THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE US SPECIAL
Board of Directors
We’re governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors that are elected for a two-year term. They’re nominated by a minimum of five business representatives within the KCBIA boundaries, and are elected at our annual AGM.
Become a Board Member
Relationships, particularly those with the businesses and property owners in the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area, are a key component of KCBIA’s policy framework. The internal policy framework supports the society in achieving its reason for being, establishes the Board’s governance philosophy, and provides uniform guidelines and interpretation for i) governance, ii) Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area promotion and administrative operations, and iii) actions and conduct across the organization.
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!
Contact Dino firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryce is the Marketing Director for the YMCA‐YWCA Dream Home Lottery raising over five million dollars over the past 25 years. Bryce is an active volunteer and professional in the community of Kamloops with over 40 years experience in Public Relations, Community Engagement, the Hospitality & Tourism Industry, and a long history of working with several non‐profit agencies throughout the City.
President of the Kamloops Beekeepers Club, Chair of VK Advisors, Committee Member on several community fundraising events and Rotary PI/PR Chair and Ribfest Spokesperson/ Entertainment Chair with the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club to name a few.
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Jenna currently holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in Accounting from Thompson Rivers University as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
She has work experience in public accounting providing accounting, assurance and tax services. Jenna chose to pursue accounting as she has a passion for helping people and understanding the intricacies of the financial world; she hopes her experience and enthusiasm will help guide others in understanding more about their businesses and how to have the best financial performance.
Jesse has founded and manages Ninth Company (Event Production, Artist Management – D.O.), Avenue Media House (Digital Agency – Creative Director), Common Sound (DJ & Audio/Visual company – General Manager) 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
Contact Jesse firstname.lastname@example.org
Director at Large
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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Director at Large
Karen Pinette, a resident of Kamloops, is the Director of Corporate Services & Facilities with BCLC.
Ms. Pinette holds an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, holds a Master’s in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, and is a registered professional engineer in New Brunswick.
In Ms. Pinette’s spare time, she is passionate about triathlon, XC mountain biking, trail running and travel.
Contact Karen KPinette@bclc.com
Anjali strives to serve the community she lives, works and raises her family in by lending her expertise in Business Growth and Development to the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association.
Anjali believes whole-heartedly that giving back in a positive way leads to a more vibrant and thriving community for us all and is committed to doing her part.
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!
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.
Owner/Wealth Advisor at Bradford Wealth Partners. Own 736 Seymour St. and previously 774 Seymour St.. Our business has been located on this block for 20+ years.
BBA at TRU – 2011, Chartered Investment Manager – 2014, Certified Financial Planner – 2021. Strong foundation in wealth management, risk management, tax planning, and business succession planning.
As the TELUS Business Centre Sales Manager, John enjoys working with businesses and finding new solutions for all their wireless needs. He is the top salesperson in BC for two years running and manages the sales team throughout the Interior and Okanagan BC.
John has lived 38 years in Kamloops and has been a part of the downtown business community for the past 12 years and is currently active with the Chamber of Commerce. He is also a long‐time Blazer supporter.
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 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 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.
Maeghan Summers is the Operations Partner for two amazing local eateries and brewpub. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Restaurant and the Underbelly of the Pig, 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.”
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. ”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”
Jesse Daniel Faubert
“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.”
“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!”