2017/2018 Board of Directors
President, Perry Deering
Deerview Meats Ltd.
Committee Member: Executive (Chair), Finance, Invest Medicine Hat
Perry is a third generation agricultural and small business owner in the Medicine Hat area. Following the family involvement in farming and ranching, Perry has diversified into Agri processing with the development and operations of the only provincial meat processing facility in the Medicine Hat area. With the continuous support of his wife/business partner Chris, and his precious daughters Courtney and Sydney, the family business, Deerview Meats, strives to provide quality service to Medicine Hat and surrounding area. Perry has volunteered in the community in a variety of capacities both municipally and provincially over the past 26 years, with his primary passion being involved with economic development. Perry also places a great deal of pride in supporting local youth organizations, the women’s shelter and especially our local food bank. Presently, Perry is very involved as an active director of Invest Medicine Hat and is honoured in his sixth year with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. Perry believes that as a small business owner he can have a strong voice to advocate and strive for positive change so all small businesses can have the freedom to grow and prosper. Perry also feels that one of his strongest contributions to the Chamber of Commerce will be his ability to think outside the box and inspire new business idea to make Medicine Hat & Area the place to raise a family and grow new business.
As a member and past director of the Sunrise Rotary Club and MedHat Movember team, Sarah devotes countless hours to building relationships, bringing community together and supporting campaigns that provide awareness and funding to make change. Previously, Sarah was involved with numerous political campaigns and sat on the provincial executive to the official opposition. Sarah looks forward to applying her energy and past experience in her role as Chamber Director, lobbying on behalf of the Medicine Hat and Alberta small business community. Having worked for the past twelve years at MacKenzie Eye Care, a family owned practice of optometry, Sarah has experience in small business management and marketing. Currently, Sarah divides her time as a consultant to Torrey Mattson -The Home Team with Royal LePage Realty and as a mother of three to Daine, Emily and Allan.
2nd Vice President, Tracy Noullett
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Business Advocacy (Co-Chair)
Tracy moved to Medicine Hat with her family in 2014 and has immersed herself into contributing and giving back to our community since that time. In her role as a Partner of a national accounting firm, she has developed specialized knowledge in the areas of not-for-profit and government advisory. She understands motivations of various ministries and how initiatives are carried out and applied, which has enabled her to help not-for-profit agencies and local governments optimize their funding and develop program plans. She also understand the process of advocacy in a political environment. Having lived in a similar size community with comparable goals and challenges brings a different perspective to the organizations she serves. Tracy brings a wealth of experience with other boards and believes in advocacy and ensuring that issues are well represented. Tracy has served as a Director on a number of organizations including the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society (County of Grande Prairie), Executive Women International – Grande Prairie Chapter and the YMCA Advisory Board – Grande Prairie. Tracy looks forward to supporting and representing the business community and working with like-minded business members to further the interests in our business community.
Treasurer, Brett Pudwell
EBT Chartered Accountants LLP
Committee Member: Executive, Finance (Chair)
Brett was born and raised on a farm 20 kilometers northeast of Medicine Hat and graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2013. He is currently employed at EBT Chartered Accountants LLP, as well as working on the family farm on the side. Brett has served as a guest teacher at Community Futures Entre-Corp in their self-employment program, teaching modules including cash flow and understanding financial statements. Prior to returning to school, he worked for a number of years in the oilfield service industry. Brett is pleased to be able to bring his energy, time and perspective of Medicine Hat and the surrounding community to the Chamber of Commerce organization.
Past President, Aaron Fleming
Western Financial Group
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Nominations & Governance (Chair)
Aaron was born and raised in Medicine Hat and is happy to continue to call it home. He has worked in the Office Furniture business in the past in Medicine Hat & Calgary and now enjoys his career in Commercial Insurance with Western Financial Group. His work 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. Aaron has served as a Director and on our Executive, most recently as President, and looks forward to providing support to the Executive this year as Past President. One of Aaron’s greatest successes is his family. Verenice and Aaron have been married for 17 years and have three beautiful daughters – Kenzie, Kennedy & Khloe. He truly feels that Medicine Hat is a great place to live, do business in and raise a family.
