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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.

Barry Cooper

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Position | President
Business | Heritage Co-op

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.

Tanya LaBuick

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Position | Vice-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 | Secretary-Treasurer
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.

Spencer Day

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Position | Past President
Business | Progressive Westman

Spencer is a founding & 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 Vice-President on the Executive, 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 Manitoba Chamber’s Outstanding Small Business in 2016, as well as the Brandon Chambers’ 2016 Outstanding New Business winner. They have also been recognized as an IANE Champion of Aboriginal Employment, and an Inclusive Workplace environment w/ Career Connections.

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 undergrad 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 and Brandon Area Community Foundation.

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.

Ryan Jacobson

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Position | Board Director
Business | Forbidden Flavours Roastery, Affordable Storage Brandon

Ryan Jacobson is the owner of Forbidden Flavours Roastery and 2 Brandon Cafes. Since taking over the roastery in 2010 Ryan and his team currently service 225 commercial accounts in western Manitoba. Ryan also owns Affordable Storage Brandon that accommodates campers, boats, cars and 24/7 self-storage units.

Ryan was born and raised in Washington state and began working 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 (14) and Noah (12) that keep him busy with their activities.

Meredyth Leech

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Position | Board Director
Business | 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.

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.

Lois Ruston

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Position | Board Director
Business | R&M Homes Ltd.

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.

Aida Tahhan

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Position | Board Director
Business | Aida's Catering

Aida Tahhan, owner of Aida’s Catering, immigrated from Bethlehem, Palestine to Brandon with her family in 1999. Shortly after, she began taking culinary courses at ACC and then worked for several years at Rideau Park Personal Care Home (RPPCH). During her years at RPPCH she learned about caring for residents’ specialized diets, and also became more involved in efforts to respond to the needs of residents and healthcare workers. Aida served as a volunteer on the BRHA Wellness and Social Committees, along with the RPPCH Ethics Committee.

Later on, she taught evening cooking classes at Assiniboine Community College (ACC), where she thoroughly enjoyed engaging more closely with the community and where the idea of owning her own restaurant or catering business was first proposed to her.

In August 2015, she opened Aida’s Catering and since then she has been fortunate to see her business grow and to become more involved in Brandon’s small business community. Aida is so thankful to the Brandon community for being so supportive of her business and helping her get to where she is today.