Board of Directors

Derek Hudson
Derek Hudson
Derek brings over 30 years of expertise in strategy, management, finance, consulting, and performance improvement. He joined the EEDC in April 2013 and since that time served the organization as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary before being appointed Interim CEO on April 1, 2018. Derek has held leadership responsibilities across EEDC including corporate services, innovation and the Shaw Conference Centre. Prior to joining EEDC, Derek was a co-founder and former CFO of Micralyne, a microtechnology spin-off from the University of Alberta. Derek is a graduate of the University of Alberta School of Business and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant.
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.

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.

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.

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 Owner and CEO of Yardstick Software Inc., 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.

Matthias Ruth
Matthias Ruth
Dr. Matthias Ruth is Vice-President (Research) and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Professor Ruth holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and a PhD in Geography from the University of Illinois, where he also received training in engineering and biology. Professor Ruth spent almost a decade at Boston University and more than a decade at the University of Maryland where he was the Roy F. Weston Chair in Natural Economics and Policy Advisor on Sustainability to the Chancellor. He comes to the University of Alberta from Northeastern University, Boston, USA, where he served as Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as the Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, as well as Founding Director of the University’s Resilient Cities Laboratory.

Prof. Ruth’s research focuses on dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy. His theoretical work heavily draws on concepts from engineering, economics and ecology, while his applied research utilizes methods of non-linear dynamic modeling as well as adaptive and anticipatory management. Applications of his work cover the full spectrum from local to regional, to national and global environmental challenges, as well as the investment and policy opportunities these challenges present. Professor Ruth has published 18 books and over 120 papers and book chapters in the scientific literature. He is a founder of Ecological Economics and founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Urban Climate, serves on the boards of numerous journals and scientific organizations, and collaborates extensively with scientists and policy makers worldwide.

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.