Bid & Event Committee

Tammy Sweeney, Chair

Tammy is passionate about building communities and bringing people together through events. She has been in the venue management industry for over 12 years, and has been working to build top performing organizations for over 20 years. These two worlds collide in her current role as the General Manager of SMG Canalta Centre – bringing great events big and small to Medicine Hat. Tammy sees possibility with every gathering, and works to bring groups and people together to build a stronger outcome. So sitting on the Bid and Events Committee through the Sport and Event Council is such a natural fit. Tammy is new to the Medicine Hat community, and is excited to see the growth and economic development that will come from helping organizations to bring amazing events to our community.

Bill Cocks

Bill Cocks is a lifelong resident of Medicine Hat and totally committed to maintaining and enhancing the wonderful amenities and life style we all love in this little/big city.  Bill retired from his law practice in 2017 and served 13 years on City Council between 1998 and 2017.  He has long been involved in choirs and community theatre and is well connected to the performing arts sector here.  The invitation to serve on the Sports & Events Council (Bids & Events Committee) was an opportunity to make another contribution to the community we call home.

Marg Derbyshire

Transplanted from Saskatchewan, Marg was a teacher, coach and Athletic Director for 25 years at McCoy High School.  Now retired from teaching, she continues to work as the Sport Administrator for the South Zone of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association, a position she has held since 1983.  In that role, Marg facilitates junior and senior high school competitions in a variety of sports at the Zone and Provincial level.  Marg is also the Rotary Track Manager and in the Spring will spend her days at T&F meets and school and club practices.   She is a Track & Field Official and has been the Chair for many T&F competitions, including those at the Western Canada Tri-Province Championships, Alberta Summer Games, Alberta Special Olympics, and the 55+ Alberta Summer Games.  Marg brings her experiences in sport administration to the Medicine Hat Sport and Events Council, but expects that she will gain more from this dynamic group than she will contribute!

Lovell McDonnell

Lovell retired in 2001 after a 31 year career as a Fire Fighter at Canadian Forces Base Suffield. During that time and continuing to the present he has volunteered in many capacities in the operation of minor sports programs and the hosting of tournaments and events at the Local, Provincial, Western Canada, Canadian and International levels. Currently he is the President of the Medicine Hat Big League Youth Baseball Association. In 1997 the City of Medicine Hat named a baseball diamond (R.L. Lovell McDonnell Diamond) in his honour of his commitment to baseball in the community. Throughout his time as a volunteer Lovell has sat on many different committees and boards and has received multiple recognition awards. In 2003 he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and the Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame in 2010.  Lovell is very supportive of community and the enthusiasm hosting a wide array of events will bring to our city.

Don Knutson

Don Knutson was employed by the City of Medicine Hat within the Finance area for over 28 years and retired as the General Manger of Finance in 2012.  He is currently serving as Treasurer for the Medicine Hat Alberta Games Society, Finance Director for the 2019 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge and Board Member for the Bid Committee of the Medicine Hat Sports and Event Council.  He served 6 years on the Medicine Hat Assessment Appeal Board.  Past volunteer positions have been with the 2016 Alberta Winter Games as Finance Director – Board member Government Officers of Alberta –  Board Member Government Finance Officers of Western Canada – Past President of the Kinsmen Club of Medicine Hat – past member of the Alberta Municipal Affairs Task Force on Tangible Capital Assets.  Don has also served as treasure on various sporting groups around Medicine Hat.  He enjoys time with his family, baseball, hockey, curling, pickle ball, golf, fishing and working out.  Don looks forward to assisting groups in their pursuit of hosting sports and cultural events within the Medicine Hat area.

Ken Sauer

Ken has been involved in many different events including the 1992 Alberta Senior Games, the 1998 Canadian National Senior Games, the 2002 Alberta Winter Games, the 2008 Alberta Summer Games, the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, the 2017 Alberta Special Olympics, and the 2019 55Plus Alberta Games. In each of these he has acted as the Vice Chair and Director of Administration. His activities with these events have included being the recording secretary, holding copies of the incorporation and working closely with Alberta Gaming. Ken has recently been inducted into the Medicine Hat Sport Wall of Fame and had the Dr. Ken Sauer Elementary School named after him. He also holds an Order of Canada and Alberta Order of Excellence.

David Young

David is the Manager of Recreation for the City of Medicine Hat and has been involved in the sport community for 22 years as a participant, coach, parent and employee of the City of Medicine Hat. He believes that the MHSEC will be that one point of contact for any group looking to host an event in Medicine Hat and will provide the coordination for the community in all the events we host. The MHSEC will be able to help all community groups with resources for whatever a group may require to be successful including financial seed money for event bid preparation.

Promotions & Marketing Committee

Elisha Ammann, Chair

Elisha Ammann has worked in the hotel industry for almost 20 years.  She was the inaugural President of the Medicine Hat Accommodation Association and eventually moved into the role of Executive Director.  She oversees all the marketing activities for the MHAA (also known as as well as coordinates group bookings for major events.  Elisha believes it is the wonderful people of Medicine Hat that make it a true hidden gem.  She is excited to work with the Sports & Event Council to continue to encourage visitors to come to Canada’s Sunniest City!

Deanna Haysom

With over 20 years of experience in the sales and marketing world, Deanna Haysom is proud to be the Owner and Creative Director of Tag Concepts, a Marketing Agency located in Medicine Hat. Deanna was engaged with a number of different non-profits throughout her career in a volunteer capacity and is currently engaged with the Sports & Event Council on the Marketing & Promotions committee as well as the Communication Director for Medicine Hat Little League. She enjoys helping organizations recognize their true potential helping them read the road map in a manner that helps them avoid taking some wrong turns.

Jennifer Kerslake

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Sean Rooney

Sean Rooney has been the sports editor of the Medicine Hat News since 2004, covering everything from minor sports to major national competitions. He has branched out to charity work in the memory of his late son Dominic and is excited to see what the Gas City's sports organizations will accomplish, forging closer ties with one another supported by the sport and event council in the coming years.

Dan Sullivan

Dan has been involved in tourism for four decades. He spent three years with Panorama Resort, twenty two years with the Calgary Stampede and has been with Canalta hotels for over ten years. He currently sits on the Newell Tourism, Travel Drumheller, and Drayton Valley Hospitality & Tourism Authority boards. He is also on the Cochrane Marketing, Camrose Tourism, Canadian Badlands Marketing Consortium and Drumheller Revitalization committees. In 2017 Dan was the recipient of the Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award (Badlands). He has sat on the Tourism Calgary Board, Team Tourism Provincial Committee and Destination Stettler. Dan looks forward to the MHSEC bringing more visitors to Medicine Hat and surrounding area.

Natalie Weir

Natalie is currently the Sales and Events Coordinator for the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede and have been with the Stampede for over 5 years. Through her work there she has been involved in such events as the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, 2017 Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games, and is looking forward to the Alberta 55 plus 2019 Summer Provincials. She is excited to be part of the MHSEC and believes that this collaborative group will help to enhance the Sport and Event culture in our community.