Community Involvement

Rhonda Side

GPRC Presidents Ball Committee

Co-Chair 2002 -2005
2006 Volunteer of the Year Award GPRC Alumni Foundation

Grande Prairie and Area Association of Realtor

Member since 2002
Director from 2004-2009 & 2011-2012
President 2008
Political Action Committee chair 2006 thru 2013
Commercial Council Chair 2010-2013
Canadian Commercial Council member since 2008

Grade Three Reading University from 2009

Co-Founder/Co-Chair
ASBA (Alberta School Boards Association) Friends of Education Award 2011

Tri-district Nomination – GPPSD, GPCSD, PWSD

Grade Three Reading U Annual Hole in One Golf Tournament
Co-Chair
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow 2013 (for Reading University)

2010 Arctic Winter Games Sponsorship Committee

Chair Colin James Friendraiser Event 2009

Jeremy Walker

Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Director 2007 – 2010
              2011 – 2013
Dan H Minchin Award 2015

  

Urban Developers Institute, Grande Prairie Chapter

Member 2009-
Chair 2011-2013 

Best New Office Building 2010 Canadian Commercial Council Building Awards

 

Swan City Rotary Club

Member from 2006

 

Chamber of Commerce 

Business Citizen of the Year Award - 2018

Chamber of Commerce Award

 

Devco is the development and facilities branch of the Side Group. Rhonda Side and Jeremy Walker tend to that portion of the business.

The division arose initially because of the demands that arose within our own group in managing properties held by Side for the various locations of our OpCo’s.  By default, we were in the property management business.

The interesting thing that evolved from that was, once recognized, the services DevCo provided were in demand outside of that original scope or core business – residential subdivisions, commercial properties on a build- to-suit basis, rail and transload opportunities, and land acquisitions. That does not mean that the property management went away. That ongoing function remains within DevCo and represents a large portfolio across Alberta and BC.

 2017 was a particularly interesting year.  It is when we started to see the needles move again in most of our operating areas, and quite dramatically in the GP Region.  Arguably, the 18 months prior were some of the most uncertain in history and set a precedent for what would emerge as a new way of conducting business.  The phone started to ring again at DevCo and it has not stopped.  The accomplishments of note in 2017:

 Advancement of the Grande Prairie Regional Logistics Park at 4 Mile Corner. The vision for this site has always been to build out the site to accommodate transportation of industrial products by rail in efforts to relieve some of the pressure from our truck-centric approach and shore up supply chains.  When the economy tanks, so do the demand for transportation.  However, in addition to managing our own transload facility – sand, forestry, ag, energy – anchor tenant Pure Chem also put the shovel in the dirt and are constructing facilities there that represent several million dollars in commitment to the region and their plans for future development could double or even triple that if the economy continues to flourish. 

Negotiating and navigating commercial leases post-downturn are always fun.  Available lease space in GP in 2015/2016 was at an all-time high and over the course of 2017 that began to relax.  The deals are demanding but Rhonda and Jeremy are adept at securing gilt-edged tenants and creating sound relationships.

Taylor Estates Development was also affected by the downturn as free money was scarce but Phase #3 was successfully prepared and ready to go as well as Wild Wood.  Both projects continue to see more action as buyers find their bank accounts returning to previous levels. The 2017 & 2018 Dream Homes are built on Taylor lands.

Gold Creek Project – the development of this crown land south of Grande Prairie represents an investment by the group of about 10 million and a couple of years of heavy lifting, clearing,  and construction.  In October 2017 DevCO went live with the rail transloading and marketing of this site for users, tenants and projects have been very active. Currently, there are a number of prospects on the go and the expectation is that the site will be fully built out by 2019.

Big Mountain – represents an active application for Crown lands south of Grande Prairie at the epicenter of highway, rail, power, water, and road.  In 2015 Devco identified this parcel of approximately 1800 acres as potentially the heart of what could be our own industrial heartland.  Much work has been done on behalf of the region in an effort to not only secure this land but also to ensure that when our international visitors come to look at options for investment in Alberta that they do not go elsewhere.  While somewhat speculative in nature, the project evolved from having had those visitors arrive here with large projects in mind, only to have them leave as fast as they arrived.  As well, what has emerged from those first meetings and discussions is the Tri Municipal Partnership.  It is a collaborative approach to preparing the lands for investments which would see diversification in our resource bases and add value to the supply chain here where we think it should remain.  And, it provides an alternative by rail to the tidewater – an opportunity that to date we have missed as a region.  Devco is a proud cheerleader for this region.

Wembley Lands – the Tenaris project was the result of negotiations made through DevCO.  Today, Jeremy and Rhonda work with Chris Anderson in developing the lands adjacent to the Dino museum and in the area to help promote the region and tell the story of our rich heritage in the peace.

There are always a number of balls in the air –and no shortage of work.

Community Engagement – you would be hard-pressed to name an event that Devco/Side is not participating into some degree – every month of the year.   Of particular note is Grade Three Reading University which is celebrating its 9th year this July and year 6 of the  Reading U Hole in One Golf Tournament in September. Jeremy is an active member of Rotary and working with the development team for the wellness center.  Rhonda sits on the cabinet at the QE2. Both are active in volunteering and promoting this region.  It is in their DNA. They live and work and play together which is a remarkable thing in its own right. They still like one another:) The staff that is dedicated to Devco are engaged and form a solid team of equally committed members; proud to be part of a winning team. 

  

  

Community Support

2010 ARCTIC WINTER GAMES                                       GPPSD EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Arctic Winter Games                                                        GPPSD

 

GRADE 3 READING UNIVERSITY                                   ART GALLERY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE

Grade 3 Reading University                                                  ART Gallery of GP

 

GRANDE PRAIRIE REGIONAL COLLEGE                               GRANDE PRAIRIE EMS

GPRC                                                     GPREMS

 

     PHILIP J CURRY DINO MUSEUM                         QEII REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

                                                                                                   KEY TO CARE CAMPAIGN

Philip J Curry Dino Museum                                          Key to Care