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Board of Directors

Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is a community-based, non-profit volunteer organization led by a 25-member Board of Directors.
 
The mandate of the organization is to strengthen and develop the Lethbridge economy by initiating and facilitating proactive economic development strategies and promoting Lethbridge as an excellent place to live, learn, invest, visit and do business.
 
The Board of the Lethbridge Economic Development Initiative Society (operating as Economic Development Lethbridge - EDL) governs the organization through established policies and protocol.  The appointed and elected members are drawn from a diverse cross section of the broader community with the intention to best accomplish the mandate and objects of the organization.
 
To fulfill the purpose of the organization, the Board undertakes the following:

  • Set the strategic direction for the organization through three-year business plans aligned with the municipal funding cycles
  • Present to City Council for approval, the three-year operating budget required to operate and manage the organization
  • Establish governance policies that support the mandate of the organization
  • Hire and evaluate the CEO
The Board approaches its tasks in a manner that emphasizes strategic leadership, future thinking, a clear distinction between Board and staff roles and the willingness to make decisions for the collective benefit of EDL and the community as a whole.  Meetings are conducted in the spirit of mutual good will, courtesy and cooperation.  Discussion is encouraged and differences are respected.

Meet our Board

Economic Development Lethbridge Board Members are drawn from a diverse cross section of the community with the intention to best accomplish the mandate and objectives of the organization. EDL Board members provide direction and proactive leadership that encourages the private and public sectors to undertake programs and projects that will promote and foster economic growth in the region.  
 

Board Chair
Kurt Schlachter



Kurt was born and raised in Bow Island and attended the University of Lethbridge, completing his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with honors.  He has resided exclusively in Southern Alberta except for a three year period spent in Saskatoon completing his Law degree.  Kurt is currently a partner with Stringam Denecky LLP primarily practicing in Family Law and Civil Litigation while also maintaining a general practice which includes Real Estate, Personal Injury, Employment Law, Corporate / Commercial and Criminal matters. 

Kurt has served on the Board of the Southern Alberta Epilepsy Association and the Downtown Lethbridge BRZ where he learned the importance of both giving back to the community and being a voice within it.  He is currently an Executive Member of the Lethbridge Association of Collaborative Professionals and a member of the Lethbridge Masters Swim Club.  Kurt’s collective experience will be an asset to EDL.

Vice-Chairman
Mayor Chris Spearman



Along with 38 years of business experience, Chris Spearman devoted 18 years (1992-2010) to serving on the Holy Spirit School Board which included two terms as Board Chair. He is a founding member of the Industrial Association of Southern Alberta, established in 1983, and during that time, he has been a vocal opponent of electrical deregulation in Alberta.
 
Chris has also been a member of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce since 2008 and has served on several sub-committees in that time. In addition, he served five years (2008-2013) on the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management Advisory Committee, and since 2010, he has served as a board member for the Aboriginal Housing Society.
 

Past President
Walter Kalkan



Walter received his BA, Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1977.  He is currently the Director of Sales, Western Region for H&R Transport Ltd.  Walter has diverse knowledge and experience in all modes of private and commercial transportation within Western Canada and the U.S.  He has held various roles within the transportation industry and is conversant with transportation compliance and requirements.  He is an active member on the Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation Safety Board and the Alberta Conference Church Board Executive Committee.
 
Aboriginal
Elizabeth Ferguson
 
Agriculture
Glenn Coulter
 
Arts & Culture
Bryan Bradfield
 
Chamber of Commerce
Keith Greeno
 
City of Lethbridge Mayor
Chris Spearman

City of Lethbridge Councillor
Ryan Parker
 
City of Lethbridge Manager
Garth Sherwin
 
Commercial
Lorna Peacock
 
Construction
Blayne Janssens
 
County / Airport
Reeve Lorne Hickey
 
Environment
Bill Spenceley
 
Finance
Dennis Chinner
 
Industrial
Bill Halley
Lethbridge College
Dr. Paula Burns 

Multicultural
Frank Vuo
 
Not-for-Profit
Chuck Coulliard
 
Past-President
Walter Kalkan

Regional
Kurt Schlachter
 
Retail
Kevin Brees
 
Seniors
Mike Bennett
 
Service
Sarah Amies

Sports & Recreation
Kim Gallucci
 
Technical / Research
Fergus Raphael
 
Tourism
Lindy Rollingson
 
Transportation
Dallas Sherwood
 
University of Lethbridge
Doug Spoulos


Economic Development Lethbridge
308 Stafford Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada   T1J 2L1

Phone: (403) 331-0022
Fax: (403) 331-0202
Toll Free: 1-800-332-1801

E-Mail: info@chooselethbridge.ca

Investment Inquiries Contact:
Heather McIntosh-Rivera, Director
Business Development & Operations

Phone: (403) 331-0022
E-Mail: heather@chooselethbridge.ca

Convention & Events Contact:
Kerry Lowe, Vice President
Convention Development & Partnerships

Phone: (403) 331-0022
E-Mail: kerry@chooselethbridge.ca

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