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.
As a long term resident of Red Deer, Laura Allard graduated from École Secondaire Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School with her Bilingual Certificate in French Immersion in 2001.
After working in increasingly progressive administrative and marketing positions in both Edmonton and Calgary, Laura decided to return to Red Deer College as a mature student in 2010. She was in the first graduating class of the Bachelor of Business Administration partnership degree with Mount Royal University in 2014.
She was hired by MNP LLP after her third year at RDC and worked part time while completing her final year. After her convocation in 2014, she started the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Professional Education Program and is currently halfway through working on her CPA designation. As a full time Accountant at MNP LLP in Red Deer, she works on the Small Business Team and also has experience working with Oil & Gas and Agriculture industry clients.
Laura's family understood the importance of volunteering and being involved in the community. From a young age, she has volunteered with her family to provide Métis cultural awareness at community events.
Laura and her younger brother continue to jig at various Aboriginal and community events in Red Deer to share their Aboriginal culture through dance.
Laura is excited to be a part of the Donald School of Business Advisory Council as she is a firm believer in the power of education. She brings a unique perspective to the Council by understanding the current needs of both students and employers.
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.
Shazma Charania, owner of ZS Holdings was born and raised in Red Deer and resides here with her husband Jamil and their two daughters. Shazma’s family has been in the hospitality business for over 30 years and their company Zainul & Shazma Holdings (ZS Holdings) is a family run operation. She has steered the growth of her family business from two to seven hotels.
Shazma has completed her B.Comm and holds an MBA specializing in hospitality. During her undergraduate degree at University of Alberta, Shazma was given the opportunity to complete six months on a full scholarship at Tec de Monterrey, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Knowing that she always had a passion for hospitality, Shazma took advantage of the fact that she could learn Spanish and is now fluent.
Her educational background mixed with her experience and community involvement enables Shazma to make decisions in a well-rounded manner. Her vision is “To be the industry leader in selected emerging markets in Western Canada” and maintains a corporate culture. Shazma takes pride in giving back and understands the value of creating opportunities.
Shazma has held Board of Director positions at Red Deer Tourism and for the IHG Owner’s Association for Canada and is a proud community sponsor of many fundraisers. Currently, Shazma holds a Board of Director position on the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association and represents all Western Canadian hotel owners on the IHG Owners Association Board of Directors Nationally and Globally.
David A. Couture
3rd 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 3rd year of the Mount Royal partnership degree program while also pursuing his Project Management Certificate on the side through 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.
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.
3rd 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.
Brian D. Porter
Vice President - Central Alberta District, Canadian Banking – Retail Distribution
Brian Porter joined Scotiabank in 1997, and was appointed to his current position in April 2013. Prior to this, Brian held several roles in Scotiabank’s Toronto based Executive Offices. These include:
- Director – ING Transition & Coordination - participating in Scotiabank’s largest acquisition in its 180 year history. Primary responsibilities included transition based activities for Control Functions (Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, & Audit), IT&S, Fraud Management, Business Continuity Management, & Commercial/Corporate Banking Portfolio.
- Director – Channel Integration & Measurement – responsible for the sales metric design & analytics, allocation of Canadian Retail & Small Business Bank growth plans (volume, revenue, & expense), design & management of Automated Performance Achievement System, & a vast array of Executive Reporting.
Brian started his career in Sherwood Park, AB as a part-time contract hire Customer Service Representative. Shortly thereafter, he moved into the sales function & became a professionally accredited Financial Advisor. Brian has also worked as a Branch Manager in Calgary, AB & as a District Manager in Northern Saskatchewan & Manitoba.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Alberta & has been an active volunteer throughout his career serving as Scotiabank’s Chairman - Relay for Life Campaign (Calgary, AB), member of the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, & Vice-Chair for the United Way Campaign (Toronto, ON) in Scotiabank’s Executive Office.
Brian and his wife, Krista, have two children.
Owner – Collegiate Sports Medicine
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 the Donald School of Business and Red Deer College. 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.
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