gis ic 13m m f in Sttrinrealate ess in lt dk d g yin th sok ille T g in to au•n•a is incentr2f0co d id sin d m or sacyu woeu aonun f nko n t- l o w n a d a n Bu dara lsip veoksv ooti ey eg tofa iey 012y e o f e 17 d o had he c : • Fa unnd den leevre y onat rate e rev“inou2’re Junate oeSId ge h ll ng hpao pa it at t ing ic• Stu lehad nar ersC ccu at w imoy nd in n dW pR y di ams S torts s n Va ll il a e Hedig lsio leepr e a th na rou tieoNe d th clud dem nc• reaeawn s kilvis opild ld b tes Na k ng pleSe Bu e te cte staforwich • a a a ie in t c s u le m a b N d re 3 a per e- and pbe ou did y of bretaio co ge al Th n se bids Co lan aip n ’ll dic i a a 4 • ex valu gic • Is e sh It we an Cit toic ith 14. we e w be vide rth ject 7 •a ate tion ac“umthe c the ectsu nar w r 20 thatt of m long on o tr X te s ofg ic exmp mye be e is thtiaon, ts a ctiti pro r N Pro 10 •S rela es in de pda jo ls ntr o is m p y a d s ra e in ws u a ma pita 14 •a usin drais ce of c thSreipate y ho msabiniecwiaeli ral p at sh e B n nt- el na to “M ctoo vpe e g th oth s e ri eg17 6 o N • 1 n u te e to H v n c n 5 e e re gn f l s ge in or um Vic vepnati h 17 •F Stud h let Do5cvoin-rso.20cunraice y 1 es0o ac gdaetnwtaup of is, add acyine ma aninrnd In anic hore alle 1S8I • H ig– blsu12thelesps3 aa t 1 bendte.a s th gro Ha harmnhth e Sa st S an V rs NIo 20 •orldskilakeople0 lder a ap y id p og hboop ias td We wich 3 hakoedy om ’s2w1 g ma ps t r yw2noaug dllidL entor sa ee a bicroesu ueseeds rvinicite e s rv ocff sne itc 23 2 •d u“Itma caWna stidegmCo les &4ySgog Wh man elp2in ge c ssu qud in ral oeb) prea co p- e,”se afo 7 pa h a rs B in a s neg eta n inT t eX ate S Move ’s Su 10 t’s ais isc t iongene o.f(Bthalso C en elo eids -a ellb eagst ltovs? eX na o tind s upd l u H r u e R.W e is pm Deviaensatsg ichham r-w “Wp lesm X a h 4 s l e 1 lo W w a Wa rwyhc ebd e s eopre acip hs w a vXiX al s t th in Sh ve shtoderm co i,Ne torino ng La itori 16 ais is ner o. ’s de n Caicath n ell5 voef eloepm at it rep r spsh ll,”ugm mXsX edd 4 all ia5 v i st ern VTicofi ntim d H1u7s:art n8aim n o dfo re fuannin e“vm e wh iam aXrX leasn naslit ut buT 1 tiitohnin, o0lnik2s,e0abs edg we Alb and Invuerisnich ore e lley n a ct a 1p8 N-2a6 . W nad2w cXhX tmdeorl psim r.ti tinog ag onotaBrutt theyeo- htot ninewoaormd rt let la uolpte a Sh Va e13 nta in580 .W a 1tsorraa0 u e to a m Po olira R r. s a b m uergf bec w Cokers66-7 2of R1ny, Chyaoenrpa v2 ild psin rgayfo l th S est han gyr pisronm uini rp uis lue SUut teolo rdr o sed b heitaia W wic oin ittekeinogf Cooro il Uc ture Ccao l abl cu is q ad ha -8 om p2a 2eetnrcht C ta rnt-in M to vt erelita c tem le icgao, tsehoegkmmloobetsr inothb efoecduinta p Co les & S g1Wh sdtro ate 2 id m dm m8 – na lo co’re amce,”m lv yesttgleu saenlfd ca stra eds W et oalurm elu ye Sa vers Suin rk sa r,mit f o?fo reurey Ch ta . ” ioC e - vo ntl’sbli gsit r 2 10 t a o a min lintcdh ic adho is id th o n s u e it d m tr dders n fothimocsotso thaly min cs.e It din abre Rn.W weX M o’s o pagoNsaaurlt sro a b o t, a r eals cghh s ere rnin lsXl -towa ie in bcye m f pleha Wh w u atibvit bra sn e oBre In tsthaNanueelaW ar vXgeiX ritallsim al g h isveorroyereahm n eohip oegr mendasin te rreth c tbeitg id he as La itori d mXsX esedm a seotsdreo ul ps a m S eth bnm’s ohf ere ath a irin pa ree hrce.ndikd.eis amre ed e erfd ws.c nin e utos: ng 84 aXrX leasn naslit ut y hite aln ed “cetnsastwthr unWtam dS ngct ou -26k to . Gtwm won er tuisarTg cXhX tmdeorl psim s la uolpte oL r elixeupr.r ahetrocchhbilpro ietoje cn i n trantages26y 5b8ac ase nts g ao eawr.teaB stbpeoy ilaeylrN u m yN r th refo o Jaa k ew aeaavafo Tishe eein d sCo pay a 6-7g e c onhy,” ggyre pisronm uini va p rin SUut5 teolo Re g minog o aoDrd r sh alll thuds G il un nit-86 in th etirch q r t t- m C n tair ra 15 20 o ada mto vt erelita t bulsei-C&s goa ewfodocnistohyekeaine’s.lo20oknlaim so mu c1om be om ein RIC tem dsetaro t lfNa h 4 e e t 8 rm 24 c r n b e 12 130 sdtrp eluated in s r lu o ts a a rfo see f a 2 2’said lieit -” – athlo ad’re N ye cdhoa By agge igh com k is s to ollr y nenctae’ccsuco e nutlyr e-g itth ppa m th 20 c u He s abvear, etcroic trs are nTaerim radyho is lint io is a s ivce u a in to rdoosp th t m at a ba n seemew o w o a th w r. ic S y e c s 9 C n H t a o g gesro im e ismtrb at, labr Haardr e ss re-s q nden Broal th th est at X s: n alie . Lre ascth te o d lls -t W ut th doerd