Board Members

Johnathan Clarkson
President

Johnathan Clarkson

Assistant General Manager,
Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park

Johnathan has been involved with this Non-Profit Community Owned Facility for the last 16 years and has been a member of the Grande Prairie Community since his family moved here in 1988. During his involvement with Nitehawk, Johnathan has been Marketing and Promoting the facility and most recently in the last 7yrs has taken on a leadership role as Assistant GM.

Karna Germsheid
Secretary

Karna Germsheid

Executive Director,
Grande Prairie Sports Council

Karna is the Executive Director for the Grande Prairie Regional Sport Connection and joined the GP Regional Tourism Board in 2017.

Her experience working with the sport community for the last 6 years has provided her insight into how tourism can leverage sport. Each year sport brings 10s of 1000s of tourists to our region. Connecting regional sport with the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association helps increase the quality of experiences for sport tourists while encouraging further exploration of our region and creating business opportunities.

Karna moved to Grande Prairie in 2003 and has been an engaged community member since.

She is nice, if you see her say hi.

Paulette Butler
Board Member

Paulette Butler

General Manager,
Sandman Hotel

Paulette has been with the Sandman Hotel Group for 12 years in which she has held many positions, from Rooms Division Manager to the Corporate Training Manager and now as the General Manager of The Sandman Grande Prairie.  Born and raised in Grande Prairie ,and is committed to promoting tourism in the Grande Prairie Region.

Sandi Neville
Board Member

Sandi Neville

Sales Manager,
Four points by sheraton

Sandi is originally from Sydney Nova Scotia and moved to Grande Prairie in January 1995.

As the Sales Manager at the Four Points by Sheraton in Grande Prairie, Sandi understands the importance of tourism and its impact on the regional economy.

Having traveled our region for so long with work and children’s sports, I have seen all the beauty it has to offer and all the hidden gems,” she says. “Now, I am able to share my knowledge of the area with our out-of-town guests who are travelling here for work or leisure and can encourage them to take in all Grande Prairie has to offer.”

Over the years, colleagues have been known to use Sandi as their Google and phone book, knowing they can rely on her knowledge of how to find just about anything in the area.

Sandi was previously Sales Manager at the Podollan Inn and Spa. She worked in the energy sector for 16 years before transitioning to the hospitality sector

Sandi has teenaged boys who have played sports in Grande Prairie for several years with the GP Composite High volleyball and football teams.

She’s a board member for the Grande Prairie Football Association, a position she’s held for four years. Sandi is newly appointed to the board of The Northern Anarchy Ladies Football Team.

Sandi attended Cape Breton Business College where she attained a Secretarial Science Diploma and a Bank Teller Diploma.

She’s an avid traveler and relishes visiting Okanagan wineries. Sandi continues to be a tour guide on her vacation.

“I have reached over 100 spots now and love to bring friends with us and show them around,” she says. “Some of my friends said I should start a Kelowna winery blog since I also have so many photos of my visits.”

Another enjoyment is golf. “I love all the small little golf courses around the Peace Region.”

 

Linden Roberts
Board Member

Linden Roberts

Executive Director,
The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

Linden Roberts joined the Board in mid-2019 after becoming new Executive Director of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

She brings with her global background from venues including the Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Alberta Museum, Body Worlds, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and, most recently, from We The Curious in Bristol, England.

As Executive Director at the museum, Linden is excited by the opportunity to bring greater recognition to the world-class, award-winning facility and to the region itself.

“We are working to expand our horizons and improve the visitor experience as an attraction. As a region, it’s important to have collaboration among all partners and stakeholders so that everyone benefits. I’m excited about working with the Board and Administration of GPRTA to promote this wonderful area.”

Linden started her career as an interactive exhibit designer and has specialized in managing leading edge or unusual exhibit projects.

She attained a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Carleton University and studied engineering at the University of Toronto.

Linden’s family tolerates her globe-trotting career by joining her when they can. Her daughter is a technology geek in Toronto. She and her husband enjoy getting out with their dogs and shuffling old British sports cars around the garage.

