Deanna Steblyk, Chair

Calgary, Alberta
Director since: 2015
Membership status: Unrelated Lawyer

Deanna Steblyk attended law school at the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999. She was in private practice for approximately 10 years, concentrating primarily in the area of civil litigation. She is currently Senior Litigation Counsel with the Alberta Securities Commission in Calgary, and conducts securities prosecutions before the Commission and the Provincial Court of Alberta. She regularly appears before all levels of court for administrative, quasi-criminal, and related proceedings and appeals. 

Deanna has extensive volunteer board and committee experience, including present roles as Chair of the Board of the Calgary Humane Society, President of the Board of the Association of Women Lawyers (Calgary), Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's Civil Litigation sub-section (southern Alberta), and member of the Law Society of Alberta's conduct committee. She has served as a guest instructor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Alberta Law Review. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service, and in both 2012 and 2013, was a finalist in the Women in Law Leadership Awards, in the category of Leadership in the Community.

Deanna Steblyk  - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Ryan Callioux, Vice-Chair

Edmonton
Director since September 2016
Membership Status: Related Lawyer

Ryan Callioux was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2002. His first legal position was with the Family Law Office in Calgary representing clients in a wide range of family law issues including Child Welfare. After leaving the Family Law office, he joined Alberta Justice, Social Enhancement Legal Team where he mainly represented the Director of Children's Services and Maintenance Enforcement. Ryan was also a team member and the family law consultant for the launch of the Alberta Relationship Threat and Management Initiative, now ITRAC. While working in government, Ryan served as a board member and then Vice President of the Alberta Government Civil Lawyers Association. He has been a presenter at various conferences on a number of issues including Domestic Violence, the Child Youth and Family Enhancement Act, and issues of concern to the Metis community. In March 2014, he opened his own law Firm, Callioux Law, and has expanded to 3 lawyers, soon to be 4, and 4 administrative staff. His practice includes a mix of clients from private retainer, Legal Representation of Children and Youth (LRCY) and Legal Aid Alberta.

Robert Calvert, Q.C., Past Chair

Calgary, Alberta
Director since: 2012
Membership status: Unrelated Lawyer

Robert Calvert, Q.C. is a partner with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in Calgary. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1974 and works in the field of family law and civil litigation. He was instrumental in establishing the Davis LLP Pro Bono program, which won the top national award in 2010. Robert has also been involved on numerous boards, and he is a frequent presenter at the Canadian Bar Association and Legal Education Society of Alberta. He has also worked with Calgary Legal Guidance and has been on the Legal Aid Roster for many years.

Robert Calvert - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Peter A. Carter

Edmonton, Alberta
Director since: 2014
Membership status: Public

Peter Carter, prior to his retirement, was in the travel industry for 23 years as owner/operator of Carter’s Travel & Cruises, which then merged with Vision 2000 Travel Group. His previous experience includes Administrative Director for the Edmonton Art Gallery for 10 years and 11 years with North American Van Lines, a subsidiary of Pepsico, working his way up the corporate ladder – starting in Ottawa, then transferring to Toronto and finally to Edmonton – with his last two positions being Controller, Western Canada, and General Manager of the Edmonton operation.

Mr. Carter has served on numerous Boards and Committees in the past, which include: Alberta Association of Fund Raising Executives; Boys and Girls Clubs of Alberta; Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton; Edmonton Chamber of Commerce; Edmonton Klondike Days Association; Edmonton & Northern Alberta Crime Stoppers; 1st Night Festival; Mayor’s (Laurence Decore) Task Force for the development of a Cultural Policy for Edmonton; West Edmonton Mall Bingo Association; and was the Project Manager for the BrightNights Festival held in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park. He is also a Past Governor of District 4 (Alberta & North Eastern B. C.) and a Life Member of Kin Canada, and is currently a member of Gyro International.

Peter Carter  - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Jim Donihee

Calgary, Alberta
Director since: 2014
Membership status: Public

Jim Donihee was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) in January of 2013. Previous roles in the energy industry include: VP & Chief of Staff at Pengrowth, Chief Operating Officer at the National Energy Board, and VP Organizational Effectiveness at EnCana. Mr. Donihee, a retired Colonel from Canada’s Air Force, also has extensive multinational operational experience having served as a NATO Commander of forces in Yugoslavia, NORAD Commander in the Arctic, the US and as Base Commander of CFB Cold Lake, Canada’s largest operational CF-18 fighter base.