Director, Sarah Bowman
Bolton Bishop Bowman Lawyers
Committee Member: Nominations & Governance
Sarah grew up in Medicine Hat, moving in 2004 for school and returning in June 2013. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society and Political Science from the University of Calgary, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba. She was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2012. She had the opportunity to article and practice in Calgary from 2011-2013 and moved to Medicine Hat in 2013, when she started as an Associate with Bolton Bishop. She became partner with the firm in June 2015. Sarah’s legal experience will be an asset to the Chamber’s board, enabling her to serve in an advisory capacity particularly on matters related to policy, governance and analysis of issues that come to the Chamber board. Sarah has contributed to our community through her volunteer work at the Legal Help Centre in Medicine Hat, as well as through the Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services. She looks forward to being involved further in our community and gaining further board experience through service on the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Director, Tim Weinberger
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Committee Member: Highway 3
Tim moved to Medicine Hat in the summer of 2012 in the position of 'General Sales Manager' with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. He is involved in a number of volunteer projects here, mostly in a Marketing Advisory capacity. Tim feels Medicine Hat has much to offer as a business hub and he is excited to be a part of growing that profile. Tim has a history of working on many Volunteer Boards over the past 30 years, including the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), Fort McMurray Food Bank and the Standard Broadcasting 'Bear Children Fund' - Edmonton. His role in these organizations has been mostly based in marketing through his direct connection to various media and communicating the organizations message and awareness. Tim holds a marketing Diploma C.A.A.P. (Certified Advertising Agency Practitioner) through the Institute of Canadian Advertising with considerable study of Not-for-Profit organizations and Public Relations. Tim brings a well-rounded understanding of Marketing Management and a fresh look at the many opportunities available to the Business Community of Medicine Hat and District.
Director, Tara Williams
Medicine Hat College
Raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Tara moved to Medicine Hat in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and her Master's research focused on fueling innovation through public and private partnerships. Tara's passion lies in assessing the current strengths in a community and working to create connections that benefit both business and the community as a whole. Currently, she is an Instructor in the Division of Arts, Education and Business at the Medicine Hat College sharing her knowledge in areas of communications, business planning, culture development, among others. She also loves to volunteer; presently being active on Med Hat Think Tank, Methanex Community Advisory Panel, Community Leadership Committee, Random Acts of Kindness Council, Med Hat MoSistas, among others. Tara is the 2015 Women in Business Inspire Award Winner, and momma to Max and Lydia.
Director, Dave Hanni
Committee Member: Wild Horse Border Crossing
Dave was born and raised in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, before his broadcasting career took him to Alberta in the early 90's. With on-air stints in various sized markets from Wainwright, to Edmonton, to Red Deer, Dave moved into sales and marketing in 1999. In the fall of 2010, he had the opportunity to move to Medicine Hat to be station manager of 102.1 CJCY and he jumped at it! The sport of football runs deep with Dave, having played and/or coached for 4 decades and the lessons that sport teaches have transferred into his personal and professional life. He is a team player and enjoys leadership roles to motivate those around him; he does not quit until a goal has been achieved! Dave is also involved in several local Medicine Hat organizations including Medicine Hat Kinsmen, where he served on the executive for 3 years, Gas City Business Network, Medicine Hat & District Heath Foundation, and United Way CFL Alumni Golf committee, to name a few. He looks forward to contributing to the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce team with his unique and varied experience in community events, marketing and promotion, hard-work ethic and never-say-die attitude. On top of being a tireless community supporter, the loves of his life are his wife Danna and their daughter Allison.
Director, Sarah Franchetto
RBC Royal Bank
Committee Member: Business Advocacy (Co-Chair)
Sarah was born and raised in Medicine Hat, and is happily raising her family here now. She has been working in the banking industry for 14 years, with the past 5 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 advice events which provide advice and guidance on all things financial for business owners. She looks forward to 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 being involved with the Chamber.
ProComm Technology Solutions
Guy has lived in Medicine Hat for 41 years and is a co-owner with ProComm Solutions. Guy has served for 16 years as a Kinsmen Club member, as well as Vice President and Project Chair of the club. He is looking forward to giving back to the community through his service with the Chamber and is looking to gain more knowledge of the local business community, while contributing his own business knowledge, customer service skills and life experience as an asset to the organization.
Marcus has lived in Medicine Hat for 20 years with a specific focus in renewable energy for the last eight years. He enjoyed previous involvement in the Economic Development Alliance Energy Committee, as well as involvement in CANSIA and SESA. Marcus looks forward to contributing his knowledge, work ethic, experience and integrity to the Board, while giving back to the community and moving our business community forward.