DSB Advisory Council

Connecting with our community is key to everything we do.  The Donald School of Business Advisory Council is designed to serve as a body that provides advice, guidance, input and feedback to the School on strategic matters that position the School for long-term success.

2018 - 2019 Members

Rob Fischer, B.Comm, CA
Managing Partner | Collins Barrow Red Deer LLP

Rob Fischer has more than 30 years of expertise in public accounting. He has a strong background in corporate & personal tax and accounting, and helps businesses with their strategic direction. Rob graduated from the University of Alberta with his Bachelor of Commerce in 1984, earned his CA designation in 1990 and Certified Financial Planner designation in 1998.

Rob is well known in the Red Deer community and area by being active on many boards and committees as well as speaking at various functions. Some of these organizations include the Red Deer College Athletic Leadership Fund; Treasurer, Ron MacLean Foundation; Former director, Alberta Hereford Association; Past Treasurer, World Junior Hockey Championships and actively coaching in Red Deer Minor Hockey for 10 years.

Rob grew up on a farm outside of Consort. Today Rob resides in Red Deer with his wife Brenda and their two children. Rob enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

“This position is the perfect opportunity for me to be part of the Donald School of Business and allows me to fully engage in helping develop a culture of useful learning which I am passionate about. As an individual I am always looking to devote my time into something positive and giving back to the community by helping shape our future business leaders.”

Bill Graham
President & CEO | Rifco National Auto Finance

Bill Graham is President and CEO of Rifco National Auto Finance. He co-founded the company in 2002 and took it public in 2003. Rifco helps deserving Canadians get into cars. Rifco’s 90 employees manage $250 million in outstanding loans.

In July 2010, Ernst & Young announced that Bill Graham was a finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year” in the Professional / Financial Services category for the Prairie Region.

Dwayne Holland
Business Director | Symbra

Dwayne is a local entrepreneur and business consultant. He has worked with businesses for 25 years, helping them position their brands in the marketplace and helping them build a strategic foundation for growth. He is a third generation entrepreneur.

Dwayne serves a director with Rotary Club of Red Deer, a member of the Regional Leadership Committee for Junior Achievement in central Alberta, a mentor with Catapult Entrepreneurs and a member of Holmetrics Advisory Board. He also is a public speaker. Dwayne is married and together they have two adult children.
 

Evan Hardy
Barrister and Solicitor | Schnell Hardy Jones LLP

Peter Kilty
Senior Vice President, Operations, Retail & Commercial Fuels | Parkland Fuel Corporation

Lloyd Lewis
President | Todayville

Dr. V. Paul Mason
Superintendent | Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division

Paul has been a secondary school educator for over 28 years and is honoured to have been the superintendent for Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division for the past eight years. Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division is a progressive and rapidly growing school division that has schools located in Olds, Innisfail, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds, and Red Deer. Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division has a tradition of strong relationships and ties with Red Deer College. On behalf of Red Deer Catholic Paul is proud to have been an active supporter and advocate of Red Deer College's transition to degree granting university.

Paul is passionate about education and continually endeavours to provide meaningful opportunities and programming for central Alberta students and residents.

Rick More
Interim CEO & Membership & Community Relations Manager | Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Shaun Peesker, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer | Proform Management

Ron Sauvé
Regional Vice President, Alberta Central | RBC Royal Bank

As Regional Vice President for Alberta Central, Ron has responsibility for Personal Banking, Small Business and Financial Planning in the area.

With 31 years of experience in banking and business management, Ron has expertise in business operations, financial and personnel management, and customer service. After joining the bank in 1987, he held various senior leadership roles, including Branch Manager, Sales and Marketing Manager, Regional Sales Coach, National Sales Manager Cards, Regional Vice President for all three Northern Territories. Ron took on his current role of Regional Vice President, Alberta Central in 2012.

Born, raised and educated in the Ottawa area, Ron earned his Fellowship with the Institute of Canadian Bankers, along with his Personal Financial Planning Diploma. As an active member of the community, he is actively involved with the United Way, Donald School of Business, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation etc. Ron and his wife Christine reside in Sylvan Lake and enjoy living and working in Central Alberta.

Brett Speight
Chief Executive Officer | Central Alberta United Way

Brett Speight has been the Chief Executive Officer of United Way Central Alberta since April 2018 making the career transition from banking due to his passion for community. Prior to United Way, Brett spent 20 years in various roles in personal and commercial banking including Branch Manager, and Commercial Relationship Manager. Brett is passionate about education and graduated with his MBA from Athabasca University in 2017.  Brett is also the Chair of the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and a member of the board for Piper Creek Foundation.

When not working or volunteering Brett enjoys reading, hiking with his wife and dog, and playing the guitar.  

Rebecca Wood
HR Team Leader – Systems, Payroll & Administration | City of Red Deer

Kimberley Worthington
Executive Director | Central Alberta Economic Partnership

With an entrepreneurial spirit, Kimberley Worthington leads communities to implement proactive economic development initiatives to grow sustainable prosperity. She is known for collaborating and leading on many award winning projects. Internationally, Kim has volunteered with Federation Canadian Municipalities in the Sustainable and Inclusive Communities in Latin America program facilitating and training municipalities in Colombia to work collaboratively on local economic development initiatives. Currently, Kimberley supports regional initiatives at the Central Alberta Economic Partnership, locally known as CAEP, one of Alberta’s 9 Regional Economic Development Alliances. This work supports her academic research on whether or not smaller municipalities can or should play in the global economy.

She lives in Sylvan Lake with her son Alex and poodle, Ruthie. In their spare time, Kim supports her son’s entrepreneurial drive, his passion for soccer, and occasionally sneaks in a good dose of Netflix.

 

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