Northlands Board of DirectorsMeet our Board, Honourary Directors and Board of Governors
Geoffrey Oberg is a Chartered Accountant and partner with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP, currently one of the largest independent accounting firms in Alberta. As an external auditor of many Alberta based not-for-profit organizations, Geoffrey offers a unique perspective of the challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations.
As a past member of 4-H Alberta, Geoffrey comes from an extensive agriculture background. Geoffrey’s involvement with Northlands started at Farmfair International where his family participated as purebred Limousin cattle breeder and has since evolved into sharing the Northlands experience with his wife and three children.
Volunteer since 1970, Member since 1985, Director since 1996-99, 2007. Burke Perry is the founder and director of Perry Signature Homes Inc., LOOK Homes Master Builder Inc., and Tapestry Developments Inc. Burke Received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 1978.
He has extensive experience in strategic planning and governance. Burke is a past chair of the Alberta New Home Warranty Program and past President of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Alberta. Burke’s past and current community involvement includes serving as a member of the board for the Kids With Cancer Society, Alberta Special Olympics, and volunteer for the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. Burke was born and raised in Edmonton and on a farm near Millet, Alberta. He is a father of four girls.
Member since 2013, Director since 2013. Stephen Parker is a civil litigation lawyer at SGI Canada in Edmonton. He is a former Chair and executive member of the Canadian Bar Association – Intellectual Property Section for Northern Alberta. Stephen has represented clients in connection with various matters at the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Stephen is actively involved in mentoring Edmonton area student athletes and has also made presentations to students in Grenada, West Indies about sports, the dangers of drug abuse and the importance of education. As a past member of the Edmonton Chill professional basketball team, and MVP of the University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team, Stephen has also supported numerous other community initiatives as an ambassador.
Chair, Board of Governors
Volunteer since 1974, Director since 1986 and Chair of the Board of Directors in 2000, Gordon has served on many volunteer boards and he is currently serving as immediate past Chairman of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Gordon is also involved in the thoroughbred racing industry as the immediate past President of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.
A graduate from the University of Alberta School of Business, Gordon started his career in the real estate development industry and moved on to be the CEO and Vice President of several Canadian companies. Through his involvement with many volunteer boards, he has been able to give back to his community.
Mayor Don Iveson
Director since 2013. First elected to City Council in 2007, Iveson served two terms as Councillor for southwest Edmonton. As a City Councillor, he chaired City Council’s Transportation & Infrastructure, and Utility Committees, and the Capital Region Board’s Regional Transit Committee.
As Mayor, he chairs City Council’s Executive and Audit Committees, and sits on the boards of Edmonton Economic Development and the Capital Region Board.
Councillor Tony Caterina
Director since 2013. A resident of Ward 7 for more than 35 years, Tony Caterina has first-hand knowledge of opportunities and issues in northeast Edmonton. His professional background is as a businessman and president of his own industrial supply company.
As a member of the Board of Directors with Alberta Avenue Business Association, Tony worked to advance the goals of that Business Revitalization Zone.
Councillor Michael Oshry
Director since 2014, volunteer since 2014. Michael is married and the proud father of two children. He began his career as the Assistant Festival Coordinator of the Edmonton Heritage Festival before starting a variety of local businesses in the retail, hospitality and business services. He co-founded FIRMA Foreign Exchange which now has 22 locations across five countries.
Michael co-won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. Michael is also actively involved in the community, committing his time to various community organizations such as Starfish Family Resources and coaching with Whitemud West Hockey. He is also a past board member of the Alberta chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Volunteer since 2010, Member since 2013, Director since 2013. Co-owner of several small businesses in Rural Alberta including a National Award winning Honda and Bombardier Dealership, Geraldine spent 9 years on the Bombardier Dealer Council. She has a long standing interest in Provincial Politics with significant involvement leading numerous campaigns and events. In addition to the Northlands Board Geraldine is also a board member on the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society. She has one grown daughter, Jessica.
