Board of Directors
I am a partner at Bennett Jones (a law firm) and I have been with them for the past 20 years. I was seeking a new volunteer experience when I joined PCC. My prior board involvement and volunteering experience involved amateur sport; and I wanted a new challenge that was completely different from that. One of PCC’s original directors encouraged me to join the PCC Board and this provided the new opportunity I was seeking. Having been on the board for some time now, I have a deep appreciation for how remarkable our facility is, how skilled and committed our doctors and staff are, and the number of lives we positively impact. Being on the PCC board has taught me about prostate cancer, men’s health and the health care industry, but I have learned the most from the dedicated and passionate volunteers we have at PCC who give so much of their time to our programs and services. I joined the PCC Board in 2012 and became the chair in June of 2016.
I have the good fortune of being born and raised in Calgary. As a teenager, I left to pursue my undergraduate degree in Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. After serving four years in the Royal Canadian Navy, I returned to university and earned a post-graduate degree in Business. I came back to Calgary to commence a career in Human Resources. In doing so, I moved into progressively more senior leadership roles in both the management consulting and corporate sectors.
I have been involved in several not-for-profit boards during my career. Without exception, I have enjoyed interacting with other volunteer board members and with the leadership teams in tackling the many, and varied, challenges each organization faced.
I joined the Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) board in 2014 and am honoured to work with such an energetic, competent and dedicated group of fellow directors and the entire PCC team of professionals. Each of whom believes, as I do, that this organization is outstanding in providing an impressive range of services and high quality of care to men and their families in their time of need.
Andrew Abbott spent 25 years in the capital markets arena within the investment business. In 2002, with eight partners he helped to found Tristone Capital Inc., a boutique investment house focused towards the global energy industry. Headquartered in Calgary, Tristone grew to 170 employees with offices in London, England, Denver and Houston, as well as Buenos Aires before it was sold to Macquarie Bank of Australia in 2009.
Since leaving the investment industry, Andrew has focused his time to becoming the consummate volunteer, and giving back to his community. He is active in many different capacities, with emphasis towards aviation related entities, healthcare, and social responsibility issues.
A strong supporter of Canada’s military, Andrew is currently the Honorary Colonel for 1 Air Maintenance Squadron at 4 Wing in Cold Lake, Alberta. He has acted as an ambassador for the squadron since April of 2008. As the Honorary Colonel, he has taken several groups to witness the inner workings of “Maple Flag,” an internationally acclaimed air combat exercise designed to provide real world simulation that combat pilots may face as part of a large coalition force.
As well, Andrew is a recent graduate of the National Security Programme (NSP) at the Canadian Forces College (CFC) and is one of the first Canadian private citizens to undertake the curriculum. The NSP is a course designed to provide Canadian military leaders the ability to shape strategic responses to Canada’s national security interests. The program delves into the intricacies of geopolitics and how they affect policy and national strategy. The program is intended to teach leaders the nuances of peace, security and war. While at the CFC, he successfully completed a Masters of Arts degree in Security and Defence Management and Policy.
Community involvement is an important part of Andrew’s background. A Senior Shareholder and Associate of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, his primary commitment, has been to the Chuckwagon Committee.
Andrew is on the board of Hope Air, a national non-profit organization focused on providing underprivileged families in rural communities access to air travel for non-emergency medical treatments.
An avid skier, Andrew still maintains a competitive passion for the sport. He competes annually at the masters ski level in the “Interbourse,” the international stock exchange ski race, which has been in existence since 1969. Outside of his involvement with the “Interbourse,” he is an active volunteer in the alpine race community.
In May of 2012, Andrew was diagnosed with early stage Prostate Cancer. With early detection, he was able to tackle the disease and become a graduate with the successful outcome. He is now active in driving the Man Van for the Prostate Centre and is an advocate for early detection for the disease.
A specialist in diagnostic radiology, Dr. Shelley Spaner completed her Medical Degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1996. In 2001 she completed her Fellowship in Diagnostic Imaging, also at the U of A, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. That same year, she was appointed to the medical staff of Alberta Health Services, a position she continues to hold.
After her training, she joined Mayfair Diagnostics (formerly Radiology Consultants Associated), becoming a partner in 2003. She has worked with this group of almost 50 radiologists ever since, providing medical imaging and specialized radiology services in Calgary, Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the NWT.
