Red Deer Chamber hires CEO

Edmonton-based entrepreneur and business advocate to lead Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce

An Edmonton entrepreneur with a background in business advocacy and government has been named chief executive officer of the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce.

Robin Bobocel comes to the chamber from Concrete Alberta, where he served as executive director. He previously served stints as chief of staff to the Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education and chief operating officer and vice-president of policy of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Bobocel was also the owner and operator of a government relations consulting company with operations in three cities across Western Canada.

The owner of a successful Edmonton-based small business, Bobocel was raised in northern Alberta, in an entrepreneurial family with roots in the oil and gas and forestry sectors.

A believer in life-long learning, he has participated in a variety of professional development opportunities, including Queen’s University School of Business to obtain a Masters of Business Administration, says Red Deer’s chamber of commerce in a news release announcing his hiring.

The married father of two says he is looking forward to the move to Central Alberta.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead the dynamic team at the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce as we all work towards creating a better environment for business, both in the city and in the surrounding region,” he says in a statement.

“As an experienced advocate for business, I’m passionate about doing my part towards ensuring that our community thrives, and I believe that the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is well-positioned to provide the leadership that Central Alberta businesses deserve.”

Chamber president Bradley Williams says that “after an exhaustive search, we are confident that Robin has the right combination of education, experience, and skills to lead the chamber forward.”

Bobocel takes his post on July 4.

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