Our Leaders

Wendy Beauchesne

CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Wendy BeauchesneWendy has spent the majority of her career working in the health-care sector and continues on that path in her new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Wendy joins the Foundation from STARS Air Ambulance, a helicopter ambulance service providing critical care transport to patients across Western Canada. She initially joined STARS in 2011 to help build the program in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and soon assumed the role of VP Corporate Services, providing leadership for HR, IT, Communication and External Relations. In 2017, she was named Executive Vice President for the STARS Foundation with a clear mandate: to transform the Foundation for long-term sustainability and to execute on a $130 million capital campaign. Previous to STARS, she spent a decade working within Alberta’s health authorities and worked to amalgamate and align 12 independent communications departments into one provincial team.

Wendy comes to the Alberta Cancer Foundation with a passion for fundraising, a track record of building high-performance teams and a clear ability to turn strategy into results. Beyond the opportunity to join an organization with an inspiring purpose to create more moments for Albertans facing cancer, Wendy is looking forward to delivering on the Foundation’s new strategic framework that clearly articulates a path forward for game-changing transformation. Embarking on one of the largest health campaigns in western Canada to support the new Calgary Cancer Centre is a key mission for the organization. As well, Wendy will continue to inspire giving to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and the 16 other Alberta Health Services cancer centres across the province.

Wendy has been chosen as one of 250 Canadians to be a member of the 2020 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Board of Trustees

Dr. Chris Eagle, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Chris EagleDr. Eagle has been President and CEO of both Alberta Health Services and the Calgary Health Trust. Prior to formation of AHS, he was President and COO of the Calgary Health Region. Dr. Eagle trained as a cardiac anesthesiologist and has a long academic career in anesthesiology, serving as Professor and Head at the University of Calgary and Chair of the Specialty Committee in Anesthesia at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. He has served on the Boards of national, provincial and local healthcare organizations.

Barbara Munroe, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Barb MunroeBarb was appointed trustee to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in June 2021.

Most recently, Barb was Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services & General Counsel at WestJet. Her responsibilities in the corporate services area covered legal, corporate real estate, environment, fuel, government relations and regulatory compliance, working closely with WestJet’s senior leadership team and board of directors. Having been part of the team that led the introduction of two new airlines (WestJet Encore and Swoop) as well as readying the airline for international expansion with the acquisition of new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, she retired from WestJet in March 2019, just prior to the recent privatization of the company.

Previously, Barb led the legal group at SMART technologies for eight years, departing in 2008 in the capacity of Senior VP, legal and corporate secretary. She then worked with Imperial Oil for several years in the role of Assistant General Counsel, Upstream, with legal responsibility for conventional, oil sands and offshore oil and gas projects across Canada. In 2016, Barb was recognized by Lexpert with a Women in Law Award.

Barb was elected to the Crescent Point Energy Corp. board of directors in May 2016 and since October 2019 has served as Board Chair. She has volunteered her time with the United Way (Imperial Oil campaign) and Live Different (Home Build in Dominican – WestJet). She is also a member of the newly created Calgary Cancer Centre Campaign Cabinet.

Brian Bale, Finance and Audit Committee Chair

Brian BaleBrian Bale was appointed as a Trustee of the Alberta Cancer Foundation in 2020. Brian retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited on June 1, 2017, after serving 36 years with the ATCO Group of Companies. Since retiring, Brian has continued to work with the ATCO Group of Companies on a contractual basis, and oversaw the successful implementation of an ATCO Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) cloud system and cybersecurity system. Brian’s contract with ATCO ended on September 30, 2019. In his role, Brian was responsible for the overall financial management of the ATCO Group of Companies including Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Taxation, Risk Management, Regulatory Affairs, Investor Relations, Internal Audit, Real Estate and the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Brian began his career with ATCO Gas in 1981 as Supervisor, Financial Reporting and moved upwards through the organization until his promotion to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ATCO Group in December 2009.  Brian’s successes in the overall financial management of the ATCO Group of Companies enables him  to be an effective member of the ACF Board with providing essential financial management oversight and governance skill set.

Tom Valentine, Governance and Human Resources Committee Chair

Tom ValentinePracticing as a Partner with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both as a barrister and as a solicitor.

Tom’s focus is on international energy projects, with a particular emphasis on gas and LNG. In 2002 and 2003 Tom and his family lived in Doha, Qatar, where Tom was Senior Counsel (Projects) with Qatar Petroleum, the national oil and gas company for the State of Qatar. While in Qatar Tom acted for Qatar Petroleum, as well as both Qatargas and RasGas.

