After spending 30 years in the military living overseas and across Canada, Malcolm chose the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as the place where his children and grandchildren could achieve their full potential without having to move elsewhere. Formerly the CEO of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, Malcolm joined the newly-formed Edmonton Global in 2018. He’s proud of the region’s welcoming and inclusive community. It’s a region where people can grow, enjoy and thrive.
Mustafa Sahin is a senior international business and economic development leader with 28 years of experience in trade and investment, sales, and marketing. Sought after for his investment and trade knowledge, Mustafa is a Canadian thought leader who attracts interest to Canada while also bringing Canadian brands to international markets.
An experienced leader and active community volunteer, Chris has a strong track record of bringing people and ideas together. He has an impressive portfolio and expertise in economic development, community-building, marketing, strategy, and business engagement. An avid cyclist and volunteer ski patroler at Jasper’s Marmot Basin, you can usually find him flying down the nearest mountain side.
“There must be a better way!” is Sarah’s motto for lifelong learning. As a proud Chinese Canadian calling The Edmonton Region home all her life, she can mix Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and English all into one sentence. With 20+ years of leadership experience combined with a results–driven personality, she is known for her creative and collaborative approach to problem solving. She has successfully built her own business, helped 500+ businesses, mentored budding entrepreneurs, and supported many charities and not-for-profit organizations along the way. Outside of work, you may find her active in the outdoors, reading in a coffee shop, wining and dining with great friends, or trying something frighteningly new!
With a long background in international business, Brent is a Mandarin speaker who has a wealth of experience ranging from supply chain and wine logistics, to corporate training and facilitation. A University of Alberta alumni and current Senate member, he loves to network and identify business opportunities both locally and abroad. In his free-time you will often find Brent swinging a hammer or working on anything with an engine – glass of vino in hand.
A life-long champion of the Edmonton region, Jeff believes in the importance of evidence-based decisions that are founded on collaboration, transparency, humility and accuracy. He enjoys looking at maps and pondering the trade-offs between good information now and better information later. His diverse background includes international experience working with academia, private sector, not-for-profits and the public sector. When Jeff is not neck deep in some spreadsheet or research report you can find him exploring local art galleries and music venues – or stopping to smell the wildflowers in the North Saskatchewan river valley.
Manisha has long had an interest in travelling and seeing the world and has called the Edmonton region home for 14 years and counting. Her wanderlust steered her to study International Relations at the University of Calgary, which has since given her the opportunity to represent the province of Alberta around the world. Naturally collaborative, she is passionate about building networks and guiding people toward achieving a greater goal. Over the last decade, she has been instrumental in expanding Alberta’s role on the international stage and supporting local companies in seeing their export potential. As Edmonton Global’s Director of Trade, Manisha is excited to grow the already vibrant export ecosystem of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Outside of work, you can find Manisha with her family, enjoying a book, or planning her next adventure.
Brent has been leading clean energy initiatives within Alberta for over three decades. His knowledge of Alberta’s innovation ecosystem and experience in forging industry-government partnerships will help position the Edmonton Metropolitan Region as Canada’s preeminent net zero hydrogen hub. Brent runs, bikes, and skis on Edmonton’s extensive trail network in his free time.
A born and raised Edmontonian, Robert has a deep love of his city and its people. You can find him running one of the many river valley trails with his dog Max or golfing at one of the local courses. With an education in BioChem, Robert has diverse in-depth experience and knowledge advising, overseeing, and growing companies internationally in the biotechnology, petrochemicals, and nutraceuticals industries. Along with a rich history in international travel, particularly overseeing European and South-East Asian markets, he’s brought new business opportunities and initiatives abroad, growing Canadian companies and establishing and maintaining partnerships—and he’s bilingual in English and French. His success in business comes not only from his technical knowledge and expertise but that he enjoys helping and seeing those around him succeed. Robert brings his skills in long-term relationship building, investment, international business development, and trade initiative enhancement to any table.
A plant biologist by training, and an entrepreneur by passion, Trevor grew up on a farm just an hour from Edmonton. From those roots in the fields and forests of the Edmonton region, Trevor has had the chance to travel much of the world developing new business opportunities and expanding Alberta’s commercial reach in new markets. A University of Alberta grad, Trevor was lucky enough to start his career with the provincial government where he had a hand in promoting sustainable farming practices and leading the early charge in plant proteins and plant-based materials. Trevor has spent the last eight years in the private sector developing and commercializing new products in the environmental space and expanding sales overseas. Food and plants are a central part of Trevor’s existence; his children avoid family hikes for fear of what rogue wild thing he will ask them to eat!
Amanpreet is a charismatic, driven self-starter with a passion to help organizations grow. Born and raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta, she was drawn to the business development world early as she watched her parents succeed in running their own businesses. After completing her BCom degree with a management major, she knew that she wanted to be a leader. When she’s not supporting Edmonton Global’s investment attraction activities, Amanpreet is pursuing her passions for reading, fashion, travelling, and trying any and every new restaurant or café in the region.
