Edmonton’s economic development authority has a new president and CEO.
Allan Scott will take the helm of Economic Development Edmonton (EDE) in February, replacing outgoing president Jim Edwards.
Scott, 54, is a former president of EDTel Inc. and helped facilitate its merger with Telus Corp. before becoming COO for the company, which he left in 1999.
He has also been chair of the Luscar Coal Income Fund and a general partner with local vencap firm RiverView Venture Partners.
“There are many facets of Mr. Scott’s career that made him the best candidate for this position,” noted EDE board chair Audrey Luft. “His extraordinary experience in many industry sectors, his solid business acumen, his proven leadership skills and his track record of success in managing some of Alberta’s most important companies are just some of the great assets that Allan Scott brings to this exciting and high-profile position.”
Scott says he sees his new role as an opportunity to further the Greater Edmonton Competitiveness Strategy to ensure positive growth in the Greater Edmonton economy over the next decade. In addition, he will continue to focus on and enhance regional and northern relationships.
Darlene Alaric is the new executive director of the Calgary-based EAI Industry Consortium.
Alaric, who has more than 14 years of operational management experience in the technology sector, will be responsible for managing the operations and growth of the consortium.
The EAI Industry Consortium is a global advocacy group promoting Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) – the process of integrating multiple applications using incompatible technology into a corporate-scale systems solution.
The consortium sponsors research, education, best practices, methodology, standards and guidelines and articulates the strategic and measurable benefits of this business-driven approach.
Dynetek Industries Ltd. has appointed Robb Thompson as chief operating officer.
Thompson joined Dynetek in March 2000 as chief financial officer. He will continue to maintain this title and role, including the areas of investor relations, development of strategic relationships and overseeing of the finance function.
As COO, he will also be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Dynetek on a global basis and will report directly to Heinz Portmann, president and CEO. Portmann will now focus on business development opportunities, and research and development activities.
Dynetek (DNK-TSE) develops, manufactures and markets lightweight fuel-storage systems for storing compressed natural gas (CNG) for low-emission CNG vehicles and compressed hydrogen for zero-emission fuel cell vehicles.
Joseph L. Pritchett III, president and CEO of Canadian 88 Energy Corp., retired Jan. 1.
Pritchett joined Canadian 88 in April 2000 to head the recapitalization and restructuring program.
“Under Joe’s leadership and direction, the company has successfully restructured itself,” said James Raymond, chairman of the board of directors. “Joe had previously indicated his intentions and we understand clearly his desire to return to his family and home base in Houston.”
A search committee has begun the task of finding a new president and CEO. During this interim period, George Watson, a member of the board of directors, has been appointed acting president and CEO. Watson is currently executive chairman of VerticalBuilder.com Inc., a technology application company.
Canadian 88 (EEE-TSE, AMEX) is an independent public oil and gas company with its head office in Calgary.
The University of Alberta board of governors has appointed Phyllis Clark as vice-president, finance and administration, effective May 1.
She will replace Al O’Brien, who has been acting VP, finance and administration, since November 2000.
Clark is currently vice-president of finance and administration at York University, a post she has held since 1997. Clark also has an extensive background with the government of Ontario, serving as assistant deputy minister, management board secretariat; chief economist of Ontario; and assistant deputy minister, Ministry of Treasury and Economics.
Seven new tourism industry representatives have been appointed to the Strategic Tourism Marketing Council (STMC), the industry-led body that oversees Alberta’s tourism marketing.
They include: Mark Medland of Sherwood Park, vice-president of Maclab Enterprises; Gary Hanson, general manager of West Edmonton Mall; Andrew Clark of Banff, Alberta marketing director for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts; Mac Makenny of Priddis, executive director of the Alberta Outfitters Association; Tim Gillies of Fort McMurray, base manager of Air Mikisew; Lloyd Kunkel of Hillspring, owner of the Great Canadian Barn Dance and RV Resort; and Julien De Schutter, vice-president of marketing for the Calgary Airport Authority.
The new appointees will fill vacancies created by retiring council members.
Established in December 1998, the STMC is comprised of 14 tourism professionals from across the province and three government representatives. As a co-operative effort between government and the private sector, it provides marketing expertise to help grow Alberta’s tourism industry.
Imperial Oil Limited has appointed T.J. (Tim) Hearn to the position of president effective Jan. 1. He was also elected a director of the company.
Hearn, an employee of Imperial, is currently on loan assignment as vice-president, human resources with Exxon Mobil Corporation in Texas.
Hearn joined Imperial Oil as a marketing representative in 1967 and held progressively more responsible management positions in marketing, logistics, and systems and computer services.
Following the merger of Exxon Corporation and Mobil Oil in late 1999, he was appointed to his current position with Exxon Mobil.
R.B. (Bob) Peterson continues as chairman and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil (IMO-TSE), which is Canada’s largest integrated oil company.