Lawrence Giffin


Lawrence Giffin lives in Morinville, Alberta and has a broad range of knowledge as an electrical engineer, manager for a large multinational organization, business owner, and town councillor. As an engineer, Lawrence started his career in aviation and airport control before transitioning to the private sector, working in heavy industry where he specialized on R&D, process control, and de-bottlenecking. Following his time in heavy industry, Lawrence moved to the energy industry, working on control system updates, gas turbine engines, and compressor control. He was also involved in compressor station and pipeline design. After working as an engineer, Lawrence launched and ran his own successful business for nearly nine years before being elected as a town councillor. Lawrence is currently a member of the board of Community Futures North Central Alberta (CFNCA). CFNCA is an organization dedicated to regional economic development, including the financial support, development, and education of business personnel and entrepreneurs.


Patricia Donnelley

Chair of the Board

Patricia Donnelley was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and grew up both there and in Nova Scotia. She worked for Pacific Western Airlines as a flight attendant out of Edmonton, Vancouver, and Toronto. Later, she received a multi-engine instrument rating and flew her own Cessna P210 aircraft. Patricia has always had a love for travel and did so extensively. She subsequently led many mission trips to Our Little Roses orphanage in San Pedro Sula, Honduras where she sponsored four girls. Patricia has done extensive fundraising for many non-profit charities, including the Mental Health Association, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Orbis International (Flying Eye Hospital), and Hearing The Ovarian Cancer Whisper. She has been on the executive board of the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults for over 20 years.

Doug Stockham


Doug Stockham has extensive experience within the disaster and hardship relief fund industry. He has been involved in the third-party administration of more than 300 relief funds and has researched and audited more than 100 independent relief fund programs. Through his work, he has created a set of industry best practices and benchmarks, which have been published and discussed in various white papers, blogs, and reports. Doug is also a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), a private non-profit organization that comprises approximately 450 business, professional, and academic leaders from around the world. Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Deidre Lydon


Deirdre A. Lydon has over 30 years’ experience in human resources and management consulting. After studying at the University of Victoria, Deirdre began her career in education and training with the British Columbia Provincial Government’s Department of Tourism. She quickly rose through the ranks to become the first woman and youngest member of the Board. She then moved to Vancouver where she transitioned to management consulting. There, at firms including Horwath HTL and Hay Management Consultants, she was responsible for conducting operation reviews, market studies, and valuations, primarily for hospitality and tourism employers. For the last twelve years, Deirdre has worked as a program manager for various non-profits, helping clients achieve career goals and in all aspects of job searches. Known to be an innovative individual, she excels at problem solving and ensuring a collaborative work environment.

Lana Bertsch


Lana is Stantec’s Director, Office of the CEO, serving a strategic and facilitative role managing coordination of the Office of the CEO in all facets of business operations including day-to-day management, execution of special initiatives and oversight of the Office of the CEO administrative support team to allow the Office of the CEO to focus and deliver on their priorities. In addition to providing alignment between the organizational, administrative and planning abilities of the Office of the CEO, Lana leads the enterprise Community Engagement program. Lana has spent the majority of the last 30+ years in the major sporting and events industry in senior leadership roles. She has developed a reputation for creating, producing, and delivering projects for a variety of stakeholders in sport, culture, business and the like from years of practical experience.