Meet the Board
Jeff Davie ( -current) – Treasurer
I graduated from Lethbridge College with a diploma in Recreation Management and married my wife Monica in 1988. We moved to Kaslo in 1993 with our sons Benton and Spencer where I ran the arena and worked at Kaslo Building Supplies. Monica and I took over the store the same year our son Jo was born, in 1995. Since then we have ridden out the ups and downs of business ownership happily enjoying this amazing little town and all the people who call it home. I am a firm believer in supporting local businesses, teams, charities and enjoy all things outdoors this area has to offer. Contact me at Jeffdavie007@gmail.com
Dana Blouin (April 2018-current) – Secretary
I was raised on a grain farm in southwest Manitoba and followed my passion to obtain my degree in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba. I have applied my experience to not-for-profit conservation initiatives across Prairie Canada, spanning over a 20-year career. I worked for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Alberta for 15 years, working with ranchers and landowners on collaborative and innovative conservation initiatives. After moving to Kaslo in 2017 and attempting a short-lived but thrilling go at the tourism sector, I currently work as the program manager for the Western Canada Bat Conservation Program with Wildlife conservation Society of Canada. Contact me at Blouindana1@gmail.com, 250-353-3049
Karma Halleran (- current) President
Kul Nijjar (- current) – Vice President
Kaslo has been my home for thirty years. What I loved about this area then remains true today. Life in the Kootenays is about community. The elderly, the young, families, locals and newcomers – everyone knows each other. I love living in Kaslo BC and working as a Realtor. Part of enjoying the small town life is all about volunteering. Giving back and working together definitely works in a place like Kaslo and the North Kootenay Lake area. Connect with me: email@example.com
Cassie Gerretsen (2021- current) – Member at Large
Paul Hinrichs – (2021 – current) Member at Large, Chamber Representative on NKLT Board
Paul has always been a live music fan and spent his formative years touring Canada and the USA. Paul started presenting live music in Nelson BC during 2010. In 2013 Paul founded On The Road Management and Productions to provide artist management to BC based acts: Shred Kelly, Shane Philip and The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Now, most On The Road Management shows take place in Nelson BC’s Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel, or at the Capitol Theatre.
In 2015, Paul became Artistic Director of the Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival, and the following year took over operations of the Kaslo Jazz Etc Society as the Executive Director. Paul graduated from the Contemporary Music and Technology program at Selkirk College, is a juror for FACTOR, and a judge for the JUNOS.
Joining the Board of the Kaslo Chamber of Commerce is an exciting opportunity that Paul is eager to take on. Paul is looking forward to contributing his diverse experiences to the Chamber team and helping build bridges within the community.
Henry Van Mill (Village of Kaslo Council representative): firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Desmeules – Chamber Manager | Recovery Advisor (September 2020-current)
We would like to introduce our Chamber Manager, Pat Desmeules (pronounced “DeMills”)
An enthusiastic new Kaslovian and a small business owner for most of her adult life, Pat comes to us with a broad skillset which includes recruitment and retention strategy, training development, sales, fundraising and event planning to name a few.
Pat will be a point of contact for you for all things Chamber. In her new role as Recovery Advisor, she will be looking to connect with all of the businesses and organizations throughout Area D.
If you have a question, if you need help to find a resource for your business, Pat will do her best to connect you to the right resource. You can reach her by email at TheKasloChamber@gmail.com or call 250-353-3145.
Pat is looking forward to meeting you and to finding out how the Chamber can help you and your business.