2020-2021 Board of Directors
President | Greg Richardson
Owner, Eaglerock Computer
Greg Richardson is a man who prefers actions with tangible results rather than promises and words. As a holder of a certificate in Project Management, an arsenal of self-taught skills and perseverance like no other, Greg upholds the basic tenets of business in order to produce results based on realistic goals and action plans. Regardless of the tasks, Greg ensures that the people are taken care of and excellent results are produced. Greg, functioning as president of EagleRock Computer, has shown beyond doubt that he is perfect for the job. The values Greg has carried out through business overlap into his personal life. This is best represented through the loving relationship Greg shares with his two step-daughters and four amazing grandchildren. Greg is caring, honest, reliable and always lives and works by one phrase “Anything worth doing is worth doing right”.
Vice-President | Jonathan Jacobs
Owner, Fort Lanes
Jonathan is a graduate from Memorial University in Foreign Policy and Canadian Federal Politics, applying this education as a energy sector researcher, Chair of the Energy Policy Working Group, and Vice Chair of the Alberta Party's Policy Committee. Jonathan spent a decade working as electrician in the Alberta oilsands, and in 2017 took a jump into entrepreneurship. He hopes to use his wide array of experience and education to advocate for Fort Saskatchewan and District businesses and developing policies that will benefit both the economy and our community.
Treasurer | Claire Gannon
Branch Manager, RBC Royal Bank
Claire Gannon has worked locally and internationally in the financial services industry for the past 15 years and is the branch manager of RBC Royal Bank in Fort Saskatchewan. Claire has had a diverse career that has taken her from the UK, where she was born, to Qatar, and Hong Kong, and finally eight years ago to her new home, Canada. She has held roles primarily in Branch Management, Relationship Management for both Personal and Business clients, Business Development and Strategic Planning. Claire also brings experience of working with Chambers of Commerce in other countries. She is driven to help Businesses and Individuals achieve their goals through collaboration and partnership!
When Claire was first introduced to the Chamber here in Fort Saskatchewan as a member, she was blown away with how the team are enthusiastic to listen and action initiatives to support and nurture local businesses and the community. Also the warm welcome and feedback wanted from members very quickly enticed Claire to want to be more involved on the Board of Directors.
Claire is passionate about creating and maximizing opportunities for businesses within the community to help them succeed and strengthen the community to continue to thrive and grow. Giving back to the local community is very important to her and she has had the opportunity to volunteer with many community based organizations. Her family are very important to her and you will often find her husband and son volunteering along with her when they can – Claire has a love of travelling, visiting friends and spending time exploring Alberta and beyond!
It is important to note that Claire has been serving the Fort Saskatchewan & District business community as an interim Director since June 2020 and has loved being involved in the Scholarship Committee, Women in Business and Policy committees as well as attending the Alberta Chamber of Commerce AGM this year. She looks forward to continuing to contribute and advocating to champion the interests of the business community.
Past – President
Katherine Waller | Katalyst Coaching
Director | Nathan Flim
Owner, The Fort Distillery
Nathan Flim grew up in Ontario and moved with his family to the Fort Saskatchewan area in 2005. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from the King's University in Edmonton, he worked in the agriculture industry for a number of years. In 2018 he decided to combine his chemistry knowledge with his love of fine spirits and open The Fort Distillery. The Fort Distillery focuses on producing high quality craft spirits using 100% Alberta grown grains. Building partnerships with other local businesses in very important to Nathan and his products can be found in many specialty Liquor stores and restaurants across Alberta.
Director | Brenna Bouchard
Owner, Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture
Originally from Quebec, Brenna grew up in Sherwood Park. After graduating from NAIT in 2011, her Personal Training career lead to working in Fort Saskatchewan. She then registered at MacEwan University for Acupuncture in 2013, and continued to work in the Fort during her schooling. Enamoured by the community, she decided to move to the Fort, and opened Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture in December 2017. Her vision is to continue to help grow the city by providing alternative health options to residents of the Heartland. She is passionate about wellness education, and aims to improve and expand on how we address health and self care.
Director | Brian Hagel
Sales Manager, Mix 107.9 & FortSaskOnline
Brian has been in the radio industry since 1990; first on the air and then in sales. He loves the opportunity that Mix 107 & FortSaskOnline gives local businesses. Brian also loves spending time with his wife Kim, his son Gabe, and his ever increasing golf handicap.
Director | Connie Shears
Divisional Sales Manager, Staples Fort Saskatchewan
From my early roots, I have had a focus on customer service. My first job entailed learning to manage a small convenience store in my small hometown near Georgian Bay in Ontario. The owner provided opportunities for me to work with the local Chamber of Commerce through events such as the annual Fall Fair. This instilled in me a variety of skills sets including public speaking, diplomacy, and networking. I went on to become a hairdresser and barber, eventually owning my own businesses. At the same time I also worked as a personal assistant for a local Real Estate couple. There I learned much about the field, developed leadership skills, and other areas of personal growth. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to travel and meet people from all ages and stages of life. I learned personal growth and development was a lifelong focus.
