Goodbye Red Deer Chamber of Commerce; hello Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce.
At the Chamber’s annual general meeting on Monday, members voted to change its name to better reflect the area covered by the Chamber. President Reeve Martin pointed out that the Chamber’s sphere of influence extends west to Popular Ridge, east to Delburne, north to the Blindman River and south to Penhold.
In a related motion, members also voted to amend the geographic area covered by the Chamber to reflect this range. Previously, its area was defined as the “Electoral District of Red Deer.”
In addition to Martin (The Property Shop Inc.), who has served as president since February, the Chamber’s 2014-15 board of directors consists of Hennie Bos (Bles-Wold Dairy), Jean Bota (Red Deer County), Charlie Bredo (Bow Valley Power), James Cawsey (Duhamel Manning Feehan Warrender Glass LLP), Heidi Dandurand (Mortgage Architects), Mindi Ganson (Strategis Group LLP Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors), John Mackenzie (The Business Action Center), Glenn Moore (Century 21 Advantage Commercial Realty), Darcy Mykytyshyn (Donald School of Business), Vimal Pillay (Ramada Inn & Suites Red Deer), Brian Rypstra (The Framing Nook), Jason Scheyen (Strata Energy Services Inc.), BJ Tumanut (Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut, Red Deer), Kevin Van Bussel (CIBC Commercial Banking), Tara Veer (City of Red Deer), Scott Wakefield (Finning Canada) and Bradley Williams (Nymans Trophies Awards Promotionals Ltd.)
Tim Creedon is the Chamber’s executive director, and its executive committee will be elected at October.