Governance

Our Board of Directors is comprised of key community leaders…

Dr. James Talbot

Chair

Dr. Talbot has a B.Sc. and PhD. from the University of Alberta, an M.D. from the University of...

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Dr. Talbot has a B.Sc. and PhD. from the University of Alberta, an M.D. from the University of Toronto and is a Royal College Specialist in Medical Microbiology. He has been the Director of the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health of Northern Alberta, an MOH for Edmonton and CMOH for Nunavut and Alberta. He is a 2016 recipient of the President’s Award from the Public Health Physicians of Canada.

He is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Public Health in the University of Alberta. His professional interests have primarily revolved around the use of data for surveillance purposes to prevent disease and injury and promote population health. He is a co-founder of the SIREVA surveillance network in South America to prevent S. pneumoniae invasive disease in children and the province-wide ARTSSN network to monitor and prevent infectious disease and Injury in Alberta.

Belinda Boleantu

Director

Having first joined the Calgary Health Region as a Children’s Speech Pathologist, Belinda...

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Having first joined the Calgary Health Region as a Children’s Speech Pathologist, Belinda subsequently was responsible for directing complex service delivery to children and families in ambulatory care through hearing and developmental clinics at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). As a clinical leader she was involved in organizational and service delivery design, outcome evaluation and program management that informed funding policies at the provincial level. Belinda co-led the strategic information blueprint at ACH that provided the context for her subsequent involvement in information technology design.

Several assignments at the provincial level led to broad based roles in information management and software design in the private sector, with exposure to the health and social services delivery systems in Ontario and British Columbia.

She obtained her MBA in Information Technology Management and changed career paths into health care information technology, and joined the enterprise level organization of Calgary Region and then Alberta Health services in senior leader roles.

Known as a transformation leader who drives change in multi-system health organizations, Belinda developed a seasoned reputation as a professional with a solid clinical operational, information technology and change management background. As Alberta Health Services’ Vice President of Clinical Transformation Services, Belinda was responsible, in collaboration with medical staff, for providing leadership to ensure coordination in system planning, development and implementation of enterprise wide patient care information systems that optimize best practices of patient care. She was responsible for working at the provincial level and overseeing large enterprise wide initiatives such as the implementation of eCritical, the provincial critical care system.

In addition to the above responsibilities, Belinda also provided her expertise as part of the co-leadership team for transformational improvement programs such as improving access & reducing wait times and defining the integrated plan of care in acute care delivery. Belinda’s extensive experience in clinical process improvement across the continuum of care added value in designing new service delivery models to achieve expected access targets. Belinda worked collaboratively with frontline leaders and clinicians to influence changes in clinical practices.

Today Belinda acts in a part time leadership capacity with BrightSquid, a software company that offers a secure communication channel between providers and patients.

Since retiring from Alberta Health Services, Belinda has sought opportunities to give back to the community through various board and committees. She served on several Elbow Park Community committees, the Literacy Alberta Board, chaired the Rundleview Association Board, and currently serves on the Father Lacombe Society Board, and is a member of the quality sub-committee.

Brian Callaghan

Director

After retiring from his career as Superintendent of Schools and Human Resources, Canadian...

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After retiring from his career as Superintendent of Schools and Human Resources, Canadian Rockies Public Schools (1990-2012), Brian continued as an Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Education Consultant. He has offered his expertise in areas such as the FNMI Task Force: Tripartite Negotiations and Teacher Workforce Study Advisory Committee, Learning Technology Policy Framework Consultant, Education Act Regulations Review Committees, policy development, Board development and evaluation. Brian combines his commitment to community with a commitment to his profession. Brian’s perspectives are informed by his significant volunteer experiences. He is past assistant governor for Rotary International (Banff, Cochrane); past president of Canmore Rotary Club; and past president of the College of Alberta School Superintendents.

Dawne Clark

Director

Dawne has been teaching children or those who work with children for close to 40 years. She is...

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Dawne has been teaching children or those who work with children for close to 40 years. She is currently the Director of the Centre for Child Well-Being and a faculty member in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Mount Royal University. Her work has focused on child well-being as broadly defined: children’s mental health, resilience, vulnerable and at-risk children and families, and early brain development. She has been involved in the development of the Applied Child Studies degree, the Children’s Mental Health Certificate (online), and courses in Human Development offered through the Department of General Education.

The Centre for Child Well-Being provides a circle of learning for students (increased knowledge and competence), faculty (new knowledge informing curriculum), communities (helping to translate new knowledge), and impacting policy. The Center connects students and faculty with community agencies to help address questions that will enhance programs and services. One major project being conducted through the Centre is the Start Smart Stay Safe Initiative (enhancing child and family resilience) in partnership with the Calgary Police Service and both Calgary school boards. Another is promoting physical activity and literacy for children in group care settings in Alberta.

Dawne is active in the community volunteering with the United Way as a member of the Council of Champions for UpStart, Champions for Children and Youth and co-chairing the Early Years Priority Team. She also sits on the All that Kids Can Be Investment Committee and several community committees. Dawne has been involved internationally supporting the development of preschool teacher education in Sri Lanka since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and offering field schools for students to study and learn in Asia.

Martin Coutts

Director

Since joining the University of Alberta in 1993, Martin has been an Internal Auditor, Capital...

