Meet Our Board

Don Lowry, Chair.

Don has been self-employed as a professional director since March 2013. Previously, he served as President and CEO of EPCOR for 15 years. Prior to joining EPCOR, Don spent more than 20 years in the telecommunications industry, including six years as President and Chief Operating Officer of TELUS Communications Inc. Don believes in giving back to the community by attracting and building a high performance WTS Board is a way to do this.

Rob Smyth, City of Edmonton Representative

Rob Smyth is currently the City of Edmonton’s Acting General Manager of Citizen Services and has worked for the City of Edmonton for more than 20 years. Prior to his current position, Rob was the Branch Manager of Community and Recreation Facilities in the Citizens Services Department. Rob is a strong believer in fostering key partnerships and alliances to promote a healthy lifestyle for all Edmontonians. He is the ongoing link with the City, coordinating a wide range of services for WTS Edmonton.

Tom Ruth, Director at Large

Tom Ruth is President and CEO of Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canada’s fastest growing major airport. Tom leads the business strategy for EIA focusing on aviation and commercial development as cornerstones to airport and regional economic growth. He is past Chair of the Canadian Airports Council and is one of Canada’s representatives on the Airports Council International World Governing Board. He provides the Board with his airline and cargo logistics experience to the LOC.

Sheila O’Kelly, President and General Manager

Sheila O’Kelly has been involved in the development and building of triathlon in the Edmonton area for more than 20 years. She led the team from Edmonton that secured the ITU rights to stage the 2001 World Championship. Under her direction, this was judged by the then ITU President, Les McDonald, as the “best ever World Championship.” In 2014, when she led the Edmonton team to plan and implement a successful Grand Final, it was assessed by the new ITU President, Marisol Casada, as setting a new high standard for the sport’s top event.

Margaret Kool, Marketing and Communications

Margaret has been involved in the communications industry in Alberta for more than 30 years. In 1991 she founded her own firm, Margaret Kool Marketing (mkm). With offices in Edmonton and Calgary, Margaret was actively involved in the company’s management and was the Director of Client Services. Margaret’s community involvement includes sitting on a number of community boards, including World Triathlon Series Edmonton.

Patrick Moore, Finance

Patrick is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds both a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Alberta) and Master of Professional Accounting (University of Saskatchewan) degree. As an Assurance Partner in MNP’s Edmonton office, Patrick manages a variety of engagements for not-for-profit organizations, services organizations, medium and large private clients, and large groups of companies. A former triathlete, Patrick joined the WTS Board of Directors as a way to give back to both the sporting community and promote the City of Edmonton internationally.

Heather Barnhouse, Legal Services

Heather Barnhouse is a corporate lawyer with deep roots in Edmonton. She is a partner with the international law firm of Dentons. She joined the board to give back to the community in which she has been raised. She has a passion for excellence, as is demonstrated in the sport of triathlon.

Brian Hetherington, Government Affairs

Brian has worked for the Edmonton Triathlon organizations since 1998, when he was part of the team that made the pitch to ITU to stage the 2001 World Championship. He has remained on the board throughout the intervening years, including being one of the three founding directors of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy. Brian has worked in government and public affairs in his native England and Canada for more than four decades. His responsibilities for the Grand Final will include being in charge of all government relations.

Kent Miller, Competition and Operations

Kent Miller is currently a Senior Project Manager with ATCO Electric. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and developed his leadership skills over 13 years as an army officer. He transitioned out of military to raise his family in Edmonton. It was his love for the Edmonton community and desire to champion an active lifestyle that led Kent to the WTS Edmonton Board of Directors.

Pat Hutchison, Strategic Planning

Pat Hutchison is a marketing and communications strategy consultant with significant experience leading through growth and change. She has assisted public organizations and private enterprises identify and exploit growth opportunities, revitalize brands and connect effectively with target audiences. Prior to establishing her consultancy, Pat was a marketing executive with The Edmonton Journal and a communications manager for Esso Petroleum/ Imperial Oil. WTS - Edmonton is of special interest to Pat as it reinforces community engagement in health and fitness.