Board of Directors

Learn more about the Sinneave Family Foundation Board of Directors

The Sinneave Family Foundation’s Board of Directors is a committed and highly esteemed group of volunteers from both the public and private sectors. The Board provides strategic direction as well as oversees fiduciary and general governance responsibilities for the Foundation.

Board of Directors — Current Members

Laurene Beloin, MBA

Laurene Beloin has been the Chair, Careers in the Faculty of Foundational and Intercultural Studies at NorQuest College in Edmonton since 2013.  Ms. Beloin’s career over the past 30 years includes leadership roles within the Financial Institution industry.  Ms. Beloin is also active with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and currently is a member of their Finance and Tax Committee.  She serves as Secretary for the Alberta Academic Chair Committee, and is a member of both the Women’s Executive Network Canada and the NorQuest President’s Advisory Council.

Ms. Beloin earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, and recently completed her Certificate in Change Management. She enjoys teaching university courses regarding Leadership and Business.

Ms. Beloin has a nephew with Asperger syndrome.

Catherine (Kay) Best FCA, ICD.D

Kay Best is currently a Corporate Director at Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Superior Plus Corporation, AltaGas Ltd., Wawanesa Insurance and Aston Hill Financial. Previously, Ms. Best was the Executive Vice-President, Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer of the Calgary Health Region and was named the interim CFO of Alberta Health Services, which was formed by the integration of all Alberta health regions. Ms. Best, a Chartered Accountant (CA), was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Calgary where she worked for nineteen years, the last ten as a Corporate Audit Partner.

Ms Best is an active member of the volunteer community having served in a number of positions with the United Way of Calgary, including a term as Chair of the Board of Directors. As well, she has held several positions with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, including serving as an elected representative on the Institute's Governing Council. Currently, Ms. Best serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Foundation and she is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Calgary Stampede, a director of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Calgary.

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Hakin

Dr. Andrew Hakin has been vice-president Academic and Provost for the University of Lethbridge since July 2007. After completing his doctoral work in physical chemistry at the University of Leicester, England, Dr. Hakin joined the University of Alberta in 1987 as a post-doctoral fellow. He joined the University of Lethbridge in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to full professor in 2003. His research program is in the area thermodynamics; his focus is on the volumetric and calorimetric properties of aqueous solutions.

In 2000, Dr. Hakin received the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teacher Award and was recognized by faculty members and students alike for his approachability, high standards and ability to demonstrate how theoretical concepts apply to real-world applications. In 2003 he received the Stig Sunner Award, awarded by the Calorimetry Conference, in recognition of his research and other contributions to the field of thermochemistry.

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway has been Dean of Law at the University of Calgary since 2011. Prior to this, Ian served as dean at the University of Western Ontario and an associate dean at the Australian National University. Over the years, he has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University. 

Before beginning his academic career, Ian spent a number of years in private practice in Halifax. He also served as the law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal. 

Ian is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the American Law Institute. He is currently a Trustee of both the Law School Admission Council and the NALP Foundation. He serves as a Governor of the Southern Alberta Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires. 

In 2013-14, Ian served as a team leader for the Canadian Bar Association's Futures project. In 2015, he was appointed to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and made a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. 

Beyond the legal sphere, Ian served for twenty-five years in the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Navies. 

William Karny

William Karny joins the Board having been part of The Sinneave Family Foundation’s Family Advisory Network (FAN) since its inception. William Karny is a retired educator, commercial property manager and president of the Harland Sanders Foundation (USA). He has a granddaughter with autism.

Donald J. Kelly, QC

A native Calgarian, Mr. Kelly studied at the University of Alberta, obtaining his B.A. in 1954 and his L.L.B. in 1957. He began his law career with Ward Patterson, Dingle, Patterson and Waite in 1957 and practiced with that firm’s successors until his retirement on January 1, 2001 when the firm, then named McNiven Kelly, merged with Miles Davison LLP — where Mr. Kelly continues to serve as counsel.

Mr. Kelly’s practice has focused on the corporate/commercial and estates areas, including the restructuring of some of Canada’s largest corporations. His business activities have included numerous real estate developments and serving as a director of public and private corporations.

