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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.

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."

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.

Raymond De Souza

Father Raymond J. de Souza, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario, serves as chaplain for Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen's University and is the pastor of Sacred Heart of Mary parish on Wolfe Island. He grew up in Calgary and is a Senior Fellow at Cardus, where he is the founding editor of Convivium, a digital magazine of faith in our common life. A columnist for the National Post since 2004, he teaches in the economics department and is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.

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 Yale School of Management.

Saifa Koonar

Ms. Koonar is the president and CEO of Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce, both from the University of Calgary, as well as her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a member of the operating board for the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, an international development agency, and a director of the Woodmark Group, a consortium of leading Children’s Hospital Foundations throughout North America.

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.

Martin Long

Martin Long, MLA for West Yellowhead, is a current member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He is a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. Prior to serving as an MLA, Mr. Long worked for nine years as an operator for Alberta Newsprint in Whitecourt. He serves as board Chair for Tennille's Hope Kommunity Kitchen and is a youth leader with Whitecourt Baptist Church. Mr. Long earned his third-class power engineer certificate in 2015.

Joanne Mason

Ms. Mason is executive director of the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, which has a strong understanding of the needs of Indigenous communities and has been implementing programs and services for over 50 years. She has extensive community, regional and provincial leadership skills and expertise in operations management, strategic planning and achieving desired organizational outcomes.

Ashif Mawji

Serial entrepreneur. Currently Venture Partner at Rising Tide. Strong local community supporter in Edmonton. Director of Hockey Canada Foundation, Chair of Edmonton Police Foundation, Hon. Colonel with 20th field regiment, Chair of Advisory committee for the Mawji Centre for New Venture and Student Entrepreneurship at NAIT. Co Founder of Trust Science. Advisor with Corent Technology.

James McAra

Mr. McAra is the CEO of the Calgary Food Bank (CFB), which provides food and community support to over 190,000 people and 230 community agencies annually. Under Mr. McAra's tenure, the CFB has been recognized as one of the 100 Great Places to Work in Canada, a 4-star A+ charity with Charity Intelligence since 2007 and a 2011 Alberta’s Best Workplace finalist for Health and Safety. Charity Intelligence awarded the CFB one of the 2019 Top 10 Canadian Impact Charities and Macleans gave honours to CFB as Canada's Best Charity 2020.

David Mitchell

Mr. Mitchell is an award-winning writer and author. He is co-chair of the Alberta government’s non-profit Red Tape Reduction Panel and serves on the Executive Council of the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations; vice president, College Advancement and chief external relations officer at Bow Valley College; president/CEO of Canada’s Public Policy Forum; and vice president at Queen’s, Ottawa and Simon Fraser.

Elizabeth (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.

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.