In 2002 she began teaching at the University of Calgary, and was appointed clinical assistant professor in 2003.
Dr. Spaner is a member of the Alberta Society and the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Society of Abdominal Radiologists, and the Radiological Society of North America as well as numerous other Medical Associations. She became a Board Member at the Prostate Cancer Center in Calgary in 2015.
Two years ago, Shelley founded a group called “Women for Men’s Health. “ The impetus for this initiate stemmed from a visible lack in the current system, which frequently sees men “fall through the healthcare cracks.” More often than women, men present at the end stage of disease processes – diseases that can be prevented or fairly easily treated, if discovered early. As the disparity between women and men’s health care resources became more evident to her, and as she witnessed first hand the incredible work done at the Prostate Cancer Center, she started the “Women for Men’s Health” initiative with the goal of engaging women as active players to help close the gender gap with respect to men’s health and wellness.
Her vision is to create a program along with the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, which resides within the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology. The program will be all inclusive and easily accessible for men. Its primary goal is to shift men’s behaviors towards preventing treatable disease and maintaining good health. It will endeavor to mobilize women as key players in this effort.
The message is simple, to prevent men from dying in this province from modifiable health factors, we need to provide them with the information and resources that will enable them to make good health care choices and we need to ensure that all men have easy access to these resources and medical professionals.
While not covering the social scene for my weekly pages in the Calgary Herald, I spend my spare time raising funds for the not-for-profit sector- with the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre being my top pick. The Annual Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit has, in its 19-year history, raised nearly $8.5 million for the Centre and the development of the SAIU.
I consider myself truly fortunate to sit on the Board of the Prostate Cancer Centre and look forward to helping make a difference wherever and whenever possible.
I believe that my purpose in life is to help people and organizations achieve their best results. I joined PCC in 2016 not because I am a Cancer survivor but because I believe in the organization, the work that they do, and in the cause that they stand for.
This is an opportunity for me to give back and to share my experience and expertise in a way that will provide sustainable long term support for individuals that are in our communities and communities around the world that will benefit from the world class research that is done at the PCC.
I am the CFO at NAL Resources, a top 30 Canadian Oil and Gas production company headquartered in Calgary and I bring a broad set of functional skills which includes audit, finance, restructuring distressed assets, strategy and information technology coupled with a deep set of leadership skills that has allowed me to be successful over a broad range of industries, domestically, internationally and in public and private settings.
It is my strongest hope and desire that I can make a meaningful difference in supporting an organization that is making a significant difference in the lives of people in our community as well as the lives of others around the world.
I believe it is important to share one’s knowledge and talents within our community and what better place to do so, than with a centre that focuses itself on giving and on making individuals and their families feel that they do matter when they are faced with dealing with such a challenge.
The Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre offers a cost effective comprehensive centre where all services relating to prostate cancer can be found in one place.
I have over my career benefited from the support of friends, colleagues and superiors who have helped me become the professional and person I am today. Moving to Alberta as a young woman, I have had to make my way without the day to day support of my family. This has made me the person I am today, independent, motivated, focused in achieving my goals but most importantly thankful for the love and support I received in this community. I call Calgary home and have raised my family here with a network of friends that you could not find anywhere else, they were my lifeline when I was trying to juggle work and family demands.
As a lawyer and senior executive, I have been responsible for a legal team and in delivering professional legal and corporate secretarial services within demanding corporate environments. I have also had oversight over records and data management, governance, policy development and implementation, regulatory functions, public disclosure and communications. In my executive roles, I have contributed to the development and implementation of my organization’s strategic plans and have provided legal support to the growth and diversification of the organizations through various transactions. I have also served on the boards of many of the companies’ subsidiaries, ensuring good governance at all levels of the organization and have served on their respective Pension Committees. I also currently serve on the board of another organization which focuses on water shed preservation for our future generations.
Dr. Kevin Carlson, Chief Urologist
Dr. Bryan J. Donnelly, Seaman Research Chair
Dr. John Dushinski, Urologist
David Ferguson, Retired Executive
Dr. Eric Hyndman, Urologist
Dr. Dean Ruether, Tom Baker Cancer Centre