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Our Commissioners

Read about our Commissioners – the men and women who hear appeals and make decisions.

  • Appeals are heard by a panel of at least two Commissioners (and usually three), who then make the decision.
  • One of the Commissioners on each panel is the Hearing Chair, who leads the hearing. All Hearing Chairs are Commissioners, but not all Commissioners serve as Hearing Chairs.
  • Commissioners are recruited through public competition, selected on the basis of merit, and appointed by the Government of Alberta. Some Commissioners work full-time and some work part-time.

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Douglass Tadman, Q.C.

Douglass Tadman, Q.C. is the CEO and Chief Appeals Commissioner.

Appointed 31 January 2013: Chairman and Chief Appeals Commissioner

Appointed 24 May 2005: Appeals Commissioner

Douglass Tadman is a lawyer admitted to the bars of Alberta and British Columbia with a background in administrative law and labour arbitration. He has been a Chartered Arbitrator since 1989, and has appeared before a variety of tribunals, including the Labour Relations Board, the Workers' Compensation Board, the Public Utilities Board, and the Energy Resource Conservation Board. He has also made appearances before all levels of Court in Alberta. He served for several years as Vice-Chair of the Public Service Grievance Board (AB) and later as a dismissal adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code. Prior to joining the Appeals Commission, he had a decade of experience in the business sector, and leadership roles in several industries including food processing, retail operations, merchant banking and commercial aviation. He has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, served as a director of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute.


Edward (Ted) Giraldeau

Ted Giraldeau is the Edmonton Vice Chair and shares responsibility with his counter-part as a deputy chair of the Appeals Commission.

Appointed 1 January 2016: Vice-Chair, Edmonton

Appointed 17 October 2012: Appeals Commissioner

Edward (Ted) Giraldeau served as a Canadian Army Officer for over 30 years before being appointed as a member and presiding officer of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board in 2006. During his military career, Ted held the positions of Commanding Officer of Senior Army Headquarters in Western Canada, Regimental Major, and Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Regiments. In those positions, Ted was responsible for leadership to military personnel, human resource and financial management, and the training and development of personnel. Ted's military commendations include the French Bronze Medal of National Defence and Army Commanders Commendations. Ted holds degrees in Military and Strategic Studies, and War Studies, and has a French bilingual qualification. He pursues ongoing studies in public administration and has been an active participant in his community with youth, sports, Scouts and army cadets.


Elizabeth (Liz) Quarshie

Elizabeth (Liz) Quarshie is the Calgary Vice Chair and shares responsibility with her counter-part as a deputy chair of the Appeals Commission.

Appointed INSERT 2017: Vice-Chair, Calgary

Appointed 1 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner 

Liz Quarshie has over 25 years portfolio of leadership and executive experience in government, energy, utilities and mining sectors. Most recently, Liz Quarshie was the Deputy Minister of Environment and Chair of the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, where she led large scale business transformation initiatives.  Prior to this position, Liz was a Member of the National Energy Board (NEB), serving both as a panel member and Chair for NEB hearings across the country, and adjudicating and preparing rulings on applications ranging in multimillion to billions of dollars.  She has considerable experience in the construction and operation of interprovincial and international oil and gas pipelines, tolls and tariffs, oil and electricity as well as oil and gas exploration and developments on frontier lands and offshore areas.

Liz held senior executive positions in AREVA and Cameco Corporation from 1988 to 1999.  She played a leading role in the preparation of numerous environmental impact assessments (CK) and appeared before Joint Review Panels for uranium mining projects in northern Saskatchewan. Liz is currently Chair of the Ga-Adangbe Association of Calgary (GAAC), a non-profit organization helping youths at risk.  She holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University, an MBA from the University of Saskatchwan, and a BSc Biological Science from Notre Dame University, as well as Certificates in Natural Gas for Power Generation (Oxford-Princeton) and Project Management from ILX Group, Glasgow.  Liz is professionally certified with APES (SK) and APEGA (AB) and is a certified professional environment, health and safety auditor.


