Ms. Tara Lockyer is the chief people, culture brand and communications officer with ATB Financial, overseeing human resources, change management, communications and marketing. Her experience includes the development of change strategies for complex business and culture transformation.

Ms. Lockyer holds a bachelor of arts in business communications, a diploma in adult education and a certified insurance professional designation.  She will serve as a member of the AHS Board for a three-year term effective immediately.

Mr. Brian Vaasjo is reappointed to the AHS board for a further term of three years. He most recently served as president and CEO of Capital Power. Mr. Vaasjo was a past chairman of the board of the United Way, Alberta Capital Region and a past chairman of the board for the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS).

“I look forward to working with both of these exceptional individuals and the entire AHS board. The breadth and depth of skills, experience and commitment at the table will empower us to move forward expanding our capacity to bring timely, high-quality health-care services to every Albertan, in every corner of the province.”  

Jason Copping, Minister of Health

The Alberta Health Services board is responsible for the governance of AHS. It works in partnership with Alberta Health to provide more than four million Albertans with access to high-quality, patient-focused health services.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join the AHS Board and work with my fellow board members to improve the delivery of health-care services in this beautiful province. Recruitment and retention of health-care professionals is a challenge worldwide. I believe my significant experience in human resources and change management can help AHS address this challenge effectively and ensure all Albertans have access to high-quality health services in or close to their communities.”

Tara Lockyer, member Alberta Health Services Board

“I’m pleased to welcome Ms. Lockyer to the board. Her wide-ranging talents and experiences will inform our work, especially in the areas of workforce recruitment and retention. Mr. Vaasjo’s reappointment is also excellent news. His contributions to our governing body are invaluable, and his return for another three-year term provides continuity and stability for the Board and AHS.”

Gregory Turnbull, QC, chair, Alberta Health Services Board

With the appointment of Ms. Lockyer and reappointment of Mr. Vaasjo, the Alberta Health Services Board is now comprised of 12 members representing communities across the province.

 Quick facts

  • The board is established under Section 3 of the Regional Health Authorities Act.
    • The board is accountable to the Minister of Health.
    • Members may be appointed for a maximum of 10 consecutive years.
  • The AHS board works to:
    • Promote and protect the health of Albertans working toward the prevention of disease and injury.
    • Assess the health needs of the province on an ongoing basis.
    • Determine priorities in the provision of health services and allocate resources accordingly.
    • Ensure reasonable access to quality health services is provided.
    • Promote the provision of health services in a manner that is responsive to the needs of individuals and communities and supports the integration of services and facilities.