Mentors

Cary Williams

'03 BCom

Associate Private Wealth Counsellor

Pavillion Investment House Ltd.

Cary brings over a decade of business and advisory experience to his capacity as an Associate Private Wealth Counsellor with Pavilion Investment House, a division of Pavilion Advisory Group Ltd. With special attention to the role of financial planning, Cary is helping affluent families obtain answers to key questions surrounding their wealth, such as how they can better prepare the next generation to deal with family wealth.

Prior to joining Pavilion, Cary spent five years advising clients with a major brokerage, where he focused on the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs. In his first job out of university, Cary spent four years as a group product manager for an international textiles company. In this role, Cary met with clients to determine new product needs, sourced factories throughout Asia, the United States, and Europe, and then trained the Canada-wide sales force.

Outside of the office, Cary is passionate about building and showcasing the great city of Edmonton. He is a founder of the 100 Men YEG fundraising group, and has held previous positions with Startup Edmonton's Founders 50, the Edmonton chapter of the Manning Innovation Awards, and has acted as co-chair of the City of Edmonton's NextGen Initiative. Cary’s Bachelor of Commerce degree is in Japanese Studies, and he has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation.


Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E.

'07 LLD (Hon)

Bennet Jones SLP

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E. served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from October 25, 1993 – January 23, 2006. She served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and as the first Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in the government of the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin (December 2003 - January 2006). Ms McLellan served as Minister of Health (January 2002 – December 2003), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (June 1997 – January 2002) and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (November 1993 – June 1997).

Ms. McLellan joined Bennett Jones in its Edmonton office July 4, 2006. She provides strategic advice to the firm and its clients.

Ms. McLellan serves on the Board of Directors of Agrium, a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products and a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services, Cameco, one of the world's largest uranium producers and Edmonton Regional Airport Authority, a financially independent, non-share corporation charged with managing the regions three airports. Among her many community commitments she serves on the boards of the Institute for Research for Public Policy, Fulbright Canada, and the Edmonton Community Foundation Board. She is a member of the advisory board of the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University and is also a member of the Responsible Canadian Energy Advisory Group of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). She served as a member of the Premier's Council for Economic Strategy where she provided "guidance on actions the Alberta government could take to best position the province for the future." Ms. McLellan served on the Board of Nexen, a global energy company from 2006 until its takeover by CNOOC in 2013.

In May 2015 Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor.

On May 12, 2006 Ms. McLellan was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta in the Alberta Institute for American Studies, a position she held until her retirement from the University of Alberta in June 2013. Ms. McLellan was awarded honorary doctorate of law degrees by both the University of Alberta (in 2007) and the University of Cape Breton (in 2009).

In July 2009 Ms. McLellan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada and in October 2013 she received the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Prior to her political career, Ms McLellan was an assistant professor of law at the University of New Brunswick from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, she was appointed associate professor of law at the University of Alberta. She served as associate dean of the Faculty of Law between 1985 and 1987 and as acting dean from July 1991 to June 1992.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from King's College, University of London. Ms McLellan was admitted to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1976.


Rob Bligh

'81 BCom

Vice President

IBM Canada Ltd.

Rob is the IBM executive with overall responsibility for Application Development & Innovation Services in Canada. He is responsible for a large team located nationally and globally, supporting clients in a wide-range of industries. Rob and his team help clients to lower their cost of IT while improving support, application availability, and solution function. They excel leveraging emerging technologies in areas such as Cloud, Analytics, Mobile computing, and quality assurance to help clients transform IT and their businesses.

Rob is a member of IBM’s Canadian Leadership Team, and IBM Canada’s Global Business Services Senior Leadership Team. Rob was previously the IBM Executive responsible for GBS Public Sector (Government, Health & Education) in Canada. He has over 30 years of general management, sales and services delivery experience.

Rob is a resident of Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.


Tina Naqvi-Rota, PEng, MBA

'95 MBA

President

Cameron Corporation

Tina Naqvi-Rota is the President of Cameron Corporation; an Alberta based Real Estate Development Company.

The primary focus of Cameron Corporation is the development and management of commercial real estate projects; primarily Grocery Anchored and Power Centre developments. Our most notable project is the 2.3 Million square foot South Edmonton Common development which is one of the largest open air Power Centres in North America. Cameron has been instrumental in bringing many first time retailers to Edmonton; having developed the first Costco; the first Home Depot; the first Lowes’ the first Cabela’s; and the first Buy Buy Baby – to name a few.

In addition Cameron has a land development division “Cameron Communities Inc.”; a homebuilding division “Cameron Homes”’; and a multi-family division “Cameron Lifestyles” Cameron develops and holds its assets on behalf of itself and various joint venture partners; ranging from private businesses to Pension Funds and REITS.

