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 recent announcement of Cavendish Farms Choosing Lethbridge for their facility expansion.
Board members often contribute to the local entrepreneur community through mentorship and network opportunities connected to the tecconnect centre for entrepreneurship and innovation. On occasion, Board members may also attend conferences and participate in global volunteer missions related to their industry experience and expertise. Board members serve a two-year term with the option to extend their service to a second term as re-appointed by the Board.
As a governance Board, members are tasked with:
Dr. Paula Burns is the eight President and CEO of Lethbridge College and has experience working with, and in a variety of departments across post-secondary institutions, from teaching to curriculum development to leadership positions. Before coming to Lethbridge College in February 2013, Dr. Burns served as NAIT’s Provost and Vice President Academic. Dr. Burns’ leadership style is highly collaborative and she is a sought-after speaker on change leadership and meaningful partnerships.
Dr. Burns started on her educational path as a college student at Fanshawe College in London, ON, where she earned her Respiratory Therapy diploma in 1987. From there she went on to the University of Waterloo, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1996; Central Michigan University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Education in 1999; the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, where she earned her PhD in 2005; and Royal Roads University, where she earned her MBA with a specialization in leadership in 2010.
Mayor Chris Spearman
Along with 38 years of business experience, Chris Spearman devoted 18 years (1992-2010) to serving on the Holy Spirit School Board which included two terms as Board Chair. He is a founding member of the Industrial Association of Southern Alberta, established in 1983, and during that time, he has been a vocal opponent of electrical deregulation in Alberta.
Chris has also been a member of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and has served on several sub-committees in that time. In addition, he served five years (2008-2013) on the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management Advisory Committee, and since 2010, he has served as a board member for the Aboriginal Housing Society.
Kurt was born and raised in Bow Island and attended the University of Lethbridge, completing his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with honors. He has resided exclusively in Southern Alberta except for a three year period spent in Saskatoon completing his Law degree. Kurt is currently a partner with Stringam Denecky LLP primarily practicing in Family Law and Civil Litigation while also maintaining a general practice which includes Real Estate, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Corporate / Commercial and Criminal matters.
Kurt has served on the Board of the Southern Alberta Epilepsy Association and the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ where he learned the importance of both giving back to the community and being a voice within it. He is currently an Executive Member of the Lethbridge Association of Collaborative Professionals and a member of the Lethbridge Masters Swim Club.