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Biographies

Len Samletzki,
Chair
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2010

Experience

  • Chief Financial Officer at Alstar Oilfield Contractors Ltd., responsible for all aspects of the organization’s financial performance/strategy, human resources, information technology and supply chain management.
  • Prior to joining Alstar, senior leadership roles in a variety of industries, including telecommunications, power generation, electricity and water and nonprofit.
  • Consultant for over 15 years, with businesses and individuals on strategy, leadership, mentorship and helping small businesses improve their business processes.
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance from the University of Alberta
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CMA) and Fellow of the Charter Professional Accountants (FCMA).
  • Certified Investment Manager (CIM) and Registered Organizational Excellence Specialist (ROES).
  • Served on the Board for the Chartered Professionals Accountants of Alberta and Association for Financial Professionals (Edmonton region).

Allan Mowbray,
Vice Chair
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2017

Hockey experience

  • President Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association, 2013-2017
  • VP Finance Calgary Buffaloes Hockey Association, 2010-2013
  • Son played in the WHL and is currently with the York University Lions men’s hockey team

Professional experience

  • Senior financial executive with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of industries.
  • VP Finance of a Canadian oil and gas company in Calgary
  • Member of Financial Executives International since 2013
  • Chartered Professional Accountant

Donna Gallant,
Finance Director
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2019

Hockey Experience

  • Treasurer, Edmonton Oil Kings Education Association since July 2014

Professional/ Volunteer Experience

  • Edmonton Symphony Society/ Winspear Finance and Audit Committee member since February 2020
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc)
  • Multiple Finance roles at the Oilers Entertainment Group (2013-2018)
  • Accounting Manager at Edmonton Public Library (2018-present)

Michael Bates,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2018

Experience

  • Partner, Ruttan Bates, Barristers and Solicitors
  • Law Society of Alberta Member (2003-present)
  • Canadian Bar Association (2003-present).
  • Various committee governance positions including: Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Subcommittee, Alberta Access to Justice Committee, National Criminal Justice Executive Member, Alberta Criminal Justice (South) Co-Chair, Alberta Law Conference Co-Chair - Criminal / Immigration Law
  • Vice President, Criminal Defence Lawyers Association (2016-2019)
  • Member of various internal justice system operational committees.
  • Town of Cochrane Environment Committee (Chair, 2016; Member 2013-2016)
  • Lifelong hockey player, former referee, current coach and hockey and ringette dad.

Wilson Gemmill,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2018

Business Experience

  • Registered Alberta Pharmacist, business owner and health care consultant
  • Board Member with the Alberta College of Pharmacists (2006-2012)
  • Board Member with the North West Canadian Mental Health Association (2010)

Hockey Experience

  • Head coach and assistant coach for my three children currently in U11, Female U13 and U15.
  • Two-time recipient of the Grande Prairie Minor Hockey Coach of the Year Award (2014-15 Recreation Division and 2017-18 Female Hockey)
  • Still play one or two times per week in a local men’s league.

Francois Gagnon,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2018

Hockey Experience

  • Minor Hockey Association President
  • HA Volunteer as Minor Council Rep, Zone Director, Chair of Player Safety Committee
  • Minor Hockey Coach and Referee

Professional Experience

  • Working as Secretary-Treasurer/CFO for Alberta School Division since 1997
  • Financial and Logistics professional with over 35 years of experience
  • Chartered Professional Accountant
  • Experience on the Board of various organizations such as Credit Union, Community Development Corporation, College Land Trust and United Way
  • Served for 20 years as a Canadian Military Officer

Brock Harrington,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2017

Business Experience:

  • International Sales and Marketing Executive and Entrepreneur in the Biomass Industry
  • Born in Nova Scotia, I spent 18 years in the USA where I started my own company - Scotia Machinery
  • Graduated from Acadia University with a BA in Political Science and Economics.
  • Treasurer for the Community Future Board of Alberta overseeing a $25 million portfolio.

Hockey Experience:

  • my son plays at Gilmour Academy in Ohio and my daughter plays U15.
  • I am a coach and was on the Board of Drumheller Minor Hockey.

Frances Zinger,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2006

Business Experience:

  • Retired December 2019 from the practice of law and the partnership of CAM LLP
  • Over 40 years as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of Alberta
  • BA with Distinction (1976) from University of Alberta, Economics and Political Science
  • LLB (1979) from University of Alberta
  • Served on various committees over the years
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of NABIS and then the Brain Care Centre
  • Recipient of Brain Care Centre’s Patrick Hirschi Lifetime Achievement Award

Hockey Experience:

  • Past member of the Board of Sherwood Park Minor Hockey Association, holding various positions including President
  • Recipient of SPMHA’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2006
  • Recipient of Hockey Alberta’s President’s award in 2012

Terry Engen,
Past Chair
  • Involved in Hockey Administration 41 years, including many different roles in Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada
  • Business owner 21 years
  • Councillor and Reeve Lacombe County, Chair Reeves and Mayors in Provincial Rural organization
  • Chair Lacombe Foundation (Seniors Facilities), Chair Eckville Arena (40 years), Director Eckville Ag. Society, Board Member Energy Resources Conservation Board, Adjudicator Alberta Energy Regulator
  • Believe in statement that "humility is a learned virtue and you should never forget the past but continue to look to the future to improve the quality of the game".
  • Living on family farm that has been in family for 5 generations