Fauzia Lalani

Fauzia Lalani is an award-winning business leader who leads the Services group of Field Logistics at Suncor Energy Inc. Prior to joining Suncor she served as an executive consultant, assisting multinational companies in strategic and business planning. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Lalani was vice-president of national service fulfillment at TELUS Corporation; before joining TELUS, she served as president and CEO of Aquila Networks Canada, an industry-leading utility provider. Ms. Lalani also spent seven years with TransAlta Corporation, a power generation and wholesale marketing company. During her career at TransAlta she served as director of several areas, including sales and marketing, deregulation, design engineering and construction, and mass market and retail services.

Active in numerous national and community organizations, Ms. Lalani serves on the boards of the Canada Revenue Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta. Ms. Lalani also previously served on the boards of STARS Air Ambulance (as a board director) and the Calgary YMCA (as chair of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee). Ms. Lalani is a recipient of the 50 Key Women in Energy Award—Leadership Category, and the Stevie International Business Award—Best Support Team Category.

Ms. Lalani earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Western Executive Program.

Garry R. McCulloch, CIM - Board Chair

Garry joined Richardson GMP as a partner in 2012. Prior to joining Richardson GMP, Garry spent over ten years with Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. as a member of their Portfolio Management team. He spent six years building an Investment Counseling operation as Regional Director, Investment Services for a major Canadian financial institution. Garry has also spent time working for a national brokerage firm on both the retail and institutional side engaging with major counseling firms as clients. He brings 25 years of experience with the energy and investment industry and providing investment solutions for private clients, not-for-profit, trusts and foundations.

Garry also invests in the community as an active volunteer. He joined the Board of The Sinneave Family Foundation in 2012, and assumed the role of Chair in 2016. He is currently an executive member and past chair of Special Olympics Calgary. Additionally, he currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. In 2011, under Garry’s leadership as Chair, Special Olympics Calgary won the Mayors Sports Leadership and Excellence Award. He was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for the Alberta Peloton Association that helped bring the Tour of Alberta, a pro cycling race, to Canada. He has previously worked on the Premiers Advisory Group. He was also actively involved with the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games at Canada Olympic Park. Garry has a number of National coaching certifications, and enjoys volunteering for and coaching various sports.

Adam McKnight

Joined the Board June 2016.

Rutger Niers

Rutger graduated high school in 1989 and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1993 from the University of Alberta. After working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1993 to 1994, Rutger moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to work for HSBC Bank Canada as a Commercial Account Manager. Rutger moved back to Calgary, Alberta in 1998 to specialize in financing for the oil and gas industry. Rutger earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003.

Rutger joined Pure Energy Services Ltd. in 2004 as part of the senior leadership team. Rutger played a key role in several acquisitions as well as the company’s IPO in 2006. In 2010 Rutger and his family moved to Denver, Colorado to lead the company’s US organization. Pure Energy Services Ltd. was sold in 2012 to FMC Technologies Inc. Rutger moved back to Calgary in 2013 with FMC to lead the North American completion services group. In 2015 the company undertook a major restructuring which left Rutger to lead the Canadian business of FMC. Rutger left the employment of FMC in 2016. 

Dr. Gayla Rogers

Dr. Gayla Rogers is a recently retired Professor from the University of Calgary where she served as Provost Fellow for the past 4 years, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Work for 12 years.  

Dr. Rogers is well published with numerous books, book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations in areas such as leadership, strategic planning and social work education. Additional areas of expertise include child welfare, family violence, homelessness, poverty and diversity. Dr. Rogers has held federally funded research grants and, on a consulting basis, informed social work programs in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Over the years Dr. Rogers has served on a number of boards locally and nationally, and currently serves on the Child & Family Services Council for Quality Assurance, and the boards of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, and Wood's Homes.

Recent honours include: Woman of Influence (Calgary) by Deloitte; Woman of Vision by Global TV/Calgary YWCA; Distinguished Alumni Award; induction into the Order of the University of Calgary; and 2014 Lecture of a Lifetime (University of Calgary).

