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Mady Adamson

Mady Adamson is a 5th generation Saskatchewan grain farmer. She is passionate about ag education and sharing what she knows to her social media pages titled Learning About Ag With Mady. Mady is currently in grade 4 and in her spare time enjoys dancing, watching hockey and reading. Since Learning About Ag With Mady began in April 2021 Mady has gotten to meet many wonderful people, work side by side on some great projects and appreciates all the support she has received.

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Jim Barr

Jim Barr, founder & CEO of Seekers Media – a professionally educated community connector and award-winning economic developer in Western Canada’s tourism and entertainment industry. 12 years building Seekers Media (a legacy company of the 2010 Winter Olympics) working with 20 First Nations and over 90 DMOs across Alberta and B.C.. Content production and destination development via a series of Seekers Media online magazines including SnowSeekers, FestivalSeekers and ZenSeekers.com. Co-producer for #SkiNorthAB on SnowSeekers, a four year platform growing winter tourism across Alberta’s north. He and the team at Seekers Media developed the multi provincial award-winning COVID pivot of “#YourCommunityOnline,” empowering tourism-related businesses with COVID recovery tools.

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Derek M. Bruno

Managing Partner and Founder, SevGen Consulting (sevgen.ca)

Derek Bruno, Managing Partner and Founder, SevGen Consulting (sevgen.ca) can best be described as visionary in his ability to find opportunity when faced with challenge. It is this drive that has led him to establish several successful businesses, while also serving two terms as Councillor for Samson Cree Nation.

Derek’s passion for community development led him to pursue his Master’s in Business Administration through Cape Breton University, during which he co-authored a University textbook titled, “Indigenous Business in Canada”. Beyond his own success, Derek’s real passion is seeing others succeed.

Bringing a strength-based perspective to his relationships, Derek has been motivated to mentor and coach communities to establish mutually beneficial relationships with industry and government.

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Sean Chilton

Sean Chilton is the Vice President of People, Health Professions and Information Technology with Alberta Health Services. He is a visionary leader who has created sustainable, positive working relationships with diverse stakeholders inside and outside the health sector, and is a well-respected leader in AHS.

Sean started his health care career as a registered nurse, graduating from the Royal Oldham School of Nursing in Oldham, England. He has worked in health care for more 35 years, and held leadership roles with increasing responsibilities for 25 years including as a non-physician in the VP Medicine role, Quality, Safety and various other operational areas. Sean has moved across the province, living in several Alberta communities including Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and currently Edmonton.

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Amanda Clark

Amanda has a strong background in the customer service industry as well as several years in the logistics and transportation industry in a variety of capacities, from safety and hours of service, driving various types of equipment and hauling a wide range of products, to her certification as a class 5 driving instructor. Amanda has excelled demonstrating a strong skill set in communication, creativity, logistics and leadership. Her Resilient and tenacious nature hold true for her passion of acquiring knowledge and bridging environmental and sustainable recourses with the future.

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Troy Clark

Troy has a farming background with over 23 years in the oil and gas industry where he held many leadership roles, from organizing and supervising large scale projects to becoming senior manager for one of North America’s largest service companies. Troy also owned his own business in the logistics and transportation industry for more than 5 years, which further demonstrates his experience in all aspects of this new venture. Troy has passion, dedication and a clear vision that will allow him to overcome any challenges.

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Marc Colombina

As Vice-President of Operations, Marc oversees the management, logistics, and procurement for Terrapin’s projects, including the Alberta No. 1 geothermal project. Internally focused on operational excellence and the development of its internal processes, Marc ensures activities are aligned with the vision, commitments, and goals of the organization. Beyond project and resource management, Marc maintains Terrapin’s relationships with various government bodies, granting and tax credit organizations, and academic institutions, and assists with lobbying and policy development. Marc came to Terrapin as its second staff member after a career in supply chain and logistics where he was looking to put his project management and organizational skills to work and help make the energy-transition a reality. When not spending time with his wife and two young daughters, Marc enjoys the outdoors and the study of history.

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Christine Fehr

Christine Fehr is an entrepreneur, author and community builder whose passion is to serve and support people worldwide by sharing her story. She delivers a strong message that we are not a product of our past, but rather a product of the choices we make and the actions we are willing to take in order to effect change and make an impact.

For more than 25 years, she has worked in the health and wellness industry promoting overall wellness using a mindfulness-based, holistic approach. Over the last decade, she has dedicated her career to mental and emotional wellness and is now the CEO of the Mental Wellness Matters Society (MWM).

