Meet Our 2021 Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, which oversees all Club matters and provides Club governance, is made up of dedicated Members like you!

To contact the Board of Directors directly, please email board@royalglenora.com. Your email will be directed to the appropriate committee for review to shape policy and inform feedback. Please note that this inbox is periodically reviewed.
 


 

Brendan is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager at CIBC Wood Gundy. He has been at the Club since his parents joined in the early 90s, and loves the sense of community that the RGC creates. Along with his wife Kate and children Caroline (5) and Philip (2), Brendan and his family are avid users of many different facilities at the Club. Brendan looks forward to working with his fellow Board Members and all RGC Team Members.

 

In 2011, John retired as a senior financial executive after four decades in the private sector. John served as Treasurer of Capital Power, EPCOR, and ED TEL for various periods. His professional career focussed on treasury, corporate finance, and risk management. During his lengthy career, John negotiated many corporate and project financings, evaluated potential projects and acquisitions, prepared strategic financial plans, developed banking relationships, and developed cost-effective, comprehensive treasury functions. Since retiring, he has completed a number of consulting projects before becoming involved in RGC activities through the Finance & Audit Committee, Rink Redevelopment Committee, and subsequently its Board of Directors and Governance Committee. Currently, John also serves on the Board of Canterbury Foundation and its Finance and Redevelopment committees.  

John’s family joined the Royal Glenora Club when they moved to Alberta in 1990. For many years, John played badminton while his kids primarily used the fitness room to train for ski racing. John also met his wife, Dianne, at the Royal Glenora Club. She has been an active RGC Member since 1976.

John has always been active in the management of family sports activities. As Treasurer of both Rabbit Hill and Sunridge ski clubs, John redeveloped their accounting systems to provide better management information to club executive and members. Early on at the RGC, John served as Treasurer of the Badminton section committee and more recently the Bridge and Tennis section committees. On the Arena Redevelopment Committee, John was responsible for the financial evaluation of the various redevelopment alternatives.

For the last eight years, John has actively participated on the Finance & Audit Committee, including three years as Chair, during which time we significantly improved the financial information for management decision-making and consequently the Club’s financial position to the point of long-term cash flow sustainability. John is committed to the long-term success of the Royal Glenora Club as the Athletic and Social Club that people want to be a part of for life.



Ms. Kira Gregson has been a Member of the Royal Glenora Club for 25 years. The last 6 years, Kira has volunteered on the Royal Glenora Club Finance & Audit Committee. Kira is also heavily involved in the financial forecasting associated with the proposed Redevelopment Project. Kira is a Vice President in the Deals group at PwC Canada. Kira is a Member with her husband, Reed, and two children Hudson (3 years) and Ford (8 months). 



Dr. Jake Burlet is a serial entrepreneur with broad experience in private and international business. Jake has co-founded and overseen the management of a number of Canadian private companies in a variety of business sectors. Areas of subject matter expertise include agribusiness, technology, and business development. Internationally, Dr. Burlet has extensive experience in the United States, Vietnam, China, Mexico, Europe, and South America. 
 
Dr. Burlet has served in an executive capacity for a number of industry professional organizations. Jake has broad board experience as a professional, accredited board director. Jake’s board experience ranges from small not-for-profits to large corporate entities with annual gross revenues in excess of $2 billion dollars.  Burlet has served on the Canadian advisory boards of two multi-national veterinary pharmaceutical companies, the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation (Edmonton), The Centre for Innovation Studies (Calgary), the Waskesiu Foundation (Waskesiu), the Royal Glenora Club (Edmonton), and serves on the Board of Directors for three privately held Canadian corporations. He has served as chair of numerous board committees as well as Board Chair on a number of occasions.
 
Dr. Burlet is an alumnus of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and has post graduate training from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and is a graduate of Rotman University’s Institute of Corporate Director program.  

 

 

Will Milroy, President of Eco Medical, has been a Member of the RGC since 1986. Will and his wife, Dr. Alana Miller, have a daughter named Ava. Will has been on the Board of Directors since 2011 including time as the Chair from 2013-2015, and as Vice Chair from 2012-2013. Will is currently the Chair of the Redevelopment Committee and a member of the Governance Committee. He was previously the Chair of the Sectional Committee from 2011-2012. Will is an exceptional badminton player having competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2006, and taking the Championship in the Canadian Men’s Doubles Nationals in 2002 and from 2004 to 2009 as well as at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Nationals in 2003 and from 2005 to 2009. He also won Gold at the Pan Am Games in the Men’s Doubles category in 2007.

 



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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
Extensive Board of Directors experience on both for-profit and non-profit boards. Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors since 2010. Formal training in board governance at Stanford University Directors’ College in 2015.

Past volunteer Board/Committee Experience:
Volunteer Boards of which I have been a member include:  Edmonton Opera, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Alberta Institute of Management Consultants, Edmonton North Primary Care Network, and the Inner City Youth Development Foundation.





