Our Leaders

Ellen Wright Terrill - Interim CEO

Ellen 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

Leigh-Anne Palter

Leigh-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

Rene AldanaRene has been President and CEO of Galvanic Applied Sciences since June 2018. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer at ZCL Composites. Rene also served as the Managing Director of Canada at Yokogawa Corporation of America. Rene has deep experience in management, strategic and tactical leadership, process automation and optimization, operations technologies, talent development, efficiency and productivity improvements, M&A integration and other areas that benefit ZCL. He served as Managing Director and President of Yokogawa Canada, a Calgary-based subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, which is active globally in the industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement and other businesses segments. Prior to Yokogawa, Rene worked in successively senior positions for Paris-based Schneider Electric and Telvent, which Schneider Electric acquired in 2011. From 2010 to 2013, he served as Vice President of Schneider Electric's Oil and Gas International Division in Calgary.

Dr. Stanford Blade

Dr 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 ( http://www.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

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

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.

Brian 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

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 Leader - Matthew Parliament

Matthew 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

Gelaine Pearman

Gelaine 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 purpose of "creating more moments for Albertans facing cancer."

Jamie Pytel

Jamie PytelMs. Pytel is a dynamic, experienced lawyer and executive-level leader. At the start of 2017, she became a Partner/Owner in Kingsgate Legal, a private practice law firm in Edmonton specializing in the areas of civil litigation, contractual disputes, corporate law, professional liability, ethics counsel/investigations & workplace disputes. Prior to that, Ms. Pytel spent over 10 years with Epcor; as their General Counsel & Corporate Secretary she has responsibilities in the areas of strategic & executive leadership; legal services leadership; corporate governance; ethics leadership; supply chain, real estate & facilities; emergency management & physical security; health, safety & environment; and privacy & records management. Ms. Pytel has a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Laws, and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

Rory J. Tyler

Rory Tyler

Rory was appointed as an Alberta Cancer Foundation trustee in 2016. Rory 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, Rory's background enables him to provide his clients strategic executive recruitment and talent management guidance. Rory 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. Rory also has a background in engineering, having worked for several years in this capacity for Chevron. He 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. Rory holds a master's in Business Administration degree (with honors) 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 Zimmerman

Mark 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.

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