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Heart and Stroke Foundation
Alberta Provincial Board

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Alberta Provincial Board provides the Provincial CEO and Foundation with advice, support and connection to the community with respect to the Foundation's regional activities. Members of the Alberta Provincial Board are listed below.

  

Members: (L-R)

Murray Suey, Art Korpach, Crista Osualdini, Dwayne Huber, Michael Hill (Chair), Shauna Strasdin, Lori Bonnett (Past Chair), Rod McKay, Kevin Neveu, Donna Hastings (CEO), and David Savage (Absent: Owen Edmondson)

 

Chair: 

Dr. Michael Hill

Dr. Michael Hill is Associate Dean (Clinical Trials), Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary; Professor of Neurology in the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences, Community Health Sciences, Medicine and Radiology, and Director of the Stroke Unit for the Calgary Stroke Program, Foothills Hospital, Alberta Health Services. His background is in neurology and clinical epidemiology. In addition to clinical care, Dr. Hill is involved in running randomized controlled trials testing new treatments for stroke. His other focus is on stroke epidemiology where he collects and analyzes data from hospitals to study trends in stroke occurrence and treatment. Using this data he studies trends and recommends policies and procedures to assist physicians to more effectively treat their patients.

Dr. Hill was awarded the Heart and Stroke Foundation Professorship in Stroke Research in 2005 and renewed in 2012 for three years. The Professorship is an award given to an Alberta researcher dedicated to developing and maintaining a world-class research program oriented toward prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of stroke. Dr. Hill has also received the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s highest research award, the Henry J.M. Barnett Scholarship Award in 2001/2002 and the prestigious American Academy of Neurology’s Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize in 2004. The Calgary Stroke Program was recognized for research in health care by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Canadian Medical Association Journal (CIHR-CMAJ) Top Achievements in Health Research Award in 2011.

 

 

Past Chair:
Lori Bonnett

Lori became a Member of the Alberta Provincial Board in January 2005, and served as Chair of the Board for the past two years until February 2013. She has been in the capacity of in-house counsel for oil and gas companies for the past 9 years, and she is currently Senior Corporate Counsel for the Athabasca Oil Corporation. Educated at the University of Victoria, University of Alberta and York University, Osgoode Hall; Lori has been practicing law for 15 years. 



Members:

Owen Edmondson, Edmonton

Owen is a native Edmontonian, who retired in 2011 after a 32 year career with ATCO Ltd. Owen held several senior financial executive positions with ATCO finishing his career as Executive Vice President, Finance & Regulatory, ATCO Utilities. Owen is a Certified General Accountant with an MBA from the University of Alberta. His strong commitment to community service is reflected by his past service on the Boards of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations including Catholic Family Services of Calgary and Area, the Capital Regional Housing Corporation, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, and Catholic Social Services. Currently Owen is the Chair of the Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation, a board member of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society and a member of the financial advisory committee of the Sisters of Providence.

 

Dwayne Huber, Lethbridge

Dwayne is President and part owner and of Airtech Heating and Air Conditioning in Lethbridge. He obtained his MBA in 1993 and became a Certified Management Accountant in 1996. Dwayne is an active and respected community member who serves on the Board of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the original Lethbridge Breakfast Club and the Alberta Construction Safety Association and has many other building industry connections and business affiliations within Lethbridge and southern Alberta. Airtech donates office and storage space to HSF in Lethbridge and is a ‘go-to advocate’ for the Foundation in Southern Alberta.  

 

Dwayne’s business partner had a stroke eight years ago and his colleague is still living with the effects of stroke. Dwayne, his business associates and community have rallied together to host an annual golf tournament to honour their friend and to raise funds and awareness with all proceeds benefiting the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Proceeds from the 2012 tournament were designated to the Jessica Kerber Memorial Fund for HSF Research in Stroke Prevention and Aftercare. 

 

 

Art Korpach, Calgary

Art recently retired as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at CIBC World Markets Inc. He started his career in Toronto and later moved to Calgary. He has 27 years of investment banking experience working with clients in Canada and globally. During his career, he has provided advice on numerous financing and merger and acquisition transactions. He is immediate Past-Chair of the Board of United Way of Calgary and Area and was Co-chair of the campaign in 2009; serves as Director of Canexus Corporation, Freehold Royalties Ltd. and HPC Energy Services Ltd. He served as Chair of The Accounting Standards Board at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants; previously served as a member of Mount Royal College Board of Governors and Mount Royal College Foundation Board and a member of the Financial Advisory Council, Alberta Securities Commission. Art is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator and received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

 

Rod McKay, Calgary

Rod is a past chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT and Nunavut. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Rod is lead Independent Member of the Alberta Securities Commission, a member of the board and audit committee of Fidelity Capital Structure Corporation, and chair of the board of Tourism Calgary. He also acts as a mediator for the Provincial Court of Alberta. For many years, Rod held various senior executive partner roles in the Canadian and international firm of KPMG, an international audit, tax, and advisory firm. Rod has been active in a number of community based organizations and currently in member of the boards of Quest Theatre and Calgary Counselling Centre. 

