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.
President & CEO of Peavey Industries LP
Doug Anderson is president & CEO of Red Deer, Alberta based Peavey Industries LP, a 40 store retail chain in Western Canada operating primarily under the Peavey Mart banner.
Peavey Mart sells everything from hardware, agricultural supplies, lawn & garden, live plants, pet supplies, animal feed, and workwear, to automotive supply, housewares, and toys. Peavey Mart appeals to a down to earth lifestyle – whether it’s the family farm, acreage living or urban homestead. Recently, Doug and Peavey Industries acquired controlling interest in Eastern Canada’s leading Farm and Ranch retailer TSC. TSC has 49 stores located throughout Ontario and are a great compliment to his business in Western Canada.
A second generation owner, Doug took the company reins in 2011 after managing the company finances for 10 years. Doug is a passionate learner and actively supports the arts, local food initiatives, and his local community. Most of all, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife, Erin and 2 children, Alisa & Lukas.
Doug believes businesses play an important role and have a responsibility to create positive change in the world.
David A. Couture
4th Year BBA Student at Red Deer College
As the youngest member of the DSB Advisory Council, David graduated high school in 2012 in the rural town of Rocky Mountain House. After graduating, David decided to pursue an education in business, and chose the Donald School of Business to help him achieve this. While at Red Deer College, David has completed both his Management Certificate as well as a Business Administration Diploma with an Accounting focus. He is now entering into his 4th year of the Mount Royal partnership degree program while also pursuing his Project Management Certificate on the side through the School of Continuing Education at RDC.
During the summer months and holidays David returns to his hometown and is employed by the local Rocky Credit Union, where he has been fortunate enough to further study and understand the financial service industry. This opportunity has led him to seek a career in finance. He hopes to obtain his Mutual Funds license in the coming year and eventually work towards an accredited designation in the field.
David hopes to bring a unique perspective to the Advisory Council with his youthfulness and experiences as a current student. He is also excited to become more involved in his educational community during the last two years of his degree program, and to help better the experiences of future students at the Donald School of Business.
President - GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc.
Garett has been in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 30 years and has owned his business for over 25 years. He is the President of Red Deer based GenTex Oilfield Manufacturing Inc. Founded in 1997, GenTex has approximately 50 employees and manufactures truck, trailer and skid mounted oilfield equipment. Approximately 40% of GenTex sales have been international, with equipment manufactured by GenTex at the facility in Red Deer, Alberta. By manufacturing equipment exclusively in Central Alberta, the profit generated by exporting directly benefits the Central Alberta, Alberta and Canadian economy.
Garett was born and raised in the Red Deer area and lives just outside the city with wife Brenda and their three kids. He has been involved in many volunteer events, from political campaign and elections to community fundraising events. Garett continues to promote Alberta and Red Deer as a great place to do business and a great resource of people with much to offer the International market.
As Garett was born and raised in the Red Deer area, he has many connections with RDC through community projects, friends and family. His oldest daughter went to RDC and his son went through the business program (just prior to the BBA being offered) and his youngest daughter is currently enrolled at RDC.
There are many reasons for Garett wanting to be on the DSB Advisory Committee. He is excited about the Entrepreneur in Residence and what it can provide for students. He considers himself a lifelong learner or student. Throughout his business career he has seen many gaps in regard to mentorship and the availability or access to coaches with real life, business experience. He wanted to give back to the students some real life practical experiences to possibly enhance their theoretical experience while attending DSB.
Alberta Workforce Strategies Workforce Consultant, Government of Alberta
Nicole Lorrain has worked for the Government of Alberta for over 23 years, having got her first taste as a public servant at the early age of 19 working on a road crew with Alberta Transportation. It was in the early 90’s that she returned to the government in to the Ministry of Family and Support Services (now Human Services) where she remained until 2015. Since November of 2015 she has been with the Ministry of Labour as a Workforce Consultant. She has enjoyed many roles along the journey but her interests always led to human resources which led her to her last two roles over the last 3.5 years. Her current role as a Workforce Consultant involves working with employers to assist them with their attraction and retention needs as well as other human resources needs.
She is a graduate of Red Deer College having done laddering going from the Certificate in Management to the Business Administration Diploma and finally to the Bachelor of Management.
In her personal life she enjoys volunteering with several causes including the Festival of Trees, and the Francophone Association of Central Alberta. She is also very involved in the education of her children and is currently in her second term as a school board trustee with the largest francophone school division in Alberta. She also serves on the Board for the Red Deer Royals Marching Band. Her newest adventure has brought her to the Board of Governors for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, which will be hosted by the City of Red Deer.
