North Okanagan business briefs

Business news from across the North Okanagan region.

Regional tourism summit on tap

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is accepting registrations for its tourism summit, which goes March 25-27 at Quaaout Lodge in Chase.

Following the theme Embracing Our Potential, this year’s speakers will draw from the recently released 10-year tourism strategy, specifically speaking to the five core strategic experience-based themes. They will be providing inspiration and the tools to make business changes to increase the region’s tourism success beyond the two-month summer peak season.

TOTA will also be hosting its AGM, as well as the Tourism Excellence Awards as part of a gala dinner event. The association is once again partnering with the National Aboriginal Tourism Conference, with registrants for both events receiving an additional 10 per cent off the early-bird price.

Keynote speaker topics include the Provincial Venture Capital Program by David Baleshta; Embrace Our Business Financial Potential by Wayne Henrickson; and Online Reputation Management for Operators by Daniel Edward Craig.

The early-bird rate is $425 (plus tax) for individuals registering before March 1. For more information, visit

Big Coast nets new broadcast contracts

Big Coast Sportfishing has signed on with two new broadcast partners for 2013.

Big Coast, co-hosted by Vernon’s Tim Milne, will begin the year with a new broadcast home in Rogers Sportsnet Pacific. The show airs 26 weeks on Saturdays at noon, with weekday repeats.

The show is also starting a push into the U.S. market with a new broadcast agreement with The Sportsman Channel. The series will air in more than 30 million homes on Sunday mornings (8 a.m. Eastern, with two Thursday repeats).

Big Coast is also available on World Fishing Network Offshore Wednesdays at (6 p.m. Pacific), as well as Sundays 12:30 p.m. Pacific on CHEK TV in B.C. The show will begin production for season six this spring.

Arise clinic adds yoga studio

Vernon’s Elliot Lysyk is adding to his list of health and wellness modalities with the opening of a new yoga studio at Arise Chiropractic in the Alpine Centre.

Called Arise Yoga, the new studio augments the chiropractic care, massage and Pilates already on offer.

Headed by Lisa Dumas, the yoga studio features a range of instructors offering everything from Anusara yoga to restorative yoga for athletes and active adults recovering from skiing, hiking or biking adventures.

Other classes include yoga for teens, yoga for stiff guys and yoga for mommies. The latter is an evening class for busy women with families and jobs who want something that is just for them.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Six affordable homes slated for Lumby

The village and Habitat for Humanity enter agreement to build on Shields Avenue

Fines now payable by credit card in Coldstream

Card payment option now available for parking and other violation tickets

Downtown Vernon #OpensWithCare amid COVID-19

Back to business, but not as usual as pandemic continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Vernon chamber warns against spread of invasive species

Concerns tied to increased promotion of domestic travel during the pandemic

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Bikers Are Buddies set up in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Non-profit motorcycle group rides to raise awareness around bullying

Separate trials set for 2018 Kelowna Canada Day killing

Four people have been charged with manslaughter in relation to Esa Carriere’s death, including two youths

Kootnekoff: New workplace harassment and violence requirements

Susan Kootnekoff is the founder of Inspire Law, her diverse legal career spans over 20 years.

Dyer: Buying an electric car

Kristy Dyer is a columnist for Black Press Media who writes about the environment

Summerland Museum to hold walking tours

Community’s past will be explained during series of summer tours

Summerland mayor asks for community conversation following racist vandalism

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

HERGOTT: Goodbye column

Paul Hergott is taking a break from writing for Black Press

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

Most Read