Although Christine has faced many adversities in life, she chooses to focus on resilience, building and maintaining a strong mindset, and living life with purpose and passion. Her natural ability to emotionally connect and relate to others has set her on a fulfilling path within the non-profit sector, working with the MWM Society. The society’s mission to bring awareness and a voice to mental and emotional health, utilizing a proactive approach that aims to decrease negative stigma and support mental health in her community and surrounding areas.

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Avis Gagne

Avis, along with her husband and business partner, built and operate a successful heavy construction/trucking business which has served the region for 30 years. During much of that time she also had a successful career with the Government of Alberta focusing on program policy, communications, and partnership support.

She has served on the Board of Smoky River Economic Development for 6 years and is currently Vice-Chair of that organization.  In addition, she is contracted as the Broadband Coordinator for the Smoky River Broadband Project, providing research, community engagement and communication to the initiative.

Avis recognized the immense potential and opportunity provided by growing and processing industrial hemp after attending the 1st Canada International Hemp Fibre Processing Symposium in 2018.  In the intervening 3 years, she has worked to promote, educate, identify opportunities and markets and encourage investment in this emerging industry. She is passionate about the industry.  As CEO of Smoky Hemp Decortication Ltd, she is committed to making it the successful cornerstone of a hemp fibre value-added chain in Northern Alberta.

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David Hanson

David Hanson, Chair, Northern Alberta Development Council

MLA David Hanson was re-elected to his second term at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019. He represents the constituency of Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul. Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Hanson worked for over 37 years in the construction industry in service of both the commercial and oil and gas sectors. Over the course of his career he has worked in various capacities, including as a foreman, as a superintendent, and as a consultant and construction inspector for a major Alberta oil and gas company.

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Todd Hirsch

As Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, Todd spends much of his time delivering dynamic, clear-eyed talks on topics ranging from the economy and creativity, to adaptability and the future of work. For more than 25 years, he has worked as an economist for organizations including the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada.

Todd has been recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential people. He’s received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. He previously taught economics at the University of Calgary and for the Executive Education program at the University of Alberta.

He is the author of four books. His latest, Spiders in COVID Space: Adapting during and after the pandemic, was released in March 2021. The book captures the inspiring and compelling stories of businesses and not-for-profits that reinvented themselves during the pandemic.

A strong advocate of the arts and culture, he serves on the boards of Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet. He is also an advisor to the Dean of the Chiu School of Business at Bow Valley College in Calgary.

Todd is also the host of a podcast titled The Future Of. In each episode, he and a guest explore what the future might look like for work, communities, art and culture, leadership and other compelling topics. Now in its third season, the podcast won a national award in February 2021.

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Jesse Hirsh

Futurist & Digital Strategist

Jesse Hirsh is a futurist speaker and internet strategist. An experienced innovator and collaborator, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology. Jesse helps audiences understand what the future holds for them by sharing strategic, provocative and often humorous forward-thinking insights. He makes the discussion about new technology accessible and empowers groups to embrace the opportunities available to them in this technological age, especially at the forefront of sustainable living

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Doug Holt

Doug Holt is the Associate Vice President, Investments for Alberta Innovates wherein he oversees the Accelerators program, Entrepreneurial Investments & Post Secondary Investments. Doug has over 20 years of experience in the fields of financial services, technology, and education managing high functioning teams, designing and implementing corporate strategies and performing complex financial analysis of companies across a wide array of industries.

Doug’s financial services experience is both buy side and sell side with a focus on investment banking, credit analysis, and structured finance. Over the last decade, in various senior management roles ranging from Vice President marketing to President and COO, Doug has helped companies raise over $130,000,000 of equity investment.

As a buy-side credit investor in the US high yield bond and loan markets, Doug was part of a small team running a publicly listed ETF on the NYSE which rose from $80,000,000 (USD) in assets under management to over a $1,000,000,000 (USD).

Prior to this, he spent eight years as an educator teaching both domestically and internationally. Doug earned a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and a M.B.A. from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary in 2008.

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Joe Jackman

Joe Jackman is a Reinventionist—a pioneer of dynamic business growth who reshapes businesses back to relevance with his unique approach. A student of change, raised in a time of civil unrest, Jackman has led some of the most inspired brand transformations of the 21st century. From his early years as Executive VP of Marketing at Loblaws, where he steered the company’s initial restructuring, to overseeing successful reinventions at Duane Reade, Walgreens, and Dave & Busters, Jackman has guided companies to become the most powerful and relevant versions of themselves in record time. Today, Jackman leads the world’s first and foremost reinvention company in North America. He and his team of 100+ multi-disciplinary Reinventionists have completed nearly 50+ reinventions to date—all focused on his five principles for accelerating value—and engineered hundreds of billions of dollars in sales.