Cameron Corporation is a family based company celebrating 35 years in business this year. Tina has been with Cameron since 1991 and took over Presidency in 2012.

Tina earned her Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Alberta in 1990 and her MBA from the same institution in 1995. Tina has been married to her husband Tony for 23 years and together they have three children, 20; 17 and 13. They are still at the stage of working hard running the day to day business and then running their children to and from school and activities in the evening and weekends.

Tina and the Naqvi family believe in giving back to the community and are involved with various charitable organizations including the Red Cross; Autism Society of Edmonton; Hockey for the Homeless; Compassion House (a home for women with breast cancer); and McDougal House (a home for women recovering from addictions). The main philosophy for the charitable giving as determined by the family is related to Women Children and Families in need.


John Stevens

'89 BCom

President and CEO

ENTREC Corporation

John Stevens is the President & CEO as well as a Director of ENTREC Corporation.

John Stevens has had a distinguished career over the past 25 years, holding titles including Director, Senior Vice President, President, CFO, COO, and CEO of fast growing organizations like Eveready Inc., NC Services Group Ltd. and now ENTREC Corporation.

In 2013 John was named a Business Leader of Tomorrow: Honoring Edmonton’s visionary business leaders. Also in 2013 and 2015, John was named one of the Prairies finalists for Entrepreneur of The Year in the emerging entrepreneur category. In 2014 John was named one of the ten executives you need to know in the Oil sands by Oil sands Review Magazine.

ENTREC made the shortlist of Canada’s Top 100 Employers the last three years in a row and in 2014 was named number one of Alberta’s Top 65 Employers. ENTREC also was named by Alberta Venture in multiple years as one of Alberta’s top workplaces. ENTREC was ranked number 1 in Alberta Venture Magazine’s Alberta’s Fast Growth 50 List for 2015.

John is a Director of the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has a CPA, CMA accounting designation.


Myka Osinchuk

'98 MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Alberta Cancer Foundation

Myka has been CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation since 2011, leading the organization to significant growth and recognition as one of Canada’s most innovative philanthropic organizations. Prior to her current role, she was Executive Director of the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (IRSM), a internationally renowned research and clinical centre dedicated to head and neck cancer patients. Other previously held positions include acting vice president of Life Sciences for the Alberta Research Council and founding president of BioAlberta, a not-for-profit industry association. Myka’s career began in the field of Speech Language Pathology, where she had the privilege of helping people facing head and neck cancer. Myka is a University of Alberta alumnus – BSc Speech Language Pathology (1990) and MBA (1998).


Robyn Eeson, CPA, CA

'02 BCom

Partner

KPMG LLP

Robyn is a partner with over 14 years of experience in public practice, serving some of Edmonton’s leading private, not-for-profit and public sector entities.

She is respected as a proactive leader who consistently utilizes excellent project management and leadership skills to lead multi-functional teams, meet tight deadlines and deliver excellent client service. And is consistently recognized as a top performer with strong analytical and communication skills, which complement a commitment to personal integrity, mentoring others and building relationships.

She possesses a strong technical knowledge of Accounting Standards for Not-for-Profit Organizations, Public Sector Accounting Standards and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise. In addition, have acquired a practical understanding of a variety strategic and operational issues facing both public sector and private entities.

She is also actively involved in the community, serving on the KPMG Community Leader Steering Committee, as President of the Lansdowne Child Care and Family Centre, as a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of the YMCA of Northern Alberta and as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Stollery Women’s Network.

Her personal interests include running, golfing, cooking, gardening, beach vacations and chasing after a 4-year old son.


Honourable Deron Bilous

'01 Education

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Deron Bilous was sworn in as Minister of Economic Development and Trade on October 22, 2015. Prior to this he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and as Minister of Service Alberta.

He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview on April 23, 2012, and again on May 5, 2015. During his first term he served as a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing, and the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship.

Mr. Bilous was born and raised in Edmonton and is very proud of his Ukrainian ancestry. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of education degree in 2001. For the past five years he has taught and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School.

An active volunteer in his community, Mr. Bilous has been a member of the Beverly Heights Community League and vice-president of the Boyle Street Community League. From 2008 to 2011 he served as a board member on the Edmonton Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee.

Mr. Bilous also participated in the Canada World Youth program in 1995-96, working in Edmonton, Saint Jerome in Quebec and Tunisia.

Mr. Bilous lives in Beverly Heights. In his spare time he enjoys playing recreational hockey and other sports as well as traveling.