The Chamber is governed by members of a highly dedicated volunteer Board of Directors. Our board members are from companies of various sizes and sectors and reflect the diversity of our membership.
Each member brings with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and is committed to community leadership and supporting The Chamber’s mission.
The board meets regularly to approve policy, engage in discussion around issues affecting the business community and to make decisions around the general governance of The Chamber.
Cathy Snelgrove, one of the founding partners of Siere, advises business owners in the growth and profitability of their businesses. Like most businesses, Siere started out in a garage and with hard work, determination and the support of this community, has grown to now employ five people with a geographical reach into western Canada and the United States.
Prior to Siere, Cathy held senior leadership positions within the City of Brandon, Inventronics and The Boeing Company (Winnipeg), in the fields of Operations and Human Resources. She is a Certified Engineering Technologist and also holds a MBA and PhD.
Cathy is passionate about working with business owners and has a proven track record in advising them to achieve impressive results. She believes a single business does not grow in isolation. “Business grows when they are part of a strong and engaged community and I believe it is my role to give back in meaningful ways, in order to support both.”
Cathy loves to write and has co-authored two books and writes a weekly blog, geared towards business and leadership and continues to assist future entrepreneurs, in fulfilling their own business dreams.
Spencer is a founding & managing partner with Progressive Sanitation/Progressive Mats & Uniforms and has been an integral part of growing the company to over 20 staff with routes all over Western Manitoba today.
Spencer and his team at Progressive were the recipients of the Manitoba Chamber’s Outstanding Small Business in 2016, as well as the Brandon Chambers’ 2016 Outstanding New Business winner. Having witnessed how beneficial Chamber relationships and community building are through the Chamber, Spencer truly believes he can bring an element to the Chamber board to benefit businesses of all sizes.
Spencer is very committed to keeping the Brandon marketplace local, while encouraging economic growth. He currently sits on the Chamber’s membership committee, and has valued his time working with the Chamber thus far.
Barry was born and raised in the Brandon area. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (University of Saskatchewan) and has experience in most facets of the agricultural industry.
Barry works on behalf of Heritage Co-op as the Business to Business Operations Manager. Responsibilities include overseeing the commercial side of the Petroleum Business and three Agricultural sites. He is also heavily involved in sales and marketing for these divisions.
Barry has been actively involved with the Chamber and served on the Agriculture and Membership Committees in past years. He has also Chaired the Membership and Workforce Alignment Committees. He presently serves on the Board Executive as Secretary/Treasurer.
Barry is married to Debbie and has two adult sons living in Brandon.
Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and business advisor with MNP LLP, working primarily with small to medium sized enterprises in Brandon and the surrounding area. He moved to Brandon in 1999 where he attended Brandon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and went on to achieve his CA designation in 2007 while working at MNP.
From 2009 to 2011, during a hiatus from MNP, Jeff worked as controller of the Brandon Sun. While at the Sun, he also partnered with two individuals to form a small construction and real estate development business. Through these experiences, Jeff has developed a greater understanding of how different levels of government and taxation affect the local business economy. He believes that the City of Brandon has significant opportunity for growth and he looks forward to working with the business community to achieve that growth.
Jeff is married to Michelle, and they have three children aged 10, 8 and 5. Jeff is a past member of the Valleyview Community Centre Board and is presently involved in the City of Brandon through various coaching activities and is on the Investment Committee of the Brandon and Area Community Foundation.
Mike is currently Manager of the Sunrise Credit Union branch in Brandon. Leading a team of service providers that has nearly tripled since opening in 2010, Mike is passionate about the Brandon community and feels it has everything needed including opportunity. He feels his 33+ years in the financial services industry gives him great insight into what a business needs to be successful as well as what challenges a business faces. This experience gives him the ability to speak on behalf of and advocate for, the business community as a whole, as a director with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Swan River MB while his father was deployed on a peace keeping mission, Mike moved a few times early on eventually settling on a family farm outside of Moosomin Sk. where he grew up. Moving continued to be the story of his life during his working career. After working in 10 communities over 15 years, Mike has resided in Brandon since 2000 after transferring here with his previous employer. This is by far the longest he’s ever lived in one place which makes Brandon his home.
Mike believes everyone has to do their share which plays an important part in building and growing a community. In every community he has lived in, he has tried to give something back. Whether it be as a volunteer firefighter, hockey/baseball coach/manager, PA announcer or with various service clubs, Mike has spent many hours doing his share. Most recently, he completed 8 years as Manager and council member with the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings.
Married to Roxanne who works as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the hospital in Moosomin, they have 2 adult children who also call Brandon home.
Tanya LaBuick, Principal Consultant and Owner of LaBuick & Co., has 24 years’ experience in strategy development, project management and program implementation.
Tanya is a globally certified project management professional with a successful history working with high profile clients on large-scale super events, including the Olympics and several Super Bowls, most currently the HSBC World Rugby Sevens (Vancouver) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Her portfolio expands to include smart branding initiatives for events and businesses that enhance customer experiences.
Her expertise lies in the operation and implementation of project plans from initiation through execution, including design development, coupled with building high performance teams to deliver project requirements.
