Board of Governors

The Glenbow-Alberta Institute, operating as the Glenbow Museum, is governed by a Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of a minimum of 12 governors to a maximum of 24 members, eight of whom are appointed by the Board, two are appointed by the Devonian Foundation, and the remaining 13 are elected by the members of the Institute. The President and CEO automatically becomes a Governor upon his/her appointment. These Governors serve on various Standing Committees of the Board and each committee is chaired by a member of the Board of Governors. Community Representatives may also be invited to sit on committees and are generally recruited by the Chairman of the specific committee to assist with the business associated with that committee. The President and CEO of the Glenbow Museum reports directly to the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is committed to the highest standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct its duties and responsibilities. The Board will foster an environment where all Directors, officers, employees and volunteers of the Glenbow can report violations or questionable conduct, which is suspected to be unethical, dishonest or fraudulent without retribution if the report is made honestly and in good faith. Glenbow's Whistleblower Policy states that Glenbow employees and volunteers can anonymously forward concerns/complaints to a confidential email address received by the Chair of the Audit Committee. The procedures outlined in the Whistleblower Policy document are intended to ensure that any such complaints and concerns are promptly and effectively addressed.

Glenbow-Alberta Institute
Board of Governors 2019-2020

Irfhan Rawji, Chair
Lori Van Rooijen, Vice-Chair & Chair, Project Oversight Committee
Jim McLeod, Past Chair


John Q. Adams
Nicholas R. Bell, President & CEO
Chris Chan, Chair Development Committee
Paul Desmarais III
Roxanne Dunlop
Ken Fetherstonhaugh, Chair, Audit/Investment Committee
Martha Hall Findlay
Tim Hamilton
Paul Hardy, Chair, Collections & Access Committee
Kathryn Heath, Chair, Governance Committee

Todd Hirsch
John Larsen
Zai Mamdani
Ross Middleton
Kent Monkman
Stephanie Pankratz
Patricia Phillips
Su Ying Strang
Jack Thrasher, Devonian Representative
Noella Wells
John R. Whelan

Community Representatives (Glenbow Ambassadors)

Chris Chow
Mark Mullin, Collections & Access Committee
Susan Schulli
Holly Wennerstrom, Development Committee
Darcy White, Collections & Access Committee


John Q. Adams
John Q Adams was appointed to the Board in January, 2019. Mr. Adams re-joined Fiera Capital in February 2017 as Vice President, Private Wealth after a 10-month hiatus where he previously held the role of Vice President, Marketing for two years. Currently, he is responsible for leading the business development initiatives in Calgary. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Adams obtained almost 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. During that time, he gained significant expertise in areas of strategic planning, business development, marketing, sales and wealth management. Having started his career at Royal Trust in 1988, he progressively took on more senior positions at Royal Bank, TE Financial, and Scotia Bank. Most recently, Mr. Adams was a senior member of the team that obtained a Canadian Schedule 1 Chartered Bank license for a new start-up, Bridgewater Bank in 2005, where he successfully led the initial marketing and product development team.

Mr. Adams is a graduate of the University of Calgary (B.A. History 1985) where he also obtained his Marketing Certificate (1998). He is actively involved in the local business community both personally and professionally, most recently joining the board of Valour Canada. He is also involved in the Calgary Chamber and supports several non-profits.

Nicholas R. Bell
Mr. Bell is President and CEO of Glenbow Museum. Highlights of his past roles include Senior Vice President for Curatorial Affairs at Mystic Seaport Museum, the preeminent American maritime museum, where he launched a formidable exhibitions program. He previously also served as The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, in Washington DC, where he led the Renwick's relaunch, increasing attendance from 150,000 annually to one million. Mr. Bell is the author and editor of ten books on art, museums, and contemporary culture and offers a proven background in spearheading change and successfully implementing strategic initiatives.

Chris Chan
Chris Chan joined the Board in January 2017, and currently serves as Chair, Development Committee. He was born in Calgary and has deep roots in Calgary and southern Alberta, both through his parents and through his family's business Smitty's Family Restaurants founded in 1960 by his grandfather Walter Chan.

Chris began his career with Smitty's more than 30 years ago, and throughout his career has held every restaurant and senior management position. Chris has travelled the country coast to coast, personally visiting each of the Smitty's locations. Through his leadership, the business built a long-term sustainable business model that attracts loyal customers, entrepreneurial franchisees and has a strong supplier and franchise support system. In April 2018, Smitty's was acquired by a private equity group. He now serves as President of W. Chan Investments Ltd. managing a retail and real estate portfolio.

