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Kootenay Regional Business Round-Up

Clockwise from top left: Ryan Frazer, Trent Fequet, Doug Clovechok, Stoke Juice’s new building in Kimberley.

By Keith Powell

Fernie: Ryan Frazer Buys Re/Max Agency

Ryan J. Frazer, a resident of Fernie for 25 years, has purchased Re/Max Elk Valley Realty. The company has three offices in the valley, and has a roster of 23 licensed realtors and three property managers. Ryan has 15 years of experience in the real estate business — much of it with the Re/Max office in Fernie. In addition to selling real estate on behalf of clients, he will now manage the real estate agency as the new owner. According to Fernie Fix, Ryan Frazer took over ownership on February 1, 2024.

Grasmere: New CEO at Tobacco Plains Band

Grasmere-based Tobacco Plains Indian Band company Kakin Resources has announced the appointment of a CEO, Trent Fequet, who will restructure the Band’s economic operations.

He will lead the company into the future with plans to help diversify industry within Ktunaxa First Nation by providing better economic and social opportunities for youth. Kakin Resources serves as the economic development branch for the band.

Trent Fequet is Inuit, and was originally from eastern Canada. He moved west over two decades ago. He is the founder of Steel River Group, a consulting company that partners with Indigenous businesses to help them navigate planning, design and construction of various enterprises.

Invermere/Kimberley: No Re-election Bid for MLA Doug Clovechok

Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok recently announced that he has made the difficult decision to not seek re-election to the BC Legislature.

Clovechok says he’s been faced with health challenges, which are being managed. He says he will be fine, though he has concluded that serving another four year term is not feasible.

He has represented the Columbia River-Revelstoke riding since 2017, and currently serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Columbia Basin Initiatives.

Kimberley: Stoke Juice’s New Building Well Underway

In what is definitely a home-grown Kimberley success story, the new 10,000 square foot Stoke Juicery facility is well underway. The spacious new building will produce a full line of Stoke Cold Pressed Juices. Flavours include lemon, green apple, cucumber, carrot, celery and orange – with various ingredients like beet, ginger, mint and spinach.

The new beverage production facility in Marysville will continue to support the growth and expansion of the company’s line of cold pressed juices. The cold pressed technique of juicing allows Stoke to juice organic fruit and produce without creating excessive heat during the process.

Stoke Cold Pressed Juice is owned by founder Jill Bentley Lobban and Alistar Lang. Rendek Construction Group of Creston is the general contractor on the building. Completion is projected for the summer of 2024.