A born storyteller, Sherri loves the thrill that comes from taking complex issues and translating them into simple messages that are easily understood. Having lived in and around Edmonton all her life, she’s excited to be able to use her love of the written word to promote the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. A true Edmontonian, Sherri lives for the summer months when you can often find her hitting up the various Edmonton festivals, camping with friends or hanging out in a park with her nose in a book.
Brianna is a master at breaking down difficult concepts and encouraging others to consider the big picture. She’s excited to help our region improve its global competitiveness by developing policy solutions and providing thought leadership on economic transformation.Brianna has several years of experience working at public policy think tanks and has had her work featured in media outlets and institutions across the country. She grew up in Calgary, earning a Master’s degree in political science at the University of Calgary, and has since made the Edmonton region her home. A lover of learning as well as of travel, Brianna has sought out opportunities to learn about economics, philosophy, politics, and history throughout the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Brianna has an eclectic range of hobbies, from playing the flute to snowmobiling with her family in the mountains.
Michelle has lived and worked in the Edmonton region for over 25 years supporting new business opportunities, research and innovation. She is passionate about building connections between partner organizations, businesses, governments, academia, Indigenous communities, and regional municipalities. She believes that if we do it together, it will be better! Away from the office, Michelle enjoys watching and participating in sports, travelling to new destinations, and spending time at the family cabin.
Almas was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and moved Canada in 2015. With a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Almas has more than 15 years of experience in higher education teaching and research. She is also a Microsoft certified Data Analyst and certified Professional SCRUM Master. Her problem solving and analytical skills enables her to tell stories through data and numbers. Almas is a family-oriented person who loves to spend time with her family and enjoys cooking food from different cuisines. Gardening and exploring Edmonton’s beautiful trails are her favourite past times in the summers.
Emily grew up in mainland China before moving to the US to earn her MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts. She has more than 12 years of diverse experience, spanning management consulting and investment advisory, project and team management, due diligence and research, reporting and data analytics, client relations, and management. She also has extensive experience in analyzing market and investment opportunities across a range of industries including energy, transportation, business services and, technology. A recent transplant to Canada, Emily enjoys the Edmonton region “vibe” and is excited to promote both the region and the opportunities that exist in the accelerating hydrogen economy. Emily balances her intellectual work by staying active through a variety of outdoor sports and activities as well as trips to the gym and ballroom dancing.
Jane holds a master’s degree in Global Business Management and a certificate in Project Management. She has lived and worked in Nigeria, France and South Korea and worked with international companies on their entry strategies into new markets. Jane’s background includes experience in a variety of different industries throughout her career. She loves using analytics to build and define strategies. On the side, Jane is pursuing her love of fashion and styling by running a fashion blog in her free time.
Amanda has a knack for finding creative solutions. If she doesn’t know something, she knows who does. With over 15 years of hands-on regional experience working with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, and now Edmonton Global, Amanda’s portfolio includes executive and operational support, as well as programs and event management. An enthusiast of triple espresso and non-fiction, Amanda can be found discovering new adventures in literature and movies.
Maria loves to create things from scratch and make them beautiful. She’s a master at finding efficiency and enjoys exploring new technology. Maria immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 2010 when she first landed in Ontario. Since 2013 she’s called Edmonton her home. She recently received her diploma as an administrative professional. Maria enjoys spending her time volunteering at her church, honing her baking skills, hiking, exploring in nature and playing the ukulele.
Soon after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce, Lindsay headed to the public sector, landing a role with the provincial government. Through her work in policy and communications with the Ministry of Children’s Services and the Ministry Service Alberta, Lindsay gained an excellent grasp on Alberta and the needs of Albertans. She is excited to bring her background and experience to Edmonton Global, and to join a team that is dedicated to attracting investment and building our region. Lindsay has called Edmonton her home for her entire life, and in her free time, you can find her running in the river valley, walking through the dog park, or biking to Whyte Avenue to grab some ice cream.
Born and raised in the Edmonton region and a proud MacEwan University Griffin Alumni, Victor played for the Men’s ice hockey team while studying Economics. Victor is driven by fact-based research and believes that the truth can always be found if one is diligent in its pursuit. Now, he is furthering his education and studying Political Economy. Victor has a passion for economics, but also enjoys reading classical economic literature on his spare time. In his time off, Victor is on the ice with his team, coaching minor hockey, or giving back to his community.
Before joining Edmonton Global, Kessia regaled travellers with tales of the natural and cultural history of Jasper National Park as she navigated the waters of Maligne Lake as a boat captain. In 2020, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from NAIT. And during an obvious lull in the travel and tourism sector in 2021, she completed her Public Relations Diploma at MacEwan University, translating her love of storytelling into a career where she can share the successes of the Edmonton region. An outdoor lover, you can find Kessia backcountry camping, snowboarding, hiking, or biking on weekends.
