Meet Our Board

Board of Directors

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.

Scott McKeen, City Council Representative

Scott began his career at the Edmonton Journal where he won many prestigious journalism awards. He now serves as City Councillor for Ward 6 and is actively involved in the community. His current and previous positions include volunteer director of the Downtown Edmonton Community League, the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction

Roger Jevne, City of Edmonton Representative

Working with the City of Edmonton for over 28 years, Roger has worked in his entire career to provide recreation and sport programs and facilities for all Edmontonians. Serving as the Branch Manager of Community and Recreation Facilities since 2016, Roger is focused on providing active and healthy experiences in recreation facilities, attractions, river valley parks and through attracting and hosting major events and festivals in 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 of World Triathlon Series Edmonton

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.

Brian Hetherington, Government Affairs

Brian has worked in the UK and Canada in the communications field for more than 30 years, including four and a half years as a group director at the Government of Alberta’s Public Affairs Bureau.  He is currently President and owner Brian Hetherington & Associates. Brian is an active volunteer in Edmonton, having served on the Boards of Edmonton Symphony, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation, Edmonton Festival Marathon Society. He is one of the founding board members of World Cup Triathlon Edmonton, the predecessor organization of World Triathlon Grand Final Edmonton.

 

Gergely Hegedus, Legal Services

 

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 the Founding Principal of The Vogel Group, 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.

Les Pereira, Triathlon Canada Representative

Les joined Triathlon Canada’s Board in 2013 and assumed the leadership role of the Triathlon Canada Nation in January 2016. Les has done some heavy lifting for the sport of triathlon during his short tenure serving on the Board of Triathlon Canada and his eight years with TriBC. He served as president of TriBC from 2011-2015 where he was involved in a period major change – restructuring the organization’s Board while spearheading the development of two of the organization’s strategic plans. During his tenure, TriBC evolved from a sport on probation with the BC Summer Games to being ranked as the number-one summer sport, and eventually the top sport overall in the province in the SportBC five-point biannual review. Triathlon has been a huge part of Les’ life – as an athlete, coach and official – since 1998. During that time, he has completed three Ironmans, 19 Half Ironmans, more than a dozen standard distance and countless sprint triathlon races.

 

Board of Advisors

 

Don Lowry, 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.

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.

Dr. Marie Delorme

Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She chairs the Chiniki Trico Board, is past chair of the RCMP Foundation Board, and serves on the River Cree Enterprises Board, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is also an advisor to two Universities. Dr. Delorme is a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce; and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Other awards include: the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award. Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and both a PhD and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.

Brad Ferguson

Brad Ferguson’s entrepreneurial roots, real estate development expertise and Procter & Gamble background makes him a highly respected advisor to some of Canada’s most recognizable CEOs. He supports clients with the vision and leadership needed to transform complex organizations and activate underutilized assets, and he brings the communications skills required to improve the credibility, confidence and relevance of public-facing organizations. Brad brings a blend of economic development, real estate development, technology clustering, foreign investment and strategic planning to public service organizations that work in multi-stakeholder and high-risk environments. Respected by many of Canada’s top business, political and community leaders, Brad has played important leadership roles raising the performance of high-profile and high-risk organizations to the next level. But he doesn’t do it alone. Brad partners with clients to build strong teams with great cultures, and has vast experience working with multi-stakeholder boards to challenge old business models and to get disparate parts pulling together in the same direction.

Sheila O’Kelly, President of World Triathlon Series Edmonton

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.

Paul Verhesen

Paul Verhesen, P.Eng., is CEO of the Clark Builders Group of Companies - a commercial, industrial and institutional builder operating throughout Western and Northern Canada. Paul’s respect for his colleagues, visionary leadership and industry knowledge combine to provide clients, trades, and employees the foundation for sharing in a great experience. His ability to build strong and effective teams has resulted in Clark Builders being recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and Best Employers for the past ten consecutive years. With offices in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Yellowknife, Clark Builders has approximately 1000 employees. Paul’s passion for this industry is demonstrated through active participation as a Board Member and Past Chair of the ECA, a Past Board member of the Canadian Construction Association, and, most recently, as past Chair of the Alberta Construction Association’s Management Committee. Paul contributes to the GO Productivity Board and was a founding member of CCI (Canadian Construction Innovations). He is a strong advocate for the advancement of LEAN construction principles, as well as the early adoption of technologies and environmental practices that focus on improving the services this industry offers its clients and customers. Believing strongly that businesses make a positive impact on the communities where we work live and play, Paul oversaw the establishment of the Clark Builders Community Foundation (CBCF) in 2016 to honor the legacy of Clark Builders’ founders.