2012 Business Awards Photos and Video

Video coverage of the 2012 Business Awards was made possible by Shaw Cablesystems.  Click HERE to watch the awards in its entirety!

Our live Twitter feed was a big hit and received an overwhelming response from individuals interested in learning how to set up a Twitter account and how to apply it to their business.  We’re pleased to announce that a Twitter Tutorial has been scheduled for November 6th in the Medicine Hat College Courtyard which will be co-presented by our Awards Banquet co-host Deanna Haysom, and Marketing Excellence and Award of Excellence winner, Trevor Moore!  Click HERE for details or to register.

Professional photography services at the event were provided by Kathy Walker of Photologic Studio and were for the intent and purpose of the Chamber of Commerce in promoting and highlighting this annual event. We extend our gratitude to Kathy for providing us with some amazing photographs that allow up to capture and archive the excitement of the evening. These photos are now available for viewing by clicking on the links directly below. If you are interested in purchasing copies of professional photos from the event, they can be ordered through Photologic Studio (professional photography rates apply).  Please contact [email protected] for details or to place an order.

Award Winner & Sponsor Photos

Event Photos

Annual Conference Big Success in Medicine Hat

The Ports-to-Plains Annual Conference in Medicine Hat was one of the biggest ever, with more than 220 attendees and three days of great presentations.


“We were overwhelmed by the response of our Alberta partners in terms of registration, sponsorships and just enthusiasm about the conference,” said Ports-to-Plains President Michael Reeves.

With a registration of more than 220, it was one of the best attended Ports-to-Plains Annual Meetings ever.  A large majority of the registrants were from Alberta, but there the entire
corridor was well represented.

Response to the presentations has also been very positive said Reeves.  “One of the most telling signs of how good the speakers were is how full the room stayed throughout the entire conference,” said Reeves.  “I know we have all been to conferences were it seems like half the attendees are out in the hallway during sessions or leave early, but the information presented was so good that people just didn’t want to miss anything.”

Copies of all power point presentations made at the conference are available on the Ports-to-Plains Blog at http://www.ptpblog.com/official-blog-for-ptp-alliance/, www.portstoplains.com  as well as links below.

Reeves also thanked the event’s planners for the conference running smoothly.  “Our staff worked very hard for several months to make sure the events on those few days went smoothly.  We also had tremendous help from a great planning committee in Alberta.  It would never have been so successful without their efforts.

Members of the planning committee were: Bob Sivertsen, Keith Crush, Lisa Kowalchuk, Walter Valentini, Len Mitzel, Alan Hyland, Bud James, Rick Siddle, Roger Cole, Soren Odegaard, Bob Bezpalko, Doug Cameron, Drew Hutton and Cal Klewin.

Presentations are availble by conference session:

Updates from Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridors Associations

Transportation Challenges – How are Ports-to-Plains Alliance Jurisdictions Addressing the Issues?

Taking advantage of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor – Economic Development Successes

Economic Impact Beyond the Oil Sands

Keynote Address: Exploring Opportunities and Barriers to Greater Trade and Prosperity between Canada and the United States

Border Cooperation…Expanding Alternatives

Beyond the Canadian Wheat Board – The Future of Agricultural Trade

Imaginative Enterprise-Business-from Ports-to-Plains

Open Road. Big Opportunity. Rural to Rural Project

Conference Photos Available

Media Coverage:

Port-to-Plains conference deemed large success  "We have quite a few economic development officers, and not just from Medicine Hat, they're from Oyen, Hanna, Strathmore," said Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher, who also hosted well over a dozen provincial MLAs and two cabinet ministers over the three-day conference.

Eastern Alberta open for business  "It's a ground floor opportunity," said Soren Odegard, the chair of the Northeast Alberta HUB economic development group. "Of a $193 billion total of major projects that are on the books, almost 67 per cent of all the investment in Alberta will be happening in the east and the north."


Advertising Discount for Members in Military Family Activity Guide


Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS) are producing an activity guide for new military personnel and their families arriving to Medicine Hat and area. We will be making space in this guide for local businesses to purchase advertising space. The costs will range from $55 to $325 depending on size and color for each publication. CFPFSS are happy to offer the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce members a 10% discount on the purchase of a single issue and 15% on the purchase of two issues or more. ‘Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to advertise your business and services to new residents of the Medicine Hat area!’

For further information on advertising space size and costs, contact Mr. Brad Cummins at [email protected]

News We're Following - Oct 26, 2012

Highlights of Bill 10, the Employment Pension Plans Act - Alberta Treasury Board & Finance

Consultation for South Saskatchewan Region Begins Next Month  Work on a land-use plan for southern Alberta will focus on water, economic development and conservation needs. A new round of consultations in the South Saskatchewan region starts November 6. Environment & Sustainable Resource Development

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs’ Celebration of Achievement Award - AWE

Alberta one of the first provinces to introduce rules for gift cards - Alberta Government

Chamber Members - You Could Win A $1600 Ad Package from Vista Radio!

Vista Radio Ltd. is excited to announce the launch of 93.7 Praise FM! (formerly Power 93.7) Visit their new website at www.937praisefm.com, follow them on twitter at @937praisefm, and be sure to listen.

To celebrate the launch of Medicine Hat's new Uplifting Radio station, Vista Radio is pleased to offer a $1600 advertising prize package to one lucky member. All you need to do is send us your name before October 29th for your chance to win. Click HERE to enter!