In his first book, The Reinventionist Mindset, Jackman unveils a unique, human-centric approach to corporate transformation. He effectively shows us how to thrive in the era of disruption, starting by repositioning change as a force to be embraced. Filled with real-world case studies ranging from Dave & Busters to Flow Water to Staples, The Reinventionist Mindset will be an asset to anyone intent on leading their company to become its most powerful iteration.

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Greg Johansen

Greg Johansen is the ESG and Compliance Manager and has been with CSV since 2015. With a background in regulatory and environmental work, Greg brings 15 years of experience from the Oil and Gas industry. He is involved in CSV’s Community Engagement, Health Safety & Regulatory work and is also leading CSV’s development of
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) programs and initiatives, performance measurement and helping to drive CSV’s core purpose of “Creating Shared Value.”

CSV MIDSTREAM Solutions Corp. (“CSV”) is a Calgary-based, midstream natural gas and liquids infrastructure company creating a sustainable footprint in the Western Canadian natural gas industry. Our expertise lies in providing innovative solutions in the engineering, design, construction, operation and management of these assets.

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Carolyn Kolebaba

Carolyn Kolebaba is Chair of the Northern Transportation Advocacy Bureau (NTAB). For 25 years Carolyn has championed northwest Alberta under various leadership roles. She is well-known for her ability to articulate at the highest diplomatic levels while simultaneously empowering grassroot local initiatives.

Carolyn entered municipal politics in 1998, which she continues to actively engage in as the Reeve of Northern Sunrise County. Carolyn was a long-standing member of the Board of the Directors for the Northwest Corridor Development Corporation which was mandated by the federal government in 1998 to focus on the development of the Port of Prince Rupert, BC as a major export / import option for Canada. She was the first female Vice President for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) serving from 2005 to 2017. Caroline was also instrumental in building the Branding the Peace Country initiative (commodity agriculture focused), the Alberta North Beef initiative, and the Think Local initiative.

In her role as Reeve of Northern Sunrise County, Carolyn is also the Chair of the NEW Water Ltd Board and the Peace Library System. She maintains a Board of Directors position on the Peace Regional Waste Management Company, the Peace Regional Economic Development Alliance, and the Northern Alberta Elected Leaders.

Carolyn was born and raised in the Peace Country. She is a dedicated and proud wife, mother, and grandmother. Carolyn and her husband Mike retired from grain farming in the spring of 2010 which they operated for over 30 years. All combined with Carolyn’s personal and community leadership roles – Carolyn knows the importance of transportation, logistics, and supply chains – her livelihood depended on it! Currently Carolyn, her husband Mike, operate a trucking company. She is an active volunteer in her community and enjoys being around people. Her love for making the community a better place to live has her on a journey that she is very grateful for and greatly enjoys.

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Jason Krips

Jason Krips has been the President and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association since April 2020. In his role, Jason works with the Alberta forest industry and policy makers to grow this vitally important renewable and sustainable sector, which currently creates jobs for over 40,000 Albertans and contributes almost $8 Billion to the provincial economy.

As President & CEO, Jason is accountable to the AFPA Board of Directors for providing leadership and vision to all aspects of the AFPA, including achieving strategic, financial, policy, and operating objectives. In his role, Jason has been tasked with making AFPA a first-in-class industry organization and to bring together professionals to resolve tough industry challenges and seek out industry opportunities.

Prior to joining AFPA, Jason spent nearly 20 years with the Government of Alberta in numerous roles, with his last 6.5 years as Deputy Minister of two different ministries – Economic Development, Trade and Tourism and Agriculture and Forestry.

Jason began his career in the public service in 2000 and held a variety of legislative and policy positions in several ministries. A lawyer by profession, Jason has a strong and diverse background in the areas of industry policy, issues management, and stakeholder engagement.

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Dusty LaValley

Born and raised in a small agriculture community outside Grande Prairie, AB, Dusty is the epitome of an entrepreneur. His grit and tenacity led him to found Trusted Dispatch, an international logistics technology company, from the ground up. He grew the company’s valuation into the tens of millions in a short time, achieving this with no business experience, no secondary education, and limited capital. Dusty has submersed himself in the Silicon Valley and venture capital ecosystems and was recently successful in securing significant venture capital investment. Dusty is living proof you can do anything you put your mind to, and he is passionate about delivering this message to other entrepreneurs: “Think big! You can change the world if you want to.”

