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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of 10 members with four community representatives, three industry representatives and three government representatives.
Warren Bloomquist (2013 - 2016) elected
Warren is a fourth generation farmer in the Calumet area, 15 miles east of Ponoka. Warren, his wife and three grown children, run a cow-calf operation on six quarters where they have established an intensive grazing program. He has been involved with many organizations and boards in the community, including serving as a director on the Bashaw Hospital Board and director on the Ponoka Savings and Credit Union Board, and community council member of the Community Savings and Credit Union. He was instrumental in establishing the Haiti Children's Aid Society, which was formed to support the Haiti Children's Home in Mirebalais, Haiti.
Warren was involved in the formation of the Calumet Synergy Group. He has seen the positive impact it has had in the surrounding community as a result of information provided at monthly meetings, community open houses sponsored by the group, and open houses sponsored by energy companies.
Iris English (2012 - 2015) elected
As a charter member of Lakeland Industry and Community Association (LICA), a synergy group in northeast Alberta in the Cold Lake/Bonnyville/Elk Point/St Paul area formed in 2000, Iris has seen the positive, powerful effects of communication, collaboration, and cooperation, as embodied in the synergy process. She brings 30+ years' experience on a wide variety of boards and organizations, and a strong background in organizational development, strategic planning, and effective communication. Iris has served on the LICA Resolution, Communication, and Governance committees and the Board, and was a member of the task groups from which Synergy Alberta arose.
Iris has a background in agriculture (animal science) and owned a chunk of boreal forest in the Cold Lake area for a dozen years. She's traded that for a chunk of boreal transition land south of St Paul, as a concession to her husband's wish to move a bit closer to a warmer climate.
Fraser Stewart(2012 - 2015) elected
Fraser is a strong supporter of numerous community volunteer organizations. Currently involved the Waterton Advisory Group, which is how he got here. Fraser has represented the skiers, shareholders, and cabin owners of the Castle Mountain Community for 9+ years. An avid skier, Fraser is starting his 37 year volunteering with the Canadian Ski Patrol, as a patroller, 1st-aid and CPR instructor and a mentor to recruits. As well as the Pro Patrol for 6 years in the infirmary.
Representing the Southern Alberta rural viewpoint and continuing the work already started by Synergy Alberta.
Fraser retired after serving the residents of Lethbridge for 32 years, with the Lethbridge Fire Department. His career included working on the Ambulance, Fire, Rescue, Aerial trucks, and the Water Rescue Team. Culminating his career, Fraser taught fire safety, accident and injury prevention, to industry, business, students and people of all ages.
Fraser and Monica have called Castle Mountain Resort home, or Heaven, for six years, with their two dogs.
Judy Winter (2011 - 2014) elected
Judy was raised on a farm in the Delburne area. She graduated with a B.Ed from the U of A and taught in Calgary and Edmonton before moving to the Caroline area to farm with her husband's family (now with their son and his wife) and raise their four children.
Judy was a substitute teacher for about 12 years as well active in the Butte community and involved in her children's activities including 4-H, Scouts, dance, sports and anything else that came along. At present, she is a proud Grandma to seven wonderful grandchildren.
She learned early on that with cooperation and respect there is always a better chance of success whether it is talking to a two year old, a cranky cow, or a know-it-all teenager. The fact that these tenets were part of the synergy movement made it an easy transition to "synergist".
She was part of the original membership of the Butte Action Committee and this led her to the first Synergy conference as a presenter and then on the conference planning committees ever since.
Judy is excited to be part of the directorship of Synergy Alberta to represent the community viewpoint and to continue with the hard work that has already been done to give synergy groups in Alberta the support they can use to be the best they can be.
Darcy Allen (2011 - 2014) elected
Darcy is a Regional Advisor for Business Services and Stakeholder Relations for EnCana Corporations - Canadian
Darcy was born and raised in rural Central Alberta. He is an honors graduate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Gas Plant Operations and holds certification in Power Engineering. He has direct experience, knowledge and diverse skill sets encompassing the agricultural and oil & gas industry. Darcy has worked for EnCana Corporation throughout Western Canada for 30 years in various lead roles and supervisory capacities. Darcy's background is highly weighted toward field capital & operational activities and emergency response planning.
Darcy has worked for EnCana Corporation throughout Central & Southern Alberta for 25 years in various lead roles and supervisory capacities. Darcy's background is highly weighted toward field capital & operational activities and emergency response planning.
Darcy is primarily involved in the management and delivery of community relations, issue resolution and landowner consultations with respect to energy developments. Darcy is actively involved in numerous Synergy Groups throughout Central Alberta and also sits as a director with the Battle River Watershed Alliance.
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) appointed
Janet Annesley (2013 - 2016) - CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP's member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada's natural gas and crude oil. CAPP's associate members provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry. Together CAPP's members and associate members are an important part of a $110-billion-a-year national industry that provides essential energy products.
Janet joined CAPP in 2009 from Shell Canada Energy where she was Senior Manager of Stakeholder Engagement and Major Projects Communications for Shell's oil sands business, a post she held from 2004.
A native Calgarian, Janet graduated from Mount Royal College. She resides in Calgary with her husband and dog.
Alice Murray (2011 - 2014) elected
Alice Murray is the Community Affairs Coordinator for Central Alberta Region for Shell Canada Energy. Alice has 20 years of experience dealing with issues and consultation around sour gas development. She is an active member of five Synergy Groups and is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of Synergy Alberta. Alice is a member of the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society and holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution and graduated with distinction with a BA in Communication from Royal Roads University. Alice lives on a multi-generation family farm with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and grandsons in the beautiful parkland area near Caroline, Alberta.
Peter Dobbie (2012 - 2015) appointed by Alberta Agriculture
Peter J. Dobbie, Q.C., was appointed as the Farmers' Advocate for Alberta in April of 2012 bringing to the position more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer advising farmers and agribusinesses, and as a resident of rural Alberta.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. For more than 20 years, he has worked as a lawyer advising farmers and agribusinesses in financing, purchase, sale, leasing, surface rights, dispute resolution, succession planning and estate administration matters, giving him direct knowledge of the laws and regulations.
He also has years of experience as a volunteer with organizations such as the Rotary Club of Vegreville, the 4-H Foundation of Alberta and the Vegreville and District Chamber of Commerce, and as a Commission Member of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission.
Deborah Eastlick (2013 - 2016) appointed by Alberta Energy Regulator
Deborah is an engagement specialist with the new Alberta Energy Regulator (AER). In her 13 years with the AER she has had roles in Communications, Human Resources, and Field Surveillance and is currently in the Stakeholder and Government Relations Division.
Deborah is well known to Synergy members, having served on the organizing committee for the first three conferences. She also worked to ensure that the regulator continued to support Synergy Alberta as one of its primary funders. For that early work on synergy, the ERCB won the 2005 Gold Award for Innovation in Management from the Institute for Public Administration.
From 1998-2008, Deborah was extremely active in the International Association for Public Participation at both the provincial and international levels. She continues to evolve the practice of participation and push the boundaries as she helps the AER set a new direction in engaging its stakeholders.
Deborah's greatest personal accomplishment in the past decade was the completion of a PhD in participatory technology assessment in 2004, an achievement made possible through the unconditional support and encouragement of her husband, Kim, and son, Quinn.