Hearing Chairs

Frank Anderson

Frank Anderson is a Hearing Chair

Appointed 1 May, 2005: Appeals Commissioner

Frank Anderson began his career as a social worker after receiving his liberal arts degree. After four years, his career shifted to the field of workers' compensation. Frank has 29 years of experience in workers' compensation in various capacities including experience in an appeals advocacy role. Frank has extensive experience in the appeals system as an employee of the Appeals Commission for 12 years. His most recent appointment prior to becoming a Commissioner, was manager of Work Allocation and Scheduling at the Commission. Frank has seven years of experience conducting successful private sector focus group facilitation and has completed course work in conflict management through the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society.


Grace Brittain

Grace Brittain is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 May 2005: Appeals Commissioner  

Grace Brittain has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years, first working in clinical practice (acute care) then moving to senior health care administration positions in both urban and rural facilities in Alberta and BC.  She has over 15 years of experience on boards, commissions and tribunals in areas of health and health professions, social care and employee disability management.  She provides education, advocacy, and program implementation/ evaluation short-term contract services in health care. She has instructed health care aide students and second year practical nurse students in the area of Mental Health Nursing.  Grace has been a volunteer at the Medicine Hat YMCA in the group fitness department for nine years and continues to pursue education in forensics as a personal interest.


Lynn Faulder

Lynn Faulder is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner

Lynn Faulder has extensive administrative tribunal and governance experience.  Over the past several years, she has been a panel member or chaired a number of administrative tribunal panels dealing with income supports, health professional disciplinary and corporate/regulatory matters.  Lynn has also served on a number of boards including the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and NorQuest College. 

Lynn has a nursing background and received her corporate director designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2007.


Susan Gordon

Susan Gordon is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 May 2003: Appeals Commissioner

Susan Gordon has been involved in quasi-judicial appeal adjudication for over 16 years having served three years as a member of the City of Calgary Assessment Review Board and three years as a member of Alberta Municipal Government Board before joining the Appeals Commission. She received her law degree in 1992. Susan worked as a salesperson in the automotive and real estate industries for over ten years.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), National Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section (2014-2015) and is past Co-Chair, currently Member-at-Large, of the CBA, Alberta South ADR Section.


Gregory Kelly

Gregory Kelly is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Mr. Kelly was previously employed as the Chair of the Review Committee for the Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Prior to this, he held the positions of Case Manager and Entitlement Officer/Adjudicator in WSCC's Iqaluit office in Nunavut. Since January 2008, Mr. Kelly has been employed as a relief Correctional Youth Officer with the North Slave Young Offenders Facility. He also served several two-year appointments as a Member of the Northwest Territories Social Assistance Appeals Board and as Vice Chair of the Student Financial Assistance Appeals Board. Mr. Kelly has a Masters in Criminology, a Bachelor of Arts in Law, and most recently, received certificates in Tribunal Administrative Justice and Professional Leadership Development.


Vivian Kolias Lougheed

Vivian Kolias Lougheed is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 14 October 2010: Appeals Commissioner

Vivian Kolias Lougheed was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1995 and she practiced law in Calgary, specializing in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of insurance defence and personal injury, and co-authored several publications for the Legal Education Society of Alberta.  From September 2006 to September 2012, she was a Legal Member of the Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security Review Tribunal, serving as a Hearing Chair.


Marilyn McAvoy

Marilyn McAvoy is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 Mar 2004: Appeals Commissioner

Marilyn McAvoy has had an extensive career in administrative law. For the last five years she has been a member of the Alberta Land Compensation Board and counsel to the Surface Rights Board. Marilyn began her career with the Federal Department of Justice, then acted as counsel for the City of Edmonton for 16 years. She has appeared frequently before Alberta Courts and various regulatory boards. Marilyn, an accomplished athlete, enjoys a variety of sports and recently was inducted into the Oshawa Ontario Sports Hall of Fame for the sport of baseball.


Brian O'Kurley

Brian O'Kurley is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Mr. O'Kurley is an experienced tribunal member who has worked at the federal level as a member of the Veterans Review and Appeal Board for 10 years. In this capacity, he has conducted hundreds of hearings at the review and appeal level and has written hundreds of decisions. He is a former educator and school administrator in Alberta and Ontario. He also served as a Federal Member of Parliament representing the Alberta riding of Elk Island.


