General R J Hillier

Name: General Rick Hillier
Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM MDT
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Join the Okotoks Chamber of Commerce for a special presentation by General Rick Hillier.

General R.J Hillier (Retired)
Former Chief of the Defence Staff for Canadian Forces – 
the Canadian Forces’ Highest Rank

Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Rick Hillier joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. Having enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After completing his armour officer classification training, he joined his first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) in Petawawa, Ontario.

Subsequently, he served with, and later commanded, the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Canada and Germany. Throughout his career, General Hillier has had the privilege and pleasure of commanding troops from the platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has worked as a staff officer in several headquarters, first at the Army level in Montreal and later at the strategic level in Ottawa.

In 1998 General Hillier was appointed as the first Canadian Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, US Army in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2000 he took command of NATO’s Stabilization Force’s (SFOR) Multinational Division (Southwest) in Bosnia Herzegovina.

In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

General Hillier was promoted to his present rank and assumed duties as the Chief of the Defence Staff on 4 February 2005.
General Hillier and his wife have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson. General Hillier enjoys most recreational pursuits but, in particular, runs slowly, plays hockey poorly and golf’s not well at all.

Sponsored by TD Canada Trust

Town launches ‘High Praises’ economic development campaign

Town launches ‘High Praises’ economic development campaign

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town of High River has launched a new economic development and marketing campaign designed to attract new businesses, residents and visitors to town. The campaign will shift external perceptions away from the flood and highlight all the great assets High River has to offer.

“High River is an amazing community filled with incredible people. Whether you are looking to raise a family, start or expand your business, or just put down roots, High River will be a great place for you,” said Jodi Dawson, economic development manager for the Town.

The campaign was created in partnership with Red City Creative Agency and plays off of the name ‘High River’ by finding different phrases that showcase key aspects of living in the community.

Some examples include: ‘High Life’ – representing the town’s high quality of living and amenities like a world class golf course; ‘High Noon’ – for the town’s various special events including the Little Britches parade and rodeo; and ‘High Returns’ – for the strong entrepreneurial spirit of residents and the great investment opportunities throughout High River.

“A huge amount of work has been done over the past three years and we think it’s time to start telling the High River story to the world,” added Dawson.

The heart of the campaign is a new website, that is filled with resources about investing in High River, relocating to town, and details on special events throughout the year. This website will replace the current tourism website and act as a portal for all new potential investors and residents.

The campaign also includes short promotional videos, digital marketing and print advertisements. This initial launch is just the beginning of the campaign, as the Town plans to adapt and expand its marketing efforts as the campaign continues to be rolled out in the coming weeks and months.