Regional Economic Partnership Announces 2023 Board and Executive Committee
At the first meeting of Directors following their election at the Fall General Meeting in November, The Central Alberta Economic Partnership directors are pleased to announce their 2023 executive committee and slate of directors.
2022 was the first time CAEP elected a business representative as Chair of the Board of Directors. James Carpenter, business representative for the Town of Olds was acclaimed as the Chair of CAEP for the second year. In his second term as Chair of CAEP, Mr. Carpenter, president of Energy Developers in Olds and Business Development Specialist at First Nations Structures Ltd, says “I am humbled by the vote of confidence from leaders across central Alberta to hold this leadership position and see the role as building on my strengths as a connector. With effective organizations such as CAEP leading regional collaboration, central Alberta communities will be instrumental in helping the province’s economy to rebound in the coming year. I am excited about the progress to date and about the work yet to be done.”
The full slate of CAEP’s 2023 Directors, effective December 14, 2022 is:
Chair James Carpenter Town of Olds
Vice Chair Chief Leonard StandingontheRoad Montana First Nation
Treasurer Mayor Jim Wood Red Deer County
Secretary Mayor Megan Hanson Town of Sylvan Lake
Director at Large Mayor Jean Barclay Town of Innisfail
Indigenous Nations Chief Leonard StandingontheRoad Montana First Nation
Cities above 20,000 Councillor Bruce Buruma City of Red Deer
City under 20,000 Councillor Dean Billingsley City of Wetaskiwin
Towns & Villages Mayor Barry Kletke Town of Trochu
Councillor Chris Vargas Town of Sundre
Councillor Joyce McCoy Town of Didsbury
Mayor Jean Barclay Town of Innisfail
Mayor Megan Hanson Town of Sylvan Lake
Counties & Municipal Districts Councillor Faye McGhee Kneehill County
Councillor Brenda Knight Lacombe County
Mayor Jim Wood Red Deer County
Business Representatives Lesley McMahon Red Deer County
Pieter Broere Ponoka County
James Carpenter Town of Olds
Associate Representative Graham Ingham Red Deer Regional Airport
The new Board’s first order of business was approving the January release of the Regional Economic Growth Strategy which was completed with the involvement of stakeholders over the past year and will serve as the organization’s strategic plan until 2027.
Central Alberta Economic Partnership elected the 2023 Board of Directors at its Fall General Meeting November 23, 2022 in Red Deer. CAEP extends its appreciation to the general meeting event sponsors Chandos, LocalIntel, McSweeny, and Waste Connections Canada.
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.