Donald C. Ross

Don was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1962.  He graduated from the University of Calgary in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.  Don was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1974 and received the Certified Professional Accountant designation in 2015. He has taken several of the Institute of Corporate Director courses and various educational workshops while serving on several Boards and committees.  He has also served both as an officer and a director of several publicly listed intermediate oil and gas companies.  Don "retired" in 2004 but has continued to serve on several for profit and not for profit boards where, among other things, he provides his expertise in business, governance, finance, enterprise risk management and investment. He is currently an Honorary member of Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society and Special Olympics, Calgary, and serves on the Boards of Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women Society, the Alberta Motor Association, the Renfrew Educational Services Foundation and the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation. Don is actively involved in Rotary and serves on the World Community Services Committee (co-ordinating projects in Cambodia and Liberia) and the Rotary Stay in School Steering Committee (where he mentors two students).  Don enjoys reading, exercise, golf and hanging out at the lake, but mostly he enjoys travelling with Lynn, his beautiful wife of 37 years.

Rick Sinneave

Joined the Board April 2013.

Edward Wooldridge

Edward Wooldridge is a Calgary based corporate lawyer with over 17 years of experience who currently acts as legal counsel to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s largest national law firms.  Edward regularly acts for public and private corporations of all sizes helping to address their specific legal needs as a trusted advisor.  He currently serves as lead counsel for a number of prominent Canadian and foreign based clients in a number of industries. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Economics at the University of Western Ontario in 1991, followed by his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 1998. 

Edward has previously sat on a number of private corporate boards as well as on the boards of a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organizations.  He remains actively involved in numerous local schools and charitable organizations which educate and enrich the lives of children with autism.

Honorary Board Members

Richard Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA

Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, is University of Calgary Board Chair Emeritus. He was Chairman of TransCanada Corporation (1998–2005), Fording Inc. (2001–2003), NOVA Corporation (1992–1998), TransAlta Corporation (1996–1998), and MacMillan Bloedel (1996–1999). Prior to 1992, Mr. Haskayne was chairman, president and CEO of Interhome Energy Inc., (IPL and Home Oil). Before joining Home Oil as president and CEO in 1982, he spent more than 20 years with Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas, including serving as president since 1980.

Mr. Haskayne is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has received the Canadian Business Leader Award and Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The Haskayne Chair in Accounting at University of Calgary was announced in 2001 and in 2002 the Faculty of Management was renamed the Haskayne School of Business. In 2004, Richard Haskayne was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. In 2006, he was honoured with Alberta’s highest award, the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE). Dick and Lois Haskayne have been awarded the Generosity of Spirit Award for Philanthropy.

Previous Board Members

James (Jim) Sinneave (2007 - 2009)

Mr. Sinneave began his career with Eecol Electric in Regina, Saskatchewan where he worked for many years before becoming owner, president and CEO. Mr. Sinneave remained active in the company, until his passing on September 4th, 2009. He had a great passion for people and was very involved in his community.  In 2007, Mr. Sinneave began the Sinneave Family Foundation, to help individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Dr. David Dodge OC (2008 - 2010)

Dr. Dodge OC retired from the federal public service in 2008 after a distinguished career which included serving as Governor of the Bank of Canada from 2001 to 2008. His academic career has included teaching economics at universities in Canada and abroad. He is Chancellor of Queen’s University and serves on several boards.

Dr. James Fraser Mustard (2008 – 2011)

Dr. Mustard, a founding member of the Foundation, passed away on November 16, 2011. Dr. Mustard was an accomplished scientist and medical educator. The focus he brought to the importance of investing in early human development significantly impacted government policy. In his life, Dr. Mustard enjoyed a diverse and esteemed career in health sciences.

Christopher (Chris) Burrows CA, CPA (2011 – 2014)

At the time when Chris Burrows vice-president and CFO of K-Bro Linen Systems Inc. in Edmonton. Mr. Burrows formerly served as vice-president, finance for The Churchill Corporation. He has also been an instructor, facilitator and guest lecturer with educational institutions including the University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University, University of Saskatchewan and the CA School of Business.

An active volunteer, Mr. Burrows is a governor of NorQuest College, a director of Goodwill Industries of Alberta and chair of an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) working group. Previously, he served as a director of the Centre for Family Literacy, as president of the Lifesaving Society, and governor of the University of Alberta.

Mr. Burrows graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelor of Science and Commerce degrees, and from the University of Saskatchewan’s Master of Professional Accounting program. He is also a graduate of University of Toronto’s executive program in Human Resource Management.

Perry Mack, QC (2010 – 2014)

Perry Mack, QC has enjoyed a distinguished legal career in Calgary for nearly 30 years. His practice has focused on civil litigation with emphasis on insurance, professional liability, personal injury, construction and administrative law.

