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OUR BOARD

Becoming globally competitive and sustaining economic growth requires a strong team, disciplined vision, and a focus on inclusivity and accountability.

Each member of Edmonton Global’s Board of Directors brings diverse experience from across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. With backgrounds in international business, development, marketing, and academia, the board helps guide Edmonton Global in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to a region that is prime for business.

Enzo Barichello

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 O’Brien

Adam O’Brien

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.

Bernie Kollman

Bernie Kollman

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.

Edy Wong

Edy Wong

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 Stepanik- Keber

Gail Stepanik- Keber

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.  

Jason Randhawa

Jason Randhawa

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 Sundquist

Jeffrey Sundquist

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 Verhesen

Paul Verhesen

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 Mehta Walsh

Sheetal Mehta Walsh

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.

Stanford Blade

Stanford Blade

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 Kozak

Tanis Kozak

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

Traci Bednard

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.

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