BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Royal LePage Rockies & Ozzie’s Amusements
Cris Leonard is the Managing Broker with Royal LePage Rockies West Realty and co-owner of Ozzie’s Amusements in Windermere.
Cris and his wife Katherine Locke have been visiting the Valley for over a decade and moved here permanently in 2017. In the past Cris has owned and operated multiple companies with very diverse business interests.
Accolades he has received include, being twice nominated as “New Westminster Business Person of the Year”, and being awarded the “Commercial Renovation Award” in New Westminster.
His volunteer experience includes being the current president of the Radium Hot Springs Rotary Club. His past experience includes, President of the North Delta Rotary Club, President of the New Westminster Chamber of Commerce, President of the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society, board member of the Westminster Club, and board member of The Hyack Festival Association.
Cris is pleased to serve on the Chamber board as he sees this as a valuable resource for the local business and tourism community.
Dee is the owner of Palliser Printing since 2003 which moved her from Calgary to the Valley. She has been very involved in the community including being the Mayor of Radium Hot Springs from 2008-2014
Dee is passionate about working towards regional cooperation and feels we are all stronger if we work together. With her experience in the world of politics she is now able to bring a greater level of knowledge towards achieving these goals.
Dee now sits for the second time as President of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is impressed with the direction the Board has been taking in the last few years and wanted to be part of its future helping Business in the Valley and feels with her background she can offer her experience to the Board. To add to her busy schedule she is also one of three Marriage Commissioners in the Valley.
1st Vice President
Rhiannon owns and operates Tutty Financial as a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial, Rhiannon considers herself as a financial coach for her clients: On their team, helping them put strategies in place to reach their goals. In her years as an advisor, Rhiannon has earned numerous awards including three time membership to Million Dollar Round Table, Health Advisor of the Year for the Kootenays, has been a recipient of CVCC Business Excellence Awards for both Professional Services and Community Impact as well as being numbered in the top Sun Life advisors within Western Canada. Previous to her time with Tutty Financial, she ran a successful bookkeeping business for 12 years.
Rhiannon is the proud mother of four, and along with her husband Colin have chosen to remain in Invermere as a base for their family, enjoying all the Valley has to offer, especially cycling in our amazing mountains.
Tutty Financial has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, and believes that supporting local business is important to our ECO(nomic) SYSTEM. It is important to her to continue to support the Chamber so that they can continue to support our local businesses. As such, Rhiannon is currently 2nd Vice Chair, expecting to take on Chair in the years to come. Additional volunteering has been with the Columbia Valley Youth Soccer and also as a volunteer teacher of financial literacy within our local schools. In the past, she was also an active member of the school Parent Advisory Council.
Nancy has a Bachelor of Commerce degree which led to a vast background in Marketing & Sales, specializing in Tourism, Event and Pharmaceutical marketing.
After 20+ years in the corporate environment Nancy recently established a small business – LuVino, a wine tasting events business. With a passion for wine and wine knowledge, Nancy successfully completed numerous educational wine courses, including WSET Level 3 (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) and turned her passion into a business.
Nancy has lived in the Columbia Valley for over 9 years and has participated on numerous tourism committees including Kootenay Rockies Tourism, CV Tourism Marketing Society, and the CV Tourism Committee.
As a Director and Treasurer on the CVCC Board she is pleased to play an active role with the Chamber and support the business community.
Aspire Professional Corporation, CPA
Kyla is the Founder and Principal at Aspire Professional Corp, a boutique CPA firm in Invermere. The Aspire team provides technology-forward accounting, tax, and data management services to local and remote clients.
After growing up in northern BC, Kyla earned degrees in environmental science and commerce at the University of Alberta and attained the Chartered Accountant designation in 2009, articling with a national firm. Her career has included accounting & finance roles in both public practice and industry, founding and growing two businesses as well as being an educator and not for profit volunteer and leader.
Kyla is passionate about growing families, businesses and communities. In addition to being CVCC Secretary, she is a CPA Canada Financial Literacy volunteer and recently completed a term on the Executive of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation. In her leisure time, Kyla, her husband & their son are avid outdoorspeople.
Richard Unger is the founder and principal of Ski Home Limited which began operations May 1, 2006 in Invermere. SkiHome is a builder of custom homes primarily serving the vacation home market in the Columbia Valley and Panorama Resort. The company has experienced steady growth in the market and currently has a full time hourly paid staff of twelve.
SkiHome has recently expanded their services to include land development.
Richard was born in
Ski Home Ltd.
Kicking Horse Coffee Ltd
Amanda Sharko is born and raised in Invermere, and now enjoys raising her two children in the valley as well. On weekdays she works in Sales and Marketing for Kicking Horse Coffee and has been with the company for the last 8 years. Prior to that she was Front Desk Manager at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Panorama Resort.
On weekends and vacations Amanda and her family will be found predominantly outside; hiking, biking, camping, skiing or paddle boarding- finding any way to enjoy all the activities this little slice of paradise has to offer. Amanda also loves to bake!
Christine is the owner of Triptician – The Vacation Specialists and holds a Certified Travel Industry Executive Designation. Christine’s love of the Travel Industry continues after 30 years in the business. She previously operated a storefront agency and owned her own Independent Travel Business for 24 years in Ontario before moving to the Valley. Upon moving to Invermere in 2014, she held a position of the National Director of Sales and Professional Development for one of Canada’s Largest Independent Travel Agent Networks. Her role was focused on Sales and Recruitment growth nationwide. Christine led the Sales team and the 500 plus Independent Travel Agents across Canada. After 5 years of constant travel for business and having minimal time to enjoy the valley life, Christine decided to leave her corporate position and get back to what she loves most and created Triptician.
As a strong believer in supporting local business, being a volunteer and getting involved in the Community, Christine had joined the chamber last year as a member. When the opportunity came up to join the board, she was ecstatic. She is incredibly customer centric and dedicated to make a difference by bringing people together.
Panaorama Mountain Resort
Justin is the partnership marketing manager at Panorama Mountain Resort. Originally from Ontario and graduating from Queen’s University, Justin moved West over two decades ago and began a career in mountain sport and culture at Whistler Blackcomb. In 2010 he moved to Victoria where he helped the University of Victoria develop a partnership strategy and stewarded the University’s first ever corporate naming rights agreement for the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities. He also served as a committee member on the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada’s Vancouver chapter for several years.
Justin moved to the Columbia Valley in 2017 with his wife Krista and worked remotely as the principal consultant for a boutique marketing agency specializing in sport and event marketing before joining the Panorama team.
Justin is keen to bring his skill set and experiences living in a fast-growing mountain town to the Chamber of Commerce. The Columbia Valley is set for exponential growth and the CSVV’s stewardship will support the community as this change happens. He hopes to apply his extensive experience with event marketing, project management, sponsorship strategy and sales, philanthropic campaigns and cause-giving to the projects and issues that will most positively affect the Columbia Valley’s business community.
In his free time, Justin volunteers, coaches and runs the Invermere Jiu Jitsu Club. He and his wife can often be found on the Valley’s biking and hiking trails and of course up in Panorama’s powder stashes when the snow is flying!