Central Alberta Economic Partnership Announces 2024 Board

The Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)  is pleased to announce its 2024 slate of Directors and Executive Committee members.  

Newly elected chair, Jean Barclay Mayor of Innisfail says, “ I am excited to take on this new role as the Chair of CAEP. We have a dedicated and diverse Board of Directors representing municipalities and industry who are committed to working together for the betterment of our central Alberta region. Our region offers incredible opportunities for investors and a wonderful quality of life. We look forward to working with our current members, future members, all levels of government, educational institutions, and organizations to move our region forward because we are always better together.”

The full slate of CAEP’s 2024 Directors, effective November 16th, 2023, is:


Chair                                            Mayor Jean Barclay                                      Town of Innisfail       

Vice Chair                                    Councillor Lawrence Lee                             City of Red Deer

Treasurer                                     Mayor Rhonda Hunter                                 Town of Didsbury     

Secretary                                      Councillor Faye McGhee                             Kneehill County         


Slate of Directors

Indigenous Nations                         Chief Leonard StandingontheRoad          Montana Nation         


Cities above 20,000                           Councillor Lawrence Lee                             City of Red Deer

Cities under 20,000                            Councillor Dean Billingsley                       City of Wetaskiwin

Counties & Municipal Districts            Councillor Faye McGhee                        Kneehill County        

                                                                  Councillor Brenda Knight                        Lacombe County

                                                                  Mayor Jim Wood                                      Red Deer County

Towns & Villages                                 Mayor Rhonda Hunter                              Town of Didsbury

                                                                 Mayor Jean Barclay                                  Town of Innisfail

                                                                 Councillor Chris Vardas                           Town of Sundre

                                                                 Mayor Megan Hanson                              Town of Sylvan Lake

                                                                 Mayor Barry Kletke                                   Town of Trochu

Businesses                                        Pieter Broere                                              Ponoka County

                                                               Lesley McMahon                                        Red Deer County

Associates                                         Graham Ingham                                         Red Deer Regional Airport


Central Alberta Economic Partnership elected the 2024 Board of Directors at its Fall General Meeting November 16, 2023 in Red Deer. CAEP extends its appreciation to general meeting sponsor Waste Connections Canada and to Dave Price who presented on behalf of Sunterra Family Business.

CAEP’s Executive Director Tracy Gardner says, “Central Alberta is positioned for incredible opportunity to celebrate development and engagement with this forward thinking and talented group of regional leaders.”

Operating since 1998, the Central Alberta Economic Partnership is a member-driven non-profit corporation that convenes business, communities, and people to foster local success and advance the region’s competitive advantage.  CAEP operates with the generous contributions of our volunteer working groups and members, and the financial support of the Government of Alberta and our municipal and partner members.