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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.

Jordan Ludwig

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Position | President Business | Brandon Business Interiors

Jordan was born and raised here in Brandon, Manitoba, attending Brandon University for his undergraduate degree in business. Today, Jordan operates the family business, Brandon Business Interiors, offering commercial and institutional furnishing products to clients across Western Canada. Jordan has a strong belief in giving back to the community; he currently sits on the board of the Brandon Family YMCA, co-chairs their Strong Kids campaign and enjoys his time working with Westman Dreams for Kids.

Married to another Brandon ‘lifer’, Jennifer, Jordan looks forward to raising a family right here in Brandon and hopes that through his involvement in the Brandon Chamber that he can help shape the way Brandonites’s do business with each-other.

Terry Burgess

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Position | Vice 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.

Tami-Rae Clements

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Position | Secretary / Treasurer Business | NetSet Communications & I-NetLink Wireless

Tami-Rae Clements, one of the founding partners of I-NetLink Wireless (2001) and more recently NetSet Communications (2012), has been in charge of the operations of both businesses for the past 14 years. While growing the staff to more than 70 today, Tami has played a key role in expanding the organizations’ coverage from just the southwestern corner of the province to a province-wide network.

Never shy of a new challenge, Tami is currently working on her MBA and she has recently entered into her 4th and final year. In 2011, Tami obtained her Green Belt Six Sigma and she plans to continue on with her business education once she receives her MBA.

Tami and Geoff, her husband of 11 years, are busy raising their two active boys (Brett and Grayden) as well as their Great Dane (Duke) and their newest addition, a Chocolate Lab (Summer). Over the years, Tami has sat on numerous boards at different levels, including Crime Stoppers and the Brandon Humane Society.

Tami’s love of business, economy and community, along with her drive for success, makes her an exceptional candidate for the chamber board. “A community is strong when the economy is strong and Brandon and area should be extremely proud of what we have to offer from its many public and private sectors.”

Todd Birkhan

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Position | Past-President Business | BDO Canada LLP

I am a partner with BDO Canada LLP, where I have served the business community in Brandon since January, 1994. I gained my Chartered Accountant’s designation in 1996 after receiving my degree from Brandon University (with great distinction). In 2006, I received the Early Achievement Award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba for professional achievement and community commitment. I am an active community citizen, most recently spending a 3 year term as president of Brandon Crimestoppers (currently past president) and acting as treasurer and executive committee member of the 2006 Special Olympics Summer Games in Brandon. I specialize in supporting owner managed businesses with their accounting and taxation needs, providing advice to aid business owners achieve success in their businesses.

My roots are in Brandon where I live with my wife Kyla and 4 year old son Adair. I feel it is my time to be involved in the Chamber. I believe the Chamber should promote Brandon, working with the other pillars of our community to make Brandon a place where people want to work and live. The Chamber should support business and work with the business community to minimize the obstacles to success – successful businesses build a strong community and everybody wins. I believe in Brandon and yes, as per the slogan, “I Love Brandon”.

Karla Dane

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Position | Board Director Business | Meighen Haddad LLP

Karla grew up in Brandon and returned to the city in 2007 after attending the University of Manitoba to obtain her Bachelor of Laws Degree. Karla is currently an associate lawyer at Meighen Haddad LLP and maintains a general practice with focus on family law, real estate, and wills and estates. Karla has volunteered in various capacities with community organizations and is currently a board member of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation. Karla appreciates the numerous opportunities Brandon offers young professionals and entrepreneurs and looks forward to promoting the development and growth of business in the community.

Terry Carlisle

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Position | Board Director Business | Cando Rail Services

Terry is the CFO with Cando Contracting Ltd. Terry has been with Cando for 12 years beginning as the Assistant Controller progressing to his current position today and has previously served on Cando’s board as the employee elected representative. He obtained his Certified General Accountant designation in 2000 after graduating from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Arts. Having grown up in Souris he has been a part of Brandon and south western Manitoba for his entire career and enjoys the quality of life this area has to offer.

Terry believes in developing a strong community and looks forward to bringing his extensive financial and business skills to serving on the Chamber Board. He has previously served as the co chair of the communications committee for the 2006 Special Olympics Summer Games in Brandon. He is a proud supporter of many local charities including the United Way.

Terry believes the chamber serves as a strong voice for Brandon businesses and promotes the community as a whole making it a better place to work and live. He looks forward to serving with the chamber and participating in the strong voice the Chamber provides.

