Gail D. SurkanMs. Surkan was a four-term mayor of Red Deer, Alberta from 1992 to 2004, and currently runs her own consulting firm.Ms. Surkan sits on the board of the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, along with the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations.She retired on December 31, 2009 from her term as chair of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, a position she held since 2005.Ms. Surkan was also a founding director of ATB Financial and served on that board for nine years.She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.Ms. Surkan, a resident of Red Deer, Alberta, has served on Ensign's Board of Directors since March 2006 and currently is a member of both the Compensation Committee and the Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee.
Gail Surkan (Chair)Ms Gail Surkan has been a member of the AHFMR Board of Trustees since March 15, 2000, and Chair of the Board since November 30, 2005.Ms Surkan received a degree in economics with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan.She served four terms as Mayor of Red Deer from 1992 to 2004 and also served on Red Deer City Council from 1986 to 1992.She has extensive experience as a consultant and analyst in various fields including strategic planning, tourism, northern communities, regional development policy, economic development, and Board governance.Ms. Surkan sits as a board member for a number of organizations.She served as both Chair and Vice-Chair for the Provincial Health Council, a body created to evaluate health reform and report to the Legislature.
Surkan is a well-established and respected contributor to the governance field in Alberta, after having served 12 years as mayor of the City of Red Deer.She was one of the founding directors of ATB Financial and currently serves on a number of boards.Surkan is the Chair of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and sits on the board of Ensign Energy.Canada West Foundation's Executive Committee members are: Jim Gray, Chair; Brian Felesky, Vice Chair; Charlie Fischer, Vice Chair; Gail Surkan, Vice Chair; Jim Dinning, Secretary/Treasurer; Tony Stewart, British Columbia Representative; Bob Linner, Saskatchewan Representative; Jim Carr, Manitoba Representative; and Dr. Roger Gibbins, President & CEO.
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