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Hockey Alberta Board Biographies

Len Samletzki

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

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

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Francois Gagnon,
Finance Director
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/ Volunteer 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

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Bill Gourley,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2021

Hockey Experience

  • Hockey Calgary and Bow Valley Hockey Society, Board of Directors
  • Minor hockey coach, 12 years
  • On-ice volunteer, HEROS Hockey
  • Former minor and junior hockey player
  • Father to three boys who play hockey

Professional Experience

  • CMA and Bachelor of Commerce
  • Director of Indigenous and Government Affairs
  • Corporate lead, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Director, Canadian Children’s Brain Cancer Foundation
  • Former Director, Calgary Counselling Centre and Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources
  • Certified mediator/ negotiator
  • Indigenous Relations Executive Program

Wilson Gemmill

Kirstan Jewell,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2021

Hockey Experience

  • Rimbey Minor Hockey, former Board member
  • Hockey parent
  • Oilers Entertainment Group, Human Resources executive

Professional Experience

  • Master’s in Business Administration, Royal Roads University
  • Certificate in Industrial Relations, Queen’s University
  • Diploma in Human Resources, Confederation College
  • Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership, University of New Brunswick
  • Women’s leadership and women in sports advocate
  • Diversity and Inclusion experience

Francois Gagnon

Karen Lee,
Director at Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2021

Sports Experience

  • Official and Jury Member, International Bobsleigh Skeleton Federation, and Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton
  • Organizing Committee and Volunteer, 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Professional Experience

  • CA, CPA with Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting Degrees
  • Corporate Controller for a publicly traded Company
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta Education Foundation
  • Kawasaki Disease Canada, Board Member
  • The Minerva Foundation for BC Women, Volunteer Database Coordinator
  • Mentor, women’s leadership development program

Frances Zinger

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
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Al-Amin Vira
Director At Large
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2020

Experience

  • Executive Director, Okotoks Honda
  • Masters in Business from University of Waterloo
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Calgary
  • Digital Marketing Certification from Columbia University in New York
  • Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator, World Partnership Walk, 2002-2003
  • National Sports Lead for Team Canada, Jubilee Games Dubai, UAE, 2016
  • President, Calgary Ismaili Students Association, University of Calgary, 1999
  • Recreational Hockey Experience since the age of 7.
  • Key role in starting up the Ismaili Youth Hockey League and the Ismaili Hockey League to promote the sport.