About Us

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) was established in 2002. To keep it simple we market ourselves as Downtown Kamloops. Since our inception, the KCBIA has been an advocate for downtown, articulating member concerns on a full range of issues, while at the same time capitalizing on opportunities to better position our downtown in the minds of residents and visitors. Our work has focused on making a difference for our business and property owners, offering programs to help improve efficiency and effectiveness, programming and supporting festivals and events and promotion of the downtown’s numerous businesses, events and activities.
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association provides value to our members through advocacy, beautification, promotion, development and preservation of Downtown Kamloops.
A vibrant and liveable Downtown that is the focal point of Kamloops
The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association will;

- Be focused and strategic in the deployment of resources;
- Be accountable, fiscally responsible, and transparent;
- Be responsive to the needs and expectations of stakeholders;
- Act with integrity.
Mission
Vision
Values

Meet Our Team

Howie Reimer
Executive Director
Howie brings three decades of media and marketing experience to the position of KCBIA Executive Director.

“The collaborative spirit of this community is nothing short of inspiring,” says Reimer. “With vision and hard work we see only continued growth of our beautiful downtown.”
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Alexandra Eaket
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Alex graduated from TRU with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, majoring in Marketing and minoring in project management. She has been a Kamloops resident her entire life and is excited to see what the future holds for Downtown Kamloops.
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Moksha Silva
Administration, Member Services & Communications
Moksha joined the KCBIA after graduating in 2021 with a Post Baccalaureate in Supply Chain Management from TRU, and Bachelor’s in International Business Management from Staffordshire University in the UK.

Born and raised in Sri Lanka she loves to spend her time working on her music and exploring new places to eat in Kamloops!
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Ricky M
CAP Team Supervisor
Ricky is an active member of the community and a strong advocate for those struggling with mental health and homelessness. Ricky is on the board of directors for the Out Of The Cold homeless shelter and is a speaker on youth homelessness. He is passionate about the positive impact the CAP team is able to make in enriching the downtown of Kamloops. In his free time, he loves anything on two wheels and is most happy on his motorcycle and dirt bike.

Board of Directors

We’re governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors that are elected for a two-year term. They’re nominated by a minimum of five business representatives within the KCBIA boundaries, and are elected at our annual AGM.
Bryce Herman,
YMCA‐YWCA Dream Home Lottery
President
BIO
Marketing Director, YMCA‐YWCA Dream Home Lottery.

Bryce is the Marketing Director for the YMCA‐YWCA Dream Home Lottery raising over five million dollars over the past 25 years. Bryce is an active volunteer and professional in the community of Kamloops with over 40 years experience in Public Relations, Community Engagement, the Hospitality & Tourism Industry, and a long history of working with several non‐profit agencies throughout the City.

President of the Kamloops Beekeepers Club, Chair of VK Advisors, Committee Member on several community fundraising events and Rotary PI/PR Chair and Ribfest Spokesperson/ Entertainment Chair with the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club to name a few.
Dino Bernardo,
Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge
Past President
BIO
Dino has lived in Kamloops for the past 40 years and is the co-owner of the Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge. As well as being President of the KCBIA, he sits on the RIH Foundation Board and volunteers for many different associations in Kamloops. Dino has been doing business in downtown Kamloops for well over 20 years and believes the strength of a great city depends on the vibrancy of a strong downtown!
Jesse Faubert,
Ninth Company
1st Vice President
BIO
Jesse has founded and manages Ninth Company (Event Production, Artist Management – D.O.), Avenue Media House (Digital Agency – Creative Director), Common Sound (DJ & Audio/Visual company – General Manager) and has recently opened one of Kamloops’ most dynamic creative studios: NinthLab. Proud to be a part of Kamloops’ creative community, the business community, and a high school football coach.
Sheila Minten,
Total Concept Development
2nd Vice President
BIO
Sheila is born and Kamloops raised, and has always felt that Kamloops is her true home. A place where she can both ski and swim, as well as participate in Committees and events such as Daybreak Rotary, Ribfest, Crabfest, the Santa Claus Parade, and the Alzheimer’s Walk. Sheila’s expertise centres around marketing and events, and she will lend her energy and enthusiasm to anything the Downtown Kamloops community has to throw at her.
Danica Wilkinson,
Kamloops Brain Injury Association
Secretary
BIO
Danica is a local business-minded individual who is personable, outgoing, and hardworking. She loves organizing events, volunteering within the community, and working with small businesses. Growing up, she has been around family businesses her whole life learning skills in hard work, supporting the community, and building relationships. Currently, she is an event planner with various organizations including the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.