Cyndi Corbett
Board Member

Cyndi Corbett

Deputy Mayor,
Town of Beaverlodge

Cyndi has served on Beaverlodge Town Council for two years and works on several committees.

In addition to being on the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association board where she chairs the Marketing Committee, Cyndi is on the Community Enhancement and Economic Development committees as well as the Subdivision Development Appeal Board.

Cyndi is also treasurer of WASP, the Wapiti Area Synergy Partnership, which brings together area landowners, energy sector companies and local municipalities to collaborate on issues.

Away from municipal work, Cyndi and her husband, Brad, have three children. She is also the President of the Beaverlodge and Area Minor Soccer Association.

Being a tourism champion is a favourite part of being a Council member, GPRTA Board Member, and community builder.

“I love meeting people and learning about their experiences,” says Cyndi.

“If we advocate and promote our region and all the great things we have to offer together, more people will come to visit,” she says. “Tourism is such an untapped resource and in our area, we have so many hidden gems. So, come out and visit us. We will be glad to see you.”

Jackie Clayton
Board Member

Jackie Clayton

Jackie was appointed to the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Board by City Council in October 2019.

Her background as Vice President, Public Relations and Partnerships, at Pomeroy Lodging, and extensive experience as an entrepreneur are ideal assets for this assignment.

Jackie also owns the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Grande Prairie. She was previously employed in marketing positions at Prairie Mall and Revolution Place.

“I am extremely pleased to join the GPRTA Board,” says Jackie. “Tourism is such a vital sector for our region and I’m delighted we have this partnership to help grow the industry and showcase the many great things we have to see and do here.”

Jackie joined City Council in October 2013. She serves on several committees, including the Grande Prairie Regional Recreation Committee, ICF Negotiating/Steering Committee, Tri-Municipal Industrial Partnership, Infrastructure & Economic Development Committee, Community Services, Community Advisory Committee on Homelessness, and the Joint Regional Emergency Management Committee.

Jackie has invested heavily in the community. She’s on the Key to Care’ Capital Cabinet Campaign – Grande Prairie Regional Hospital and is a long-time member of the Swan City Rotary Club.

She’s also a past president of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce where she has also served as a Board member. Jackie is a former member of the Grande Prairie Regional College Board of Governors and the Aquatera Board of Directors.

The 2010 Arctic Winter Games, Festival of Trees, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, Communities in Bloom are other events and organizations Jackie has volunteered with.

In 2008, Jackie was a recipient of the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce Clem Collins Award, awarded for her volunteer commitment.

Jackie her husband, Rob, have lived in Grande Prairie since 1999. Together, with their two sons, the family is very active within the Community.

Daryl Beeston
Board Member

Daryl Beeston

Councillor,
County of Grande Prairie No. 1

Currently a Councillor with the County of Grande Prairie, Daryl was formerly the owner of an oilfield service company and President of the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural and Exhibition Society.

Tom Burton
Board Member

Tom Burton

Councilor,
Municipal District of Greenview

Tom Burton has lived in the DeBolt area of the Municipal District of Greenview since 1976. Tom has had several different occupations, including surveyor, owner/operator of a trucking company, owner/operator of a service station and restaurant, and General Manager for the DeBolt and District Agricultural Society (Golf Course, Curling Rink & Community Hall).

Tom became a member of the DeBolt Fire & Rescue in 1993, and in 1995 was selected as the Chief, a position he still retains today. Tom was first elected as a councillor for the Municipal District of Greenview in 2001, and continue to serve as a councillor. At the RMA (formerly AAMDC) Fall 2008 conference, Tom was elected as Director of District 4.

Since then, Tom has been active on many committees as a representative of the RMA: AAMDC Standing Issues Committee on Social Services, Forest Protection Advisory Committee, Fire Services Advisory Committee, FireSmart: Partners in Protection; and Endangered Species Conservation, just to name a few.

