Board of Directors

Tom Marr-Laing


Tom is self-employed and operates a variety of businesses, as well as providing consulting services around business development and non-profit fundraising and project management.

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From 1990 to 2005, Tom served in several senior management capacities for the Pembina Institute, including executive director, policy director, director of environmental education and director of the Energy Watch program. Tom also participated on several multi-stakeholder bodies charged with developing policy frameworks to manage environmental issues of public concern. This included the board and several project teams of the Clean Air Strategic Alliance.

Tom holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta. He resides in Red Deer, Alberta, with his wife and two children.

Rick Breen


Rick is a partner at McLeod Law LLP, a mid-sized Calgary law firm. He is involved in numerous community initiatives as well as municipal and provincial politics.

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Rick sits on the board of directors of several public and private corporations. He received the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 2010. He lives with his family in Calgary, and in his spare time enjoys coaching youth sports. 

Martin Prentice


Marty has practiced law in Drayton Valley for 38 years and is currently conducting a part-time practice in estate planning and administration and corporate law.

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Marty has been continually involved in numerous community activities, projects and organizations, and was a catalyst in founding many of them. These include the Beehive Support Services for developmentally disabled adults, the Drayton Valley Community Foundation, the DV Chamber of Commerce, a local community live theatre, Rotary Club, and the Thunder Junior A Hockey Team.

Marty was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2004 and was received the Drayton Valley Ambassador Award in 2000 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005. He is a keen amateur photographer and traveler with Brenda, his wife of 41 years. This helps reinforce his passion for our environment and concerns for its sustainability.

Janice McDougall


Janice is a partner in Goodman, McDougall & Associates Ltd., a human resource consulting firm that provides facilitation, programs and services to corporate, government and social-profit organizations.

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Janice has held numerous professional and personal volunteer and board roles, and was a founding member and president of the board of the Foothills Land Trust. She was on the board of the Pembina Institute from 2004 to 2009, serving as president of the board from 2006-2008.

In 2010 she and her husband placed a conservation easement on their property near Millarville, Alberta. This land was the first business property in Canada to be certified under the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, in 1999. Janice was awarded the Human Resources Institute of Alberta's Award of Distinction in 2003.

Dave Mussell


Dave is an environmental planner with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. He has degrees in biology and education, and extensive experience in environmental management, research, and education.

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Dave volunteers in the community as a coach, nature interpreter, and director with several local and national charitable organizations. He lives near Spruce Grove, Alberta, where he enjoys outdoor pursuits such as canoeing and Nordic skiing. He is married and has three grown children.  

Barry Stemshorn


Barry’s distinguished 32-year career in federal public service included serving as assistant deputy minister for the Environmental Protection Service of Environment Canada.

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Barry has served as a consultant and expert advisor, while his photos have been exhibited and sold to support a number of non-governmental organizations. He and his wife donated 250 acres of land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada to create the Litchfield Lake Wetlands Reserve in Quebec. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his contributions to Canada.