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Board of Directors

 

About the Board

Economic Development Lethbridge is an arm’s length organization, supported by the City of Lethbridge, governed by a 31-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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President

Sandra Mintz

Sandra’s career has been centred on the human services sector, very broadly across such areas as early childhood education, services for adults and children with disabilities, mental health, elder abuse, domestic violence, residential treatment, outreach services, health care, private adoption, immigrant and refugee resettlement, and adult education, in both urban and rural settings, across the private and public sectors, in both for-profit and non-profit contexts. She has been an International Accreditation Peer Reviewer and Team Leader with the renowned Council on Accreditation of Services for Children and Families Inc., based in New York, since 2006. This work has allowed Sandra to deeply study human services systems, both private and public, within and beyond Canada and North America, in communities of greatly varying sizes and demographics. Her graduate studies were in Business Administration, and as a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Sandra has advanced training and expertise in a range of business disciplines.

Having grown up in Lethbridge, lived in Edmonton for twenty years, then returned to Lethbridge, Sandra has witnessed Lethbridge’s evolution as both a citizen, and a visitor, deeply appreciating how it compares and contrasts to a much larger Alberta urban centre. Her career in Edmonton allowed her to work closely with that city’s municipal government, police service, vast network of service agencies, and the provincial government, developing a deep understanding of many aspects of leadership and service within a growing City and Province.


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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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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.

Agriculture/Agrifood

Christine King

Airport

Vacant

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

Jody Meli

Community & Social Services

Sandra Mintz

Construction

Vacant

Education

Vacant

Environment

Kathleen Sheppard

Financial & Professional Services

Terry Belisle

Health & Wellness

Melissa Smith

Hospitality & Tourism

Michelle Day

Indigenous

Katie-Jo Rabbit

Industrial & Manufacturing

Adriana Mercader

Lethbridge College

Sandra Dufresne

Lethbridge County

Klaas Vander Veen

Multicultural

Jan Gong

Nonprofit

Diana Sim

Real Estate & Development

Robert Kinniburgh

Regional Economic Development Agencies

Peter Casurella

Retail

Kevin Brees

Sector-at-Large

Vacant

Seniors

Don McInnes

Sports/Recreation

Todd Caughlin

Supply Chain & Logistics

Brad Beerling

Technology

Chris Stasiuk

University of Lethbridge

Dr. Kerry Godfrey

Young Entrepreneur

Timothy Hachkowski

Young Professional

Ian Andrews

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Did You Know?

In Lethbridge we have six community gardens.