2021-2022 Board of Directors
President | Jonathan Jacobs
Owner, Fort Lanes
Jonathan joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2019. With an educational background in Political Science and Economics, and experience with politics and community activism, joining the Chamber was a natural fit. Business ownership was always a dream for Jonathan, and was realized when he was given the opportunity to purchase Fort Lanes in 2017. As a Chamber Director, he hopes to help businesses find their strengths and voices so they can continue to make a difference to those around them. In his spare time, he loves to take in the beauty of Fort Saskatchewan with his wife Lindsay, two sons Hunter and Marcus, and their St. Bernese, Bailey.
Vice President | DeAnna Voshell
Co-Owner, Voshell Architecture + Design
DeAnna joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020. She offers experience as a business owner as well as 26 years of experience in Human Resources and Health Care Administration. DeAnna is dedicated to continuous professional and personal development. She is a reliable and supportive Director on the Chamber Board and utilizes her skills and expertise to support local business. Aside from her career, DeAnna spends her time with her loving spouse, daughter, son, and grandchildren, is an avid softball player, and enjoys reading.
Treasurer | Claire Gannon
Branch Manager, RBC Royal Bank
Claire joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020, and was named treasurer in November of that year. Originally from the UK, Claire's career in finance
has taken her to Qatar, Hong Kong, and then Canada in 2012. She's proud to call Canada home! She’s blown away by the passion, support, and warmth of the Chamber's staff, Board and membership. Since joining the Chamber, she’s loved working with the Scholarship, Women in Business, and Policy Committees, and looks forward to advocating for the interests of the business community. Claire is also a qualified Zumba instructor, certifying during the Covid lockdown and is looking forward to teaching friends and colleagues as soon as she has a chance. Claire brings bright, fun energy into every room, and loves spending time with her husband and teenage son.
Director | Nathan Flim
Owner, The Fort Distillery
Nathan joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2019. The Chamber was a huge support for Nathan as he started his own business by providing networking and business opportunities even before he opened his business. As such, he wants to be able to return that support to others in the community who are beginning to build their careers. As a young entrepreneur, Nathan’s key to success is walking into every room with confidence. Through mentorship, he hopes to help other young business owners build their confidence. Professionally, Nathan works hard, and has received multiple awards for his products. Outside of work, he prefers to take it easy, spending time reading, fishing, hunting, and relaxing with his family.
Director | Brenna Bouchard
Owner, Fort Saskatchewan Acupuncture
Brenna joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2019. Brenna has found being part of the Chamber has opened up many professional and personal opportunities. She initially joined as a way to return her gratitude for the Chamber and to help out new business owners just as the Chamber helped her with her own business. She is thankful to be in a position where she gets to help as many people as possible while also getting to know them as friends. In her free time, Brenna plays for the Edmonton Storm Women’s Tackle Football team and plays for Team Alberta. She hopes to make the Team Canada roster and participate in the upcoming World Championship.
Director | Connie Shears
Divisional Sales Manager, Staples Fort Saskatchewan
Connie joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020. Her focus is to support to young entrepreneurs and women in business with her experience. Over the years, her career path has crossed with other Chambers in different towns, and she is grateful to be a Director of the Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce. Business ownership helped her to realize her experience and passion to guide others in the business community. She loves to share her business experience with others, especially when they’re struggling to meet a goal; for Connie, the goals not met are the ones you learn the most from. Connie looks forward to serving and retirement in the City of Fort Saskatchewan, where she loves to relax with her dogs, family, and friends at the cottage.
Director | Stuart Murray
General Manager, First Memorial Funeral Services – Riverview Chapel
Stu joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020, with the desire to build a larger community network. As the General Manager of First Memorial Funeral Services, he’s able to support people during their toughest times; as a member of the Board, he aims to support people through their best times as they build up their businesses. He is an honest and reliable man and loves to spend his spare time on the golf course.
Director | Kent Dewart
Owner, Fake and Bake Suntan Studios; Realtor with Royal LePage-Noralta
Kent joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020. Although he started his business ventures late in life, it didn’t stop him from fulfilling his dreams. At age 47, after spending years in the transportation industry, he earned his high school diploma and went on to become a real estate agent. With one dream out of the way, his dream of owning a business came to light when he had the opportunity to purchase Fake and Bake Sun Tan Studios with his son. He also helped his daughter start her own cleaning business. He knows that it’s never too late to change direction or start a new career, and he hopes his experiences can inspire new business owners and help them succeed.
Director | Theresa Kloster
Strategic Accounts, Canadian Linen and Uniform Services
Theresa joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2020. Throughout her career, Theresa has been a part of many Chambers, and has been a member of the Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce in October 2017 when she started her position at Canadian Linen. In 2018, she began working on the Annual Trade Show and Awards Gala committees. Theresa loves Fort Saskatchewan community, and is happy to be a part of a team that is so genuine, welcoming, and supportive of its business community. She hopes the coming years will expand her business connections within the community. Theresa loves animals, golf, and any excuse to get outdoors with her boyfriend and their pets.Director | Megan ParkerCo-Owner, Kindred Self-Care Community Inc and Published AuthorJoining the Chamber in 2021, Megan brings a different perspective to business and commerce. Having experience in medical administration, executive administration with the University of Alberta and being an entrepreneur of a hybrid online and home-based business for the past six years, gives an overview to be able to ask different questions and advocate for the unrepresented. By creating spaces with the values of equality and kind honesty, these are what move business and relationships forward and creates true connection and community. When she's not working, she is spending time with her little-big family, reading and writing as well as walking the trails within our valley.
Director | Jason Kowal
Owner, Kowal Limo Services; Mortgage Broker, Maximal Mortgages Inc.
Jason joined the Chamber Board of Directors in 2021. He grew up in the Mundare area. He has a diverse background including agriculture, law enforcement and Town Council. Today he continues to help on the family farm, however his passion is for business. Jason likes to learn from others and network with other like minded individuals. Even though many businesses are vastly different, Jason feels there is much information that can be shared that is mutually beneficial to the business community as a whole. When Jason isn’t at work, he likes to enjoy lake time in the summer and skiing in the winter