The Smart Cities Penticton Team has been led by a team of core volunteers. From the beginning this challenge has been a community-driven initiative. Meet the core team behind this project. 


keith macintyre

CEO Big Bear Software, Big Bear Innovations, 2017 Penticton Business Leader of the Year

Entrepreneur Keith MacIntyre is driven to grow the technology community throughout the Okanagan and Canada. A Professional Engineer and owner of Big Bear Software Inc, Keith has been writing software for almost two decades. In the past year, Big Bear got even bigger, building products for four startups, launching a web and graphics design team, and building business and engineering applications for large Okanagan companies. 

As software lead for several international startups, Keith has built everything from touch screen voting systems for US elections, military tactical simulators for the Middle East, a pandemic flu simulator for the Center for Disease Control, and an Emergency and Disaster Management simulator used by the US Army and in several earthquake preparedness exercises. Keith is an active tech community builderwith his monthly meet-up and publication, TechBrew. 

An experience-rich presenter, Keith is sure to inspire as he shares the trials and tribulations gleaned from taking the Bear through exponential growth here in the Okanagan.

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Nicholas Vincent

Co-Founder of Cowork Penticton

Nicholas Vincent moved to Penticton from Sydney Australia in July of 2009.  He quickly went to work establishing himself in the community as a focused and passionate entrepreneur. Together with his wife Jennifer Vincent, he opened up a vibrant shared professional workspace called Cowork Penticton. Nicholas is a passionate connector and believes in the power of networking, mentorship and professional development. The Smart Cities challenge aligned with his personal goal of creating a more collaborative and connected community. 

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Jennifer Vincent

Economic Development Specialist, City of Penticton, Founder of Cowork Penticton

Jennifer Vincent moved to the Okanagan 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia, with a specific interest in community-building. A native Canandian, Jennifer spent 11 years in Sydney working in creative industries and was enthusiastic about bringing that energy to Penticton.  Jennifer works with the City of Penticton as the Economic Development Specialist with a focus on business retention & expansion. With her husband, she is co-owner of Cowork Penticton a professional on-demand workspace and community hub. She is a passionate champion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. In 2014 she was awarded a Top 40 under 40 accolade in Penticton. She is a keen supporter of the arts and of building vibrancy from the ground up with grassroots initiatives. The smart cities challenge has been an excellent opportunity to bring together passionate and innovative minds living in Penticton to be a part of the plan to build a healthier and happier community. Regardless of the outcomes of the challenge itself, the energy and excitement the process has generated is already improving Penticton.



Community Engagement Coordinator, OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre

Meg Dimma is an entrepreneurial and goal driven digital marketing professional. She has worked with small start up businesses to international sales companies and is currently working in not-for-profit as the community engagement coordinator at the OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre. Meg was born and raised in the Okanagan and has been living in Penticton for 5 years. As an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast she is passionate about Penticton because she can access the mountains right outside her doorstep. She would love to see the community attract more young people and business start-ups. With an increase of more driven minds, she believes there will be growth in professional development and professional opportunities that could raise the level of Penticton making it a place people will want to stay forever.


Louise Kozier

Partner, Longview Communications & Public Affairs

Louise Kozier is a thoughtful, strategic and dynamic professional with 15+ years experience advising publicly traded companies on corporate and financial communications. Louise began her career in the London and New York offices of Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR firm. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the University of Birmingham, UK and spent a year of her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Outside of work, Louise is a dedicated to her yoga practice and just finished a 200hour yoga teacher training. Her journey as a teacher is just beginning. She is drawn to share yoga with others as the path to find greater happiness, peace and Self awareness and acceptance. After living in major cities around the world, Louise has settled in Penticton to raise her family and views it as a great launchpad to continue her international work. Although she is always on the move, she loves coming home to Penticton. 


Diana Stirling

Business owner, Peach on the Beach Ice Cream Shop & LocoLanding Adventure park. 

Diana Stirling is the owner of LocoLanding Adventure Park and ‘the Peach’ Ice Cream Shop. As one of the largest employers of youth in Penticton with over 80 staff, she is passionate about both youth and community. She is a recipient of both the BC (BIV) Forty under 40 award and Chamber Business Leader of the Year.  Before moving with her family to Penticton in 2009, she built two successful businesses in Vancouver, one of which was listed as a top 20 women-owned fast growth company. Diana is currently on the board for Travel Penticton & the Chamber of Commerce. Through her passion for Penticton, she has started several marquis community programs to benefit over 20 local charities. She believes in both collaboration and positive momentum - two factors she works hard to facilitate more of in the community. With the natural beauty, local resources & expertise in Penticton she believes we will become the most desired Canadian community for tourists and residents. 


Judy Garvey

Community Operations Manager at Chaordix

Judy Garvey was born and raised in Summerland and graduated from Pen-High in 2006. She moved to Calgary to earn her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and spent over 10 years east of the Rockies working in technology startups and building her career in operations and project management. Having moved back to Penticton with her husband in late 2017, Judy joined the Smart Cities Challenge team and quickly realized that with a little help, Penticton has the opportunity to become a real base for growth and opportunity. Judy is part of Penticton's growing remote workforce and hopes to see more opportunities for industry development in our increasingly connected city. 


Crystal Hendrickson

Certified Career + Leadership Coach and Co-Founder at Talent Collective Co.

After an eclectic career journeying through people management, marketing, community building, sales and business development, communications and recruitment, Crystal found her home in the collaborative, progressive, disruptive technology ecosystem. In 2015, she co-founded Talent Collective to support digitally inclined leaders in pursuit of their career dreams. Crystal is a a Certified Co-Active Career Coach and has been guiding people in their careers for more than 10 years. She recently made the move to Penticton and threw herself into the Smart Cities challenge to help shape her new community.

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Chief Financial Officer, City of Penticton. City of Penticton Liaison

Jim Bauer has been in the role of Chief Financial Officer with the City of Penticton since October 2016, where he provides strategic leadership in various areas including finance and information technology. Prior to joining the City Jim had a successful career of 26 years with Alberta Public Service, where he held various senior roles in the ministries of Finance, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Solicitor General and Justice. His professional training as a Chartered Professional Accountant and experience in numerous senior roles enables him to bring a collaborative outcome focused approach. Jim and his family relocated to the Okanagan 3 years ago to be closer to family and enjoy the active outdoor lifestyle. Jim has fond memories of Penticton as it was a favorite vacation designation from his childhood each year. The lakes and mountains offer such as wide array or outdoor activities for all four seasons making it the perfect place to reside. Have the opportunity for staff with the City to collaborate with business leaders in the community is a unique opportunity to create an healthy Penticton that everyone in Penticton will benefit from.