Chris believes in promoting positive community and growth within our province and Calgary. He enjoys working with youth groups and school programs. He brings strong entrepreneurial skills and a commitment to community and family learning, and believes that the Glenbow is an integral part of Calgary and Alberta.

Paul Desmarais III
Paul Desmarais was appointed to the Board in January, 2019. Paul Desmarais III is the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and co-Founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics and a director of Koho, Integrate AI, and IntegraMed. Paul is also a Senior Vice President of Power Corporation of Canada and Power Financial of Canada. As a part of his responsibilities at the holdings, he sits on the boards of Great West Lifeco, IGM Financial, Pargesa, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and Imerys. Prior to his current role, Paul worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division, Investment Group, and Special Situations Group; Imerys in supply chain management and strategy; and Great West Lifeco in risk management. Paul is a recipient of a B.A. in economics from Harvard College and holds and MBA from INSEAD in France.

Roxanne Dunlop
Roxanne Dunlop joined the Board in September, 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Development Committee. Ms. Dunlop is a philanthropist and a community volunteer, is a member of the Turning Points Gala Committee, and a member of the Resource Development Committee with the Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter. She is a past Board member of the Calgary International Children's Festival as Chair, Development Committee and Chair of the Annual Gala. Roxanne has been involved in various projects with Discovery House, Theatre Calgary, and Meals on Wheels. Roxanne is an avid supporter of local arts and culture, and is also enthusiastic about travel, nature, and history.

Ken Fetherstonhaugh
Ken Fetherstonhaugh joined the Board in 2015 and currently serves as Chair, Audit/Investment Committee. Ken brings 20 years of experience with a proven record of accomplishment in leadership roles in financial services, all concentrated on Alberta and the Prairie provinces. As Senior Vice President, BMO Private Banking in Prairies, Ken is responsible for wealth management services delivery across three provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) leading a team of over 100 professionals to deliver investment counsel, trust and banking services to high net worth individuals and families. Ken has been with BMO for ten years, beginning as a Director and advancing to the role of Managing Director, Credit Structuring with Corporate Finance Division, and most recently was Head, Commercial Credit - Western Canada.

Ken is a passionate leader who commits himself to developing his team so they can perform to the best of their abilities. Ken holds an EMBA from the University of Calgary, a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and his FICB designation. Originally from Southern Ontario, Ken and Melissa (his wife of 20 years) moved to Alberta in 1997. Since arriving in Alberta, they have enjoyed their time moving around the province in Calgary, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie and Slave Lake, taking an active role in each community. Ken and Melissa have four kids, and are involved in multiple family pursuits including skiing, hiking, hockey, art and music.

Martha Hall Findlay
Martha Hall Findlay joined Glenbow's Board of Governors in September, 2019 and currently serves as a Member of the Project Oversight Committee (adhoc). Martha Hall Findlay is President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation, an independent, non-partisan public policy think tank that focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. As a corporate lawyer, senior business executive and successful entrepreneur, Martha has more than 25 years of domestic and international experience with major multinationals as well as start-ups, primarily in telecommunications and technology. She was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2011, serving in several capacities in the Shadow Cabinet, and as a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees for Finance; Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Government Operations; and International Trade. She is currently a member of the Minister of International Trade's Trade Expert Advisory Council.

Martha has served as an Advisory Council member, Board Director and/or Executive for several policy, environmental, community and cultural organizations, including her current role as Chair of the Board of Directors of Alpine Canada (She is a former national ski racer.) She is also on the Advisory Councils of Energy Futures Lab; Positive Energy (University of Ottawa); the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University; Calgary Sport and Major Events. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written dozens of articles, reports and essays on key policy issues, and is a frequent public speaker and media commentator.

Timothy J. (Tim) Hamilton
Tim Hamilton joined Glenbow's Board in 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Development Committee. Tim is a Partner with Boyden Calgary and is entering his twenty-sixth year of executive search. Tim's practice involves private sector as well as public sector senior executive searches with a focus on C-suite and Board assignments.

Prior to joining Boyden, he was a Founding Partner of Hamilton Hall Soles / Odgers Berndtson. Previously, Tim was a Managing Partner of the Caldwell Partners for Western Canada and, prior to that, he was Senior Vice President for Ketchum Canada. Early in his career he served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Employment and Immigration and to the Minister of Environment in the Government of Canada.