As a wife and a mother, I have always aimed to become a part of my community. Looking for ways to participate in and contribute to the whole. After a move to Alberta, and while trying to build up a clientele in hairdressing again, I first became a part of the Staples team in Fort McMurray. My career at Staples quickly moved to the forefront, and hairdressing became more of a hobby. After the fires in Fort Mac in 2016, my family and I decided to move south to Fort Saskatchewan, which we now call home and plan to eventually retire here. Working for Staples has provided me with opportunity, and I am honoured to serve the Fort Saskatchewan community. I look forward to giving back to the community and seeing it prosper and grow in the years to come.
Director | DeAnna Voshell
Co-Owner, Voshell Architecture + Design
DeAnna Voshell has served as an Interim Director on the Chamber Board of Directors since June 2020, and is the Chair of the Santa Clause Parade Committee. She describes the work as a rewarding experience that allows her the opportunity to support and advocate for local businesses and the community of Fort Saskatchewan. DeAnna is co-owner of Voshell Architecture & Design Inc., and has been a member of the Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years. Through her membership and the significant involvement as an Interim Director, she has gained great respect for and values the role of the Chamber, its Directors, staff and members.
With 26 years in Health Care Administration and Human Resources leadership, along with 12 years of owning and managing her own business, DeAnna enjoys leveraging her expertise and knowledge in supporting the local business community. She is currently a Director on the Downtown Business Council and has participated in the City’s Master Development Plan focus groups.
Strong relationships and supporting local is important to DeAnna, and she looks forward to continuing an active role with the Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce.
Director | Stuart Murray
General Manager, First Memorial Funeral Services – Riverview Chapel
Stu Murray grew up in the County of Strathcona attending school in Sherwood Park. After high school he started his career in funeral service and has been with Service Corporation International since 1993. Starting as an apprentice Stu worked in Fort Macleod, Barrhead and then at Hainstocks's in south Edmonton until 1998. Since 1998 he has managed First Memorial Funeral Services in Fort Saskatchewan and enjoys working in a smaller community. Added to his responsibilities in 2015 was the Alberta North are of funeral home as Stu was appointed General Manager of the region. Away from work Stu enjoys time on the golf course and is a National Assessor for the Canadian Soccer Association. Married to Micheline for 28 years with three children aged 20, 23, and 25.
Stu has served as an Interim Director on the Board of Directors for the Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce since June 2020. As a part of that role, he also serves on the Scholarship Committee.
Stu also serves as past president of the Alberta Funeral Service Association, he has served on that board for 9 years including two years as president.
First Memorial values the Chamber in Fort Saskatchewan as they really are business first. Giving back to the Chamber and learning more of how the role to support business is very intriguing.
Director | Kent Dewart
Owner, Fake and Bake Suntan Studios; Realtor with Royal LePage-Noralta
Kent Dewart is the owner of Fake and Bake Suntan Studios and a newly accredited Realtor for Royal LePage - Noralta. In addition, Kent is also recognized in the transportation industry for over twenty years of service, outstanding leadership and strong business acumen.
Originally from Sherwood Park, Kent moved to Fort Saskatchewan to lay down roots and start a family. Kent, along with his wife Brandy, have two children Luke and Jacqueline and one grand-daughter, Charlee.
Kent is passionate about getting involved in the Fort Saskatchewan community; he hopes that his diverse background along with his strong communication skills, networking abilities and executive level leadership will be an asset in helping to grow and rebuild the community after a devastating year. Kent will be an advocate for the Fort Saskatchewan and District businesses and will champion these interests every day!
Director | Theresa Kloster
Strategic Accounts, Canadian Linen and Uniform
My background was in Tourism & Hospitality. Having worked with many membership organizations through-out my career I knew that when I joined Canadian Linen & Uniform Service that was my first step. When I met with Tamara and inquired about the Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce, she and her team welcomed me with open arms and I immediately knew this was the Chamber for me. I joined the Chamber in 2017 and started working on the committee for the Annual Tradeshow and then the Business Awards Gala. As Canadian Linen & Uniform Service has been serving the Fort Saskatchewan community for many years it was great to be able to work with the local community on these events and get to be part of something bigger. I love the Support Your Fort initiative and the energy the community puts towards the program. I look forward to opportunity of joining the board and working in collaboration to support the Chamber initiatives. I feel that given my background and experience in multiple industries I have a lot to offer the Chamber.
I have worked with Canadian Linen and Uniform service for a little over 3.5 years. Recently I joined the Strategic Accounts team and work with larger accounts or accounts with multiple locations to partner on a program that meets their needs.
I volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and was in Guatemala in 2017 and was headed to Africa this November, however; due to COVID this has been postponed. I enjoy being social and catching up with friends. You might also catch me at the dog park with my French Bulldog Bentley.