Little Warriors

Our Board

Board of Directors

Glori Meldrum B.Comm.

Founder & Chair

Founding Little Warriors has been a life long dream for Glori Meldrum - she just didn't know it. Her "Ah-Ha" moment occurred nearly 24 years after being abused. Glori had a dream to do something to help prevent child sexual abuse, and Little Warriors is the realization of that dream.

Glori is a successful entrepreneur, and it is her business knowledge, strong vision, and willingness to take risks and dedication to self-improvement that makes Glori an asset to the Little Warriors Board of Directors.

In addition to being a Little Warrior herself, Glori is a business owner, mother, wife and philanthropist. She owns and operates a successful advertising agency and web development company. Glori is also involved in a number of projects for local not-for-profit organizations including The Good Samaritan Society, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Glori’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Glori was among the top 18 finalist from 6400 nominees for the 2017 RBC Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Social Change for her work with Little Warriors.  She was the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Living Me to We Award – Social Action category; Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Social Entrepreneur category; the 2009 Rotary Integrity Award; a 2008 Global Woman of Vision award; a 2005 YWCA Woman of Distinction award; was named one of Caldwell Partners’ 2010 “Top 40 Canadians Under 40”; and she became the first female president of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) of Edmonton.

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Jason Pincock

Vice Chair

Jason is currently the Chief Executive Officer of DynaLIFEDx, one of Alberta’s largest private healthcare organizations.  At over 1100 employees DynaLIFEDx is Canada’s most regarded multidisciplinary clinical laboratory organization and is recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies. DynaLIFEDx provides clinical diagnostics to support physicians, patients, hospitals and other health providers from central Alberta through the Territories. DynaLIFEDx is internationally accredited for quality and is routinely listed as one of Albert’s Best Workplaces.  Its dedication to the community includes sponsorships and fundraising for a variety of charities and paid days off for all employees to participate in community/charity events.

Jason is a Certified Management Accountant, a graduate of the Queens Executive Program and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Jason works with an ownership board, including Borealis Infrastructure (OMERS) and Laboratory Corporation of America (publicly traded) as well as a board of senior policy advisors. With a decade of experience at the executive level his background includes roles such Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Business Development/Government Relations. Although his professional background is financial, he is regarded for his transparent and accountable leadership style, as a creator and driver of innovation and strategy, and a trusted and supportive partner to both government and industry. Jason participates in various bio-tech related industry groups, works with Economic Development and on various community committees and serves on the Board of the Bissell Centre.

On a personal level, Jason lives in St. Albert with a family that includes six active children. In between work and kids he is an active outdoorsman with passions from sailing to skiing, motorbikes to mountains, and loves to spend time with his family or behind the boat at their cabin near Athabasca.

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Dwayne Stang, CA, CFP

Treasurer

Dwayne Stang is the Managing Partner of a local accounting firm, Stang LLP Chartered Accounts.  Dwayne graduated from the University of Alberta with Distinction in December 1999 and received his designation as a Chartered Accountant in October 2002. During his professional career Dwayne has focussed his attention on providing services to owner managed companies and not-for-profit organizations.

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Tim Kirby

Director

Tim practices in all areas of taxation law with an emphasis on estate/succession planning, corporate and personal tax planning and purchases and sales of businesses.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Alberta where he received numerous academic awards including the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society Award for the highest mark in Corporate Taxation and the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association Prize for excellence in Evidence. Tim is an active author and lecturer with organizations such as the Canadian Tax Foundation, Canadian Bar Association, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and the Federated Press. He is presently a Director of KidSport Edmonton, a non-profit organization promoting organized sport participation.

Tim is married and has 2 beautiful daughters. He is a past board member of KidSport Edmonton, avid rugby fan and former avid rugby player.

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Guy Mersereau

Director

Guy is currently Director Communication and Business Relations for Stream-Flo Group of Companies, a family-owned Edmonton founded and based manufacturer of wellheads, chokes and pipeline valves serving global and North American markets. Guy retired as President of Vallen, a national distributor of safety and industrial MRO products following a long career in pipe, valve and fittings business with Westlund, Newman Hattersley and Crane. Guy is a highly motivated, creative and versatile executive with significant skills in developing solutions over 45 plus years.  He is especially adept at internal and external communication, training and inspiring leadership to deliver on results. He has proven senior-level strategic business planning, policy direction and decision-making. Guy is currently the Co- Chair of the Cross Cancer Golf Tournament and has a long history of leadership roles with volunteer organizations including International Oilman’s Golf, Greenfield Community League and Associated Canadian Travelers.