Shane Gales,
Hosenbocus & Co. CPA
Treasurer
BIO
Shane Gales, Hosenbocus & Co. CPA
Karen Pinette,
BCLC
Director at Large
BIO
Director of Corporate Services & Facilities,  BCLC.

Ms. Pinette holds an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, holds a Master’s in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University, and is a registered professional engineer in New Brunswick.

In Ms. Pinette’s spare time, she is passionate about triathlon, XC mountain biking, trail running and travel.
Michael Blackwell,
Fulton
Director
BIO
Mike Blackwell is a lawyer at Fulton and has lived in Kamloops for 8 years. Mike is an active member of the Kamloops Bar Association, the White Buffalo Metis & Aboriginal Health Society, and Brennan Creek Recreation Commission Association. Outside of work, Mike is an avid snowboarder and golfer!
Luke Chidgzey,
RBC
Director
BIO
Luke Chidgzey is a Business Account Manager at RBC and has lived in Kamloops for over 20 years. He proudly works with business owners to help them achieve their goals. Outside of work, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time with his family.
Casey Cullen,
Bradford Wealth Partners
Director
BIO
Owner/Wealth Advisor at Bradford Wealth Partners. Own 736 Seymour St. and previously 774 Seymour St.. Our business has been located on this block for 20+ years.

BBA at TRU – 2011, Chartered Investment Manager – 2014, Certified Financial Planner – 2021. Strong foundation in wealth management, risk management, tax planning, and business succession planning.
Calli-Jo Duncan,
Far + Wide
Director
BIO
Born and raised in Kamloops, Calli earned a Degree in Business from TRU, with a focus on Human Resources. Prior to opening Far + Wide in 2018, she held roles in the private, public, and non profit sectors, including positions at New Gold, Service Canada, Thompson Region Division of Family Practice, and the Kamloops Farmers' Market. Calli is passionate about supporting local, using Far + Wide's platform to highlight fellow entrepreneurs and downtown businesses, amplify marginalized voices, and grow a sense of community around the shop, while working to bring a unique shopping experience to Far + Wide's customers and creating a great place to work. 

John Mercuri,
TELUS Business Centre
Director
BIO
As the TELUS Business Centre Sales Manager, John enjoys working with businesses and finding new solutions for all their wireless needs. He is the top salesperson in BC for two years running and manages the sales team throughout the Interior and Okanagan BC.

John has lived 38 years in Kamloops and has been a part of the downtown business community for the past 12 years and is currently active with the Chamber of Commerce. He is also a long‐time Blazer supporter.
Stephanie O'Neill,
Foxy Box Laser & Wax Studio
Director
BIO
In June 2022, we opened our doors for business and became part of the downtown core community. We have built relationships with other businesses and community groups, and have been welcomed like a neighbour. We have also experienced the social and economic issues in the area that have challenged our business. I am passionate about our community, charity work, and creating a safe and fun space for the people of Kamloops. I do have a strong desire to collaborate to make downtown the place to be the hot spot for self-care, dining, play, and enjoyment!
Andy Philpot,
St John Ambulance
Director
BIO
Andy is the Division Superintendent with St John Ambulance, 627 Victoria Street and was an Assistant Fire Chief with Kamloops Fire Rescue when he retired in 2011. He has served on the organizing committees of several of the large sporting events that Kamloops has hosted, the most recent being the NACAC-U23, 4 Nations Cup, and the Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships. He presently sits on the Kamloops Sports Council and the Valleyview Community Association. Andy has an active interest in our city, particularly the downtown area and the benefit it has to the citizens of Kamloops.
Maeghan Summers,
Noble Pig Brewhouse
Director
BIO
Maeghan Summers is the Operations Partner for two amazing local eateries and brewpub. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Restaurant and the Underbelly of the Pig, both located in the heart of downtown and with a focus on supporting local purveyors, creating unique brews and all while being in a welcoming environment.

The Noble Pig Brewhouse is Kamloops’ first Micro Brewpub and features in house-brewed craft beer, unique food made from scratch and knowledgeable service from our wonderful team. As the GM and a partner, it is my role to support and oversee all aspects of the business and develop processes and systems to continually move the pig ahead. Maeghan celebrates 25 years of passion for hospitality. “Eat, drink and support local.”
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