Chair - Angela Boehm, Calgary
In 2013, Angela Boehm became Chair of the Alberta Cancer Foundation after serving as a Trustee since 2009. Angela joined the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a Trustee after witnessing many family members touched by cancer.
“When someone close to you, hears the words ‘you have cancer’ it makes you want to do something. I am honoured to provide leadership to ensure that the Alberta Cancer Foundation continues to invest in the programs that have a real and significant impact for Albertans.”
Angela brings a strong background in strategic marketing and finance to the foundation. As a University of Saskatchewan business graduate Angela began her career with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). During her time at CPR she was privileged to manage several different areas of the Company including marketing, strategy, operations and finance. The majority of her career was spent in leading strategic business development.
Since joining the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a Trustee, Angela has been actively involved in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, co-chairing the event for two years. Angela was also one of three trustees who worked behind the scenes to make a new cancer centre in Calgary a reality.
After retiring from CPR, Angela has been involved in her community, most recently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Winter Club and Chair of the Strategic Planning committee. Angela has also served as Chair of the Social Issues Committee for the YWCA and is a former member of the City of Calgary’s Feed the Children Committee. Angela also served as a Co-Chair for the Ride to Conquer Cancer 2010 and 2011.
Vice-Chair, Dr. Brent Saik, Edmonton
Dr. Brent Saik has served as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee since 2009.
Dr. Brent Saik began his crusade against cancer when his father was in hospital battling the disease and said, “Don’t make this worthless, make sure to help keep kids out of here.” Brent had already lost his grandfather to cancer, so when he lost his dad as well, he began planning for the World’s Longest Hockey Game. “I thought, if we can prove that it’s not impossible to play a demanding game for extended periods of time, then it should be possible to find a cure for cancer.” While planning the event, his wife was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately succumbed to the disease.
The initial World’s Longest Hockey Game, raised an incredible $150,000 and has since gone on to raise more than $1 million for the Cross Cancer Institute.
Brent grew up in Edmonton and, received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Alberta and then signed with the Atlanta Braves for college baseball. After a year, he headed to Portland for a four-year degree in optometry. He now operates a franchise of eight optometric clinics in the Edmonton area. His longest hockey games have garnered two Guinness World Records and he’s been named the Association of Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, received Strathcona County Community Service and Involvement Award and the Junior Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Edmontonian Award.
Vice-Chair, Vern Yu, Calgary
Vern Yu has been an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee since 2010.
Vern Yu is currently the Senior Vice President, Business and Market Development, for Enbridge Pipelines Inc. In this role, Vern is accountable for all business development and market development strategies and activities for Enbridge’s crude oil infrastructure business.
Vern joined Enbridge in 1993 in Toronto and has since taken on roles of increasing responsibility within the organization. He has been the Manager, Capital Markets; Director, Financial Risk Management; Assistant Treasurer; and VP Investor Relations and Enterprise Risk. Vern also served as a Director of Aux Sable Liquid Products, L.P.,
Before coming to Enbridge, Vern worked as an engineer at TransCanada Pipelines and Bow Valley Industries. Vern holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. (Applied Science) from Queen’s University.
Vern is also the Chair of the 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day cycling event that has raised over $38 million a for breakthrough research and discovery at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Cross Cancer Institute and 15 other centers across Alberta.
Gary Bugeaud, Calgary
Gary Bugeaud was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee in 2013.
Heather Culbert, Calgary
Heather Culbert began serving the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a member of the Calgary Campaign Cabinet in 2007, and was instrumental in working with the provincial government and Alberta Health Services for a new, much-needed comprehensive cancer centre in Calgary.
In 2008, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees. Heather brings a strong background in business and community involvement. She began her career in the oil and gas sector, working for Suncor and other companies before launching her own management consulting practice from 1988 to 1993. She left consulting to join Cody Energy in 1994 as Division Manager and then in 1996 she joined Enerplus Resources Fund as Senior Vice President of Corporate Services. In 2006, Heather retired from Enerplus and now directs her time and energy to the not-for-profit sector. Heather is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way as well as The Alliance to End Violence. She is also serving as a member of the SAIT Promising Futures Campaign Cabinet. In 2003, Heather was honoured with the SAIT Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2005 with the Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Service.
Heather is committed to making a difference as a trustee through awareness and fundraising efforts for cancer research and early detection. Her determination stems from witnessing her mother’s experiences as a five time cancer survivor, several close friends who have had cancer and her recent discovery that she herself is now facing cancer.
Steven Dyck, Lethbridge
Steven Dyck has been a Trustee with the Alberta Cancer Foundation since 2010 after cancer touched both his family and closest relationships in life.
Born and raised in southern Alberta, Steven has 15 years of experience in private and public-sector leadership. He is currently President of Western Tractor, John Deere, the largest dealer in southern Alberta. Prior to joining Western Tractor, Steven held senior management positions at both Lethbridge College and the University of Alberta.
Before his public sector stint, he was a successful entrepreneur in the technology sector in northern California, and spent several years with Myers Norris Penny’s Business Advisory Services. Steven holds several credentials, including an MBA from the University of Alberta; a bachelor of management from the University of Lethbridge, and various business diplomas and certificates.
Paul Grundy, Edmonton
Paul is Senior Vice President and Senior Medical Director of CancerControl Alberta in Alberta Health Services. He has been a Pediatric Oncologist in Edmonton for 23 years, and from 1995-2011 was Director of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Alberta/Stollery Children’s Hospital.
Paul’s research focus has been the identification of molecular prognostic factors in Wilms tumor, his greatest achievement perhaps being the development of a comprehensive renal tumors biological sample bank containing specimens from over 3000 patients, all linked to demographic and clinical trial data through the Children’s Oncology Group. He has served as Chair of the COG Renal Tumors Committee and Chair of the Renal Biology and Bank Committee.
Since 2009 he has been Chair of C17, the Canadian Network of all 17 Children’s Hematology/Oncology Centers. Their mission is to facilitate advances for children with cancer and blood disorders, and their families, through research, education, and the development of standards.
Don Lowry, Edmonton
Don Lowry has been a Trustee with the Alberta Cancer Foundation since 2013. After 16 years, Don Lowry recently stepped down from the position of President & CEO of EPCOR Utilities to focus on corporate board work and to serve on local community boards and associations.
During Don’s time with EPCOR he led the growth of the Edmonton based utility into a North American power and water company. In 2009 Don initiated the spin-off of EPCOR’s power generation business into one of Canada’s largest investor-owned generation companies, Capital Power Corporation.
Don is currently non-executive Chair of Capital Power and non-executive Chair of Canadian Oil Sands. As well he serves as a director of Stantec, Melcor REIT, and Hydrogenics Corporation. He is Chair of the 2014 Edmonton Organizing Committee for the ITU World Triathalon and serves on the TELUS Community Foundation board. In 2010 Don was recognized as Alberta Venture’s Business Person of the Year.
Prior to joining EPCOR, Don spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry. He was President and Chief Operating Officer of Telus Communications Inc. and Chairman of Alta Telecom.
Don holds a B.Comm. (Honours) and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and the Banff School of Management.
John J. McDonald III, Edmonton
John J. McDonald III has been an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee since 2010 and brings a wealth of business experience to his trustee role and first-hand cancer experience. In 2006, John was treated for both kidney and prostate cancer. He lost his mother and his best friend to cancer. “Unfortunately, I could go on,” he says.
John moved from Texas to Edmonton in 2008 to serve as publisher for the Edmonton Journal. He had been a principal of Management Consulting of Texas and included one of the largest U.S. cancer agencies among his clients. Prior to consulting, John served as area president for Verizon Communications in Texas and as Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Business Development for the Dun and Bradstreet Corporation, New York State.
He currently serves as the Executive Director, Alberta & NWT for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. He is also Chairman of the Board of Concordia University College of Alberta and an Edmonton Public Library trustee. He has served on UNICEF’s Patron’s council, St. Michael’s Health Care Cabinet and the Premier of Alberta’s Economic Roundtable Task Force. John received his BA from Boston College, an MA from Carleton University and an MBA from the Babson Colllege Frank W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He and his wife Joan have two grown children.
Katie McLean, Calgary
Katie McLean has been a Trustee with the Alberta Cancer Foundation since 2011.
When Katie was 17 her Mom passed away from cancer and she gained an early and life-long awareness of the brutal effects of this disease. Katie was introduced to the world of fundraising and cancer research when she met Joe Finley, a man who transformed his cancer journey in his last years to raise funds and awareness for head and neck cancer. Katie was inspired by Joe's courage and selflessness.
A life-long athlete, three-time Ironman competitor and accomplished marathon runner, Katie loves to motivate others to achieve their personal goals while giving back to their community at the same time. Most recently responsible for bringing "Joe’s Team" (a sprint triathlon and Alberta Cancer Foundation fundraiser) to Calgary, Katie is passionate about making a difference to cancer research in Alberta.
With a background in technology, sales, marketing and alliances, Katie brings experience from the corporate world from her time spent at companies such as Oracle and Xerox. She works as a volunteer for various organizations, sporting events and school activities. Katie lives with her husband Brian and their four children in Calgary.
Andrea McManus, Calgary
Andrea McManus joined the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a Trustee in 2013. Andrea is known for her passionate belief in philanthropy and her value of the nonprofit sector in Canadian society. She is President of The Development Group in Calgary and has worked with, trained and educated organizations and fundraisers throughout North America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, and Egypt. A highly strategic thinker, Andrea and her team work with organizations that span the nonprofit sector and are particularly dedicated to building long-term and sustainable capacity that is firmly anchored in philanthropic culture that permeates all levels of the organization.
A leader in the nonprofit sector locally, nationally, and internationally, Andrea was the first person outside of the United States to hold the position of Chair of the International Board (2011-12) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
She has sat on numerous local and national initiatives to strengthen the Canadian nonprofit sector including the Imagine Canada Ethical Code Advisory Committee, Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Technical Issues Working Group and as founding Board Chair of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations. Along with being a Trustee with the Alberta Cancer Foundation, she is currently a Trustee for Student Energy.
Andrea was recognized by the AFP Calgary Chapter as the 2007 Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. She is an AFP Master Teacher and contributing author to four books on nonprofit management and fundraising, including ‘Excellence in Canadian Fundraising’, the first book published on fundraising in Canada for Canadian fundraisers.
Sandy Slator, Edmonton
Sandy Slator is a past Chair of the Alberta Cancer Foundation Chair and in 2013 was named a Trustee.
Sandy brings a wealth of business experience having recently retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of PTI Group Inc. He is also the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd, and Bayer Transport Limited. Sandy also served as past Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Vencap Equities Alberta Ltd.
An active community leader, Sandy has served on numerous corporate and community boards, including acting as Chair of The Edmonton Space and Science Foundation, and is the past Treasurer of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club.
Greg Tisdale, Calgary
Greg Tisdale was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee in 2013. Greg is the Chief Financial Officer of Crescent Point Energy, a role that he has held since 2004. He has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1995, having held a variety of roles with companies such as Direct Energies Ltd., AltaGas Services Inc., Shell Trading Gas and Power Canada Ltd., and Engage Energy Inc.
Greg serves on the Board of Directors of Enseco Energy Services Corp. and served on the Board of Shelter Bay until 2010. He is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and a member of the Financial Executive Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with distinction) from the University of Alberta.