Board members

Gael MacLeod, MBA, ICD.D

Gael MacLeod was appointed Board Chair in June of 2017 and has been a member of the Board since April 2016.

Ms. MacLeod brings a unique blend of experience bridging the business, government and voluntary sectors.

Gael is from Calgary has over 20 years of governance experience, supporting organizations such as the Young Women's Christian Association, the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, the Calgary Public Libraries, and Interagency Council on Homelessness. She served for three-years as a City of Calgary Councillor and currently runs a consulting business.

She holds a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and an Institute of Corporate Directors Designation.

Ms. MacLeod calls Calgary home, where she remains dedicated to her philanthropic efforts and governance commitments.

Patti Grier

Patti has had careers in both the public and private sectors. She's worked in management, corporate services, governance, internal and external communications, community relations, public relations, and inter-governmental affairs.

Patti began her public service career as a Trustee and Vice-Chair for the Calgary Board of Education from 1992-1995. She then went on to serve on Calgary City Council as Alderman for Ward 13 from 1995 to 2000. Patti joined the Calgary Health Region in 2000 and held such positions as Executive Director, Office of the CEO and Vice-President Government Relations, and Assistant Corporate Secretary. She transitioned to Alberta Health Services (AHS) in 2008 as Chief of Staff for the Board. In 2009, she became Vice-President Strategic Partnerships for the Children’s Hospital Foundation before re-joining AHS in 2010 as Chief of Staff and Corporate Secretary.

In 2013, Patti moved to the private sector as Vice-President Business Services for CEDA International Corporation before retiring in 2015.

Previously, Patti's served as a Director on the Calgary Flames Foundation, Calgary Crimestoppers, the Calgary Public Library Board, and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board. She's also served on the Calgary Community Lottery Board, the Municipal License Appeal Board, the Calgary Police Commission, the provincial Automobile Insurance Rate Board, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. She is currently serving as member of the Alberta Human Services Appeals Boards for AISH, IES and PDD.

Ken Knowles

Ken Knowles was re-appointed to the AGLC Board in June 2017.

Mr. Knowles has 40 years of experience in the racing, gaming, entertainment and exhibition industries. He previously served as President & CEO of Northlands before retiring in 2010.

Ken is committed to giving back to the community, and serves on the Caritas Hospitals Foundation Board and is past-Chair of the 2006 United Way Campaign for the Alberta Capital Region. He is a member of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, former director of the McMan Youth Family and Community Services Association, and a former director of the Edmonton and Capital Region Tourism Partnership Council.

Ken holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Brad Krizan

Brad Krizan is an executive business leader with careers in real estate, hospitality, oil and gas, conventions and tourism, and not-for-profit industries. His experience includes strategic planning, risk management, major project development, and operations management.

He is the current Board Chair of the Calgary Downtown Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Convention Centre Authority for six-years, and as a Public Member of the College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta.

Brad holds a Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Studies from the University of Lethbridge.

Thorna Lawrence

Thorna Lawrence has consulting and business systems experience in Alberta’s private sector. Since 1987, she has specialized in business analysis and strategic management and consulting. She's worked in Alberta’s technology and energy sectors and since 2005 has operated T.L. Lawrence Consulting in roles at Pason Systems, Teck Coal, and Deloitte Touche.

Thorna served as the Chair of the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse Board for 15 years and as treasurer and board member with the United Way of Calgary and Area.

She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. She is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors program through the University of Calgary.

Barbara Ritzen

Barbara Ritzen was appointed to the AGLC Board in June 2017.

Ms. Ritzen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in history from the University of Calgary (1980) and a law degree (LLB) from the University of Alberta (1983). In January of 2008, she was appointed Queen’s Counsel in the province of Alberta.

Barbara has worked with the federal Department of Justice since 1983. As counsel, she represented the federal government in a wide variety of cases and appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has held many management and leadership responsibilities within the federal public service. As well, she has been actively involved in several legal education projects and served as a member of the Legal Education Society of Alberta Board of Directors.

Barbara has participated in many initiatives aimed at enhancing access to justice including membership on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. She supports a wide range of community-based health and well-being activities and has served as a member of the Boards of the Stop Abuse in Families Society of St. Albert and the Sturgeon Hospital Foundation.

Brent Shervey, ICD.D

Brent Shervey joined the AGLC Board in October 2011.

He is a managing director of a Calgary-based executive search firm with experience finding senior executives in the not-for-profit, health care, energy, utilities and service sectors. He spent 10 years with Shell Canada in senior communications and public relations roles in Calgary and Toronto.

Brent recently served as board chair of the United Way of Calgary and Area and has served on the board of directors of Theatre Junction for five years, including two years as chair. He's currently on the Board of Governors and Foundation Board for Mount Royal College.

Brent has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Alberta.