CHAMBER REPRESENTED AT PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL NETWORK

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September 26, 2018
(Medicine Hat) The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have local representatives now serving on the provincial and federal Board of Directors within the Chamber of Commerce network.
 
On May 26, 2018, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) announced its Executive Committee for the 2018-2019 year during the ACC's 80th Provincial Conference and Policy Session, held in Grande Prairie. Aaron Fleming, a Past President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce joined the Executive Committee and will serve through successive terms over the next six years.

“It’s been an honor for me to serve our local business community over the past six years, with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, and feel quite fortunate to continue to serve the business community on a Provincial scale now on the Alberta Chamber’s Executive,” commented Fleming. “There are many issues affecting businesses right now and they need a strong voice.  I have no doubt that the Chamber network is that voice for business!”

 
Aaron’s career is in commercial insurance with Western Financial Group and his experience has allowed him opportunities to work with the farm & ranch community and a number of influential businesses within Medicine Hat. He’s always enjoyed serving this community and has done so with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, Country in the City, Boy Scouts of Canada and through his church. In his tenure with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce, Aaron has served as a Director, commencing his work with the local Chamber in 2012 and has served on the Executive, through to his Presidency in 2016/17 and as Past President for the local Chamber in 2017/18.
 
In addition, the local Chamber’s Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk, was recently added to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s roster this past weekend at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2018, held during its annual conference and policy session this past weekend.
 
Lisa Kowalchuk was hired as Executive Director with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce in November 2009 and has had a steadfast commitment to the Chamber of Commerce network since that time. She started her involvement in the Chamber movement by becoming a Director on the Alberta Chamber Executives (ACE) in 2011, moving into an Executive position after her two year term and moving through the ranks, completing her Past Presidency in 2014/15. During her Presidency with ACE, Lisa commenced her involvement in the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada (CCEC) Board in 2013-2014 and is now serving as President during the 2018/19.  This role also provides her with a seat on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is looking forward to representing Chambers of Commerce across Canada during her tenure.
 
In addition to these achievements, the local Chamber received the Accredited Chamber of Commerce with Distinction recognition through the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada in 2017 through Kowalchuk’s work and she has now received her own Accreditation as a Chamber professional through the Accredited Chamber Executive program this year. Kowalchuk has been awarded the 2011 Alberta Chamber Executive of the Year, the 2012 Alberta Chamber of the Year and recognized as one of Medicine Hat’s Top 40 under 40. Lisa has also received the 2014 Women in Business Inspire award, as well as accepting the 2015 Chamber of the Year award in Alberta.
 
“I truly believe in the power of our Chamber network and the strength it brings to our collective voice”, Kowalchuk remarked. “I continually look forward to cultivating environments for growth and success, not only in our community and Chamber, but in each capacity I serve in, whether on a local, provincial and national level”, she further commented.
 
Sarah MacKenzie, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce commented, “We are proud to have representation at all levels of the Chamber network and have a strong voice, locally, provincially and federally. This not only adds to the achievements of our local Chamber, but also gives the network solid representation through the work of both Aaron Fleming and Lisa Kowalchuk.”
 
The ACC Executive Committee for 2018-2019 is available online: http://www.abchamber.ca/pages/ExecutiveCommittee.
 
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is available online: http://www.chamber.ca/about-us/board-directors/.
 
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(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 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.