BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet Our 2023/24 Board of Directors
The board of the Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce is made of experienced leaders from across the Nelson region’s business sectors, including tourism, hospitality, resource industries, education, media and local government.
Most importantly — they’re people just like you. They’re folks who want to make this community economically vibrant for their family, friends, and employees.
President Karen Bennett – Bennett Family Real Estate
Vice President Rebeckah Hornung – Whitewater Ski Resort
Treasurer Paul Cowan – Cowan Office Supply
Secretary Ed Olthof – Pacific West Builders
Past President Paul Wiest – Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants
Mike Borch – Baker Street Men’s Wear
Bob Hall – Selkirk College
Laura Gellatly — Nelson Star
Rob Little – Adventure Hotel
Amanda Verigin – Kootenay Co-op
Roger Quayle – CIBC
Chris Drysdale – Cloudside Hotel
Ravi Binning — Buddy’s Place / Urban Legends
BC Chamber of Commerce Representative Tanya Finley – Finley’s Bar and Grill/Sage Tapas
Are you one of the Chamber’s next directors? Director elections take place at the Chamber Annual General Meeting, in March of each year.
Here’s the dedicated gang that keep the Chamber working, from the front of the house to the back.
Your Chamber is committed to advancing an environment where economic development projects are encouraged and supported and to create a climate for local companies to grow. A strong business community is a catalyst to a dynamic area in which to live, work and play.
The Chamber is actively involved in numerous initiatives that benefit local and regional business and the economic sustainability of our region.
We also work as;
Delivery of Economic Development services(Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership-NAEDP) in partnership with the City of Nelson, Electoral Area E and F and Community Futures of central Kootenay.
First point of contact for business and relocation inquiries
First point of contact for Imagine Kootenay and Investment inquiries
First point of contact for inquiries for BC Provincial Nominee Program
Liaison with local, Provincial, and Federal government agencies and Ministers