Rick Christiaanse, Chief Executive Officer

Rick is a seasoned senior executive in the corporate, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He brings decades of senior business leadership experience driving growth and completing multi-million-dollar investments into Australia, China, the Philippines, South Korea, the EU and New Zealand. He has solid global business experience and has held senior positions nationally and internationally, working with TELUS International, Glentel Inc., Shift Networks, Skidmore Group, Sport BC and more.

Rick has served as Chairman of the Broadway Benevolent Association, Chair of the Translink Governance Committee, and Vice-Chairman of Vancity’s Nominations and Elections Committee. His work includes coaching leaders and business owners through the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Leaders of Tomorrow and Trade Accelerator Programs.

Greg Baker, Vice President, International Markets

Greg joins the Invest Alberta Corporations with more than 20 years of experience advancing Alberta’s economic development interests abroad, including serving for nearly seven years as the Managing Director of the Government of Alberta’s office in Korea. In that role, he led a team focused on promoting Alberta as a premier investment and business development destination. Working closely with major Korean industry players, he provided cross-sector export development support for Alberta industry.

Justin Archer, Vice President, Business Development

Justin leads the Business Development team as well as the Marketing and Advertising team at Invest Alberta. His focus is ensuring the organization attracts investment to Alberta by meeting with decision-makers around the world and earning their business by showing the significant benefits on offer for the firms, people and capital that choose Alberta. For the past decade, he founded and built a multi-million dollar ad agency from the ground up. He has a long history of winning new business, and building award-winning communications campaigns. He is active in the community, currently sitting on the Board of Directors of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation.

Lynette Tremblay, Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Lynette is a highly respected and results-driven leader with a proven track record and extensive experience across public, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to Invest Alberta Corporation, Lynette served as VP Strategy & Innovation for Edmonton Global, helping to attract foreign direct investment and increase trade for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Lynette has also held senior roles in economic development, municipal and provincial government and the private sector in B.C., Ontario and Alberta. In those roles, Lynette has helped build and transform organizations and led marketing, communications, policy and stakeholder relations. 

Dave Rodney, Senior Representative, Tourism Investment and Parks Liaison

During the initial development of the Invest Alberta Corporation, Dave served as Alberta’s Agent General to Houston. Prior to joining, Dave acted as President of SQ Enterprises, CEO of Tourism Canmore Kananaskis, and Senior Advisor to Alberta Counsel. As a four-term MLA, Dave served as the Associate Minister of Wellness, House Leader, and on various international committees. He has also served on Travel Alberta’s Strategic Tourism Marketing Council, and the Calgary Stampede Board. Dave earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (AD) from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Education degree from Newman College, and is completing a Certified Destination Management Executive Credential. 

Neeraj Gupta, Chief Advisor, Technology and Innovation Investments

Neeraj has more than two decades of experience in a variety of fields including technology, innovation management and intellectual property consulting, investments, emerging technologies, and product development. He has advised several provincial and federal governments in Asia and Europe on cross-border trade, investments, intellectual property, innovation, technology, and start-up ecosystems. He has authored a book on intellectual property, mentored more than 100 start-ups, and has been an angel investor. He holds Bachelor of Material Science degree from IIT (India), Master of Mathematics degree from KTH (Sweden), and PGPX from UCLA Anderson School of Management (USA) in General Management.

Brad Fournier, Director, Business Development, Agriculture

Brad joins Invest Alberta with over 25 years of senior and executive management experience working in government, private and non-profit space across the agriculture and health sectors. Raised on an Alberta dairy and purebred Angus operation, Brad’s oversight of $75M in research and innovation investment, policy and program delivery and livestock financing are just some highlights of his agriculture experience. Brad acquired an BSc Agriculture and an MSc in livestock molecular genomics at the University of Saskatchewan; he then obtained an MBA (Athabasca). Brad sits on a range of boards and committees like Canadian Angus Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region.

Michelle Leslie, Director, Stakeholder Engagement, Eastern Canada

An international journalist and scientist, Michelle brings more than 15 years experience in both private and public sector organizations to her role including working in Canada’s nuclear industry and as a Canadian delegate to the IAEA. Prior to joining the Invest Alberta Corporation, Michelle worked for Natural Resources Canada on domestic and international policy issues; and as a journalist she covered business, energy and environmental issues for the CBC, The Boston Globe, Reuters and many others. An Alberta native, Michelle completed her undergraduate work at the University of Toronto and Mississippi State University and was awarded a Global Journalism Fellowship from the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Alexandra Hryciw, Director, Strategic Initiatives

Prior to joining the Invest Alberta Corporation, Alex worked in the tech ecosystems of Edmonton and Calgary as the Director of Strategy at Innovate Edmonton and a founding member of the Alberta Innovation Corridor Partnership. She served as a Senior Advisor to Mayor Don Iveson, and has a great appreciation for policy development, city building, and history. 

John Richardson, Business Development Officer

John joins the Invest Alberta Corporation after having recently studied barriers to diversification in Alberta. In his previous positions, including with the United Kingdom House of Commons and Calgary Arts Development, John gained critical research and policy skills. John holds a Master of Comparative Politics degree from the London School of Economics.

Jordan Speakman, Senior Manager, International Markets

Jordan joined the Invest Alberta Corporation from the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), where he started his started his career in the public service in 2006. From October 2014 until February 2020, Jordan joined the Government of Alberta (GOA) where he focused his efforts on trade promotion and investment attraction with Asia.  While with the GOA, Jordan was able to lead numerous trade missions throughout Asia and helped to establish the Alberta Export Expansion Program.  In February 2020, Jordan re-joined the TCS.  Jordan holds an MBA degree from Queens University and a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Andrew Fisher, Director, Governance, Research and Reporting

With more than 10 years working in communications and PR roles, Andrew joins Invest Alberta with deep experience in government advocacy, public affairs, and government relations. He has management experience in international trade, investment programming, and policy initiatives with the Government of Alberta. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Communications degree from Royal Roads University.

Ada Javier, Director, Marketing

Ada brings over 15 years of B2B and B2C global marketing acumen to the Invest Alberta team. She has a track record of leading brand growth through insight-driven marketing strategies. Her areas of expertise span across tourism, energy, financial services, education, retail and manufacturing in North America, Asia and Europe. Most recently, Ada led consumer marketing initiatives at Travel Alberta, inspiring digitally connected international travelers to explore Alberta. Ada is a Canadian Advertising Accredited Professional (CAAP), holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.

Jill Perras, Director, Corporate Operations

Jill brings proven leadership in building organizational capacity to the Invest Alberta Corporation. Prior to joining, Jill lead operations for an energy focused private equity firm with over $3bn of assets under management. Jill also worked for an arms-length government agency in policy development and implementation. Jill holds a Master of Management and Marketing degree from the University of Aberdeen.