Cdaatev t Nllhe.Jeyawaesll 1n1dmDe an therer-gu bi mepr ha0 0reabdrajacideene hase oe Ca rita sX sem a sg k a 8th ir b r e. b 0,0ofic esatsl G urc a mp , b ionw sLUep t aVto XaXs s n p c ry life TLdwS oNerwm gnhisgaentdo.,uan cakntorc. e1. mtehme maand ham c3ecssli nr W it cXl “o N ate gio ny r ua raic Ls yo ebstb a maese u r 19 heoxp he c ro ate XdX pdir lass w Ree pa l ie n yN id trCsot teysaaimW g om XrXl lensSe rladliCt t e c nono,” f w 20 T e0p5 reagcom a v a in Jath Re sa eussnsd cn iait n ein ilCleth i o X Xo nt adgoa sim w m osvbfe israoti yuosi- 1215 2ed0th2the Gp nso sou Noafoth lpu e C air m RIC 'W au 4 r uabosaost aanb r & 02 13 s rk nu i e. y e l -ch dys ht oAmsmais dre24 ir c pbsaeto ye y lie -2 d a Utk bopaelo O c B C is agge o e ’s ig ll a u a m 2 c h r c k m foo e allva rco t 3 Tr on s c l bdp emr' il eliq tem t m at a bacn CsheaemeuwrWcestsr.e ,H gS i rd a x V a ivee ic duo tite ll v rs 3t4e pp nt th est at s“:on abliaCeom.oLeC eallsRth isatr t,” lu ke in t dolu Ca boa t fi e s a nta Ddois issXm av N.J mepllb d DSh W ut th ord s hCip res f th ali ss ng ccou be e , b o w Le t at Csaw kavearsn &. e b o . It eXas X to im a vi th air ors e no e l em a r life Tw orm gis td., aowaMn itss d Xl sa toria app anX as , ch ern d th “ N ate L lstb eritcorira m o m dXc epdritir lass s ] w gic ov an it.” id tr s ee m d u h Vic elop inogXrsXl alensSe adliCt sa ss s iate ekW om en o f w us: 684 ssels hina of g ision on y v o tact 8-2 Ca Me ard ec ple n b orl lput 8 a ne oc f th f C is o Xv X grenstsadgo sim de d saw e d y r o 5 s o o i n g u au r'W il paor ena ’s b ous 0 pe cisio wa As air o ber cus a n Co 66-7 amie usa Utk boelod ilis n ui bu k proO t [J idtSh yrsity nim ad 2 e de oard c ch am r fo e , m m 1-8 bd emr' liq vic h tra sa8 ive na e h th e b duo tite ll ve olute 14 C o u a s b lu “ ge r 2 un s a u itte aid d th ng.” ha pa 2 h ip Ddois is min lit d ouof wa mm sels s e an mbli l to ,” a s s y l co as itte hu erfu you 3 es na C m nd d in cu sim sit a m a n er enti sat X 34 ow 5 erit co ing wo faith ou nayy elSI n iv sid tee nt, de date ge U pa Io cit ItI’s eir es ymailit c re e 14 5 k in s Up it N e p ia “S th k o sib hon y0 t h ’s m s id er 8 ew od2 n ria m re rit et, NIo ut m’tato nXage ef on wegaon go b spurs 262 he icto h co w p of c me dy p alsoenre y N elodwepa in Bnrid ls sa m e Beyy le sn ar e ne e reaas o 308V ea rc a n list ad to goo al erieKi eewaschlaimo 14Vall re th re assre 1 e d s g 2 v y d h s N n 3 n B p ana s ahgae lley he trep Cco198riey.b ans 0 n ti te k y TV 1to ers s p 36fi au n d ida en theiniscPult ohupk oo sville ng in NSCaolewic oloxovpa 2ernSihak d n 9 1 n p as Chrfa o“uyt epyro ti s ok m & 3 il ow a31 ca oo ey y ’rre o CKoa rt aelb rs cNe 3 d ehrsad the g: er ry sh ValleX ss. er eyonut uyn d Sp e v o e s a it te t a k M l 4 c m r rt n d g da pMoort oririaal 4Sehta tha ludin an N d le ion er suc for the s la sta icha in s Up 1&e5 id c p ditito e I o nhoam See eoacn ase vis ild w w e d enrsSh 20 in th S f isoto e r ed -b nd bu ith en Co nXa riefe re NIo t o ati Ne r’t bsw d lue a ip n pl les ove 262s: lodwe Bd M g ey 84 va gic nsh ume ody lo nrCicehn weue rstehaeso u ma ut do sim is u Kien wschinlano u ct 3088-26 a Stratelatio ac g go ic all me a nreen in il r e r at gd Npeea naim an V ey onta -7532 • rearness in By ntr ohmer eop acrot ry thPieeebnde,rs Ut dolo tem tr pe sa brw fo min alit •ae si rais ce f c ers66 1306 Na alewsich vpasll iC ak-8 pa h y Bu nd t- l o nen s tteh toCrisreluvPiem do dolu ssis SCo oloxo ernSh 1 teh pwr y 38 191t ••Fu den leve u h a im e a t e ra e m o o lb s & it l il C g li tu h a g CKoa rt aers cNe it ut ers w r y unltrenen rs 2 •S ig an 5 agnueglpe i er keur H ills ple p be acces thrme erfe la pMoovrt M aall isu $ ao l 0 • h t u D te ri o u sk pe uld sida e fo th a s ra 15 2 prid liq po dititoori &heSe o d h 12 130 e f o h fo eed enrsS ey sveed tem •a It w can t t o is s it ye l 0 e v r “ p r le dolu o 2 e lo h eb e d : M gre th 84 C w th us mtaegout do sim of u e ct 8-26 ilis r a n in ng 5 nta in Ca Ut dolo tem ar ri o art Pe Cog 66-7 min alit to 5 p lub for 16 ye e tin -8 ic h do dolu ssis y en h1 y t 17 8 15 v 20 e C am w t le Inv anic hore alle 28 1 t e it sim 12 130 ag g u l it eh ali 24 ng Sa st S an V ur p ry f isung 20 lpu er ge rs 20 la pa nu qui We wich o hake om 21 o bDro cru g h S o li 2 C les & g W fo m 2 te fo ve e,” Sa ers uin yee Ca lute

