Krystin Kempton

Krystin Kempton, President of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for 2019/20

VERNON – A new volunteer board of directors is at the helm of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for 2019/20.

During the sold-out President’s Dinner and annual general meeting at Durali Villa Sept. 11, Krystin Kempton, a partner with Nixon Wenger Lawyers, was confirmed as Chamber president for the next year as was a board of returning and new directors.

“It is an honour to be selected as president of the Chamber board. I believe the organization has a significant role in not only representing its members, but also promoting Greater Vernon as the place to invest, work and live,” said Kempton, who was most recently Chamber vice-president.

“The Chamber has been the voice of business since 1897 and as we move into 2019/20, the board of directors and the Chamber staff will continue to advocate on behalf of its members to ensure they have the ability to prosper.”

Along with Kempton, the 2019/20 board of directors include: Darrin Taylor, Axis Intervention Services – vice-president; Greg Stevens, TD Commercial Bank – secretary-treasurer; Diana Wilson, Kal Tire – past-president; Robin Cardew, CPA – director; Dudley Coulter, Peak PR/Downtown Vernon Association – director; Peter Kaz, Village Green Hotel – director; Roger Lamoureux, Tatawaw Kanata Glamping & Wellness – director; Leif Lennie, Pleasant Valley Painters – director; Jayme McKillop, Jayme McKillop Co. – director; Aly Pain, The Conflict Coach – director; Matt Scheibenpflug, Sandman Inn – director and Deb White, White House Mortgages – director.

Mayor Victor Cumming (left) conducts the oath of office to new president Krystin Kempton and vice-president Darrin Taylor at the Greater Vernon Chamber’s President’s Dinner and annual general meeting at Durali Villa Sept. 11.

Also during the AGM, there was an opportunity to recognize those individuals who are retiring from the board of directors; Navneet Ghoman, Woolley and Co.; Markus Schrott, BDO Canada and Brett Vanderhoek, Tolko Industries.

“We wish Navneet, Markus and Brett well with their future endeavours and we thank them for the time and perspective they provided to the Chamber,” said Dione Chambers, Chamber general manager.

Once the annual general meeting was completed, there was a panel discussion focused on agricultural exports and the opportunities for North Okanagan entrepreneurs. The panel was moderated by Wade Preston, an account manager at Export Development Canada, which sponsored the event. The participants included Shane Sondermann, a development manager at Sun-Rype Products, and Ken MacLeod, an export advisor with the Okanagan Export Navigator Program.