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Board Members

Chair

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson has spent over 40 years in policing. He started his career with the Calgary Police Service before moving to the RCMP in 2005. In 2007, he returned to Calgary as Chief of Police where he served until retiring in March 2015. Since then, he has been employed as a consultant to many Calgary projects. Rick grew up in Calgary, and is an alumni of both St. Francis High School and the University of Calgary.

 

Tourism calgary

Rod McKay

Rod McKay, FCA is the chair of the board of Tourism Calgary. He also serves as board chair for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, is a board member of the Calgary Sports Tourism Authority, and formerly held senior national and international leadership positions as a partner with KPMG.

 

Olympian

Beckie Scott

Beckie Scott retired in 2006 as Canada’s most decorated and successful cross-country ski racer in the history of the sport. Winning gold in Salt Lake City in 2002, Scott became the first Canadian (and first North American woman) to ever win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. She followed that up with Olympic silver in 2006, and a record 17 World Cup podium finishes.

On retirement, Beckie was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission for an 8-year term. She currently serves as Chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Commission and actively advocates for clean, fair, doping-free sport. Beckie Scott currently works as the Program Director for Ski Fit North Alberta.

 

Paralympian

Patrick Jarvis

A Paralympian, Patrick Jarvis has held numerous leadership roles in high performance sport including president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, Director of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, IOC Coordination Commission member of the London 2012 Games, and is serving his third four-year term as a governing board member of the International Paralympic and four Olympic Games. Based on his extensive involvement with the Paralympic Movement, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2010.

 

Senior communications leader

Laurie Stretch

Laurie Stretch is a senior communications leader, with experience spanning the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Her experience includes serving as Calgary General Manager for Edelman, a world-leading communications marketing firm, and as a communications and investor relations leader in the energy sector. She started her career in the political world, serving as an assistant to members of parliament in Ottawa.

 

leadership

Sheila McIntosh

Sheila has over 30 years of experience in both private industry and government, working for the past 15 years on the leadership teams of several large companies in the energy and transportation sectors. Most recently she was Executive Vice President Environment & Corporate Affairs at Cenovus Energy Inc. She has broad experience in the management of stakeholder relations, communications, corporate reputation, and corporate and social responsibility.

 

Deloitte managing partner

Chris Lee

Chris Lee is the Deloitte Managing Partner for the prairie region, a member of the Deloitte executive committee, and co-chair of the firm’s Marketplace Committee. Formerly, Chris was on the board of directors for Deloitte Canada and was the National Energy Leader of the firm's energy and resources practice. Chris is actively involved in the community and is a co-chair of Gold Medal Plates, a member of the sponsor committee of the Global Business Forum, a past chair of Theatre Calgary, and a former chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.

 

Olympian

Catriona Le May Doan

Catriona Le May Doan is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating. She is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Catriona is actively involved in community sport through Sport Calgary, and is passionate about helping people of all ages to live healthy and active lives.

 

totem capital corporation

Irfhan Rawji

Irfhan Rawji is a principal with Totem Capital Corporation, a Calgary-based private investment firm. Through Totem, Irfhan currently serves as board chair for two of its investee companies: Carrot Insights, the provider of Canada's national wellness rewards app and the Organic Box, Alberta's largest organic food hub. Irfhan also serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Glenbow Museum, imagiNation150, and the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board.

 

President & CEO, Canadian Sport institute calgary

Dale Henwood

Dale Henwood has been the president and CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary since its establishment in April 1994. He has both a Bachelor of Physical Education degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta, as well as an MBA from the University of Calgary. He has been a senior sport leader in the provincial and Canadian sport system and serves internationally as the president of the Association of Sport Performance Centres.

 

President & CEO, calgary arts development

Patti Pon

Patti Pon is the president and CEO of Calgary Arts Development and a veteran community organizer. She has held executive positions at Arts Commons, Edmonton Opera, and ATP. Patti currently serves on the board of the Calgary Foundation, and chairs a committee for the Calgary Stampede.

 

Athlete, mp

Wilton Littlechild

Wilton Littlechild is an avid sportsman and athlete; he has won more than 70 provincial, regional, national, and international championships. He is a founder of the North American Indigenous Games, and was selected as a torch bearer and ambassador for the 2010 Olympic Games. He has been inducted into seven sports Halls of Fame.

Wilton was a Member of Parliament from 1988 to 1993 for the riding of Wetaskiwin-Rimby, sat on several senior committees in the House of Commons, and served as a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations.