13 20

Vancouver Island | Victoria | thompson-okanagan | Fraser Valley



V ad SUBSCR I Nt N e I o TODAY &BFoECUS NVeStM sid STAY » US oN I premgeitmB w INFORM » FoC ne gSc–opma sNid ED! toria cesas aWsatrRodn Fpirrestitm n u e w m ic Ve IN

th lu Uc tuargee 23 pp ca ket atr ams no co i, st ern Tofi m we t Alb and uris r let e to Po th lue Uc ture p t a c e rk ma


Corryn Grayston is the General Manager at the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at (250) 832-6247 or

’ n foCratweg impo inurn2do0in1o2Junandeateofeof cllyon dis ana und y0o5fsNbatrenaaakgagcroeompleinti ’lltgehtdaicreaal aitndh a,” lH s 2 to pith 14n. we e g w ers o 15 e C0ite I r h13 ects r w 20e at of m 2 n ion es to l enr a s g 12e20tw uvn eak n exthpaSisteweypetegaomoyrbhmyeorpmebsisoinptheinacgetiaeio2dn0linine1s1r2Juatinnaslndgnpaeadthrloteaoacfrottofitsthheefhrloomporedaaslticwhae oo y e o ncd is br is’but Doendcnoanfs-ooC. r “nMicpeeancnaotaaimlpgg n ofu ,leadtido acy reaainll ddh a ro V Ha Haworlgdrm–oakutertnyhleasgserCllanLCedtdity.n–ottof dNbgreritsoahaukida ceH1o4aam.ispphaewsrmeo’lnlmthgeeesetdhamicovgpicalweaasnitn.aehrfeas,”w cwaln nat’s aamisaaisnkc’shtseiolpnginginenderuasdl.m(BaoVanbls) WoItpmahreeeexsthnpidteiscceveotsypemelotea-rpmygw-behseorps2ee0bsiseinarthvsawetaicaiaioteclllinons1foetfefsels2pgasreloeatrmacnqttouitsvhitioinenendhrgoomptoueearsdatoidotosictawhadele n t o s brHestisruis theter in aoR..WShedisDevoenloCnopaans-hnDdSema“onMficawehcicaotphameldgspfecgen“dpeWdreainopgsleythpoarcoet,”inahsefhloeinhosregawlteilhnl as no d co i, i a Nrtn im ll’sut ne c , ao. all n peelon p o , a foarc fulla ildd ev st ern Tofi m we t Alb and uris Ha tMHaepinaNf aRwn.Waorl.,WgdCm–aaabnrkaptedrotiayrhapletioaosragsnetirsCoadnnLinsed,tdgs.n–dtedv gRrsooatuidasreHaiataathnisphemae-srmonatherenseehmwoepcicboueamsn.ehaa-fencawreaclwhaculn r t e to Po ele ou nc Va

your source of local Business news

w W o 14 alle a Ne aim Ne ge y 30 own Il n pa an V Da l Na h ey o k3e2 wic vall IM Co Na x i Na 36 3 mo ern Co alb e4il 39 N1 ort c p f M rs e Bri port rial20 hake in o S &2S2 dity ws W Ne aimo Vaelle vers Ne y 4 30 : N dW Il nc n n 4 Mo E Da Na ha 14t5us 2 68 an ey o SI ir c20 3 8-2 tJ wic vall IM Io eas’tat Co Na y N x i onta -7625 ar nse Na od mo ern C 662 036 ye are ne Co go alb eil 1-8 3 8 2 39th re re g rt 3 8 By N he trep co po 13206 n the th Mc rs e r e rt k u 3191 as oCfhris po orial Shao e. it & oenss ecetr ers ed ak cc irrm ersall su e dfo noctho oitvooriria &eSeht M 84 eeddit enrsSh t us: th t oEf iris -26 ove c lo har M r gre onta us: 58 8 4 C aw E e C ta6ct ea 6-7 8-26 RG on r 5 n h year EO C1o-8 6-7 pa


