Board of Directors
Dustin currently leads Heartland Generation’s government relations and public policy portfolio for Canada. In this role he leads the company’s federal and provincial advocacy and the development of public policy positions. Dustin previously held senior management positions with Alberta Energy and Alberta Executive Council, focusing on markets and resource policy. He is a current referee for the International Association for Energy Economics’ Energy Journal and past United Way employee giving campaign chair.
Jeff is the Vice President of New Ventures at Parex, a well-respected, international energy company based in Calgary. Jeff is responsible for leading his team in identifying and evaluating business development opportunities globally. Mr. Meunier has over 20 years of experience in the Investment Banking and Oil & Gas Industry in Canada and internationally. Prior to his current role, Jeff was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets where he provided strategic and transaction advisory services to international oil & gas and midstream organizations. Jeff is passionate about Calgary and the positive role The Alex continues to play, striving to provide thoughtful, comprehensive care to vulnerable Calgarians.
Janice Anderson is the Director, Technical Accounting and Research at Nutrien Ltd. where she is responsible for providing expert advice to resolve technical and business accounting issues arising from complex transactions. Janice has over 15 years of accounting experience. Prior to joining Nutrien, she held positions with the Alberta Securities Commission, most recently as the Interim Chief Accountant and CFO, and spent 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Audit and Assurance and National Accounting Consulting Services practices. Janice received her Chartered Accountant designation in 2009 (National Honour Roll), and has her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Calgary. Janice has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not-for-Profit Program (2018). In addition to The Alex, Janice is on the board of the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre.
Danielle Ayana James
Rev. Dr. Danielle Ayana James is a Principal with STRAAD Consulting, a national organizational effectiveness firm based in Calgary. Ayana is passionate about helping leaders and organizations unlock their potential A Certified Executive Coach and Organizational Development specialist Ayana brings over 15 years of experience in community & religious leadership, high-performance teaming and organizational strategy. With graduate degrees from Yale University and the University of Chicago, Ayana weaves theory and practice together as a seasoned facilitator and Ordained Minister with the United Church of Canada. Ayana is also a Director for the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Alumni Board.
Doug currently manages TransCanada’s Government Relations in the Prairies and Territories. Previously, Doug worked for the Government of Canada as a political staffer. He has also worked and volunteered for numerous not-for-profit organizations, and in political campaigns throughout Alberta.
An engineer by training, and a corporate executive/owner by accident, David has been in the work-for-joy world of volunteer ‘kids stuff’ since 1994, working ‘hands-on’ with vulnerable kids. He has served as Chair of the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Foundation, as well as Vice-Chair of Calgary Board of Education, EducationMatters, and Safe Haven Foundation, Co-Chair of Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority, and as a Director of some other child-serving organizations.
David is a lawyer who practices in the fields of corporate and securities law, and has particular expertise in contracts, corporate governance and M & A. He presently practices in-house at Parkland Corporation. Before joining Parkland, David was an associate with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he also articled. David obtained his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. David is a member of the Akisqnuk First Nation, a Ktunaxa Nation located near Windermere, British Columbia. He has been involved in various indigenous initiatives, including being a member of the Pro Bono Students Canada’s Residential Schools Survivor Project, and co-president of the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association at the University of Toronto.
Laura is Manager of Community Investment at Sobeys Inc. Laura manages charitable partnerships with organizations across Canada that focus on child and youth mental health as well as well as organizations that address food security issues within vulnerable communities. Laura was previously the Director of Social Responsibility at Calgary Co-op, where she created the Calgary Co-op Community Foundation. Prior to this, Laura had an extensive and rewarding career at the Calgary Stampede, culminating with her role as Strategist for the 2012 Calgary Stampede Centennial. Laura’s background includes marketing, communications, event management, government relations and business development. Laura is recognized for her work leading and mentoring high performance teams. Laura enjoys volunteering for a number of local organizations, including the Calgary Stampede.
Dr. Judy MacDonald is a recently retired public health physician who spent over 20 years immersed in communicable disease control, outbreak management, infection prevention and control and immunization, working with amazing public health teams in Calgary and throughout Alberta, most recently with Alberta Health Services as a Medical Officer of Health. She actually began her residency training in public health many years ago with a clinical rotation at The Alex when it was still located in Inglewood and has had an ongoing interest in it since then. She has been very involved in medical teaching over the years as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, lecturing regularly to medical students and physicians. She particularly enjoyed working with medical residents to teach them about the joys, sorrows and rewards of public health practice. Her medical career provided her with opportunities to join with colleagues in research into topics from gastroenteritis in children to pneumococcal disease to HIV to outbreaks. She also thoroughly enjoyed reaching the public through the media, doing hundreds of interviews about infectious diseases, washing your hands and getting influenza immunizations!