There are integral Kelowna connections to the first ever Petro-Canada service station built on First Nation land.

Metal Structure Concepts, owned by Kelowna’s Steve Ivanitz, designed the pre-engineered steel building on site in Anzac, Alta., for the Fort McMurray No. 468 First Nation. And Metal Structure Concepts partnered with Kelowna-based general contractor Rempel Builders to put the gas station up in a hurry.

Anzac is a short drive south of the oil hub of Fort Mac.

The 3,000-square-foot building houses the convenience store and bathrooms adjacent to the gas bar.

To handle the harsh climate of Northern Alberta, the building has three-inch insulated wall panels and a single-slope, standing-seam roof with heavy insulation.

One of the advantages of pre-engineered steel construction is components arrive to be easily assembled with on-site welding for faster builds of four to six months.

Metal Structure Concepts has designed and installed steel commercial, industrial, retail, storage, farm and community multi-purpose buildings across North America.

More for trades

Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre are the latest businesses to pitch in for the $33-million trades complex nearing completion at Okanagan College.

The two businesses together donated $20,000 to the Bright Horizons campaign.

“Skilled technicians play a vital role in our industry and we are so pleased this gift will assist the next generation of automotive technicians training at the college,” said Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct owner John Kot.

The Okanagan College Foundation is raising $5 million to add to the $28 million the province is putting up to build the trades complex at the Kelowna campus. It will be finished so students can start training there this spring.

Jaycee momentum

After deciding to allow female members, membership has surged at the Kelowna Jaycees. In just one month, the membership count has gone from 60 to 80.

The group, which was previously male-only, has decided to capitalize on the momentum and is holding a social evening to tout the organization and attract new members. The session is March 8 at the Laurel Building. Register for $10 on the Kelowna Jaycees Facebook page.

The Jaycees are a junior chamber of commerce for business people up to age 40 who want to work on personal and professional growth.

Employee appreciation

Every day should be employee appreciation day, according to Montreal-based Rideau Recognition Solutions.

But alas, only the first Friday of March is officially declared employee appreciation day. It doesn’t mean much in a world where every cause, disease and special-interest group has a dedicated awareness day, week or month. But Rideau is trying by urging employers to praise and recognize workers more and back it up with weekly reviews and rewards.

Appreciation often leads to workers adhering to company’s values, increased productivity, better revenues, cost reductions and lower absenteeism and turnover.

If you aren’t getting the recognition you deserve from your boss, Rideau suggests a healthy dose of self-appreciation and brining positivity to everything you do.

Biz development

Krista Mallory’s job is to help existing businesses grow and help attract new businesses and investment to the area.

She is the new business development officer at the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. Mallory previously worked as a business adviser with the Women’s Enterprise Centre and as an investment adviser with Odlum Brown.