Renee Merrifield is the CEO of Troika Developments as well as the MLA for Kelowna-Mission, and BC’s Official Opposition critic for Health.
Renee is not a career politician, having been elected as an MLA in 2020. For 21 years, Renee has been building successful businesses in BC, thinking creatively, empowering her team, working hard and never giving up. She has felt the stress of needing to make payroll, and successfully navigated the 2008 economic crisis. She understands what business owners are facing in these uncertain times and has the experience and leadership necessary to unleash our economy and build a stronger future for BC.
Renee's innovative leadership and proven track record as an economic builder earned her Entrepreneur of the Year – Pacific Region, BC’s Most Influential Business Woman of the Year, and has appeared on the Top 100 Most Powerful Woman three times.
Renee has developed businesses in engineering, marketing, construction, development, retail, food service, consulting, manufacturing, education, technology, and digital renovation.
As a successful business leader, Renee has a proven ability to identify potential opportunities and build up innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues and improving customer service offerings. She is highly experienced in strategic planning, business development, and refreshing and reviving stale organizations, making the difficult decisions to achieve a new direction that leaves no one behind.
Renee has served on the Board of Directors for a number of organizations, including: First West Credit Union, Interior Health Authority, the Urban Development Institute, and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. She is passionate about developing the economy and is environmentally conscious, believing in building sustainability for future generations.
Renee is a team builder. From growing businesses to volunteering in our community, Renee builds successful teams that make lives better for people. She is a dedicated public leader who has led with results in her community, province, and country for the last 21 years. She is committed to strong, effective advocacy for her community, bringing forward all the elements that aid in making BC the best place to live, work and play.
Renee has served on the Breakfast Club of Canada Board of Directors since 2011, and was Chair for two years, 2019 & 2020. This highly acclaimed national not-for-profit organization has worked to ensure that no child has to start the school-day on an empty stomach. Renee is a compassionate leader who cares about others in the community, believes in giving back, and helping those in need through service, time and fundraising.
Renee is a devoted mother of five in a blended household. She is an entrepreneurial and successful business owner, employing 50 amazing people in the local construction industry. A person of faith, Renee feels blessed to live in such a great country where all people are treated equally.