Board of Directors
Mr. Truswell is a Partner at Bennett Jones, where he has practiced law for the past 20 years. Jon has been recognized by Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada as a “Canadian Corporate Lawyer To Watch” and by Lexperts Rising Stars “Leading Lawyers under 40”.
Jon’s career has been complemented by his passion for community. Prior to joining the Prostate Cancer Centre, Jon’s volunteer experience involved amateur sport. His involvement in PCC has fostered a deep appreciation of our committed doctors, staff and volunteers, and the number of lives we positively impact. Jon joined the PCC Board in 2012 and became Chair in June of 2016.
Andrew Abbott spent 25 years in the capital markets arena within the investment business. In 2002, he helped to found Tristone Capital Inc., a boutique investment house focused on the global energy industry. Tristone grew to 170 employees with offices around the world before it was sold to Macquarie Bank of Australia in 2009.
Since leaving the investment industry, Andrew has focused on giving back to his community. A recent graduate of the National Security Programme (NSP) at the Canadian Forces College (CFC), Andrew is one the first Canadian private citizens to undertake the curriculum. While at the CFC, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Security and Defence Management and Policy. 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’s also a Senior Shareholder and Associate of the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede, and serves on the board of Hope Air.
In May of 2012, Andrew was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. With early detection, he was able to tackle the disease, and with the successful outcome, was able to become a graduate. He is now active in driving the Man Van for the Prostate Cancer Centre and is an advocate for early detection of the disease.
Mr. Brooks has been an active volunteer and board member with the Prostate Cancer Centre for over 20 years. While not covering the social scene in the weekly pages of the Calgary Herald, Bill spends his spare time raising funds for the not-for-profit sector, with Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre being his 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.
In 2018, founders Mr.Brooks and Dr. Shelly Spanner, were able to open the doors to a world-class Men’s Health Clinic at the Prostate Cancer Centre. The clinic oversees PSA testing, blood pressure, body mass and other critical tests in an effort toward preventive health – allowing men to follow up at a clinic if they have any issues.
Dr. Carlson graduated from medical school at the University of British Columbia. After undertaking his fellowship training in pelvic reconstructive surgery, voiding dysfunction, neuro-urology, and urodynamic at New York University Medical Center, Kevin continues to be actively involved in clinical education and research.
He is now the Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Urology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary and Fellowship Director for Reconstructive and Functional Urology, and is co-founder and director of vesia [Alberta Bladder Centre].
Dr. Carlson is a valued member on the medical advisory board with the Prostate Cancer Centre, and was a past member of the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the Canadian Urological Association and The Canadian Continence Foundation. He has spearheaded the development of numerous national education programs for physicians, and also co-founded a number of internet-based medical education and communication products.
Ms. Chakravarti recently joined Inter Pipelines Ltd. as the lead of Information Technology. Foregoing her recent position, she served as the Chief Transformation Officer for TransAlta Corporation, and Vice President of Information Technology for five years and was responsible for guiding TransAlta to leading-edge technological changes. Prior to her tenure at TransAlta, Nipa was the Vice President of Customer Service at FortisAlberta, and also worked as the Senior Consulting Manager at KPMG.
Nipa also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and is a CPA, CA. Her extensive experience and strong understanding of business and finance will be indispensable to our organization as she joins the Prostate Cancer Centre board in 2018.
Mr. Clayton has been active in commercial real estate development, investment and brokerage since 1994. As the President of Remington Development Corporation, he provides leadership across all facets of Remington’s daily business operations. Cody works extensively in the real estate brokerage community with Fortune 500 tenants and institutions to assist with their real estate requirements. He has served as both president and a member of the board for the National Association for Industrial and Office Parks – Calgary.
Community support is an important part of Remington’s mandate. For the past 10 years, Cody has been actively involved in the fight against prostate cancer through the annual Remington Charity Golf Classic invitational golf tournament. Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $3 million for the Prostate Cancer Centre. Cody is the chairman of the board for this tournament and is honoured to be able to further support the PCC by serving on the board.
John DeSanti serves as the Executive Chairman of AGAT Laboratories Ltd., a National Canadian privately-owned laboratory network headquartered in Calgary; operating 12 scientific divisions, with 44 locations coast to coast and an international outreach.
John graduated from Concordia and McGill University and started his career in Quebec before joining Price Coopers in Calgary in 1981. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to Applied Geoscience and Technology (AGAT) Laboratories as Vice President then President in 1984, where he set a path to expand the geography and accreditation scope of AGAT Laboratories to become the leading analytical testing provider it is today. Under John’s leadership, AGAT Labs has bolstered its participation in community engagement and social stewardship projects that bring forth education and knowledge in the sciences, pursue poverty alleviation initiatives, promote and support key advances in medical research and raise awareness about critical health issues.
A strong advocate for Canadian scientific excellence, John has forged a partnership between AGAT Laboratories, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC), and the University of Calgary to initiate a program designed to develop Artificial Intelligence in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancers. In addition, a recent endeavour brings together AHS Doctors from the PCC and Chumir Center, City of Calgary Police, and Calgary Schools and Teachers. The team has developed a youth program to encourage scientific literacy with junior high students through tours and presentations aimed at educating students and parents about the dangers of Opiods and substance abuse.
Dr. Donnelly is a staff Urologist at the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology. He’s a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and is Co-founder of Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre. Dr. Donnelly completed his Urology training in Dublin, Ireland and Edmonton, Alberta. His area of special interest is prostate cancer, and he is an internationally recognized authority on the role of cryosurgery in this field.
