BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet Our 2021/22 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.
Are you one of the Chamber’s next directors? Director elections take place at the Chamber Annual General Meeting, in March of each year.
President Paul Wiest – Cornerstone Group of Management Consultants
Vice President Karen Bennett – Bennett Family Real Estate
Secretary/Treasurer Ed Olthof – Pacific West Builders
Past President Tanya Finley – Finley’s Bar and Grill/Sage Tapas
Paul Cowan – Cowan Office Supply
Mike Borch – Baker Street Men’s Wear
Bob Hall – Selkirk College
Rebeckah Hornung – Whitewater Ski Resort
Stephen Harris– Stephen Harris Communications
Rob Little– Adventure Hotel
Amanda Verigin – Kootenay Co-op
Roger Quayle– CIBC
Chris Drysdale – Cloudside Hotel
Here’s the dedicated gang that keep the Chamber working, from the front of the house to the back.
Tom Thomson – Executive Director
Val Yowek – Visitor Centre Manager
Denise McInnes – Visitor Services /Administrative Support
Janeen Mather– Visitor Services/Administrative Support
Darren Davidson — Business Support
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