Lynn Parish

Lynn Parish is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 25 Mar 2010: Appeals Commissioner

Lynn Parish has a background in law having practiced in the United Kingdom and Canada. As a solicitor in England she acted primarily for trade union clients pursuing compensation for workplace accidents. More recently she has been a member of the City of Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board for six years, including one year as Chair and member of the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board. Lynn formerly worked as a Chartered Mediator for Alberta Municipal Affairs and Provincial Court Civil Claims, and as an instructor for the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society and for the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta in Client Interviewing and Counseling.  As well, she coaches a law student team to the Canadian Client Consultation Competition.  Lynn is an active volunteer with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and a board member of both the Centre for Public Legal Education and the Rossdale Community League.


Robert Reimer

Robert Reimer is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 25 Mar 2010: Appeals Commissioner

Rob Reimer operated a ranch, along with his spouse Marlene, for 40 years. He served as Trustee with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools from 1995 until 2010, with 11 years as Chair. He was Vice Chair of the County of Wetaskiwin Subdivision and Development Appeal Board from 1996 until 2009. Rob was a Co-Chair with Region 9, and later, Region 4, Child and Family Services Authorities from 1998 until 2006. He served as Chair of the Family Supports for Children with Disabilities Appeal Panel from 2006 until 2009 and Chair of the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Appeal Panel from 2006 until 2010. He is also a member of the Municipal Government Board.


Colleen R. Ryan

Colleen Ryan is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 5 Dec 2012: Appeals Commissioner

Colleen Ryan has a keen interest in the field of Administrative Law. She is currently serving on the Law Enforcement Review Board of Alberta as well as a Public Member for the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta. Colleen completed a 5 year term with the National Parole Board of Canada in 2008 and has enjoyed instructing law and business administration courses for over 15 years.

Colleen enjoys facilitating all types of learning and has been a mentor/coach in the fields of law, education and athletics.  Some of Colleen's accomplishments include earning a Gold Medal in Women's Hockey during the 2006 World Masters Games, speaking at conferences across Canada as part of the National Parole Board and receiving a City of Edmonton Citizenship Volunteer Award for her work with the Boys and Girls Club.

Colleen has a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Alberta.


Derek Vermette

Derek Vermette is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 14 Oct 2010: Appeals Commissioner

Derek Vermette earned his Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, and his Certificate in Tribunal Administrative Justice for the Tribunal Member from the Foundation of Administrative Justice.

He has experience as:  a lawyer in the litigation departments of a law firm in Saskatoon, and a national law firm in Calgary; Investigative Counsel and Litigation Counsel with the Enforcement division of the Alberta Securities Commission; and Manager, Investigations, Prairie Region with the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. 

Derek is also a member of:  the Consumer Services Appeal Board Roster, members of which may be called to participate on appeal boards to hear appeals under the Fair Trading Act, Funeral Services Act or Cemeteries Act; the Real Estate Council of Alberta's Hearing Panel Roster and Appeal Panel Roster, members of which may preside over disciplinary hearings and appeals from disciplinary hearings; and his local Youth Justice Committee, which is one of many such committees of community volunteers sanctioned by the government to assist in administering the Extrajudicial Sanctions Program under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.   


Katherine Weaver

Katherine Weaver is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 10 May 2015: Appeals Commissioner

Katherine has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, Master of Law in Administrative Law and Master of Public Management degrees as well as certificates in continuing education, arbitration and conflict management. She has an extensive background in administrative tribunals and boards, having served as executive director of the Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board, Clerk of the Edmonton Assessment Review Board and senior managing lawyer for Legal Aid Alberta prior to her appointment to the Appeals Commission. Katherine has participated in mediation and conflict resolution, both as mediator and trainer, as well as presenting at various workshops and conferences. Katherine has also been a member and has been on the executive of a number of public and non-profit boards and committees in her community.


Patty Whiting

Patty Whiting is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 May 2009: Appeals Commissioner

After several years in the oil and gas sector working for a servicing company, Patty Whiting was appointed to the Board of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission and also as Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Council. Patty served as chair or panel member of many appeals in these roles as well as advising on matters of policy. She currently serves on two charitable boards and sits as a Chair for the Board of Referees for Employment Insurance Appeals.