The rapid access clinic model and the educational forums for newly diagnosed patients were initiated by Dr. Donnelly at the Prostate Cancer Centre. He also runs the clinical trials unit at the Centre. Dr. Donnelly has served and continues to serve on many provincial, national, and international committees in urology, and is co-chair of the Alberta Prostate Cancer Research Consortium.
On December 8, 2015, Dr. Donnelly received Prostate Cancer Canada’s Pathfinder Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to helping men and their families deal with prostate cancer.
Dr. John Dushinski (‘84 BSc (Spec), ’91 MD,) specializes in endourology, treating kidney stones, and other urinary problems through minimally invasive procedures. John operates out of the Rockyview General Hospital, maintaining one of the largest practices in the city. From 2002 to 2010, he served as chief of urology surgery for the Calgary Health Region, and from 2007 to 2010, as chief of surgery at the Rockyview Hospital. John’s reputation in the field of volunteer medical service is outstanding; travelling to the West Bank to perform surgery on Palestinian patients 5 times.
Today, John continues to contribute to his community as valued a member of Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre board, which he has supported since 2013.
Dr. Eric Hyndman obtained his medical degree at the University of Calgary and received his PhD in medical sciences investigating cardiovascular genetics. He then pursued a fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Urologic Oncology, and is now an active Urologic Surgeon at the Southern Alberta Institute of Urology.
He also has an active and expanding research program investigating both prostate and bladder cancers. In particular, he leads the active surveillance program with the Prostate Cancer Centre, aiming to determine the causes of progression to this aggressive disease within the population of Calgary. Dr. Hyndman has been an active medical member of the Prostate Cancer Centre Board since 2016, and his skills and depth of expertise continues to be an invaluable asset to our organization.
Born and raised in Calgary, Rick moved east to pursue an undergraduate degree in Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. After serving four years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he returned to university and earned a post-graduate degree in Business. Rick returned to Calgary to commence a career in Human Resources, moving progressively into more senior roles in both management consulting and corporate sectors.
Rick has contributed to several not-for-profit boards during his career. Without exception, he has enjoyed interacting with other volunteer board members and with the leadership teams in tackling the many, and varied, challenges each organization faced. He joined the Prostate Cancer Centre board in 2014 and is unwavering in his passion for delivering high quality care to men and their families in times of need.
Dr. Spaner is a specialist in diagnostic radiology at Mayfair Diagnostics where she became a partner in 2003. She has provided medical imaging and specialized radiology services in Calgary, across Southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the North West Territories.
Shelley completed her Medical Degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1996. In 2001, she completed her Fellowship in Diagnostic Imaging, and that same year, was appointed to the medical staff of Alberta Health Services, a position she continues to hold. In 2002, she began teaching at the University of Calgary, and was appointed clinical assistant professor in 2003.
Shelly is a member of the Alberta Society and the Canadian Association of Radiologists, the Society of Abdominal Radiologists, along with the Radiological Society of North America. Shelley became a Board Member at the Prostate Cancer Center in Calgary in 2015, and in 2017, founded the initiative called “Women for Men’s Health”. Motivated by the visible gap in the current system, which frequently sees men “fall through the healthcare cracks” the primary goal is to shift men’s behaviour towards preventing treatable disease and maintaining good health, as well as mobilizing women in this effort.
Ms. Saint-Laurent, ICD.D, is an accomplished legal executive, corporate director and senior advisor to boards and management with over 20 years of experience as a transactional, corporate and securities lawyer in the energy and electricity sectors. She obtained her Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall, New York University, as well as a Law and Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.
Maryse has served on several private company boards as well as not-for-profit boards, often as chair and as a member of audit, human resources and governance committees, in senior roles such as Vice-President Legal and Corporate Secretary (General Counsel) for Trans Alta Renewables Inc as well as Trans Alta Corporation. Ms. Saint-Laurent now continues to serve as a director of the Alberta Securities Commission, the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre and Western Sky Land Trust. She has been an active director on our Board since 2014, and her guidance and leadership has had a valuable impact to the Prostate Cancer Centre.
Mr. Steeves is CFO at NAL Resources, a top 30 Canadian Oil and Gas production company headquartered in Calgary. Keith brings a broad set of functional skills including audit, finance, strategy, and a deep set of leadership skills that have allowed him to be successful over a broad range of industries domestically, internationally and in public and private settings.
Keith joined the Prostate Cancer Centre Board of Directors in 2016, and his experience and leadership continue to make a significant contribution across the organization.
Mr. Wilson is Vice President of the Hotel Arts Hospitality Group, as well as a limited partner in the Hi Hotel Limited Partnership. This dynamic hospitality group has in its current portfolio the Hotel Arts, along with the Hotel Arts Kensington, where Mr. Wilson is General Manager of both properties.
A long and varied career in hospitality saw Mark develop invaluable experience across a variety of local and international hotels and restaurants. Key highlights include Mark’s role in the opening team of the Hyatt Regency Calgary, where he eventually served as Executive Assistant Manager overseeing both the Rooms and Food and Beverage divisions. Prior to his tenure at the Hyatt, Mark cultivated his hospitality experience of over 15 years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a variety of leadership capacities in operations, catering and conference services.
Mark maintains a close affiliation with his alma mater SAIT Polytechnic as a member of the advisory board for the Hospitality Management Program. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre, the Board of Directors for the Calgary Hotel Association and is a founding member of the Gala Committee for the Women for Men’s Health Initiative.