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TO ACHIEVE AMAZING
SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2017
ENCANA EVENT CENTRE
Community Futures Peace Liard and the South Peace Economic Development Commission are pleased to
present the 2nd Annual South Peace B2B (Business to Business) Expo.
The Business Expo has been developed to reconnect our South Peace business operators with one another, (Dawson
Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Pouce Coupe and Electoral Area D&E); to examine the potential of new opportuni-
ties that may be available by networking locally and to provide the opportunity for business operators to share their
current business offering's with others.
There are always changes affecting our communities due to the weather that influences the success of our agricul-
ture economy, oil and gas prices and coal prices. The region is experiencing a resurgence in the oil and gas industry
as well as mining, wind mill farms and Site C. Many businesses are coming out of the economic slump the South
Peace has experienced and moving forward. Some businesses will feel the effects of that slump for another year.
Today gives everyone a chance to talk to other businesses and create new alliances. We are pleased to have Drag-
on’s Den Manjit Minhas give a presentation on how important networking is to growing your business as well as
speaking about Minhas Brewery. Building Blocks to Achieve Amazing Results will provide opportunity to get to know
more people and grow your existing network.
I want to thank our generous sponsors, our staff at Community Futures and the staff at the Encana Event Centre for
their hard work in bringing this event to you.
Hopefully you will find this conference beneficial and the SPB2B 2017 will be a great networking experience for you.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Photography by Tryna Gower
FRIENDS OF SPB2B
Manjit and Ravinder Minhas (siblings) are Petroleum Engineers by profession, were born and raised in Calgary and
still call Calgary home. Manjit (age 19 at the time) and Ravinder, at the age of 18 decided to start a company
called Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. (MCLI). The mandate of Mountain Crest Liquors was to bring design, create
recipes, and market high quality premium liquor and sell them at a discounted price in Alberta.
The consumers loved the beer so much that they suggested the slogan ‘Damn Good Beer’ and Manjit and
Ravinder happily obliged. The “Damn Good Beer” slogan can now be found on many of their Canadian beers –
including Mountain Crest Classic Lager, Mountain Crest Blonde and Clear Creek Ice. Of course, they also have an-
other 20 craft and session types of brews in almost all genres of beers produced in the world.
The consumers loved the beer so much that they
suggested the slogan
“Damn Good Beer”
Russ Beerling, is former business owner of Moose FM, Energetic
City.ca, Big Ideas Marketing Company, and a small billboard com-
pany. His is now partner in a new marketing business under the
name ESR Business Solutions Inc.
Russ has been involved with Community Futures for several years
now, sitting as a board member, a director, business advisory
board and Past Chair. He also sat on the B.C. Community Futures
Provincial Board of Directors, representing the Northeast Region.
Being a business owner has helped Russ to understand the chal-
lenges faced with business today.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Russ Beerling, Partner, ESR Business Solutions Incorporated
SPEDC CHAIR & MAYORS PANEL
Leonard Hiebert, elected as the
Electoral Area ‘D’ Director in a by-
election in 2014, lives in Tomslake,
BC. He was re-elected as Director for
Electoral Area ‘D’ in the 2014 Local
Government Election and Chairs the
Since then he worked in the medical
field in Grande Prairie and LaCrete,
Alberta. He is now the Operations
Manager for Koala-T First Aid Ser-
vice. Leonard has lived in Saskatche-
wan, Manitoba, Alberta as well as in
Rochelle was first elected to the
District of Chetwynd Council in
2011 and reelected in 2014 .
Rochelle attended Northern
Lights College, the Justice Insti-
tute of BC and Royal Roads Uni-
versity, and received a Level 2
Leadership Certificate from the
Local Government Leadership
Academy. She is currently work-
ing for Northern Lights College
as the Community Adult Literacy
Don McPherson has served the
District of Tumbler Ridge for 13
years as Councillor and then
elected Mayor during the 2014
Local Government election.
Don McPherson is a long term
resident of Tumbler Ridge,
going into business for himself
as the owner / operator of the
local Shell Gas Station, a compa-
ny that he successfully ran for
18 years. .
Mayor Dale Bumstead was born and
raised in Dawson Creek and has
raised his family here. He is married
to LuVern and they have three adult
children and six grandchildren. Dale
enjoys spending time at the family
cabin at One Island Lake with his
family. Dale worked his 32 year ca-
reer with ICBC, the last 12 years as
Regional Vice President of Operations
and Vice President of Broker Rela-
tions and Sales.
Dan Rose, elected as Director
for Electoral Area ‘E’ in No-
vember 2014, lives in
Groundbirch, BC. He served
as the Electoral Area ‘E’ Alter-
nate Director for Tim Caton
from 2005 to 2011.
Dan has lived in Groundbirch
since 1990 where he and his
wife Wendy operate a ranch-
ing business. They have a
daughter and two sons who
PRRD DIRECTOR CITY OF DAWSON CREEK
PRRD DIRECTOR/CHAIR OF SPEDC District of CHETWYND DISTRICT OF TUMBLER RIDGE
VILLAGE OF POUCE COUPE
Councillor Lavoie has served as a
Councillor since being elected in a
by-election on March 22, 2014, He
was re-elected in the November
2014 Election for a four year term
with the Village. He was Acting
Mayor from Jan to April 2016 and
appointed as Director of the Peace
River Regional District . Presently
sitting as Alternate Director for the
PRRD. wide mobile homes to trav-
el into the Peace Country.
BUILDING NETWORKS TO ACHIEVE AMAZING RESULTS
(Left) Paul Wiest, President of Cornerstone
Group of Management Consultants Ltd.
works to achieve extraordinary results with
his clients in the areas of strategy develop-
ment, project design and implementation,
organizational leadership, and business and
corporate training. Our approach is to uti-
lize creative and innovative solutions that
meet the client’s needs.
(Right) Robert Gaudet, Associate of Corner-
stone Group of Management has worked as
an owner/consultant of Focus Management
Development assisting international clients
in the design, development, implementa-
tion and support of work processes and
change management utilizing proprietary
tools unique to FOCUS.
Paul Wiest, President
Robert J Gaudet, P. Eng.
Award winning entrepreneur, photographer and author, Tryna Gower,
has been around the block for over 20 years creating image work for
many companies all over the world. Using her photographic and intuitive
skill set she continues to see new ways of transformation and success for
people and business. Passionately she strives to set a new standard of
energetic wellness and awareness in the professional world so people
can create with more capacity by releasing what is no longer serving
A photo can speak a thousand words about you and your business,
so please join me for your new free business photograph.
What is life without Love? Love that soothes the soul? There are many
different types of love, and with you I share my love of photography. My
Heart and Soul is put into my work. I often hear a song and tell myself if
there could be a soundtrack to my life that song wou