The Alberta Order of Excellence Council is made up of prominent volunteers who represent Alberta’s diverse backgrounds and geographical regions and demonstrate career and community leadership. Council carries out duties to ensure the Order meets its objectives, including reviewing nominations received from across the province, country and internationally; recommending persons to be granted membership in the Order to the Chancellor; advising the Chancellor on matters concerning the Order; and promoting the Alberta Order of Excellence in the community.
Current members of council
Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE Chancellor
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta serves as the Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence.
Salma Lakhani was installed as Alberta’s 19th Lieutenant Governor on August 26, 2020. Her longstanding service as a community leader and volunteer has been guided by her deep commitment to the values of pluralism and inclusion and her dedication to championing those who face barriers in life.
Gary Mar, AOE Council Chair
Gary Mar was named President and CEO of the Canada West Foundation (CWF) in April 2020. An accomplished and respected leader, Gary brings deep experience in government and business, and established expertise in CWF’s key policy areas in natural resources, trade and investment and human capital.
Gary has broad experience in government having served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta from 1993 to 2007. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development, Health and Wellness, Education, Environment, and International and Intergovernmental Relations.
From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. where he worked extensively with the Alberta energy sector on advocacy issues in Washington D.C. and many U.S. states. In 2011, he was appointed the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia and led the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong, frequently working with Alberta’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei.
Prior to joining the CWF, Gary served as President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. He was also an independent consultant working for both Chinese and Canadian companies seeking assistance with trans-Pacific trade and investment.
Gary has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta School of Business in Marketing, Business Economics and Law beginning July 1, 2020. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne Business School. He has been awarded the Order of St. John, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) (2022).
Gary completed a Law degree at the University of Alberta and has practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel (now KC) in 1994 and honorary member of Executive Council of Alberta (ECA) in 2022.
Jim Boucher, AOE Council Member
Jim Boucher of Fort McKay is a visionary leader and businessman who led Fort McKay First Nation (FMFN) to become one of the most successful and enterprising Indigenous communities in the world. Jim believes practice and preservation of one’s traditional way of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and long-term sustainable oil sands development. Jim has effectively built relationships with the oil and gas industry and all levels of government. This has built Fort McKay’s social and economic strength, facilitated proper consultation and advanced the rights of his community and its people.
Jim was born in Fort McKay, Alberta, a community of around 850 Dene, Cree and Métis on the bank of the Athabasca River. He is a direct descendant of Headman Adam Boucher, who signed Treaty 8 on August 4, 1899. Raised by his grandparents, Jim’s first languages were Cree and Dene. The family lived off the land with Jim helping on the trap line as a young boy. At 13, Jim and his younger siblings were placed in Blue Quills Indian Residential School in St. Paul, his 3 older sisters having already been sent several years before.
In 1986, Jim was elected as Chief of Fort McKay First Nation after serving on the Council executive. He served as Chief for over 30 years. As Chief, he began helping the community navigate the decline of the fur trade in the early ‘80s and the growth of the oil sands industry, facilitating proper consultation and advancing the rights of his community and the peoples.
In 1986, he established the Fort McKay Group of Companies and numerous First Nation joint ventures. Jim focused on 3 goals: creating employment, building educational opportunities and turning a profit to provide a higher standard of living for the community. Under his leadership FMFN grew into a successful, healthy community with next to zero unemployment, a per capita average household income higher than the Alberta and national average, a $65 million trust fund and control of companies that have generated billions in revenue, making FMFN a net contributor to Alberta and Canada’s economies.
In 2020, Jim established the Saa Dene Group of Companies. As President and Founder, Jim works with a variety of partners to pursue opportunities in education, health, technology and innovation, and service sectors. Some of those ventures include Maple Maskawâhtik (expanding access to virtual care nationwide); Sagekeeper (developing educational resources to help Canadians learn more about their history with Indigenous Peoples); and Acceleware|Kisâstwêw (improving the environmental and economic performance of the oil sands sector by ensuring that the technology supports ideals important to Indigenous Peoples, including respect for land, water and clean air).
Jim currently serves as an advisor and director on the boards of several private and public companies, non-partisan and purpose driven organizations. Jim became a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2020, received the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in 2023.
Sharon Carry, AOE Council Member
Sharon devoted more than 4 decades to a career rooted in her passion for creating opportunities for access and student success at 4 Alberta post-secondary institutions. Now President Emerita of Bow Valley College, Sharon was hired to lead the college through a transition from a provincially administered institution to a board-governed college. Over the 2 decades of her tenure as President and CEO, Bow Valley became the largest and fastest growing college in Alberta, welcoming some 15,000 students from 142 countries each year, while expanding campuses in the region surrounding Calgary and extending educational services to more than 20 other countries.
Building on 3 degrees from the University of Calgary (BA, BEd, and Masters of Communication Studies), Sharon’s career has led her through progressively more responsible academic and administrative roles at Bow Valley College, Olds College, Mount Royal College (now University) and the University of Calgary. When honoured with a Blackfoot name and headdress, her ceremonialist chose the name ‘Niipaitapi Aissksinima’tstohki’, which translates to “Lifelong Educator”.
A lifelong committed volunteer in her profession and community, Sharon has been recognized with the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta), Alberta Centennial Medal, Calgary Award for Education, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, with her profession’s national Distinguished Service Award, and a Top 7 Over 70 Honourary Citation. She has received honourary bachelor’s degrees from Olds College and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and the first honourary Masters of Fine Arts degree awarded by the Alberta College of Art and Design (now Alberta University of the Arts).