Since returning to Canada Tom has continued his work on upstream projects around the globe. He has advised both governments and project sponsors on projects in Canada (West and East coasts), the U.S.A., Iraq, the United Kingdom, Peru, Cyprus, Angola, Qatar, Australia, Uruguay, Nigeria, Yemen, the UAE, and Iran.

Tom also provides three and four day training seminars around the world on LNG Contract Law and Production Sharing Contracts appearing regularly in London, Dubai, Brazil, Brunei, Singapore, Seoul, Mozambique, and Algeria.

Dianne Kipnes, Impact and Engagement Committee Chair

Dianne KipnesDianne Kipnes was appointed as a Trustee to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in 2020. Dr. Kipnes, a retired social worker and clinical psychologist worked at the UofA hospital from 1984 – 1994 before establishing her own private practice. Dianne, concurrently with her husband Irving, received the Order of Canada in 2018. They were recognized for their combined philanthropic efforts in Canada and abroad. Their Foundation, The Dianne and Irving Kipnes Foundation, continues to fund in areas of health, arts and culture. A cancer survivor herself, Dr. Kipnes served on the ACF Board from 2006 – 2012 taking on the role of Vice Chair in 2009.

Sandra Lau, Investment Committee Chair

Sandra LauSandra Lau leads a team of investment professionals responsible for managing over $40 billion of fixed income, private placement, private mortgages and private debt and loan assets on behalf of AIMCo clients. Since joining AIMCo in 1999, she has held progressively more senior positions, most recently as Executive Vice President, Fixed Income. Ms. Lau is a member of the Executive Committee, the Management Investment Committee, and the Tactical Asset Allocation Committee.

Ms. Lau holds a B. Comm and a MA Economics and Finance from the University of Alberta and is a CFA charterholder. She is currently a member of the Bank of Canada Canadian Fixed Income Forum, the Bank of Canada Canadian Alternative Reference Rate Working Group, and the FTSE Canada Fixed Income Advisory Committee.

Ms. Lau is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chair of the Edmonton Women in Finance, a non-profit organization with objective to connect, coach and advocate for women in the finance industry in Edmonton.

Chris Kucharski, Calgary Cancer Centre Campaign Task Force

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.

Catherine M. (Cathy) Allard Roozen, C.M., A.O.E., BComm, LLD

Cathy Allard-RoozenCathton Investments Ltd. is a family held investment company with interests primarily in the real estate development industry, banking, finance and communications. Cathy serves as the Executive Chair and Director of Cathton Investments Ltd and sits as a Director of the Allard Foundation, whose mission is to make Edmonton and Alberta a better place with funding to advance health, education, social wellbeing and the arts.

Cathy has served on numerous boards including the Strategy Council of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, vice-chair of Alberta Health Services, Alberta Cancer Board, STARS, Covenant Health, University of Alberta Board of Governors and Shaw Communications. Today Cathy remains a board member of read Melcor Developments Ltd., Corus Entertainment, EPCOR and the University of Alberta Property Trust.

Cathy’s many contributions have earned her numerous recognitions. She hold the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Alberta Centennial Medal. She has been honoured with the MacEwan University Distinguished Citizen Award, the Global Television Edmonton Woman of Vision and received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alberta. In 2013 Cathy was awarded the Alberta order of Excellence and in 2015 the Order of Canada.

Dr. Charles Butts, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Butts is currently the Medical Director of the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head of Oncology, Associate Senior Medical Director Cancer Control Alberta, and  Professor of Oncology (Special Continuing) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Butts has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a Medical Oncologist specializing in Thoracic Malignancies.  He has served in many leadership capacities including Residency Training Program Director for Medical Oncology at University of Alberta, President of the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists, Medical Director of Community Oncology and Vice-President Medical Affairs and Community Oncology for the former Alberta Cancer Board.

Max G. Chan

Max G. ChanMax is currently the Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Enbridge Inc. based in Calgary with responsibilities for M&A, investment review and corporate growth objectives. Previously Max was the Treasurer and head of risk management for Enbridge and joined the company in 2012.

After being diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer) in 2020, he is now grateful to be a cancer survivor due to early detection and solid medical care. This experience has inspired Max to become much more actively involved in cancer care, research and fundraising, and he has been proud to be the top fundraiser the last 2 years in the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer ride.