 

 

Kevin Neveu, Calgary

Mr. Neveu, 51, was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a director of Precision Drilling in August 2007 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. Prior to joining Precision, Mr. Neveu was previously President of the Rig Solutions Group of National Oilwell Varco in Houston where he was responsible for the company's drilling equipment business. Over the prior 25 years, Mr. Neveu held senior management positions in London, Moscow, Houston, Edmonton and Calgary with National Oilwell Varco and its predecessor companies. 

 

Mr. Neveu holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Mr. Neveu is a Professional Engineer, as designated by the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. In 2002, Mr. Neveu completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

 

Mr. Neveu serves on the boards of RigNet, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNET), Houston, Texas, and Bonanza Creek Energy Inc. (NYSE: BCEI) based in Denver, Colorado. He has been a director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta since 2009 and he was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors and a Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, Houston, Texas in January 2010. Mr. Neveu also serves as a Director for a not-for-profit national sports governing organization. In 2012 Mr. Neveu became a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and also a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. 

 

 

Crista Osualdini, Edmonton

Crista was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. She is a senior associate at the law firm of McLennan Ross LLP, with a focus on estate litigation, administration and planning. Crista was admitted as a member of the Law Society of Alberta in 2006 after obtaining her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2005 and her Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta in 2002. Crista has presented on estate matters to many different audiences. In addition to her volunteer work with the Heart and Stroke Foundation Provincial Board, Crista is also a Board member for the Fringe Theatre Adventures in Edmonton. Crista also sits on the Board of Directors for Adsum Audio Corp., a for-profit home audio business. In her free time Crista enjoys heading to the mountains with her husband to enjoy a weekend of skiing.   

 

 

David Savage, Calgary

David is the President of Savage Management, the President of Think Sustain Ability Consultants and the cofounder of the Global Negotiation Insight Institute, the Company to Company Dispute Resolution Council, the Energy and Resources Conservation Board Appropriate Dispute Resolution Program, Synergy Alberta and the Kootenay Leadership Institute. ThroughSavage Management, he works with professionals developing their negotiation strength and leadership depth. ThroughThink Sustain Ability, he is dedicated to working with organizations that actively create economic, environmental and social sustainability for today and our future. Since 1975 graduating with an economics degree from Calgary, David has been successful in the Canadian petroleum industry and a recognized leader in the areas of negotiation, conflict management, stakeholder engagement, leadership and business development. Between 1996 and 2006, Savage and others started, built and sold five junior oil and gas companies. His co-shared book,Ready Aim Excel: 52 Leadership Lessons, is an international business best seller on Amazon. His upcoming book isTen Steps to Integral and Sustainable Collaborative Success.

 

 

Shauna Strasdin, Grande Prairie

Shauna and her husband, Dr. Rob Strasdin of Strasdin Orthodontics along with their three active children live in Grande Prairie.  Shauna is currently working on a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Calgary.  Heart disease is extensive on both sides of their family and they lost their first child due to a congenital heart defect.  Shauna taught her children to volunteer and canvass at an early age during Heart Month, explaining the necessity of raising funds for research and supporting the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Employing a staff of mostly women, Strasdin Orthodontics chose to support a charity that best reflects their support of their staff.  They have been the title sponsor of The Heart Truth Ladies in Red Fashion Show & Candlelight Gala in Grande Prairie for the past three years.

 

 

Murray Suey, Calgary

Murray is Partner in Charge of the KPMG Calgary Audit Practice. He has worked in the Calgary, Alberta and London, UK offices of KPMG. He is a former director of the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta NWT Division, and has served as Director and Treasurer of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association - Calgary Chapter. Murray is a presenter at conferences and seminars, including the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) conference on International Financial Reporting Standards IFRS for Oil and Gas companies and the Institute of Corporate Directors. A devoted father, and dedicated professional, Murray exhibits an exemplary commitment to volunteerism and community responsibility.