Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides direction on research and community engagement activities of the Foundation. It meets four times a year, and is comprised of prominent western Canadians who are committed to the social and economic well-being of Western Canada.

Officers


Hon. Doug (Douglas) Black, KC
Chair of the Board
Former Member, Senate of Canada
Calgary, AB

Hon. Gary G. Mar, KC
President and CEO
Canada West Foundation
Calgary, AB

Suzanne Anton, KC
Vice-Chair, BC
Former Attorney-General BC
Vancouver, BC

Brenda Kenny
Vice-Chair, AB
Board Chair, Alberta Innovates
Calgary, AB

Nancy Hopkins, KC
Vice-Chair, SK
Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP
Saskatoon, SK

Donald Leitch
Vice-Chair, MB
Deputy Minister to the Premier, Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Directors


British Columbia

Suzanne Anton, KC
Former Attorney-General BC
Vancouver, BC

Lyall D. Knott, KC
Partner, Clark Wilson LLP
Vancouver, BC

Blair Lekstrom
Former MLA
Dawson Creek, BC

Alberta

Brenda Kenny
Board Chair, Alberta Innovates
Calgary, AB

Jack Mintz, CM
President’s Fellow, School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Steve MacDonald
Principal, +SM Advisory Services
Edmonton, AB

Kim McConnell, CM
Former CEO of AdFarm
Okotoks, AB

Saskatchewan

Terry B. Grieve
Saskatoon, SK

Nancy Hopkins, KC
Partner, McDougall Gauley LLP
Saskatoon, SK

Doug Moen, KC
Interim Executive Director, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Regina, SK

Manitoba

Joy Cramer
Chief Executive Officer, Southern Chiefs’ Organization
MB

Donald Leitch
Deputy Minister to the Premier, Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

Honorary Chair


James K. GrayOC
Co-Founder, Canadian Hunter Exploration Ltd.
Calgary, AB

 

Chair Emeritus


James (Jim) DinningCM
Chairman of the Board, Western Financial Group
Calgary, AB

Geoff Plant, KC
Partner, Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
Vancouver, BC

Directors Emeritus


Theresa Arsenault, KC
Pushor Mitchell LLP
Kelowna, BC

Brenda Eaton, Former Vice Chair, BC
Corporate Director
Victoria, BC

Jim Eldridge
Special Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations,
Government of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB

David Elton
President, Max Bell Foundation
Calgary, AB

Brian Felesky
Founding Partner, Felesky Flynn LLP
Calgary, AB

Jock Finlayson
Executive Vice-President, Business Council of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Ida Goodreau
Retired President & CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health
Vancouver, BC

Thomas Huffaker
Vice-President of Public and Government Affairs,
Imperial Oil Ltd.
Calgary, AB

Charles Jago, CM
Board Chair, BC, Academic Health Science Network
Prince George, BC

Oryssia Lennie,  CM
Former Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification Canada
Edmonton, AB

 

 

A.R. (Bob) Linner
Retired City Manager, City of Regina
Regina, SK

Dr. Janice MacKinnon
Professor of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Gary Merasty
President and COO, Des Nedhe Developments LP
Saskatoon, SK

James A. Richardson
President & Director, Westmead Limited
Winnipeg, MB

H. Sanford Riley
President & CEO, Richardson Financial Group Ltd.
Winnipeg, MB

Rt. Hon. Edward Schreyer
Winnipeg,MB

Gail Surkan
Former Mayor, City of Red Deer
Red Deer, AB

Dr. Robert Westbury
Chief Advisor, Relations and Innovation, TELUS
Edmonton, AB

Patricia Youzwa
Vice-Chair, SK
Retired President & CEO, SaskPower

 

 

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