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2018 AGM & Awards Celebration

Please join us for the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association Annual General Meeting to be held on Monday, Feb 5th from 5pm to 8pm at Hotel 540 (540 Victoria Street).

  • The 2018 AGM kicks off at 5PM with a happy hour tradeshow – this is a great opportunity for networking! Come say hello to our Trade Show vendors: Houle Electric, RCMP, Crimestoppers, Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Kamloops, Brewloops Beer Festival, Community Safety & more!
  • From 6-8PM enjoy our annual report, Leadership Award presentation and the NEW Kudowards celebration.
  • Election of directors and distribution of business awards will take place at this meeting.
  • Keynote Speech by outgoing General Manager, Gay Pooler: Partnerships in Public Space


Board of Director Nominations

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association has a mandate to accurately represent our general membership. Therefore, we encourage you to take a moment and determine whether you or someone you know has the desire to seek election to the Active Board of Directors. Nominations must be submitted 7 days prior to AGM. There are no nominations from the floor.
Directors must be prepared to speak to issues affecting the Downtown, respond to “position” referrals from the General Manager, represent the BIA when speaking to members and build the development of the BIA in the area.

For more information on our Constitution and Current Bylaws please visit: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/business-development/current-bylaws/

Leadership Award

It’s time to submit nominations for the annual Downtown Kamloops Leadership Award that is awarded at the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association’s Annual General Meeting. We are looking for a downtown business person or organization who has contributed to our goal of maintaining a vibrant and livable downtown core. We want to know who you think is deserving of an award like this. We want them to have contributed to our business landscape and the environment in Downtown Kamloops and to be active in the community.

 Nominees for 2017: Hello Toast, The Art We Are Café and I.T. Isin Solutions.

Hello Toast: When ever you go in there you are met with smiling faces and the service is extraordinary. People who are visting from out of town have heard about Hello Toast before they arrive. I always hear compliments about them, which in turn make downtown Kamloops even more appealing.

Art We Are Café: A Kamloops native, Christina Grono is the creator of the Art We Are Cafe.  She opened the cafe almost ten years ago and has loved watching the downtown core evolve. Christina grew this successful business from a small second floor artist’s gallery into the eclectic café – gallery we see today. She not only promotes healthy lifestyle choices with the delish menu at Art We Are but supports local artists by offering up the walls to display art for sale and offering up the cafe for live music.  People LOVE the vibe in there and Christina is always lovely and welcoming!  Very much a large part of the growing Downtown atmosphere!

I.T. Isin Solutions: I.T. Isin Solutions are very involved in supporting a number of Not For Profit organizations within our city. They have volunteered their time and IT expertise to the Kamloops Search and Rescue, designing programs that allow them to track members locations and the aerial drone flight paths onto maps in real time, also responding during actual searches to assist the team. During this summers Wildfires they volunteered hundreds of hours of their time at the ESS Reception Centre. During this emergency they designed a program to electronically track all the evacuees,  with the ability to generate follow up reports that were required by Emergency Management BC. These programs are now being used to bring Reception Centre operations from the paper age into the computer age. Through their giving back to our community we feel that they deserve recognition.

NEW! Business to Business Kudowards

Our downtown business community is a close-knit group of entrepreneurs striving towards a common desire; To succeed in business and to contribute to the overall health of Downtown Kamloops. We have created B2B “Kudowards” in several categories to facilitate our businesses in recognizing one another for making outstanding contributions to our downtown core. If you feel that a business or business person is a Downtown Star and want to show your appreciation, all you need to do is nominate them! Our Kudoward Committee will choose winners from the nominations and we will be recognizing them during a fun ceremony at our Annual General Meeting, February 5th. 

Kudoward Categories & Nominees:

Curb Appeal

– Brownstone Restaurant

– Desert Gardens

– Jardines Domaine

– Kamloops Library

– Mainstreet Clothing

– Mittz Kitchen

– The Painted Pony Café

Experience Enhancement

– All-Aboard Games

– Caffe Motivo

– Cool Running

– Mainstreet Clothing

– PDK Cafe

– Second Chance Thrift Store

– The Art We Are

Giving Back – Social Stewardship

– BC Interior Community Foundation

– Frenchies Poutinerie

– It’s My Life Kamloops Society

– Scoopz Ice Cream

– Second Chance Thrift Store

Good Neighbour

– Frenchies Poutinerie

– Instinct Adornment

– The Ruby Room

– Second Chance Thrift Store

– Senor Froggy

– The Lash and Brow Studio

New Business (within past 18 months)

– Cycle Logic

– KSPIN Indoor Cycling Studio

– Second Chance Thrift Store

– Tumbleweed Lounge

Social Media

– Scoopz Ice Cream

– The Noble Pig

– Red Collar Brewing Co.


