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Board of Directors

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.

Tami-Rae Rourke Clements

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Position | President Business | Tower Co Canada

“Tami-Rae Rourke has never been one to back down from a challenge, and so, with the 2017 sale of two companies that she co-founded, I-NetLink Wireless (founded in 2001) and Net-Set Communications (founded in 2012), it is no surprise that she is eagerly moving on to her next endeavor. After spending 17 years as Head of Operations for both businesses, Tami won’t be slowing down, but rather embracing her future focusing on two new businesses, Tower Co. Canada and The Rourke Group. Tami received her MBA Degree in the summer of 2016 and is proud to add this accomplishment alongside her Six Sigma Green Belt, which she obtained back in 2011.Tami’s strive for success and community presence is two attributes that make her a great leader in the Brandon business community.

Tami also has another leadership role, she is the mother to two wonderful boys, Brett and Grayden, as well as her many four-legged friends; a Great Dane (Duke), a Chocolate Lab (Summer), and 2 cats (Trouble and Teagan). Tami continues to look forward to serving you as President until the end of term in June of 2018.”

Jeff Hood

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Position | Vice President Business | MNP LLP

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.

Cathy Snelgrove

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Position | Secretary / Treasurer Business | Siere

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.”
She 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.

Terry Burgess

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Position | Past-President Business | RBC Royal Bank

Terry is a long time resident of Western Manitoba having been born and raised in Minnedosa and currently resides in Brandon where he has has lived for a total of 17 years. He is a graduate of the Business Administration program at Assiniboine Community College and completed his certified financial planning training in 1999.

Mr. Burgess joined Royal Bank in 1983 as a Teller in Brandon before moving to Souris, The Pas, Morden, Winnipeg, Dauphin and returning to Brandon in 2000. Terry is currently the Regional Vice President for Manitoba West where he is responsible for the management of RBC’s personal and small business portfolios in 24 Branches across Western Manitoba.

Terry believes in the importance of the Chamber as a strong voice for building a healthy, vibrant, and progressive business community. He also promotes the Chamber as a forum for collaboration and sharing among a variety of businesses and industries all committed to ensuring continued prosperity and growth for the City of Brandon and surrounding communities. Terry looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about the Brandon business community while contributing to the community in which he has proudly chosen to live and work.

Tayona Johnas

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Position | Board Director Business | Sunrise Credit Union Limited

A long-time resident of rural Manitoba, Tayona moved into Brandon with her husband, Carl, several years ago and greatly appreciates the community spirit of Brandon. Having worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years, Tayona brings a wide base of knowledge and experience to her volunteer activities. Tayona currently serves as VP of Strategic Development & Wealth Management with Sunrise Credit Union and is actively involved in the daily challenges and execution of the overall strategic plan in preparation for the future. A strong proponent of life-long learning, she recently attained the Certified Innovation Executive designation through the Sloan School of Management at MIT/Boston and Stanford’s Executive Education program.
A volunteer board member with the Brandon YMCA, Tayona has served as Board Chair as well as on the Governance/Nomination Committee for the YMCA of Canada. Tayona considers it a privilege to work with such great local, regional and national people who contribute their talent and energy for the betterment of all people in our communities. Tayona sees volunteer organizations as an opportunity to be involved with like-minded visionary people whose desire is to improve the service experience and enhance relationships with existing and potential members of our community.

Steve McMillan

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Position | Board Director Business | VBJ Developments

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.

Trent Sholdice

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Position | Board Director Business | Meighen Haddad LLP

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.

Spencer Day

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Position | Board Director Business | Progressive Sanitation

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.

Greg Crisanti

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Position | Board of Directors Business | Tim Hortons

Greg was born in St. John’s Newfoundland and moved to Brandon at the age of three. Since then, Brandon has remained his permanent residence and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. Greg graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, where he majored in Business Administration with hopes of one day owning his own business. This became a reality as today he can be found serving up “Double, Doubles” as a proud franchisee partner in Tim Hortons Shoppers Mall Brandon and the Virden locations.

Greg has a strong sense of community involvement. During high school he acted as the City of Brandon’s Youth Council member. He served six years on the board of directors for the Brandon United Way and is currently a board member of the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, Brandon Crime Stoppers, sits on the Advisory Council Committee for Westman Dreams for Kids and Chairs the Chamber Membership Committee. Greg believes in the importance of getting involved and showing you are committed to your community. By serving on the Chamber board, he believes he can assist in promoting Brandon, future business and continued growth within our fine city.

Jason Thorpe

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Position | Board of Directors Business | Thorpe Construction Ltd.

I am very grateful to represent our business community on the Chamber board. I feel it is important that we, as business owners, take the time to get together and work together for the betterment of our community and I feel the Chamber is the best way to do that.

I own and operate Thorpe Construction, a company that I started in 1996. We currently employ over 30 skilled tradesman and specialize in commercial and industrial concrete work. I have a wonderful family with two great boys Ryan and Ty and have been married to my beautiful wife Carrie for 14 years. I have just recently stepped down from the Hockey Brandon board were I served various positions for 6 years. I also recently finished serving on the Construction Association of Rural Manitoba board for 9 years including two as president. I feel my time on these boards will help me bring a positive and experienced prospective to the Chamber board.

Scott Norosky

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Position | Board Director Business | South End Lumber (1978) Ltd.

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.

Tanya LaBuick

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Position | Board Director Business | LaBuick & Co.

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.

Jordan Trotter

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Position | Board Director Business | C & C Rentals

Jordan was born and raised here in Brandon, attending Brandon University and graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2004. He is currently the Vice President of the AllWest Group of Companies that primarily offers civil construction related products and services in the Southern Manitoba region.

Jordan has served as the Chairman of the Big Brothers and Sisters Business Committee as well as on the boards of the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings and the Tamarack Golf Tournament. By serving on the Chamber board Jordan wants to help create a positive competitive business environment that provides opportunity for people living in our community.

Jill Watt

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Position | Director Business | Cando Rail Services

As the Director of Payroll & HR at Cando Rail Services Ltd., Jill leads strategic people initiatives for Cando’s operations on both sides of the border.

Born and raised in Brandon, Jill received a Bachelor of Science from Brandon University before pursuing a business education at Royal Roads University, obtaining a MBA which included studying global business in Grenoble, France. Jill also holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Jill enjoys motivating and leading individuals and teams to strive for their highest personal and professional goals. She understands how commitment, determination and integrity build strong individuals and resilient businesses, and works to instill all three in the employees she works with every day.

A true believer in building a supportive progressive business community, Jill values the work the Chamber does in assisting business and industry in achieving their goals. Experiencing first-hand the benefits of the Chamber through her role at Cando, she looks forward assisting the Brandon business community as a member of the Board.