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Martin Long

Elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in 2019, Martin Long has the distinct honour of serving the constituency of West Yellowhead.

Prior to being elected, Martin worked for 9 years as an operator at the Alberta Newsprint Pulp and Paper Mill in Whitecourt, Alberta. He has also worked extensively at drill sites for oil and gas companies and is a Class III power engineer.

Originally from the Nova Scotian community of Liverpool, Martin believes wholeheartedly in community service. He has served as chair for Tennille’s Hope Kommunity Kitchen in Whitecourt and as a youth leader with the Whitecourt Baptist Church.

Martin, and his wife Vanessa, are the proud parents of twins. His hobbies include golf, hockey and downhill skiing.

Currently, Martin serves on the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society, the Members’ Planning Committee on Communities and Families and is Chair of the Upper Smokey Lake Caribou Taskforce. He is honoured to help ensure a working landscape for Albertans, while protecting the habitat of our great wildlife. Martin is also a member of the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Joint Working Group, and is interested in broadening both the general awareness of this crisis and being a part of the solution.

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Ken Loudon

Ken is a strong community minded business manager who brings passion to everything he does. Currently is the Executive Director of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association. He started his GP career in the Tourism sector when he first arrived in 1997 as the Tourism Manager for the City of GP & the Chamber of Commerce. He laid the foundation of what became the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association. He has served on many community boards such as GPRTA as a board member & president (2009-2014), Swan City Rotary Club board & President (2007-2008) & has been a proud Rotarian for 20 years. He has served 2 terms (2001-2004) & currently serving his 2nd term on the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce board, served 2 years as a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador (2016-2018). He has been a member of the Chamber for 24 years either as an individual member or through the businesses he has worked for. For his dedication to the Chamber he was presented with the Clem E. Collins award in 2004. He has served on the United Way Alberta Northwest Cabinet (2012-2013; 2020-2021). He has participated in numerous major community initiatives over the years. Ken brings to the table an enormous network in the business, not-for-profit, & community sport’s sectors.

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Daryl McBride

Daryl McBride leads the charge as technical manager at Growcer bringing modular hydroponic farms to people so they can grow food year-round. Within his role at Growcer, Daryl worked alongside New Horizon Co-op in Grande Prairie to enable the store to grow fresh produce steps away from its shelves.

Before joining the Growcer team, Daryl was part of the world’s first portable biodiesel processor and has a diverse experience in agriculture. Daryl has previously managed a 65-acre farm in Delta, B.C. and was head grower at an aquaponics farm in Hawaii.

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Tim McMillan

Tim McMillan was appointed President and incoming CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) on October 1, 2014. The Saskatchewan native is responsible for leading activities in education and communications as well as policy and regulatory advocacy on behalf of CAPP member companies, which represent over 80 per cent of Canada’s upstream oil and natural gas production.

Tim grew up on a family farm near Lloydminster, where the McMillan family first homesteaded more than a century ago. After earning an economics degree from the University of Victoria, he returned to the family farm and founded and operated an oilfield services company. His solid understanding of the oil and natural gas industry from both a business and landowner perspective, coupled with his background in economics, propelled his desire to seek a seat within the Saskatchewan Legislature.

In 2007, Tim was elected as a Saskatchewan Party MLA in the riding of Lloydminster. From 2010 until his appointment as President and CEO of CAPP, Tim held several strategic cabinet portfolios in the Government of Saskatchewan, including minister of energy.

Tim lives in Calgary with his wife and their two daughters.

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Wendy Muise

Wendy Muise has been using Lean and Design Thinking practices to successfully develop projects for over a decade, most notably the first project she worked on grew from ideation to $121M+ company in 18 months! As the Head of Strategy for Ground Floor Labs, a strategic business and product development consulting firm based in Alberta, Wendy has continued to focus on rural entrepreneurial strategies. She is also the founder of Breast Buds, a platform designed to bring previvors and survivors of breast cancer together in a supportive and resource-driven environment.

Wendy worked as a Business Facilitator of Business Link, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Tecconnect and WESTEM working with businesses all over rural Alberta to identify and develop opportunities for strategic growth. Wendy brings years of experience from the oil and gas industries, travel, banking, and startup scene. Having worked in several tech startups across Canada, Wendy has been responsible for everything from advising companies on employee culture, operational strategies, business development, leadership, and more. She also relies on her education in business, which focused on strategy and leadership to drive economic change across the country.

