Our Leaders

Ellen Wright Terrill

Interim CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Ellen Wright Terril - Interim CEO, Alberta cancer FoundationEllen Wright Terrill is an experienced executive in the not-for-profit and government sectors and brings a broad range of skills acquired over several decades of leadership. She has held various executive positions including, most recently, the Executive Director of the Calgary Police Commission and, previously, the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Alberta headquartered in Calgary. An inspirational and generative leader whose key strengths are strategic thinking and relationship building, Ellen believes in leveraging individual strengths to accomplish shared goals and objectives. Ellen is results-oriented with a proven track record of increasing operational efficiency, organizational effectiveness and risk management processes.

Board of Trustees

Leigh-Anne Palter – Chair

Our Leaders - Leigh-Anne Palter - ChairLeigh-Anne was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee in 2016.

Currently a member of Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice, she is a utility industry expert with over 25 years operations and leadership experience in jurisdictions across North America. Prior to her current role she was the CEO of a municipal utility providing water and solid waste management services to one of Alberta’s fastest growing cities. As part of her industry roles she has participated in numerous large scale transformation initiatives including a variety of turnaround, acquisition and divestiture transactions. Leigh-Anne has a track record of success in leading sensitive projects requiring diplomacy, strategic communications and influencing skills.

An active community member, Leigh-Anne also serves as a Director of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. A lifelong learner, she holds an MBA from Queen’s University and is pursuing her IDC.D designation through the Rotman School of Management.

Rene Aldana

Our Leaders - Rene AldanaRene Aldana is a Senior Business Leader with over 20 years management experience with small and large cap industrial automation and manufacturing companies with global operations. Rene’s focus over the past 12 years has been on strategic and tactical leadership to drive revenue, profitability and market share growth of companies serving the Oil & Gas and Water/Wastewater markets. Rene is Currently President and CEO at Galvanic Applied Sciences. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer at ZCL Composites, where he was accountable for Marketing, Innovation, Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and HSE functions. Rene holds a BSc degree in Computer Science, an EMBA from IE Business School and an ICD.D designation from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors. Rene has a young family heavily involved in the sport of Freestyle Skiing.

Dr. Stanford Blade

Stanford BladeDr. Blade is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. ALES is focused on teaching, research and community service in its departments and schools: Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Renewable Resources, Human Ecology, Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology as well as the Devonian Botanic Garden and the Alberta School of Forest Science and Management. Dr. Blade is a 2012 graduate of the Wharton Business School’s Executive Development Program (University of Pennsylvania). He attended the University of Alberta for his first degree (B.Sc.) in genetics. He obtained his M.Sc. (Crop Science) from the University of Saskatchewan for a breeding/physiology study on wheat. Dr. Blade’s doctorate was awarded by McGill University (Montreal, Canada) for work done at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on a Canadian International Development Agency Ph.D. Scholarship. Dr. Blade currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (aatf-africa.org), a Nairobi-based agency supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012 Dr. Blade was named by Alberta Venture as one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People”.

Dr. Heather Bryant

Our Leaders - Dr. Heather BryantDr. Bryant is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She joined the Partnership in January 2008, and as Vice President, Cancer Control, she leads a portfolio of pan-Canadian cancer control programs throughout the cancer continuum, and has led in the development of cancer system performance reporting in Canada. Prior to this, she was Vice President, Population Health and Information at the Alberta Cancer Board for many years. Dr. Bryant studied medicine at the University of Calgary followed by a fellowship in community medicine and a PhD in epidemiology. She is a clinical professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary. In 2015, she was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

Brenda Hubley

Brenda HubleyBrenda is the Chief Program Officer for CancerControl Alberta within Alberta Health Services. Brenda is a senior health-care leader who has worked in the health sector for over 20 years with extensive experience in health-care leadership, project management and strategic and operational planning in health-care service delivery. Brenda is a graduate of Dalhousie University and her clinical background is as a radiation therapist. Brenda has worked in academic and hospital environments and with provincial and national professional associations and councils including serving as Vice President of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Since joining the Alberta health system in 2006, Brenda has held numerous leadership positions in cancer care including Operations Leader for the Radiation Therapy Corridor Project, Executive Director Community Oncology and Provincial Practices and as Senior Program Lead for CancerControl North. Brenda is committed to a high-performing cancer program informed by research and evidence, designed in partnership with patients and families and respectful and responsive to the diversity of the populations we serve.

Chris Kucharski

Chris KucharskiChris has extensive executive‐level leadership experience in the communications sector. In October 2015, after a succession of senior positions, he was appointed President of Shaw’s Consumer Business, incorporating Shaw’s internet, video, phone and satellite services to over three million customers in Canada, representing over 70 per cent of the company’s annual revenues as well as leadership of over 8,000 employees. In May 2017, the Shaw Business division was added to his portfolio, providing leading-edge B2B services nationally. Nearly three decades of experience has given Chris expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning and large-scale operations. He holds degrees from the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University.