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Since joining the University of Alberta in 1993, Martin has been an Internal Auditor, Capital Accountant, Accounting Manager and Director of Financial Services. He has been in his current role, Associate Vice-President of Finance and Supply Management Services, since January 2008. Prior to joining the University, Martin articled with a predecessor firm of KPMG where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation and progressed to the Manager level. Martin is also the current Chair of the AcSB/PSAB Joint Not-for-Profit Task Force.

Dr. Sandra T. Davidge

Director

Dr. Sandy Davidge is the Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute...

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Dr. Sandy Davidge is the Director of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) and Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Physiology at the University of Alberta. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and is an AIHS funded Scientist. Dr. Davidge serves on many national and international grant panels and is on the editorial board for a number of journals including Hypertension. Dr. Davidge’s research program is focused on women’s cardiovascular and reproductive health. Her research program encompasses studying vascular function as it relates to 1) complications in pregnancy (preeclampsia), 2) hormonal status (ie pregnancy and menopause) and 3) fetal origins of adult cardiovascular diseases. She has published over 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts in these areas. Dr. Davidge’s laboratory is currently funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Dwayne Donald

Director

Dwayne Donald was born and raised in Edmonton and is a descendent of the Papaschase Cree. His...

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Dwayne Donald was born and raised in Edmonton and is a descendent of the Papaschase Cree. His Blackfoot named is Aipioomahkaa (Long Distance Runner). Dwayne is the son of Allen and Darlene, husband to Georgina, father to Kesho, and uncle to Taryn, Taylor, Kennedy, Kristofer, Sarah, Marshall, Breanne and Lauren.

Dwayne’s career as an educator began in the Mathare Valley slums of Nairobi, Kenya. He had the privilege to work alongside Kenyans with the Mathare Youth Sports Association while living in Nairobi. After returning to Canada in 1993, Dwayne began teaching social studies and English at Kainai High School on the Kainai (Blood) Reserve in southern Alberta.

The experience changed his life. The opportunity to learn from Kainai Elders and community
leaders has had a tremendous influence on Dwayne’s interests and commitments as a
curriculum thinker. In 2003, Dwayne and family moved back home to Edmonton to begin doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. He accepted an academic position in the Faculty of Education in 2007.

Denise Lightning

Director

Denise Lightning attended the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and was awarded her...

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Denise Lightning attended the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and was awarded her Law Degree in 1994. During her artcling year, she worked with the Crown Attorney’s Office in Kapuskasing, Ontario and traveled the court circuit to the fly-in communities around James Bay. After her call to the Ontario Bar, Denise spent time with Aboriginal Legal Services before taking the position as in-house counsel with a First Nation in Ontario. In 1997, Denise returned home to Maskwacis, Alberta. She practiced out of the office of J. Wilton Littlechild O.C., Q.C., I.P.C. After being admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1999, she established her own practice on the Four Nations Cree Territory that serves Edmonton, Ponoka, Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas. Denise received the Esquao award for Aboriginal Women in the Justice category. She is an active member of the Indigenous Bar Association, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and President of the Child Welfare Trial Lawyers Association.

Tanya McLeod

Director

Tanya McLeod is currently President of the Sinneave Family Foundation in Calgary, a national...

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Tanya McLeod is currently President of the Sinneave Family Foundation in Calgary, a national organization whose core purpose is achieved by enabling collaborations between individuals, organizations and governments that catalyze and facilitate the sharing of promising practices in order to build system capacity and foster policy development that will enhance service and support for those living with autism. She has over 15 years prior health leadership experience with the Canadian Forces Health Services, which included leading primary care clinics to top operational performance; orchestrating military health services support to current, emergency and contingency operations globally; and directing a multi-national integrated medical unit. Tanya holds a Master Degree in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Certificate in Health Systems Leadership from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering from Royal Military College. She is a Certified Healthcare Executive and a decorated 20-year veteran with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Brenda Rebman

Director

Brenda is a ‘solutions focused’ business and human resources strategist with 35 years of...

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Brenda is a ‘solutions focused’ business and human resources strategist with 35 years of multi-faceted experience in operations, strategy development, talent management, leadership, change management and high-profile relationship management. Brenda has coached Boards, Senior Executives and business leaders through large scale change and transition. She mentors new and emerging business leaders in their roles, encouraging constructive relationships, synergy and innovation as the foundation to their success.

Brenda embraces lifelong learning as an opportunity to provide her clients with state of the art service. She holds a B. Admin, MBA, Prosci Change Management Certification, Certified Human Resources and Certified Management Consultant Professional Designations, along with many certifications in the fields of Return on Investment, ColourSpectrums™, Achieve Global, LEAN methodologies, health care and facilitation techniques. She volunteers her time as President of the Central Alberta Women’s Shelter, Vice President of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Board Chair for the Canadian College of Health Leaders – North Chapter, and sits on a number of national committees and advisory panels regarding the development of common leadership competencies in public sector.

Jackie Sieppert

Director

Jackie Sieppert received his PhD in Social Work  from Arizona State University. For a number of...

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Jackie Sieppert received his PhD in Social Work  from Arizona State University. For a number of years before pursuing his PhD, Jackie worked at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work as a sessional instructor, teaching computer skills and statistics. He rejoined the Faculty as an assistant professor in 1993, teaching courses in program evaluation, research, organizational practice, and social policy. In subsequent years he served as the Faculty’s PhD Coordinator, Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships and Associate Dean, Academic.  Since 2010 he has served as Dean of the Faculty, and has overseen the Faculty’s emergence as the largest school of social work in Canada. His research interests include community development with seniors, dynamics of successful collaboration, and digital storytelling.