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(Medicine Hat) – The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the results of its recent board nominations, with four new Directors slated to join the board in 2019 and one returning director. The following nominees are slated to commence their 2019-2021 term following the annual general meeting in November:

  • Trevor Anhel – RBC Mortgage Specialist
  • Sarah Franchetto – RBC Royal Bank
  • Steve Heid – Lacey Homes Ltd.
  • Scott Lehr – Short Grass Ranches Ltd.
  • Steven Pudwell – Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
As part of the Board of Directors’ succession planning for the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, nominations are held every year to actively seek dedicated, community and business-minded individuals whose common goals and principles coincide with the Chamber of Commerce and the organization’s mandate. The Chamber of Commerce opened up its nominations on April 1, 2019 for positions on their Board with a closing date of Tuesday, April 30th. With five positions open for 2019-2020 and five nominees accepting their nomination, all five nominees will be slated to join the Board for the upcoming term.
“We are pleased to have nominees that bring knowledge and experience from their respective industries and backgrounds”, stated Chamber of Commerce President, Sarah MacKenzie. “With financial, construction, media, agriculture and overall business expertise, these individuals will add to the strength of our board over the upcoming term and will add to the breadth of industry representation as well”.
In November 2018, the Chamber’s membership approved new bylaws through the federal Boards of Trade Act requiring all Directors to formally be elected at our annual general meeting (AGM) each year. As such, the Chamber will be including the names of each of the nominees on a slate of candidates, along with our returning Directors to be voted upon at the AGM on November 14, 2019. New directors will formally commence their duties at the Chamber’s regular board meeting on November 20, 2019.
“As a governing board, Directors of the Chamber are required to carry out various duties and responsibilities in order to provide oversight, strategic direction, financial accountability and policy direction to govern and represent the Chamber and its vision and mission”, commented MacKenzie. “They must be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the Chamber of Commerce’s activities and a level of involvement that demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the Chamber of Commerce’s goals and objectives, supporting the decisions of the Chamber Board and the organization as we continue to move forward. With this in mind, we are confident these nominees will be able to represent the Chamber and our members during the upcoming term,” concluded MacKenzie.
The Chamber of Commerce holds an extensive nomination process each year, commencing with the nomination information and overview of duties, responsibilities and what is expected. Candidates are required to fill out an application form and must be a member for at least two years. Nominees also must list current and past board, committee and leadership involvement, along with outlining various business initiatives. Each individual is asked what industries they represent, what they can contribute to the organization and the board, what they would like to see accomplished and the reasons for wishing to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board. Nominees also participate in a meeting with the Chamber’s Leadership Development Committee to review board competency requirements and to ensure an understanding of the requirements of a Director of the Chamber. The Chamber has implemented this vetting process to ensure all Directors are fully prepared to serve on the Board and have the knowledge and capabilities that the organization strategically needs to continue its growth and direction.
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o( 403) 527-5214 ext.221

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 750 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 24,000 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.

Trevor Anhel – RBC Mortgage Specialist

Trevor has called Medicine Hat home for over 20 years and has dedicated his career to Financial Services.  Currently as a Mortgage Specialist with RBC, he helps clients with financing one of their largest and most valued assets – the place they call home.  As Chair of Alberta Advisory Council of Mortgage professionals he leads a diversified team committed to influencing positive change within the industry he serves.  Trevor is a past director of our local CHBA and continues to be an active member.  He’s passionate about helping others thrive and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah Franchetto – RBC Royal Bank
Sarah was born and raised in Medicine Hat, and is now happily raising her family here. She has been working in the banking industry for 15 years, with the past 6 years having a business component. Most recently she has focused exclusively on small businesses. Throughout this time she has found a passion advocating for businesses and their owners. Her experience in banking has given her great insight into many different types of businesses – from professionals, to trades, to retail, to agriculture, to oilfield and trucking and everything in between. Sarah has been heavily involved in the bank’s community initiatives including the RBC Blue Water Project, organizing days of service and charity drives as well as hosting events which provide advice and guidance on all things financial for business owners. She looks forward to continue working with the Chamber to help businesses in our community grow and thrive. Sarah enjoys working collaboratively and as a team to get things done. Sarah and her husband Marco are the proud parents of Santino and Dahnya. Sarah believes that Medicine Hat is the best community to live and work in and looks forward to continue being involved with the Chamber.
Steve Heid – Lacey Homes Ltd.
Steve was born and raised in Medicine Hat and has a love for our city and its development. With over 25 years experience in the building and construction industry and now, as the owner of Lacey Homes, Steve understands the importance of future growth and the strength of our business community. He looks forward to his term with the Chamber and his opportunity to give back to our community, while learning more about other local industries and our business community.

Scott Lehr – Short Grass Ranches Ltd.

Scott was born and raised in the Medicine Hat area on the family’s 3 generation farm and ranch, Short Grass Ranches Ltd. He and his wife Mandy are living and raising their three children on the farm today. Scott has been involved in agriculture his entire life in production, with additional experience in the agricultural supply industry. He has been involved in the community as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat, local youth organizations and 4-H. Short Grass Ranches Ltd takes great pride in supporting the local community through several community organizations. Scott was actively involved in both the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission and Alberta Wheat Commissions. These organizations provided the opportunity for Scott to network with farmers, work with and take part in learning opportunities with industry organizations, and different levels of government including the Canadian Grain Commission as Grain Producer Representative and on the Western Standards Committee. He looks forward to the opportunity to be a voice for agriculture and all business in the area to assist local business and the community to grow and prosper.
Steven Pudwell – Jim Pattison Broadcast Group

Steven grew up, raised his family, lives, serves, owned businesses and works in Medicine Hat.  He is proud to be called a “Hatter”.  Over the years, Steven has volunteered with numerous community groups that helped better Medicine Hat’s facilities, services, education, healthy lifestyles, and positive influences for its people.  Steven understands that it is important to continue to attract new economic opportunities and advance existing business in our area. He looks forward to contributing to the Chamber with hard work ethic and thoughtful communication.

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