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Calgary Folk Fest GM retires, Mertex Canada introduces new president, Booster Juice named to CFA Hall of Fame

Celebrating Alberta business

Apr 21, 2014

by Jim Kerr

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is without a general manager for the first time in over a decade, following the retirement of Les Siemieniuk. Siemieniuk managed the operations of the festival for the past 15 years. Festival board chair Joe Ceci says Calgary’s Festival Hall is an “amazing legacy of [Siemieniuk’s] time with the folk fest.” The board has begun its search for an executive director for the Calgary Folk Festival Society.

  • Calgary-based Mertex Canada is introducing Wayne Chodzicki as its new director and president. Chodzicki, who is from Alberta, previously spent time in charge of the Canadian and International Oil and Gas practice with KPMG and is the past-chair of the Energy Council of Canada.
  • The Barley Council of Canada has named Brett Campbell its new executive director. Campbell brings over 15 years of senior management experience to his new role, which includes years working in the pharmaceutical, agri-marketing and food processing industries.
  • Hawk Exploration is bidding farewell to Thomas Buchanan, who has resigned from the company’s board of directors. Buchanan had been a director of Hawk Exploration since its formation in February 2009, but was also a director of its two predecessor companies dating back to 1996.

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Booster Juice is the newest member of the Canadian Franchise Association Hall of Fame.

Founder Dale Wishewan started out in Sherwood Park and in 14 years, he has grown his business to over 300 locations in five countries. The award comes shortly after Booster Juice was named the Ernst & Young Prairies Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013.

The CFA Hall of Fame Award is presented “in recognition of outstanding performance by a franchise system over a significant period of time.”

Dale Wishewan was the 2013 Allard Chair in Business for MacEwan University.


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