Member News: Major Expansion Investment for Red Hat Cooperative Ltd

Red Hat Cooperative Ltd. celebrated the Grand Opening of their new warehouse on October 18th. Pictured are Jason Melhoff, Chair of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber, alongside Town of Redcliff Mayor Rob Hazelaar at the grand opening of the new space and the celebration of the international year of cooperatives and national cooperative week. The new $4.4 million expansion allows for greater efficiency, more room to operate, and opportunity for expansion. The co-op is currently comprised of 50 growers that produce 5.1 million cases of vegetables and the now 98,500 square foot packing facility will be able to accommodate not only current production, but assume a 400,000 crate increase expected when 20 more acres of greenhouses come online next year.




Our Newest Member - EnerStar


EnerStar provides modern and fully equipped well-site trailers and accommodation solutions to both the oil and gas industries. We have standardized the manufacturing process to ensure optimum quality control and a high level of environmental efficiency for all of our products. They are manufactured and certified to meet or exceed industry guidelines and regulations. Currently, EnerStar provides manufacturing under its subsidiary BASE Trailer Manufacturing Inc., which currently has production facilities in Medicine Hat, South Dakota and Pennsylvania.

EnerStar also offers containment tanks. This includes both potable water tanks, and sewage containment tanks or our combination units.

Our attention to detail and exacting maintenance programs ensure comfortable accommodations and efficient work spaces guaranteed to keep your workforce happy. We have found that this attention to detail has helped with getting the most out of employees.

Member Benefit News

Bell is excited to announce they have extended the porting credits (up to $400.00) on all activations coming to Bell from another provider until December!

This, combined with a guaranteed best price available, will save a company with a minimum of 2 lines greatly!

Visit the member discount from Bell HERE or call Don Misener at 403-477-BELL to see how this exclusive Chamber offer can help save you money!

News We're Following - Oct 19, 2012

Prizes, Prizes & More Prizes!

Chris Deering from Deerview Meats was the lucky recipient of the $2000 Advertising Package donated by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.  Below is a complete list of door prizes and the sponsoring business and the lucky recipients of each one! Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to our supporting businesses for your donations!

  • Academy of Learning $350 Tuition Credit – James Parsons, Partek
  • Ambiance Spa $50 Gift Certificate – Greg Watson, Cycle Path
  • Budget Blinds Decorative Christmas Rug – Darrick Bauman
  • Chamber of Commerce Sirius Satellite Car & Home Bundle - Tara Petrisor, Optiks International -
  • CJCY 102.1FM - $1000 Commercial Campaign Package and $200 Swag Bag – Laurelle Silvaniuk, Molly Maid
  • Desk n File Office Furniture Warehouse $100 Gift Certificate – Mark Penner
  • Dr. K. Kowalsky, Gaslight Dental Electric Toothbrush – Duane Pederson, SC Photo
  • Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort Seven Course Dinner for Two and Wine Pairing, Fireplace Suite for the Wine Festival October 20, 2012 – Jenn Boschman, Canadian Fertilizers
  • Esplanade Motorcycle T-Shirts - Allan Breitkreuzk, Chinook Village
  • Go Mobile Media Marketing $499 Mobile Optimized Website – Mary Lemire, Expedia CruiseshipCentres
  • Heartbreaker Dance & Fitness $40 Gift Certificate for Kickboxing Studio Classes – Kenji Witts, Original Joes
  • Judi Coombes, RMT ½ Hour Massage – Trish O’Grady, ATB Financial
  • Marble Slab Creamery Cake, Cones & Coupons Package – Jodi Breitkreuz, Chinook Village
  • Medicine Hat Co-Op - $50 Gift Card – Marilyn Berreth
  • Medicine Hat Lodge Sunday Brunch for 2 – Ralph Garnett, Budget Brake & Muffler
  • Mr. Lube $100 Gift Certificate – Hannah Woehr, Optiks International
  • Mr. Lube $100 Gift Certificate – Kelsey, Southern Alberta Newspaper Group
  • Nelson's Radiator Chocolate Basket – Melanie Beals, Medicine Hat Lodge
  • Premium Sausage $100 Pork Jerky Gift Certificate – Mike Chenard, One Tooth Active Wear
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Linda Pederson, SC Photo
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Fabian Delwo, TD Bank
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Darlene Major, Power 93
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Chris Grassing, ATB Financial
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Rick Derbyshire, Community Futures Entre-Corp
  • ProComm Business Technology Solutions $50 ProComm Bucks & Shirt – Ivan Karsten, Harley Davidson
  • REDI Solid Chocolate Logo – Kim Trentinin, Meggitt Training Systems Canada
  • REDI Solid Chocolate Logo – Sarah Chenard, One Tooth Activewear
  • Remenda Designs Handmade Pottery – Melisa, LimeLitez Dance Academy
  • Safety Buzz Complimentary First Aid Training and First Aid Kit – Debbie Penner, Premium Sausage
  • Temple 6-Month 24-Hour Membership – Sean Blewitt, Community Futures Entre-Corp
  • Temple Fitness 1-Year 24-Hour Membership – Tyrell Kenmore, Kenmore Holdings
  • Temple Fitness 6-Month 24-Hour Membership – Stacey McSetridge, Outlaw Collision & Restoration Inc
  • Temple Fitness 6-Month 24-Hour Membership – Terry Meier, LMT Enterprises Ltd.
  • Toni's Simply Bookeeping Wine Basket - Dale Moverly, Canadian Fertilizers