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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.

Tanya LaBuick

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Position | President
Business | LaBuick & Co. | Guardian Fencing | CW2 Construction

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 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 Executive 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.

Jaime Pugh

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Position | Vice President
Business | MNP LLP

Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba, Jaime Pugh, CPA, CA, graduated from Brandon University and is a Partner and Business Advisor with MNP’s Assurance Services group. Jaime works closely with small to medium size businesses in the commercial industry. Jaime delivers a full range of tax, assurance, and advisory services.

Committed to her community, Jaime has held various volunteer positions which include being a board member for the Brandon Area Community Foundation, a member on the Advisory committee and a board member for Westman Dreams for Kids as well as an employee and campaign member since 2007 with the United Way including a term as chair for the 2013 campaign which successfully raised their goal of $777,777.77.

Lois Ruston

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Position | Secretary-Treasurer

Lois Ruston is the General Manager at R&M Homes, a Brandon company that has grown for more than a decade, building quality, custom homes for clients throughout Manitoba. In addition to R&M, Lois oversees MNK Mechanical Services and BDN Lux, companies that provide plumbing, HVAC and kitchen and design services respectively to residential and commercial clients throughout the province. As the GM, Lois focuses on streamlining operations as well as growth and development of the company in the years to come. Prior to joining the private sector in 2020, she spent the majority of her career in the not-for-profit realm, leading organizations that built community infrastructure, promoted tourism and provided settlement services to newcomers. She has extensive experience in project management, human resource development, and building strong, successful organizations.
Lois has served on a number of Boards and committees throughout her career, including Tourism Westman, Brandon First and Travel Manitoba. Lois was the Event Manager for the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup and in 2014 was honoured as a recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.
Lois is pleased to be a member of the Chamber Board as she values the integral role of the organization and wants to bring her passion for building our community’s businesses and organizations to the board table.

Barry Cooper

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Position | Past President

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 Vice President.
Barry is married to Debbie and has two adult sons living in Brandon.

Matt Berg

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Position | Board Director
Business | Livingstone Outdoor

Matt was born in Brandon and raised in a small rural town just 20 kilometers North. Working as a landscape labourer in Highschool, Matt developed a love for the outdoors and the creative freedoms that landscaping offered. He purchased Livingstone Landscaping in 1999 as the sole employee to pay his way through university.

Matt graduated with a degree in Business from Brandon University, focusing on Finance and minor in Economics. He completed the Prairie Horticulture certification program by Distance Ed from Olds College, Red River College, University of Winnipeg, and ACC. Matt also taught Landscape Design at our local Assiniboine Community College to pass on industry knowledge to those interested in landscape design.

In 2020, Matt was one of the founding partners of their sister company Livingstone Outdoor, a landscaping retail supply store and greenhouse set to open in spring 2021. Today, the two companies employ ninety-five staff members and operate interprovincially in MB & SK.

Laurie Brugger

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Position | Board Director
Business | 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 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 expertise in residential, new construction, condominiums, vacant land, revenue properties, and acreage sales. Laurie is married to Kevin and they have 3 daughters and a family pet. In their spare time, they like to travel or spend time at the lake and enjoying their kids’ activities.

Andrea Epp

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Position | Board Director
Business | Epp Law Office

Raised in Carberry, Andrea has lived in Manitoba her entire life. Previously working within the banking industry and as a Legal Assistant, Andrea attended to completing Business Administration courses through Assiniboine Community College and later began her undergraduate degree through Brandon University. Thereafter, she attended and graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Law Degree in 2008. Andrea completed her Articles in Brandon, received her Call to the Bar in 2009 and has practiced in Brandon and Carberry ever since.

While Andrea has past litigation experience (criminal defense and family law), Andrea’s practice is presently focused on solicitor matters. Andrea enjoys the small-town spirit that exists in Brandon and prides herself on giving her clients a positive experience, ensuring that they are adequately informed in every aspect of their matter.

Andrea can often be found volunteering within Brandon at various events and is currently a Board Member of Brandon Crime Stoppers, Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Helping Hands, and Brandon Area Community Foundation. Additionally, Andrea recently took on the role of resurrecting the 100 Women Who Care initiative. Andrea’s excellence and generous contributions to the Brandon community were recognized at the 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Gala where she received the Business Leadership Entrepreneurship Award.

Chris Finley

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Position | Board Director
Business | Mazergroup

Chris was born and raised in Brandon, attending Brandon University and graduating 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. As the V.P. of Parts, Service, and Precision, he is responsible for the operational and strategic direction of those departments. He is also chair of the Mazergroup charitable committee.

Chris is proud to call Brandon home, and having not grown up on a farm, is grateful that his career has found him working in the agriculture industry. Chris believes agriculture is a foundational pillar in the Brandon community and would be excited to bring his perspectives to the chamber.

