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Chamber Announces New Business Development Team

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Chamber Announces New Business Development Team

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their new Business Development team members who start with the local Chamber on September 7, 2021.

The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their new Business Development team members who start with the local Chamber on September 7, 2021.

Celina Symmonds will be joining the team as Member Relations Manager, with Samantha Tonin joining as Marketing and Special Event Manager. Celina and Samantha will round out the existing team consisting of Kristen Walsh, serving as Event Manager since 2019, having worked with the Chamber through her Visual Communications work terms since 2018. Josh Schafer, a Medicine Hat native and recent Mount Royal graduate who joined the team in the spring of 2021 as the Communication and Project Administrator, along with two of the Chamber's co-op students who will continue with the Chamber this fall. Keean Lehtinen joined the Chamber in the spring of 2021 as the Industry Support and Government Relations Coordinator and will continue through the fall and winter semesters through the University's work-integrated learning co-op program. Rebecca Wieler joined in November 2020 as the Chamber's Business Support and Research Assistant through a University Applied Studies project, continuing during the spring and summer 2021 through her co-operative program at the University of Lethbridge and has been providing support in various initiatives since that time. 

"We were fortunate to be able to secure both seasoned professionals and student talent in our recruitment efforts," stated the Chamber's Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk. "With the experience and community leadership that Celina brings as a previous City Councilor, School Board Trustee and Executive Director with the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank, we know she will continue to serve the community in her new role and amplify the voice of our business community while providing the necessary supports and services they need." Kowalchuk further stated, "Samantha brings corporate experience, along with event and business planning from her work with CFB Suffield. She has been able to connect with sponsors from a local to a national level, bringing a wealth of knowledge in financial planning and contract negotiations. We are pleased with the dynamic team that will bring not only experience but also capitalize on the energy and innovative spirit of our existing team, student talent and new team members." 

Both Celina and Samantha will round out the Chamber's Business Development team moving forward, supporting the business community they have been able to connect with through their respective roles within the community. The Chamber is still looking for their final member of their team--a Finance and Operations Administrator. Interested applicants can view the job posting on the Chamber’s website. 

"The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has benefitted from many strong business professionals over the years, and while we are saddened to see some members of our team move on. We will always appreciate their passion, dedication and commitment to the business community during their tenure with us," expressed Kowalchuk.

The Chamber would like to recognize all the contributions of the team over the past year that assisted the organization's growth and their support of the business community. The organization is grateful to the following individuals: Chantel Fischer, Chantelle Legault, Katherine Tingey, Katalin Lang, and Hannah Dupuis. Their commitment and involvement in the organization is appreciated. 

President Marcus Campbell further added, "We recognize that the Chamber builds strong business professionals, and one of our goals is to create opportunities for team members to grow not only within our organization but also be able to seek out further growth and leadership roles within our community. We are exceptionally proud of each person who has contributed to what the organization has been able to become and why we are also pleased to be able to offer new opportunities to team members coming into the organization as we seek to implement the Chamber's strategic planning objectives, assisting our business community rebuild for the future. We would like to wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors and thank them for the time and hard work they spent! ".

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Marcus Campbell, President

c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce (403) 527-5214 ext.225

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber networkis the most unified, valued and influential business networkin Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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