In addition to her skills and experience as a project manager, Tanya is trained in six sigma, leadership, executive facilitation and coaching, change management and negotiation. Tanya has earned an excellent reputation based on a successful track record of contracting and consulting work.
Ryan Jacobson is the owner of Forbidden Flavours Roastery and 3 Brandon Cafés. Since taking over Forbidden Flavours Roastery in 2010 Ryan and his team currently service over 150 commercial accounts in western Manitoba.
Ryan was born and raised in Washington state and began work as a child in his family’s commercial salmon fishing operation in Alaska. He has lived in Hawaii and Florida and moved to Brandon in 2003. He fell in love with Brandon and the people and now considers it his home town. He has 2 sons, Lane (12) and Noah (10) and keeps busy with their school and sports activities.
Steve was born, raised and educated in Brandon; he graduated from Brandon University in 2004 with a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Geography. Steve is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), and is the VP of Planning Services with VBJ Developments; a private land development company in Brandon specializing in residential land development.
His urban planning background, enhanced by 6 years of experience working with the City of Brandon’s Planning Department, provides great insight into land use plans, zoning and the permitting process in Brandon. With experience in both the public and private sector, Steve has a rare insight which he strongly believes benefits his business and can also benefit the Chamber Membership.
Steve has volunteered his time outside his business and personal life for a number of organizations, most notably as a board member of Renaissance Brandon since 2011, in which he has held the position of Chairman for the past two years. Steve also sits on the board for the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba (CARM) and was a volunteer member of the Brandon University BUILD Campaign.
Steve has been married to his beautiful wife Katie for 5 years; together they have a daughter, Avery, as well as two rowdy dachshunds.
Laurie has been a Sales Associate with Century 21 Westman Realty Ltd. since 1996. She became a partner of the company in 2002 and more recently obtained her Brokers Licence and is now the Managing Partner for Century 21 Westman Realty. Laurie is proud of the team that her and the partners have built and continue to build in the Brandon and area community.
Being very goal orientated, she works hard at accomplishing the tasks that are set in front of her. She has steadily grown her own business over the years working with an expertise in residential, new construction, condominiums, vacant land, revenue properties, and acreage sales. Laurie is married to Kevin and they have three daughters and a family pet. In their spare time they like to travel, spend time at the lake, and enjoy their kids’ activities.
Scott Norosky was born and raised in Brandon. He completed his first year university here in Brandon before transferring to finish his Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Manitoba.
Today, Scott is very active in the construction industry where he is a partner in his family business, South End Lumber a leading supplier of building materials in Brandon and south western Manitoba.
Scott sits on a national retail board for the Timbermart buying group, developing strategies to get building supplies to market at competitive prices. Scott is also a licensed realtor, practicing at Royal Lepage Martin Liberty Realty as well as the owner of S.E.L. Housing, a manufacturer of RTM homes.
Trent was born and raised in Brandon, attending Brandon University for his undergraduate degree. Trent went on to Law School at the University of Manitoba and joined Meighen Haddad LLP following graduation, becoming a Partner of the firm in 2006.
Trent is a past chair of the YMCA board of directors and Western Manitoba Bar Association as well as a past member of the Manitoba Bar Association Council.
Married to Dr. Savitra Ramaya, Trent is a strong believer in local business and feels he can offer a unique perspective to the Chamber and hopes to assist in the growth of business in Brandon.
Aida Tahhan is the owner of Aida’s Catering.
With years of culinary experience and training, in 2015 she channeled her love for preparing traditional Middle Eastern dishes into a thriving small business. Aida’s Catering aims to provide fresh homemade meals to clients, while giving back to the Westman community.
Aida sits on the board of Westman Immigrant Services and is a member of 100 Women Who Care. She has two children, Grace & Jamil, and has been proud to call Brandon home for the past 19 years.
Mark was born and raised in Brandon and served as a Firefighter for ten years in both CFB Shilo, and the City of Brandon upon his graduation from Manitoba Emergency Services College.
As President and founder of R & M Homes Ltd. Mark has owned and operated a successful construction company in Brandon over the past nine years, specializing in multi-family, custom homes, and light commercial projects. He has grown his company from a home-based single employee builder to a strong team of up to 30 experienced employees. Mark’s commitment to serving as a board member comes from his sincere belief that the Brandon Chamber of Commerce is a venue for manifesting change that can benefit everyone in the city. He hopes to encourage businesses, both small and large, to plant, grow and flourish in Brandon. In doing this, Mark’s goal is to promote both our Chamber as well as our city for the benefit of local business and all who live and seek to thrive in it.
Mark and his wife, Keri, along with their two active daughters hold special places in their hearts for the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation and are proud to lend their support to many charitable events.
Meredyth is a fourth-generation member of Leech Printing Ltd. With a background in interior design, Meredyth began her professional career as an assistant to Jillian Harris in Vancouver, BC before moving back to Brandon to begin working for J & G Homes. In 2014, Meredyth joined the family business as a Sales and Marketing Consultant.
Meredyth has sat on the Brandon Chamber Events Committee since 2015 and quickly recognized the value and importance of a well-represented Chamber for the business community in Brandon, coming from a small, family-owned business.
Meredyth is wife to Brock and mother to Wallis (1). She is the current chair of the Brandon Chamber Events Committee and sits on the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation Gala Committee.