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President, Chris Hellman
Mr. Lube

Born in Regina and raised in Calgary, I moved to Medicine Hat in 2001 to purchase the local Mr. Lube franchise.  Prior to moving here, I worked as a store manager for Mr. Lube in Calgary while attending University on a part time basis.  I have been a member of multiple advisory committees for Mr. Lube representing franchisees in western Canada and currently serve as the President of the Franchisee Association.  I continue to stay involved in our community through partnerships with local non-profit groups.  I am an active member of the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat and have served this organization in many executive roles including President and Home Lotto Project Chairman.  This is my first opportunity to serve on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  I look forward to learning from this experience and working with local business to promote and enhance the commerce environment within our region.


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1st Vice-President, Deanna Haysom
ProComm Technology Solutions

Deanna has called Medicine Hat home since 1995 when she moved here to attend Medicine Hat College. Deanna has worked in both the communications and construction industries, always in the field of sales and marketing, and she has a passion for devising new and inventive ways for companies to connect with consumers. In 2010 Deanna joined the team at Medicine Hat College as a Development Officer where she was able to utilize her creative side when working with corporations and/or individuals with special projects on campus, and in 2013 she took on the role of Marketing & Business Development Specialist with ProComm Technology Solutions. In addition to her work, she is also the mother of two children and sits on the Women In Business committee. Deanna loves the community of Medicine Hat and the opportunities it offers young people. 


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2nd Vice-President, Aaron Fleming
Western Financial Group

I was born and raised in Medicine Hat and my family and I are happy to continue to call it home.   I have worked in the Office Furniture business in the past and now enjoy my career in Commercial Insurance with Western Financial Group.  My work experience has allowed me opportunities to work with the Farm & Ranch community and a number of influential businesses within Medicine Hat.  I’ve always enjoyed serving in our Community and have done so in a few capacities.  One of my greatest successes, which I haven’t done on my own, is my family.  My wife, Verenice, and I have been married for 13 years and have three beautiful daughters – Kenzie, Kennedy & Khloe.  Medicine Hat is a great place to live and raise a family.


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Treasurer, Rémi Poissant
Ensminger, Beck & Thompson
 
Raised in a small farming community just outside of Regina Saskatchewan, I moved to Medicine Hat in January 2001. In 2008 I obtained my Chartered Accountant designation and am currently employed with the accounting firm of Ensminger Beck and Thompson as an associate CA. Through my work experience in Medicine Hat I have had the opportunity to interact with all members of the community from the individual taxpayer to some of the largest corporations in the city. I have been married for five years and my wife and I have two beautiful daughters. I have been both a volunteer and member of several local not for profit organizations in the city since my immigration in 2001.


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Past President, Jason Melhoff
ProComm Technology Solutions

Jason moved to Medicine Hat in 2006 to start Melhoff Security & Technologies. Since that time Jason has expanded the Security business into other communities and has also merged with ProComm Solutions in Medicine Hat as a partner. Jason is very passionate about his community and feels that the only way to truly understand the heartbeat of a community is to get involved. Jason served previously as Chamber of Commerce President in 2008-2009 and is a past board member of the Community Foundation of Southeast Alberta and current Trustee with the Health Foundation. His involvement in these organizations has given him a rewarding understanding of this community and where we need to work at enhancing the continued quality of life for our community and surrounding area. Jason is married to Elizabeth and has two children.


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Director, Perry Deering
Deerview Meats Ltd.

Perry is a 3rd generation farmer and rancher who resides just south of Irvine.  After purchasing the family farm and cow/calf operation in 1995, Perry grew the family business to include a custom backgrounding feedlot. In 2004, Perry chose to explore a relatively new agricultural commodity in this area and began raising whitetail deer and subsequently went on to become one of the largest venison producers in Western Canada. With the continued support of his wife/business partner Chris, and his beautiful daughters Courtney and Sydney, the family business expanded once again in 2010 with the construction and opening of the only provincially inspected meat processing facility in the region; Deerview Meats. Perry has volunteered in the community in a variety of capacities including 12 years as a director (2 terms as president) for the Irvine and District Agricultural Society, Secretary Treasurer for the Alberta Whitetail and Mule Deer Association, and most recently as acting chair for the Agricultural Committee for the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta. Perry believes that his strongest contribution to the Chamber of Commerce will be his 23 years of business ownership of which he is able to share his diverse business background and entrepreneurial experiences.


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Director, Simon Hersey
Smith & Hersey Law Firm

Raised in Ontario, I moved to Medicine Hat in 2001 for what was supposed to be a temporary work position.  Within three weeks of arriving in Medicine Hat I had decided that “the Hat” was going to be my new home.  After graduating from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) with a law degree in 2005, I returned to Medicine Hat for my Articles.  I have been practicing law in Medicine Hat since 2006 and recently became a partner in the newly-formed firm of Smith and Hersey Law Firm.  I believe that Medicine Hat’s best days are still ahead of us and that the Medicine Hat area has lot to offer the aspiring business owner.  I have been married to my wife, Karla, for 7 years and we recently had our first child. 


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Director, Robin Kurpjuweit
Solid Rock Fencing Ltd.

Robin was born and raised in Medicine Hat on the family homestead just south of the city, and in 2007 he started Solid Rock Fencing Ltd. which has since grown to cover all of Western Canada. He has first-hand experience and involvement with various community projects and initiatives, and currently serves as a director with both the Medicine Hat Construction Association and the Medicine Hat Tennis Club.


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Director, Len Mitzel
Etzikom Heritage Windmill Museum

I have spent a great deal of my life interested and involved with community. I feel that community makes such an importance to the lives of everyone. There is a good reason that, over the course of history, mankind tends to congregate in community arrangements and work together to improve their lives. As a result, I have always been involved and have volunteered where ever I have lived. I had the honour to become President of the Peachland Chamber of Commerce in the Okanagan, British Columbia when I worked there in the hotel industry. On returning the Alberta, community involvement evolved to being a representative on the Medicine Hat and District Tourism and Convention Association, later chairing the organization. I then succeeded in being elected as a Councillor and then Reeve of the County of Forty Mile. Concurrently, I was appointed to the Palliser Health Region as a trustee and then Chair. I was successful in being elected as the MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat to represent this constituency in the Alberta Legislature. Through all this, community needs and issues were always a focus.

It seems natural that being the person I am that I should want to continue as a Director with the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is an organization which represents its members and works to advocate and resolve issues that pertain to them and the community. I feel with the knowledge I have gained from my lifelong experiences, I can contribute to the Chamber and make Medicine Hat and District a better place to live and work.


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Director, Khrista Vogt
KayVee Management Inc.

Khrista has been a resident of Medicine Hat since 2004 and has extensive experience working with boards, both at the local level and provincial level. As an entrepreneur and business owner, Khrista is passionate about improving our community and making Medicine Hat a great place to live, work and do business.


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Director, Brian Widmer
CIBC Wood Gundy

I was raised in Medicine Hat and am an Investment Advisor and Certified Financial Planner with CIBC Wood Gundy.  After graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management Degree (Finance), I returned home and have been volunteering in our community ever since.  Having previously served two terms as a Director of the Chamber of Commerce and as the Co-Chair of the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee, I am looking forward to working on behalf of local business once again.  By working together, we can ensure continued economic success in our region.