General Background Information on Jim Ripley

Jim Ripley has lived in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia since 1969. The southern interior of BC which encompasses the valley has experienced large and continual growth to the point that economic development of the region will be limited by water and other natural resources within the next five years. Many of Jim's business activities focus on solutions for sustainable development.

He graduated from UBC in 1982 and is a PB5 professional educator; qualified to teach science (Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Biology) worldwide.

Recently he finished a three year term on the Environmental Advisory Board (EAC) of the Central Okanagan which investigates potential ecological impacts of development in that region. In 2006 the EAC received the Mayor's Environmental Expo award for work on the local environment. He is a member of the Okanagan Chapter of the Cascadia Green Building Council and BC Sustainable Energy Association and was an executive board member for both. He has operated his own businesses since 1984 which involves water and waste water systems and has created a complete product line of components for septic systems under the brand name Turtle Tanks. He has sold licensing agreements to manufacture these products under a trade secret agreement in Canada and the United States and provides business opportunites through licencing.

In 2000 Jim Ripley was hired to teach the marketing and sales program at Sprott Shaw business college and gained tremendous knowledge in corporate communications. Since then he has acted as a strategic marketing planner for a variety of businesses that have an environmental foundation and are "Home Improvement" related. The support website for this group is From The Ground Up which produces a local Virtual Home Show supported by broadband video streaming technology. He has also developed business support under a "Social Enterprise" infrastructure for small home improvement businesses with From the Roof Down.

As part of his marketing consulting services he provides advertising services with his associated website Info to Grow ,

Jim also markets a new concrete truck used to mix concrete on demand; it is promoted under the brandname EnviroMix and is a key component of his tank manufacturing business. His main enterprise Turtle Tanks utilizes Virtual Assistants in various parts of North America.

Jim has been a professional musician since 1991 and has managed numerous 3, 4, and 5 piece bands; he currently provides entertainment as "Jim Ripley & Friends" and invites any of his musical friends to get on stage when he is playing at any of the venues in the Okanagan.

Jim and his wife are currently planning to build a state of the art DOME HOME in the rural area of Kelowna. They will be utilizing their Gunite Machine (for spraying concrete) and EnviroMix concrete truck for producing concrete.

Jim enjoys guest speaking and welcomes any invitations. In past he has been a keynote speaker for:

  • Westbank Chamber of Commerce (Network Marketing)
  • Okanagan Business Coaches (General Marketing)
  • Niel Bruce Middle School (Entrepreneurship)
  • BC Herbal Growers (General Marketing)