Podcasts

Welcome to Clearwater County Podcasts. An ongoing conversation about the issues that matter to residents and businesses of Clearwater County. Audio versions are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and other streaming services.

Introducing a new podcast series: Doing Business in Clearwater County

This is a great opportunity to showcase your business and help grow community connection and economic development. 


To have your business featured on this podcast series, please contact our Economic Development Officer at ecdev@clearwatercounty.ca.




Episode 1: Internet & Education, Part 1

Economic Development Officer Jerry Pratt welcomes Principal Tim Bowman of École Rocky Elementary to discuss the importance of Internet access to education. Despite the growing importance of reliable, high-speed Internet access to a quality education, large gaps in service remain. More than 10 percent of Canadians still do not have Internet access at home, while rural speeds are on average, ten times slower than urban speeds.


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Episode 2: Internet & Education, Part 2

Economic Development Officer Jerry Pratt welcomes Jana Thomson of the Rocky Learning Centre to discuss the evolution of continuing education. Sectoral shifts, changes in technology and market demands are all contributing factors in the growing need for employees to update their skills. With more and more education programs migrating online, high-speed and reliable Internet connectivity has become essential for accessing opportunities and earning credentials.


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Episode 3: Internet & Education, Part 3

Economic Development Officer Jerry Pratt welcomes Stacey Wigley, Principal of West Central High School to discuss how Internet access is influencing modern classrooms and the importance for learning outcomes. The digital mobilization of education has left many parents anxious about the availability of high-speed, reliable Internet access. The effects of the pandemic have exacerbated the problems of connectivity for rural students.


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Episode 4: Connecting Small Business

Economic Development Officer Jerry Pratt welcomes Roxanne Franczak, owner of Forkin' Delightful to discuss how Internet access is critical to success in the rapidly transforming world of digital commerce. As most business owners would agree, high-speed, reliable Internet access is no longer a complementary piece of the puzzle but rather an essential service that businesses need to grow, compete and innovate.


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Episode 5: Interview with Brett Pawlyk About Exploring David Thompson Country

Brett Pawlyk is a long-time local adventurer and guide. In this video he speaks with Jerry Pratt, Economic Development Officer with Clearwater County, about HeLa Ventures, Mountain Adventure School, caring for the land as people recreate, and his book “David Thompson Country: A Scrambling Guide.” Brett wants everyone to know that we have a beautiful area to live and play in, and that the best way to enjoy this land for generations to come is by following the Leave No Trace principles when recreating in Clearwater County and surrounding area. Brett’s book, “David Thompson Country: A Scrambling Guide”, is sold at various stores around Nordegg and Rocky Mountain House or can be purchased online through Amazon.



Episode 6: Projects Along the David Thompson Corridor

Economic Development Officer, Jerry Pratt, welcomes Don Livingston, Director Recreation, Ecosystem and Land Management with Alberta Environment and Parks, to discuss projects along the David Thompson Highway between the hamlet of Nordegg and the Banff National Park.  Alberta Environment and Parks is building new parking lots, trail heads and pedestrian crossing in response the growth in visitors to Clearwater County and David Thompson Country over the past several years.  These improvements will help protect the visitors and the land that they are exploring. 


Episode 7: Nature's Getaway in Nordegg

Listen the latest podcast episode about a new luxury cabin rental business in Nordegg, Alberta.

Tanya Koshowski runs Nature’s Getaway Nordegg, and in this video Jerry Pratt, Economic Development Officer with Clearwater County, interviews Tanya about why they chose Nordegg, the joys of operating multiple cabin rentals, and how they have made Nature’s Getaway a unique place for couples and families to enjoy as they explore the David Thompson Country Tourism Region.

Nature’s Getaway Nordegg can be found at https://www.naturesgetawaynordegg.com/


Episode 8: West Fraser LVL in Clearwater County 

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., a Canadian Lumber company with a laminated veneer lumber (LVL) plant located SW of Rocky Mountain House in Clearwater County, and they have sawmill and lumber treatment plant located near Sundre just South of Clearwater County.  In this video Jerry Pratt, Economic Development Officer for Clearwater County, interviews Bob Jackle, General Manager of the West Fraser LVL plant, and Tom Daniels, Forestry Superintendent for West Fraser.  They discuss careers, forestry management, fighting mountain pine beetle, and West Fraser’s work with local recreation groups. Audio versions are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music and other streaming services.