5 15 20 e 12 130 ag p ry 20 go te Ca


S3T G0U1 4 AU2201


e dg Eri ny lAeC spead for RaRp coolem nce TmE uact ed erllseim is eil&

t rr c as liin st t TUe sdEoxlo rtebm am li lu wdino tcodpote assFisin im ta se li sc haeli lpesuat eprirot je c unia pnlau are liq fovre lutem do

a n na yo w ee Acommtio Sk ngvolu teg yo i o e d b l li il ra Vaar Bu re st in erC al os n orer m asc PFer rci intr ree smol tissi


e g ui orr mm ley ld se q donle 44 Co ang nfiet praeserat dBoa7n07 x 1x 2” t

G CE y e IN PR n g l la

86 28 th y C D o1-rt AL irp as ur 28 ON 4 A w oe r 53 h n oicou CD t 6 Jo Ch ion MA R g a St. es’ edit ial R K SH E din or t dg d erc e M A BLI uil in F e Ju thir mm at th b U P y he ad d th the Co 27 d b of Ro me er in BC ne e n s na inn ern ds Ju 6 ow tie elGE d, er xc ry ll w orth a r PA oa rop e E go e 24 era N Aw l. ge ov the ing ote r t R R P on th cate d th al pa of ild da H ir po f BG o w ffice rate stri rn Bu ma 4 A id o , als e O eleb du he Ra 53 Re hn th h c nd in nort 6 ce Jo in hic l a ut tle o u t. rd nck s to s ti eal ES nw noa tedm Br rt S Awa nt, w ercia ugh L wa R cil i o F nce eve mm thro SA niGllel s lesysse s ial hern un t, le the co on erc ort l Co ven in es Jochh ustsdeo cscim m at st in ructi m C N rcia e e ce c ilis sur Co e B e th en ern be nst dUist iedvoelo tem in X d th omm r of cell orth ile t o m h A li c lu . M m o x n n a is adc o do BC e/M r, a ard C ons ed e g in 100 fro o ss sim t R nso o sp iz in m nd . T te t ali e B a n a o n o lpu eri sp ate lso cog uild fr rge, Joh hav ry nu qui Est as a re ial b mbia eo St. ust nua li m ve w h ich erc olu ce G Fort s m n Ja 13. 7 lute GE w mm h C Prin to ing ee 20 eld PA do co tis to pert uild etw r 31, t h Bri ouse e Ru , b ted b be la s c ble e em re n

L ow di tis bTr agnimim ius M aess pr

” 9.8 r ne 144 n Ba 07 x x 2” 7 .8” 9




Frame Custom Homes now a Holmes Approved Homes Builder


E L OW N A - T h e n e x t g re a te s t t h i n g. It’s something his customers have come to expect and appreciate, and it’s been a big part of Bill Frame’s career. Frame Custom Homes Presid e n t a n d C E O, B i l l F ra m e , moved on from a very successful business in shipping and building throughout Saskatchewan’s and A lberta’s northern communities to introduce h i m sel f a nd h i s pa ssion for creative homebuilding to the Ok a n a ga n Va l ley. It wa s a n i nt ro du c t ion t h at wa s wel l received. “We moved to Kelowna from Fort McMurray. I took a bit of time off, and in 2005 we decided to start Frame Custom Homes. We’ve been busy ever since.” Over the past decade, Frame Custom Homes h as enjoyed

“… we’re happy we became a Holmes Approved Homes builder. It’s created a lot of interest in Frame Custom Homes.” BILL FRAME, PRESIDENT AND CEO, FRAME CONSTRUCTION

Mike Holmes and Bill Frame. Recognition of Frame Custom Homes as a Holmes Approved Homes Builder adds a new level of esteem from local and provincial to international endorsement robust growth and a growing reputation as one of the Valley’s prem ier custom homeb u i ld ers. T h at re c og n it ion sta r ted out loca l ly, but h a s g row n w it h prov i nci a l recog n it ion a nd i nter n at ion a l endorsement. I n t h e O k a n a g a n Va l l e y, Frame Custom Homes is known as a builder of outstanding and

u n i q u e l y d e s i g n e d h o m e s; many of which have contributed to h is over 50 Tom m ie Awa rd s re c og n i z i n g e xc ellence in the homebuilding industry along with the recent awarding of two Silver Tommie awards from the Canadian Home Builders Association of the Central Okanagan (CHBACO); and, he’s joined a short list of British Columbia companies certified as a Holmes Approved Homes builder - the brand made famous by homebu i lder a nd T V person a l ity Mike Holmes.

“T he Holmes Group approached me to be one of their approved builders and it looked like a good fit for our company. T hey saw the qua l ity of ou r work in the pictures posted on our website and it turned out to be a good fit for them and for us,” Bill told Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan. Bill went on to explain that once members of Mike Holmes’ team met with him in Kelowna, he was invited to a meet and greet with the Group. SEE FRAME CUSTOM HOMES |  PAGE 20

An exterior place for gracious living, dining and relaxing

Fax: Cell:

MNP Congratulates Frame Custom Homes on Your Continued Success and Accomplishments Contact Brian Laveck, CPA, CA at 250.979.1731 or

764-9728 764-9729 470-0448 733 McClure Road Kelowna, BC V1W 1M2

Always a pleasure to work with Bill Frame and his team



Front exterior view of the Parsons residence


“T hat’s when I met M i ke,” said Frame. “The entire process took between eight and ten months, but we’re happy we became a Holmes Approved Homes builder. It’s created a lot of interest in Frame Custom Homes.” It’s well known in the housing industry that reputation goes a long way in anything a company or company owner does. Most importantly, it’s clea rly defi n i ng a nd a rticulating what you stand for and stand behind. “I bel ieve everyone shou ld

have a quality-built home at whatever their budget. I want to ensu re that ever y home I bu i ld l a sts for generat ion s. I w a n t t o e n s u r e i t’s d o n e r ig ht t he f i rst t i me. A l l t he trades’ people and the suppliers I work with have the same understanding.” Frame Custom Homes uses approx i m ately for t y t rades people including framers, drywallers, electricians, plumbers and other sub-trades. On most projects, they bri ng i n thei r own designers for both architectural and interior design. “We’ve been consistent i n who works for us since we were incorporated in 2005. Lots of