Wendy believes in contributing to the economic growth of her community, one entrepreneur at a time. This is demonstrated most clearly in her dedication to engaging students in entrepreneurship working on projects such as INVENTURE$, 150 StartUps, and VentureQuest. She spends countless hours working with hundreds of aspiring and seasoning entrepreneurs to help them develop and implement strategic plans to improve cash flow, operations, management, product development, and more. Wendy has a true passion for working with students and getting future generations engaged in entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Kendal Netmaker

Kendal Netmaker is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and gifted keynote speaker who is on a mission to empower and motivate people worldwide by sharing his story that regardless of where you come from and what challenges you face, you have the power to enact change.

From Sweetgrass First Nation, Kendal and his siblings were raised by their single mother. Life wasn’t easy for them, growing up on the reserve surrounded by poverty and few chances for opportunities, but one moment would change their life forever.

Kendal has a natural gift; he’s a master storyteller who weaves his real-life experiences into motivating lessons that everyone can use in their own lives. His heartfelt stories are impactful, and he speaks professionally to thousands of people each year on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story.

He is a leading entrepreneur whose passion to succeed is contagious. To date, Kendal has founded and invested in 5 businesses. One of them is Neechie Gear® – a lifestyle apparel brand that gives back a percentage of their profits to go toward funding underprivileged youth to empower them to take part in sports. He is the author of Driven To Succeed and won over 25 business awards, including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40® and runner-up at the YBI Global Entrepreneur of the Year.

Kendal lives with his wife and two children in Saskatoon, SK, where he continues to run his company. He delivers virtual and in-person keynotes, as well as executive leadership coaching to organizations.

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Dale Nally

The Honourable Dale Nally was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019 and currently serves as the Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity.

Minister Nally’s key priority is ensuring long-term stability, investment attraction and growth in Alberta’s natural gas and electricity sectors.

Since his appointment, Minister Nally spearheaded the development of Alberta’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, which created an industry-supported plan to grow the hydrogen, petrochemical, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plastics recycling sectors. He has also launched the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP), which is anticipated to drive billions of dollars of investment in Alberta’s leading petrochemical sector.

Minister Nally is also a strong proponent of Alberta’s energy-only electricity market. This approach has attracted more than $5 billion in announced generation projects – including more than $2 billion for utility-scale renewable projects – since July 2019.

Minister Nally brings with him decades of private sector experience, where he previously led and managed business units that generate between $50 million and $80 million in revenue. He has a Masters Degree in Education.

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Vincent Pawluski

Vincent Pawluski is the inventor and founder of RcFarmArm. He has had a career in agriculture for over 23 years; in addition, Vince’s apprenticeship to become a certified journeymen millwright gave him the chance to work in many different industries. From a young age Vince has been modifying farm machinery, “fixing engineered problems”, as he likes to say. As time progressed his countless hours of tinkering gained attention via Twitter after a video of his hardwired remote system went viral. His family-run business has created a wireless tractor control system where the module (arm) overlays the existing armrest to control the PTO, HYD and RPM controls. It is also able to turn the tractor over and start the engine while outside of the tractor. Currently his company is shipping to over three countries. Vince is now using his passion for innovation and farming to help other farmers farm simpler. He strongly believes that innovation in the agriculture industry can positively impact the safety and efficiency of farmers around the world.

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Tyler Shandro

Minister Shandro was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Acadia.

A husband and father to two young children, Shandro has been an active member of his community for years. Previously serving a member of the National Parole Board, the Municipal Government Board, the Criminal Injuries Review Board, the University of Calgary Senate, the Calgary Parking Authority, and the Calgary Police Commission.

After the devastating 2013 floods, Shandro was appointed to the Disaster Recovery Committee by the Minister of Municipal Affairs on matters related to disaster recovery assistance. His public service record continues further, as he has been a volunteer for the Calgary Stampede’s Promotion Committee, an instructor and evaluator for CPLED (the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s bar admission course), a volunteer mentor for the Law Society of Alberta, and a volunteer lawyer for Student Legal Assistance at the University of Calgary. Shandro was a former director of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, Digital Alberta, the Canadian Police Governance Association, and the Alberta Media Production Industries Association.

Tyler Shandro was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Labour and Immigration on September 21, 2021. Shandro previously served as Minister of Health from April 30, 2019 to September 21, 2021.

