2020 Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
Dr. Cheryl Cooper ND
Cheryl is a local Naturopathic Doctor and owner of O'Canada Soapworks in Canmore. In addition to her practice in Natural Medicine and entrepreneurship, Cheryl is an in-demand Marriage Commissioner and finds time to give 100% to her role as Chamber President. Cheryl has spent an incredible amount of time spearheading Thrive: A Festival of Health & Wellness in the Bow Valley. Cheryl has served on the Bow Valley Chamber of Commerce board since its inception.
Ben is a Senior Relationship Manager with the Bank of Montreal and covers the Bow Valley in a Commercial capacity. He has over a decade of commercial banking experience and was formerly a small business owner with his brother. He therefore has a unique perspective when interacting with members and clients as he can empathise with the challenges that running your own business brings. Ben is originally from the UK, with Bristol being his hometown. He and his wife (Michelle) moved to the Bow Valley 5 years ago and are both very happy to call the mountains “Home”.
Chartered Professional Accountant
Over the years, Natalie has become an invaluable resource for local business – going well beyond tax season. Natalie has, naturally, taken on Treasurer duties for the Chamber and has generously offered to assist with bookkeeping and accounting for the Chamber. With a keen interest in marketing and communications, Natalie will be an incredible spokesperson for the Chamber and our members.
With 13 years of experience in the human resources field, Heather is committed to continuous professional development and am a self- proclaimed lifelong learner. She is adept at developing and managing productive business relationships and have a drive directed at working with and for others, derived particularly by satisfaction from doing things for others. Heather holds her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist credential which is a group benefit and total rewards specialist program and am an International Personnel Management Association - Certified Professional. And… She has a Degree in management and Diploma in accounting!
Building her own home-based business from scratch, which expanded over the course of five years to web sales and pop up shops across Western Canada, she eventually closed her doors as a worn-out small business owner, despite her success. Ready for somebody else to pay her wages, Donna teamed up with a top producing Realtor offering her services as a Business Manager. Within the year she was a licensed agent herself and continued to work with one of Canada’s finest for another six years, building their book of business to 100 transactions per year. Donna brings not only vast real estate experience, but a deep understanding of everything business owners and entrepreneurs face on a daily basis in relation to marketing, branding, communication, administration and accounting.
BPA, ABC, Principal Shift Consulting Inc.
For more than 20 years Michelle has worked with a variety of major companies and organizations to create awareness of their programs, build understanding around issues and promote their wares. Her proven strategic planning, media handling, exceptional writing skills, and boundless energy have helped her develop innovative and integrated marketing and communications solutions that deliver solid results for clients. In addition to leading the consulting team at Shift Consulting Inc. for the past 10 years, Michelle is a professional facilitator who delivers a range of leadership training programs.
Prior to launching Shift, Michelle led the Marketing and Communications team at the Town of Banff. Working for one of the biggest brands in the world proved to be a thrilling experience, and she drew heavily upon her earlier career experiences, particularly her four-year tenure as Account Director for Canada’s number one strategic advertising agency.
Michelle is also a published author, travel writer, and part-time adventure seeker.