Gia K. Wong

Gia K. Wong is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Wong is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Alberta and worked with the Society as a Formal Complaints Reviewer, Legal Counsel. She has a varied litigation background with a major insurer as in-house counsel. Gia has over 20 years of active litigation and dispute resolution experience, as well as four years of senior management experience. Ms. Wong has a diverse work history, which includes the Legislative Assembly Office, Ethics Commissioner's Office, and private legal practice.


Sharlene Yanitski

Sharlene Yanitski is a Hearing Chair.

Appointed 5 Dec 2012: Appeals Commissioner

Sharlene Yanitski has an extensive background in alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice acquired through designing and delivering customized training programs to groups within the public and private sectors. Sharlene began her career in private practice as an associate, primarily focusing on civil law matters before spending 10 years in program design, training and coaching in collaborative family law and 5 years as a sessional instructor at the U of A Faculty of Law. She has strong mediation skills gained from her roles as Mentoring Mediator and Roster Mediator with the Alberta Courts. Sharlene has been involved in a variety of initiatives surrounding restorative justice, working closely with the Edmonton Police Service and Community Organizations. Sharlene is a founding member of the Association of Collaborative Family Law Professionals which provides training programs and on-going workshops for practitioners.



Trevor Axworthy

Trevor Axworthy is a Commissioner.

Appointed 23 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner  

Trevor Axworthy, FCHRP is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) with international senior Human Resources (HR) management experience in all facets of HR in the energy business, and more recently with not-for-profit organizations. Trevor has had an extensive career with the former NOVA and NOVA Chemicals Corporation, working in all geographic areas of the province and internationally in Europe, Asia and Africa.  He also has his own consulting practice, taking interim HR executive assignments with energy companies and not-for-profits, and providing consulting to management.  He was appointed as an Alberta member of the former Office of Review Tribunal Commission, hearing appeals to the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Acts.  He has also had leadership and volunteer roles in professional and community organizations including the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, the Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations, the Rotary Club of Calgary, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Association, Inn from the Cold and the Mustard Seed. Trevor has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, with postgraduate studies in urbanism, leadership, and industrial relations. He was awarded the designation of Fellow, CHRP in 2012 in recognition of his significant contributions to the Human Resources profession in Alberta and Canada, and his community work in Calgary. 


Benjamin Ayorech

Benjamin Ayorech is a Commissioner.

Appointed 25 Mar 2010: Appeals Commissioner  

Benjamin Ayorech had extensive experience in General Management in Uganda and Tanzania after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972, majoring in Economics & Management and Administration. He came to Canada in 1988 and settled in Edmonton where he obtained a Management Studies Diploma from Grant MacEwan College in 1992. Benjamin served as Member and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (1992-1996) and as Member and Chair for the Edmonton Police Commission (1995-1998). Benjamin gained adjudication experience serving as a full-time member with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board (1998-2006).


Ken Balkwill

Ken Balkwill is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2004: Appeals Commissioner  

Ken Balkwill had an extensive career as a Business Agent with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 30, which included negotiation and administration of collective agreements with the City of Edmonton, Northlands Park and EPCOR. Ken served as a Provincial Executive member of CUPE for approximately 15 years. Ken was appointed to the Local Authorities Pension Plan Board and through his service of over 20 years served as Vice-Chair and Appeals Committee Chair.

Ken has also served as a Senate member of the University of Alberta, a member of the United Way Board of Directors, and he is the past Chair of the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund Board of Trustees.


Sherryl Basarab

Sherryl Basarab is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Basarab is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Law Society of British Columbia. Her legal career has focused on labour, employment, and administrative law. She has represented clients in front of many tribunals, including workers' compensation, human rights, labour relations, and employment standards tribunals. Ms. Basarab was also in-house counsel at the BC Labour Relations Board and the Employment Standards Tribunal of BC. She has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Court of Appeal on applications for judicial review of tribunal decisions. Ms. Basarab's roles have provided her with extensive experience in administrative proceedings, application of legislation and policy, and decision writing.


Gordon Bogstie

Gordon Bogstie is a Commissioner.

Appointed 25 Mar 2010: Appeals Commissioner  

Gordon Bogstie worked for Canada Post for over 30 years. He has also been elected to a variety of positions within his Union and has served as a full time officer in the capacity of Local President and Health and Safety Officer. He has served on the executive of the Calgary and District Labour Council and recently finished a nine year term on the Board of Referees Tribunal for Employment Insurance.


