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.
I have a blessed life. Our 4 sons have 10 children between them. I retired as Chief Executive Officer of Agrium International after 40 years of corporate life. I’ve travelled and lived in many parts of the world and love to spend time fishing and hiking at our country home. Even though I’m retired I keep active on four corporate boards, with personal investments, visiting my family and friends and being a member of the Prostate Cancer Center.
I joined the PCC in January 2004 at the time it was PCI and became Chair in 2013. I chose the PCC as I was looking at how to give back to the community. I have not had prostate cancer, however, given that I have a brother, 4 sons and 5 grandsons and many nephews it is only a matter of time that one of us is touched by this disease.Given all that PCC has accomplished over the past few years I am proud to be part of the team.
I am originally from a small farming town in southern Quebec. I obtained my undergraduate degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario and served in the Canadian Forces for 18 years. I then spent 20 years working in the Canadian credit union system and have been in independent management consultant for the past 10 years.
I am a member of the Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, which has a close tie with the Prostate Cancer Centre through their annual Charity Classic golf tournament which raises funds for the Centre. In 2007, I was asked by the golf club to replace their existing PCC Board member who was looking to step down. They did not realize that I was a cancer survivor, had a personal interest in supporting the Centre, and had been considering how to get involved. So, I agreed to join the Board and have been a member since that time.
The Centre was in its infancy when I joined the Board, had only a small staff and few volunteers. I knew very little about the operations of the Centre but knew it was a good cause worth supporting. It was just beginning to develop programs to support men and their families through their journey with this disease, something which I and my family had had to face alone a few years earlier. The support programs we now offer are unique in Canada if not the world and our research into better diagnosis and treatment options make me proud to be a Board member
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.
F. Andrew Abbott
Dr. Kevin Carlson, Chief Urologist
Dr. Bryan J. Donnelly, Seaman Research Chair
Dr. John Dushinski, Urologist
David Ferguson, Retired Executive
Dr. Eric Hyndman, Urologist
Jim Peplinski, Jim Peplinski Leasing
Dr. Dean Ruether, Tom Baker Cancer Centre
Dr. Shelley Spaner, Mayfair Diagnostics