Services and Staff Contacts

The City of Vernon's economic development department is responsible for managing, coordinating and promoting economic development activities in the City of Vernon. The department can assist in making projects a reality.

Core services of the department include:

  • Processing commercial, industrial and institutional development applications
  • Providing site-selection services
  • Promoting economic development
  • Networking and broking relationships with businesses and other organizations
  • Conducting planning and research
  • Advocating for quality infrastructure that will encourage business development, job creation and investment in Vernon
Staff Directory
Kevin Poole - Manager of Economic Development & Tourism

Economic DevelopmentDirect: 250-550-3249
Twitter: @investvernon

Kevin started his career in Economic Development in 1998 and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Thompson Rivers University where he received a major in marketing. Kevin is the Vice President of the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC), the past Chair of the British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) and the Chair of the Okanagan Valley Economic Development Society.

Kevin is a past recipient of the BC Economic Developer of the Year award and in 2015 received the Chairman’s award from the BC Economic Development Association for his significant contribution to the association, the profession and Economic Development throughout British Columbia.




Roy Nuriel - Economic Development Planner

Direct: 250-550-3493


Roy brings over 15 years of planning and development experience to the role of Economic Development Planner for the City of Vernon.  Roy provides and coordinates planning services to serve the business community, manages various development applications and assists with policy development, while supporting economic development initiatives.

Building on his education, professional planning background and practical experience, Roy strives to create solutions that result in the best possible outcomes.  Roy completed a Master Degree in Geography and Urban Planning with Honors and a Bachelor Degree in Urban and Regional Development from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.  He is knowledgeable in many aspects of planning and development, and has served as a Committee Member with the Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) through UBC Okanagan since 2015.

Roy is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. While previously working in Long Range Planning, his knowledge and experience in urban revitalization, affordable housing, and economics, proved to be a valuable asset for the City of Vernon.