2018/2019 Board of Directors
President, Sarah MacKenzie
MacKenzie Eye Care; The Home Team l Royal LePage Community Realty
Committee Member: Executive (Chair), Finance, Invest Medicine Hat
Sarah is currently serving her fourth year with the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce having served as a director and First Vice President. She is past member and 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 continued role on the Chamber Board, lobbying on behalf of the Medicine Hat and Alberta small business community. Having worked for years at MacKenzie Eye Care, a family owned practice of optometry, Sarah has experience in small business management and marketing. Currently, Sarah works alongside her husband, Torrey Mattson, as Business Manager with The Home Team | Royal LePage Community Realty. The Home Team has proven results, being awarded the Royal LePage Diamond Award from 2014-2017. This is an achievement earned by Realtors® who are Top 3% in their marketplace. Sarah is a mother of 3 active kids, Daine (12) Emily (10) and Allan (4). When she is not working or volunteering she can be found cheering on her kiddos at hockey, figure skating, lacrosse, dance and equestrian riding.
First Vice President, Tracy Noullett
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Business Advocacy, Wild Horse
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 understands 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.
Second Vice President, Marcus Campbell
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Business Advocacy (Co-Chair), Community Connections
Marcus has lived in Medicine Hat for over 20 years with a specific focus in renewable energy for the last nine 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.
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, Perry Deering
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Nominations & Governance (Chair)
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 27 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. 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.
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, Sarah Franchetto
RBC Royal Bank
Committee Member: Business Advocacy (Co-Chair), Community Connections
Sarah was born and raised in Medicine Hat, and is now happily raising her family here. She has been working in the banking industry for 15 years, with the past 6 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 events which provide advice and guidance on all things financial for business owners. She looks forward to continue 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.
Director, Guy Schotanus
ProComm Technology Solutions
Committee Member: Urban Development Industry
Guy has lived in Medicine Hat for 42 years and is a co-owner with ProComm Solutions. Guy has served for 17 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.
Director, Irlanda Price
Medicine Hat College
Committee Member: Community Connections (Chair), Nominations & Governance
As a member of the senior administration team at Medicine Hat College, Irlanda serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Development. Since arriving in Medicine Hat in 2014, Irlanda quickly immersed herself in to the community. She is a current director of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Medicine Hat and is on the executive committee for 100 Women Who Care. Irlanda played an active role as part of the committee that developed the Child Advocacy Centre Policy which was accepted by the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce in 2017. She is also very involved in various sports organizations in town. An experienced Chamber of Commerce Director, having held a position on the Chamber board and executive for over 7 years in her previous community, she brings a strong passion for education, partnerships, community development and diversification. Irlanda is excited for the opportunity to bring her passion and commitment to the Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce, to continue to build new relationships and continue to see our region flourish. Irlanda, her husband Rob and their three children Austin (20), Isabella (16) and Matthew (12) have made Medicine Hat their home.
Director, Tammy Sweeney
Committee Member: Community Connections
Tammy moved to Medicine Hat in early 2018, with the desire to settle into the community, bring the community together through growth and rebuilding. She has immersed herself in the community through both personal and work connections. As General Manager for the Canalta Centre, her sole purpose is to create a place where the community gathers and shares together. She is committed to community building. She has recently joined the Spectrum Festival board as the Entertainment Coordinator, and is helping with the Under 17 World Hockey Championships. She looks forward to contributing and giving back to the community as she settles in. Tammy has been a long standing board member for the United Way in Niagara Falls Ontario, and served as Board President for 2 years (2014-2016). In her tenure, she helped to engage surrounding municipalities in an amalgamation to better serve the full region. Tammy has also served on other not-for-profit boards in both tourism and specialized health care. Tammy is a seasoned leader. She understands how to bring people together, how to leverage their strengths, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. She has been passionate about helping organizations work together to leverage their strengths, and looks forward to sharing this passion with organizations in Medicine Hat, as she supports and represents the business community to further their collective interests.
Director, Reagan Weeks
Prairie Rose School Division No. 8
Committee Member: Highway 3 Association
Reagan was raised in Medicine Hat and happily continues to call the area home with her family. She has a Master’s of Business Administration that focussed on public private partnerships, and recently completed a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University researching effective communication between stakeholders. Reagan believes strengths based and adaptive leadership can be used to form connections and partnerships to improve community outcomes. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee, Thrive, and the YMCA of Medicine Hat. She is the Assistant Superintendent of Prairie Rose School Division, which serves 29117 sq. kms surrounding Medicine Hat.