Alberta Review Board

Deborah Apps

Deborah Apps has over 30 years’ experience in government, healthcare, education and the arts. Deborah has held numerous senior leadership positions, most recently CEO of the Trans Canada Trail; Senior VP Calgary Health Region; CEO, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation; and, is the former vice chair of the Health Quality Council of Alberta. Deborah was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and appointed a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow in 2016. She currently serves on the Alberta Health Services Board.

Gerald Chipeur, Q.C.

Gerald Chipeur, QC, is a trial and appellate lawyer and practices business and administrative law with Miller Thomson. He serves as Chair of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary Advisory Committee, Honorary Consul for Korea in Alberta and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Gerry is a member of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice and the International Commission of Jurists. He has a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from the University of Alberta.

Heather Forsyth

Heather Forsyth was appointed Alberta’s Solicitor General in 2001. She launched the high risk offender website, established the first Amber Alert, and brought forward the Integrated Response to Organized Crime. As Minister of Children’s Services, Heather passed the Drug endangered Children Act and established the Protection of Children Involved in Prostitution Act. Heather is founder of the Peanut Butter Classic Charity Golf Tournament which supports Alcove Women's' Residence.

Theresa Girvin

Dr. Theresa Girvin has a Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of individual adult patients in crises and in the provision of psychoeducational groups. Her areas of interest include forensic psychiatry, occupational mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychopharmacologic consultation, and brief psychotherapies.

Gerald Hawranik

Gerald Hawranik, QC, has practiced law for over 35 years specializing in board governance, corporate reorganization, corporate acquisitions and mergers, wills, estate planning and administrative law. He has significant business experience as has co-owned a number of businesses. Gerald chaired numerous quasi-judicial Alberta government boards including St. Albert Victim Services. He served as a full time board member on the Parole Board of Canada. Gerald has a Bachelor of Laws and two degrees in Education, all from the University of Manitoba.

Lori Louhela

Lori Louhela was a full-time board member for the Parole Board of Canada from 2014 to 2017. Previously, over an 18-year time period, Lori worked as a parole officer, a parole officer supervisor, then as area director and finally as the associate district director for the Alberta/Northwest Territories District Parole, Correctional Service of Canada. Lori has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.

Todd Marr

Todd Marr has practiced law since 2011 and is currently counsel to the Calgary Catholic School District. Before becoming a lawyer, Todd was a registered physiotherapist. He has Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Science degrees, both with Distinction. Todd has appeared before the Alberta Courts of Appeal and Queen's Bench and the Tax Court of Canada. He has conducted civil litigation, fatality inquiries, and community safety order applications. Todd is actively involved in his parish and regularly teaches adult faith formation classes.

Jane McCruden

Jane McCruden has been a psychiatrist for 27 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology and a Medical Degree from University of Calgary. She obtained her Fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. McCruden divides her practice between acute inpatient care in Calgary and psychiatric rehabilitation for the persistent, severely mentally ill in Claresholm. She has consulted to Canadian Mental Health and Suicide Services and served on the Board of Suicide Services.

Suzanne Polkosnik

Suzanne Polkosnik has been a practicing lawyer for 24 years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Alberta School Boards Association and is responsible for the fiscal, organizational, governance, service, strategy, and advocacy leadership of the organization. She has served in leadership roles for over 10 years in both private and not-for-profit sectors. As Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid Alberta she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of their operations.

Margaret Rourke

Margaret Rourke completed her Doctor of Medicine and psychiatry training at the University of Alberta. During her sixteen years in clinical practice, she worked in Geriatric Psychiatry, private psychotherapy practice as well as a clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta. Since 2018, she has worked on the Mental Health Review Board as the Psychiatrist Member. Her past community volunteer experience includes various roles on the Edmonton Academy Parent Council Executive and the University of Alberta Steadward Centre Fundraising Committee.