Congratulations on your new project

270 Highway 33 W Kelowna, BC V1X 1X7 Canada P: 250.491.0206 | F: 250.491.0266

the same people are with us. We’re not a revolving door. We encourage and welcome new, innovative ideas even though you sometimes have to make ch a nges because of t hem. That’s what consistency in a company brings to the client - new ideas that set us apart,” he added. Bill went on to explain that it’s really the attention to detail and a thoughtful understanding of the building process that ma kes a homebuilding project successful. He freely admits he’s been fortunate enough to work with great customers who know what they want in a home, and his reward

is getting to help them realize their dream. Fra me Cu stom Homes h a s built a lot of multi-million dollar homes, including a home in West Kelow na that recently sold at the highest sale price for a home ever sold in the area. But he is quick to point out they build in all price ranges. “I don’t ever want to set myself apart from those who don’t want to spend a million dollars on a home. It’s not about price. It’s about va lue. We put the same care and attention into a small family home as we do a person’s dream estate home. The difference in the budget doesn’t change the quality, or

ou r level of com m itment we have to the end result. T hey just may have different types of flooring, different roofing, or are different in size.” W hat does set his company apa r t, however, i s b est described in the text of its website: diffe re nt becau se each home is bu i lt to ref lect that client’s uniqueness; better in terms of quality of construction and superior craftsmanship; enduring because these homes are built to last; caring that the homes are environmentally considerate; beautiful in craftsmanship and design; SEE FRAME CUSTOM HOMES |  PAGE 21



A living area overlooking the water


A simple but elegant staircase connects various levels in the house

and, approved by clients, colleag ues a nd i nternationa l ly recognized leaders in the construction industry. V i e w i n g t h e F r a m e C u sto m H o m e s w e b s i te g a llery of completed projects is eno u g h to m a ke yo u t a ke a deep breath, then search your m i nd for a word to describe the beauty of their design and craftsmanship. In all his successes, though, Bill and Frame Custom Homes h a v e n o t fo rgo t t e n to g i v e thanks and support to his team members and to the community he now calls home. Along with providing employment to locals, he and his wife, Paula, support a number of sports organizations including Kelowna Minor Hockey Association and Kelowna Youth Soccer.

His final thoughts on the success of Frame Custom Homes? “We’re the company that’s been my longest building project. “ My work shou ld sp e a k for itself.” “We a re a compa ny that is q u a l it y d r iven, a nd we approach our customer relations with the same attitude. That’s why o u r c ont a c t e m a i l a ddress is ‘happy customers at frame custom homes’…” Frame says w ith a n obv ious sm i le. “A s cor ny a s it m ay sou nd , the thing that brings me the most satisfaction is the look on people’s faces when they see the finished product. I’m happy we’ve done a good job and that we were able to work with the owner to realize the turning of their vision into reality. Our customers choose us for many reasons, but trust is a major part of it. Some homes take a long time to build, and we form friendships over the course of construction. You are tied to that person for a long time. You better like each other!” For B i l l F ra m e a nd F ra m e Custom Homes, the end result should always be the same: a home the customer feels is b e aut i f u l , a nd a home t h at he is con f ident w i l l last for generations. “It’s something my customers have come to expect and appreciate; that’s how I describe a home built by Frame Custom Homes.”



Congratulations on another great project! #101 – 2040 Springfield Rd Kelowna, BC Ph. 250-860-0412 TF 1-888-860-ROVC

WILSON M. BECK Proud to be the insurance provider for Frame Custom Homes


garages • closets • home offices • pantries • murphy beds

eld Rd., Kelowna, BC Tel: (250) 763-3840 or Toll Free 1-888-292-6202



JANUARY 2016 A division of Invest Northwest Publishing Ltd. Thompson Okanagan Office #210-347 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8C7 Toll free: 1.866.758.2684  Fax: 1.778.441.3373 Email: Website:

PUBLISHER/EDITOR |  Lise MacDonald, SALES |  Thom Klos –, Josh Higgins –, Joanne Iormetti – WRITERS |  Goody Niosi, Julia MacDonald, John MacDonald, Beth Hendry-Yim, David Holmes, Linda Wenger WEBSITE | John MacDonald




pportunity is knocking for First Nations in British Columbia. Perhaps more now than ever before, First Nations have a very real chance to catapult forward economically in the coming years. There are already well-catalogued successful examples of economically successful First Nations. On Vancouver Island, there’s the Campbell River Band’s red e ve lopm e nt of d ow ntow n proper ty, wh ich ef fect ively transformed Campbell River as a city, as well as Komoks First Nation’s very successful Pentlatch Seafoods Ltd. and Salish Sea Foods. On the Lower Mainland, Tsawwassen First Nation is gearing up for the opening of two massive retail shopping alongside Highway

17 near the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Combined, the new Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons will become the second-largest shopping complex in B.C., next to Metropolis Metrotown in Burnaby. Leading the way for years now, by continuing to raise the bar, are the Osoyoos and Westbank First Nations in the Okanagan. Osoyoos Chief Clarence Louie has been a key motivator for other First Nations with his speeches and example, as their NK’MIP resort/vineyard/golf course has taken the South Okanagan by storm. Westbank First Nation has several successful shopping centre operations that have fuelled much of the growth in West Kelowna, as Chief Robert Louie has led the way with several innovative ideas, including the mucha nt icipated L a ke Oka n aga n Wellness Centre. It is the latter that holds perhaps unlimited potential in terms of revenue generation and economic growth, which could become a model for other First Nations. Remember these three words: private health care. In Canada? Impossible, due to the constrictions imposed by the Canada Health Act. Any mention of two-tiered health care

