Spotlight on Sponsors

Forever Water… Thanks to Brad Wallace

Brad Wallace has over 40 years experience in manufacturing and distributing quality water products. Since 1996, he has been CEO of Nanton Water & Soda Ltd., sourcing bottling and distributing high mineral natural spring water.

Brad sponsors many local community events and functions across Southern Alberta. In his ‘free time,’ he enjoys playing in the Old Timers Hockey League, biking, golfing and of course, ranching west of Nanton, Alberta.

Meet Jay Magnussen,
Sponsor, Golfer, Realtor, Supporter of John Barlow
Jay Magnussen has lived in Alberta his whole life – growing up in Calgary and now living in Okotoks for the past 35 years. Jay has known John Barlow for many years from the time when John was writing for the Okotoks Western Wheel.

Jay and John are enthusiastic golfers, and they both enjoy hockey. Jay is currently on the Board of Directors for the Okotoks Jr. A Oilers – an organization of which he is a charter member. That’s why his motto is:

Living, working and giving back in your community.
Jim Beusekom, Albertan, Going with the Grain
Jim has lived and worked in Southern Alberta his entire life. During regular business hours you will find Jim marketing agricultural grain, of which most goes to livestock in Feedlot Alley; Jim and his wife Elizabeth founded Market Place Commodities Ltd in 2007. During what some may call ‘downtime,’ you will find Jim exploring the outdoors or hobby farming.
Morten Paulsen – Promoting and Preserving Reputations

Morten Paulsen served in various capacities for the Reform Party and Canadian Alliance between 1993 and 2001, including Director of Public Relations, and Director of Operations.

In 2001, Mr. Paulsen set up an external relations consultancy serving clients ranging from professional associations to First Nations, medical capital campaigns, and oil and gas. For example, in 2008 he was part of the team that managed the Maple Leaf Foods listeriosis response – now regarded internationally as a case study in successful crisis communication.

In 2009, Paulsen formed Paulsen Group to focus specifically on the media, crisis, and government relations that are critical to business and organizations that interface with government. Clients and continuing political involvement extend to the provincial and municipal levels, including the management of the communications functions of many political campaigns.

Outside of client activities, Morten is a dad, stays active in church and volunteer activities and is a remarkably bad, though passionate fisherman.

Roger Hamel loves wheels – bikes, heavy haul trucks, classic cars

A transplant from Ontario, Roger has been part of the High River community for 14 years. But 23 years ago he founded CDI International and has been in the transportation business ever since. Even the Sunset Drive-In in High River. He is a member of the Rotary Club and the River City Classics car club.

Although these hobbies keep Roger busy, he always finds time to give back to the community. He has spear- headed such projects as purchasing televisions for the hospital residents, as well as other local non-profit organizations.

Roger prides himself in the work he does for his community, and the friendships he makes along the way. If you see him out and about make sure to say “Hello”. He is sure to have a smile and story for you.

For years,  Darren Lane’s motto has been
“There’s no mystery to good sound.”

Darren started in the audio/video business as a boy at ABC Color & Sound – a local high quality electronics chain store owned by his father.

Darren loved it, and from that point Darren focused on the home entertainment electronics business as his passion, which has remained for all of his working life.  Today he is the proud owner of K&W Audio. Darren’s shop introduces visitors to some of the most desirable audio/video equipment in the world, and he still truly enjoys demystifying the experience.

At about the same age as he was when he worked at ABC, Darren also fell in love with motorcycles. He has owned and raced many motorcycles, winning championships and setting records along the way. Today he has retired from racing, and Darren and his wife live north of Cochrane, where they keep a number of horses as well as a few motorcycles, and a nice stereo too!


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