The Venture Kamloops Business Development Society was established in September 2004 as the economic development office for the City of Kamloops. It is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors, which includes two City councillors, two City officials and Ex Officio Members. Members serve for a 5-year term and they are empowered to respond quickly to new opportunities which facilitate the undertaking of new initiatives and the attracting of financial involvement from other levels of government and/or the private sector.
Thomas E. Dickinson BSc, MSc, PhD - President
Thompson Rivers University
Tom Dickinson is a native of Toronto and a graduate of Queen’s University, the University of Calgary, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is a biologist with a specialization in ecology. Tom came to Kamloops in 1989 to be part of the growth of Thompson Rivers University. Over his career at Tom has taught and done academic research, and established a technology centre that connected the community to the university’s physical, human, and intellectual resources. Today he is the Dean of Science at TRU and remains active in the community on several Boards of Directors and Land-use Planning roundtables.
A.J. (Tony) Ryan P. Eng, BASc, MBA - Past President
Tony is a graduate of Kamloops Secondary School, and has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from UBC and a Masters in Business Administration from SFU. Tony has worked at a number of mills across Canada and returned to Kamloops in 1999 as an Operating Superintendent at Domtar Inc.’s pulp mill. He has held a variety of roles throughout his career within the Forest Products industry including; Operations, Health & Safety, Purchasing & Stores and Technical and Customer Services. He has also been active within local community organizations, including recent roles as Director for the Thompson Nicola Cariboo United Way, BIG Little Science Centre and the Kamloops Airport Authority Society.
Cecil Cheveldave CPA, CMA, CAFM, CMC, CIRP, LIT - Treasurer
Partner, Heron Advisory Ltd.
Cecil is a partner with Heron Advisory Ltd., a boutique financial restructuring and financial advisory firm. As a financial restructuring, insolvency and financial advisory professional, Cecil serves clients throughout BC, western Canada and the United States. In addition to his work in the financial restructuring and insolvency fields, Cecil has been a trusted financial advisor to Indigenous Governments throughout BC for the past 26 years. Services provided to Indigenous Government clients focus on fiscal components of treaty negotiations, economic development and general financial advisory services.
VP Business Banking, BMO
Lana is the Vice President Business Banking for the Bank of Montreal. She has been part of the Kamloops community for the past four years. She has been in the Financial Industry for 25+ years. She has a focus of assisting business to sustainable growth. She has experience on various boards and writing governance policy.
Senior Commercial Banking Advisor, Valley First
Matt was born in Vancouver and moved to Kamloops in 2004 to be closer to his family. He has been in the finance industry in Kamloops for the past fourteen years working at a variety of positions in retail and commercial banking. For the past four years, Matt has worked at a senior level in Valley First’s Commercial Banking specializing in construction/development and hospitality financing. He has served on a number of local boards, most recently as the Past President of the Rotary Club of Kamloops and a Director of Western Canada Theatre (2014 – 2017). Matt enjoys giving back to his Kamloops community through local hands-on Rotary projects and work initiatives that target food insecurity and help our local Food Bank.
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Brant has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Kamloops for 20 plus years. He has also served in and for the community with various organizations including the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, BC Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary, as well as various task forces for the city and TRU." Brant and his wife Shelley enjoy a lot of travel, camping, and spending time with their kids, and grandkids.
Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Ryan is the President of Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd., a firm with offices across western Canada that helps industrial clients complete baseline environmental impact assessments, obtain permits for their projects, and meet their environmental commitments during the construction phase of their projects. Ryan is a Registered Professional Biologist, and has spent the last nine years growing and managing the business with a focus on building strong relationships with clients, partnering firms and First Nation communities. In addition to being a Director at Triton for over 12 years, Ryan has served as a director for the Rotary Club of Kamloops and Project X Theatre.
President & CEO, Acres Group of Companies
Jason is President and CEO of Acres Group of Companies providing strategic direction, forward-thinking and leadership to his team in identifying and building new business opportunities. Jason is an advocate of continuous improvements, encouraging his team to leverage new technologies, to challenge the status quo, backed by a culture of loyalty and positive teamwork. Jason was the 2014 recipient of TRU’s Distinguished Alumni Professional Achievement Award and the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce 2015 recipient for Business Person of the Year Award. He is active with local community and industry organizations, including SICA, United Way and TRU.
Councilor, City of Kamloops
Dieter was born in Germany and raised in Kitimat, BC where he completed his primary and secondary education. He met his wife Deb Kellogg, who grew up in Kamloops, in Victoria and has been married for 34+ years. Dieter spent a number of years in retail and wholesale management primarily with Woolco. He spent 13 years in the financial services industry, both in sales and management, and lastly with the local Greyhound agency as Operations Manager.
Dieter’s passion for sustainability led him successfully established an organic vegetable farm and business. He has since become involved with agriculture and food security, sat on the local farmers’ market, the Sun Peaks Farmers’ Market board, was President of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets, and past Director with The Certified Organic Association of BC. Dieter was one of the original members of the steering committee that founded Gardengate and a committee member on the Agricultural Advisory Committee which helped to develop the Kamloops Agricultural Plan. Dieter is currently a Director with Farm2Chef and continues to be passionate about food security, economic diversity and fiscal responsibility. He was also a former Director with the Kamloops Voter’s Society.
Councilor, City of Kamloops
Denis has lived in Kamloops since 1980 and has raised his family here. He is an active local business person involved in the MovieMart downtown and Crossroads Inn.
Denis has served as a director on the boards of the original North Shore Business Association and more recently, the Kamloops Film Society, Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, and Kamloops Society for Community Living. He was an co-organizer of the Kamloops Speaker Series and Community Representative for Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association Human Rights Committee. Denis was awarded a Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA Peacemaker Award in 2006.
His main areas of concern are economic stability, quality of life, improving community input and environmental stewardship. Denis believes benefit comes from working together with people of all points of view.
CAO, City of Kamloops
David holds a B.A. degree in Geography and Economics and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He joined the City of Kamloops in 2003 as the Director of Development and Engineering Services and was appointed as the City’s Chief Administrative Officer in 2012. His philosophy of collaboration has become well known over his time working with the building and business industries.
External Relations Manager, City of Kamloops
Tammy Robertson, External Relations Manager with the City of Kamloops, has 20 years of experience in the private and public sector. She is currently responsible for the City’s marketing and public relations and the Kamloops Airport. Prior to joining the City in 2009, she enjoyed many roles in the tourism industry including Executive Director of Operations at Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Tourism Manager at Venture Kamloops, and Marketing Coordinator at the Molson Indy Vancouver. She also worked for five years as an economic development practitioner in Northern British Columbia.