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2019 Board Election Candidate Profiles

We are working with MNP LLP to provide Electronic Voting. Polls open May 14TH, 2019. Delegates will be sent electronic ballots the day of opening polls. Cast Your Vote by 4pm Friday, May 24th, 2019. Please contact the Chamber if you do not have email or access to the internet.
Visit our website at www.brandonchamber.ca for complete voting information (including deadlines and nominee profiles). For more information, please call (204) 571-5340 or email info@brandonchamber.ca

( * ) Indicates current board members seeking re-election.


Mark Bailey  R & M Homes Ltd.

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.

 

 

Laurie Brugger       Century 21 Westman

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.

 

Spencer Day*         Progressive Sanitation

Spencer is a founding and managing partner with Progressive Westman and has been an integral part of growing the company to over 25 staff with routes all over western Manitoba today. He has lived his entire life in Brandon and is dedicated to see the city grow and prosper, in every way possible.

For the past two years, Spencer has served on the Brandon Chamber board, most recently as Secretary – Treasurer on the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Business Development Committee. Spencer also serves on the board for the Helping Hands Soup Kitchen, the Matt Calvert Charity Shootout, and 100 Men Who Give a Damn Brandon.

Spencer and his team at Progressive were the recipients of the 2016 Manitoba Chamber’s Outstanding Small Business Award 2016, and were awarded the Brandon Chambers’ 2016 Outstanding New Business. They have also been recognized as an IANE Champion of Aboriginal Employment, and an Inclusive Workplace Environment with Career Connections.

 

 

 

Anna Dumas        Prairie Fire House

Anna is the Owner and Operator of Prairie Firehouse Restaurant, located in the historic former Central Fire Station in downtown Brandon. Anna has broken new ground by introducing into downtown Brandon, a social culture that goes hand in hand with metropolitan dining.

Anna sits on the Board for Brandon First, dedicated to bringing new events to Brandon and growing our tourism industry. She is also involved in several charity events in Brandon including Food for Thought breakfast program for kids, YWCA, and West-man lip sync battle.

Anna is highly competent in her field and has grown a successful restaurant from the ground up; showing development and expansion in business every year since its inception in 2015.  She recognizes that small independently owned businesses are the backbone of our economy and she supports other local businesses whenever possible.

She was the recipient of the Leadership in Business award from the YWCA in 2018 and Prairie Firehouse was a nominee for Outstanding new business from the Brandon Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

 

Chris Finley MazerGroup

Chris was born and raised in Brandon. He attended Brandon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2004. Chris joined Mazergroup in 2005, which operates 16 agriculture, construction and turf equipment dealerships in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. He is currently the Vice President of Parts, Service, and Precision where he is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of those departments.

Chris is proud to call Brandon home, and having not grown up on a farm, is ecstatic that his career has found him working in the agriculture industry. He believes agriculture is a backbone to the Brandon business community and will work to see agricultural interests well represented on the Chamber.

Chris currently sits on the North American CNH Product Support Advisory Board, he is the Canadian representative for the Reman Dealer Advisory Council and is Chair of the Mazergroup Charitable Committee.

Married to his wife Diane for nine years, they are proud parents to their son Maxwell.

 

 

 

Brett Klassen    Premier Financial

Brett is a Partner and Certified Financial Planner with Premier Financial Planning. Brett joined Premier in 2017 and became a Partner in 2018. Premier Financial Planning is an established independent financial planning firm based in Brandon. His focus is to provide confidence and clarity in order for clients to achieve their financial goals at every stage of their lives.

Brett graduated from Brandon University with a BA in Business in 2009, and in 2019 earned his Certified Financial Planner designation after completing courses and work experience requirements.

Brett grew up in a small business environment as his father was a Partner in Source for Sports Brandon for 31 years. Brett watched as the business grew and how they supported other local businesses, and from this came a goal of starting and owning his own small business.

Brett believes that his exposure and experience in small business and in different industries would bring benefits to the Brandon Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Board of Directors.

 

 

Tanya LaBuick*          LaBuick & Co., CW2 Construction & Design, Guardian Fencing

Tanya LaBuick recently became an equal partner in CW2 Construction & Design Ltd. and Guardian Fencing Ltd. where she fulfills the role of Chief Operating Officer. She continues to run her own consulting firm; LaBuick & Co. built upon her 25 years’ experience in project management and she is a globally certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Tanya has a successful career history working with high profile clients on large-scale mega-events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games, NFL Super Bowl’s, HSBC World Rugby Sevens (Vancouver) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada in 2015. Tanya has also worked with clients including; Crane Steel, Christie’s Office Plus, World Rugby, and the Academy of Country Music.

Tanya is trained in leadership, executive facilitation, change management, lean six-sigma, and negotiation. She has been appointed to the Canadian Olympic Committee as an Olympic Supporter is an elected Director with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Board, the Chair of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation Board, a Director on the Keystone Board, and is a member of Leading Women for Shared Parenting.

 

 

 

Meredyth Leech                Leech Printing Ltd.

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.

 

 

 

Scott Norosky*         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 chair’s the retail committee for the Timbermart buying group as well as sits on the national board for the group representing Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Western Ontario.

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. He has enjoyed his first term at the Chamber and would be honored to be re-elected as a director.

 

 

Jim Rediger            Westoba Credit Union

Jim is the President and CEO of Westoba Credit Union and a Brandon resident since August 2013. A lifelong learner, Jim is a Chartered Professional Accountant, has an undergraduate business degree from the University of Saskatchewan, an MBA from Queens and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jim and his wife, Maureen are originally from Saskatchewan, are avid golfers, football fans, and enjoy traveling to different parts of the world. While in Saskatchewan, Jim was involved with local Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Committees and spent six years as a board member of the Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan.

Jim is currently a board member of Credit Union Central of Manitoba. This includes being a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Chairperson of the Investment Committee.

Jim has previously spent three years as a member of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee and has assisted the Daly House Museum with the design and implementation of a volunteer recruitment strategy.

 

 

Jordan Trotter*    J & G Group of Companies

Jordan was born, raised and educated in Brandon; he graduated from Brandon University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  Jordan also holds a Chartered Manager designation from the Canadian Institute of Management and completed the Asper School of Business Executive Education’s Advanced Program in Management, Leadership and Strategy in 2017.

He is currently the Executive Vice President of the Jacobson & Greiner Group of Companies where he is responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategic plan, maximizing divisional operating performance and achieving its financial goals. Most of his time is spent focusing on business development and the creation of long-term value for the organization, from customers, markets and relationships.

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

 

 

Tracy Williams       Career Connections Inc.

For over 15 years Tracy Williams has been a leader in the disability community in Westman. Tracy has shown her commitment by advocating for people with disabilities by being actively involved on multiple local, provincial, and national committees. In 2016, Tracy merged the only two supported employment agencies in Brandon and by doing this she created a “One Stop Shop” for all people with disabilities. Tracy became the Executive Director of Career Connections Inc. an Employment Training Centre that prides itself in supporting up to 350 Westman and area residents each year who identify with having a disability find and maintain employment. Since then Tracy has also successfully ran Avis’s Place a drop- in center for people with intellectual disabilities and developed a new training program to allow for an alternative option to services already being offered.

Currently Tracy is the Board Chair on the Community Futures Westman Board, she is past chair of the Manitoba Supported Employment Network and Past President of the National Association for Supported Employment.


The six (6) candidates receiving the most votes will be declared elected for a two-year term.

Deadline for voting: May 24th, 2019 at 4pm.

Visit our website at www.brandonchamber.ca  for complete voting information, or
call (204) 571-5340 or email info@brandonchamber.ca