Meet the Board
Cassie Gerretsen (2021- current) – President
Cassie Gerretsen is the General Manager of Angry Hen Brewing in Kaslo. Cassie was born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC. After completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of British Columbia, she moved to Kaslo with her partner. Cassie quickly fell in love with the community and decided to take the plunge into business in 2020 and join the Kaslo & Area Chamber Board in January 2021. You’ll often find her slinging pints behind the bar at the Angry Hen or out fly fishing on the local rivers.
Emily Smith (2022 – current) – Vice President
I was fortunate to grow up in the small community of Argenta, 30 minutes north of Kaslo. After graduating high school and trying different post secondary programs, I found myself on the east coast of Canada. I lived there for four fun-filled years and received a diploma from Nova Scotia Community College in Architectural Drafting. I now get to call Argenta home once again, and am working for my family’s business, Hamill Creek Timber Homes. I have also started a business venture with my partner, growing and selling organic hops to local breweries in our area. I am excited to be a part of this team and to aid in the economic and cultural growth in our community.
Chyvonne Lynch – (April 2022- current) – Secretary
I was born and raised in the village of Kaslo. After graduation I travelled and then moved to the west coast to get a diploma as a Mental Health and Addictions worker. After six years away, Kaslo called me back home. Music has always been a passion of mine and I started working for the Kaslo Jazz Etc Society in 2017. I worked for the organization for four years in various positions from Office Manager to Director of Operations. I am now the General Manager of Propel Studios – a new recording studio in Kaslo. I am excited to be part of the Kaslo & Area Chamber and help foster the business and arts & culture sectors in this thriving community.
Jeff Davie (January 2016 – current) – Treasurer (Past President)
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
Karma Halleran (September 2018 – current) – Member at Large (Past President)
Isaac Maxfield – (February 2022- current) – Member at Large
Isaac Maxfield is the Executive Director of Kaslo infoNet Society (KiN), Kaslo’s own non-profit ISP that provides internet services to the rural communities and remote residents of Kaslo and RDCK Area D.
Born and raised in the West Kootenays, Isaac has deep roots in the region and a passion for supporting local communities. He has lived in Kaslo for the past 5 years, where he has been involved in various community organizations and initiatives.
As the Executive Director for KiN, Isaac is dedicated to improving internet access and connectivity in the rural communities of North Kootenay Lake. He is also committed to supporting local businesses and organizations, and promoting economic development in the region.
Brett Frankson – (April 2023- current) – Member at Large
Brett Frankson moved to the area in 2022 with his wife and daughter, leaving behind their previous home of Victoria. Brett runs a business in Kaslo called Crow’s Key Bookkeeping & Tax, where he utilizes his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting, and his years’ experience working as an accountant for CPA firms in Victoria. When he’s not working, Brett can be found playing music, indulging in his love for gold panning, and shredding on his skateboard with his daughter. Please contact me if you have any requests or ideas of how the Chamber can assist your business or other businesses in the area: email@example.com
Alana Jenkins – (December 2022- current) – Administration Manager
I am a proud Army Brat who was lucky enough to live across Canada and overseas while growing up and found my way to the Kootenays in 2017. I have a diploma from Nova Scotia Community College in Radio and Television Arts and enjoyed a career in Television Production for over a decade before transitioning to Administration for a variety of industries. My focus is now on administration for non-profit organizations, working and volunteering with Kaslo Search and Rescue among others. I look forward to meeting you, please reach out with any questions or comments via firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaslo & Area
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 329
Kaslo, BC V0G 1M0
With respect and gratitude the Kaslo & Area Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the ancestors and keepers of the land of the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa and Syilx peoples upon whose unceded territories we live, work and play.