Volunteer since 1993, Member since 1995, Director since 2003. Laura is the President of Gadowsky Special Event Management, specializing in corporate and government meetings and sport event operations.
Currently she is working on a long term project at The Enjoy Centre, a project by Hole’s. Laura is actively involved in the community and involved in mentoring and educating students. Laura serves as the Chair of the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation.
Jackie Rae Greening
Jackie Rae is the Manager of Operations for Newcap Radio and CFCW Program Director and has enjoyed a 25 year plus history with the company. A longtime volunteer in the Edmonton area, Jackie Rae has been Chair of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, the Olympic Curling Trials and the Canadian Country Music Association. She was also Chair of the local host committee for Canadian Country Music Week & Awards Show which was held in Edmonton in 2013 and 2014.
Jackie Rae currently sits on the Board of the CapitalCare Foundation, is President of the St. Albert Curling Club and is the Honorary Chair of The Friends of St. Michaels.
Volunteer since 1992, Member since 2002, Director since 2006-2011, 2013. Earl Klapstein is a Partner and Manager of Eddie’s Men’s Wear, a family-owned Edmonton business. Earl is an active member of the community as a founding member and past President of the Old Strathcona Business Revitalization Zone, past Chair of the Synergy Network and past volunteer and board member for the Ellerslie Curling Club.
Earl’s extensive involvement with Northlands began 20+ years ago as a volunteer and has evolved to include positions such as a member of the Volunteer Coordinating Committee, Shares and Nominating Committee, Agriculture Standing Committee, Director Liaison at K-Days and board member. As a current Northlands Trustee within the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboy’s Benevolent Foundation, a K-Days and Canadian Finals Rodeo Volunteer, it is apparent that Earl’s passion for Northlands runs deep.
Volunteer since 2006, Member since 2008, Director since 2009. Dave Majeski is the Vice-President of RBC Royal Bank of Canada with a 40-year plus history with the company. He is on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and a trustee with the Edmonton Rodeo Cowboys Benevolent Foundation.
In addition, Dave serves on the CFR Commission, is a member of the Edmonton Downtown Vibrancy Taskforce and member of the Spruce Grove Economic Development Advisory Board. He is also Chair of the Gold Metal Plates in Edmonton.
Member since 2000, Director since 2013. Currently the Senior Provincial Lead of Foundation Relations at Alberta Health Services, Jennifer Wood has extensive experience in both the private and not-for-profit sector. Jennifer is actively involved in the community and has served on the boards of several community based organizations most recently including the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Young Presidents Organization and Waskesiu Seasonal Residents Association.
In addition to not-for-profit board work, Jennifer has served as a Director and Board Member for a number of privately held companies. As a long standing Northlands Shareholder, Jennifer has previously been involved in the development and delivery of the Northlands commercial cattle show and sale which was initiated at Farmfair International in the mid 1990’s and has continued since. Coming from an extensive background in agriculture, Jennifer remains involved in the industry with interests in an 8,000 acre cattle ranch west of Edmonton and well as a livestock order buying business.
Nicole Goehring (ND)
MLA for Edmonton-Castle Downs. Nicole Goehring was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Edmonton-Castle Downs, on May 5, 2015.
She currently serves as chair of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and as a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections and the Standing Orders and Printing and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Previously she served as chair of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and as a member of the Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.
Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Ms. Goehring worked for close to a decade with Child and Family Services in various capacities, including as a caseworker, assessor and, most recently, as a court co-ordinator. Previous to this, she worked with Edmonton Integrated Services for seven years, six of which she spent in the role of group home supervisor.
From 1996-1997 Ms. Goehring worked as a peers educating peers coordinator for TERRA Association, a program she co-created and implemented in schools, hospitals and universities to provide community education in the area of teen pregnancy. From 1995-1996 she was a youth mediator with Community and Family Services. At that time she co-created and implemented a youth friendly mediation manual and program, and worked with Edmonton school counselors and Edmonton police officers to mediate youth related situations in schools and communities to avoid suspensions, expulsion and or criminal charges.
