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What We Stand For
We believe that the impact we create for local businesses ultimately affects the lives of business owners and employees, lending to a greater good in our community.
We are proud to solve problems that the business community is facing by connecting them with resources, supporting our members, and advocating on their behalf.
We believe in high standard of professionalism and present ourselves and the organization with authenticity.
We believe in collaboration of businesses and organizations from all industries united in the efforts to strengthen the local economy. We value a team mentality and believe that there is power in one unified voice.
We are a nonpartisan organization that respects the background and beliefs of all parties we encounter. As a liaison between business and government, we remain impartial and strive for balanced solutions.
Partners to Propel You Forward
Marcus Campbell, President
Committee Member: Executive, Policy Council (Chair)
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.
Scott Lehr, First Vice President
Committee Member: Executive, Policy Council, Community Connections (Chair)
Scott was born and raised in the Medicine Hat area on the family’s 3 generation farm and ranch, Short Grass Ranches Ltd. He and his wife Mandy are living and raising their three children on the farm today. Scott has been involved in agriculture his entire life in production, with additional experience in the agricultural supply industry. He has been involved in the community as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat, local youth organizations and 4-H. Short Grass Ranches Ltd takes great pride in supporting the local community through several community organizations. Scott was actively involved in both the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission and Alberta Wheat Commissions. These organizations provided the opportunity for Scott to network with farmers, work with and take part in learning opportunities with industry organizations, and different levels of government including the Canadian Grain Commission as Grain Producer Representative and on the Western Standards Committee. He looks forward to the opportunity to be a voice for agriculture and all business in the area to assist local business and the community to grow and prosper.
Trevor Anhel, Second Vice President
Committee Member: Community Connections
Trevor has called Medicine Hat home for over 20 years and has dedicated his career to Financial Services. Currently as a Mortgage Specialist with RBC, he helps clients with financing one of their largest and most valued assets – the place they call home. As Chair of Alberta Advisory Council of Mortgage professionals he leads a diversified team committed to influencing positive change within the industry he serves. Trevor is a past director of our local CHBA and continues to be an active member. He’s passionate about helping others thrive and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the Chamber of Commerce.
Brett Pudwell, Treasurer
Committee Member: Executive, Finance (Chair), Community Futures Entre-Corp
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.
Tracy Noulett, Past President
Committee Member: Executive, Finance, Leadership Development, Invest Medicine Hat, 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.
Sarah Koch, Director
Committee Member: Leadership Development
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.
Sarah Franchetto, Director
Committee Member: Policy Council
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.
Reagan Weeks, Director
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.
Steve Heid, Director
Committee Member: Urban Development Industry
Steve was born and raised in Medicine Hat and has a love for our city and its development. With over 25 years experience in the building and construction industry and now, as the owner of Lacey Homes, Steve understands the importance of future growth and the strength of our business community. He looks forward to his term with the Chamber and his opportunity to give back to our community, while learning more about other local industries and our business community.
Steven Pudwell, Director
Steven grew up, raised his family, lives, serves, owned businesses and works in Medicine Hat. He is proud to be called a “Hatter”. Over the years, Steven has volunteered with numerous community groups that helped better Medicine Hat’s facilities, services, education, healthy lifestyles, and positive influences for its people. Steven understands that it is important to continue to attract new economic opportunities and advance existing business in our area. He looks forward to contributing to the Chamber with hard work ethic and thoughtful communication.
Mark Keller, Director
Born in Calgary, Mark has lived and worked in four communities and two provinces but likes to call Medicine Hat home. Currently serving as the Executive Director of Advancement & Community Relations for Medicine Hat College, much of his career is in community development and communications in the postsecondary sector. Mark believes in the value of lifelong learning, has an MBA in public relations and community management, as well as education in journalism and aviation. He is committed to community safety and is a volunteer search and rescue manager. Enhancing regional collaboration and partnership are among the goals he hopes to achieve.
Les Scholly, Director
Committee Member: Policy Council
I am originally from Calgary and moved to Medicine Hat in 1993 to complete my year long legal articles with the firm Gordon Smith & Company. While I initially did not intend to stay in Medicine Hat, I found working in a smaller center allowed me opportunities to do legal work for “real people”, which was much different experience from my friends who were articling in the larger Calgary firms. I started making personal and business connections in that first year and really enjoyed the learning opportunities working as a lawyer in Medicine Hat. I met my wife here and we have been married 20 years and have 3 boys (2 are twins). I moved to Pritchard & Co. Law Firm after our twins were born and have been here for 16 years. My legal practice consists of helping businesses, from set-up to succession, and helping individuals plan and administer their estates. I have learned to appreciate the Chamber’s benefits through my involvement in the Chamber Connect, Ag-vocacy Events, and the Chamber Awards Gala. Law is a field where giving back to the community is important and I would like to focus my community involvement through the Chamber.