Alberta Regional Board of Directors
Meet Alberta's Regional Board members:
Born and raised in rural Alberta, Barry Worbets 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 spent over four decades working at the intersection of the environment and business. Barry has a deep understanding of “land and water,” history, science, policy and stewardship in Canada.
Most recently he was one of 14 Canadians who served on a National Advisory Panel for Conservation 2020, which informed provincial and federal ministers on how to conserve, by 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial areas and inland water through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. He has worked with indigenous groups across Canada his entire career.
He is one of the founders of Western Ranchlands, which currently owns and operates the 5,666-hectare (14,000-acre) Tomahawk Cattle Ranch. Recently, as senior fellow/executive in residence at the Canada West and Max Bell foundations, his research looked at improving environmental decision making and land/water policy in western Canada.
In six oil and gas companies, he built industry-leading teams to deliver top quartile health safety and environmental performance and was one of the founders of North American Oilsands Corporation, which sold to Equinor in 2007 for $2.2B. Barry is currently chairing the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He initiated and lead the construction of Harvie Passage on the Bow river in Calgary, served as Ambassador of the Okanagan Rail Trail as well as serving on the Boards of World Wildlife Fund, Alberta Water Research Institute and Parks Foundation Calgary, to name a few. The Alberta Emerald Foundation for Environmental Excellence honoured him in 2001 for his corporate leadership
Barry spends he free time volunteering as well as cycling, hiking, flyfishing, skiing and travelling with his family.
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 he 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 and served as president of Central Rockies Wolf Project/Wolf Awareness.
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.
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.
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.
Deborah Yedlin has been observing, commenting and writing about the nexus of business and politics for more than two decades, as a journalist for the Financial Post, Globe and Mail and Calgary Herald newspapers. In addition to her writing, she has been a regular commentator on these matters for CBC Radio and Television and CTV since 1996.
With a resumé that includes working on Wall Street and Bay Street, Deborah has brought a unique and informed perspective to her columns that have addressed topics ranging from economics, finance, politics, science, innovation and education — all with the intent to educate and inform her readers about topics important to Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians.
Deborah holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in economics and English, an MBA from Queen’s University. She also holds an ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Deborah was recently selected as the University of Calgary’s 14th Chancellor, effective July 1, 2018.
Zack Ramji has an MBA from the Edinburgh School of Business as well as a Certified Management Accountant designation. Zack is currently the CFO for Capital Region Housing Corporation in Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to this role, he worked in various industries, such as banking, electrical utilities, petro-chemicals and telecommunications.
For six years, Zack was a board member and vice-chair of the Greater Edmonton Foundation, an organization that provides housing for approximately 3,500 low-income Alberta seniors. He is currently on the board of the Associates of Caritas and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Jill Angevine is a managing director at Palisade Capital, an independent asset manager in Calgary. Jill’s responsibilities include Palisade Capital’s Wealth Management business, strategic direction and servicing Palisade Capital’s clients.
Jill serves on a number of public boards given her capital markets and financial experience and is involved in other not-for-profit boards related to health and education. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys getting her family participating in outside sports.
AnnLisa Jensen is serving her second term on the Parkland County Council, a large rural municipality west of Edmonton, where she represents the area of Division 1. Prior to election, she dedicated her career to local government as a senior economic development, tourism and cultural administrator and participated on a variety of municipal boards and committees. A life-long resident of Parkland County and a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, she has deep ties to her community and ancestry.
She is a passionate advocate for land stewardship and conservation and is dedicated to building effective inter-governmental collaboration through formalized municipal alliances related to watershed management planning and restoration efforts. For the past several years, she has served as the Chairperson for the Sturgeon River Watershed Alliance and Vice-Chair of the North Saskatchewan Headwaters Alliance.
AnnLisa currently serves as the representative for rural Alberta on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors, where she chairs the Standing Committee on Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development.
Robert (Bob) Sutton
Robert J. Sutton is a managing partner in Calgary for Korn Ferry. He is also a member of the Firm’s Global Industrial Market’s Energy Sector, as well as the Firm’s Board & CEO Services group.
Bob has been involved in an extensive number of pan-North America and international assignments, with functional emphasis on board directors, CEOs, corporate directors, general management, financial management, corporate finance, engineering, exploration and operations management.
Bob entered the executive recruitment business over 25 years ago with a search firm in Toronto. During his tenure, he was a partner in their Calgary office and led the firm’s energy practice for 10 years. He has conducted more than 500 senior-level searches for clients in a variety of industries, with a primary focus on the energy sector, and has specific expertise in the upstream, midstream, downstream and energy services industries.
Prior to his executive search career, Bob was a divisional vice-president with Madison Chemical Industries, a chemical manufacturer specializing in advanced polyurethane products. Previously, he was a sales representative for Procter and Gamble in Ottawa and co-managed Regional Drilling, a seismic drilling contractor that operated in Alberta and Oklahoma.
Bob served on the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Board for several years and is a past member of the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way. He currently sits on the Board of West Island College.
He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a bachelor’s in general studies from the University of Michigan.
He is an avid cyclist, skier and fly fisher, and enjoys spending time in the backcountry with friends and family.
Kara Flynn is Syncrude Canada Ltd's vice-president, government and public affairs, and reports directly to the president and CEO. In her role, she oversees strategic initiatives in Indigenous relations, government relations, regulatory affairs, communications, corporate sustainability and issues management. Kara has a keen interest and overall corporate leadership for ensuring effective Indigenous and external relations activities for Syncrude.
Prior to joining Syncrude in 2005, Kara had a 20-year career in management, communications and community relations initiatives that spanned health, cultural facilities and the non-profit sector.
She currently serves as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos Board of Directors and is the Honorary Lt. Colonel for 1 MP Squadron, 4 Wing, Royal Canadian Air Force. Kara is chair of the Aboriginal Affairs committee for the Mining Association of Canada, and is also active in a range of committees for the Oil Sands Community Alliance and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
She is also past chair of the Keyano College Board of Governors and the Telus World of Science. She also previously served as national co-chair for the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business.
In 2013, Kara was recognized with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for work with Aboriginal people and communities. In 2014, she was named C Suite Community Relations Executive of the Year by Alberta Oil Magazine.
Kara holds a bachelor of arts (honours) degree from the University of British Columbia in history and political science, as well as degrees from the University of Victoria in communications and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in leadership.