Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce president Rose-Marie Fagerholm. Pioneer file photo

Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce president Rose-Marie Fagerholm. Pioneer file photo

Business Beats

By Pioneer Staff

Eight aspiring directors are vying for seven available positions on the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerces board. Nominations were accepted until February 28th, 2014, and the election will take place at the annual geberal meeting on March 12th, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Lions Hall near the crossroads of Highway 93/95 and Athalmer Road.

Director Craig Knapp will be stepping into the role of president, while Rose-Marie Fagerholm will move into a new role as past-president and chair of the policy and advocacy committee.

Those letting their names stand in the election include Todd Mitchell, Tiffany Gulbe, Dianne Archer, Laurie Klassen, Mark Digney, Keith Mose, Andrea Tubbs and Wendy Rockafellow.

Mr. Mitchell, a long-term valley resident and business community member, owns the Best Western Invermere Inn and is active with both the BC Liberal Party and the Conservative Party Of Canada.

Mrs. Gulbe owns two businesses in Invermere, serves as president of Valley Fitness Centre, and is a partner in a condominium development in the valley.

Mrs. Archer is an energy solutions representative with Superior Propane and a valley resident since October 2013. She brings extensive experience in sales, marketing and community development to her new role of building relationships and sales with residential and small business customers.

Mrs. Klassen came to the valley from Manitoba with a Bachelors in Commerce (Marketing Major) degree and has worked successfully in skiing, real estate, and golf in the Columbia Valley.

Mr. Digney, a Certified Professional Accountant, first moved to the Columbia Valley in 1979 and ran a public accounting practice in Williams Lake, B.C. until 2013, when it was sold. He was a member of the board of directors for the Williams Lake Economic Development Corporation and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

Mr. Mose, moved to the Columbia Valley in 2006 and started Dusk Building Systems with his two brothers, providing single and multi-family building packages distributed throughout Western Canada. He is currently pursuing his MBA through Athabasca University.

Mrs. Tubbs owns Swansea Communications and has a breadth of marketing, communication and public relations experience through a variety of roles in the high tech, non-profit and post-secondary sectors. Her career spans 10 years, two countries, two provinces and 5 cities, culminating in her move to the Columbia Valley where she is excited to put down roots with her husband.

Mrs. Rockafellow launched the Rockafellow Consulting Group in December 2013, specializing in business management consulting including stakeholder relations, strategic planning, operational compliance, business turnarounds, and grant and technical writing. A former professional climber and skier, Wendy has climbed the high peaks of the Catamount and the Bugaboos, and worked for iconic heli and cat ski companies in the region including RK Heliski and Island Lake Lodge.

The board of directors thanks all board members who are completing their terms of service, including

Alita Bentley, Grant Costello, Rob Dunn, David McGrath, Al Miller, and Richard Haworth.

Trappeur Homes offering free workshop at college

Invermeres Trappeur Homes is holding a free workshop at Invermeres College of the Rockies campus on March 12th at 7 p.m., where owners Max Fanderl and Aaron Cameron will explain the hows and the whys of mold formation within building assemblies. offer innovative solutions and new products that greatly improve on the industry standard vapour barrier for controlling moisture in building assemblies, and the pair are excited to share this knowledge with everyone who is interested in healthy houses. The companys goal is to prevent mold problems and create highly efficient, cost-effective green building envelopes for architects, designers, contractors, inspectors and homeowners.

Mold is becoming a well-known problem many renovation carpenters see everyday, and even newer buildings are susceptible to it, explained Mr. Fanderl.

Judging by the magnitude and widespread nature of the mold problems, the industry standard is obviously not working well enough, he said.

New name, same great service

Intelligent Insulation Solutions has changed its name to Penner Insulation, and can now be reached at or . The address remains at 422 14th Street, Box 802, Invermere BC, V0A 1K0.