Roxanne Devaney

Roxanne Devaney is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Devaney was a National Representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and she also worked as a National Representative in the Okanagan Valley, stationed out of Kelowna. Her responsibilities involved grievance handling, including arbitration and collective agreement negotiations for a number of CUPE Locals in all sectors, including Long Term Care, School Boards, Health Care, and Civic Employees. She has also been the Spokesperson for Mediation with the Government of Alberta. She has worked on a number of Boards such as Chair of the Governance Committee for the Fort McMurray Regional Airport Authority, Board of Referees for the Government of Canada's Employment Insurance System, and City of Edmonton Tax Assessment Appeal Board. Ms. Devaney's role as Alderwoman for the City of Fort Saskatchewan also strengthened her leadership skills and ability to think strategically to resolve problems. 


Denis Boissonneault

Denis Boissonneault is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2005: Appeals Commissioner  

After a short time in retail sales, Denis Boissonneault began his career in workers' compensation. During that time, Denis also obtained several years of post-secondary education in the field of Business Management Studies.  For the past 34 years, Denis has worked in various capacities in the workers' compensation system, specifically with vocational rehabilitation, claims review and analysis, as an appeals adjudicator and quality assurance advisor. For the past 20 years, Denis has worked directly with the Appeals Commission in the areas of appeal preparation and management, as well as being a senior policy advisor.


Kelly Budge

Kelly Budge is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2004: Appeals Commissioner  

Kelly spent the last seven years of his working career as Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1007. During his 21-year career with Local 1007 he had extensive experience in collective bargaining and grievance proceedings and has served on many related committees directly resulting from these activities.

Kelly is a journeyman power lineman and represented labour on various committees including Electrical Utility Regulations committees for Alberta Labour.


Eugene Dumont

Eugene Dumont is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner    

Eugene Dumont has been employed by Canada Safeway for 26 years and has worked in many different roles within the Distribution and Transportation divisions of Edmonton.  He began his career with two years in commercial construction and then worked for a five-year period in the oil sands and pipeline industry.

His role as a labor activist began when he was asked to be shop steward for his warehouse in 1998.  This decision led to many successfully completed training courses offered by his union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 401.  The courses included Shop Steward Level Two, Health and Safety, Public Speaking, Labor Law, Facing Management and Organizing.

He has served for two years as Elected Vice President for his Locals Executive Committee, Provincial Chair for their Health and Safety Committee and has been an acting Relief Union Representative for local 401.  Mr. Dumont has sat on many types of panels and Boards, including Collective Bargaining, Grievance Review, Executive Board and is a volunteer.  

Eugene has since completed the Principles of Administrative Justice course through The Foundation of Administrative Justice.  His volunteer efforts encompass many labor functions including the Alberta Federation of Labor, Edmonton and District Labor Council and he has mentored and passed decisions for criminal behavior on the St.  Albert Youth Justice Committee.


Harry Edge

Harry Edge is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2006: Appeals Commissioner  

Harry Edge had an extensive career with Edmonton Telephones. As a Journeyman Telecommunications Electrician, he held various positions within the company. He actively participated in the Union throughout his career and served as Shop Steward, Unit Chair and Secretary. He became the Assistant Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1007 and subsequently the Business Manager/Financial Secretary where he was responsible for collective bargaining, grievance processing and administration of collective agreements for Edmonton Telephones, EPCOR and the City of Edmonton.

Harry has served as a Member of the City of Edmonton Major Medical Appeals Committee and has served as the co-chair of several labour management committees. Harry also served as Vice President of the Alberta Federation of Labour.


Christine S. Enns

Christine Enns is a Commissioner.

Appointed 5 Dec 2012: Appeals Commissioner  

Before embarking on her present career, Christine Enns was a professional orchestral musician with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a music teacher for 14 years. Christine then obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta. She began a career in private practice before joining the Alberta Human Rights Commission as a Human Rights Officer for seven years. Christine presently provides independent legal services for start-up and established clients in high tech industry regarding intellectual property issues and is a member of the Law Enforcement Review Board reviewing and adjudicating appeals following the investigation of complaints.


