Board of Directors
President | Mike Leblanc
Now in my 5th year of service on the Chamber Board, I have moved into the role of vice-president for the 2016-17 term. Fort Saskatchewan is and has been my home since July of 2012. In addition to the Chamber, I'm happy to volunteer time with the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation, The Rotary Club, the Fort Saskatchewan Policing Committee, and help out when I can with the Fort Chiefs Senior AAA hockey team. My family includes my son Jared, now a resident and graphic designer in the Capital Region, and fellow fan of the Eskimos and Oilers. Also, there are 3 cats that believe they own my home here in the Fort. The Chamber of Commerce is a vibrant group of businesses supporting each other, and if I can be of assistance please don't hesitate to contact me.
Vice-President | Les Brownlie
Equipment Manager, PME
I have been involved in the heavy equipment construction industry for over 21 years, primarily as a heavy equipment dealer. My education is in policing, however, my passion remains with heavy equipment. I joined the PME group three years ago and am proud to be part of the Ellis Don team. I have been a member with the Chamber since 2013. This is my first year as a director and I’m thrilled and proud to support Fort Saskatchewan. I am impressed and privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of one of the largest and most active Chambers in Western Canada. I look forward to contributing and learning as a director, to help strengthen our business and our community.
Treasurer | Lynn Wilkinson
General Manager, Staples
My career background has been in the restaurant and retail industry. I started with Staples, in Calgary, as a Service Manager, and was promoted to a General Manager in 2003. My family moved to Ottawa, later on, and we lived there for over 9 years. My husband grew up in Fort Saskatchewan. So when the opportunity came for me to run the Staples here, it was a home coming for the family. I’ve been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2014. I am excited to be part of the board. I’m looking forward to the collaboration of industries, and business, to help our community flourish.
Director |Alyssa Pratt
Human Resources: Engie Fabricom
Alyssa Pratt has 15 years of direct experience in development, deployment and administration of Human Resources Management Systems including talent acquisition, on-boarding, employment contracts, HR policies and more. She has served as Ambassador for the City of Fort Saskatchewan and participated in various capacities and committees with the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. As a partner at Crein Solutions, Alyssa has extensive experience a variety of HR and safety consulting issues, conflict resolution and labour relations.
Director | David Coleman
I am married, and father of 2, who has proudly called Fort Saskatchewan home since 1975. After obtaining my science degree from Concordia University I took the less than obvious root of starting an insurance career. I started working in Edmonton on the corporate side of the business, but after a few years of that realized that Fort Saskatchewan was the place to be. Smith Insurance has been part of Fort Saskatchewan since 1958, and my father got involved in 1986 so it made me very proud to join the family business in 1994. Smith Insurance is a general insurance brokerage offering Commercial, Farm, Home and Auto insurance. We have 17 staff, and two locations. Our second office is in Lamont.Because of the long history Smith Insurance has had in this community we have seen Fort Saskatchewan grow from a mainly agricultural community to the Industrial Heartland it is now. I am proud to serve on the Chamber of Commerce to give back to the business community that has supported us all those years, and to do my small part in continuing to see our community grow and prosper.
Director | Katherine Waller
Co-Owner PSI-Industrial - Mechanical
Two years ago my husband and I relocated our business and home to Fort Saskatchewan. Previously, our head office was on Vancouver Island but all of our clients and work were in remote or international locations so we decided to make the move to somewhere that we could continue to build our business, as well as a life. Our business is PSI Industrial – Mechanical, we are a small-medium industrial mechanical contractor providing mechanical installation, maintenance, technical trouble shooting and custom welding fabrication services to our clients in the mining, pulp & paper, sawmill, oil & gas, transportation and industrial and commercial construction sectors. We operate a CWB certified welding fabrication shop in Fort Saskatchewan, AB to complement our projects in remote locations.
My work history has included roles in the post-secondary, private and non-profit sectors. As a board member, I am excited about the strong leadership role that business can play in contributing to the cohesive growth and development of all aspects of our community.
Director | Ron Randhawa
Owner, Comfort Inn & Suites
Come back soon for Ron's Bio
Director | Colin Hobson
Owner, Fort Saskatchewan Eye Care
Director | Cynthia Walker
Owner, Rebel Soul Creative
Recently elected to the board of the First Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Cynthia has proudly called this warm and welcoming city home for close to 15 years. As a long-term resident and small business owner, Cynthia launches brand initiatives on and off-line with vested interest, vigor and passion, and maintains an impressive track record in building marketing tools that increase awareness and drive customer engagement.
As a child she spent countless hours drawing, illustrating and sketching; and today, applies those early skills, along with her considerable graphic design experience and training, to the development of creative solutions to the business challenges faced by her many local clients.
Cynthia has a rare blend of business insight, finely honed creative instincts, disciplined project management skills, and the ability to partner with clients that often haven’t had much experience with the creative process. Her favourite part of her job is seeing the transformation of clients as they become engaged in creative projects and realize the tangible benefits and business value to their final solutions.
Cynthia has a certificate in Design Foundations and a diploma in Design and Digital Media from Grant MacEwan University, also sits on the board of the Fort Saskatchewan Women in Business Committee, and the Fort Saskatchewan International Women's Day Gala Committee, and devotes what free time she has left to raising her children, which she has found to be the ultimate creative endeavour.
Director | Kristal Bouwman
Dental Assistant, Cameron Dental
Bio & Picture Coming Soon
Director | Samuel Dalk
Physiotherapist, Active Physio Works
I was born and raised in Edmonton and have recently have made the move to work and join the Fort Saskatchewan community. I began my education at the University of Alberta, completing a Bachelor of Physical Education before moving on to obtaining a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy.
I joined Active Physio Works in 2016 and have been happily serving the Fort community since. In addition to the Chamber, I currently volunteer my time as an assistant coach of the Fort Saskatchewan Jr. Rebels lacrosse team. Away from work, I maintain an active lifestyle and try to spend as much of the year outdoors as possible. I am honoured to serve on the Board of Directors and look forward to helping grow our incredible business community over the next two years.
Past-President | Lisa Makin
Owner, A Fairytale Beginning
I was born in Alberta, and have spent most of my life living in Fort Saskatchewan. I have been happily married to my high school sweet heart, Lee, for 9 years. Together we opened Heat Cool Connect in 2009 followed by A Fairytale Beginning Preschool in 2011.
In 2012 we bought Happy Day Preschool, a 40 year staple of this community, and this year we opened The Treehouse Out of School Care.Having a passion for both early literacy and the entrepreneurial spirit, my goal for being on the board of directors is to promote a healthy business community now, while helping our community set up for the future. Lee and I have two children, Trista and Cohen, as well as a dozen nieces and nephews to keep us busy.