Board of Directors

Lorne Babiuk
Lorne BabiukChair
Lorne Babiuk joined the University of Alberta as Vice-President (Research) on July 1, 2007. Dr. Babiuk has published over 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 100 book chapters or reviews and is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Royal Society of Canada, and the European Academy of Sciences. Prior to moving to the University of Alberta, he spent 34 years as a Professor at the University of Saskatchewan where he was associated with building a very successful research institution – VIDO (Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization) which became internationally recognized as a leader in novel vaccine development. He has served on numerous industrial and governmental scientific advisory boards and committees and is a consultant to numerous companies. Dr Babiuk is the holder of more than 28 issued patents.
Brad Ferguson
Brad FergusonVice Chair
Brad Ferguson, started as President and CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation on August 1, 2012. A University of Alberta graduate, his private-sector experience includes positions with Procter & Gamble and KPMG. As Founder of Strategy Summit Ltd., Brad was a lead consultant on major government policy initiatives, including Alberta’s Financial Services Strategy and the restructuring of the Alberta Innovates system. As an interim CEO, Ferguson led on initiatives like Rural Alberta Development Fund and Alberta Centre for Advanced Nano-Micro Products. He was project leader on such initiatives as provincial research and educational facilities, product commercialization centres, and tourism resort developments. Ferguson currently sits on the boards of Startup Edmonton and Edmonton Symphony Society/Winspear Centre for Music. Owned by the City of Edmonton and guided by a volunteer board of business and community leaders, EEDC provides leadership in economic development, markets Edmonton as a destination, manages the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park, and acts as a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta.
Michelle Borduzak
Michelle Borduzak
Michelle Borduzak, BradCon Consulting Limited, Ms. Borduzak is the former president and CEO of Flatlander Agri Services (2001) Ltd., an independently owned and operated full service crop production facility north of Edmonton. She is also the founder and president of Flatlander Environmental Services Ltd., an Alberta carbon credit aggregation company and president and CEO of Bradcon Consulting Ltd., a business opportunity consulting company and has over twenty years of experience in agricultural finance and operations, with extensive knowledge and experience in corporate start up requirements, forecasting, and re-structuring. Ms. Borduzak is an advisory board member of Delta Genomics Centre and a member of the Investor Advisory board of the Canadian Agri Investment and Innovation Forum. As well, she has previously been involved as a member of the policy committee for the Alberta Enterprise Group, (AEG) an association of senior Alberta business advisors promoting the diversification of Alberta business, the advisory committee with the Canadian Association of Agri Retailers industry magazine, and a board member of the Independent Dealer Entrepreneurial Association for agricultural retailers. She was an Alberta delegate with AEG to Washington, D.C. on a trade mission meeting with senior government representatives to promote business opportunities in the Province of Alberta. Ms. Borduzak earned an Agri Business Diploma from Olds College, majoring in finance. Prior to gaining her experience in the agricultural retail industry she also was involved as an agricultural sector lender, a soil conservation technician and was actively involved in the family farm growing up north of Edmonton.
Phyllis Clark
Phyllis Clark
Phyllis Clark served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Ontario’s Management Board Secretariat and, between 1991 and 1992, was the province’s Chief Economist and Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance. She then transferred her skills to higher education and joined York University where she spent five years as Vice President (Finance and Administration).

In 2002, Phyllis returned to Alberta to assume a position which she continues to serve in as the Vice President (Finance and Administration) and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Alberta. In this role, Phyllis provides a link between the Administration and the Board of Governors on all matters relating to University finances and human resources including supply management services, internal audit, strategic analysis, risk management services and administrative IT services.

Tim Fell
Tim Fell
As Vice-President, Networks & Video Services for TELUS, Tim Fell currently leads a team in the technology development and operations of TELUS’ Video, Broadband Networking and Wireless Access Technologies.

Tim has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, holding a variety of technical leadership positions within two different service providers and a start-up. During his career at TELUS he has held various positions within the organization, including management roles within the Architecture Planning, Operations Systems Planning and Tactical Planning departments. Most recently, he has lead the development and introduction of IPTV, VDSL2, and Fibre-To-The-Home technologies.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical) from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.

Dave Hancock
Dave Hancock
Through his 18 years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and as a cabinet minister, former Alberta Premier Dave Hancock never ceased to champion technology, innovation, research and education. Dave developed the provincial 20-year strategic plan that called for unleashing innovation, among other initiatives. As minister of innovation and advanced education, he collaborated with many sector leaders to commercialize initiatives from traditional industries like oil & gas, forestry and agriculture, as well as IT, biosciences and life sciences.

Now counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP, Dave continues to engage and advance opportunities in innovation and technology.

Wayne Karpoff
Wayne Karpoff
Wayne Karpoff is the CEO of Willowglen Inc. and was the Co-founder and CTO of Edmonton-based YottaYotta. Mr Karpoff is founding chair of the Alberta ICT Council, and Co-Chair of both the Digital Solutions Alliance and the Edmonton ICT Cluster. He holds a B.Sc. and MSs in Computing Science from the University of Alberta.
Chris LaBossiere
Chris LaBossiere
As the Co-Founder of Yardstick Software Inc., As CEO, Chris has worked with his friends and team to create a successful Edmonton based internet software and services company. He has helped lead Yardstick to win the TEC VenturePrize competition in 2006 for best fast-growth business model, appear seven years on the Alberta Venture Magazine’s Fast 50 list of fastest growing companies and for five years on Profit Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in Canada.

Chris has been active in the Edmonton community for 20 years as a volunteer in various community organizations. Previously as a Director of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), appointed Co-Chair by the Mayor to what eventually became Make Something Edmonton, and the first Board Chair for Startup Edmonton. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Aquatera Utilities Inc. in Grande Prairie.

Bob Teskey
Bob Teskey
Bob Teskey was the Managing Partner with FieldLaw LLP, an Alberta-based legal firm with 85 lawyers and 200 staff. Mr. Teskey is an active member of the Edmonton community and served as a legal advisor to the University of Alberta.
Kristina Williams
Kristina Williams
Kristina Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC). She oversees the $100 million Alberta Enterprise Fund, set up by the Government of Alberta in 2008 to invest in venture capital funds that, in turn, finance early-stage technology companies. Prior to joining Alberta Enterprise, Kristina worked for several technology companies. Her responsibilities have spanned legal, regulatory, international and new business development, corporate strategic planning, intellectual property management plus marketing and sales.

Kristina holds an MBA from the University of Alberta, a Master of Laws from the University of Uppsala, and accreditation for the Venture Capital Executive Program from the University of California, Berkeley – Walter A. Haas School of Business. She is also Honorary Consul for Sweden in Northern Alberta.