2017-2018 Board of Directors Ballot
Voting is now open for the 2017-2018 Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
All members in good standing with the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce are eligible to vote for the Board of Directors. Please note that only one voting form will be accepted per company and subsequent submissions will not be accepted.
You may select up to five (5) nominees for Directors.
To vote, please fill out the form located below.
Voting will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.
The following individuals will serve on the 2017-2018 Board of Directors:
- Ryan Miller, Select People Solutions & Teamwork Training Ltd.
- Harry Gross, Stranville Group Ltd.
- Kristie Kruger, My Life Realty *acclamation
- Loralee Burton, Burton & Co. Chartered Accountants *acclamation
Director, External Relations
- Mark Brown, RBC Financial *acclamation
Director, Business Affairs
- Nicole Geske, Farmers Edge *acclamation
Directors (serving year two of term)
- Jared Cox, Cox Financial
- Dave Hasley, Varsteel
- Darrel Koskewich, 1st Choice Credit Union
- Phil McFarland, KPMG
- Kathy Wyrostok, Davis Automotive Group
The following individuals have been nominated for election for the five (5) open Board seats.
For more information, and bios submitted by nominees, click on their name below to expand.
Les Aman, Logos Embroidery
Lived in Lethbridge since 1993. Previously employed by Telus as a Call Centre Manager.
Started Logos Embroidery in 2004 as a second location to our Medicine Hat operation which was started in 1996.
Single with two grown children and six grand kids.
Nicole Barnett, Burton & Co. Chartered Accountants
I've worked in accounting for the last 11 years, and have recently become a partner at Burton & Co. LLP. The majority of my work experience is working with small business owners to provide financial statements, tax preparation and planning services, and business consulting.
Because I am constantly in contact with business owners in Lethbridge, I am well aware of their needs and concerns. I am also consistently communicating with their legal counsel, and CRA on behalf of my clients. Although I am a new partner, I have been a manager over the last three years, managing staff, projects, and deadlines.
I also teach accounting and bookkeeping to new entrepreneurs for a government funded program through Execuserve. In addition to my work experience, I have also been on the board of a few non-profit organizations, serving as treasurer, secretary, and president.
Claude Bilodeau, Black Velvet Distilling Company
I started working for Lilydale Poultry in Lethbridge immediately after high school. I advanced within the company in various supervisory roles, then was transferred to the Head Office in Edmonton, AB in 1991 as the Procurement Manager for Alberta. This role dealt directly with the growers (farms) across the province.
From there I was promoted to Plant Manager of the Victoria, BC processing plant, then five years later the Calgary, AB processing plant. After 20 years with Lilydale, I joined Centennial Foods in Calgary, AB as the Operations Manager.
A couple of years later, I had the opportunity to move back to Lethbridge as the Plant Manager for Parmalat Dairy in Lethbridge, and it was an easy decision for my wife and I, as Lethbridge was always home for both of us.
Two years after joining Parmalat, I was promoted as the Director of Operations, overseeing the Dairies in Lethbridge, Winnipeg MB and Thunder Bay ON. After 10 years with Parmalat, I was approached by Constellation Brands to apply for the Vice President & General Manager for the Black Velvet Distillery in Lethbridge, where I am currently employed.
Kyle Broadbent, KB Heating & Air Conditioning
My goal is to learn as much as I can from the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and further involve myself with local business and economic growth of Lethbridge as well as charitable events / organizations. I would like to build on my past work with organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Society and various other fundraising events.
I was born and raised in Lethbridge and attended the University of Lethbridge before moving on to work at KB Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. My focus has been on developing my skills in business commerce and advancing my knowledge in the trades field. I hope to further my knowledge in Lethbridge's diverse business economy while helping in any way possible towards its growth.
I believe that if I am elected to the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board that I will be able to contribute my time and energy in a positive manner.
Adam Faust, Stringam LLP
Adam Faust’s first foray into the inner working of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce came on the morning of June 25, 2016, for the Board Orientation/Strategic Planning Sessions. It was only a week or so before that he found out he had been appointed to the Board of Directors. He was honoured to have been appointed and with his coffee in hand he stepped into the boardroom and welcomed a new chapter in his legal career and life.
Being a member of the Board of Directors has been an eye opening and wonderful experience for Adam. He has had the privilege to work closely with the staff of the Lethbridge Chamber, who all share a passion and dedication towards promoting the needs and desires of the Lethbridge business community.
Adam has also had the privilege of working with a diverse group of fellow Directors whose insights and knowledge inspired him not only in his own legal career, but also his vision as to what Lethbridge can become and the benefits that could flow to our business community.
One of his strengths as a Director comes from his legal practice. He initially pursued a practice focusing on litigation, but has since transitioned to a corporate practice over the past few years. While he can view potential issues through the lens of a lawyer, he truly believes what he brings to the table is the ability to see the true issues hiding within complex situations, and to help develop clear and concise strategies for navigating through them.