Bonnie Nay-Draper

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Position | Board Director Business | Entrepreneurship Manitoba

Bonnie is the Regional Manager with Entrepreneurship Manitoba. She leads a team that provides services to start-up and growing entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition, she prides herself in leading numerous internal government projects.

Bonnie has over 20 years experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining government, she stretched her legs in diverse roles with MNP, CIBC and Cargill Limited. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Business Administration. Beyond her formal education, Bonnie is known and respected for her enthusiastic and open view of the world, her ability to engage diverse groups for common purpose, and her energetic and positive frame of reference for all things people and business. It is these key traits that enable her ability to nurture a diverse client base and at the same time meet the client’s specific needs. For Bonnie, it is always about the opportunity and resulting outcome.

Bonnie is active with a variety of boards and committees, including the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Marketing Network, Brandon Regeneration Strategy Committee, the Entrepreneur Boot Camp / Innovate Manitoba Startup Skills Camp, Canexus CAP, among others. She also chairs the newly formed Brandon Chamber Workforce Development Committee.

Frank Arndt

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Position | Board Director Business | myITsource & MTS Connect Corral Centre- Corral Communications Ltd.

Frank moved to Brandon in 1992 after serving as a service technician for the military in Shilo. In 1998 he started his Computer Sales & Service business in Brandon as a one-man operation.

Frank grew his company over the years and added more people to his team. In December of 2005 Frank partnered with MTS Allstream Inc. and opened the MTS Connect Store at the Corral Centre in Brandon. At that time he also changed the name of his computer company from Frank’s Computers to myITsource.ca.
He moved the computer business to a brand new location at 1535 Pacific Ave in the fall of 2009 and in December of 2011 added a third location at the Corral Centre called myITsource Mobile Solutions. The company currently operates in all three Brandon locations with a total of 35 internal and external staff.

In 2010 Frank was recognized for his fundraising efforts as a board member of the fundraising committee for the Brandon United Way and in 2011 his company received the prestigious business excellence award by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce.

Frank Arndt raised his family in Brandon and is proud to call Brandon his home. Frank hopes to bring his passion & ideas to the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and help to make Westman a better place for everyone.

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.

Jeff Hood

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Position | Board Director 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.

Karen MacDonald

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Position | Board Director Business | Assiniboine Community College

Karen is the Director of Human Resources with Assiniboine Community College. She is responsible for both Human Resources and Facilities and leads team members who embrace the organizational values; Be Passionate, Take Initiative and Deliver Results.

Karen has over 20 years of experience in management and human resources both in the public and private sector. Prior to joining ACC, she worked with Maple Leaf, DeVry University and Yellowhead Regional Employment Skills & Services. Karen began her educational journey with a Business Administration diploma from ACC and also holds Bachelor of General Studies degree and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management. She is currently completing a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership through Colorado State University. A graduate of both Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University, Karen truly believes that Brandon is indeed a post-secondary destination.

Karen is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is also certified in Change Management. She was one of the founding members and past President of the local Westman Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM) Chapter, committed to bring relevant professional development to human resources professionals in the Westman region. Karen is currently a member of the Workforce Development committee with the Chamber of Commerce and has enjoyed other board membership roles in minor hockey and childcare.

Karen enjoys working collaboratively with people to find a common ground and look for ways to improve processes. She is solutions-focused and enjoys direct and transparent conversations to manage opportunities. When she’s away from the college, Karen can generally be found in a hockey rink cheering on her two sons.

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.

Rosa Villamizar

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Position | Director Business | Behlen Industries

Rosa is the Marketing Manager at BEHLEN Industries. She holds two bachelors degrees one in Business and one in Marketing (both with academic distinction and Cum Laude Honors).

She has international business experience in North America, South America and Europe and has worked in International manufacturing companies such as UNILEVER and Pirelli where she held positions as Sales & Marketing Senior Manager, Trade Marketing Manager for Latin America and Marketing Manager.

Thanks to her international business experience Rosa speaks four languages English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian and she became part of the BEHLEN team and Brandon Community in May 2013.

Rosa has a strong orientation towards networking, achieving goals and empathetic with community issues. Because of that, she truly believes in developing communities through education and empowering people, in this sense she’s looking forward to connecting the power of business, people and local promotion in order to contribute to developing our community.