The Sinneave Family Foundation’s (Sinneave) Board of Directors is a committed and highly esteemed group of volunteers from both the public and private sectors. The Board provides strategic direction as well as oversees fiduciary and general governance responsibilities for Sinneave.
Laurene Beloin has been the Chair, Careers in the Faculty of Foundational and Intercultural Studies at NorQuest College in Edmonton since 2013. Ms. Beloin’s career over the past 30 years includes leadership roles within the Financial Institution industry. Ms. Beloin is also active with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and currently is a member of their Finance and Tax Committee. She serves as Secretary for the Alberta Academic Chair Committee, and is a member of both the Women’s Executive Network Canada and the NorQuest President’s Advisory Council.
Ms. Beloin earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, and recently completed her Certificate in Change Management. She enjoys teaching university courses regarding Leadership and Business.
Ms. Beloin has a nephew with Asperger syndrome.
Kay Best is currently a Corporate Director at Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Superior Plus Corporation, AltaGas Ltd., Wawanesa Insurance and Aston Hill Financial. Previously, Ms. Best was the Executive Vice-President, Risk Management and Chief Financial Officer of the Calgary Health Region and was named the interim CFO of Alberta Health Services, which was formed by the integration of all Alberta health regions. Ms. Best, a Chartered Accountant (CA), was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP in Calgary where she worked for nineteen years, the last ten as a Corporate Audit Partner.
Ms. Best is an active member of the volunteer community having served in a number of positions with the United Way of Calgary, including a term as Chair of the Board of Directors. As well, she has held several positions with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, including serving as an elected representative on the Institute’s Governing Council. Currently, Ms. Best serves on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Foundation and she is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Calgary Stampede, a director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and is a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Calgary.
Dr. Andrew Hakin has been Vice-president Academic and Provost for the University of Lethbridge since July 2007. After completing his doctoral work in physical chemistry at the University of Leicester, England, Dr. Hakin joined the University of Alberta in 1987 as a post-doctoral fellow. He joined the University of Lethbridge in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to full professor in 2003. His research program is in the area thermodynamics; his focus is on the volumetric and calorimetric properties of aqueous solutions.
In 2000, Dr. Hakin received the University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teacher Award and was recognized by faculty members and students alike for his approachability, high standards and ability to demonstrate how theoretical concepts apply to real-world applications. In 2003 he received the Stig Sunner Award, awarded by the Calorimetry Conference, in recognition of his research and other contributions to the field of thermochemistry.
Ian Holloway has been Dean of Law at the University of Calgary since 2011. Prior to this, Mr. Holloway served as dean at the University of Western Ontario and an associate dean at the Australian National University. Over the years, he has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University.
Before beginning his academic career, Mr. Holloway spent a number of years in private practice in Halifax. He also served as the law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal.
Mr. Holloway is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the American Law Institute. He is currently a Trustee of both the Law School Admission Council and the NALP Foundation. He also serves as a Governor of the Southern Alberta Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires.
In 2013-14, Mr. Holloway served as a team leader for the Canadian Bar Association’s Futures project. In 2015, he was appointed to the Security Intelligence Review Committee, and made a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
Beyond the legal sphere, Ian served for twenty-five years in the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Navies.
William Karny joined the Board having been part of The Sinneave Family Foundation’s Family Advisory Network (FAN) since its inception. Mr. Karny is a retired educator, commercial property manager and president of the Harland Sanders Foundation (USA). He has a granddaughter with autism.
A native Calgarian, Mr. Kelly studied at the University of Alberta, obtaining his B.A. in 1954 and his L.L.B. in 1957. He began his law career with Ward Patterson, Dingle, Patterson and Waite in 1957 and practiced with that firm’s successors until his retirement on January 1, 2001 when the firm, then named McNiven Kelly, merged with Miles Davison LLP — where Mr. Kelly continues to serve as counsel.
Mr. Kelly’s practice has focused on the corporate/commercial and estates areas, including the restructuring of some of Canada’s largest corporations. His business activities have included numerous real estate developments and serving as a director of public and private corporations.
Fauzia Lalani is an award-winning business leader who leads the Services group of Field Logistics at Suncor Energy Inc. Prior to joining Suncor she served as an executive consultant, assisting multinational companies in strategic and business planning. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Lalani was vice-president of national service fulfillment at TELUS Corporation; before joining TELUS, she served as president and CEO of Aquila Networks Canada, an industry-leading utility provider. Ms. Lalani also spent seven years with TransAlta Corporation, a power generation and wholesale marketing company. During her career at TransAlta she served as director of several areas, including sales and marketing, deregulation, design engineering and construction, and mass market and retail services.
Active in numerous national and community organizations, Ms. Lalani serves on the boards of the Canada Revenue Agency and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta. Ms. Lalani also previously served on the boards of STARS Air Ambulance (as a board director) and the Calgary YMCA (as chair of the Board Nominating and Governance Committee). Ms. Lalani is a recipient of the 50 Key Women in Energy Award—Leadership Category, and the Stevie International Business Award—Best Support Team Category.
Ms. Lalani earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Western Executive Program.