Adam has spent the past year working with his fellow Directors and committee members to ensure the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business for our region. He is truly excited for the opportunity to continue the work that’s underway for the 2017-2018 term.
Tevi Legge, ATB Financial
10 years of working with entrepreneurs in a business development capacity. 2 years in a leadership role, and now part of the Google team at ATB as we are transforming into a digital bank.
Mom of three boys, born and raised in Moose Jaw, moved to Lethbridge in 2002 to attend U of L - graduated with Kinesiology and Management degrees and have worked at lending institutions since. Married for 5 years, love to take photos on the side!
Brent Lloyd, Green Acres Animal Hospital
Trevor Loomer, Tetra Tech Inc.
My name is Trevor Loomer and I am a Professional Engineer with 15 years of experience working in the consulting engineering sector.
My wife Debbie and I have two children, Layne (11) and Lena (8). I enjoy coaching them both in hockey and watching them participate in numerous other sporting and school activities.
Other personal interests include outdoors activities such as camping, hiking and boating and I also enjoy playing a variety of sports.
In 2002, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Engineering at the University of Calgary. After graduation from the U of C, I spent one year working for an Environmental Consulting firm in Calgary.
Then in 2003 I moved to Lethbridge to work for UMA Engineering Ltd, who then merged with AECOM. My last role at AECOM was that of the Land Development Manager where I guided a team of 15 staff. My duties included project management, project planning, contract administration, storm water modeling and design of storm water management systems, sanitary sewer systems, potable water systems and road networks.
On September 1, 2009, I joined EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd, as the Project Director of the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering Group in Lethbridge. In 2010 EBA was acquired by Tetra Tech Inc., and we have now evolved into Tetra Tech Canada Inc.
This position provided a technical foundation where I turned my focus to leadership. In the fall of 2011, I completed the Ivey Leadership Program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, followed by the Management Essentials Program at the University of Alberta and the Alberta School of Business, Executive Education.
In 2013, I was promoted to my current role of Regional Manager of the Prairie Engineering Group, which includes staff in our Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon offices. I have gained valuable knowledge of the engineering profession and the consulting industry along with its challenges, role in the economy and benefits to society and our community. I believe I have built a reputation for building good teams by providing mentorship and opportunities for continued development.
I also believe that dealing with clients and staff in an honest and ethical way and helping develop goals is the best way to achieve success. Professional affiliations include being an executive member of the Lethbridge branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists of Alberta (2007-present), the Secretary Treasurer of the Lethbridge Branch of the Urban Development Institute (2006-present) and I was a Board Member of the Family Centre Society of Southern Alberta (2009-2015) where I fulfilled two terms (3 yr).
I have enjoyed spending my time volunteering with these organizations and see it as a way to give back to my profession and community. I believe my personal and professional experience could be an asset to the Chamber of Commerce and I look forward to the opportunity to contribute.
Sandy Lyons, Sparkplug Consulting Inc.
Sandy Lyons is the recent co-founder of Sparkplug Consulting Inc. with his wife, Bernadette Lyons, which provides business, financial and personal coaching and consulting services.
Sandy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Insolvency Restructuring Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Licensed Insolvency Trustee, having provided professional advice to medium and small owner managed businesses and individuals for over 34 years.
Sandy started his public practice career in Edmonton in 1983, moved to Calgary in 1995, and has been a resident of Lethbridge since 1997. Upon arriving in Lethbridge, Sandy worked as a senior manager for KPMG LLP for 13 years and has spent the last 7 years with Bromwich & Smith Inc., until March 2017, when he retired as a partner from that firm.
Sandy’s professional career and past volunteer participation with a number of professional bodies, non-profit organizations, and business networking and support organizations, including the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce - most recently as a member of the Regional Direction and Policy Committee, has developed his skills in the areas of accounting, finance, tax, government relations, corporate governance, strategic planning, and fundraising.
Ken Perlich, Perlich Brothers Auction Market
Ken is one of five shareholders/siblings that own Perlich Bros. Auction Market Ltd.
He grew up in and around Lethbridge and has an unmatched affection for this community and the people that live, play, work and strive in this area. He has a significant experience in the private, public and academic sectors.
His knowledge and skill in the agriculture sector is noteworthy. He has been lucky enough to hold high level positions on local, provincial and national boards. During each of these opportunities, Mr. Perlich worked tirelessly to ensure the agricultural industry and the rural community would be best served.
Ken has his M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.A. from the University of Lethbridge.
Mike Schmidler, Lafarge Canada Inc.
Will ZoBell, BDO Canada
Will ZoBell grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta. He began public practice in January 1998 after graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree, and earned his CA designation in 2002.
He helps clients with accounting, tax planning and transition strategies. He provides services to many types of entities, including companies, municipalities (local government), charities, and not-for-profit organizations. He is also involved with human resources in the Lethbridge BDO office.
He is involved with a local Scouts Canada group, and is a member of an audit committee over a group of charitable organizations. Will has been involved with the Chamber's Top 40 Under Forty as one of the judges and BDO Canada LLP is the sponsor.