Tim is highly active in the community and his involvements included serving as Chair, Foothills Hospital Development Council; Director, Hull Services Foundation; Director, The Calgary Health Trust; Director, Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area; and Member of the Advisory Board at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy. He is a former Chair of Trout Unlimited Canada and was formerly a Governor of the Calgary Petroleum Club.

Paul Hardy
Paul Hardy joined the Board in September, 2018 and currently serves as Chair, Collections & Access Committee. Mr. Hardy is an internationally acclaimed fashion designer with deep roots in Alberta and strong connections to Glenbow. In 2015, as Glenbow's artist-in-residence, he created the groundbreaking year-long exhibition Kaleidoscopic Animalia which launched new possibilities for Glenbow as an art museum.

Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews declaring, "a star is born." Paul went on to present at Los Angeles Fashion Week where his work created a buzz across the United States. He quickly established international interest in his high-end women's collection and jewelry and accessories. In 2006, Elle Canada listed Hardy as one of the top 10 designers in Canada.

Paul welcomes new opportunities and has taken on commissions in interior design, collaboration with Alberta Ballet by designing the costumes for Sarah Mclachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Ballet, represented Canada at international tours in China and Japan, designed a commemorative white hat for the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede and later became creative director of their merchandise department.

In addition to refining his skills and growing his company, Paul devotes time to humanitarian work in Africa, motivational speaking, supporting the arts, and running international marathons.

His celebrity client list has included Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher, Keisha Chante, Kate Hudson, and country singer Paul Brandt.

Kathryn Heath
Kathryn Heath joined the Glenbow Museum in 2015 as a Community Representative on the Board Development Committee. She currently chairs the Governance Committee. She has broad experience with large, international, for-profit boards and on not-for profit boards and organizations. She is a retired corporate lawyer with 30 years of counsel and executive experience in domestic and international companies in the private and public sectors, most recently as Associate General Counsel, Agrium Inc. Her corporate responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, compliance and best practices, and dispute resolution.

Kathryn's volunteer work includes as a director of Theatre Calgary, where she currently sits on the Nominating and Governance Committee (Chair) and on the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Committee of Management of The Ranchmen's Club (Vice-Chair, Heritage and Art Committee), and was formerly a director on the board of Arts Commons.

She has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Calgary, teaching international trade law. She is a graduate of the University of Windsor and the University of Guelph.

Todd Hirsch
Todd Hirsch joined the Board in September, 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Audit/Investment Committee. He is the Chief Economist of ATB Financial. For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada.

For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012, his second, Halfway Home in 2016 and his third, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change in 2017.

Todd provides economic commentary for many Canadian media outlets. He has served on the University Of Calgary Board Of Governors and is the Chair of the Calgary Arts Academy.

Todd recently received the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the U of A and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary.

John Larsen, MCS, ABC (MC), ICD.D
John Larsen joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Project Oversight Committee. John is General Manager (Calgary) and Executive Vice President (Crisis & Reputation Risk) with Edelman Canada. He previously owned Corpen Group, and has served in senior and executive roles in international consulting and with various orders of government. He started his formal career as a naval operations officer and remains in the military as current head of the Forces' Public Affairs Branch Primary Reserve. John has taught at four Canadian colleges and universities.

In the 1980s John was a historic interpreter for Parks Canada, and in 2001 he co-wrote the national best-seller Moose Jaw: People, Places, History, which won a Government of Saskatchewan heritage award for its interpretation of western Canadian history.

John has sat on numerous professional community and arts boards and committees including Wordfest International Writer's Festival, the Mount Royal University Advisory Committee, St. John's Ambulance, the Calgary Homeless Foundation and Two Wheel View kids-at-risk charity. He is a designated member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John is the recipient of the 2012 Master Communicator Award, the highest national IABC professional recognition.

Jim McLeod
Jim McLeod joined the Board in 2015 and is past Chair of the Board. Jim is a native Calgarian and a fourth generation Albertan. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science. Jim worked in the petroleum sector for 30 years recently retiring from Nexen Energy ULC where he held various technical and management assignments in Calgary and Yemen.

He is Past President of Calgary's Ranchmen's Club; Member of the Board of Vertigo Theatre; past Member of the Board of the Leighton Art Centre; and, past Member of the Board of Theatre Calgary. Jim is an avid collector of western Canadian antiques and folk art and Canadian art. He is passionate about community and the arts.

Zai Mamdani
Zai Mamdani was appointed to the Board in January, 2019. A professional with a depth of corporate and non-profit experience, Zai Mamdani leverages her education and experience to provide strategic leadership and operational guidance. Zai holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human and Social Development from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Development.