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Vanessa Sheane

Dr. Vanessa Sheane is a life-long resident of the Peace Region. She was born and raised in Fairview, an alumni of GPRC, and has made Grande Prairie her home. As the Vice President Academic and Research at Northwestern Polytechnic (formally Grande Prairie Regional College), she provides leadership on academic programming, applied research, and student servicesthat are responsive to industry and community needs. Vanessa received her PhD in nursing from the University of Victoria in 2021. Her research interests are related to institutional systems, organizational structures, and challenges facing postsecondary and nursing education. Vanessa has various other administrative experience as well as a nursing faculty member having taught in the nursing degree program for nearly 10-years. She is a Registered Nurse and a member in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

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Jan J. Slaski

Jan J. Slaski is an Expert Researcher with the Bio-Industrial Services Division of InnoTech Alberta, Vegreville, Alberta. He obtained a M.Sc. in agronomy from the Warsaw Agricultural University and Ph.D. from the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Poland. During the last 20 years he has been leading research aimed at introduction and breeding of hemp varieties that suit the needs of industries utilizing fibre, grain and cannabinoids-laden crop parts. Jan has been also conducting extensive studies focused on the development of best management practices permitting sustainable hemp production under changing environmental conditions. To fully realize the potential residing within this crop and to assure whole crop utilization, Jan has assembled at InnoTech Alberta a program offering solutions from “Seed to Final Product“ that includes three domains: breeding/agronomy, analyses/processing and product development. Since 2012, Jan has been serving the hemp industry as a director of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance and since June 2021, as a director of research and academia on the Alberta Hemp Alliance board.

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Ross Thiessen

Ross was born and raised in a small Northern Alberta community and had a natural entrepreneurial aptitude from a young age.  Ross has always had a dream of empowering others and creating positive change. In 2015 this dream became a reality when he and his wife Shauna founded Empower Energy Solar with a vision for an employee-owned company providing renewable energy services across Western Canada. 

Since then, Empower Energy Solar has experienced rapid growth and Ross now leads a team of passionate like-minded individuals installing solar PV across Alberta and B.C.  With years of experience managing teams across multiple industries, successfully completing $1 million+ contracts and spearheading unique projects. Ross is an experienced leader and visionary for the future.  Ross has been responsible for over 3 megawatts of solar installation over the past six years and is a wealth of knowledge and a pioneer in the Alberta and B.C. solar industry. 

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Travis Toews

Minister Toews was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti.

A lifelong resident of Alberta, Toews and his wife live in the Grande Prairie region and have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. He has considerable business experience, and holds a CPA, CMA accounting designation and, prior to pursuing business interests, spent twelve years in a public accounting practice. In the past fifteen years, he and his wife Kim, have invested in, managed and grown a corporate family cattle ranching operation and an oilfield environmental company.

Toews has served as a Director on a number of local non-profit boards, as well as provincial and national industry boards and committees including the Alberta Beef Producers and the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. He was elected President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in 2010 and served until the term end in 2012. Toews co-chaired the Agri-Innovators Committee for then federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz.

As a Canadian representative on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation committee on food security and a member of the Country of Origin Labelling Canadian World Trade Organization Legal working group, Toews has worked globally to support Canadian interests in international trade. In 2012, he received the QEll Diamond Jubilee Award presented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston for contributions to Canadian Agriculture and Trade.

Travis Toews was appointed as Alberta’s President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance on April 30, 2019.

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Danielle Vlemmiks

Danielle Vlemmiks, Vice President, Strategy, Research and Communications, Travel Alberta, leads a team responsible for business strategy development, planning and reporting, corporate communications and research and insights. Combining strategic and business acumen with operational efficiency, Danielle has built a reputation for inspiring and mobilizing teams to develop and deliver integrated, stakeholder-focused plans for success. Her education includes a Master of Professional Communications, a Bachelor of International Relations, and professional certificates in change management, crisis communications, leadership, and coaching. Danielle is also on the faculty at Mount Royal University, where she teaches strategic communication and business planning courses to students in the Bachelor of Public Relations Degree program. Danielle has received several awards for her work, including two federal Deputy Minister’s Awards of Excellence for Business Planning and Reporting, and Communications, an Award of Excellence from the City of Calgary for Community Engagement and a Triple-Crown Award for Leadership and Communication from Toastmasters International. Danielle is a voracious reader, passionate community advocate, and active member of several volunteer organizations.