Originally from Hong Kong, Jason grew up in the family business and studied at international schools — embracing the new experiences from living amongst a vibrant culture. He recently graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing. Jason volunteers on the ARK Project board with the Valley Zoo Development Society outside of work. He enjoys the region’s nightlife and restaurants, plays soccer and video games, and is passionate about cars.
Enzo is a partner and former managing partner of Bennett Jones LLP, a top-tier national and international law firm and co-head of Bennett Jones’ Government Affairs and Public Policy group. He has extensive experience in commercial electrical power and gas transactions, mergers, and acquisitions with a focus on transactions in the pharmaceutical sector, forestry purchase and sale transactions, major commercial leases, and major commercial and financing transactions. He also acts on airport management and operations transactions and related joint ventures.
Adam is the Founder and CEO of Bitcoin Well, the first publicly traded Bitcoin ATM company globally. He is recognized as a true visionary in the field and strives to bring bitcoin to the mainstream, making it easy, approachable, and accessible for all. Adam is a leading advocate for education, consumer protection, and financial services decentralization.
Ms. Kollman is a dedicated community builder in our region having served on the Boards of Travel Alberta, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Compute Canada and the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. Bernie retired from IBM Canada Ltd., where she served as vice president of IBM’s public sector business in Alberta and senior executive for Edmonton contributing to that organization for over 30 years. She is currently a forum chair of MacKay CEO Forums, a peer mentoring group of CEOs and executives working with their biggest challenges and opportunities to drive stronger business results.
A recipient of a Governor General’s Medallion (as a bridge builder between Canada and China) and the Chongqing Friendship Award in 2013, Dr. Edy Wong is a researcher and practitioner of international business. In 2012, Dr. Wong was awarded a Fellow’s Award by Supply Chain Management Association of Canada and the Garner–Thémoin Award by IFPSCM (International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management).
Gail is a founder of Triniti Solutions Inc, a consultancy focused on purpose + innovation = impact. Gail’s professional experience includes over thirty years working at a leadership level, twenty-one years of which are with Alberta’s Servus Credit Union. She led a diverse portfolio in financial services sector including purpose, data science, digital banking, innovation, marketing, communications, and corporate social responsibility as a c-suite executive. In addition to Edmonton Global, Gail sits on Travel Alberta board and formerly served on Edmonton International Airport, NorQuest College, Alberta Central of Credit Unions.
Mr. Randhawa is the founder and President of Randhawa Consulting Ltd., a boutique analytics and strategy firm. Prior to this, Mr. Randhawa served as Vice President, Marketing & Sales at Finning (Canada), Chief Marketing Officer/Chief Strategy Officer at SCM Insurance Services, and co-founder and President of First Foundation Mortgage Corporation. Mr. Randhawa currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation and the board of First Foundation Inc.
Jeffrey serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of EDC Environmental Group of Companies, the parent investment company of leading industrial wastewater business Clean Industrial Technologies, water advisory practice International Water Advisors (IWA), soil remediation company Claytech Services inc. and BlueWater Resources LLC in Bakersfield, California. As CEO, he oversees the corporate direction, strategy and execution, focusing on leadership, innovation and business growth.
Paul is the past President & CEO of the Clark Builders Group of Companies – a commercial, industrial, and institutional builder operating throughout Western and Northern Canada. Paul’s respect for his colleagues, visionary leadership and industry knowledge combine to provide clients, trades, and employees foundation for sharing in a great experience. Presently, Paul participates on several advisory board’s bringing his expertise and market knowledge to these private companies.
Sheetal has 20 years of international experience in VC and technology; she created the VC strategy for Bill Gates at Microsoft globally and served as Deal Maker for the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme. She facilitated fundraising of 1 billion GBP for over 900 companies. In 2020- 2021 Sheetal was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer, Ministry for Jobs, Economy and Innovation in Alberta. Most recently, she was appointed Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Alberta to focus on spin-outs, access to smart capital, and innovation.
Dr. Blade was born in Alberta where he was raised on a dairy and grain farm, and now serves as Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. He previously served as CEO of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Corporation during which time he led the management and disbursement of their investment portfolio worth $75 million, supporting projects totalling $250 million.
Tanis is the Vice President and General Manager at Direct Energy – one of Alberta’s largest natural gas and electricity retailers. She is a member of NRG’s Home Leadership Team and is a Direct Energy Marketing Limited Board Director & Officer. In addition to over 20 years of experience in retail energy, Tanis has held senior roles in operations, sales, product development, strategy and enterprise project management with TELUS, EPCOR and ADC Telecom – Systems Software Division.
Traci Bednard is Vice President Digital and Corporate Communications for Edmonton International Airport. In this executive role, she leads the planning and implementation of corporate strategies to develop passenger and cargo air services, as well as the sales and communications for the company and its various lines of business through EIA’s We’ll Move You brand promise. This includes work around the world to promote our region’s international positioning and business attraction to the Edmonton Capital Region.