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Planting the Seeds of Change and Cultivating our Future Together

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Planting the Seeds of Change and Cultivating our Future Together

(Medicine Hat) The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce held its virtual Presidents' Reception, Membership Appreciation and Annual General Meeting on November 25 recognizing past presidents and long-standing members.

During the Annual General Meeting, Marcus Campbell, Past President, Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director, and the Chamber team gave a year in review, chronicling strategic priorities, advocacy successes, operational achievements, and challenges. The Chamber also recognized the 58 businesses joining the Chamber from September 2021 through to August 2022 and celebrated 42 milestone anniversaries for members involved in the Chamber for 10, 20, 30, and 40+ years. The organization also took the opportunity to acknowledge its impressive list of Past Presidents who have served the organization since 1900.

The year in review concluded with a feature on the impact of COVID-19 and how the Chamber adjusted to meet the community's needs. “When we voiced the concerns for our business community, we focused on cultivating a message focused on the needed supports for business. We held over 25 meetings with government representatives over the year. We followed up with correspondence on the key issues, including business supports, requests for consultations and a proposal to establish a provincial business advisory council. We highlighted the need for better mental health supports and much-needed clarity and certainty for businesses in re-opening plans and restrictive measures. We also developed a robust strategic plan in 2021 that will continue to push us forward into the future as we continue to serve the needs of every business in our region”, stated Past President, Marcus Campbell.

“Covid-19 made it a challenging yet impactful year. Many policies and regulations were rapidly adjusted time and time again. Being a liaison for many businesses that needed their opinions voiced was critical during this time. Gathering information and finding solutions to the many challenges was among our list of tasks that we sowed to make changes and cultivate opportunities for the future”, Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk, further remarked. “Our commitment to helping support businesses and voice solutions and recommendations to the Government is a step forward to continue to Fuel Our Business Community. “

“The past year provided us many opportunities to learn for both Board and Staff at the Chamber, but these new experiences root us deeper than ever before and provide for further growth.” Marcus Campbell further remarked “This year with many transitions in new staff as well as two new faces on our board, we are really able to take a strong strategic plan and use it to help guide the new ideas into the New Year.”

The Chamber elected two new directors for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, with Directors representing a cross-section of industries within the Chamber. The Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2021-2022 are:

  • Marcus Campbell – Terralta Inc | Air-Tech Ltd
  • Scott Lehr – Short Grass Ranches Ltd.
  • Trevor Anhel – RBC Mobile Mortgage Specialist
  • Brett Pudwell – EBT Chartered Accountants LLP
  • Sarah Franchetto – RBC Financial
  • Reagan Weeks – Prairie Rose School Division
  • Steve Heid – Lacey Homes Ltd.
  • Steven Pudwell – Pattison Media
  • Les Scholly – Pritchard & Co. Law Firm, LLP
  • Mark Keller – Medicine Hat College
  • Brandon Sanchioni – Medicine Hat Nissan
  • Kirsten Spek – Couture Hair

As part of their service on the Board of Directors, Board members volunteer to sit on various committees designed to spearhead initiatives that uphold the Chamber's strategic priorities and the pillars of connections, support and influence. The Executive committee, Finance Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Policy Council, Community Connections Committee, and industry-specific committees comprise a few of the active committees the Chamber has formed. Each committee allows efficient and effective work to be done in each specialized field or interest area.

Scott Lehr, newly elected President of the Chamber of Commerce, commented, “Our Chamber has been established for more than 120 years, coming from strong roots formed many decades ago. Our legacy has grown from many great leaders who have planted the seeds that have ultimately developed ideas and opportunities to create the business environment we have today.” Lehr concluded by stating, “every year new faces are presented and elected to fill important roles, new minds allow us to further develop the success of the organization. With a great board of directors backing me up and our amazing office team and the great day to day work they do, it will be a great year ahead as we look forward to hosting events once again and evaluating our strategic priorities and regional collaboration opportunities as we move forward to continue Fuelling our Business Community.”

The 2021 Annual Report is available on the chamber website.

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Scott Lehr

Chamber of Commerce President, 2021-2022

Phone: (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 network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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