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Board of Directors

Join the EDL Board!

Interested in a volunteer opportunity to serve on the Economic Development Lethbridge Board of Directors? We're looking for board members with expertise in the following sectors:

  • Construction
  • Financial & Professional Services
  • Nonprofit
  • Regional Economic Development Agencies
  • Airport
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Young Professional
  • Young Entrepreneur
  • Sector-at-Large

 

In 2019, Board members provided guidance and leadership on many important initiatives including the launch of the Lethbridge: Brighter Together community brand, feedback on development of Canada's Premier Food Corridor and the Team Lethbridge mission to Edmonton to advocate on behalf of Lethbridge. Board members also 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 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 for a second term as re-appointed by the Board.

As a Board member you will need to:

  • participate in Board meetings (2 hours) scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month
  • consider joining one of the 4 sub-committees of the Board
  • attend and support EDL events when possible
  • serve as ambassadors of Economic Development Lethbridge

Interested candidates can submit their resume and a cover letter describing their interest in serving on the EDL Board by January 24, 2020 to info@chooselethbridge.ca.

 

About the Board

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.

As a governance Board, members are tasked with:

  • setting the strategic direction for the organization through four-year business plans aligned with the municipal funding cycle
  • providing direction, proactive leadership and sector-based expertise
  • establishing governance policies that support the mandate of the organization
  • hiring and evaluating the CEO

 

Meet Our Board

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Jenn Schmidt-Rempel was raised in Claresholm, Alberta. She attended the University of Lethbridge where she completed a BA in English. She went on to complete course requirements for an MA in English at the University of Regina. Jenn is the Marketing and Social Media Manager at the Lethbridge Public Library, and the former publisher and editor of Lethbridge living magazine. Jenn has a strong sense of local and regional awareness, and is a passionate representative and advocate for our city and local area, helping local community organizations as well as non-profit groups engage and connect with local residents.

She has served on non-profit boards at the local, provincial, and national level, and volunteers and works with a number of non-profit groups throughout Lethbridge. Jenn has most recently joined the community Covenant Health Board, served as an ambassador for our city as a representative of Team Lethbridge, and is the past-president of Lethbridge’s Allied Arts Council.

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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.

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Past-President

Bill Spenceley

Bill Spenceley is President/Owner of Flexahopper Plastics Ltd., an international manufacturer headquartered in Lethbridge. He holds a BSc in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering (University of Lethbridge/University of Alberta) and has served as president and Chairman of several international industry associations. Bill has been a committed spokesperson on energy efficiency and reducing environmental damage in manufacturing. He currently serves on the executive committee of Environment Lethbridge and is active in the local industry association (IASA). He travels extensively, has presented at world conferences, and contributes to trade publications on energy efficiency. He is proud of his community and is happy to network with various groups to help Lethbridge grow.

Agriculture/Agrifood

Christine King

Airport

New Sector

Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Amanda Berg

Chamber of Commerce

Cyndi Vos

City of Lethbridge Councillor

Mark Campbell

City of Lethbridge Mayor

Chris Spearman

City of Lethbridge Manager

Vacant

Community & Social Services

Sandra Mintz

Construction

Richard Thiessen

Education

New Sector

Environment

Kathleen Sheppard

Financial & Professional Services

Jason Sentes

Health & Wellness

New Sector

Hospitality & Tourism

Michelle Day

Indigenous

Katie-Jo Rabbit

Industrial & Manufacturing

Adriana Mercader

Lethbridge College

Sandra Dufresne

Lethbridge County

Klaas Vander Veen

Multicultural

Vacant

Nonprofit

Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel

Real Estate & Development

Robert Kinniburgh

Regional Economic Development Agencies

Vacant

Retail

Kevin Brees

Sector-at-Large

New Sector

Seniors

Don McInnes

Sports/Recreation

Todd Caughlin

Supply Chain & Logistics

Brad Beerling

Technology

Chris Stasiuk

University of Lethbridge

Dr. Erasmus Okine

Young Entrepreneur

New Sector

Young Professional

New Sector

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Did You Know?

Lethbridge placed 4th for sunniest summer in Canada.