Zai is active in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She provides leadership and guidance at Strategic Group, the company she co-founded, in support of the organization's vision for community partnerships and corporate sponsorships. She is also a current Board Member with The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Propellus, the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for the Prairies, and is an active and valuable contributor to other non-profit organizations, including the Calgary Opera, the University of Calgary President's Campaign Advisory Group, the Dean's Advisory Group in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Building upon the strengths of the organizations she is passionate about, Zai has a demonstrated track record of identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities. She is particularly interested in organizations that advocate for the Arts being an integral part of building thriving and inclusive communities. Zai and her family live in Calgary.

Ross Middleton
Ross Middleton joined the Board in September, 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Audit/Investment Committee. Mr. Middleton is an experienced, high performing Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - a leading management consultancy advising clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors around the world.

As the lead of BCG's Calgary office and BCG Canada's Energy Practice, Ross acts as a senior advisor to executive teams in the oil & gas, mining, and utilities sectors on their strategic agenda. Ross enjoys building, leading and working within winning teams and brings a natural curiosity for complex problems, a highly collaborative and open working style, and a willingness to challenge the status-quo.

Ross is deeply engaged in the communities in which he lives. Within Calgary, Ross is presently a Board Member of Tourism Calgary and of Beakerhead - an organization devoted to nurturing a passion for science. Ross also acts as an advisor to the City on our potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics; and as a convenor and member of a CEO Roundtable refreshing Calgary's economic strategy in partnership with Calgary Economic Development.

Before joining BCG, Ross spent five years with North Ltd - a global mining major - as a managing geologist responsible for running exploration programs in Australia and West Africa.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology with Honors and an MBA with Honors from the University of Melbourne.

Kent Monkman
Kent Monkman joined the Board in September, 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Collections & Access Committee. Kent is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who is well known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience - the complexities of historic and contemporary Indigenous experience - are explored in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation.

His glamorous gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle appears in much of his work as a time travelling, shape shifting and supernatural being, who reverses the colonial gaze, upending received notions of history and Indigenous people. With Miss Chief at centre stage, Monkman has created memorable site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Compton Verney, and most recently at the Denver Art Museum. His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including the 2007 and 2008 Berlinale, and the 2007 and 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Many of his media works are made with his long-time collaborator, Gisèle Gordon. His second national touring solo exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience will visit museums across Canada until 2020.

Monkman has been awarded the Egale Leadership Award (2012), the Indspire Award (2014), the Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award (2014), the Bonham Centre Award (2017), an honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University (2017) and the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts (2017). His work has been exhibited internationally and is widely represented in the collections of major Museums in Canada and the USA. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Toronto and TrépanierBaer Gallery in Calgary.

Stephanie Pankratz
Stephanie Pankratz joined the Board in 2016 and currently serves as a member of the Audit/Investment Committee. Stephanie is a Partner with the Audit practice of KPMG Calgary, where she has worked for the past twelve years. During her career at KPMG, Stephanie has been focused on providing audit and audit-related services to public clients across a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, power and agriculture. Stephanie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and received a Masters of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

Stephanie is a Vice Chair of the United Way Women's Leadership Council and served on the public practice working group for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta from 2014-2016.

Patricia Phillips
Patricia Phillips was appointed to the Board in January, 2019. As CEO she leads the overall management and growth of PBA Land & Development, including the company's strategic direction and business development as well as asset and property management. She brings over 25 years of business experience in a variety of high profile roles to the PBA team.

Prior to joining PBA, Ms. Phillips founded and was CEO of three successful private oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas in the Western Canadian Sedimentary. She worked on Wall Street as a Financial Analyst for First Boston, managing the energy and sovereign sectors while working directly with corporate finance, capital markets, and merger and acquisitions. Ms. Phillips also served as an economist on developing trade policies for the Tokyo round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in Geneva. She has won numerous awards in real estate including the Maple Leaf ICSC Award for the Strathcona Square Shopping Centre development, and gives back to the community by serving as director on a number of boards and donates her time to charitable organizations.

Ms. Phillips attended Sciences Po in Paris. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master of Business Administration from the McCoombs School of Business at the University of Texas (Austin).

Irfhan A. Rawji
Irfhan Rawji joined Glenbow's Board in 2014 and is Chair of the Board. Mr. Rawji is a Principal with Totem Capital Corporation, a private capital firm focused on investing in Canadian small businesses, and is a Venture Partner with Relay Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm exclusively focused on mobile computing with offices in Toronto and Menlo Park. Irfhan is also Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where he has taught in the areas of finance, public policy, strategy and leadership.