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Marcie Kiziak

Director

Marcie Kiziak is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Alcanna, North America’s largest liquor retailer. Previous to this role, Marcie spent 15 years in the oil and gas and construction sectors focused on senior HR leadership and Integration.

From 2009 until 2012, Marcie served as a Director, Vice-President, and ultimately President of the HRMAE which became the Human Resources Institute of Alberta – Edmonton Chapter. In 2015, Marcie rejoined the HRIA as a Director and has since been elected to the Vice Chair role as well as sits on the Governance Committee. Marcie is also on the Board of Directors for Little Warriors and the Safety Codes Council.

Marcie has a degree in Management with a focus on Human Resources and Labour Relations from the University of Lethbridge, a Project Management Certificate from NAIT and a Change Management Certificate from Prosci. She currently sits on the Human Resources Advisory Committee for NAIT and regularly volunteers to speak at Edmonton’s post-secondary institutes.

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Kevin Brosseau

Director

As the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Safety and Security, for Transport Canada, Kevin Brosseau is responsible for leading the development of regulations and standards to support safety and security in air, marine, rail, and road transportation. He is also responsible for the implementation of programs — monitoring, testing, and inspection — to enforce the regulations and standards.

Prior to his appointment to Transport Canada, Mr. Brosseau was a senior leader with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) where he was most recently the Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing. Mr. Brosseau spent most of his career with the RCMP and practising law in both Canada and the United States. After working as a police officer for ten years starting in 1988, he rose to high-ranking positions, including Assistant Commissioner, Contract and Indigenous Policing, and Commanding Officer of the Manitoba Division, before being promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2016.

Mr. Brosseau was granted a Masters of Laws degree by the Harvard Law School in 2003, and is a former Fulbright Scholar. He is originally from Bonnyville, Alberta and is of Metis descent. He is married to Krista Brosseau, and they are proud parents of their son, Nicholas

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Eman Oliver

Director

Eman Oliver is currently enjoying the early stages of retirement, as she was with Scotiabank for over 40 years. During her time at Scotiabank she mentored many Bank Managers and developed many long-standing relationships with clients over the years. In her charitable work with many organizations in the Edmonton area, she has helped to raise well over a million dollars. She is a post board member for the WIN House. Eman married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 beautiful grown children. She enjoys gardening, travelling and most of all cooking.

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Kirsten Hayne

Director

Kirsten is an experienced labour and employment lawyer with Brownlee LLP where she works with employers of all sizes and structures, including private/public corporations, not-for-profit organizations and school boards.  Prior to returning to private practice, Kirsten served as the Vice President of People Services & General Counsel for Northlands, where she oversaw over 3,500 dynamic staff and volunteers in addition to the legal, governance and regulatory matters.  Kirsten believes strongly in volunteering within her community, and instills these values in her three children.

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Lee Funke

Director

Over a 30-year professional career, Lee has worked in a number of senior positions advising Premiers, Ministers, Mayors, and CEOs on public policy and media issues.

Lee resumed his consulting practice after spending several years as an advocate for Alberta’s oil sands industry as the Interim Executive Director of the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA) and the National Communications Director, Oil Sands for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

Lee also served as the most senior communications professional in the Alberta government for three years. In the role of Managing Director of the Public Affairs Bureau, Lee was as a member of Executive Council and provided strategic media relations counsel to all Deputy Ministers, Cabinet members as well as Premiers Ed Stelmach and Alison Redford on public policy issues.

Prior to his role in government, Lee spent 10 years as a successful government relations and public relations consultant. He worked on a wide-range of issues including land use planning, environmental management, infrastructure, public health and education. As a consultant Lee worked with Alberta Pork and provincial health officials on the detection of H1N1 in Alberta’s swine herd – the first known case of the virus transferring from humans to swine. Lee assisted Alberta Pork address worldwide media attention from international broadcasters including BBC, CNN, and Reuters.

Early in his career, Lee was the Communications Director for Alberta Environmental Protection and spent eight years with the department. He was the primary spokesperson for the department and conducted media interviews on a wide range of issues including employee fatalities, enforcement actions, regulatory approvals and environmental emergencies.

Lee is a committed business and community volunteer. Lee has served as Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s Federal-Provincial Finance Committee. In addition to the Little Warriors board, he is on the board of St. Mary’s University in Calgary. Lee has also served as a member of Strathcona County’s Community Health Council and served on the local Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

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Samantha Kernahan

Director

Samantha Kernahan is Associate Counsel at the Edmonton office of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP (formerly Davis LLP) where she specializes in corporate/commercial law with a sub-specialty in intellectual property and information technology law.