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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
  • Understand Corporate Governance for Non Profit Organizations - past member of the Board Governance Committee for the Royal Mayfair Golf Club for 4 years. During this time, our Committee recommended significant amendments to the Articles of  Association, Bylaws and policies. The Committee also introduced a planning cycle clearly linking strategic directions and guiding principles to performance targets. Regular 360 degree assessment of the CEO performance was also being implemented.
  • Recognizing the Importance of Adequate Reserve Funds & On-going Maintenance Plans and Budgets - past member of a condominium board for 3 years. During this time major structural issues needed to be addressed, which had not been identified by previous engineering assessments, used to establish the reserve fund. The Board retained a project manager, instituted a financial plan and approved a schedule for the required construction. New provincial legislation governing condominiums was also under development. Our Board participated in the consultation.
  • Understand Long Standing Issues and Challenges Facing Club Sports Committees - previous member of the badminton, tennis, historical and sectional committees, gaining first hand knowledge from a social player’s experience. 
  • Consultation and Conflict Resolution Skills - My career with the government involved working with a wide range of professional regulatory bodies, health service organizations and interest groups to develop policy and legislation. I was a member of a federal provincial advisory committee addressing health workforce issues and sat on several provincial boards and committees.

Past volunteer Board/Committee Experience:
  • Board Governance Committee, Royal Mayfair;
  • Member of a local condominium board;
  • RGC Sports Committees for Badminton, Tennis, and Sectional;
  • RGC Historical Committee;
  • Badminton Organizing Committee for the World Master Games ( Edmonton);
  • Edmonton Women’s Golf Association- represented the Royal Mayfair;
  • Organizing Committee for the Canadian Masters Badminton Tournament (Edmonton).




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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
I was a member of the senior executive team with ATB Financial responsible for preparing business plans, delivering on those business plans, and reporting results to our board of directors.




 
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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
 
I own and operate several businesses, including:
  • Alberta DermaSurgery Centre
  • Activ MD Derm Spa
  • Telederm Outreach (not for profit organization)
  • Eco MD skincare product company
Creativity:
  • Founder of ConsultDERM teledermatology service for BC, AB, NWT, YT and PEI
  • Creator of Canada’s largest dermatology conference for healthcare professionals
  • Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 award
Leadership:
  • Previous University of Alberta residency training program director
  • Clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alberta
  • Board of directors for medical organizations and condominium corporation (United Health Centres)
  • Advisory role and expert resource for industry, institutions and organizations
Communication:
  • Canadian Dermatology Association’s Teacher of the Year Award
  • Invited lecturer for local, national and international venues
  • Deliver over 50 presentations/year
  • Author of >50 publications in the medical literature
Personal Skills:
  • Good bedside manner, friendly, patient, calm, logical and practical, rational, good listener, respectful, empathetic and kind
  • Motivating and goal-oriented
Past volunteer Board/Committee Experience:
  • Currently volunteer on the RGC Membership Committee
  • Chair of the RGC Fund Development Committee
    • Helped to raise over $3.5M for the RGC




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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
Legal, governance, financial and accounting.

Past volunteer Board/Committee experience:
My past board experience has been in the for-profit sector, serving on a number of boards of corporations in which Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) has invested. I have also had considerable experience in board administration, both in private legal practice and in my current role with AIMCo.





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What expertise do you bring to the Royal Glenora BOD:
I have 30+ years of sport management and strategic planning experience at the local, national and international level of sport. I bring vision and passion and a strong ability to create and innovate. I have a proven ability to work with colleagues from many different cultural backgrounds and perspectives to build strong and effective teams through dedication, passion and -  above all - collaboration. 

Past volunteer Board/Committee Experience:
I have spent many years volunteering, initially with the many sporting endeavours of my four children and subsequently in the sport that grabbed my passion, triathlon. My career in triathlon evolved from volunteer-hosting of a local kids and adult community  triathlon in St Albert. This led to a successful Edmonton bid to host the 2001 World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton – a championship declared the best-ever by the International Triathlon Union, the sport’s governing body. This was followed up with  several national, continental and international triathlon events, including world championships and Olympic qualifying events. 2020 would have seen Edmonton host its third world triathlon championship – an honour shared with only two other world cities, Australia’s Gold Coast and the Olympic city of Lausanne, in Switzerland. 

Once my triathlon volunteer job became a full-time paid position I continued my volunteer involvement serving on the national triathlon board (~15 years) and the international triathlon council (20+ years). I was a technical official at Olympic and Commonwealth games. I also served for a short time on the now defunct Alberta Sport Council. I am presently a director on the Pan American Triathlon Confederation. 

I have been generously rewarded for my volunteer efforts having been inducted into both the Edmonton and Alberta Sport Halls of Fame, as well as Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame.