Alberta Regional Board of Directors
Meet Alberta's Regional Board members:
Mike Going was born in High River, Alberta, and raised in a ranching family in the foothills of southwestern Alberta. His love for nature stems from having grown up spending time along the rivers and in the foothills of the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. The majesty of the landscapes of this region and the abundance of wildlife have left a lasting impression on him.
After leaving the ranching life behind, Mike pursued careers in real estate development and founded coffee/café brand, Good Earth Coffeehouse, with his wife and partner, Nan. Mike has always kept an interest and involvement in land conservation. He has been involved with the national board of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), co-chaired a seat at the roundtable of the Banff-Bow Valley Study, served as president of Central Rockies Wolf Project/Wolf Awareness and is the current board chair for the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Mike lives in Calgary with his wife and their daughter, Sophie. There is nothing more gratifying for him than spending time in nature hiking, riding, paddling and skiing in his beloved Alberta.
Barry Worbets has spent over 40 years working at the junction of the environment and business. Born and raised in rural Alberta, Barry graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of science degree and the University of Calgary with a master's of environmental design. He has a deep understanding of land history, science and policy, particularly in Alberta.
Barry spent five years as a senior fellow with the Canada West and Max Bell Foundation, improving land and water policy in western Canada. Working for six oil and gas companies, he built industry-leading teams to deliver top-quartile health safety and environmental performance. He was one of the founders of North American Oilsands Corporation.
Barry has served on many boards, including the World Wildlife Fund, Alberta Water Research Institute and Parks Foundation Calgary. The Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence honoured him in 2001 for his corporate leadership.
Dean Prodan is currently employed as CFO and director of Whitehorn Resources Ltd., portfolio manager for Priviti Capital Corp. and director of Whitewater Ski Resort. His previous employment includes president and sole owner of UTA Asset Management, four years as an institutional salesman for Peters & Co. Ltd., five years as managing director and co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital Corp., four years as president and portfolio manager of Dominion Equity Resource Fund and managing director of Canfund VE Management Corp. All businesses were focused in the Canadian Energy Sector, specifically in the public markets.
Dean currently holds board positions on several private companies, including chair of the board for Cool It Systems Inc. and director of Canadian Energy Acquisition Ltd. He is also active on the advisory board of Priviti Capital Corp. Other board and volunteer activities in the not-for-profit sector include his current position as board chair of the Calgary Arts Development Authority, a director of The Palix Foundation, a director of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, member of the investment committee for the Max Bell Foundation and a member of the Alberta regional board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Michael Freeborn is managing director and Head of Energy, Investment Banking at CIBC, where he advises energy clients on capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. Michael has held investment banking and capital markets roles at CIBC and Goldman Sachs for over 16 years.
Michael is a native Albertan with ancestors that homesteaded in the province. He and his wife, Alison, and daughters, Katie and Elizabeth, enjoy a number of outdoor pursuits and are passionate about protecting our country’s precious natural landscapes.
Robert J. Engbloom
Bob Engbloom practises primarily mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law and acts for a number of businesses. Mr. Engbloom also acts as lead counsel on a wide variety of significant transactions and has extensive experience in providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and related-party transactions. His practice includes advising boards of directors and special committees on both governance matters and substantive transactions.
Ron Kruhlak is a senior partner with the law firm of McLennan Ross LLP. His practice focuses on resource development issues and commercial disputes. He has extensive experience in energy, environmental and construction-related projects and regularly appears before a variety of courts and tribunals.
Mr. Kruhlak also provides strategic advice to corporations and municipalities on stakeholder issues and enforcement proceedings, and participates in arbitrations and mediations involving energy and construction-related disputes. He is active in a number of organizations in the legal community and is president of the Alberta Chamber of Resources. Mr. Kruhlak is past president of the Environmental Law Centre, and one of the founders of the Alberta Emerald Foundation.
Born in Innisfail, Alberta, Hal Kvisle joined Dome Petroleum Limited in 1975 as a petroleum engineer, where he played a key role in crafting the sale of the troubled Canadian company to Amoco Corporation in 1987. In 1988, he joined Fletcher Challenge Energy Canada as its president. In 1999, Hal joined TransCanada Corporation and was named president and chief executive officer in 2001.
In 2008, Hal was named Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year. He followed that with the 2009 Canadian Business Leader Award, the 2010 Distinguished Business Leader Award and was named to Alberta Venture's list of the top 50 most influential people in the province. He served several terms as a governor with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, chaired the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and has been a director for a number of companies, including Talisman Energy and the Bank of Montreal. He currently serves as board chair of ARC Resources and is a board member of Northern Blizzard Resources.
Hal has been a National or Alberta board member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada since 2007 and served as chair of the National board from 2011 to 2013.
Julia Palmer helps manage Scott Palmer Ranching, working to ensure the high prairie grassland and riparian habitat of the Waterton Park Front and the adjacent lands remain productive.
A fourth-generation rancher, Julia is committed to land stewardship and has helped in the development of an innovative rotational grazing system that stimulates soil productivity and preserves native plant species. She also oversees one of the largest organic beef herds in Canada. Her insight and ongoing work have led to selecting happy cows, which contribute to her preservation efforts.
Julia continues to pursue innovative solutions in agriculture and land stewardship.