causes many Canadians to at least threaten to light their hair on fire, amid calls against “queue jumping” and favouritism. Anything that might allow sick people to obtain care in this country other than standing in line for the next available physician or surgeon other than the status quo is met with the strongest of verbal opposition. But health care facilities on First Nation territory? This could be an absolute game-changer for not only First Nations, but all Canadians. Let’s face it: We already have two-tiered health care in this country. One tier is for all Canadians who have “access” to health services as their number comes up. (Surely we don’t believe we have “free” health care by now. . . it has been documented that our current system costs every Canadian an average of $5,000 per year.) The other tier is for those who can afford to pay for health care in other countries. Countless Canadians hop the border for medical services in the United States, Mexico and beyond. They have the wherewithal to get well now, and they take that advantage to do just that. Faced with getting in line to wait for knee/hip replacement

surgery and suffering in pain for six, nine, 12 months – or as long as they can physically endure – wealthier Canadians are choosing to spend retirement funds on operations that get them healthy immediately, so they can enjoy life, pain free. What if those services were available in Canada? With our dollar continuing to slide against U.S. currency, if Canadians could have those same services at home on First Nations territory, they’d also save over 30 per cent just on the exchange rate alone. If a First Nation was to identify private health care clinics as significant economic opportunities critical to the success of not just the First Nation but surrounding communities, which government official or lobby group would challenge that? Benefits would abound. For First Nations, these could be job-creating economic engines with enormous possibilities. For others, a chance to get healthier, quicker, spending Canadian, rather tha n U.S. f u nds. Not to mention eliminating evergrowing lineups for surgical procedures. Going through the list of First Nations projects listed above, it is obvious that real estate development is another lucrative

market opportunity that has already been identified. So, why is development on First Nations land so attractive to builders and developers? Because First Nations, particularly those which have already settled their land claims, have a fresh slate. They haven’t had years of civic and regional district bureaucrats instilling administrative red tape and impediments to growth. They are starting from ground zero. Here’s a possible example: Investors wanting to build a development within city limits could face waits of one-to-two years to work their way through a quagmire of regulations, stipulations and duplicated inspections. Meanwhile, neighbouring First Nations land offers almost immediate start times due to the lack of bureaucracy, plus taxation levels should be more affordable, due to the fact their First Nation doesn’t require mounds of hidden fees to pay for layers of expensive bureaucrats. Those are just two major benefits to First Nations with settled land claims. It’s a reason why much of the expected economic growth in this province will come from projects on First Nations land. The time has come.

ECONOMIC FREEDOM AND CANADA’S PUBLIC POLICY SCHIZOPHRENIA The Trudeau and Notley governments appear dedicated to repeating the mistakes of the BC government in the 1990s and Ontario today FRED MCMAHON THE FRASER INSTITUTE


n international rankings of economic freedom, Canada has soared past the United States, so it should be no surprise that among sub-national jurisdictions in North America (which encompasses 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states) three Canadian provinces - Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan - ranked at the top using 2013 data, the most recent available. But Canada is becoming a bit of a policy schizophrenia country. Three other Canadian provinces were close to the bottom of the Canadian and U.S. rankings: Nova Scotia tied with 10 other

jurisdictions for 42nd, Quebec and Prince Edward Island tied for 57th, ahead of only Delaware among the Canadian provinces and U.S. states. The 32 Mexican states were behind all Canadian provinces and U.S. states. The remaining four provinces, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario were in the middle of the Canada-U.S. pack. And reversals are coming. Since 2013, Alberta elected a new government and Canada chose a new federal government. And both governments have shown a propensity for policies that reduce economic

freedom, putting government in the way of free individual choices by upping taxation (so you have less of your own money to spend as you choose) and increasing government intrusion into the economy, thus reducing space for free exchange. The relative ranking of the provinces helps illustrate the power of economic freedom. The average per capita provincial domestic product of the top provinces is $70,294; of the four middle provinces, $52,124; and of the three at the bottom, $41,655. Economic freedom is simply the ability of individuals and families to make their own economic decisions, unhindered by overly large government or restrictive regulations. Over a century of evidence shows that the drive and ingenuity of individuals beats heroic government in creating prosperity. More than 130 policy and fact-based academic articles have used the North American index in research and found that a number of positive outcomes, including increased growth and entrepreneurship, are powered by economic freedom. Over the past 20 years, Canada has run a fascinating experiment in the ability of economic freedom

to drive growth and the lack of economic freedom to inhibit growth. During much the 1990s, BC fell back in economic freedom as the size of government and regulation increased. Long one of Canada’s richest provinces, BC fell to have not-status. During the 1990s, BC had by far the slowest growth of any province in Canada at just 7.3 per cent per capita over the decade in inflation-adjusted terms. At the same time, Ontario increased its economic freedom and had a growth rate of 20.7 per cent, almost three times of that of BC in the 1990s. Then, everything turned upside down. Ontario’s economic freedom went into reverse in the first decade of this century and, just like BC before it, the province fell to have-not status. This is remarkable denouement for Ontario, the province that had been Canada’s economic engine. In the decade following 2003, Ontario, like BC before it in the 1990s, had by far the slowest growth rate in Canada, remarkably just 3.3 per cent. Meanwhile, BC was moving in the opposite direction, increasing economic freedom. With increased economic

freedom, BC quickly moved out of have-not status and had a growth rate almost five times that of Ontario, at 15 per cent. It is amazing how we can be resistant to learning even the most obvious lessons - BC falling into have-not status when economic freedom was reduced and then soaring when it was increased; Ontario experiencing strong growth when economic freedom was relatively high and then falling into have-not status when economic freedom declined. The recent elections in Alberta and federally in Canada have elected governments that appear dedicated to repeating the mistakes of BC in the 1990s - and Ontario today - by increasing government’s interference in the economy, although growth and prosperity are strongly related to individual economic freedom, not big government. Fred McMahon is a Fraser Institute resident fellow and holder of the Dr. Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom. See the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of North America report

SUBCRIPTIONS  |  $45 PER YEAR (12 ISSUES), $80 FOR 2 YEARS (24 ISSUES), SUBSCRIBE ONLINE: WWW.BUSINESSTO.CA. DISTRIBUTION: FOURTH WEEK OF EACH MONTH VIA CANADA POST AD MAIL. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited submissions. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. Produced and published in British Columbia. All contents copyright Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan, 2015. Canadian Publications Mail Acct.: 40069240







n to poser to lone last ish a oals the and om-

onal e viany. The cos viyour ieve Imf the r cor the ed to

make beould real

ng C. 645m. m.


