Dave Mowat, Founding Trustee (Chair)
ATB President and CEO
Dave Mowat’s contributions as a community and business leader are extensive. He has chaired the boards of several charitable organizations including the Capital Region United Way and the STARS Foundation, and has been a board member of many others including the TELUS Community Board, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, the Alberta Emerald Foundation and Devonian Botanic Gardens. He is currently vice-president of the Citadel Theatre and sits on the University of Alberta’s Business Advisory Council.
Jim Carter, Founding Trustee
Former President and COO, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
During his career and in retirement, Jim Carter has been actively involved in the community. He is past-chair of both the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Boards, and a former board member of Keyano College and Northern Lights Regional Hospital Foundation. He is a former chair of the Mining Association of Canada, a former director of the Alberta Chamber of Resources and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of several companies. In 2014, Mr. Carter was awarded the Order of Canada for his business achievements and community contributions.
Barry Zalmanowitz, Founding Trustee
Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Barry Zalmanowitz is one of the foremost competition lawyers in Canada, providing counsel for many major companies and organizations on significant matters and issues. He has lectured at the University of Alberta, is past editor of the Canadian Competition Record and was involved in the Alberta Law Society’s annual Media and the Law Seminars. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002 in recognition of his expertise and contribution to the profession. Mr. Zalmanowitz is a major supporter of the Art Gallery of Alberta and is currently the past-chair of that organization’s Board of Directors.
Richard Cook, Founding Trustee
Former Dean of University Advancement, Grant MacEwan University
Richard Cook spent much of his professional career at Grant MacEwan University. First and foremost a fundraiser in that position, he was also responsible for the overall financial management of the department, policy development in fundraising, university endowment management, and advising on charitable receipting and valuations of gifts. In addition, he has been a professional clarinetist in Edmonton and Toronto, as well as being associated with a number of fine arts associations in Edmonton, Canada and internationally. Mr. Cook is currently Chair of the Edmonton Opera.
Dianne Kipnes, Founding Trustee
Dianne Kipnes has been a long-time supporter of community endeavours that improve Edmontonians’ quality of life. She has been a board member or chairperson of many charitable organizations including the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the TELUS Community Foundation, Edmonton Opera Association, and the National Arts Centre. In 2011, she co-chaired the Mayor’s Arts Visioning Committee, which confirmed the need to build more suitable, affordable and accessible performing arts space in Edmonton. This led to the creation of the Edmonton Downtown Academic and Cultural Centre Foundation, of which she is the chair. Dr. Kipnes’ many recognition honours include the Alberta Centennial and Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Diamond medals.
John Mahon, Executive Director
John Mahon is a classical musician and the former Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. He retired from that position in 2013. Mr. Mahon’s career path has involved him in almost every aspect of Edmonton’s arts community. In addition to his new role as the Edmonton Cultural Trust Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. Mahon has been an active performer on the clarinet, a local record producer, and is currently a part-time instructor within Grant MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management program. He has Bachelor of Music and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta and has studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England.