Wilton also has the distinction of being the first Treaty First Nation person to acquire his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1976. He also holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Physical Education, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta, and the Indigenous Peoples’ Counsel (IPC) designation.

 

Board, Canadian olympic committee

Gene Edworthy

Dr. Gene Edworthy is a Calgary optometrist who has been passionately involved in Olympic sport for more than 30 years as an athlete, National Sport Federation president (luge), chair of WinSport, board member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and board member of Canadian Sport Institute Calgary. Gene has attended six Olympic Games in various official capacities and brings valuable insight and experience to the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee.

 

President, perpetual energy inc.

Sue Riddell Rose

Sue Riddell Rose is president and chief executive officer of Perpetual Energy Inc. and has over 25 years of experience in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry. She is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and is a Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Sue is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations including United Way of Calgary, the Premier’s Council for Alberta’s Promise, UNICEF Canada, Fulbright Canada, and Queen’s University.

 

partner, Osler llp calgary

Maureen Killoran

Maureen Killoran is the former managing partner of Osler LLP Calgary and the first female managing partner of a national law firm in the province of Alberta. Maureen, a senior litigation partner with over 20 years of experience, is routinely recognized as one of the best commercial, energy, and Aboriginal lawyers in Canada; in 2016 she was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Litigation in Canada.”

 

President & CEO, Altalink

Scott Thon

Scott Thon is the president and chief executive officer of AltaLink. He is a registered professional Engineer, a graduate of the Executive Program from the University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors - Directors Education Program to receive his ICD.D designation. Scott is the current chair of the Canadian Electricity Association board of directors, a director on the board of Alberta Blue Cross, and a trustee with Northview Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. Scott has also been the chair of the Bow Valley College Board of Governors and the United Way of Calgary & Area Board of Directors.

 

culture leader

Karen Ball

Karen Ball is a nationally recognized culture leader with over 20 years developing the arts and cultural landscape in Canada. She has been a thought leader and collaborator in key cultural planning within Alberta including The City of Calgary's Culture Plan, The Premier's Council on Culture, and Calgary's Year as Cultural Capital (Calgary 2012).

 

Staff

Director & WORKSTREAM lead - Master Facilities Plan

Marco Delaco

For over 12 years, Marco DeIaco has provided advice, due diligence and strategic direction in the attraction of amateur competitions and cultural events, including feasibility and bid programs to host national and international events. As the past executive director of the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority and vice president of Sales, Sport and Major Events at Tourism Calgary, Marco has led a collaborative city-wide effort to evaluate, attract and invest in amateur sport and major events. He was also recently chair of the highly successful 2016 JUNO Awards.

 

WORKSTREAM lead - Security & Risk

Brian Skeet

Brian Skeet is a 28 year veteran of the Calgary Police Service. Following that, he served as assistant deputy minister of the Public Security Division with the Alberta Solicitor General and also spent six years working as a corporate security advisor. Brian has an established track record of identifying and implementing innovative solutions to policing and security issues. 

 

WORKSTREAM lead - public engagement & community impact 

Sean Beardow

Sean Beardow is a communications professional who has accumulated 14 years of experience through roles in both the private and public sector. He has organized and executed a number of research and public engagement exercises over the years, including the MLA Task Force on Continuing Care for the Government of Alberta.

 

WORKSTREAM lead - stakeholder and government relations

Karen Parker

Karen Parker is a management professional with 30 years of experience spanning several sectors. She has been instrumental in the success of large scale projects requiring the development of strategic relationships, deftly and negotiating optimal solutions for all parties involved. Karen holds a Masters of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

 

subcommittee lead - Ioc & coc relations

Jolan Storch

Jolan Storch is the President of Bold. Counsel. a consulting company providing legal and business development services to the Canadian high performance sport system.  Prior to founding Bold. Counsel. Jolan was General Counsel and Business Development Advisor of the Canadian Olympic Committee. Her role with CBEC is to liaise between the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

 

general manager & workstream lead - finance and investment

Brian Hahn

Brian Hahn was appointed CBEC’s general manager in November 2016, following a long and distinguished career with ATCO. He has held several executive roles within the ATCO family including president of ATCO Gas, president of ATCO Gas Australia and president of ATCO Pipelines. An experienced leader, Brian has also held board positions with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Gas Association, STARS, the University of Lethbridge Management Advisory and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.