Charles Fisher

Charles Fisher is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2005: Appeals Commissioner  

Charles Fisher worked with Canada Post for over 30 years where he had held a variety of management positions in operations. In his most recent position of Workers' Compensation Specialist, Prairie Region, Charlie has researched, prepared and presented cases at more than 200 workers' compensation related hearings in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Since 2008, he has been a Board Member on the Government of Alberta Second Level Long Term Disability Appeal Board.  Charlie also served as an Appeal Board Member and Hearing Chair with the Department of Children and Youth Services. 


Donna Gilman

Donna Gilman is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Gilman has had a diverse career in both the public and private sectors, including working as a Manager, Human Resources Specialist, Policy Officer, Educator, and a Claims Officer for the Workers' Compensation Boards of Alberta and Saskatchewan. She worked extensively with employees, employers, and business owners while serving as Director of Maintenance Enforcement for Saskatchewan Justice and as Manager of Collections for the Consumer Taxation Branch of British Columbia. Ms. Gilman has served as an Appeal Panel Member on the Alberta Transportation Safety Board and is currently a Community Member on panels for Alberta Community and Social Services. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta and used her skills to facilitate educational sessions for the Alberta Human Rights Commission and a Canadian financial services company. Ms. Gilman is also a trained mediator. 


Gary Godziuk

Gary Godziuk is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Mr. Godziuk is a commissioned Branch Executive with over 28 years of experience within law enforcement. His experience spans administrative, managerial, and operational positions. He is a proven analytical and strategic thinker who excels at evaluating evidence, providing fair judgment, solving problems, and working towards consensus. Mr. Godziuk has experience in quasi-tribunal administrative proceedings on the City of St. Albert's Assessment Review Board as a public and presiding member. He has also been a member of the Subdivision Development and Appeal Board.


Cheryl Hamer

Cheryl Hamer is a Commissioner.

Appointed 23 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner  

Cheryl Hamer has over 20 years of experience in heavy industry including experience in the mining and oil and gas sectors.

As an independent worker's advocate for approximately 10 years, Cheryl has extensive experience with administrative tribunals, and was appointed for a three year term to the Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Council.  Cheryl holds an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from the University of Alberta.  She is also a Canadian Registered Safety Professional and has held dedicated health and safety positions since 2008 in both union and non-union settings.

Presently she is completing a degree in Human Resources and Labor Studies to compliment past involvements and her interest in labour, human rights and employment standards issues.


Linda Huebscher

Linda Huebscher is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Huebscher is a former lawyer and truck driver with in-depth knowledge of administrative proceedings gained through appearing before arbitration panels, the Alberta Labours Relations Board, and health discipline boards. She has highly developed communication, analytical, and decision-making skills. She has worked as an assistant to the Ontario Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour, General Counsel for the Teamsters Joint Council 52, and legal representative for the Alberta regional office of Canadian Union of Public Employees. Amongst her many professional activities, Ms. Huebscher used to be a labour law instructor for the Alberta Federation of Labour and the Edmonton and District Labour Council from 1997 to 2017.


Shannon Jacobi

Shannon Jacobi is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Jacobi's background includes union leadership experience serving as the Vice President of the United Nurses of Alberta Local #15, as well as assisting with the Alberta Federation of Labour Workers' Health Centre. She holds a BSc in Nursing from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety from Columbia Southern University. She has worked in workers' compensation settings in both Alberta and the Yukon, giving her extensive insight into the claim review and appeal processes, and the principles of administrative law. Her broad experience includes serving as the Alberta Director for the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals, as well as the President of the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association. Ms. Jacobi has held numerous leadership roles and has served as a clinical associate professor at the University of Alberta, an instructor in the occupational health and disability management programs at MacEwan University, and as an instructor/program developer for the occupational health and safety program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Her work has been recognized nationally by the Canadian Occupational Health Nursing Association, which awarded her the 2017 Award of Excellence. With over 30 years of experience in occupational health and safety, disability management, and nursing, she has developed great decision-making and leadership qualities. 


Dianna Jossa

Dianna Jossa is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner  

Dianna Jossa holds a BA in Psychology, a MSW in Social Policy and Administration and RSW as an accredited social worker in Alberta.  She has taken additional training in executive management and critical incident stress management.  In addition to her background as a heavy equipment operator , labourer and camp cook, her professional resume includes over 30 years' experience in the field of health and social service program management and delivery, working in both the private and government sectors.  She has served on the Appeals Panel for the Assured Income for Severely Handicapped as well as many community and health-related boards. 