Irfhan is presently Board Chair of two Totem Capital investee companies: Carrot Insights, a mobile health app recognized by Mobile Syrup as Canada's app of the year in 2017; and The Organic Box, Alberta's largest organic food hub, offering home delivery as well as click-and-collect grocery services. Irfhan is also Board Chair of the Community Hypertension Prevention Initiative (CHPI), a partnership between the Federal government, private investors and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada aimed at reducing the incidence of stroke; the CHPI represents an innovation in social finance as Canada's first social impact bond. Irfhan is a Director of Sage Properties, a Calgary-based real estate investment corporation and Chatter Research, a text-driven customer insight chatbot which counts Lush Cosmetics, The Finish Line, and Chase Bank amongst its customer base.

Irfhan is actively involved in civic affairs as a Board Member of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, member of the Harvard Business School Global Alumni Board, and member and Finance and Investment Sub-Committee Chair of the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid Exploration Committee. Previously Irfhan has served on the boards of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada (Board Chair), the Harbourfront Centre (Director, Treasurer), imagiNation150 (Director, Treasurer) and Business for the Arts (Director).

Irfhan holds an MBA with High Honors from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a BCom with Honours from the University of British Columbia where he was a Wesbrook Scholar. He is a recipient of The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Heart & Stroke Foundation's Award of Merit, the Sauder School of Business' Teaching Excellence Award, Business for the Arts' Arnold Edinborough Award and is a member of Canada's top 40 Under 40 (2017).

Lori Van Rooijen
Lori Van Rooijen joined Glenbow's Board in 2015 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board. Lori also serves as Chair of the Project Oversight Committee.

Lori Van Rooijen is President of Larkspur Consulting Inc. (LCI). Lori is a strategic planner, facilitator, public/stakeholder engagement specialist and Capital Project Manager with over 25 years of experience. She has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from post-secondary institutions, municipal and provincial governments, and private and not-for-profit organizations. She has also held senior leadership positions at Athabasca University and most recently, Vice President, Engagement at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Lori has been project director on some of Calgary's largest public projects. She has developed business cases and/or garnered public and political support for numerous public projects resulting in new funding including the University of Calgary's Taylor Family Digital Library and West Campus development, the Lois Hole Digital Library, the Calgary Science Centre - TELUS Spark, and the Jubilee Auditoria recapitalization project. Her recent projects include the YW Calgary new Hub Facility, Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research, Red Crow Community College, CARYA Community Hub and the Sunalta Community Hub.

Lori holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alberta, a B.Ed. in Early Childhood and a BA from the University of Western Ontario. Her volunteer and community work is extensive including the YW Calgary where she served on the Board for seven years and the founding Board Chair of the Jubilee Auditorium Society where she and her Board were responsible for the recapitalization of the Jubilee Auditoria in Edmonton and Calgary for the Province's 2005 centennial.

Su Ying Strang
Su Ying Strang joined Glenbow's Board in 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Governance Committee. Ms. Strang is an artist, arts advocate, and cultural worker based on Treaty 7 territory in Calgary, Alberta. Originally hailing from the Southern United States, Strang relocated to Canada in 2006 to pursue her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design. In addition to Strang's studio practice, she has been involved in the not-for-profit arts sector since 2010.

Strang is currently the Director of The New Gallery (TNG), and the President of the Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres. Strang's work in the arts is informed by an artist-centred and programming-led vision - prioritizing artistic excellence, risk-taking and experimentation, and most importantly, supporting and trusting artists in their work. Over the course of Strang's tenure at TNG, she oversaw the organization's relocation to Calgary Chinatown; increased accessibility by implementing the translation of exhibition materials and public programs; encouraged sustainable and diversified revenue streams, including establishing a new endowment fund and gaining substantial increases to operating funding from all three levels of government; and has continually advocated for a broader engagement with artist-run culture and contemporary art. Strang's most recent projects include securing a long-term lease and funding for an expansion into the suite above TNG's Main Space, as well as a major renovation to both levels, which is to be completed in 2019.

TNG was most recently recognized at the 2017 Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts where the organization was presented with the Sandstone City Builder's Award for the work TNG does to make Calgary a better place to live through the arts. Other recent accomplishments include Strang's participation in the Banff Centre's Cultural Leadership Program, where she was selected as part of the inaugural cohort in 2017, and receiving the ACAD Alumni Horizon Award in 2018.

