New Member: Creative Minds Consulting

Creative Minds Consulting is a new business offering counseling and consulting services for adults, youth, and children. As a Registered Psychologist (PROV), I provide counseling and consulting supports for children and/or youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulties in their home, school, and/or community. As a Behavioral Consultant for the last 6 years, both in the schools and in the community, I have extensive experience working with and providing supports for children and youth. Now as a Psychologist (PROV), I hope to continue offering these supports to the families of Medicine Hat. I also offer counseling services to adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and other emotional distresses. Please visit my website at for more information. Or call me for more information about my practice, professional, and educational background.

Carolina Hall, BA, MC (Psych), CCC, Registered Psychologist (PROV)

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" (Anais Nin)

New Member: The Eclectic Chicks

The Eclectic Chicks opened their doors on December 17th as an antique, vintage and modern décor store as well as a bistro. They have a wide array of oil paintings, photography, beautiful and unique hand-made articles as well as antique and modern décor. The Eclectic Chicks will also take articles on consignment.

The owners are passionate about promoting local art and music and host a ‘jam session’ every Wednesday evening from 6:30-9:00 pm. On the weekends you can enjoy ever changing entertainment and menus and they host a 5 course meal on Friday and Saturday evenings by reservation only. During the week you will find fresh soups, salad, house vinaigrette, bread and sweets made daily as well as The BLT with Guacamole, Meat Ball on Focaccia with Pomodoro Sauce, Roast Chicken Pate, Roasted Red Pepper with Blended Cheese Panini and a Black Bean Hummus Panini. They will also be adding beers and Alberta produced wines to their menu very soon.

Visit The Eclectic Chicks at 501A 4th Avenue SE for coffee, lunch, dinner or to browse their beautiful selection of décor today!

Member News: MHC Business Admin Students survey

Business Administration Students from the Medicine Hat College are seeking assistance from the Business Community in providing demographic data through a short survey. The information gathered will be used to help an advertising and promotions project for local businesses and is anonymous so no contact information will be collected (name, email, phone, etc.) Click HERE to access the survey.

Property Assessment Notices Will Be Mailed March 28, 2014

Property Assessment notices will being arriving in mailboxes beginning March 28, 2014.

Assessment Notices are now being mailed out earlier and under separate cover from the Property Tax Notices.  This allows the department more time to respond and deal with individual assessment queries and concerns before Property Tax payments are due.

Legislations allows property owners 60 days from the assessment notice mailing date to review and discuss any concerns with the City's Assessment Department.  It is important to contact the Assessment Department for an explanation before filing an appeal.  Purchasers of property should obtain or confirm the assessment value if the sale occurs during the appeal period.  For more information view the City's news release here.

Member News: City of Medicine Hat Welcomes New Chief Administrative Officer

Merete Heggelund officially resumed the role of CAO on January 30, 2014 after she was officially named to the position at the January 20th City Council meeting.  Heggelund has been Acting CAO since Ray Barnard retired in December 2013.

Heggelund has more than 25 years of experience in positions of increasing leadership responsibilities with the energy industry from both private and public corporations.  She has extensive expertise in organizational and policy development, negotiations, project and portfolio evaluation and investment and economic analysis.  She is described by peers as strongly committed to adding value and profitability to any organization while building a positive and accountable culture.  To read more about Merete's background and experience please view the City of Medicine Hat's press release here.

Member News: Jim Smith retiring from YMCA

The YMCA of Medicine Hat would like to thank sincerely thank Jim Smith for his 32 years of service as CEO.  His contribution to the community was often modest but he has supported Medicine Hat and the citizens in it for some time.  Thank you Jim Smith for dedicated time and countless hours improving this city one person at a time!

The board and staff of the YMCA invite everyone to a celebration of Jim Smith's retirement and fundraiser gala event on March 1st.  Please contact the YMCA for more details at (403)527-4426.

News We're Following - January 31, 2013

GE Entrepreneur Accelerator Program

What if Alberta entrepreneurs could access the latest inventions and use them to advance their businesses? With the intention of strengthening its relationships with Alberta, GE, through its Licensing Division, has opened up its Intellectual Property Portfolio so that other inventors, tinkerers and entrepreneurs might take what a GE scientist discovered, and find another use for it. AITF will administer and support the GE Accelerator Program, which includes providing seed funding to SME’s. The seed funding will assist SME’s in commercializing and bringing the resulting innovations to market. This opportunity is unique, as it will allow companies to access new technologies while being supported by AITF.

February 11 SME Workshop: GE will host a SME workshop in order to provide additional information about the technologies available for licensing, and discuss what’s required to become a GE licensee.

Location: GE Innovation Center, Calgary (525 8th Avenue SW).

Time: 9am-12:30pm

For more information, click HERE or contact:

Luigi Simpatico
Senior Business Partner
Tel: (780) 450-5564
[email protected]

Potential IP areas of interest include: Aero-Thermal & Mechanical Systems, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Diagnostics & Biomedical Tech, Electrical Technology & Systems, Manufacturing & Materials Technology, Software Sciences & Analytics

Examples of technologies available: Hybrid and Electric Motors and Control Technologies, Interactive Digital Marketing Platform, Enterprise Class Cloud Storage Manager, GE Hydration Monitoring

Nominations Now Open for the 2014 Alberta Export Awards

Recognize an Alberta Exporter with notable achievements. The Alberta Export Awards recognizes the innovative approaches, milestone achievements and unique contributions of the companies as the people who lead them. The award categories include: Emerging Exporter, Services, Agricultural & Consumer Products; Manufacturing: Oil & Gas; Manufactured Products; and Technology & Media. Additional Awards for Leadership and International Business student are granted to individuals demonstrating significant contributions to the export community in Alberta.

Anyone may nominate an Alberta exporter for these awards and Alberta Exporters themselves are encouraged to apply. Those interested in applying or nominating an organization or individual can go to, click here for the nomination form or click here for the application form.

Exporters will be asked to step through the process of providing background information demonstrate their success and achievements. The deadline to nominate a deserving company is February 3, 2014. Those who are nominated and those companies that nominate themselves have until February 7, 2014 to submit their completed Alberta Export application.

New Member 2 Member Discounts!

The Chamber is happy to announce two new Member 2 Member discounts!

MacKenzie Eye Care is pleased to offer Chamber members and their staff a 20% discount on frame and/or sunglass purchase. Click here to view the discount.

REDI Enterprises is now offering a discount to Chamber members on their SHREDI services. Sign up for SHREDI on a one-year contract and receive first month free. A savings between $45 and $60 depending on size of bin. Click here to view the discount.