Mr. Mack is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of both the Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. He joined the Foundation’s Board in 2010.

C.E. (Chuck) Shultz (2011- 2015)

Chuck Shultz has been a director of Canadian Oil Sands or one of its predecessors since 1995. Mr. Shultz is chairman and CEO of Dauntless Energy, Inc. (“Dauntless”). Before founding Dauntless in 1995, Mr. Shultz served as president and CEO of Gulf Canada Resources Limited from 1990 to 1995.

Mr. Shultz serves on the board of directors of Newfield Exploration and Enbridge Inc. He also is a director of several private companies, including Glencoe Resources, Matrix Solutions and Sonoma Resources. In the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Shultz recently served on the Board of Management for the Alberta Economic Development Authority, the Calgary Airport Business Advisory Board, Science Alberta, and the Colorado School of Mines Foundation Board of Governors.

Mr. Shultz graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Geological Engineering in 1961 and attended the University of Virginia’s Executive Program in 1980 and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1984. He has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors, Corporate Governance program and is accredited as a certified director under that program with an ICD.D. designation.

Jack Davis (2009 – 2015)

Jack Davis served as Chairman of The Sinneave Family Foundation from 2011-2015. During that time he was also the Chairman of CEO.Mobile Inc, a company that advises CEOs and corporations on leadership and strategy.

From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Davis served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Health Region. Prior to this role, he was responsible for the Alberta Public Service as Deputy Minister of Executive Council with several years of previous experience as a deputy minister in various government departments including Solicitor General, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Aboriginal Affairs, Transportation and Utilities and Health.

Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy (Hons.) and a Masters of Arts in Psychology, and is accredited as a Chartered Psychologist in Alberta. Jack served as the Chair of the Board of the Sinneave Family Foundation. In addition, he has served on a number of other Boards of Directors including: Pure North Foundation, Teranet Inc., CBI Health Group, Lifelabs Inc., Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships, Alberta Social Housing Corporation, Alberta Energy and Utilities Advisory Board, Scripps Foundation for Medicine and Science, Mount Royal University and Banff Centre. In addition Jack has served as Chair of the Advisory Council for the O'Brien Bachelor of Health Science Program and is a member of the Advisory Councils of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the Institute of Public Health, all of which are associated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

David Tuer (2014 - 2016)

Mr. Tuer is a professional engineer and an independent businessman.From 2008-2014, Mr. Tuer was the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Teine Energy Ltd. Mr. Tuer was Chairman of the Calgary Health Region from 2001 to 2008 and also served as Chairman of Mount Royal College. He has held senior executive positions in various energy companies, most notably as President and Chief Executive Officer with PanCanadian Petroleum Limited, prior to its merger in 2002 with Alberta Energy Corporation to form EnCana Corporation.

Mr. Tuer serves on the board of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and AltaLink LP, a private limited partnership. From April 2005 to September 2006 he was Director of Sequoia Oil & Gas Ltd. (administrator of a public oil and gas trust). From October 2002 to April 2005 he was Director of Argo Energy Ltd. (a public oil and gas company). From 2003 until its sale in 2006, he was a director of Rockwater Capital Corporation. From September 2006 until its sale in December 2011, he was a director of Daylight Energy Ltd.

Dr. Jodi Abbott (2011 - 2016)

Dr. Jodi Abbott is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of NorQuest College in Edmonton. Dr. Abbott joined NorQuest in July 2010 after serving as senior vice-president, quality performance improvement for Alberta Health Services. Dr. Abbott’s career includes leadership roles with the Canadian Paraplegic Association of Edmonton, as vice-president of family service for Catholic Social Services, as executive director with the Canadian Diabetes Association and executive director roles with Alberta Health and Wellness.

Dr. Abbott has enjoyed an exciting and diverse career in Western Canada. Being close to community has always been fundamentally important, demonstrated by her employment and volunteer contributions. Dr. Abbott’s career began with the Canadian Paraplegic Association in Edmonton where she developed strong relationships with clients and partner organizations, becoming a dedicated advocate for persons with disabilities — a commitment she continued pursuing through her work with Catholic Social Services where she was vice-president of family service.

Dr. Abbott has a deep love of skating and is vice-president of the board of Skate Canada and an Olympic-level judge.