For bringing philanthropy into the modern age, Justin Goodhew of Trellis has won $130,000 in investment at the inaugural OKGN Angel Summit.

Trellis created an online platform that makes fundraising easier for charities.

It's already been used by the Kelowna Jaycees to power its Rene Bourgault Legacy Golf Tournament.

The platform is donor-focused and automatically generates tax receipts for donors.

But Trellis is still very much a start-up and needs to develop its product more, hire and grow.

That's where the angels come in.

Eleven weeks ago, 44 start-up, most of them in the tech sector, entered the OKGN Angel Summit contest pitching their businesses and clamouring for the money.

The $130,000 prize was put up by 30 angel investors who contributed $5,000 each.

After a couple of elimination rounds, Trellis and four other finalists pitched a final time to angels and a sell-out crowd at an event at the Okanagan Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna.

Trellis and Goodhew came out on top.

"Working with the angels who are promoting growth has been a humbling and exhilarating experience," said Goodhew.

"As the Okanagan's leading investors and fund groups support us with their wealth of knowledge, expertise and networks, it's phenomenal having our community champion us and believe in the work we are doing to promote events for good across Canada and beyond."

The four runners up were Daniel Rondeau of 925 Freelancing, Ian Paterson of Plurilock, Peter O'Brien of V02 Master and David Brough of Klonetics.


The Wilden master-planned community has again amped up its environmental friendliness.

At Lost Creek Point, Wilden's latest neighbourhood of 38 homes, buyers will have their homes heated by renewable natural gas for FortisBC for one year.

Renewable natural gas is produced from organic waste, such as food, garden, animal, paper and timber waste, and produces no carbon emissions.

Wilden developer, Blenk Developments, will pay the renewable natural gas premium of $20 a month on behalf of homeowners and and homeowners will also get a B.C. carbon tax credit.

After the first year, homeowners have the choice of continuing with renewable natural gas and paying the $20 per month premium themselves or switch to traditional natural gas heating.

Wilden imagines residents will stick with the renewable option because it's good for the environment.

"FortisBC's involvement includes working closely with the developer to find solutions that help achieve their sustainability goals, specifically the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral gas produced from organic waste," said FortisBC director of energy solutions Jason Wolfe.

"Renewable natural gas is locally-made sustainable energy source that is interchangeable with natural gas. It's injected into our distribution system, reducing the amount of conventional natural gas needed and the amount of carbon within our gas system."

Since Wilden launched in 2003, homes have been built with exceptional air-tightness for energy efficiency and offered geothermal heating and cooling options.

"Wilden's Lost Creek Point is setting a benchmark for energy-efficient residential building in Kelowna and shows the master-planned community fully supports the progressive climate action plan of the province and the City of Kelowna," said Blenk Developments chairwoman Karin Eger-Blenk.


To better reflect its quirky, hip and karmic business model and line up of clothes, accessories, jewelry, gifts and homewares, Kelowna's Ginger Lily has changed its name to Boheme Collective.

The rebrand applies to both the bricks-and-mortar store at 2925 South Pandosy St. and the online store at

"Boheme Collective is a place to discover and be inspired, and most importantly a place for women to embrace their bodies and feel empowered by what they wear," said manager Lauren Scott.

"Our style is ever evolving and with that our brand has evolved too. It's the same boutique and the same great team, just a fresh new look. Boheme Collective, as a brand, represents those of us that celebrate individuality. Choosing what we wear and how we wear it, based on how it makes us feel. We do not conform to trends. We make our own."

When it comes to karma, Boheme Collective also embraces giving back and will donate a percentage of sales to two Kelowna charities, Mamas for Mamas and Kelowna Women's Shelter.


Going above and beyond is the norm for these workers.

The second annual Heart of Hospitality Awards, put on by the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association, honoured three tourism champions from 37 nominations.

Delta Grand hotel customer service representative Klaudia Aguilar won the Service Superstar accolade.

Coast Capri Hotel assistant housekeeping supervisor Shannon Gauthier picked up the Heart and Soul Award.

And Delta Grand hotel director of sales Diane Wetherill received the Tourism Kelowna Spirit Award.


You can get a sneak peek of the third phase of the Solstice at Tower Ranch retirement community today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located beside Tower Ranch Golf Club on Rutland's east bench, the three models of homes have stunning golf course, valley, mountain, city and Okanagan Lake views.


Steve MacNaull is The Okanagan Weekend's business and wine reporter and columnist. Reach him at