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THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE US SPECIAL

Board of Directors

The Downtown Kamloops Association Board of Directors is voted annually by the membership and serve a two year term.

Dino Bernardo

President

Dino has lived in Kamloops for the past 40 years and is the co-owner of the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge. As well as being President of the KCBIA, he sits on the RIH Foundation Board and volunteers for many different associations in Kamloops. Dino has been doing business in downtown Kamloops for well over 20 years and believes the strength of a great city depends on the vibrancy of a strong downtown!

Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge

Ryan Gentile

Vice President

Ryan enjoys dedicating his time as a KCBIA Executive Board member for the past 6 years. He is extremely proud to be one of the board members who could select Executive Director Carl DeSantis to his position and see the new direction the BIA is headed. Ryan grew up in Langley and found his way into Kamloops by working as a manager in the grocery industry. Kamloops has been his home for the past 12 years. Ryan and his wife Kristen have been Downtown Kamloops business owners for 10 years, having previously owned/operated the Big Boot Inn Shoestore. They are now the proud owners of 3 Red Wing Shoe Dealership stores in BC, with their success here in Kamloops. They have two boys (Julian and Declan) and are proud to call Aberdeen their neighbourhood.

Red Wing Shoes

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Brianne Vondracek

Treasurer

Brianne moved to Kamloops in 2011 to attend Thompson Rivers University and completed a summer co-op at BDO LLP. Currently a Chartered Professional Accountant and Manager at BDO LLP, Brianne enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs while exploring outdoors, especially in the summer months with both golfing and spending time at the lake.

BDO LLP

Michael Blackwell

Secretary

Mike Blackwell is a lawyer at Fulton and has lived in Kamloops for 8 years. Mike is an active member of the Kamloops Bar Association, the White Buffalo Metis & Aboriginal Health Society, and Brennan Creek Recreation Commission Association. Outside of work, Mike is an avid snowboarder and golfer!

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Ted Ockenden

Director at Large

Ted has lived and worked in Kamloops for 30+ years. Throughout this time, the City of Kamloops has been welcoming and continues to be the best hometown anyone could hope for. Ted worked in a variety of capacities and leadership roles at ICBC during his 30 years there. Since 2016, Ted has served as the Director, Facilities and Corporate Services for the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC). This has afforded him the opportunity to experience the vibrancy of Downtown Kamloops in a more fulsome way! Ted has chaired the Kamloops Counterattack Traffic Safety Committee, Operation Red Nose Kamloops and the Citizens’ Advisory Board to Corrections. He also served on the Expert Panel to Specialized Populations (Employment Ministry) for the Province of B.C. In addition to being a Director on the KCBIA, Ted recently pursued the opportunity to become a Director with Kamloops PRIDE.

BC Lottery Corporation

Sheila Minten

Director

Sheila is born and Kamloops raised, and has always felt that Kamloops is her true home. A place where she can both ski and swim, as well as participate in Committees and events such as Daybreak Rotary, Ribfest, Crabfest, the Santa Claus Parade, and the Alzheimer’s Walk. Sheila’s expertise centres around marketing and events, and she will lend her energy and enthusiasm to anything the Downtown Kamloops community has to throw at her.

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Maeghan Summers

Director

Maeghan Summers is the Operations Partner for two amazing local eateries and brewpub. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Restaurant and Forno On 5th, both located in the heart of downtown and with a focus on supporting local purveyors, creating unique brews and all while being in a welcoming environment.

The Noble Pig Brewhouse is Kamloops’ first Micro Brewpub and features in house-brewed craft beer, unique food made from scratch and knowledgeable service from our wonderful team. As the GM and a partner, it is my role to support and oversee all aspects of the business and develop processes and systems to continually move the pig ahead. Maeghan celebrates 25 years of passion for hospitality. “Eat, drink and support local.”

Forno on 5th | The Noble Pig

Andy Philpot

Director

Andy grew up in Brocklehurst and has been a resident of Valleyview for over 30 years but has always had an active interest in what is happening in all areas of the city, especially the downtown core. Andy is the Division Superintendent with St John Ambulance, 627 Victoria Street and was an Assistant Fire Chief with Kamloops Fire Rescue when he retired in 2011. He also worked on the Wanda-Sue Paddlewheeler for 20 years and has been involved with the Kamloops Heritage Railway. He has served on the organizing committees of several of the large sporting events that Kamloops has hosted, the most recent being the NACAC-U23, 4 Nations Cup, and the Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships. He also sat on the Mayor’s Taskforce for the Tranquille Road Beautification/Gateway Project and the Board of Directors for the Oncore Seniors Society and presently sits on the Kamloops Sports Council and the Valleyview Community Association. Andy has an active interest in our city, particularly the downtown area and the benefit it has to the citizens of Kamloops. Andy feels he has the skills, time and commitment to give to the KCBIA.

