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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 Meeker joined the ATRF Board in 2007 and in 2009 assumed the role of Chair of the Board. He is an Assistant Principal at Ross Sheppard High School in Edmonton. Previously, Mr. Meeker taught at Victoria School of the Arts and Centre High School in Edmonton. Mr. Meeker is a former member of the ATA Pension Committee and a member of the Science Council. Mr. Meeker is currently Vice Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

​​Gene Williams
John Butler

​John Butler joined the ATRF board in December 2016. He is currently a director of BristolGate Capital Corporation. 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.

​​Gene Williams
Catherine Connolly

​Catherine Connolly joined the ATRF board in December 2016. She 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 Queens University. Ms. Connolly is Chair of the Investment Committee.

​​Karen Elgert
Karen Elgert

Karen Elgert is currently the principal at Ecole Queen Elizabeth JR. High in Wetaskiwin, Alberta and has taught in the Wetaskiwin Regional School Division for over 20 years. She joined the Board in 2009. Ms. Elgert has been an instructor in the ATA’s Healthy Interactions Program since 2000 and has ongoing involvement with the Wetaskiwin ATA local. Ms. Elgert is Vice Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Lowell Epp
Maria Holowinsky

Maria Holowinsky joined the ATRF Board in May 2017. She 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 currently serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. Ms. Holowinsky is currently the Chair of ATRF's Governance Committee, and a member of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Sandra Johnston
Sandra Johnston

Sandra Johnston joined the ATRF Board in December 2012. She is currently Coordinator, Teacher Welfare with The Alberta Teachers' Association. After teaching for nine years in the Peace River School Division, Ms. Johnston became the Assistant Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. Ms. Johnston is currently Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Gene Williams
Marvin Romanow

​Marvin Romanow joined the ATRF Board in October 2016. He is a Corporate Director and Executive in Residence at the University of Saskatchewan and is 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. Mr. Romanow is Vice Chair of the Board and Vice Chair of the Investment Committee.

​​Gene Williams
Kareen Stangherlin

​Kareen Stangherlin joined the ATRF board in December 2016. She 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. Ms. Strangherlin is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

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