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Hockey Alberta Board Biographies

Len Samletzki

Len Samletzki,
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2010


  • 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,
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

Michael Bates

Michael Bates,
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2022

Hockey Experience

  • Played minor hockey in Innisfail, moving to Calgary for Midget AA; played four years of junior hockey with Innisfail Blades (Heritage Junior league); still plays recreational hockey.
  • Referee for almost 20 years, achieving Level III certification.
  • Coach at various levels of minor and spring hockey.

Professional Experience

  • Practicing lawyer for approximately 20 years.
  • Canadian Bar Association, National Criminal Justice Section, executive member
  • Alberta South Criminal Justice Section, co-chair
  • Cochrane Town Council, Environmental Committee
  • President of family advisor company providing guidance to players with goals of playing the NCAA.

Francois Gagnon

Francois Gagnon,
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

Bill Gourley

Bill Gourley,
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

Kirstan Jewell

Kirstan Jewell,
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

Karen Lee

Karen Lee,
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

Danielle Paradis

Danielle Paradis,
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2022


  • Chair, Edmonton branch for Women’s Legal Fund
  • Treasurer, Lit Fest, Edmonton’s Legal Education and Action Fund
  • Safety Codes Council (10 years), worked with volunteer councils on policy development, training and building safety standards
  • Indigenous Friends Association, teacher for Indigenous youth about technology.
  • Appreciate the role that hockey can play as a way to unite people, and believe that hockey is a way to focus on reconciliation.
  • Institute of Corporate Directors training on board governance.
Al-Amin Vira
Al-Amin Vira,
Hockey Alberta Board member since 2020


  • 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.