Glen Thoman, a civil engineer, has worked for over 15 years with private consulting firms in the land development industry, both in Edmonton and Toronto. Glen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. Glen is responsible for the co-ordination, design, approval and contract administration of land development projects, with a specialization in water resources engineering that includes stormwater management, urban hydrology and stream corridor management. Glen is a Project Manager for Al-Terra Engineering and represents the Urban Development Institute on EALT’s board.
Martin Garber-Conrad has been CEO of the Edmonton Community Foundation since March, 2005. For the previous 18 years Martin was executive director of E4C—a community organization that operates a variety of programs for women, children and youth-at-risk, primarily in the areas of housing, feeding, employment and outreach. Martin is chair of the Edmonton Housing Trust Fund, is responsible for the Social Enterprise Fund, served several terms on Edmonton’s Food Bank board, won a Muttart Fellowship, was recognized as one of 100 influential Edmontonians, and remains on steering committees for several collaborative programs in social and community services and education.
Dr. Ian Montgomerie has been consulting in strategic management and public involvement on social environmental issues for over 20 years, supporting senior management in the public, private and voluntary sectors. With a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Ian teaches Strategic Management, Public Policy, and Public Consultation and Communication in the Executive program at the University of Alberta School of Business. Ian has previously served as a National Board member and Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has been on the boards of a variety of other health, recreational, and professional organizations.
Douwe Vanderwel graduated from the University of Guelph’s Water Resource Engineering Program. Douwe spent his career working in the field of water resources with Environment Canada, Ducks Unlimited, Alberta Agriculture and the City of Edmonton. He has a diverse and wealth of experience in conservation and the environment. His particular interests are the conservation of Alberta’s diverse landscapes in the Edmonton area from wetlands to uplands, and forested areas to grasslands. He is especially aware of the strong role that both the proper development of urban areas and agriculture can play in conserving land for a better place to live.
Cheryl Lockhart is a management consultant who helps entrepreneurs and management teams take their business to the next level, and is a Partner with Omni Management Consulting Alliance. She has conducted diverse projects including coaching, strategic planning, feasibility studies, international business planning, financial modelling and marketing plans. Cheryl hopes to assist EALT with its financial health and sustainability. Cheryl grew up on a farm east of Edmonton, has a B. Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Management Consultant. She volunteers with her community league and the Raj Manek Mentorship Program and coaches start-up businesses via Futurepreneur.
Karen has 15 years of accounting experience in diverse areas including manufacturing, retail and public practice. She holds the position of Controller at the Edmonton South Sofina Foods. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified General Accountant (CGA). Interested in giving back to the community, Karen volunteers with the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Alberta Tax Clinic, helping low-income Albertans complete their tax returns free of charge. She also serves on the CPA Alberta Edmonton Chapter Board. In continuance of community support, Karen recognizes the importance of conserving and protecting undeveloped land areas in close proximity to urban sprawl.
Alex Nagy is experienced in program and project management, engineering, strategic planning, and community planning and development. His Degree in Civil Engineering is supplemented with environmental management and law courses. As Engineering Manager for a large engineering company, his Team provided consulting services to public and private sector clients. As Engineering Manager for Strathcona County, he was one of the development approving authorities and a member of several Edmonton regional infrastructure and environment committees. He belongs to the City of Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity, and the Mentoring Program of his Professional Organization.
As a Senior Researcher with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Marian has spent her career working with government, scientists, and communities testing policies for conservation. From 2007-2014 she worked with Strathcona County and the Beaver Hills Initiative to explore opportunities to use Transferable Development Credits to conserve agricultural landscapes in the Beaver Hills. Her family loves hiking, camping, skiing, and paddling, and treasures our river valley and the beautiful natural areas surrounding our city. As a Board member with the Edmonton Area Land Trust, Marian is excited to contribute to conservation of our natural heritage.
Once a competitive National whitewater kayaker/canoeist, David became an exploration geologist while completing a B.Sc. with Geology specialization from University of Alberta. After working in northern BC and Yukon, he built a consulting practice specializing in corporate performance measurement & monitoring. For 20 years, David focused on consulting & implementing geographic information systems, working with TELUS then Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri Canada) supporting clients in government and most sectors of the economy, including: Natural Resources & Environment, Pipeline, Utilities, Public Safety & Health. David has an interest in developing corridors of Green Infrastructure within the regional urban landscape.
Hendrik practices law in Edmonton as member of a regulatory prosecutions unit. In his original home of South Africa, his barrister practice included environmental law, assisting pro-conservation interest groups. He has experience as a litigator in class action pro bono environmental disputes, assisting local communities in protecting their natural environment. Hendrik is an executive director on the board of the Edmonton Nature Club, and represents the ENC on the EALT board. His love of the outdoors and recognition of the need for balanced urban development enthuses and informs his commitment to embrace the complex challenges faced by the EALT.
Rudy Zacharias is a communications professional with an established background in strategic planning; public relations and marketing; stakeholder and government relations; advocacy; and policy development. A graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program in Winnipeg, Rudy works extensively in both not-for-profit and public sectors. He is a trustee on the Spruce Grove Public Library Board and volunteers with Special Olympics, Hope Mission and various performing arts groups. With a lifelong passion for the environment, Rudy spends as much time as possible exploring the Great Outdoors. He believes everybody has a shared responsibility to steward our natural places for all generations.