Invest Alberta Board
The Invest Alberta Corporation’s Board of Directors was appointed on July 29, 2020.
Invest Alberta’s Board of Director’s oversees the governance and strategic direction of the corporation.
The Board is accountable for the sound and prudent governance of Invest Alberta and is responsible for oversight of its management. The Board is comprised of highly experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds.
The board meeting minutes are available here:
R. Scott Hutcheson, Chair
R. Scott Hutcheson is the Executive Chair of Aspen Properties, a fully integrated, privately held commercial real estate company based in the city of Calgary. Prior to co-founding Aspen Properties in 1998, Hutcheson served as President of a real estate partnership in Florida and was also previously employed as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco. Hutcheson is an active member in our community, having served on numerous boards across the country. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons and he is a member of the Board of Directors of Own the Podium. In recent years, Hutcheson also served as the Chair of the Board of the Calgary 2026 Olympic and Paralympic bid for the winter games, has been a member of the Board of Governors of Shawnigan Lake School, a member of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, the Co-Chair of Calgary Economic Development’s, Real Estate Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Board of Winsport, and Chair of the Board of Realpac (the leading commercial real estate industry association). He was an accomplished athlete in his youth, competing as a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team from 1978-1982. Hutcheson earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Utah.
Anne McLellan, Vice Chair
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E. served four terms as the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre (1993-2006). She served as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and served as Canada’s first Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, as well as Minister of Health (2002-2003), Justice and Attorney General (1997-2002), Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (1993-1997). Ms. McLellan joined Bennett Jones in its Edmonton office in July 2006 where she provides strategic advice to the firm and its clients. Ms. McLellan has sat on many distinguished boards including currently serving on the Board of Directors of Cameco and Chairing the Boards of Pearson College UWC, TELUS Edmonton Community Board and the Institute for Research for Public Policy. In May 2015, Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor, a position she held until May 31, 2020. She was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of Alberta in the Alberta Institute for American Studies and was awarded an honorary doctorate of law degrees by both the University of Alberta and the University of Cape Breton. Prior to her political career, Ms. McLellan worked in academia. 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.
Bob Dhillon, Member
Mr. Dhillon is the President, CEO and founder of Mainstreet Equity Corp. He is the owner of National Payments, a Visa and MasterCard approved Merchant Processing business for the financial service industry. Mr. Dhillon sits on the board of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and serves as the Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada, based in Calgary. He is the author of the published book ‘Business and Retirement Guide to Belize’, currently in its second edition. Bob has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young’s 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Prairies, Real Estate & Construction category, and has been recognized in Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People. In March 2018, the University of Lethbridge renamed their business school to the Dhillon School of Business in his honour, which aims to provide innovative approaches to education with an emphasis on futuristic learning. Mr. Dhillon completed his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1998. In addition, Bob holds honorary degrees from Lakehead University and the University of Lethbridge. Mr. Dhillon is also a philanthropist and has made significant donations to a variety of causes, including providing free apartment suites to victims of the Fort McMurray and Slave Lake, Alberta fires.
Dr. T. Chen Fong, Member
A radiologist by training, Chen Fong is currently the Professor Emeritus of Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is also the Co-Chair of the Global Strategy Board of the Creative Destruction Lab, a platform of mentoring of young entrepreneurs. He has 18 years of experience in the building of start up entrepreneurial companies and is the co-founder of Pureweb Incorporated. Mr. Chen currently serves on the board of directors at Pureweb, Clarius Mobile Health, Cohesic Inc., and Innovere Medical. He is active in the community and sits on a number of philanthropic boards in healthcare. Mr. Chen holds an M.D. from University of Manitoba and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from University of Calgary. He was invested into Order of Canada and was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Alberta Business Hall of Fame. Other honours include election as Fellow of America College of Radiology.
Ashif Mawji, Member
Ashif Mawji is a serial social entrepreneur, philanthropist, community builder and investor who has built and sold several enterprises and is actively engaged in the community. He presently serves as a Venture Partner at Rising Tide, a San Francisco Bay Area Venture Capital firm. Mr. Mawji is a nationally renowned business owner and winner of numerous awards including BDC’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and has received Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies award three years in a row. He received NAIT’s Alumni of Distinction Award and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Graduates in 50 years. In 2017, he received the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal. NAIT bestowed him with an Honorary Bachelor of Business Administration the same year. Mr. Mawji’s board experience includes, Chair of the Edmonton Police Foundation, Chair of the Young Presidents Organization Alberta, Sarah McLachlan School of Music, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, Kids Kottage, Alberta’s Promise, Economic Development Edmonton, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Corent Technology, University Hospital Foundation, Citadel, CN Community Foundation, and Edmonton Opera. Ashif is also a Honorary Colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces and has been named a Fellow of the Henry Crown Fellowship (Aspen Global Leadership Network) and one of 5 Canadians bestowed with this great honour.
Janet Riopel, Member
Janet Riopel is the President & CEO of TREYL Communications Inc. She has deep roots in the community and considerable experience in managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects. Most recently, she was the President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Riopel is a Director on the Boards of the Invest Alberta Corporation and NAIT. She was Board Chair of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and Compassion House Foundation, Campaign Chair for United Way, Board Chair of MacEwan College and the Edmonton Chamber, and President of the Urban Development Institute Alberta. Ms. Riopel’s community service has brought her much recognition. She was honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, has twice been named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People, and was a Global TV Woman of Vision. Janet has received UDI’s Merit Award and the City of Edmonton’s Outstanding Service Award. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Riopel is a lifelong Edmontonian with two children and four amazing grandchildren.
Laura Daniels, Member
Laura Daniels is a retired partner of PwC. During her 32 years in public practice, 18 of them as a partner in the Calgary office, she acquired significant business acumen specializing in PwC’s private company services practice. Ms. Daniels believes strongly in the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Alberta having worked with a broad range of family owned or private equity companies. Her work spanned several industries including manufacturing and distribution, real estate, engineering, professional services, aviation, senior care facilities, technology, private investment companies and hospitality. In her last five years at PwC, Ms. Daniels led the Public Sector assurance practice for the Calgary office. She is a director of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and currently serves as Chair of the F&A Committee and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee. She is also active in her professional association having been a member of the Practice Review Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta for five years. She continues to teach various technical courses and enjoys mentoring and coaching new CPAs. Ms. Daniels is a CPA and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.
Ray Gilmour, Observer
Ray Gilmour is Alberta’s Deputy Minister of Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet. Ray has previously served in several deputy minister positions since joining the public service 12 years ago. Before joining the Alberta government, Ray worked for the City of Medicine Hat and spent 15 years in the banking and financial services industry. Ray is a CPA and graduated with a master’s of business administration and a bachelor of science in agriculture.