• Board of Directors

  • President | Katherine Waller

    I moved to Fort Saskatchewan in the summer of 2014 when my husband and I decided to relocate both our home and business here. 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.  I joined the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in March 2015 and have been actively involved ever since.  I love how welcoming this community is and how everyone steps up to make it a great place to live and work.
    Our business, PSI Industrial – Mechanical is an industrial mechanical contractor providing mechanical construction,installation, maintenance, technical trouble shooting and custom welding fabrication & piping services to our clients in the oil & gas, mining, pulp & paper, sawmill, oil & gas, transportation and industrial and commercial construction sectors.  Our shop is the big green building on 100 Ave across from the industrial area.
    My work history has included roles in the post-secondary, private and non-profit sectors and I have always been an active volunteer wherever I’ve lived. 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.  
     

    Vice-President | Greg Richardson

     Owner, EagleRock Computer

     Bio Coming Soon

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Treasurer | David Coleman

    Owner, Smith Insurance

    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.

     

    Past-President | 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 homecoming 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 | Darcey Cannon

    Owner, Tire Craft

    Bio Coming Soon

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Director | Dalia A. Hamdy

    Owner, Abex Pharmacy

    Dr. Hamdy is the founder of AbEx Health Services LTD and is currently the owner and manager of AbEx Pharmacy in Fort Saskatchewan. In addition, she is an adjunct Professor at University of Alberta. she is a registered Clinical Pharmacist in Alberta College of Pharmacy since 2010. She has additional Prescription Authorization and is authorized to give drugs by injection. Dr. Hamdy completed her PhD in Pharmacokinetics at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta (Canada) in September 2010. Prior to this, she obtained a M Pharm Sci (Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry) at Alexandria University (Egypt) in 2004 and a BSc (Pharm and Pharm Sci) at the same institution in 2000. In addition, Dr. Hamdy finished her MBA in 2017 from Eton University.  Dr. Hamdy is also a  licensed clinical pharmacist in Egypt since 2000.  Dr. Hamdy is  the recipient of several awards for research and academic excellence. Dr. Hamdy was a member in the Egyptian Young Academy of Sciences (EYAS) which is affiliated to ASRT and is currently a board member in the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, AB, Canada.

    Dr. Hamdy’s research interests are in the fields of pharmacogenetics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism and pharmaceutical analysis. She held two academic positions at Qatar University and Alexandria University between 2010 and 2016. . She has published twenty four  peer-reviewed papers and delivered around thirty research abstracts/posters at scientific national and international conferences. She has supervised several graduate and undergraduate students ‘research projects. Dr. Hamdy is also a reviewer of several journals and granting agencies. She is a holder of a few STDF, QNRF, PHARCO and Qatar University research grants.


    Her account on google scholar: 
    http://scholar.google.com.eg/citations?hl=en&user=qIiwfR0AAAAJ&view_op=list_works

    Her LinkedIn account:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalia-a-hamdy-4666415b/

     

     Director | Heidi Vance

    General Manager, Lakeview Inn & Suites and Roustabouts

    Heidi Vance Is the General Manager of Lakeview Inn & Suites and Roustabouts Restaurant, she started with Lakeview in 2006 until 2008. In 2008 she left briefly to work for Holiday Inns in Edmonton until 2011 when she came back to Lakeview. Originally from Newfoundland, Heidi made her way to Fort Saskatchewan in 2003. She is a mother of 2 very active boys Jack (18 years old) and Ben (14 years old). Heidi is motivated by a healthy lifestyle with a positive disposition. When she isn’t focused on her fitness and running her boys to their many activities, she volunteers for The Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business. She is dedicated, goal oriented and strives to accomplish whatever goals she sets her mind to.

     

     

     

     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 | 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.

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