bid & event committee

The Bids and Events Committee is responsible for supporting local sport and event organizations in bidding to host events and competitions in Medicine Hat. They are also responsible for consulting with sport and event organizations regarding event execution.

Don Knutson, Chair
Don Knutson was employed by the City of Medicine Hat within the Finance area for over 28 years and retired as the General Manager of Finance in 2012. He is currently serving as a Board Member for the Bid Committee of the Medicine Hat Sport and Event Council. He served 6 years on the Medicine Hat Assessment Appeal Board. Past volunteer positions have been with the 2019 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, Treasurer of the Medicine Hat Alberta Games Society, 2016 Alberta Winter Games as Finance Director, past 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 Treasurer on various sporting groups around Medicine Hat. He enjoys time with his family, baseball, hockey, curling, pickleball, 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.

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.

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

The Promotions and Marketing Committee is responsible for supporting the promotions and marketing of the Council and Medicine Hat as a host. They are responsible for the awareness of the Council itself to sport and event organizations, businesses, media, provincial and national organizations, and all levels of government. They are also responsible for assisting sport and event organizations with promotions and marketing initiatives.

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!

Michelle Graves
Michelle Graves comes all the way from Ontario and recently just moved to Medicine Hat. She is currently the Sales & Events Coordinator at the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede.  Michelle is very excited to contribute to the Promotions and Marketing Committee. She has a strong events background, working the last five years in Toronto in different event related jobs. Michelle loves working along side others to help bring their visions to life.  She is happy to be apart of this awesome team.

Sean Rooney

Sean Rooney spent roughly 16 years as sports editor at the Medicine Hat News, 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.

Steve Pudwell
Steve is the General Sales Manager with the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. He also sits as a Board Member with the Medicine Hat Chamber of Commerce.

Sarah Franchetto
Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Sarah was a competitive figure skater in her youth as well as being active in soccer and dance. She is currently a Business Account Manager at RBC and a Director on the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. Having competed at a national level, she is excited to see how we can showcase Medicine Hat with sports and events in our City. Being a competitor in the past, experiencing events from that perspective, and now seeing the economic impacts such events can have on our city, she looks forward to seeing how Medicine Hat can grow our sporting, cultural and community events.

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