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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

Donna Gallant

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

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

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

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

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
Hockey Alberta
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.