Before returning to private practice seven years ago, Samantha served as in-house counsel at two post-secondary institutions in Alberta, where her mandates included governance and decision-making, policy drafting, public procurement and management of intellectual property.

Currently Samantha advises both private and public sector clients with respect to corporate organization and governance, commercial matters and intellectual property protection. Samantha has long advised clients on sound decision-making in accordance with policy frameworks and the rules and theory of administrative law.

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Alita Murowchuk

Director

An explorer and adventurer at heart, Alita was immersed into her culture and language at a young age through her mother’s work with First Nations and Métis communities, organizations and People in the Dawson Creek, BC area. It wasn’t until she was a young adult living in Calgary that she experienced a profound sense of belonging during her first sweat lodge ceremony in Bragg Creek. Enriched through ceremony and traditional knowledge and teachings she set her sails towards a career working in community. Ms. Murowchuk’s passion to engender positive change and bring benefit to Indigenous communities was heightened through her career in Heart Lake First Nation. Young, eager and willing to do anything to increase awareness and understanding Alita sought further knowledge through the Indigenous Community and Industry Relations program offered at the University of Alberta. It was there that she found allies, mentors, knowledge keepers and friends that validated her understanding and strength in knowing that anything is possible when we work to together; also known as the “collective lift”. She learned early that ethical space needs to be created in order to understand how Industry and First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities can achieve prosperity and well-being; in part by working collaboratively to realize the equity and change that Canada desperately needs in 2019.

Alita’s experience working in community and the non-profit, corporate and volunteer sectors has enabled multiple connections and a vast network and has increased her personal and professional capacity. Reflection and connection help to ground Ms. Murowchuk on her journey towards better understanding what Indigenous peoples need today, and how she can share and provide tools towards impactful positive community driven change.

 

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Ben Dutton

Director

Ben is a Civil Engineer with an MBA.  He is married (Brandy – married 20 years) with two children; he is a member of YPO Alberta and active in the Edmonton / Alberta community with professional organizations (NAIOP) and charities (Stollery).

Ben currently serves as the COO for Pangman Development Corp, working with Kevin McKee and John Day to enhance the City of Edmonton’s built environment by delivering first-class real estate development projects.

Prior to joining Pangman, Ben moved from Phoenix, Arizona to take over as President and CEO of the Casman Group of Companies, an industrial and commercial contractor based in Fort McMurray, delivering services to Oil Sands producers, commercial / residential developers and municipalities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Edmonton Metro area, the Calgary Metro area and Victoria, BC.  Ben and his family lived in Fort McMurray from 2011 to 2015, moving to Edmonton in June 2015 to grow Casman’s presence outside of Fort McMurray. While in Fort McMurray, Ben served in various roles (including President of the Board) for United Way of Fort McMurray, as well as serving on the boards of UDI and the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.

Ben and his family lived in Phoenix from 1997 to 2011.  He began his career as a Civil Engineer designing heavy civil infrastructure for State and Municipal DOTs, before gaining his MBA and joining the Pulte Homes Land Development team.  Ben directly led Pulte / Del Webb’s Master Planned Community Development projects (including individual projects up to 5,000 acres), ultimately assuming leadership for all of Pulte Del Webb’s land development activity in Phoenix (delivering 7,500 lots per year).  Outside of Pulte / Del Webb, Ben was active in the community, participating in professional organizations, serving on municipal advisory boards (including development impact fee and design standards), and sponsoring text amendments to County / City standards.

Ben completed his undergraduate degree in the UK, and served in the Army reserves whilst attending University in Leeds.  He graduated in 1996 and emigrated to the United States, having met his wife, Brandy, in Leeds.

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David Wilson

Director

Originally from Renfrew Ontario,  David graduated with his degree in social work from Laurentian University in Sudbury. David came to Alberta in 1982 and worked for the Alberta Government in children’s services until his retirement in September 2018. David worked in many different, progressively more senior roles throughout his career in child intervention, which included 4 years with Saskatchewan Social Services as Family Services Program Manager in Saskatoon. David served as a Governor with the Portage College in Lac La Biche as well as other volunteer activities that served families and children.

Included in his career was being Chief Executive Officer of the former Region 5 (East Central Alberta) Child and Family Services Authority, Senior Project Manger implementing a new provincial practice model and the Provincial Director of the Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act. David retired from Children’s Services after 36 years with his last position in the Edmonton Region as Associate Director for Service Delivery. In retirement David has set up his own consulting business and is working part time as Executive Director for a child group care agency in Edmonton, HF Resources. In his spare time David enjoys yoga and meditation and travel.

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