Alberta Children's Hospital Board, the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Board, the Calgary Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Alberta Provincial Health Council, the University of Calgary Chancellor's Club, Calgary Opera's Maestro's Circle and the Calgary Legal Guidance Professional Advisory Committee.

R.J. (Jack) Thrasher, Q.C.
Jack Thrasher joined Glenbow's Board of Governors in 2008 and served on the Development Committee, becoming its Chair in 2010. Jack was appointed as Chair of the Board from 2011 to 2015 and is currently serving as the Devonian Representative on the Board. He also serves as an ex-officio member on all Board standing committees.

Jack received his LLB from the University of Saskatchewan, his LLM from Harvard Law School, and clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Ronald Martland of the Supreme Court of Canada. Most recently, he was a senior partner with the Calgary office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP from 1995 until his retirement at the end of 2015. He practiced corporate, business and energy law and worked extensively on Canadian and international energy projects and transactions involving both private and public sector participants.

Jack has served on the boards of a number of corporations and not-for-profit organizations and has extensive experience in governance and business conduct issues as a member of, and adviser to, corporate and not-for-profit boards. His professional and community activities include the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Alberta Children's Hospital Board, the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Board, the Calgary Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Alberta Provincial Health Council, the University of Calgary Chancellor's Club, Calgary Opera's Maestro's Circle and the Calgary Legal Guidance Professional Advisory Committee.

Noella Wells
Noella Wells joined Glenbow's Board of Governors in January, 2019. Noella (Little Mustache) Wells, (B.Ed., 1977, U of L; M.Ed., 1991, UBC) is the Iniikokaan (Painted Buffalo Lodge) Centre Director at Bow Valley College, Calgary, a position she has held since 2007. She has worked in First Nations schools, taught adults, facilitated research projects, including the Treaty 7 Education Review (2003); and the First Nations Journey's of Justice Curriculum (1994). Given her accomplishments in teaching, research and program management, she is dedicated to supporting Indigenous students who enter post-secondary education. Given the diverse and unique cultures of Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Metis, & Inuit), Noella follows her present educational philosophy of Mokakit Iiyiikaikimaat, in supporting Indigenous learners succeed.

Noella is from the Piikani Nation (member of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Niitsitapi) and has in the past worked on Treaty 7 educational initiatives. Noella is from a huge extended family with 2 daughters and 12 grandchildren (whose lineage includes: Cree, Nuuchalnuth, Kwak Waka wakw, Scottish, Nufie, Hungarian, Jewish, Kainai, and Piikani). Together with her husband, Chuck, who is Mohawk, encourage their grandchildren to enter post-secondary education. Her belief is that all Indigenous (Metis, Inuit, First Nations, Status Indians, and Non-status Indians) people should have the opportunity to know about their Indigenous identity while walking in two worlds: the First Nation's ways and mainstream society. She supports Indigenous people to take their place in the Canadian workforce and be the role models/mentors to the younger generation. She believes that Indigenous youth should take time to also, maintain a balance in life, such as following the traditional teachings and enabling them to excel culturally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

John R. Whelan
John R. Whelan joined Glenbow's Board of Governors in 2020 and serves as a Member on the Development Committee. Whelan is currently the Senior Vice President, Imperial Oil and leads Imperial's Upstream oil and gas organization. Mr. Whelan started his career with Mobil Oil Canada in 1988 as a subsurface engineer in Drayton Valley, Alberta. In 1991, he moved to Stavanger, Norway and held a variety of roles related to the development of major offshore oil and gas projects. Mr. Whelan returned to Canada in 1999 and progressed through various managerial assignments related to ExxonMobil Canada's east coast producing operations. In 2004, Mr. Whelan assumed a role at ExxonMobil Production Company's headquarters in Houston, Texas as a planning and business analyst. The following year, he coordinated ExxonMobil Production Company's global business plan and in 2006 he became operations technical manager with ExxonMobil's US production affiliate. Two years later, Mr. Whelan moved to Stavanger, Norway to become operations manager for ExxonMobil's Norwegian affiliate. Following that assignment, Mr. Whelan returned to Houston to assume ExxonMobil Production Company's planning and commercial manager role until joining Imperial in 2013.

Mr. Whelan earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is registered with The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and Professional Engineers & Geoscientists, Newfoundland & Labrador (PEGNL). John currently serves on the Boards of a number of corporations and volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Little League and Glenlake Minor Hockey Association. John is married with two children.

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