Walking through hoodoos at Sandstone Ranch (Photo by NCC and Monte Solberg)

Walking through hoodoos at Sandstone Ranch (Photo by NCC and Monte Solberg)

Alberta Regional Board of Directors

Meet Alberta's Regional Board members:
  

  • Robert (Bob) Sutton (Photo courtesy Robert Sutton)

    Robert (Bob) Sutton
    Chair

    Robert (Bob) J. Sutton is a managing partner for the Calgary-based 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 American and international assignments. His functional emphasis has focused on boards of 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. He 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 bachelors 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.

  • Barry Worbets (Photo courtesy Barry Worbets)

    Barry Worbets
    Past Chair

    Born and raised in rural Alberta, Barry Worbets graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelors 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, Barry was one of 14 Canadians who served on a National Advisory Panel for Conservation 2020. The panel 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.

    Barry 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 his careeer working at six oil and gas companies, Barry 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 is currently chairing the Alberta regional board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He initiated and led the construction of Harvie Passage on the Bow River in Calgary and served as ambassador of the Okanagan Rail Trail, He has also served 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 Barry in 2001 for his corporate leadership

    Barry spends he free time volunteering, cycling, hiking, flyfishing, skiing and travelling with his family.

  • Zack Ramji (Photo courtesy Zack Ramji)

    Zack Ramji

    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.

  • Michael Freeborn

    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.

  • Jill Angevine (Photo courtesy Jill Angevine)

    Jill Angevine

    Jill Angevine is a corporate director and the president of Brownstone Asset Management. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the investment management industry, including portfolio management, capital markets and equity research. Jill serves on the boards of Tourmaline Oil Corp. and Advantage Energy in addition to board work in the community related to education, technology and investment management. Prior to her work as a corporate director, she was a portfolio manager at two asset management companies, and prior to that was vice president and director, institutional research at FirstEnergy Capital Corp.  

    Jill is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys participating in outdoor sports with her family. She has served on the NCC Alberta Regional Board since late 2017.

  • Hal Kvisle (Photo courtesy Talisman Energy Inc.)

    Hal Kvisle

    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.

  • AnnLisa Jensen (Photo courtesy AnnLisa Jensen)

    AnnLisa Jensen

    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 lifelong 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.

  • Kara Flynn (Photo courtesy Kara Flynn)

    Kara Flynn

    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 bachelors of arts (honours) 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.

  • Alan Harvie (Photo courtesy Alan Harvie)

    Alan Harvie

    Alan Harvie has practised energy and environmental/regulatory law since 1989. He regularly deals with commercial, operational, environmental and regulatory issues, especially for the upstream and midstream oil and gas, power, renewable energy, waste disposal and chemical industries. He is a member of his firm's energy and environmental departments.

    Alan has also dealt extensively with commercial, environmental and regulatory issues concerning tourism and recreation projects. He has also worked on issues relating to forestry, mining, agriculture, commercial real estate, industrial facilities, sewage plants, hazardous waste landfills and treatment facilities, transportation of dangerous goods and water storage reservoirs.

    He has been involved with regulatory and policy issues concerning water rights in Alberta for over 30 years. In addition, Alan has successfully completed projects involving the trading of water rights, worked with ecological and hydrological experts on instream flow assessments and participated in major irrigation and hydropower projects. He has a deep understanding of water resources laws and Fisheries Act issues, including enforcement proceedings.

    Alan has been keenly interested in conservation issues for many years. He previously was on the board of directors of Trout Unlimited Canada and served as president of the Bow River Chapter. He is a founding member of the Western Sky Land Trust Society.

  • Janet Annesley (Photo courtesy Janet Annesley)

    Janet Annesley

    A former senior executive at one of Canada’s largest energy companies, and a former chief of staff to Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Janet Annesley has tackled some of Canada’s largest energy business and policy matters in the last decade. 

    A seasoned leader and dependable team player, she has a track record for executing strategies and leading teams to achieve success on challenging regulatory, policy, Indigenous and stakeholder issues across companies, large projects and government.

    An accredited business communicator and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow, Janet holds MBAs from Queen’s and Cornell universities and sits on the boards of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Calgary Green Line Light Rail Transit Project.

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