Robert McGee

Our Leaders - Robert McGeeMr. McGee has extensive executive‐level leadership experience in the Financial Services sector. In July of 2015, he was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer at ATB Financial, the largest bank in Western Canada. In his role, he oversees finance, treasury, operations, facilities and real estate and legal services. Prior to coming to Alberta, Mr. McGee spent 20 years working for two financial service institutions including Lloyds Banking as the CFO, Retail and Wealth Divisions in London, England and as the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer at Wachovia Corporation in Charlotte. Mr. McGee graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a degree in Accounting, and received his CPA in the state of Georgia. He actively seeks community involvement and looks forward to continuing his longstanding community work in Alberta.

Bryan McLean

Brian McLeanBrian was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation trustee in 2019. He is a senior partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) where he leads their global Management Consulting business with over 20,000 practitioners. He is a member of PwC’s global advisory leadership executive. Prior to the global role, Brian was Managing Partner for PwC Canada’s Advisory business and a member of the Canadian Executive. In addition he has held additional senior leadership positions with IBM, CGI and PwC. During his career Brian has had the opportunity to help clients improve their business strategies and operations across a number of segments including government, health-care, retail, energy and industrial manufacturing. Brian leverages this diverse experience to bring a variety of perspectives and outlooks into his client situations.

Andrea McManus

Our Leaders - Andrea McManusAndrea 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.

Dr. Matthew Parliament MD FRCPC

Our Leaders - Dr. Matthew Parliament MD FRCPCMatthew Parliament MD FRCPC is the Senior Medical Director, CancerControl Alberta. He concurrently holds the roles of Facility Medical Director at the Cross Cancer Institute, and Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head, Oncology. Prior to this he was the Section Head, Radiation Oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute. He also holds a Special Continuing Appointment as Professor in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Parliament obtained his MD degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Ottawa, where he also completed postgraduate training as a radiation oncologist.

Besides having an active clinical practice treating patients with genitourinary cancers, Dr. Parliament has an active research program. He has been a committee member or chair of numerous professional and scientific committees and advisory groups over the years and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology.

Gelaine Pearman

Our Leaders - Gelaine PearmanGelaine was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee in 2016.

Gelaine has been Chair at the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation since January 2013. As Chair, made financial sustainability and clinic/program growth strategic priorities. Elevated the Fund Development Committee to Board level making fund raising a top priority. In two years, BCSCF has gone from a deficit position to a surplus budget. Top fundraiser of more than 80 charities in the 2014 Scotiabank Charity Challenge, raising over $180,000. For clinic/program growth, focused on physician recruitment and marketing with a resulting 12% growth in new patient seen in 2014. Gelaine served as Vice-Chair, Chair Governance Committee, Chair Ethics Committee, member of the Transition Committee, and member of the Recruitment and ED search committee.

Jamie Pytel

Our Leaders - Jamie PytelJamie was appointed to the ACF Board in September of 2017. Jamie’s background is as a litigation lawyer and General Counsel for a large utility. Jamie is currently owner and founder of the law firm Kingsgate Legal in Edmonton, Alberta and practices in the area of employment and workplace investigations, general counsel advice and a myriad of other areas, including corporate governance. Jamie is an experienced strategic leader and executive, and brings years of experience and knowledge to the her role on the ACF Board. She also has a long history of giving back to the community through dedicated work on volunteer non-profit boards. Jamie has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, and Masters of Business Administration, all from the University of Alberta.

Rory J. Tyler

Our Leaders - Rory J. TylerRory was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation Trustee in 2016. Rory Tyler is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Calgary office, and a member the firm’s Global Industrial Market, with a specific focus on the energy sector, as well as the Global Financial Market. He has conducted dozens of successful searches at the C-suite and Board of Directors levels. With deep expertise in the energy and financial services industries, Mr. Tyler’s background enables him to provide his clients strategic executive recruitment and talent management guidance. Mr. Tyler has nearly two decades of experience in the financial services sector, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and a Senior Officer of a publicly-traded investment management firm until February 2004. Prior to this, he spent more than 15 years in the investment banking business, most recently based in Calgary as Managing Director and Co-Head of the Canadian Energy & Power practice of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Tyler also has a background in Engineering, having worked for several years in this capacity for Chevron. Mr. Tyler is currently a member of the Major Donor’s Cabinet of the United Way of Calgary. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation (“STARs”) and served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Calgary Chapter. Mr. Tyler holds a Master’s in Business Administration Degree (with Honours) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor’s Degree (with Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Mark Zimmerman

Mark ZimmermanMark is currently employed at Capital Power as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Commercial Services. Mark is accountable for corporate strategy, business development, commercial management of existing assets, commodity portfolio management and information services. Mark has more than 30 years of experience in the energy infrastructure and petroleum industries with leadership roles focusing on finance, valuation, corporate strategy, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. A chartered accountant since 1992, Mark holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta, a Chartered Business Valuation and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mark currently sits on the board of trustees for the Alberta Cancer Foundation, is a strong supporter of the performing arts and is committed to the community through his support of various family charities.