Max holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, and an MBA from Dalhousie University. In the community, Max is a Senator at the University of Calgary and has served as a board member for not-for-profit organizations including; Inn From The Cold and the Westside Recreation Society. In early 2022, Max was named one of Canada’s top 50 Changemakers by Report On Business Magazine.

Rajko Dodic

Rajko is a lawyer in Lethbridge having practised in the city for over 30 years and is presently associated with Davidson & Williams, LLP. He has also previously served on Lethbridge City Council both as a councillor and as Mayor. Rajko emigrated to Canada with his parents as a young child from the former Yugoslavia and has been proud to be a Canadian for more than 50 years. He received all of his education in Alberta and is a proud graduate of both the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta. Rajko believes his greatest achievements are, having a wonderful spouse, two great children and three amazing grandchildren and looks forward to serving on the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

John Donald

John DonaldJohn Donald was appointed trustee to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in June 2021. Coming from a family with a long history of charitable work in central Alberta, John knows the importance of giving back to the community in which you live and where you do business. John owned Red Deer’s John Deere Dealership for 37 years, also overseeing locations in Lethbridge, Taber, Medicine Hat and Burdett. He sold that business in 2018 and now manages more than 45 commercial properties with his father, through River Valley Properties. His volunteer commitment has been extensive. John has been on the Red Deer Regional Hospital Foundation since 2008, eight of those years as chair. He also served on the Board of Referees with Employment Canada from 1999 to 2011, volunteered with Agri-Trade Exhibition Red Deer Alberta from 2003 to 2010 and has been part of many community fundraising campaigns for central and southern Alberta. In 2019, John was named Red Deer’s Citizen of the year, the fourth family member to receive the honour.

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.

Brian McLean

Brian McLeanBrian was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation trustee in 2019. He recently retired from his position as a senior partner with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) where he led 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.

William ‘Billy’ Morin

Former Chief William ‘Billy’ Morin (Nahtokitopi – Rides a Sacred Horse), was elected Chief by Maskêkosihk members at the age of 28 in 2015. During his time as Chief, he provided transparency and accountability to the Nation, expanded Enoch’s economy into health care, and built bridges between Enoch and all outside communities. William was given the responsibility of speaking on behalf of seventeen First Nations with his appointment as Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six Nations for the year 2020.

William’s Father William Morin III and Grandfather William Morin II both lost their battles with Cancer. In addition to providing an inclusive indigenous voice, it is an honour to his family, community and all Albertans affected by cancer, that William serve on the Alberta Cancer Foundation Board.

Dr. Don Morris MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Morris received his PhD in 1990 at Queen’s University in Immunology and obtained his MD in 1992 at the University of Calgary. He is currently Professor and Head of Oncology, University of Calgary; Facility Medical Director of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre; Medical Lead, Calgary Cancer Project and Associate Senior Medical Director of CancerControl Alberta.

Dr. Morris’ clinical areas of interest involve both thoracic and musculoskeletal tumour sites. His research interests include precision medicine implementation, development of novel cancer therapeutics including oncolytic viruses and immunotherapeutics. His work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute of Canada (CCSRI), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, Alberta Cancer Board, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts. Has over 10 scientific patents and has sat on many boards including Biotech startups and the Canadian Cancer Society.

In the winter he is an avid alpine skier including CAT and Heli-skiing and in the summer he can be found fly fishing in one of Alberta’s many productive trout streams.

Gelaine Pearman

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

Gelaine holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Toronto, and a BSc Nursing degree from the University of Calgary. With her background in healthcare management and nursing, she brings an in-depth working knowledge of Alberta’s healthcare system. Gelaine has been actively involved in a number of NFP Boards in Calgary, serving in Board leadership positions. Gelaine served as Chair at the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation, an organization providing leadership in developing and delivering Supportive Care for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer. Gelaine brings a personal passion to Alberta Cancer Foundation’s mission of “making Alberta the leader in cancer prevention research and care.”

Shelley Powell

Shelley PowellShelley Powell is the senior vice president, Exploration & Production and In Situ at Suncor Energy. In this role, she leads all of Suncor’s operated and non-operated in situ, and exploration and production assets in regions including northern Alberta, the East Coast of Canada, and the United Kingdom. Shelley’s organization is also responsible for coordinating Suncor’s strategic objective of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands operations by 2050.

She is originally from Edmonton and grew up moving across Canada as a part of a military family. More recently she spent 10 years residing in Fort McMurray and now calls Calgary home.

Shelley has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa and two master’s degrees, one in business administration and a Master of Science degree in finance, both from the University of Michigan.

Heather Watt