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LYALL, Leslie “Les” Keith, MBA, KGSJ

Passed away on 03 September 2012 after a long and courageous battle with neuroendocrine cancer.  Les was born on 14 April 1952 in Kaslo, British Columbia.


Schooled in British Columbia, Les received a Diploma in Urban Land Economics (UBC, 1979).  He began his professional career in the banking industry with The Federal Business Development Bank, where he provided marketing and performing strategic planning consulting services to clients throughout BC and the Yukon.  In 1987 he received his executive MBA from Simon Fraser University and for the next twenty-two years he was President & Founder, Pacific Strategies Group Inc., a six-person consulting practice specializing in strategic planning, marketing strategies, and organizational and manufacturing effectiveness for client situations that ranged from high growth management to re-positioning and re-structuring and whose revenues ranged from $1 million to $100 million; President & CEO, BCS Technology Inc., a computer telephony integration company operating a debit card platform for voice and data applications.; Vice-President, Overseas Globaltel Corp.; President & CEO, Canair Hovercraft; and COO, GrowthWorks Capital Ltd.  Les’s last endeavour began in 2009 when he became the Managing Partner of Kirchner Investment Management Corp, and together with his friend and business partner, Bud Kirchner, was responsible for the management of several billion dollars worth of venture capital funds and portfolios in Canada, the United States and England.


He was very involved within his professional community.  He was President, Retail Venture Capital Association for five years; Business Advisory Board Member, BC Advanced Systems Institute; Past President, Planning Forum (Vancouver Chapter); and Past Director, Professional Marketing Research Society (PMRS, Vancouver Chapter). Frequently a guest speaker and lecturer on Venture Capital, Strategic Planning and Corporate Organizational Effectiveness, Les was Advisor to the BCIT Venture Project, Advisor to TIEM Canada and also participated on an economic advisory committee for Canada’s Federal Minister of Finance.


Believing that a balanced life is realized by committing to the well-being of ones community, Les served The Neurological Centre (Children’s Centre for Ability) as President for eight years, as Director, BC Neurological Foundation for seven years and Member of the Agriculture & Food Committee for the Science Council of BC.  In 2009 Les was inducted into the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaler and was promoted to Knight of Grace earlier this year.  Les dedicated volunteer hours and financial resources to support the mission of the Order and its capital construction of the St. John Hospice in Vancouver, BC.  Chevalier Lyall was a Director of the St. John Palliative Care Foundation and at the time of his passing was working to establish a Commandery in the Okanagan.  He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.


A resident of Vernon, Cranbrook, Toronto, Vancouver and most recently Kelowna, Les spent his most pleasurable hours in his beautiful ‘house on the hill’ in Kelowna with his best friend, soul-mate, and adoring wife, Brenda and their 2 shelties D’Artagnan and Tina.  From their panoramic view deck, Les could envision the dinosaurs that roamed the hills thousands of years ago. He enjoyed the outdoors and open spaces, whether it was fly fishing or cycling, soccer or football, Scouting or running; but in particular, he was a lover of great food and elegant wine. Les, a Chevalier of the La Confrierie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, travelled through out Europe with Brenda at his side in search of the finest Bordeaux or Burgundy.  Frequently good friends would join them and Les, with his wonderful sense of humour, endless curiosity, deep intellect and genuine sensitivity would entertain and be entertained for hours on end…particularly if there was a good political debate to be had or a heated assessment of the state of the economy or the stock market.


Les is survived by his wife, Brenda, his sons Matthew (Meaghan) and Jason (Grace), his step-daughter Tamara, his step-son Chad, his grandchildren Presley, Grayson and Avery, and so many very dear friends.  He gave each of us his Gift of Love. He was too young. He will be missed forever.


The family wish to express their appreciation to Dr. Mike Koss and the staff at Central Okanagan Hospice House, especially Rachael and Mila, for their compassion and assistance.


A Celebration of Life service will be held for Les at 1:00 pm, Saturday, 15 September 2012 at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5V8.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Carcinoid Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CNETScanada.org) in support of research.

1:00 pm, Saturday, 15 September 2012

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for LYALL, Leslie “Les” Keith, MBA, KGSJ is scheduled for 1:00 pm, Saturday, 15 September 2012 . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Anthony Baskaran says:


    My deepest condolence to you and your family.


  • Lena Normén-Younger says:

    Dearest Brenda,
    I am so sad and shocked to hear about Les’s passing; it was all too soon for him to leave our world. Both Ritchie and I have so many wonderful memories of you and Les over many great meals with some amazing Burgundy wines during our dinners at the confrerie and in France.

    We are thinking about you, and want to express our sincere regrets for all the sorrow that you and your family have to endure now. Hopefully the burden will lessen in time with all the lovely memories that you and Les have built in your time together. The love between you was obvious to us all.

    Please do not be a stranger to the Burgundy group. Contact us anytime to reconnect and please do know that we will always remember Les with a glass of Burgundy in his hand, and you in his other.

    Lena Normén-Younger

    PS. The photo I attach is taken at Lameloise, the three star Michelin restaurant in Chagny, where we had an incredible dinner with you in October 2009. Although I am sure that it is not the best picture of Les, I had to include it since all of us are so busy trying to smile for the camera, while Les can not drag himself from studying the wine list – an identifying symptom of a true wine lover! D.S.

  • Gary and Randy says:

    Dear Brenda,

    We are so sad to hear of the loss of Les. We are thinking of you and your family. When next you come down to Vancouver we would love to see you.

    Love, Gary and Randy

  • Ron Usher says:

    I’m so sorry to read about Les this morning. My condolences to his family and friends. His sage advice and kind support remain very much appreciated.


  • Bill & Sharon Kudenchuk says:


    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. So glad we had a chance to spend a wonderful afternoon with you and Les this summer. He is at peace now and in God’s mighty hands.

    Bill & Sharon

  • John Hiebert says:

    It’s been many years since we met with Les but we made contact recently, albeit briefly.
    Les was an advisor to TASK Construction Management many years ago … a time that was critical to our survival. We not only survived but thrived based on Les’ support and direction.
    He was known around the office as the ‘guru’ and became a friend to the business and to me personally.
    We’re all saddened to learn of his untimely (too soon) passing. He was always respected and will always be remembered for his knowledge but mostly for his spirit, his laughter and his formidable personality. Our condolences.

  • Brian Bastien says:

    Brenda and family, please accept my sincerest condolences. Les and I were study group partners when we took our MBAs at SFU. Les was a man of much wisdom, great humour and he had a keen sense of business acumen. While we did not spend much time together after we graduated, I often thought of him and how he enriched my MBA experience. Les was one of those rare people that everyone at SFU liked.

    Brian Bastien

  • Peter Suma says:


    Please accept again Cheryl and my deepest condolences. Les left a huge imprint wherever he went. He was absolutely the wisest mentor and one of best friends I have ever had the pleasure to know.

    I and all of us on his investment management team at GrowthWorks learned so much from him. What I valued the most though was his friendship over the years since I worked for him. He was unbelievably generous with his advice for the past 7 years. His fantastic sense of humor will also be sorely missed.

    He was one of the rare kind that only come along once in a lifetime. We thoroughly enjoyed the laughter at that dinner we had with you both in Toronto when we last saw you two. What a great time.

    Cheryl and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless.

    Peter & Cheryl Suma

  • Barry Vaisler says:

    Wendi and I were so sorry to hear about Les. We enjoyed his company at many of our Confrerie events and especially during the trip to Beaune in 2009. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Heather Whalen says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband Les. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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