A resident of Cochrane, where she is still close to her daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren in Calgary, Sharon also serves as Chair of the YW Calgary Board; Director of the Alberta Blue Cross Corporation Foundation; Member of the Bow Valley College ‘Open Doors-Open Minds’ Campaign; Member of the Governance Team of the Werklund School of Agricultural Technology at Olds College; and on the Executive of the International Women’s Forum, Calgary Chapter.
Brian Hodgson, AOE Council Member
Brian Hodgson of Edmonton was an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). He saw duty in the Service’s Counter Espionage, Counter Terrorism and Security Screening Branches. He left CSIS in 1992 to become the Sergeant-at-Arms with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, a position he held until 2019. He also served as the Assembly’s Director of Visitor, Ceremonial and Security Services and as the first president of the Canadian Association of Sergeants-at-Arms.
Brian has a lifetime of Reserve Army service. In 1979, he joined the South Alberta Light Horse (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps). Lt.-Col. Hodgson commanded his regiment, which is stationed at Edmonton, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge, from 1996 to 2000. In 2004, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan. He continues to serve on the South Alberta Light Horse Regiment Foundation Board.
He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Sir William Stephenson Academy, Canadian Forces Reserve Command and Staff College in Kingston, and of the Joint Reserve Command and Staff College in Toronto.
Brian has provided extensive and dedicated service to a wide range of community, national and provincial organizations that have long benefitted Canadians in uniform and veterans. He has also served as a member of a broad array of boards that serve policing, post-secondary, faith-based, health and international development organizations. His contributions to many Edmonton organizations include his leadership with the Robert Burns Club, Sir Winston Churchill Society and Salvation Army Edmonton Advisory Board.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) elected Brian as a Fellow in 2008 and as a Governor in 2009. In 2020, RCGS awarded him the Joseph Bernier Medal. Brian also has received the Canada 125 Medal (1992), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta) (2022), the Canadian Forces Decoration with two bars, and the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005).
Brian has a skeleton sled competitor’s license, as well as being a keen rider in many aspects of equestrian sport and activity.
Patricia M. Moore, AOE Council Member
Patricia Moore of Calgary is a lifelong Albertan and former teacher whose generosity of spirit has changed the face of giving in the province as a dedicated philanthropist and hands-on volunteer.
As a teacher in Lethbridge, Stony Plain, Edmonton and Calgary, Patricia was known as a “mentor extraordinaire”. After she retired from teaching in 1993, she turned her full attention to building healthier and more connected places to live.
It all started more than 50 years ago, at a time when there were no women's shelters in Edmonton. That’s when Patricia and friend Barbara Poole (AOE 2004) joined forces. They helped form the Edmonton Women’s Shelter (now WIN House) to ensure that homeless women had a place to rest and receive information about social assistance.
Patricia has been deeply committed to a diverse range of community organizations. She has served on boards and committees of the Calgary Science Centre, Calgary Zoo, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Snyder Institute, Calgary Public Library Foundation, Momentum, The National Theatre School of Canada and the Faculty of Education of the University of Alberta. Patricia’s dedication has also seen her spearhead multiple fundraising campaigns that led to improved public services in Alberta.
In recognition of her extensive community involvement, Patricia has received numerous awards. In 1997, she received the YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award, clearly demonstrating that she had already done a lifetime’s worth of work more than 20 years ago. She has also received the Harry and Martha Cohen Award from Alberta Theatre Projects, the Kay Pringle Award from the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Builder Award from the Calgary Public Library.
In 2018, Patricia was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. The award recognizes her for her lifelong involvement in her community, and for her fundraising and philanthropic efforts to strengthen her community’s cultural and social fabric. In 2022, Patricia was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta).
Javaid (Jerry) Naqvi, AOE Council Member
Javaid is the founder and chairman of Cameron Corporation.
In 1964, Javaid arrived in Toronto from Pakistan on a quest for a brighter future. In 1973, after having worked for various real estate and development companies, he joined Allarco Developments Ltd. in Alberta and later became Vice President of Developments under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Allard.
Javaid ventured out on his own along with 2 employees in 1979 and founded Cameron Corporation. While many companies did not survive Alberta’s post-NEP economy, Javaid developed Cameron Corporation into one of the province’s largest, most successful and respected real estate development companies. It is now a multi-faceted real estate development company with investments in commercial, retail, land development, home building, and multi-family, with office and industrial opportunities on the horizon.
Javaid has achieved a reputation as being forthright and honest in his dealings, retaining a low-key approach. The company is known throughout the Canadian industry, having created long-standing relationships with retailers and developers alike.
He believes in giving back to his community by volunteering with and supporting numerous organizations in Edmonton’s social sector. Javaid has served on many committees and boards, including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, the University of Alberta’s senate and board of governors, and the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. He also serves on the Alberta government’s Affordable Housing Review Panel and the Alberta Order of Excellence Council.
Javaid has received several awards, including EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairies Winner in Real Estate/Construction (2018), Honorary Degree in Business Administration from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (2017), Junior Achievement Alberta Hall of Fame Laureate (2016), Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Northern Lights Award (2015), Ernst and Young finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year (2013), the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Alberta).
Javaid and his wife Henrietta have 3 children – Tina (Tony), Cameron (Sarah) and Rosalyn (Darcey) – and are proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren.
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta serves as Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence. Chancellors automatically become members of the Order.