Current Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Cranbrook of Commerce is comprised of 12 members; Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and 9 Directors.

At each Annual General Meeting the Board President, Vice President, and Treasurer will be elected for one-year term. Four directors will be elected for a two-year term. The Immediate Past President is an automatic succession.

BOARD CHAIR | Christine Hoechsmann

Calling Cranbrook home for 19 years, she and her partner own The Bedroom Furniture Galleries and The Ashley Furniture Homestore. They are second-generation business owners and have grown the business to new heights.

Christine’s passion for business has grown over the years as her formal training is in the Biological Sciences which has given her a unique, analytical perspective. Christine will serve the Business Community with dedication and persistence.

VICE CHAIR | David Stypula

David is an investment advisor at CIBC Wood Gundy, partnered with his brother (Dale) at the Stypula Financial Group wealth management team. Prior to this, David has experience in business development and commercial teams with a large international mining company. During that time, he worked on mergers and acquisitions, analysis of mining companies and projects, and geopolitical circumstances around the world. David was also responsible for supply and demand analysis of various base metals, price forecasting, budgeting, and analysis of global macro-economic conditions and end-use industry trends.

David has previously held the position of treasurer and vice president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce and is co-chair of the government affairs committee.

TREASURER | Ryan Gibbard

Ryan is a shareholder and a Branch Manager with McElhanney, a BC based, employee owned engineering and land surveying company. McElhanney is 1000+ employees strong, and has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Ryan manages approximately 20 staff and is responsible for the financial performance of the Cranbrook branch, which also includes an office in Fernie. He is a Civil engineer specializing in Geotechnical engineering.

Ryan is passionate about the East Kootenays, is a strong advocate for business-friendly practices, and promotes economic prosperity for the East Kootenays. Ryan has been involved in the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce as a board member since 2012. He enjoys and continues to participate in community initiatives and volunteer opportunities that improve the wellbeing of Cranbrook and area.

Directors

Tracey Whiting

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2023

College of the Rockies

Kerstin Renner

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2023

EK employment Services

Aleitha Harvey

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2023

Ella's Restaurant

Marlin Ratch

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2023

ITA

Sebastiaan van der Horst

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2022

Kootenay Computer

Alan Fillis

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2022

East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Janice Alpine

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2022

Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency

Russ Sheppard

BOARD DIRECTOR
03/31/2022

Spruce Notary & Legal

John Hudak

BOARD DIRECTOR

City Liaison