Board Of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors, appointed order in council by the Government of Alberta, were recruited from qualified applicants who collectively have the full range of competencies, experience or personal attributes required to provide effective governance of Travel Alberta.
Bernie Kollman Chair
Bernie Kollman has started her own consulting firm after a distinguished career at IBM, most recently as Vice-President for IBM’s Public Sector division, representing one of IBM’s largest client groups in Canada. Throughout her 30-year career in the Information Technology industry, Ms. Kollman has demonstrated a keen understanding of her clients’ business strategies and challenges. She has both strategic leadership and innovation expertise, bringing a global perspective to Alberta’s public sector, as well as a long list of charitable and business organizations. Recognition of her commitment to community includes being named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Albertans (Alberta Venture Magazine, 2006) and a Global TV Women of Vision award in 2007. She became a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) in 2013 for her contributions in advancing the IT profession for young women. In 2016, Ms. Kollman completed the Institute of Corporate Directors designation program, designed to enhance the contribution of those serving on boards.
An active community volunteer, Kollman also sits on the board for the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, and is a former board member for the Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies and Alberta’s Promise.
Tracey Scarlett Vice-Chair
Ms. Tracey Scarlett is currently the Dean of the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT. She has a wide and varied background including 15 years in the biotechnology industry and 10 years in economic development and entrepreneurship development. Ms. Scarlett is on the Executive Council of NSERC, as well as the Committee for Research Partnerships of NSERC, is a member of the Woman of Vision board in Edmonton, is on the Alberta advisory board for Women’s Executive Network, is a judge for the national RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards and is a mentor and judge for the TEC Edmonton Venture Prize awards. She is a past Director and Finance Committee Chair on the Board of Edmonton Economic Development Corp., and a past Director of several other organizations including Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, Suit Yourself, the Canadian Association of Management Consultants in Alberta, the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT Alberta), and Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta.
Ms. Scarlett volunteers with many groups and regularly speaks about entrepreneurship and supporting women to expand their leadership roles. In 2012, she was recognized by NAIT as one of their Top 50 Alumni, and in 2013, she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by YWCA Edmonton.
Shannon Bowen-Smed Chair of Business Strategy Committee
Shannon Bowen-Smed has 30 years of experience in the recruitment industry, with the last 18 years as President and CEO of Bowen Workforce Solutions in Calgary. Within the company, she has been involved in the areas of customer service, sales, marketing, HR and finance. She is sought after as a motivational and industry-related speaker for employment and workforce issues. Ms. Bowen-Smed has been very involved in the Calgary community as a volunteer, including with the Calgary Parks Foundation and the Calgary Community Kitchen program. She has been recognized for a variety of accomplishments, including receiving the 2014 Alberta Women Entrepreneur Achievement Award.
Charmaine Toms Chair of Governance and Human Resources Committee
Charmaine Toms is General Counsel for MNP LLP, a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm, with its head office located in Calgary, Alberta. Charmaine leads the firm’s Risk Management and Professional Liability Insurance program and is a member of MNP’s Management Committee and Operations Committee.
Throughout her 25 year legal career Charmaine has worked at the Federal Court, in private practice at national law firms, and in-house for professional services firms and national energy companies. Leveraging this experience, she delivers practical business solutions to mitigate and manage risk and address legal concerns efficiently and effectively.
Active in her community, Charmaine serves on the ACC Alberta Board, and in past served as Board President of Alberta Theatre Projects as well as Run Director for Calgary’s CIBC Run for the Cure. Charmaine also has held the role of Chair for the Young Lawyers sub-section in Calgary for the Canadian Bar Association.
Kiren Singh Chair of Audit and Finance Committee
Kiren Singh is the Vice President Risk Management & Treasurer for Gibson Energy, a publicly traded Canadian-based midstream energy company, with operations in some of the most hydrocarbon-rich basins in North America. Kiren leads the capital markets, commodity and financial risk management, credit, insurance and Treasury functions, and serves on Gibson's Credit Committee, Disclosure Committee and Risk Committee. Kiren is a financial executive with more than 25 years of risk management, corporate and project finance and capital markets experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior positions representing domestic and international corporations across the energy industry value chain (E&P, midstream, oil sands upgrading and integrated) in North and South America and Asia Pacific, structuring and executing public and private equity and cross-border debt capital markets transactions.
Kiren is an active leader in the community, serving as the Executive Sponsor for Gibson Energy's 2016 United Way campaign which received the Outstanding Workplace Campaign award for the Oil and Gas industry division. Kiren is a board member of Finance Executives International (Calgary Chapter) and past director of the Treasury Management Association and the Risk and Insurance Management Society. She is currently completing the Directors Education Program, developed through the Institute for Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Kiren is an advocate for sustainable land development through her work on her family's organic farm near Rimbey, Alberta, and is a current resident of Canmore, Alberta.
