Andrea Wilkey

Andrea is the Executive Director of Community Futures Central Kootenay, which supports entrepreneurs to be successful and communities to be economically healthy.

Andrea’s background is in communications and marketing in the tourism, ski and restaurant industries as well as community development.

Andrea’s career in the tourism industry involved shaping programs for Tourism Whistler, Sun Peaks Resort and the Canadian Tourism Commission leveraging the impact of the 2010 Olympics with the U.S. market. Andrea also spent 7 years with Boston Pizza International building marketing initiatives for stores in Western Canada and building strategic partnerships to support regional initiatives.

Mark Laver

Mark Laver is Castlegar & District’s new Economic Development Manager.

Mark spent twenty years providing market research and competitive intelligence consulting services to North America’s leading technology and energy companies. He has been involved in a wide range of new product development initiatives for companies such as Intel, Microsoft, Apple, Direct Energy and TransCanada, to name a few.

Mark’s technology work has been profiled in many national and local newspapers and he has been interviewed by the CBC’s –The National, Global News, the Business News Network, and National Public Radio in the US.

Doug Mann

Doug Mann is Manufacturing Director for Pacific Insight Electronics, global provider of electronic products and full service solutions to the automotive and commercial vehicle markets, and is responsible for Nelson operations.

Doug has enjoyed a 35 year career in the automotive manufacturing industry with responsibilities in engineering, product development, marketing/sales, and manufacturing operations.  During the course of his career, he co-founded a $25 million start-up, introduced new automotive products, and launched and directed operations for 18 manufacturing plants throughout North America, producing over 500,000 specialty vehicles and $950 million in sales.

As recent transplants from Detroit, Doug and his wife Brenda are enjoying life in Nelson, the stunning beauty of the Kootenays, and the embracing warmth of its people.