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.

Margot Middleton
President, Middleton Petroleum Services Ltd.

Margot is the President of Middleton Petroleum Services Ltd. a contracting business which specializes in petroleum system installations, maintenance and electrical. She serves on the board of the Resource Training Organization, is Vice-President of the BC Petroleum Contractors Association, and was recently appointed to the Premier’s Women’s Economic Council to provide strategies to further women’s business opportunities in BC.

A.J. (Tony) Ryan
Vice President, P. Eng, BASc, MBA – Domtar Inc.

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.

Dr. Richard Brownlee
Treasurer, Director, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCS – Neurosurgery

Richard moved to Kamloops in 1996 and has practiced as a neurosurgeon since then. He is a cofounder and President of the Welcome Back MRI and Pain Management Centre and a shareholder in the Kamloops Surgical Centre. Richard is a director for the Kamloops Brain Injury Association (KBIA), sits on other Boards and is a strong supporter of cooperation in business and education.

Jason J. Friesen
Director, Frilan Appraisals LLP

Jason Friesen, BBA, AACI, P.App, is a Real Estate Appraiser in the City of Kamloops, a Managing Partner with Frilan Appraisals LLP, and an accredited member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. In addition to providing real estate valuations and consulting services, he has been involved with a variety of community organizations and is an active member of the Kamloops Tennis Centre.

Greg Munden
Director, Munden Ventures Ltd.

Greg is the President of Munden Ventures Ltd., a 3rd generation transportation, forestry and commercial vehicle maintenance company based in Kamloops. He is a partner in Peak Forestry Ltd. and holds an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University. Greg has served as a Director for the British Columbia Trucking Association for the past eight years and is the current Chairman.

Lincoln Smith
Director, Thompson Rivers University & Kamloops Innovation Centre

Lincoln is an experienced academic and industrial researcher, and is Director of Research Partnerships & Enterprise Creation at TRU and Executive Director at Kamloops Innovation Centre. He helps industry access research expertise at TRU and through mentorship and business advising, his offices support the commercialization of innovative products and services coming out of TRU and the region.

Peter Aylen
Director, Absorbent Products Ltd.

Peter is the controlling shareholder of Absorbent Products Ltd. Previous to this, Peter had much experience with major accounting firms in audit and insolvency as well as in a management consulting practice. He has worked in the Corporate Finance division with a major investment dealer and has been very active in the business community of Kamloops lending his skills and expertise to many Boards.

Lorianna Bennett
Partner, Paul & Company Lawyers

Lorianna co-owns Kamloops law firm Paul & Company. She has served on all levels of the Kamloops Bar Association, and has chaired hundreds of appeals for the BC Employment and Assistance Appeals Tribunal and is one of the original members and current panel chairs of the BC Health Professions Review Board. Lorianna is an active mother of three children, and in her spare time, teaches law at Thompson Rivers University.

John Zubak
Director, John Zubak Project Management & Consulting

John is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of small business development and ownership. He was also the founder of the Serta Sleep Centre chain in the Interior of British Columbia. His strengths include sales training, marketing, communication, and strategic planning. He is passionate about finding non-conventional solutions to business challenges. In the past few years John’s focus has been on helping private and public organizations implement ideas, and projects.

City Councillors

Arjun Singh
Councilor, City of Kamloops

Arjun was born and raised in Kamloops. His parents, Dr Gur and Mrs Manju Singh, immigrated to Canada from India in the 1960s. He previously served on council from 2005-2008. He has a MA in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University.

Pat Wallace
Councilor, City of Kamloops

Pat is a businesswoman and City Councilor and serves as a City Council representative on the Venture Kamloops Board of Directors. She is a strong and active supporter of her community and region and is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. She serves on many boards for organizations such as Royal Inland Hospital, United Way, BC Festival of the Arts, and SPCA among many others.

City Officials

David Trawin
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.

Tammy Robertson
Communications & Community Engagement Manager, City of Kamloops

Tammy Robertson, Business & Client Services 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.

Ex Officio Members

Chief Fred Seymour
Kamloops Indian Band