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, Board Chair

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.

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.

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

Director & Executive Chair of Cathton Investments Ltd., Director of the Allard Foundation

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.

Brian Bale

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dianne Kipnes

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.

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.

John Lehners P. Eng, ALS

John LehnersJohn Lehners was appointed as a Trustee of the Alberta Cancer Foundation in 2020. John is the President of Design Works Engineering and Inspections, a company with corporate offices throughout Canada and abroad. John holds a degree from the University of Alberta in Engineering and an Alberta Land Surveyor accreditation. John has served as trustee and chair of the Grande Prairie Public School Board for nearly 20 years and has guided the organization through continued growth and periods of difficulty. His focus has been in the measurement of continuous improvement in public organizations and creating the accountability and transparency that publicly funded organizations need to prosper. John was also a member of the Alberta Health Services board that was challenged with amalgamating the various Provincial Health Authorities. In addition, John has been an active member in the local community by participating in the development of local sporting infrastructure and the hosting of national sporting events.

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.

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.

Dr Don Morris MD, PhD, FRCPC
Facility Medical Director, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, AHS
Department Head, Clinical Department of Oncology, Calgary Zone, AHS
Medical Lead, Calgary Cancer Project, AHS
Associate Senior Medical Director, CancerControl Alberta, AHS
Professor and Head, Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

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 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.”

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. 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.