Bruce Kenward

Bruce Kenward is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Mr. Kenward has a current designation in Vocational Rehabilitation. Prior to this training, he worked in a large cement manufacturing plant for 13 years while serving as the local union President and Vice President. He was responsible for representing the members with Workers' Compensation Board claim issues, grievances/arbitration, and safety matters. For the past 15 years, Mr. Kenward has worked with the Workers' Advisers Office of British Columbia in many capacities, including Program Manager and was responsible for the development of the branch's stakeholder training material.


Stephania Luciuk

Stephania Luciuk is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Luciuk is a lawyer with extensive experience in litigation, regulatory processes, and alternative dispute resolution. She worked in private legal practice focusing on commercial and employment litigation with appearances before all levels of court in Alberta and labour arbitrations. For most of the past 15 years, she worked as in-house counsel for major firms in the oil and gas industry. As a professor at a Calgary university, Ms. Luciuk has taught classes in business law, trade law, labour relations, and human resource management. Ms. Luciuk volunteers with a variety of local and national charitable and not-for-profit organizations.


Allan Mah

Allan Mah is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner  

Allan Mah is a real estate professional with extensive experience in real estate, management, development, real estate laws and mortgage financing.  He was the Director of Real Estate & Parking Services for the University of Alberta, managing real estate investments, and parking and transportation services. He was also Property Manager with the City of Edmonton managing commercial leasing and properties. Allan has been a lecturer at the University of Alberta, Edmonton and Red Deer Real Estate Boards, Building, Owners and Managers Association, Real Estate Institute of Chicago, Alberta Real Association Real Estate Agents and Brokers Licensing and the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association.

Allan is involved in many community services including the Board of Trustees University Hospital Foundation.  He is currently serving as Vice President of ASSIST Community Services, Vice-President of Chinatown Multilevel Care Foundation, Hong Lok Care Centre Management Board, NAIT Board of Governors, Vice President of Toi Shan Society and Mah Socieity of Edmonton.  Allan has extensive experience as facilitator and consultant to many non-profit organizations in strategic and succession planning and board governance.  He is the President of his own consulting business.


Jerry McKenna

Jerry McKenna is a Commissioner.

Appointed 25 Mar 2010: Appeals Commissioner  

Jerry McKenna worked for over 30 years as a lawyer with the Alberta Justice Department in the Civil Law Branch.  During this time he practiced in both solicitor and advocacy positions.  His practice included the giving of advice to, and appearing before, a number of administrative tribunals, in the areas of expropriation, education and policing law, and had many appearances before the courts in Alberta.  He was most recently involved in the planning and development of large infrastructure projects throughout the province.  Jerry has served in volunteer positions in a number of social service, health and community development agencies in Edmonton.


Brian McLeod

Brian McLeod is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner 

Brian McLeod served over 36 years in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in a variety of operational and administrative mandates.  A significant part of his career was dedicated to leadership roles including commander of "K" Division (Alberta) Internal Affairs Unit, Incident Commander of Edmonton Emergency Response Team, serious crimes, and detachment/district commander.  During the last eight years of public duty, Brian served as Superintendent, District Officer in charge of the Provincial Capital District, "K" Division.  In addition to his policing career with the RCMP, Mr. McLeod held the position of Director, Campus Security Services at the University of Alberta for over two and a half years.

Brian was an active member of the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) for 10 years and served as Chair, AACP Law Amendments Committee for an extended period.  During the course of his career, Brian has been the benefactor of a broad range of RCMP sponsored training opportunities and while employed with the RCMP, he attained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta.  As well, Brian received training in administrative tribunals and appeared before a variety of tribunals involving the University of Alberta and RCMP Discipline and Discharge adjudication boards.


Jeanne Miller

Jeanne Miller is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Ms. Miller has an extensive and diverse work history within union and non-union corporate and public service in all levels. She is a former Federal Inspector for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and an Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Officer. Ms. Miller has worked for 25 years as an Occupational Health, Safety, and Environment Manager specializing in the safe use of radioactive and explosive materials. She has extensive field inspection experience and an understanding of oil and gas, mining, pipeline, power transmission systems, and nuclear and conventional power generation.