Dr. Tracy Edwards Member
Dr. Tracy Edwards, current President of Keyano College, brings more than 25 years of experience in education and leadership to the table. Prior to arriving in Alberta, Dr. Edwards served as President and CEO at both Lakeland College and Lethbridge College in a successful post-secondary career that led her as far afield as Florida and Nova Scotia. She has authored articles on leadership and trends and has presented at national and international conferences. She has received numerous awards and achievements, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She also recently completed an Institute of Corporate Directors designation through the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. Before starting her career in post-secondary education, she worked in the private sector in the accounting field.
Rajko Dodic Member
Rajko Dodic was born in Slovenia and immigrated to Lethbridge with his parents in childhood. He was educated at the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta Law School. He articled in Lethbridge and was an associate lawyer. In 2003, he started the law firm of Dodic, Toone, MacLean. He was elected to Lethbridge City Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2007, before being elected Mayor in 2010, where he served until 2013. He chose not to seek re-election in 2013 and returned to practicing law as Dodic & Company. He has received various awards and acknowledgments, including Queen’s Counsel in 2011, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and he received the Blackfoot name of “Night Rider” in 2012.
Nicole Robertson Member
Nicole Robertson has dedicated her life to creating awareness about Indigenous Peoples through the media. Nicole’s career has taken her across North America and the United Kingdom, writing, directing, producing, and reporting on issues that encompass Indigenous communities.
Her on-air work experiences include working with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), A-Channel, Global, CBC and CTV in the capacity as of reporter, video journalist, producer, anchor, associate producer and writer. In 2002, Nicole created and established “Muskwa Productions & Consulting” which specializes in communication advisory services that include; media and public relations, media training, marketing, social media, event and video productions, public speaking, speech writing, cross-cultural communications training and strategies.
Muskwa Productions is assisting businesses, governments, First Nations and industries in their communication strategies to create a true reflection of their values and stories through news, storytelling and social media.
In 2009, Nicole’s company was recognized through the Alberta Chamber of Commerce as the Aboriginal Woman Entrepreneur Award of Distinction. The award recognizes the outstanding achievement by an Indigenous woman entrepreneur who exemplifies effective leadership, innovation, and a commitment to enhancing the well-being of the larger Indigenous community.
Nicole Robertson was profiled in a book entitled “Phenomenal Female Entrepreneurs” by Second Story Press. The Communications Specialist served as a member of the First Nations Women’s Council on Economic Security through the Province of Alberta and was able to achieve several milestones with the very first team of Indigenous women to advise the Minister of Indigenous Relations.
Anubhav Chaitanya Member
Anubhav (Anu) Chaitanya is a lawyer practising in Calgary, Alberta. His focus is on commercial real estate development. Anu is a graduate from the Faculties of Law (LLB) and Business (MBA) at the University of Alberta. Anu is currently employed as Legal Counsel with First Capital Realty and also currently serves as Vice Chair and Pro Bono Counsel for Habitat For Humanity Southern Alberta Society.
Geoff Powter Member
Geoff Powter is a founding partner of the Watershed Organizational Development Group, and has 30+ years of experience developing leaders and teams in a broad range of sectors across North America. He is a faculty member in Leadership Development at the Banff Centre, and an adjunct faculty in the Executive Education program at the University of Alberta. He is a clinical psychologist, and worked for many years with Alberta Health Services.
Geoff is a widely known expert in the psychology of risk-taking – a passion that naturally developed from his deep and long involvement in Western Canada’s outdoor adventure community. He is a long-time contributor to the literature of adventure, serving for 13 years as the editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal, writing an award-winning book on the psychology of adventure, and writing regularly for outdoor publications around the globe. He has won 10 National Magazine Awards for his writing about adventure and adventurers.
Geoff has also been a committed contributor to Western Canada’s mountain travel and learning community. He was a board member of the Enviros Wilderness School, a long-term board member, and eventually President of The Canadian Himalayan Foundation, and was a founding member, and then President, of the National Mountain Centre initiative in Canmore. Geoff’s contributions to Canada’s mountains was recognized through his receipt of the prestigious Summit of Excellence Award at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2012.
Jim Hill Member
Jim Hill is a lodging and hospitality services professional currently living in Edmonton. Recognized for a positive, results-oriented leadership style, he has a broad-based background having worked across Canada, the USA and South Korea. Jim has held senior leadership positions with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Casino Nova Scotia and Royal Caribbean International. Most recently, in Alberta he has led the hospitality divisions of the Sawridge Group of Companies, Black Diamond Group Logistics and the Mouallem Management Group. Jim is involved with several non-profit groups including sitting on the board of the Canterbury Foundation.