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Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce has an amazing team!

Your Chamber is committed to creating the best possible business environment in Hinton & area.

The Chamber of Commerce is the premier organization to further the interests of business.  In recent years the Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce has been involved in rewriting the Offsite Levy Bylaw, one of the most important changes in our community in a very long time; has had significant input on the Municipal Land Use Bylaw, critical regulation for business; and has provided input in every proposed change that might impact local business.

Support does not stop there, however. Your fees also support the Provincial, Federal and International Chambers to ensure that the important views of the business community are reflected in government decision making.  It is important for businesses to support the Chamber both with ideas and with financial support by buying an annual membership.

"I came to Hinton because I loved the mountains. I found a community that was accepting, which just made the mountains that much better." 

Board of Directors

Committed Business Owners

In the past years, the Chamber has been dominated by business owners focused on making Hinton a business-friendly community. This Board understands how challenging it is to run a business and has maintained a consultative relationship with the Town of Hinton.  This has allowed our business community a voice in municipal decision-making as we have successfully implemented an Offsite Levy Bylaw to really clarify development risk and have had input on the new Land-Use Bylaw to ensure a forward-looking law.

If the Hinton & District Chamber of Commerce or any of our board members can be of any assistance whatsoever please contact us!

Phone:    780-865-2777
Email:      info@hintonchamber.com

2021 List of Board of Directors

  • PRESIDENT - Nathan Schneider
  • VICE PRESIDENT - Jessica Zimmer
  • TREASURER - Curtis Anderson
  • SECRETARY - Robyn Frizzell

DIRECTORS

  • Yvonne Barker - STOR-X Organizing Systems
  • Jessica Zimmer - RBC
  • Darwin Kowalchuk - Yellowhead Spray Foam & Coatings
  • Maria Jenkins - Navigator Environmental
  • Crystal Leuschen - HUB International
  • Nathan Schneider - Logic Control
  • Curtis Anderson - REMAX/2000 Realty
  • Colleen Houston - Wayfinder Corp.
  • Robyn Frizzell - McStrong Safety Services

President

Nathan Schneider

“A little about you and your business”

I am a graduate from Grant MacEwan business program, a Red and Blue Seal Journeyman Electrician from Red Deer College, and former level 2 volunteer firefighter from Fox Creek. I have called Hinton my home for over the past 20 years, and most important to me is that I am a husband, and father of 3 wonderful children we have raised here.

My wife and I own Logic Control ltd, an electrical and instrumentation company that has been in business here for over 15 years. We specialize in industrial and commercial work, supporting the oil and gas, coal, limestone, Sand, and Forestry industries in our community. Our company has extensive experience in solar, LED lighting retrofits, scada communications, VFD’s, and plant automation and process control. 

Do we do residential work? Yes we do.

“What led you to become a Chamber Board Member?”

I see Hinton as a place of magnificent possibilities and had ideas I wanted to share with the community to help improve and grow. I am also a firm believer that if you want to make changes you have to get involved, it takes a team of likeminded people to accomplish this. I had a couple sit down informal meetings to share these ideas and the conversation came up to join the chamber as a board member. The timing was right for me, and seemed like a natural path to start getting involved with my community.  

“Why is being a board member important to you?”

Being on the board has opened opportunities to get involved with my community and connected me with so many other people that are driven by a similar motive, and that is the success of our community. 

By representing the chamber, you represent the business community and this opens doors and conversations with everyone from your federal and provincial MLA’s, local government, and initiatives like Community Futures, the Business Support Network and Hinton’s Regional Economic Development Committee (HREDC). At a local level to be involved with the community groups and have the opportunity to sit in and provide support, advice or become a liaison is something I enjoy.


“Bonus Points for a giving a fun *Business Tip*”

I am a huge fan of Napoleon Hill. With titles like Think and grow rich, and success through a positive mental attitude how can you not read these.

With his book as a framework, my fun tips would be

  • Establish a master mind alliance (participate in a local group)
  • Give of yourself freely and without strings attached
  • Never enter a contract that isn’t fair or takes advantage of the other party involved
  • Do what you love, the money will follow

Executive Director

Natalie Charlton

“A little about you”

I was born and raised in Hinton, and my family has run small businesses off and on in Hinton over the years. I worked as a Travel Agent for 21 years before I took a leap of faith and became an entrepreneur. This is when I became the owner of The Old Grind. I received a lot of support from my family and friends and enjoyed the journey for 14 years. Now I help my daughter with her business on the weekends when possible.

“What led you to the Chamber?”

I first got involved as a Director with the Chamber board back in 2003 when I became the owner of The Old Grind, and then again in 2013.It was really important to me to be part of a business community and get involved. I really enjoyed working with fellow business owners and doing what I could to strengthen the spirit of the business community. I later put my name forward for the position of Executive Director, and have been here now for 6 years.

“Why is being a board member important to you?”

I believe you need to get involved with what you are passionate about. I have had the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and to work with some great mentors in our community. It's great to have the opportunity to give back.

“Bonus Points for a giving a fun *Business Tip*”

Love what you do and remember to take some time for fun.

Natalie is a wealth of information and is happy to help out in any way that she can.

natalie.charlton@hintonchamber.com

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