A passion for flight led Mr. Donihee to become a single seat fighter pilot (CF104, CF5, & CF18 Hornet) in Canada’s Air Force where he served for twenty-eight years retiring as an Air Force Colonel. For noteworthy excellence in Leadership he was decorated by the Governor General of Canada and inducted into the Order of Military Merit. A strategic thinker and skilled Governance practitioner, Mr. Donihee is ICD trained and has extensive Board experience having served as a founding Board Member of Projex Technologies [Chair of Governance, and Chair of HR & Comp Committees] as well as having served as Chair of the Corps of Commissionaires of Southern Alberta where he led a governance review of the $1B National organization of 17 Divisions.

Mr. Donihee holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the College Militaire Royal. He has also completed the Queen’s University executive program on Strategic Planning as well as Masters level studies in Systems Integration and Project Management, and the Australian Army’s Command and Staff College focusing on Strategic and Operational Leadership.

Jim Donihee - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Owen Edmondson

Edmonton, Alberta
Director since: 2017
Membership status: Public

Owen Edmondson obtained a BSc. and an MBA from the University of Alberta followed by his CPA, CGA designation. He retired in September 2011, after a 32-year career with the ATCO Group of Companies where he held several senior executive positions in finance and regulation. Through his experiences on a number of not-for-profit Boards, he has developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of corporate governance best practices.

Currently Owen is the Chair of the Alberta Advisory Board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Audit and Risk Committee Chair of the Safety Codes Council, public member of the City of Edmonton Audit Committee, Director of the Alberta Beverage Container Management Board and the Treasurer of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society.

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Christine Hutchinson

Tsuut’ina Nation (Calgary), Alberta
Director since: 2017
Membership status: Unrelated Lawyer

Having graduated with honours in Sociology and Aboriginal Justice, Christine pursued studies in law at the University of Victoria, and as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. She completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. While at university, Christine was an active member in Aboriginal Student associations and worked as a tutorial instructor for the Department of Native Studies. Christine's research focused on aboriginal overrepresentation, alternative/multi-party dispute resolution, and protection of traditional ecological knowledge.

While balancing family life and following a move to Calgary, Christine worked at Siksika Nation from 2007 to 2014 providing legal aid, advice, and representation to Nation members on civil, criminal, and family matters. In 2014 Christine joined Eagle Law as Senior Legal Counsel.

Christine specializes in Aboriginal Law and works as a solicitor on matters related to land claims, incorporation, not-for-profits, governance, employment, administration, and justice. Her training in project management and collaborative law have proven to be essential tools in the broad and complex practice of Aboriginal Law. Christine is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. As a third generation descendant of Chief Joseph Charles, headman and signatory to Treaty Number 6, Christine is also a beneficiary of treaty teachings.

           

Graham Johnson

Edmonton, Alberta
Director since: 2014
Membership status: Related Lawyer

Graham Johnson is a criminal defence lawyer and partner at Dawson, Duckett, Shaigec & Garcia. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2006. While situated in Edmonton, he also practices law regularly in Fort McMurray and in Fort Chipewyan as required. He has been very involved working with and for Student Legal Services (SLS) for a number of years, and has been an advising lawyer to SLS since 2006. Mr. Johnson brings to the Board a wide breadth of knowledge as a roster lawyer, with both urban and northern rural experience.

Graham Johnson - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Nancy Peck

Calgary, Alberta
Director since September 2016
Membership status: Public

Nancy Peck is currently the Chief Financial Officer of AltaCorp Capital Inc. She has over 25 years of financial experience with a formal accounting designation. She has completed the Director’s Education Program with ICD. Ms. Peck brings with her experience and knowledge from working as the Director of Finance and Human Resources for Legal Aid BC and has served on a number of Boards

Nancy Peck - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Hilary Rose

Edmonton, Alberta
Director since September 2016
Membership status: Public

Hilary has served as treasurer and finance committee chair for not-for-profit boards and advisory committees, including the Edmonton Opera, Friends of Rutherford House, sporting organizations and the University of Alberta's Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST). She developed her career expertise in senior positions with Price Waterhouse, the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta and the Auditor General of Alberta.

Hilary Rose is a Chartered Professional Accountant, member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, trained facilitator and certified internal auditor. She graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Hilary Rose - Legal Aid of Alberta Board of Director

Daryl Royer

Edmonton, Alberta
Director since September 2017
Membership status: Related Lawyer

Daryl Royer is a sole practitioner in Edmonton who was admitted to the Alberta bar in 2003 and focuses on criminal law.

Daryl deals with both legal aid issues and legal aid clients on a day-to-day basis. He has a unique perspective on the responsibilities and duties of those involved in the development of legal services policy, as well as the fiduciary responsibilities both in the form of government support, and the obligations of lawyers, based, in part, on his aboriginal heritage.