Meet Our Board

John Day, Chair

Raised in Edmonton and a lawyer by profession, John had a long and respected legal career before he retired from Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in 2011 as a senior lawyer and partner. John Day has been a tireless supporter of our capital city and  province and has contributed to the business, educational and health sectors in the community for over 35 years.

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.

Reg Milley, Director at Large

Reg has served more that 20 years as an oil industry executive and 15 years as an aviation industry President and CEO. Reg believes that events are a critical pillar in Edmonton's strategy to develop our society, and to improve the quality of lives of our citizens. Sporting events such as the ITU  provide a great venue for us to showcase Edmonton’s many attributes to global decision makers which can help attract investment, boost our economy and economic development opportunities and potentially attract new residents to our great city.

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.

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.

Greg Michetti, Director at Large

Greg Michetti is  founder and President of Michetti Information Solutions, Inc. a systems integration firm and Microsoft partner that started in 1991. Greg is Vice Chairman of the Computer Network Advisory Board at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Advisors of the Edmonton and Area YMCA. In addition, he is President of the Edmonton Riverview Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.  Greg holds a B. Comm from the U of A and a diploma in Business Administration from NAIT. Greg has completed 35 marathons and feels that his running experience combined with volunteer work at the YMCA would provide meaningful input to the ITU and would be an excellent way to give back to the local community.

Rick Vogel, Director at Large

Rick Vogel is a Partner with Pekarsky & Co., a retained executive search firm. Born and raised in Edmonton, Rick has been active in triathlon since 1990 in the para division. He is also Vice Chair of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.