Tom became a registered Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) in 2001, and continues to be registered yearly. Tom became and continues to be a Director on the Grande Prairie & District Rural Crime Watch Association, since 1993. Tom currently is on the board of directors for the Safety Codes Council and participates on the Audit & Risk Committee. Tom is also on the RMA Insurance board of directors.

Board Member

Ed Smith

Councillor,
Village of Hythe
Board Member

Izak Skaveland

Councilor,
Town of Sexsmith

Isak is the President of Sexsmith Citizens on Patrol, a member of the Sexsmith Elks, and an active volunteer with the Sexsmith & District Museum Society.  He has also been a Town Councillor for 9 years and is the caretaker for the Sexsmith Civic Centre.

Sean McCullum
Board Member

Sean McCullum

Councillor,
Town of Wembley

Sean was elected to the Town of Wembley in October 2017.

A field operator at Nu Vista Energy, Sean is a long-time member of the Wembley Agricultural Society and President of the Wembley Mayhem Foundation, an organization dedicated to initiating events such as the mud bogs and demolition derby and fundraising in the community.

He is Vice President of the Northern Twistmasters Armwrestling Club. Sean is a professional armwrestler. His wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Logan and Garrett, are also involved in the sport and the entire family is at the top of their classes nationally.

Since Wembley is the home of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, he is abundantly aware of the importance to his community and the region.

In his role with the Agricultural Society, Sean works closely with Linden Roberts, Executive Director of the Museum to encourage more connection with Wembley and events in the community. They are also collaborating on bringing a significant exhibit to the region next summer.

As an employee in the energy sector, Sean sees himself as adding an important element to the Board.

“I’m a work boots kind of guy. It’s important to bring different perspectives forward,” he says.

“I see opportunities to have larger events to benefit Wembley and the whole region.”

 

 

Wendy Bosch
Board Member

Wendy Bosch

Executive Director,
Grande Prairie DownTown Association

Wendy Bosch was delighted to join the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Board to add her background and perspectives to this important organization.

As Executive Director of the DownTown Association, Wendy works hard to promote the City Centre and the community and area, as a whole.

Wendy moved to the City in September 2018 to become part of a community she had come to love visiting regularly over the last 20 years. She appreciates the vibrant life, attractions and events within the city while relishing the breathtaking local scenery and quiet places to unwind.

Wendy brings a diverse experience to the GPRTA Board. Prior to relocating from the Edmonton area, she operated successful small businesses and worked within the school system while raising her three children.

Her business background includes public relations, business management, marketing and sales/service experience. Wendy’s post-secondary education credentials are from the University of Calgary.

She looks forward to helping the GPRTA maximize opportunities to share the good news stories of the region and promote the many gems visitors will find in our area.

Brittany Crouch
Board Member

Brittany Crouch

Marketing Representative,
Q99 / Big Country 93.1 FM

Brittany Meen the Rodeo Queen is how most people met Brittany. Growing up on an acreage in the Peace Country has made Brittany a Grande Prairie Tourist her whole life.  She grew up in the small Hamlet of Debolt and Graduated with 8 other individuals in her class.  From a young age she loved promoting our region first as the 2011 Miss Teepee Creek Stampede Queen, then 2013 Miss Grande Prairie Stompede Queen and a finally a competitor for the 2015 Miss Rodeo Canada title. Brittany has traveled throughout Alberta promoting the Peace Country and our core values for as long as she can remember. Brittany now serves the Peace region as a Marketing Representative for the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Brittany started her radio career almost 5 years ago working in the Promotions Department promoting the Big Country and Q99 brands at community events through out the region. Brittany is now married and calls Grande Prairie home.

Don Moon
Board Member

Don Moon

Marketing & Sales Manager,
Evergreen Park

Don was born in raised in Grande Prairie. He is the Marketing & Business Manager at Evergreen Park. Don has been heavily involved in the community over the years having played a volunteer role with over 15 local groups and organizations. The Moon pride in the Peace Country began when his grandparents came to the area over the Edson trail in the early-1900s. Don and his wife, Erna, have three children and five grandchildren.