Richard Okimaw is a mechanical engineer, lawyer and a registered Patent and Trade-mark Agent who practices primarily in the area of intellectual property law. Richard completed his mechanical engineering degree at UBC and his law degree at the University of Toronto. Prior to studying law, Rick worked as a mechanical engineer for several years in the fields of HVAC, manufacturing, construction and noise suppression of industrial processes. Prior to relocating to Kelowna he practiced in Vancouver with Smart & Biggar. Richard has a broad range of experience in intellectual property law that includes filing national and international patent and trade-mark applications as well as handling licensing and intellectual property disputes. Rick has successfully represented clients in fields ranging from petroleum exploration to sports equipment to electronic gaming machines.
Richard is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and is a past Director of the Okanagan Science and Technology Council. You can contact Richard by phone: 250-448-8553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Thomson is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of British Columbia (1994). She has experience in a number of industries, with a focus on maintenance and production engineering, which exposed her to a wide variety of mechanical equipment and processes. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
Julie is also a dedicated volunteer, working extensively at the local, regional and provincial levels of Girl Guides of Canada – Guides du Canada and is the recipient of several awards, including the Beaver Award (2016) for exceptional service at the provincial or national level of the organization.
When there is snow on the mountain, Julie can be found downhill skiing at Big White. She also enjoys running, cycling and geocaching. When not playing outdoors, she enjoys spending time with her family, supporting them in their various activities.
Kelsey Wahler joined Illuminate IP on a full-time basis as an Intellectual Property assistant in 2014 after completing her Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate from the Okanagan College.
Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Kelsey moved to the Okanagan to pursue her love for the outdoors, softball, hiking, Lake Okanagan and Big White.
Kacie Corfield has been working as a Legal Assistant at Illuminate IP since graduating from the Okanagan College Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate Program in 2016. Her previous experience includes several years of customer service, management, and sales – all of which have prepared her for the day to day tasks of a busy and exciting office environment. Away from the office, Kacie enjoys skiing, softball, and sharing good food and wine with her friends — not necessarily in that order.