LOCATION LOCATION 175 Kokanee Way - Ramada Hotel 3969 Crawford PROJECT TYPE Ave, Merritt Hotel - Convention Centre - Retail


13397 Lakehill Dr - The Lakes Phase 10 PROJECT TYPE SUNDERLAND SIMONE Subdivisions

PROJECT New residential subdivision - 12 New water treatment facility SFD - thelots dis-



PROJECT STATUS Rezoning application at 2nd reading ARCHITECT BlueGreen Architecture Inc - 202110 Highway 33, W Kelowna V1X 1X7 778-753-2650 CONSULTANT CTQ Consulting - 1334 Saint Paul St, Kelowna V1Y 2E1 250-9791221

CENTRALDISTRICT trict is currently testing several meth-STATUS PROJECT COLUMBIA Construction start anticipated ods including membrane technology OKANAGAN OF WEST SHUSWAP summer/16 - 44 SFD lots in Phase PROJECT STATUS KELOWNA 9 ready for building REGIONAL LOCATION Design underway - Tender call for DISTRICT




75254 214-987-9300

New ice facility for the Greater Vernon area to replace the aging Civic Arena - 4,000 seats - may be an addition to Kal Tire Place or the Priest Valley Arena or construction of a new ice facility


PROJECT New townhouses - 3 storeys - 2 duplex buildings - 1 stand alone residential unit - 5 units total panelized home building system - board and batten siding - decks with privacy screens - steel roofing PROJECT STATUS Site work underway DESIGNER Radec Group - 102 316 Dawson Ave, Penticton V2A 3N6 250492-0069


CIVIL ENGINEER General Contractor 2673 to 2704 Blind Bay Rdanticipated LOCATION Ecora - 579 Lawrence Ave, July/14 construction completion 3745 West Bay Rd Blind Bay Resort Kelowna V1Y 6L8 250-469-9757 PROJECT Condominiums - West Bay Beach anticipated late 2015 PROJECT TYPE LOCATION TYPE New Ramadanew Hotel in the Campbell PROJECT Commercial Resort DEVELOPER CONSULTANT Mixed-use dev 2241 Springfield Rd - Mission Okanagan Land Development Creek industrial park - 4 storeys PROJECT PROJECT TYPE Opus Dayton Knight - 255 1715 Crossing Corp - 102 1180 SunsetWestside Drive, PROJECT 3,780 sm - 80 - restaurant New hotel androoms convention cen- - pool Mixed-use dev Dickson Ave, V1Y 9G6 250-868-4925 Redevelopment of the Blind Kelowna V1Y 9W6 250-717-8718 with elevators concrete PROJECT TYPE tre -waterslide 4 storeys -- 83 units - -350 Bay Resort - 19 recreational PROJECT OWNER construction - roofcentre articulation seat convention - 120 with commercial new New tourist condominiums - 4 waterfront lots - expansion of porte cochere asphalt shingles 98 District of Sicamous - 1214 seat restaurant - retail and comPROJECT buildings - 4 storeys - 211 units the marina to 55 slips - hot tub surface mercialparking units - stalls stone and fibre Riverside Ave, Sicamous V0E 2V0 above and u/g parking - pedestrian underpass from New commercial urban lifestyle cement siding - stucco and long PROJECT STATUS upper 250-836-2477 development to beach centre 6 buildings 2 to 7 storeys board cladding - heavy timber PROJECT STATUS area PROJECT MANAGER Construction start anticipated - retail commercial at ground Rezoninglevel application at 3rd readstructure - aluminum windowslate LOCATION 2014 MHPM - 550 555 W 12th Ave, with office units aboveing - underground steel frame doors and frames PROJECT STATUS 1192 Industrial Rd - Gas Bar Vancouver V5Z at 3X7 604-714-0988 Rezoning application 2nd parkade - 80 above ground short ARCHITECT Convenience Store - Prairie West PROJECT STATUS ARCHITECT reading term parking stalls New Town Planning Services Inc Construction start Centre DF Architecture Incanticipated - 1205 4871 Shell PROJECT STATUS 1464 St Paul St, Kelowna V1Y 2E6 midRichmond 2016 OWNER Rd, V6X 3Z6 604-284-5194 PROJECT TYPE Jaydan Ventures Inc and Blind 250-860-8185 Development permit application Commerical new ARCHITECT DEVELOPER Bay Resort - 250-675-2595 submitted PKeystone Arch and Planning Ltd OWNER PROJECT LOCATION Prism Ventures Inc St, - 3571 Barmond SURVEYOR West Bay Vineyards Ltd - 3745 - 110-2881 Garden Abbotsford ARCHITECT New Gas Bar, Convenience Centre Ave, V7E 1A4 604-338-4656 To BeSurveying Determined Monashee & - Ice Facility West Bay Rd, West Kelowna V4T V2T Richmond 4X1 604-850-0577 and Restaurant - 1 building 1 Ekistics Town- Planning - 1925 Main Geomatics 3710A 28th St, 3B9 250-768-3004 OWNER PROJECT TYPE storey - 5,000St, sf Vancouver - approx 24V5T 3C1 604-739-7526 DEVELOPER Vernon V1T 9X2 250-545-5990 Prism and Resorts - 800 RattanHotels Hospitality Inc - 3571 above ground parking stalls institutional add/alter DEVELOPER Voght St, Merritt V1K 1C5Dallas Texas 14800 Landmark Blvd,