2018 Nominations for the KCBIA Board of Directors


Brendan Shaw   – Brendan Shaw Real Estate (currently a Director & a past President)

Nominated by: Ted Ockenden & Jocelyn Bennett

Brendan Shaw is a real estate broker based out of Kamloops, British Columbia.  His brokerage, Brendan Shaw Real Estate, being part of the Canadian Real Estate Association, offers agency for residential and commercial sales and property management.  Additional community affiliations include: Rotary Club of Kamloops (Daybreak) and the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo.


Dino Bernardo – The Commodore Grand Café & Lounge (currently a Director)

Nominated by: Ted Ockenden & Jocelyn Bennett

Dino has lived in Kamloops for the past 38 years and is the owner of the Commodore Grand Café & Lounge. He is very active in the community and is currently president of the Kamloops Junior Football Association and Vice-President of the Kamloops Sports Council.  He is a strong proponent of downtown and loves owning and operating a business in one of the best areas Kamloops has to offer!


Shane Brooks – Stantec Engineering (currently Director at Large on Executive)

Nominated by: Ted Ockenden & Jocelyn Bennett

Shane Brooks is an electrical engineer who has been in Kamloops for 30 years. He is interested in revitalizing the downtown core and knowledgeable with current building codes, electrical codes, and design/construction processes.


Mike O’Reilly – Caffe Motivo (currently President of the Board)

Nominated by: Ted Ockenden & Jocelyn Bennett

Current President of the KCBIA, Mike has been volunteering for KCBIA committees for the last 6 years. Mike has lived in Kamloops for 32 years and owns Café Motivo downtown. Mike has been a board member for multiple organizations in Kamloops including, the MS Society, Kamloops Exploration Group and Rotaract.


Ryan Gentile – Big Boot Inn & Red Wing Shoes (currently Vice President of Board)

Nominated by: Ted Ockenden & Jocelyn Bennett

Ryan has been in Kamloops for 10 years and at the Big Boot Inn for the past 8. His interests include chasing his two young boys around, spending time outdoors, and playing sports such as soccer and golf.  Ryan has been on the KCBIA’s Board of Directors for two years. He has spent the last two years as the KCBIA’s Vice President. Ryan is an active Marketing Committee chair.


Bill Sanesh Jr – Bikini Bills & Can 21 Developments

Nominated by: Grayden Flanagan and David Fuoco

Bill has lived in Kamloops for 54 years. Bill is a businessman and has served on the KCBIA Board of Directors and on the RIH Gala Board. Bill has interests in marketing, street involved people and vacancy rates downtown.


David Fuoco – McAllister and Howard Clothiers

Nominated by: Grayden Flanagan and Ryan Gentile

David has always had a taste for style and quality and has spent his life dedicated to it. He has worked at McAllister and Howard Clothiers since he was a teenager, and officially bought the store in 2008. David has sat on the KCBIA Board of Directors before – serving a total of 7 years. David is looking forward to dedicating some of his ambition and drive into the development of Downtown.


Maeghan Summers – The Noble Pig Brewhouse

Nominated by: Jocelyn Bennett & Mike Blackwell

Maeghan has three and a half years serving as a board member on both the KCBIA’s board of directors and the TRU Hospitality Advisory Board. Maeghan’s focus is on the growth of downtown. She has 24 years of hospitality experience. Throughout the years, Maeghan has developed a diverse skillset including strong organizational skills, great leadership qualities, strong marketing skills and event planning.  Maeghan has a passion for the community, which she proves by being committed to buying locally and is committed to the growth of the hospitality sector.


Miranda Burdock – BDO Canada LLP

Nominated by: Mike Blackwell & Brendan Shaw

Miranda is a chartered professional accountant at BDO Canada LLP. She has lived in Kamloops for 14 years and is currently on the ASK Wellness Society Board of Directors as the treasurer. Miranda’s area of interest is in finance and business development.