An active parent, she has managed sports teams, has worked on parent advisory committees and has acted as a parent liaison. She holds a diploma in social work from Grant MacEwan Community College (now known as MacEwan University). Ms. Goehring lives in Edmonton with her husband, Shane, and three children.
Volunteer since 2003, Member since 2010. Cheryl is a Certified Human Resources Professional. She received her Bachelor of Management from University of Lethbridge – Edmonton Campus in 2009 and is currently completing her MBA in Community, Economic Development from Cape Breton University – Edmonton Cohort. Cheryl has been involved in many grass root community organizations, has served on many boards and continues to be actively involved in many community organizations in Edmonton.
Cheryl was born and raised in northeast Edmonton and is familiar with the agriculture opportunities and challenges Northlands is facing. Northlands has been a part of Cheryl’s life for many years and she has enjoyed her involvement with the organization and looks forward to serving Northlands in this new capacity.
From April 2015 – Present with APX Hospitality Management Inc. Lead a multi-unit, branded portfolio where I am responsible for developing and directing execution of the strategic vision of the company while providing hands-on support to the corporate team, Regional Sales team and General Managers. Married with two children, he enjoys the odd round of golf or game of squash, both of which he plays quite badly.
Article 54 Appointee
Peter is a physician, professor and researcher at the University of Alberta and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and been invited to give more than 150 presentations. He has a strong business background, having been involved in several national and international start-up companies and has been a Senior Vice-President at a billion-dollar pharmaceutical company.
He has extensive corporate board experience and training, including serving as Board Chair for Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and member of the Board of several other not-for-profit groups, currently including the Citadel Theatre. He is a certified Board Director and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has been in Edmonton for more than 22 years and is passionate about its long-term success.
Article 54 Appointee
Volunteer since 2012, Director since 2012.
Arts on the Ave – Founder and Executive Director
Christy is the founder and Executive Director of the grassroots community arts organization “Arts on the Ave”—a charity that is focused on the revitalization of Alberta Avenue. Under her leadership the organization has grown to produce two signature festivals, Kaleido Family Arts Festival and Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival, that continue to have a significant impact in the Edmonton Region.
Christy serves on the board of directors for a number of organizations including the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association, Northlands, and the Alberta Avenue Business Association. She also sits on the City of Edmonton Canada 150 Celebrations and Events Subcommittee, the Edmonton Festival Consortium, and the Edmonton WinterCity Advisory Council.
As a community leader she was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Harry Hole Community Policing award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Christy was named a Global Woman of Vision, and was one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and one of the Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business.
Recent speaking engagements include the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association Conference (Calgary, 2016), Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement (Edmonton, 2016), Capital Region Summit (Edmonton, 2015), Keynote Speaker, Make Something Edmonton Launch (Edmonton, 2015), Alberta Professional Planners Institute Conference (Edmonton, 2015), Power of the Arts Conference (Ottawa, 2014), and the Crime Prevention Annual Event of Success (Grand Prairie, 2013).
Article 54 Appointee
Lynn has an extensive governance and administrative committee background and has served on a number of boards including the Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation, Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and NorQuest College. She has chaired the Edmonton Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) appeal panel and served on various committees dealing with income supports, health professions and other regulatory matters.
Lynn has held executive positions with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and she has served as President of Lorelei Beaumaris Community League. Lynn is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors education program and has a background in nursing.
The Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
Honourable Rachel Notley
Premier of Alberta
Board of Governors
W.J.M. (Bill) Henning
Don F. Jackson
H.L.D. (Len) Perry
Allan A. Shenfield
Don H. Sprague
Dr. Robert Westbury
Gordon Wilson – Chair, Board of Governors