Michael Necula

Michael Necula is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 July 2017: Appeals Commissioner

Mr. Necula has spent his labour relations career in labour management, mediation of collective bargaining disputes, facilitation, contract negotiation, labour relations consulting, and alternate dispute resolution in both the public and private sectors across Canada. His public sector experience includes 14 years of providing mediation services to public sector unions and employers in the education, health care, and essential services sectors. Through his roles in alternative dispute resolution and board member arbitration committees, Mr. Necula's accumulated experience provides him with a far ranging knowledge of labour relations and a skillset in dispute resolution.


Paul Paquette

Paul Paquette is a Commissioner.

Appointed 1 May 2005: Appeals Commissioner  

Paul Paquette has extensive appeal system experience and has acted as an advocate for injured workers as an independent consultant.  Paul has a Business Administration educational background, and his appeals system experience includes being on the Strathcona County Assessment Review Board, Child Care Licensing Review Board and Coordinator of Appeals for the Alberta Safety Codes Council.


Dr Peter Pellatt

Dr Peter Pellat is a Commissioner.

Appointed 5 Dec 2012: Appeals Commissioner  

Dr Pellatt is a seasoned, well educated, senior business executive with decision-making responsibilities and bottom line accountability in a variety of Canadian industries and companies.  His experience encompasses executive positions with both large, publicly owned companies and smaller privately owned businesses.  As a mentor to senior management on business ethic issues and as a resource for the owners or directors of Canadian companies and organizations to rely upon when developing, communicating and implementing a wide variety of strategic decisions, he has had extensive experience with human resource challenges and issues.  Peter's life-long business focus has been, wherever possible, to identify "win-win" solutions which are fair and which generate long-term benefits to all parties.


Ralph Peterson

Ralph Peterson is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner 

Ralph Peterson was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and between 1994 and 1998, a Managing Partner of the Edmonton office.  In 2003, Ralph left public practice to join industry and performed as Vice President, Finance, Corporate Risk & Strategy and Chief Financial Officer.  In 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of a private equity held steel fabrication company.  In 2013, Ralph semi-retired to devote more time to his family and his Corporate Boards.

His professional qualifications include:  Chartered Accountant and Member of both the Alberta and Ontario Institutes, Fellow Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional, Institute-Certified Director and member of the Edmonton Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

For years, Ralph performed as an Officer of the Court in various restructurings and disputes.  This experience required working closely with a variety of legal professionals, often preparing reports to the Court on proceedings and making recommendations for the Court's consideration.

Ralph's volunteer activities included:  Chair - Glenrose Foundation, Member - Edmonton Business Leaders for Public Education, Co-Chair -Capital Health  Authority (Leadership Division - Health Smart Solutions Campaign), Director - Edmonton Symphony Society, Director - Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation, Director - Edmonton Christmas Bureau, Member - Edmonton Glenora Rotary Club, Director - Leduc/Nisku Economic Development Authority.


Carol Read

Carol Read is a Commissioner.

Appointed 5 Dec 2012: Appeals Commissioner  

Carol Read has worked with Canada Post for the past 35 years during which she has held various elected positions with CUPW including Local President, Education Officer, and Chief Shop Steward. For the past 14 years Carol has been in the full-time elected position of Grievance Officer.

Carol has direct experience in an appeal tribunal setting through her role as a member on the Employment Insurance Board of Referees for the past 2 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, supplemented by a Labour Studies Certificate from the Labour College of Canada.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys travel and travel writing, gardening, photography and camping.


Trevor Thain

Trevor Thain is a Commissioner.

Appointed 16 June 2014: Appeals Commissioner 

Trevor Thain has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry at a senior management level, complimented with an additional nine years as the Mayor of the Town of Whitecourt.

Trevors's post-secondary education was associated with his work, with him attaining an Associate designation with the Institute of Canadian Bankers.  His management experience covered many areas from overseeing staffing levels of over 200 employees to having in-depth knowledge of financial information and hands on experience with budgeting, forecasting and financial statements.

This knowledge is further enhanced by serving on numerous past and present boards and committees, such as the Capital Region Assessment Board, Northern Gateway Pipeline Community Advisory Board, Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Child and Family Services Region 7. 

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