EEDC reports to an Edmonton City Council-appointed Board of Directors, comprised of business and community leaders who ensure the goals and strategies of the organization achieve the level of economic impact that is desired by the Shareholder, the City of Edmonton.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly to review the performance of EEDC management across all divisions, and provides insights and recommendations forachieving the resilient growth and continuous prosperity needed in the Edmonton economy. The Board of Directors is led by an Edmonton City Council approved Chair and operated with the following Committee structure:
 

  • Governance Committee
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • Human Resources and Compensation Committee

Joseph Doucet
Chair of the Board

Joseph joined the Alberta School of Business in 2000 and became Dean in 2013. He has held faculty or visiting appointments at Université Laval, the University of Florida, and Université Montpellier (France). He earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and his research and teaching interests include energy markets and regulation.

Joseph also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).

Kris Hildebrand
Vice Chair of the Board

Kris is President, Western Canadian Buildings and Civil Infrastructure, at PCL Construction. He has more than three decades of experience in the construction industry from across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Kris currently sits on the PCL board of directors and contributed to numerous boards and organizations throughout the provinces he has worked. In addition to being a Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal-certified project manager, Kris has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba.

Paul Alpern

Paul is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Stantec, a 22,000 person global professional services firm of designers, engineers, architects, scientists and project managers.  Prior to joining Stantec in 1998, Paul was in private legal practice focusing on employment and labour law and general civil litigation. He has taught at the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Management and is an ad-hoc chair of appeal boards convened by the Government of Alberta to hear appeals of decisions made under the Consumer Protection Act and other provincial statutes.  Paul serves on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Branch of the Association of Corporate Counsel and is a founding member of the Edmonton Integrity Network.

David Bryan

David is the Energy Services & Industrials Sector Leader and Alberta Region Leader for PwC’s Private Company Services practice. In addition, he is the Deals Practice Leader. As an accountant, he is focused on enhancing business performance and has developed a strong network in the local business community. David is currently on the board of PwC Canada and also has experience sitting on boards for the Art Gallery of Alberta and Wellspring Edmonton. David is also on the Alberta and Northwest Territories advisory board for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Angela Fong

Angela joined Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) in 2011 and is currently serving as Chief Corporate Officer. AIMCo is one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers with more than $115 billion of assets under management. In Angela’s role she is the executive overseeing a number of corporate functions such as Corporate Strategy & Planning, Human Resources, Corporate Communications, Business Technology, Relations and Procurement & Vendor Management.

In addition, Angela serves as Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee for Covenant Foundation Board and is a member of the Board for ONEC Group.

Chantell Ghosh

Chantell is a third generation Edmontonian who completed both her degrees at the University of Alberta. After a career as a lawyer, Chantell has worked in the Energy Sector, the Arts, and most recently led Brand & Communications for Spirit Airlines in the United States. Chantell has returned from living and working abroad for over a decade and is now the Executive Director at The Citadel Theatre.

Rohit Gupta

Rohit is the President of Rohit Group of Companies, a family owned real estate development and holding company. The company was founded in 1986 by his father and Rohit became President in 2002. Under his leadership, the company has grown significantly and has adopted a very community-oriented approach. Rohit has partnered with several charitable organizations in the greater Edmonton area and is committed to contributing to the betterment of the community.

Matthew Havertape

Matt is a senior finance executive, beginning his career with PwC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and gaining multinational experience in the United States, Europe and Canada. He is currently Vice President, Finance and IT with The Little Potato Company, a privately held, family-values based company dedicated to serving nutritious, convenient and delicious creamer potatoes. In his role, Matt leads a number of corporate functions such as Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Information Technology, Legal and Risk Management.

Alyson Hodson

Alyson is President and CEO of Zag Creative, an Edmonton-based strategic marketing firm that develops award-winning marketing strategies for clients across Canada and the United States. Since founding zag almost a decade ago, Alyson and her partners have built the company into one of Edmonton’s largest and most respected creative marketing agencies.

Alyson is also a past Director of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Board, past Chair of the Board for the Downtown Business Association, President of the Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta Board, and she also sits on the National Governance Committee for Make-A-Wish and is a member of the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force.

His Worship Don Iveson
Mayor of Edmonton

Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great.

Prior to entering public life, Iveson studied Political Science at the University of Alberta, then led the Canadian University Press in Toronto. He returned home to a city that appeared to be exporting young, smart leaders, thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs faster than it could attract them. As a proud Edmontonian, the challenge of attracting and retaining more people inspired Iveson to run for City Council in 2007; he served two terms as a City Councillor before running for Mayor.

Marcela Mandeville

Marcela is the CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). She is a certified International Trade Professional and has more than 15 years of global experience developing and implementing business strategies.

Marcela believes strongly in continuous learning and contributing to the community.  She serves as Director on the Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS), Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC), and EEDC Boards. She is also a former Director on the Alberta Innovates Board, a former member of the AIESEC Edmonton Advisory Board and former Board Chair for Literacy without Borders.

Chris Micetich

Chris is a founder of six companies and the current President and CEO of Fedora Pharmaceuticals and Brass Dome Ventures. The organization is a successful second generation biomedical research company headquartered in Edmonton. In 2016 Fedora Pharmaceuticals signed the largest biotech licensing deal ever in Canada. His hard work was honoured when he was the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.

Karen Oshry

Karen is a lawyer and manages the firm Oshry & Company. Her practice focuses on business law and commercial real estate and transactions, providing legal services to individuals, small and medium sized businesses as well as institutional clients. Karen is an alumnus of the Universities of Alberta and Toronto. As a long time Edmontonian and volunteer, she is committed to advocating for business and growth in the City of Edmonton.

Catherine Vu

Catherine co-founded Pro-Active Computer Solutions in 1997 and six years later bought out her partner, transforming it into Pro-Active IT Management Inc, which is a recognized force within the Alberta IT community. Catherine is passionate about giving back to her community. Her company is proud to sponsor and participate in numerous charitable events and campaigns throughout the year, recently supporting Alberta Easter Seals, Winnifred Stewart Association, Suit Yourself, Stollery Women Networks, and 1000 Women Advisory Committee.

She is also proud to be one of 22 founding mentors of University of Alberta Venture Mentoring Services (UA VMS) program which now has 90+ mentors.

Paul Whittaker

Paul was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Forest Products Association in 2014 and assumed the additional duties of Chair of the Alberta Softwood Lumber Trade Council in 2015. Paul was previously with the Government of Alberta, serving in a range of senior posts including Deputy Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs and President of the Alberta Social Housing Corporation from 2011 to 2014.

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