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ATRF Board Members

The ATRF Board consists of eight members nominated by each of the two plan sponsors – the Alberta Government and the plan members, who are represented by The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). Appointments are made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.​

 
Greg Meeker​​​​​​​​Greg Meeker​​​​​​​​​

Greg joined the ATRF Board in 2007, and in 2009 assumed the role of Board Chair. He is an Assistant Principal at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton. Previously, Greg taught at Victoria School of the Arts and Centre High School in Edmonton. He is also a former member of the Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) Pension Committee and a member of the Council for School Leadership. Greg is Vice Chair of ATRF's Audit and Finance Committee, and a Member of the Investment Committee.

John Butler
John Butler

John is a director of Bristol Gate Capital Partners Inc. His 38-year career includes having been a partner at the law firm Torys LLP, a senior executive at Barrick Gold Corporation and the Senior Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He joined the ATRF Board in December 2016. John is Vice Chair of the Governance Committee, and a Member of the Investment and Audit and Finance Committees.

Catherine Connolly​​​​​Catherine Connolly

Catherine is the founder and president of Gist Solutions. She was previously Vice President at the Ontario Municipal Retirement System (OMERS), and held positions with the Canadian Pacific Railway in both engineering and finance, including responsibility for the defined benefit pension plan. Catherine holds a PhD from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen's University. She joined the ATRF Board in December 2016. Catherine is Chair of the Investment Committee and a Member of the Governance Committee.

Karen Elgert​​​​​​​Karen Elgert
 

Karen is a District Principal in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, and has worked for the Wetaskiwin Regional Public School Division for more than 25 years. She currently oversees the Wetaskiwin Outreach and is responsible for Summer School. She has been active throughout her career with the local ATA, serving on EPC and NSC committees. Karen joined ATRF in August of 2009. She is a member of the Investment Committee and is Vice Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Maria Holowinsky​​​​​​​Maria Holowinsky

Maria is Director of Research with CWB Wealth Management. Previously, she was President and CEO of Adroit Investment Management, which amalgamated with CWB Wealth Management in March 2017. Maria is on the Board of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, where she serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She joined the ATRF Board in May 2017. Maria is Chair of the Governance Committee, and a Member of the Investment and Audit and Finance Committees.

Sandra Johnston​​​​​​​Sandra Johnston
 

Sandra is Coordinator, Teacher Welfare with the ATA. After teaching for nine years in the Peace River School Division, Sandra became the Assistant Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the ATRF Board in December 2012. Sandra is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, and a Member of the Investment and Governance Committees.

Marvin Romanow​​​​​​​​​Marvin Romanow
 

​Marvin is a Corporate Director and Executive in Residence at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Board member of SaskPower. He is also Chairman of Freehold Royalties,a Commissioner of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission, and the former CEO of Nexen Inc. He joined the ATRF Board in October 2016. Marvin is Vice Chair of the Board, Vice Chair of the Investment Committee, and a Member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Kareen Stangherlin​​​​​​​​​Kareen Stangherlin
 

​Kareen is the co-founder of Zelos Capital Ltd. And previously worked with KPMG in Calgary and the Cayman Islands. She currently serves on the Canadian CFA Societies' Advocacy Council, is a Board member for the Calgary Search and Rescue Association, as well as the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Kareen is a CPA, a CFA and a Certified Financial Planner. She joined the ATRF Board in December 2016. Kareen is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and a Member of the Investment and Human Resources and Compensation Committees.​

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