Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director
Lisa is passionate about our community and seeing growth and prosperity within our region. She enjoys seeking out opportunities and finding out what's possible in what sometimes seems impossible. Community building is important to Lisa and she knows that to see change happen, she needs to be an active part of that change and contribute as an agent of change. The Chamber of Commerce has provided her the opportunity to put her strength and passion to work, as we strive to connect and support our business community through partnerships, networks, resources, programs and through our influence. I use my passion, knowledge, resources, connections and network to influence meaningful change in our community. Having served in this role since 2009, she brings knowledge and experience gained through the Chamber and our network, coupled with her past experiences and knowledge to serve our business community.
Chantel Fischer, Member Relations Manager
Chantel Fischer has worked for the Chamber since 2015, working in special projects from 2015-2016 on a part-time basis, moving to full time in 2016. Chantel is a previous small business owner and has worked in the oil and gas industry. She has a passion for providing services to our small business community and making sure they are connected with the supports to succeed in their business ventures.
Kristen Walsh, Marketing & Special Events Manager
Kristen Walsh started with us in 2018 as a Visual Communication student, working with us through her schooling until graduation in 2019. She then came on board with us full time, coordinating and managing our events, including our business awards. Kristen's background in design and video has come in quite handy as she has developed many visual marketing and branding concepts, as well as being able to provide us with video content. With her background, Kristen was able to easily transition us into a virtual environment with the delivery of a number of virtual events.
Hannah Dupuis, Interim Policy & Communications Coordinator
Hannah began her journey with the Chamber at the beginning of 2020 as a Policy & Communications co-op student and has stayed on as our Digital Communications Assistant. Her dual degree in Marketing and Political Science has helped us tackle larger policy and communications goals to better serve our members and our community. Hannah's dedication to learning has made her an excellent asset to help us communicate everything we do here at the Chamber.
Rebecca Wieler, Business Support Assistant
Rebecca has been with our team since late 2020 where she has worked on projects such as ShopYXH, updating our business directory, and writing our Economic Impacts Report. She is in her 3rd year at the University of Lethbridge with a major in Economics and a minor in International Management. She is passionate about economics and how it influences human behavior and social structures. She has a passion for learning, research and writing.
Josh Schafer, Communications & Special Projects Administrator
Josh joined our team in spring of 2021 and is currently completing a student work term. He graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor of Business. His Major in Management and Minor Marketing is a great mix to fill the role of Communications & Special Projects Position. Josh has a interest in visuals and communication. He truly believes that strong marketing and communications can lead to customer engagement and retention.
Keean Lehtinen, Industry Support & Government Relations Coordinator
Keean started with us during the spring of 2021. He will be joining as the Industry Support & Government Relations Coordinator during his summer work term. Keean is in his 5th year at the University of Lethbridge with a Major in General Management and Minor in Supply Chain and International Management. He comes from a family of small business owners and knows the value that locally owned businesses can add to their regions.
JoAnne Letkeman, Exclusive Chambers Plan Advisor
As the exclusive advisor for the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan, she has over 200 firms she administers with a 97% retention rate. JoAnne is very determined to not only be the best advisor you will encounter, but encourages the relationship that goes along with caring for your business. She enjoys interacting with her clients and learning about their businesses.
Katalin Lang, Policy & Communications Coordinator
Katalin started her journey with the Chamber in 2016. She has one of those degrees that may not seem useful but I use the lessons and skills that my history degree taught me every day. Her role in policy and communications allows me to use my passion for writing and research to connect and communicate to and about our amazing business community. People and their stories are at the heart of both policy development and communication and she's always believed that words, stories and the sharing of ideas bring about change.
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