BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE RIVER VALLEY ALLIANCE HAS EIGHT MUNICIPAL DIRECTORS APPOINTED BY THE MUNICIPAL SHAREHOLDERS AND EIGHT DIRECTORS AT LARGE.  

Municipal Directors

Councillor
Gurk Dhanoa,
Town of Devon
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Councillor
Sally Kucher Johnson,
Parkland County
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Councillor
Michael Janz,
City of Edmonton
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Councillor
Ashley Salvador,
City of Edmonton
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Councillor
Robert Parks,
Strathcona County
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Robert worked in the financial services industry for almost a decade, starting in the branch network as a Financial Advisor, and later as a Branch Manager and then in Agricultural Lending Practices. After leaving the bank, Robert worked extensively with small, medium and large organizations in assisting them build their footprint and grow their business. He is actively involved with the United Way’s Tools for School Program and believes that all children deserve an equal opportunity to achieve their version of success. Robert’s hobbies include golf in the summer and five-pin bowling in the winter.

Councillor
Dan Derouin,
Sturgeon County
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Councillor
Patrick Noyen,
Fort Saskatchewan
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Directors at Large

Katherine O'Neill,
Board Chair, City of Edmonton
Katherine joined the YWCA Edmonton as Chief Executive Officer in March 2020. She has worked in leadership positions in communications and politics throughout her career. A writer by trade, she spent most of her journalism career working as a national correspondent with the Globe and Mail, dispatching stories from across Canada and even the dusty battlefields of Afghanistan in 2008. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University. She lives in Edmonton close to the Mackenzie Ravine and the river valley trail system and is passionate about introducing more people to this incredible natural community resource.
Marcel Chichak,
City of Edmonton

Marcel is a Professional Engineer specializing in transportation planning, river engineering and bridge structures. He has served on volunteer boards for decades, primarily focusing on local history and historic infrastructure.

Although he retired from full time consulting, he continues to provide senior review and mentorship within the industry. In his spare time he’s an avid trail runner, marathoner and recreational cyclist.

He is the Chair of the RVA’s Implementation Committee where he contributes his extensive knowledge of river valley trails, geotechnical and river engineering.

Brad Armstrong,
Strathcona County
Brad joined the Board in April 2021. He is a member of the RVA’s Implementation Committee.
Mark McRae,
City of Edmonton
Mark joined the Board in April 2021. He is the Chair of the RVA's Finance Committee.
Cathy Kiss,
Strathcona County
Cathy is the Principal of Crown Strategic Consulting Inc., an Alberta-based public affairs firm that works with local and national organizations to sustain and grow their businesses by navigating government, policy development, the regulatory and legislative processes, and the shifting political, social and economic landscapes.  Cathy has been involved with many community organizations including the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Make Something Edmonton, the United Way Cabinet, Women United as well as the Government Relations Committee for the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.  She currently sits as a Board member for the River Valley Alliance, Compassion House Foundation and the Edmonton Police Foundation. She is the Chair of the RVA's Advocacy Committee.
John McGladdery,
Strathcona County
John is a Professional Biologist and Agrologist who believes that the North Saskatchewan River Valley is the Capital Region's greatest asset. Creating an end-to-end park enables enjoyment of this resource while preserving it for future generations. Each summer he enjoys a multi-day canoe trip with friends anywhere from Drayton to Waskatenau.
Margot Ross-Graham,
City of Edmonton
Margot joined the Board in April 2021. She is the Chair of the RVA's Trail Naming Committee.
Avelyn Nicol, Interim CEC Chair,
Parkland County