Kelli Ireland, Chair

With over twelve years of experience and training in marketing, public relations and event management, Kelli Ireland has contributed to revenue growth and brand awareness for some of the nation's top entertainment organizations. Kelli's entrepreneurial and passionate spirit encourages her to always be learning a new skill like graphic and web design, photography, and financial planning, so she can give back with a widespread set of skills. Kelli proudly volunteers as a board member for Tourism Medicine Hat and is the Co-chair on the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council.

Pat Grisonich, Director

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Mike Ractliffe, Director

Originally from Scotland Mike is currently Head of Visitor Services with Cypress Hills Provincial Park overseeing the visitor experience, campgrounds, visitor services and Hidden Valley Ski Resort and Board Member of MHDMO. As an ex-professional Badminton Player and participant in international competitions Mike is looking forward to seeing sporting events grow, in particular minority sports, and associated participation. Mike is also excited to see a growing array of cultural events and activities coming to Medicine Hat.

Brian Varga, Director

Since 1981 Brian has been involved in the Sporting Community in Medicine Hat. He played for the Medicine Hat Tigers as an overage for the 81-82 season. Brian met Brenda and were married in 1982. From 1984-92 Brian played professional hockey in Germany gaining valuable experience in the international hockey world. He returned home after that to play Senior Hockey for in Saskatchewan. In 1998 Brian turned to coaching in the Medicine Hat Minor Hockey system. Brian found success a few times with his teams by becoming the first team to win the Hockey Hounds Bantam AAA Tournament in 1999. In 2006 his Bantam AAA team captured the  Provincial Championship of Alberta. Brian was the General Manager of Medicine Hat Minor Hockey for three years and for the past 5 years since 2013 has been a Councillor for the City of Medicine Hat. Brian feels the Sports and Events Council is an important part of Medicine Hats future Sports Tourism and development of hosting major events for our City.