St. John Ambulance

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Jesse Daniel Faubert

Director

Jesse has founded and manages Avenue Media House (Digital Agency – Creative Director), Common Sound (DJ & Audio/Visual company – General Manager), Ninth Company (Event Production, Artist Management – D.O.) and has recently opened one of Kamloops’ most dynamic creative studios: NinthLab. Proud to be a part of Kamloops’ creative community, the business community, and a high school football coach.

Common Sound | Avenue Media House

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Luke Chidgzey

Director

Luke Chidgzey is a Business Account Manager at RBC and has lived in Kamloops for over 20 years. He proudly works with business owners to help them achieve their goals. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.

Royal Bank of Canada

Bill Sarai

City of Kamloops Liaison

Bill is a married father of 3 who has lived in Kamloops for the past 25 years. He is a Kamloops City Councillor, SILGA Director at Large and recently retired as a Letter Carrier at Canada Post after 31 years. He has volunteered for past BC winter and summer games and various organizations over the years including coaching youth soccer teams.

He prides himself on community involvement, hearing the issues at hand and lending his support to everyone in our beautiful city.

City of Kamloops

 

Maeghan Summers

Vice President Operations & General Manager

The vibrancy, dynamic offerings and the incredible business community are what keeps me coming back downtown. It is an incredible community to work and play in. 

Forno On 5th | The Noble Pig

Bill Sarai

Liaison

“My goal as councillor is to help make the downtown core of Kamloops more vibrant. With its parks, markets, boutiques, breweries and arenas, our city-centre provides immense opportunity to draw residents and tourists alike to come live, work and play. I’ve worked closely with many of the business owners in this area, and it is imperative council listens to their suggestions and concerns to allow this critical part of Kamloops to reach its full potential. There is no better indicator of this area’s potential to bloom than the numerous commercial and residential developments that have broken ground over the past few years.

I look forward to helping this area continue to grow in the years to come.”

City of Kamloops

Maren Luciani

Director

“A healthy, vibrant and diverse downtown is valuable for community and economic development for many reasons. An active, busy downtown promotes the lease/sale of vacant properties and increases tax revenue for the City. It is a place of gathering for community members and visitors alike. I see great potential for downtown Kamloops as the City continues to grow and shift to a more balanced approach between supporting sporting events, culture and the arts. The adoption of the new Kamloops Downtown Plan, the new performing arts centre proposal and increasing residential growth in and around the downtown core are just a few initiatives that will enhance our already thriving downtown and lead to increased attraction and retention of new residents and businesses to the area and increased investment downtown and in the City as a whole.”

Meraki Community Planning

Nicki James

Owner

“I am passionate about the downtown core of Kamloops and I am proud to be a member of the business community. My goals include fostering good working relationships, having open and honest collaboration and cooperation with all downtown sectors to strengthen business growth and opportunities in the area.”

Main Street Clothing Co. Ltd.

Ted Ockenden

Director

“We are so fortunate to have a downtown that is thriving, welcoming and growing. We owe this to the commitment and dedication of our downtown business community and the support and alignment they receive from both the KCBIA and the City of Kamloops. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels, instead of ensuring that we pursue excellence, remain “current” and celebrate collaboration!”

BC Lottery Corporation

Jesse Daniel Faubert

Director

“I truly do believe that it takes a team to win, and it takes a team like mindset to help a community flourish. And over the past couple of years the Downtown Kamloops business sector has really started to embrace a collaborative entity. More and more businesses are starting to get that communication, collaboration and an understanding of each others wants and needs are highways to success for everyone, and that openness to change and growth makes me super excited to be a part of it all.”

Ryan Gentile

Vice President

“The first thing I say about Kamloops is that it is a perfect size… not too big and not too small! It has all the shops and restaurants you need, and it is still easy enough to drive around. It is nice to drive down to Vancouver, but it is always nicer to drive home!”

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