commercial newSpace and Commercial



9901 74 Ave - Fire Hall PROJECT TYPE Institutional new PROJECT New Fire Hall to replace existing fire hall on Main Street - 1 storey - 1,232 sm with 170 sm mezzanine - 4 drive through bays to accommodate 8 vehicles - hose and training tower, storage, workshop, training room, kitchen and administration space PROJECT STATUS Construction underway - construction completion anticipated mid/16 ARCHITECT KMBR Architects Planners - 1788 W 8th Ave, Vancouver V6J 1V6 604-732-3361

R366 Enterprises Ltd - 4870B Chute, Kelowna V1W 4M3 250-764-8963

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Greyback Construction Ltd - 402 E Warren Ave, Penticton V2A 3M2 250-493-7972

2922 Wilson St - Ellis Lambert and Paul Construction Ltd Townhouses

OWNER Town of Osoyoos - 8707 Main St, Osoyoos V0H 1V0 250-495-6515



300 2000 Spall Rd, Kelowna V1Y 9P6 PROJECT TYPE 250-860-2331

451 Shuswap St - SD 83 North Okanaclubs and serviceSTATUS groups who are acknowledgement of community PROJECT gan Shuswap Administration Building leadership. This award is given so active in Summerland. Feasibility study and cost analysis Pa rt of bei ng con nected is at the Mayor’s discretion to an PROJECT TYPE study anticipated shortly - the knowing where those goods and organization that has made an institutional new Greater outstanding contribution to services can beVernon found.Advisory In fall theCommittee will decide in June whether orSummerland. not to PROJECT Chamber launched a new website hold a referendum in November/14 Nominations can be made by the New administration building on the with a comprehensive new busito fund athat newprovides ice facility this- location, public and by businesses. Chamold JL Jackson school site - 2,640 smness - directory preliminary design and estimated ber business members (both local information. 2 storeys - 75 parking stalls costyear’s to be determined At this Gala we par- and corporate members) are eli-

Multi-family new




ticularly want to celebrate those gible to be nominated. A business LOCATION OWNER companies who incorporate com- may also nominate themselves for Vintage Boulevard, Okanagan Falls City of Vernon 1900plans 48th Ave, munity support into -their an award as we have many busiARCHITECT Vintage Views Vernon V1T 5E6 250-545-1361 CHRISTINE PETKAU that are not for business excellence. And nesses in Summerland MQN Architects - 100 3313 32 Ave, in 2016 we will be encouraging visible to thePROJECT TYPE yet general public, Vernonvery V1Tyear 2E1 250-542-1199 the Summerland Summerlanders to discover all they play a vital role in our econsubdivisions Chamber of Commerce has the products and services you can omy and are doing excellent work. OWNER PROJECT All nominees will be celebrated privilege recognizing Schoolthe District 83 -ofNorth Okanaganfind right here at home through a subdivision - 30 SFD lots Nominees Recepand honouring our local busi- vibrant new shop local campaign. at the annualNew Shuswap - 220 Shuswap St NE, nesses as well as those who have by Nesters MarNominations in the following tion, sponsored PROJECT STATUS Salmon V1E 4N2in250-832-2157 made aArm difference our com- award categories are open until ket and free to the community. Construction startatanticipated Residential · Commercial PROJECT MANAGER munity. This year will be the 78th January 20: The awards will be given out June/14 Anniversary of the awards event. the Gala which will be held at the Business of the Year, Rising Stantec - 400 1620 Dickson Ave, Industrial · Institutional · Hospitality LOCATION Last year talked about how Star/New Business, Sustain- SummerlandOWNER Waterfront Resort Kelowna V1Ywe 9Y2 250-860-3225 th 2425 Orlin Rd Addition to the . For online connected our community is be- ability Leader, Technology and on February 27 Vintage View nomDevelopmentsCall c/o Us Today to See How We Can Help VillageProfessional at Smith Creek tween businesses, individuals Innovation, Servi- inations and information about Robert Milanovic 250-492-5939 ■ Trade Services the awards and Gala, please visit and organizations and launched ces Excellence, PROJECT TYPE With Your Next Project! a video called ‘Our Connected Excellence, Manufacturing/In- seniors housing Community’ to illustrate these dustrial Excellence, Retail Excel#101, 2903 – 35 Avenue Tourism and Hospitality connections. Our buying habits lence,PROJECT LOCATION Vernon, BC V1T 2S7 Excellence, Young Entrepreneur Christine andDabell practices tremendous Addition to the Village at Smith CreekPetkau is Executive 524 St -make MaraaLake Water Year, Citizen/Volunteer of Director at the Summerland difference on a very local level of the seniors housing facility- 1,810 sm - 4 Office Treatment Facility Chamber of Commerce. She since the businesses we buy goods the Year. storeys 23 units 8 additional u/g PROJECT TYPE The Mayor’s Award of Excel- can be reached at cpetkau@ and services from locally are then parking stalls - fibre cement board able to support industrial new the organizations, lence continues to be an important

Site work underway




Jeff Boschert 1-800-667-1939

exterior - 4th floor stepped back as gables





Business Examiner Thompson/Okanagan - January 2016  

Featuring the latest business news and information from Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna, Summerland and Penticton.