4th year BBA Student at Red Deer College & Owner of Luckyspade Gaming Ltd.
April Massie has recently received her Business Administration Diploma from RDC and is continuing on for her BBA with a focus of Accounting. April has worked in the entertainment/customer service industry for 14 years. She owns her own business – LuckySpade Gaming – which is a business that provides a fun casino gaming experience without the financial risk. Her business has grown from a few tables and staff to a substantial business with up to 24 tables and 30 team members.
April was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta where she currently resides with her husband and three children. Her accomplishments include receiving the 2014/2015 Student Volunteer Award and winning the Red Deer Bottling Small Business Award in 2015. She is very involved in her community and school, and has the ear of many students. She is very excited to have the chance to represent her fellow students as well as being able to have an important impact on the future students at the Donald School of Business.
Human Resources, Stantec
Nicole Obst was born and raised in Central Alberta. An RDC Alumni, she completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta, majoring in Human Resource Management.
Her passion for Human Resources began while working for Alberta Health Services in both central and northern Alberta. Following her husband and the oilfield, Nicole expanded her knowledge and work experience working in both the energy services, and engineering construction industries. To balance both parenthood and a desire to stay connected with the business world, Nicole collaborated with a former leader and colleague to provide business consultancy services to various oil and gas client across Alberta. Her return to Central Alberta occurred in 2011 where she joined Stantec Consulting Ltd and currently holds the position of Team Lead, Human Resources Client Services.
Away from the workplace, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family taking in the abundant range of outdoor activities available in and around the Rocky Mountains. With a strong sense of community, she is a supporter of 4-H and the concept of Learn to Do by Doing. She is excited about the opportunity to reconnect with RDC and to support the Donald School of Business Advisory Council to provide guidance for our future business community members.
Regional Vice President
As Regional Vice President for Alberta Central, Ron has responsibility for Personal Banking, Small Business and Financial Planning in the area.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Predator Drilling
Shane Walper is a successful entrepreneur, businessman and leader with extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. In 2008, he founded Red Deer based, Predator Drilling Inc. He oversees the strategic direction of the company with continued focus on growth, including cultivating client partnerships, exploring tactical acquisitions, leadership initiatives and development of performance excellence.
Prior to Predator Drilling, Mr. Walper founded Source Oilfield Rentals in 2000. He managed to diversify and grow Source into a success story that was purchased by Peak Energy in 2005.
Mr. Walper and Predator Drilling have been featured in numerous business and industry publications and he has spoken at several conferences and events. He was recognized by Alberta Venture with a Fast Growth 50 Award in 2012.
Mr. Walper is passionate about entrepreneurship. He frequently provides mentorship to entrepreneurs and serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence and guest speaker for Red Deer College and for RDC Donald School of Business. Mr. Walper is an active member of the Ivey School of Business, Quantum Shift Program.
Owner Nymans Trophies Awards & Promotionals
Bradley Williams has made Red Deer his home since 1997. He was working for a small independent fuel marketer in Edmonton when it was acquired by Parkland Industries in 1994. In 1997 he was asked to relocate, with his family, to Red Deer and assume responsibility for the Commercial business at Parkland. Over the years Mr. Williams assumed positions of increasing responsibility. During his years at Parkland at various times he was responsible for Supply, Distribution, Commercial Operations and Dealer Operations. He successfully led 9 acquisitions and played lead roles in 7 other acquisitions. At the time of his retirement from Parkland Fuel Corporation in 2011 he was the Senior Vice President, Commercial, Western Canada.
He was quickly lured out of retirement by an associate who owned a mid-size fuel marketing company in Edmonton. During his time in Edmonton he help the company to grow by more than 120% in 4 1/2 years. In addition, he led the company thru a major diversification plan and introduced Strategic, Business and Financial Planning to the business. He retired as President of the company in December 2015.
Locally, Mr. Williams has been very involved in many charities and gives much of his spare time to assisting and enhancing the local community. He is a Past President of Rotary Sunrise, Co-Chaired the RDC Wine Festival, for the second year he is President of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce, is Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, for the 5th year he is a member of the Board of Directors at Westerner Park, he is also a member of the Board of Directors and has recently been elected as the Treasurer at The Lending Cupboard.
In addition, Bradley and his wife Maureen, currently own and operate Nymans Trophies Awards Promotionals in Red Deer. All 3 of their sons have attended RDC and continued on to the University of Alberta.
Mr. Williams is excited to be working with the Donald School of Business Advisory Council and to be able to use his many years of business experience and charity work to help make DSB the best it can be.