Pete Bourke

Executive Director

With over 20 years of senior management experience throughout tourism, hospitality and customer service sectors, Pete is a culture focused leader with a coach approach mindset.

He understands the value of enhancing managers and business leaders with the tools to succeed. Having owned his own business in Invermere and worked in senior roles with some of the larger employers in the region, Pete has a firsthand appreciation for what it takes to be successful in the Columbia Valley.

Pete places high importance on building a sense of community and giving back to others, as evidenced through his continued commitments to non-profit organizations.

An alumnus of Royal Roads University, he holds a Graduate Executive Coaching Certificate and is EQ-i2.0 & EQ360 certified for Emotional Intelligence.  Pete is also currently challenging for his Associate Certified Coach credential through the ICF and undertaking his Masters in Business Administration.

Pete calls Invermere home where he lives with his wife and two teenage children.

Patrick Carrick

Membership & Events Manager

Patrick has a diverse set of skills that he brings to the Chamber, including years of experience in event coordination, business management, marketing, customer service and the arts. Since moving to the Columbia Valley from Australia in 2013, Patrick has been an active and engaged citizen throughout the area and enjoys hosting community-focused events; promoting local business, arts & culture.

As the Chambers Membership and Events Manager, Patrick is dedicated to supporting members through promotion, education, and engagement. If you’re wanting more information on how your Chamber can serve and support for your business, he’s your guy.

Patrick lives in Radium Hot Springs with his young family of four and is proud to call the Valley home.

Chris Insull

Manager of Administration & Operations
Most vacations Chris has taken for the last decade have brought him to the Columbia Valley.  Living in Winnipeg meant that hours would be spent training in preparation for hiking and backpacking in the surrounding Purcell and Kootenay ranges.

And it used to be a joke – that he, and his wife Kristin, would head west on holiday and simply not return to the prairies – until it wasn’t.  The house was sold.  Boxes were packed.  Contracts signed.  And the Insulls moved west.

It only made sense that they’d buy a house in Radium Hot Springs.  It had, after all, always been their Rocky Mountain home base. They already knew where to buy the good beer, order the good pizza, and how to catch the sunset at Rotary Park with an ice cream cone from Screamers in hand.

Fourteen years working as manager of Winnipeg’s premier independent camera store has imprinted an awareness and respect for the role of community, support and solidarity of local business.  Spend just a few moments talking to Chris, and you won’t miss his passion for local business.  Invest a little longer, and you’ll come away inspired to try a local hike, enjoy a great meal, or source some local produce.

Theresa Wood

Business Recovery Advisor
Theresa moved to the Columbia Valley in 2006 for a three-month contract at Panorama, and like so many people who come for a season, she stayed and never looked back.

Theresa has an extensive background in hospitality and tourism working in food and beverage, housekeeping, guest services, sales and marketing, and event planning.  This gives her a solid understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the tourism industry.   During her time as Events Coordinator for the District of Invermere she thrived on bringing the community together.

More recently, working at Taynton Bay Spirits, Theresa gained invaluable experience in business growth and strategies needed to be successful in local economies as well as abroad.

Theresa serves the community on the board of directors for Wings Over the Rockies, The Lake Windermere Rowing Club, and is a member on the Whiteway Committee.

Theresa is currently in the final phase of completing a Community Economic Development certificate from the University of Waterloo.  She believes strongly in the importance of leaving an economically, environmentally, and culturally sustainable community for future generations.

The Business Recovery Advisor position is made possible with funding through the Economic Trust of the Southern Interior (ETSI-BC).

Chelsea Fields

Community Projects Coordinator and Administration
Chelsea received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Brock University in 2016.  In 2020, She completed a Master of Arts degree in Geography from Brock University with a focus on urban geography.  As part of her graduate education, Chelsea developed a passion for sustainable, economically innovative, and socially inclusive communities.  Early in 2020, she embarked on her first position as an intern with Detroit City Council’s Community Relations Department.

With the onset of the pandemic, Chelsea was eagerly seeking a new adventure.  On a whim, she packed her car and drove from Windsor, Ontario to Invermere to work as a Zipline Tour Guide for the summer of 2020.  Summer became winter, winter became another summer, working part time as a server, the Valley quickly felt like her perfect home.

The Community Projects Coordinator and Administrative Support position is a perfect fit for Chelsea where she is able to combine her educational background with her adoration for the local small business community.  She welcomes any opportunity to meet you and hear your ideas!

On days off, you can find Chelsea serving at the Station Pub or Rocky River Grill, hanging out with her friends, relaxing on her paddleboard or somewhere lost in the snow at Panorama.

Chelsea Girimonte

Food and Farm Coordinator
Chelsea works for the Chamber as the Food and Farm Coordinator. In this role, Chelsea is responsible for coordinating communication and outreach on local food and agriculture to promote locally grown, raised, and made products in the Valley. She hosts events to foster local food culture and partners across organizations to develop sustainable, equitable food system solutions.

To this position and the Chamber team, Chelsea brings with her a graduate degree in Sustainability Education, over four-years’ experience in learning program delivery and development, and several seasons outside on diversified, naturally-grown vegetable and animal farms in Washington and Oregon.

Chelsea has lived coast-to-coast in the United States (including both Portlands!), but is now proud to call the Columbia Valley her home. When she’s not at work you can find her in her garden, cooking with her husband, or out on an adventure with her young son and puppy.

Do you have questions or ideas about local food and agriculture in the Valley? Chelsea would love to hear from you!