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  • SUMMERLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    The Summerland Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit corporation registered under the federal Board of Trade Act.
    The Chamber, comprised of business license holders in Summerland, is governed by a Board of Directors.
    The Summerland Chamber Board is comprised of members who are active in the community and subscribe to positive growth and change that will strengthen the economic health of Summerland and the business community.
    The Board operates under a governance structure and is responsible to set the goals and directions, to ensure financial sustainability, and to develop policies and procedures to guide the Chamber’s work.
  •  Board of Directors
     
    Ron Kubek - President and Managing Director
    send email     250 488-6055
    After a successful career in real estate building a national franchise, Ron is now the proud owner of Lightning Rock Winery. Joining him in this family-owned business is his winemaker daughter and her husband. The winery’s goal is to produce delicious, high-quality wines, representing Summerland as a unique regional wine-producing area.  
    Growing up in Victoria, Ron knows the importance of hard work balanced with a spirit of giving back. He has a long history of working with local and international non-profit organizations both as a volunteer and consultant.  
    Ron was an award-winning commercial and residential realtor and founder of Keller Williams Realty Canada.
    He also served as a city councillor for the Town of Sidney and then for the District of Central Saanich.  
    Ron plans on bringing his successful knowledge of running businesses and his experience on city councils and other chambers of commerce to his role as President of the Summerland Chamber.
     
     
     
    Directors
    Luke Johnson - Open Skies Media
    250 488-3865
    Luke Johnson is born and raised in Canada. Originally a prairie boy from Saskatoon, SK he has lived in 4 of the provinces.
    The oldest of three boys, Luke has learned the value of family.
    Having his wife to come beside him further makes him a better person and compliments many of his shortfalls.
    With the addition of two daughters into his life, Luke has come to cherish the small things much more.
    Throughout his career, Luke has gained many valuable experiences.
    Luke currently runs and operates Open Skies Media - a digital marketing and web design agency.
    Being a part of a vibrant, exciting board means a lot to Luke.
    He wants to get involved and get things done for Summerland!
     
     
    Erin Hayman - GPH Mechanical
    (250) 583-9919
    Erin Hayman is an owner of GPH mechanical.
    She was born and raised in Hope BC, and after high school attended the university of Victoria.
    There she completed a double major in political science and environmental studies - with a concentrated focus on urban studies.
    After graduation she started a decade long career in local government with the Village of Belcarra, and then the District of Peachland. 
    After having two daughters she moved into the supportive business ownership role with her husband.
    At GPH mechanical a truly local, community based HVAC business - Summerland is the focus.  
    Erin’s primary goal as a director for the Chamber is to use the skills and knowledge she has gained as a small business owner to support the community into greater prosperity.
     
     
    Ken Sewell - Summerland TIMBER MART
    Ken has lived in Summerland since 1974.  He married his wife Lana in 1985 and started a family in 1990.  Ken has owned and operated a retail/wholesale hardware store and commodity distribution centre since 1991.  He has served on a selection of boards over the last 25 years including:
       Summerland Chamber of Commerce director 1990’s & 2020
       South Okanagan Canadian Home Builders (executive committee)
       Kettle Valley Steam Railway (treasurer)
       Seeds Publications International, a non-profit parachurch organization active in over 27 countries. (executive committee)
    Ken has post-secondary education in the areas of accounting, marketing, economics, business law and human behavioral studies.  He is also a certified technician for multiple software design platforms in the residential construction industry.
    My strengths are primarily in the business field and the dissemination of financial information. However, operating my own business for over 20 years has caused me to focus on teambuilding, advertising, budgeting and other business strategies.”
     
     
    Roch Fortin - Maple Roch Fine Canadian Maple Syrup
    Roch and his family moved to Summerland BC from Northern New Brunswick in 2011, after his retirement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  In 2012 Maple Roch started with 6 barrels. Today they procured over 100 barrels. "None of our success could be possible without the tremendous community support of Summerland". 
    Roch is a Director of the Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre. His Board passion is to help clients with permanent disabilities find gainful employment. In his role as business owner he can mentor and employ people with disabilities to package and label his maple syrup. Maple Roch is not just a business but a social enterprise.
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     Paul Biro - Sakamoto Agency Inc.

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    An industry veteran of over 25 years, Paul heads up the team at Sakamoto Agency as Operating Partner and Vice President, responsible for day to day management and operation of the company. As well as representing the artists on the Sakamoto Agency roster, which won the Booking Agency of the Year Award at the 2020 CCMA’s, Paul programs several major events across Canada as a senior entertainment buyer, and promotes his own shows and tours regionally.
    Paul is also an active volunteer in his community, having participated as Vice Chair for a local arts festival, as Arts director at a large church overseeing 100 volunteers and staff, and works diligently to support his community and local church  whenever called upon. Though his passion and dedication towards music is undeniable, Paul’s foremost commitment and greatest joy comes from his relationship with his wife Sonia and his sons William and Kingston.
                                                                   
     
     
     

     

    Steve Lornie - Okanagan Crush Pad

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    Steve Lornie along with his wife Christine Coletta (who also served on the Chamber board in 2013/14) purchased an old orchard in 2005, replanted it in 2006 with Pinot Gris and later on in 2009 launched Haywire Winery. They started construction on the 10 acre property and in 2011 they opened Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. Steve also brings to the board his knowledge of business and 30+ years experience in the construction industry.

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