Chris has been married to his wife Diane for 10 years. Diane is also a chamber member, and part owner of a small business in Brandon. They are proud parents to their son Maxwell, with a second child due this June.

Tilda Fortier

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Position | Board Director
Business | Greenstone Building Products

Tilda Fortier is the Business Manager for Greenstone Building Products, a family-owned building technology company founded in 2015. Greenstone was honored to receive the Brandon Chamber’s Outstanding New Business award in 2020.

Tilda graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2008 and also works in administration, strategic growth and development for Excel-7 Ltd. her families Brandon-based commercial general contracting company. Tilda shares her responsibilities with a talented, dedicated and diverse team of co-workers. She feels lucky to be able to call some of them her parents, siblings and husband.

Tilda currently serves as a board member for the Brandon University Foundation, Beginnings Preschool and New Era PAC. She is married to Chris and they have a nine year old and 5 year old twin daughters to keep their evenings and weekends full of adventure.

Emelio Brown

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Position | Board Director
Business | IntriTech Digital Marketing - Juggernaut Computers

Emelio is a young entrepreneur who was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica. He immigrated to Brandon in 2014 to attend Brandon University where he studied and completed his Bachelor of Computer Science degree. After graduating in 2017, he began his entrepreneurial journey and decided to start his own business (IntriTech Digital Marketing) due to the lack of jobs within his field of study and a growing local need for digital marketing services.

Today, Emelio is the CEO of IntriTech Digital Marketing and the recently acquired Juggernaut Computers. With both brands combined, customers can acquire all growth and technology services under one roof.
In addition to his success as an entrepreneur, he is also on the board of directors at the Rural Manitoba Economic Development Corporation. Through this medium, he is able to play his part in the growth of the local economy. With his overall experience in business technology, Emelio is a great candidate for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Meredyth Leech

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Position | Board Director
Business | Leech Group

Meredyth is a fourth-generation member of Leech Group. 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.

Jennifer Ludwig

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Position | Board Director
Business | Super Thrifty Pharmacy

Jennifer Ludwig was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy in 2005. She is an owner and pharmacist at Super Thrifty Pharmacy (Richmond) and also a partner and board member of Super Thrifty Drugs Canada Ltd, operating 15 stores across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia.

Jennifer is very active in the pharmacy profession, having been a member of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) Council for eight years and acting as Executive Treasurer, President, and Past President. She also maintains positions on various committees involved in promoting patient safety and governance within the pharmacy profession.

Her love for her community has also seen her volunteer with the Westman Dreams for Kids Advisory Committee and Assiniboine Community College Foundation Board.

She is married to her husband Jordan, and together they enjoy spending time with their
two canine fur babies, Bogey Maverick and Lou Bixby.

Samantha Falloon

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Position | Board Director
Business | Myphone - TELUS & KOODO Authorized Dealer

Samantha Falloon is the Managing Partner with Myphone.ca. Myphone is a TELUS & KOODO Authorized dealer which operates 3 TELUS locations in Brandon and Virden.

Samantha graduated with her B.Comm from University of Manitoba in 2009 before moving home to join the family business. She worked through a variety of roles in the organization and now focuses on the TELUS operations.
Committed to her community, Samantha has enjoyed being involved with a variety of organizations including the YWCA, MS Society, Heart & Stroke and sitting on the Board of Directors with the United Way of Brandon & District.

Wife to Tim and mother to Stella and Ava, Samantha is passionate about her community and loves raising her family in her home town of Brandon.

Courtney Baxter

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Position | Board Director
Business | Westman Communications Group

Courtney was raised in Brandon Manitoba before venturing to Winnipeg to complete her post-secondary education, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Winnipeg (U of W) with a focus in Marketing. In addition to her degree at the U of W, Courtney furthered her knowledge in the field by taking courses at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. Courtney has additionally completed training in project management through the Canadian Marketing Association and has obtained certifications in various aspects of digital advertising.

Presently, Courtney is the Manager of Marketing and Community Programming at Westman Communications Group (WCG), leading an in-house marketing team and the strategic direction in all corporate branding, communications, public relations, digital strategy, and product marketing for WCG and each of its subsidiaries—Westman Business Solutions, 94.7 Star FM, Q Country 91.5 FM, and WCGtv. Her experience in the Communications/Broadcast industry with a locally based organization has provided her with a broader understanding of the communities they serve as well as communication and marketing growth strategy for local businesses.

With a passion for community, Courtney has additionally worked with local organizations such as YWCA Brandon, Brandon School of Dance, The Brandon Dance Ensemble (Board member/Artistic Director), Brandon Chamber of Commerce (events committee member), and Matt Calvert Charity Shootout (committee member) to name a few.