Dawn Leonard has been committed to helping vulnerable children, youth and families to overcome challenges and find success for over 20 years in our community. She has worked for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary since 2001, and led a variety of programs and initiatives ranging from residential and foster care supports to education, employment, and Aboriginal initiatives. Ms. Leonard has also worked with children and youth at the Society for Treatment of Autism, as both a frontline caseworker as well as a residential supervisor. Her studies in psychology and her drive to level the playing field has led her to create innovative solutions to prepare children and youth for success in educational and vocational settings. Ms. Leonard previously served on the Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network Board and is the Chief Development Officer at her organization.
Garry McCulloch joined Richardson GMP as a partner in 2012. Prior to joining Richardson GMP, Mr. McCulloch spent over ten years with Goodman & Company, Investment Counsel Inc. as a member of their Portfolio Management team. He spent six years building an Investment Counseling operation as Regional Director, Investment Services for a major Canadian financial institution. Mr. McCulloch has also spent time working for a national brokerage firm on both the retail and institutional side engaging with major counseling firms as clients. He brings 25 years of experience with the energy and investment industry and providing investment solutions for private clients, not-for-profit, trusts and foundations.
Mr. McCulloch also invests in the community as an active volunteer. He joined the Board of The Sinneave Family Foundation in 2012, and assumed the role of Chair in 2016. He is currently an executive member and past chair of Special Olympics Calgary. Additionally, he currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. In 2011, under Mr. McCulloch’s leadership as Chair, Special Olympics Calgary won the Mayors Sports Leadership and Excellence Award. He was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors for the Alberta Peloton Association that helped bring the Tour of Alberta, a pro cycling race, to Canada. He has previously worked on the Premiers Advisory Group. He was also actively involved with the 1988 Calgary Olympic Winter Games at Canada Olympic Park. Mr. McCulloch has a number of National coaching certifications, and enjoys volunteering for and coaching various sports.
Joined the Board June 2016.
Rutger Niers graduated high school in 1989 and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1993 from the University of Alberta. After working in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 1993 to 1994, Mr. Niers moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to work for HSBC Bank Canada as a Commercial Account Manager. He moved back to Calgary, Alberta in 1998 to specialize in financing for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Niers earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003.
Mr. Niers joined Pure Energy Services Ltd. in 2004 as part of the senior leadership team. He played a key role in several acquisitions as well as the company’s IPO in 2006. In 2010 Mr. Niers and his family moved to Denver, Colorado to lead the company’s US organization. Pure Energy Services Ltd. was sold in 2012 to FMC Technologies Inc. He moved back to Calgary in 2013 with FMC to lead the North American completion services group. In 2015, the company undertook a major restructuring which left Mr. Niers to lead the Canadian business of FMC. He left the employment of FMC in 2016.
Dr. Gayla Rogers is a recently retired Professor from the University of Calgary where she served as Provost Fellow for the past 4 years, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Work for 12 years.
Dr. Rogers is well published with numerous books, book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations in areas such as leadership, strategic planning and social work education. Additional areas of expertise include child welfare, family violence, homelessness, poverty and diversity. Dr. Rogers has held federally funded research grants and, on a consulting basis, informed social work programs in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
Over the years Dr. Rogers has served on a number of boards locally and nationally, and currently serves on the Child & Family Services Council for Quality Assurance, and the boards of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, and Wood’s Homes.
Recent honours include: Woman of Influence (Calgary) by Deloitte; Woman of Vision by Global TV/Calgary YWCA; Distinguished Alumni Award; induction into the Order of the University of Calgary; and 2014 Lecture of a Lifetime (University of Calgary).
Don Ross was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1962. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. Mr. Ross was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1974 and received the Certified Professional Accountant designation in 2015. He has taken several of the Institute of Corporate Director courses and various educational workshops while serving on several Boards and committees. He has also served both as an officer and a director of several publicly listed intermediate oil and gas companies.
Mr. Ross “retired” in 2004 but has continued to serve on several for profit and not for profit boards where, among other things, he provides his expertise in business, governance, finance, enterprise risk management and investment. He is currently an honorary member of Calgary Rotary Challenger Park Society and Special Olympics, Calgary, and serves on the Boards of Alcove Addiction Recovery for Women Society, the Alberta Motor Association, the Renfrew Educational Services Foundation and the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation. Mr. Ross is actively involved in Rotary and serves on the World Community Services Committee (co-ordinating projects in Cambodia and Liberia) and the Rotary Stay in School Steering Committee (where he mentors two students). He enjoys reading, exercise, golf and hanging out at the lake, but mostly he enjoys travelling with Lynn, his beautiful wife of 37 years.
Edward Wooldridge is a Calgary based corporate lawyer with over 17 years of experience who currently acts as legal counsel to Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s largest national law firms. Mr. Wooldridge regularly acts for public and private corporations of all sizes helping to address their specific legal needs as a trusted advisor. He currently serves as lead counsel for a number of prominent Canadian and foreign based clients in a number of industries. Mr. Wooldridge earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Economics at the University of Western Ontario in 1991, followed by his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 1998.
Mr. Wooldridge has previously sat on a number of private corporate boards as well as on the boards of a variety of charitable and not-for-profit organizations. He remains actively involved in numerous local schools and charitable organizations which educate and enrich the lives of children with autism.
Joined the Board April 2013.