2017 Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors Announced

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The Board of Directors for Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is pleased to announce the 2017 Board as confirmed at the Annual General Meeting held on March 21. The organization would like to announce that Bill Spenceley, President and Owner, Flexahopper Plastics, will serve as the new Board President and Chair for the 2017 term.

 “I look forward to serving the Board in this capacity as we continue to provide leadership and guidance in formulating an effective economic strategy for the community,” says Spenceley. “Lethbridge continues to embrace a growing community of start-ups and local businesses and, as a business owner myself, it is tremendously important to remain connected to the growth of local enterprise.”

Economic Development Lethbridge is an arm’s length organization, supported by the City of Lethbridge, governed by a 25-member volunteer Board of Directors and managed by a team of professionals dedicated to promoting economic prosperity in Lethbridge. EDL Board Members are drawn from a diverse cross-section of the community with the intention of best accomplishing the mandate and objectives of the organization.

In 2016, Board members provided guidance and leadership to many important initiatives including the Destination Management Plan, Intelligent Community Strategy and the 2016-2019 Business Plan for the tecconnect centre for entrepreneurship and innovation.

“This past year, our board, partners and stakeholders contributed close to 4,200 hours of volunteer work to the organization,” says EDL CEO Trevor Lewington. “Partnerships and collaboration will continue to be a high-priority that helps us embrace the emerging opportunities that have potential for short- and long-term impact in the city and the region.”

The 2017 Board of Directors (in alphabetical order by sector) is:

Board Chair & Environment: Bill Spenceley
Vice-Chair: Mayor Chris Spearman
Past President: Paula Burns
Aboriginal: Rob Crow
Agriculture: Glenn Coulter
Arts & Culture: Danielle Tait
Chamber of Commerce: Keith Greeno
City of Lethbridge Councillor: Liz Iwaskiw
City of Lethbridge Manager: Garth Sherwin
Commercial: Lorna Peacock
Construction: Richard Thiessen
County/Airport: Steve Campbell
Finance: Jason Sentes
Industrial: Terry Friesen
Lethbridge College: John Jacobson *
Multicultural: George Takashima *
Not-for-Profit: Jenn Schmidt-Rempel
Regional: Mark Brown
Retail: Julia Mitchell
Seniors: Pat Santa *
Service: Sandra Mintz *
Sports/Recreation: Todd Caughlin *
Technical/Research: Chris Stasiuk *
Tourism: Marie Milsom Galeana
Transportation: Dallas Sherwood
University of Lethbridge: Erasmus Okine
* indicates new board member    

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