Chamber Ambassadors are among the front line faces of the Chamber.
New members are warmly welcomed to the Chamber with a visit to their business by one of our Ambassadors. An Ambassador will visit with a Welcome Bag and a Kelowna Chamber member plaque. At events our Ambassadors greet attendees, lend a hand at registration and assist staff run a seamless event. Ambassadors are essential at the Chamber, ensuring all members new and long-term are fully engaged and enjoy our many events.
If you want to assist other members, join our Ambassador Committee. For more information on how to get involved contact Michelle Ratcliffe at the Chamber.
Looking for a great way to promote your organization and welcome new members to the Chamber? Contribute some of your promotional giveaways to our New Member Welcome Bags! Contact Michelle Ratcliffe for details.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Heather is a financial and insurance consultant with Investors Group Okanagan, assisting clients with a range of matters including financial strategies, estate planning, insurance needs, mortgages and charitable giving. She is focused on understanding her clients and presenting them with realistic paths to reach their financial goals. Heather believes in helping her clients live, dream and achieve their financial goals.
In her free time, Heather is always out hiking, exploring and enjoying the local attractions; taking advantage of all the Okanagan lifestyle has to offer.
Heather has volunteered as an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce since 2016 and currently sits as the Vice Chair of the Committee. Contact me.
Kevin is an Account Manager, Small Business at TD Canada Trust and a true Kelowna local, having lived here for over 30 years. He works to provide exceptional service and sound financial advice to business owners in an effort to meet their diverse credit, deposit, cash management and payment processing needs. Kevin has a BBA in Financial Services from Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with the Financial Planning Standards Council. Kevin has volunteered with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador since 2016. Contact me.
Tanvir Gill was called to the Bar in April of 2019 and will begin her law practice with Pihl Law Corporation, focusing on business law, corporations, commercial transactions, commercial real estate, residential real estate and foreclosure law. She completed her bachelor’s degree with a major in Political Science in Vancouver before moving to Kamloops to complete her law degree. She began her legal career in Kelowna with Pihl as a summer student in 2017. Tanvir has been an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce since January 2019.
Over the last five and half years as a Realtor here in the Okanagan, Justina has had the incredible privilege to serve many people in their real estate needs and to establish beneficial partnerships with many local businesses. Justina’s goal has always been to create incredible community connections and promote the awesome small businesses that exist here in the valley.
Real estate is a relational business and it is the long-term attention to detail and care for not only her past clients, but her business partners in the community that allows her to realize continued success year over year. Justina’s impact in the community is largely attributed to her desire to solve problems and connect those folks that she meets with the people and places that will solve any troubles they are experiencing.
Supporting local is another passion of hers and thus, Justina runs an affiliate-passport program called Tour The Town with 30+ local businesses who offer a first-time-one-time-use incentive exclusive to her clients to get them in the door and this helps promote the business and keep money local. Perhaps Justina’s most notable contribution to the community to date is the curation of the 100AwesomePeople project that highlights and megaphones people and businesses that have an awesome social impact in the community greater than their immediate sphere of influence. Contact me.
Patricia has been a member Ambassador for 10+ years. She is a Chartered Accountant(1983) from Alberta and has worked for a variety of companies, both in the public & private sector (Shell, Turbo, Prudential, University of Calgary, Alberta Sports Council, Houston Grand Opera). She has two handsome & bright adult sons, one living in Berlin, one going to UBCO.
Patricia enjoys a variety of activities including sailing, golfing, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing, scuba diving and hiking. Patricia owns a lakefront cottage on Okanagan Lake to maximize her enjoyment of the Okanagan lifestyle.
Patricia is focused on getting results for her clients. Her meticulous attention to detail and sincere understanding her clients unique needs ensures smooth transactions for each individual. Contact me.
Sarah is the Leasing Agent and Licensed Property Manager at Real Property Management servicing the entire Okanagan Valley. Born and raised in Southeast Alberta, Sarah has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Lethbridge in Management/Marketing with a minor in New Media. With a background in economic development, tourism, business development and strategic marketing practices, Sarah combines her unique industry experience with her passion for real estate investing to provide Real Property Management clients with the highest level of dedication and quality service. Sarah is a previous staff member of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and has been a volunteer ambassador since departing in 2016. Contact me.
Jesse has been a Sales Consultant with Payworks Payroll Services for 10+ years. He moved from the Lower Mainland to Kelowna in 2015 to build the Payworks brand in the Okanagan and surrounding regions, as well as take advantage of the lifestyle offered here. Although snowboarding at Big White is his favourite pass time, he fills the rest of the year with atving, kayaking, biking, and entertaining poolside.
As Payworks is a benefit of membership for Chamber members, Jesse has always worked closely with the Kelowna Chamber and joining the Ambassador team was a natural transition! Contact me.
Fred has been an Account Manager with Apple Valley Promotions these past 5 years. Working with local Businesses, Associations, School and Community groups with all their branded apparel and promotional product needs. Fred is an advocate and very passionate for strong business and community development through shop local, buy local, support local programs. Has called Kelowna home for 20 years. taking advantage of the lifestyle offered here, as well has been active in the community volunteering his time with any number of charities, church and sports groups.Fred has been a Chamber Ambassador since 2017. Contact Me.
Todd is the Owner and CEO of CMIT Solutions Kelowna – Okanagan. He partners with small to medium sized companies to provide enterprise class information technology to run their day-to-day operations. Todd recognized that there was a gap in the level of I.T. services for small to medium sized companies compared to larger corporations, and decided to apply his expertise to support local entrepreneurs. Todd is passionate about using technology to elevate and streamline businesses, while providing them a stable, secure environment. Todd helps owners achieve their goals, whatever their business, by making technology work for them.
Todd joined the Chamber of Commerce a year ago and became an Ambassador, as he really enjoys meeting new people and supporting his fellow business owners. In his spare time he likes to off road, exploring new areas of the Okanagan. He loves the outdoors and all that the Okanagan has to offer. Contact Me.
Matt is a Solutions Expert at Meticulosity, an end-to-end digital marketing agency located in Kelowna’s downtown core. With a background in sales and web development, Matt helps find the best solutions to meet client’s needs whether it’s complex e-commerce implementations or an overall marketing strategy to help their business grow.
After living and working in many countries around the globe, he chose Kelowna for both the career opportunities and the lifestyle. An avid paraglider, he spends much of his free time soaring above the surrounding mountains and exploring all that the Okanagan has to offer. Contact Me.
We relocated our family from Calgary to Kelowna in 2011 to take on a New Business Development role with Shaw Communications. After being invited by a colleague to attend a few after-hours Chamber events, I was able to connect with many local business owners resulting in new relationships across diverse industries. I decided to give back to the Chamber by becoming a Member Ambassador (2012-2018). In 2017, I was privileged to receive the Member Ambassador of the Year Award. Recently, I returned to the Chamber to re-join the Ambassador team. I am fortunate to be part of SaskTel National - delivering unique ITC solutions across Kelowna and the rest of BC. Working within the Telecommunications and IT industry for the past 25 years, I have worked hard to earn the trust of clients in delivering solutions from simple to complex challenges.
Feel free to reach out to me if you are curious about membership within the Kelowna Chamber and/or need help as a business owner. I am open to grabbing a coffee or connecting over the phone.