Premier's Council on Charities and Civil Society

Wayne Chiu

Wayne Chiu is the founder and CEO of Trico Homes and Chairman of the Trico Charitable Foundation, which he founded with his wife to combine their passion for social entrepreneurship with their desire to make a social impact. His support and commitment to numerous community/charitable organizations is extensive and he has served on various community boards. Mr. Chiu has been recognized for his business and community accomplishments through various provincial and national honours, including being named a Member of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Mr. Chiu was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Chris Christie

Ms. Christie recently retired from a 40-year career, most recently as Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta. Her work with the YMCA and McMan Community Services was with at-risk youth and vulnerable populations. Her board experience includes the Medicine Hat Hospice Committee, Southeast Alberta Service Providers Network and Community Council on Homelessness. She holds a degree in social development from the University of Waterloo and a diploma in recreational administration from Lethbridge Community College.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Ms. Christie was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Joel Christie

Dr. Joel Christie is the president of Advancing World Enterprises Ltd. and Particicom Inc. He has over forty years of direct senior and executive management experience and specializes in the management of strategic change in complex organizations. Dr. Christie has co-authored two books, "The Nurturing Leader: A Toolkit for Every Season of Organizational Growth" and "A Guide to Collaboration: Working Models of Comprehensive Community Projects."

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Dr. Christie was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Hyder Hassan

Mr. Hassan is the CEO of Immigrant Services Calgary, which provides a wide range of settlement services to immigrants and refugees looking to begin their lives in Canada. He is co-founder of Fullsoul Canada, a not-for-profit equipping hospitals in Uganda with medical supplies. Mr. Hassan is a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek and Chair of their vocational committee. He hold a Bachelor of Arts, Management Services from the University of Waterloo, a certificate in project management from York University, and a certificate in financial markets from the Yale School of Management.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Mr. Hassan was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

John Lilley

Dr. Lilley is Chair of the YMCA of Northern Alberta Foundation and the Misericordia Hospital Philanthropy Committee, as well as a Co-Chair of the Pregnancy Pathways Steering Committee for homeless pregnant women. He is active in the philanthropic and charitable sector in Edmonton and an advocate for transformative change in housing and homelessness. For over a decade, he has been a philanthropy volunteer for the health and social sectors.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Dr. Lilley was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Jackie Lovely

Jackie Lovely was elected to the Legislative Assembly representing Camrose on April 16, 2019. She is a member of the Standing Committees on Public Accounts, Families and Communities, Legislative Offices, Privileges and Elections, and Standing Orders and Printing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (University of Saskatchewan), a diploma in hotel/restaurant administration (Saskatchewan Polytechnic) and an MBA (Cape Breton University). Her community involvement includes the Camrose and Leduc chambers of commerce.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Ms. Lovely was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Menachem Matusof

Rabbi Matusof studied at the Yeshiva Rabbinic School in New York, and was ordained as a Rabbi at age 20. He continued his studies at the Central Rabbinical College Lubavitch until his marriage in 1986. He is the Founder and Senior Rabbi at Chabad Lubavitch of Alberta and has led a large faith-based non-profit organization for over 30 years. He served on a national board of clergies for inmates, and is a member of the international board of the Moshiach Campaign. He is a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Rabbi Matusof was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Ashif Mawji

Mr. Mawji is the founder of Mawji Ventures and venture partner with Rising Tide. A versatile serial entrepreneur and IT innovator, Mr. Mawji is the director of the Hockey Canada Foundation, Chair of the Board of the Edmonton Police Foundation, director of the Invest Alberta Corporation, and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship at NAIT. He is an Honorary Colonel of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association, Canadian Armed Forces.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Mr. Mawji was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Lori Paine

Ms. Paine holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and completed the Fundraising Management program through Mount Royal College. Currently the Executive Director of Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society, she previously held positions with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Alumni Relations. Ms. Paine has almost 30 years experience volunteering on various boards and campaigns.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Ms. Paine was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Michele Taylor

Ms. Taylor is the executive director of Waypoints Community Services Association, a social profit organization working to end domestic-family violence, sexual assault, abuse and homelessness. She is the Chair of the Family Violence Coordinating Council, a board member of the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters and a committee member on the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo's Homelessness Initiative Strategic Committee. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, English Literature, History and Recreation from Trinity Western University in British Columbia.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Ms. Taylor was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Benny Xu

Dr. Xu is a third-generation Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and Acupuncturist, practicing since 1993. He is a member of the Alberta Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Council and has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations and associations. Dr. Xu is the founder and Executive Director of the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Huatuo Clinic. He received the Alberta Centennial Medal for his contributions to the development of traditional Chinese medicine and training in Alberta.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Dr. Xu was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.

Liz O'Neill

Ms. O’Neill is the executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area. She is well-known in the non-profit community and has been recognized for her collaboration with other agencies to provide mentoring for youth. She has received the Government of Canada 125 Anniversary Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Edmonton and was inducted into City of Edmonton’s Community Service Hall of Fame.

Competencies required for the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society include knowledge of specific social challenges, awareness of government and public policy, and experience with community and stakeholder relations. Members must also have good leadership and teamwork skills. Ms. O’Neill was directly recruited on the basis of acceptably meeting the competencies, skills and attributes above.