Mary Pat has held a range of high-level communications positions through a +25-year career including: Vice-President, Communications, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures; Branch Manager, Corporate Communications, City of Edmonton; and Director, Communications TELUS Corporation. A University of Alberta grad with a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology, Mary Pat has been involved with the University of Alberta Alumni Association since 2010. Interested in social change and collective action, Mary Pat is an engaged volunteer. and recently served on boards at Chrysalis, where she served as Chair of the Chrysalis Foundation Board for seven years, and the University of Alberta.
Mike Saunders is an experienced real estate professional, an educated business leader, and an involved corporate citizen. He is the Vice President of Development at Qualico Commercial Edmonton and holds a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He also studied Urban Land Economics at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Marylhurst University. Mike is involved in various community boards and not-for-profits. While away from the office, Mike loves spending time outdoors, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys alpine skiing.
Josh Benko is the controller for Parkwood Group of Companies. Prior to that he worked with Pennock Acheson Nielsen Devaney where he specialized on financing, taxation and due diligence for small and medium private client services and various not-for-profit organizations. He initially completed his articles with the international accounting firm, Ernst and Young, where he focused on auditing large private and publicly-traded companies. Josh currently serves as the volunteer treasurer for the Edmonton AC Milan Soccer Club.
Ben is a partner with the law firm of Bryan and Company LLP. Ben practices corporate law with a focus on securities and mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies. He is also actively involved in various charitable organizations in the community, having been on the Board of Directors for ABC Head Start Society, the Support Network Foundation, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas Tennis Alumni Society.
Charlene is the President and founder of Butler Business Solutions Ltd., a general management consulting company. Charlene puts her 25 years of management experience to work assisting a wide variety of businesses with strategic business planning, evaluation framework development, non-financial risk management and organizational performance optimization. She is Vice Chair of the Automobile Insurance Rate Board, a member of the U of A Senate, a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Glenora and an active community volunteer.
As the recently retired CEO of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC) Deb Manz, has a strong background in executive management and strategic leadership. Community involvement includes 11 years with the Board of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation (including Chair for three years), former Board member of the Telus World of Science Edmonton, and a current member on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and the Mental Health Foundation. Deb is also a member of the Glenora Rotary Club.
Tim currently works as the President of the Synergy Group of Companies. As President, Tim is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the commercial, service, and interior manufacturing businesses. He leads the organizations strategic growth initiatives and has been integral in Synergy’s diversification over the past 3 years. He has been a Trustee with the Mental Health Foundation since 2015 and has sat on various charitable event committees, including Wheels for Wellness and the Children’s Wish Gala. While at the University of Alberta, Tim pursued a Business Commerce degree at the University of Alberta and has completed two levels of his CFA designation. He is a current member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Jeff currently works as the Vice President Business Development with Horizon North where he focuses on managing executive relationships within key strategic client accounts.
Prior to joining Horizon North, Jeff was the co-founder of Empire Camp Equipment Ltd. (Empire), a Western Canadian focused provider of camp and wellsite buildings. At Empire, Jeff managed all day to day dealings including business development, customer relationships and operations.
Gord Gilroy was born, raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the UofA in 1985 with a degree in Business. From there he founded the company in 1987 and operates it today with three business partners and 12 employees. Vision is a nationally recognized, medium-sized marketing & advertising firm based in Edmonton. Gord is a current board member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Previous board commitments include Habitat for Humanity, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Art Gallery of Alberta and Northlands. Gord has been married to his wife Angie for 18 years and together they have two teen aged children – Jack and Gracie.
PJ is a psychiatrist and currently works as the Medical Director at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
Peter is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and works as an Advisor at Sorrell Financial, providing estate and succession planning to business owners. Prior to joining Sorrell Financial, Peter was a Senior Manager at the accounting firm KPMG, where he provided accounting and tax services to both public and private companies, along with a number of not-for-profit and government entities. Born and raised in Edmonton, Peter is a graduate of the University of Alberta. Peter is very active in the community and has sat on various boards and charitable event committees over the years, including the Star of the North Retreat Centre, NAIOP, St. Joseph’s College Gala and the Kimberly Classic Golf Tournament in support of Crohn’s and Colitis.
DeAnn is a senior health care leader with over 15 years’ experience in health care strategy and operations. DeAnn has spent most of her career working in health care governance and strategy and is now using that experience and knowledge to improve mental health care operations as a Director at Addiction and Mental Health Edmonton Zone. She is passionate about mental health, community development and health care excellence. DeAnn is a community connector and currently serves as Board Chair for Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters in Edmonton and is a Board member on the Mental Health Foundation. DeAnn holds an undergraduate degree in Law and a MBA in executive leadership. In her spare time, DeAnn can be found on the soccer field, running in the river valley or swimming.
Erick, CPA CA ICD.D is the CFO of Leder Holdings Ltd., an Alberta-based private holding company with a broad investment portfolio. His responsibilities include investment management, strategic capital allocation and oversight/governance of several operating companies. Erick’s 25+ year career has focused on working with private companies and institutional level capital leading growth and operational initiatives in various executive & governance roles.
Angela has 20 yrs financial services industry experience in management and individual contributor roles. Currently VP Healthcare Commercial Markets with RBC covering AB North, Angela and her partner, Phil Nelson, spend their spare time working out, running outdoors, open water diving and spoiling their two dogs, Angela holds an MBA and Personal Financial Planning designation.
Mark is the Executive Director for Addiction and Mental Health in the Edmonton Zone with AHS. In this role, he provides administrative leadership over service-delivery and planning for specialized inpatient and community-based addiction and mental health services for children, adolescents, youth, adults and seniors. Prior to accepting formalized leadership roles, his clinical background was in psychiatric pharmacy practice with specialized focus on acute adult mental health, forensic psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta and has broad teaching experience in the Faculties of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation. His research interests include psychopharmacology outcomes research, interdisciplinary models-of-care and evidence-informed treatment for clients with concurrent disorders.
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Mark has been the Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation since early 2016. Previous to that he spent the past ten years working in leadership positions in the charitable and education sectors. He is a volunteer board member with the Edmonton Community Foundation and also serves as a member of the University of Alberta Alumni Association.
Dana received her undergraduate degree from MacEwan University in the spring of 2017 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Studies. Over the last 4 years, she has organized events for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Lung Association, and she is currently the volunteer Event Coordinator for Hope Heels Service Dogs. Her passion for the nonprofit space continues to grow, and she looks forward to expanding her knowledge and skillset in the field of Addiction and Mental Health.
Sam holds a Masters Degree in English from the University of Alberta, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. She uses her background in research, writing, and editing to help share stories that celebrate mental health and the impact that focusing attention and money on mental health care has on the community. She volunteers her time at the Edmonton Public Library, and formerly helped plan Pecha Kucha Night events with Edmonton’s NextGen.
Amber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta, specializing in family and community support. Previous to her current role at the Mental Health Foundation, Amber worked as a fundraiser for an international children’s charity and has over a decade’s worth of experience in the non-profit industry. Amber is passionate about volunteerism, acting as both vice president of Hazel’s Heroes Society and as a board member for Edmonton Story Slam. Amber is dedicated to building supportive communities that contribute to positive mental health.