William S. Rice, Q.C.
Office of the Chair and Executive Officer
Mr. Rice was reappointed in December 2009 to a second term as Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission to conclude July 15, 2015. In January 2011, he was appointed Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators and re-appointed for a second two-year term commencing April 1, 2013. Mr. Rice acts as an ex officio member on all ASC Committees. At the beginning of his tenure with the ASC in 2005, Mr. Rice had over 25 years of experience as a securities lawyer and had most recently concluded a 32-year career with the Bennett Jones LLP law firm with a five-year term as its national managing partner. Mr. Rice has also had extensive board membership and chair responsibilities with both public and private companies.
Stephen R. Murison
Mr. Murison was appointed Vice-Chair in April 2003. He first joined the ASC as legal counsel in 1997, a position in which he worked extensively on a number of key policy initiatives. Prior to his employment with the Commission he was a partner with a national law firm, where he specialized in taxation, securities and corporate law.
Mr. Cotter was appointed Vice-Chair in April 2014. Prior to his employment with the Commission he was a partner in the business law group with a national law firm, where he advised companies and investment firms on public offerings, private placements, cross-border financings, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, recapitalizations, going-private transactions, corporate governance, proxy contests and regulatory compliance.
Terry Allen, CFA, ICD.D
Ms. Allen became a Member in March 2012 and serves on the ASC’s Audit Committee. She is the President of Pivotal Capital Advisory Group, which she founded in 2002 to provide objective project and corporate finance advice and to raise capital for clients. During her nearly 30 years of advisory and banking experience, she has managed the senior energy portfolios at CIBC and TD Bank, and PwC’s Project Finance Advisory Group in Calgary. Ms. Allen holds a B. Admin from the University of Regina, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst and Institute of Corporate Directors designations. She has served on several corporate and not-for-profit boards over the past 20 years, and is currently a member of the Calgary Airport Authority Board, the CEO Advisory Circle for the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business at the University of Regina, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Calgary.
Dr. Ian Beddis
Dr. Beddis became a Member in April 2013 and serves on the ASC’s Human Resources Committee. He has more than 37 years of experience working in the financial services field. Dr. Beddis has sat on numerous boards and is currently Co-Chairman of the Brock University Presidents Advisory Board and sits as a board member for the Strathcona Tweedsmuir School Foundation, the Theatre Calgary Foundation and the Carthy Foundation. In addition to his Masters in Economics, Dr. Beddis received an honorary doctorate from Brock University in 2000.
Kathryn (Kate) Chisholm, Q.C., ICD.D
Ms. Chisholm became a Member in April 2015 and serves on the ASC's Human Resources Committee. She possesses more than 25 years of experience in the legal profession and is the senior vice-president, Legal and External Relations at Capital Power where she leads the organization’s legal, regulatory, government, stakeholder and media relations functions. A member of several boards, Ms. Chisholm is currently the Regional Chair for Legal Leaders for Diversity, the founder and Chair of MORE Mentoring Program for Young Female Professionals and is a member of the Mayor’s Taskforce of the Elimination of Poverty (Edmonton). In addition to a law degree from the University of Alberta, Ms. Chisholm holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 for her outstanding contributions to the legal profession and public life, and in 2014 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
Webster (Web) Macdonald, Q.C.
Mr. Macdonald became a Member in March 2012 and serves as Chair of the ASC's Human Resources Committee. He was has more than 40 years of experience in the legal profession and has practiced extensively in the field of litigation. He is a recently retired partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon law firm in Calgary and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Macdonald has served as a bencher of The Law Society of Alberta, President of the Calgary Bar Association, Chairman of the Calgary Police Commission, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Glenbow Museum and member of the Canadian Museum of Civilization/Canadian War Museum. He is currently a member of the Dean's Advisory Committee at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Daniel McKinley, FCA, ICD.D
Mr. McKinley became a Member in May 2010 and serves as Chair of the ASC’s Audit Committee. He has over 30 years’ experience in public accounting and is currently a partner in the Grant Thornton tax services group in Edmonton. During his career, Mr. McKinley has specialized in matters of taxation and related areas, such as financing proposals, restructuring arrangements, cross-border transactions and operations, and litigation settlements. He received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and, in 2001, was awarded his FCA designation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.
Bradley Nemetz, Q.C.
Mr. Nemetz became a Member in April 2013 and serves on the ASC’s Governance Committee. He is a partner in the litigation department at Bennett Jones LLP. Mr. Nemetz has served as a bencher of The Law Society of Alberta and has also chaired a number of Law Society committees and taskforces including the Conduct Committee, Finance Committee, Audit Committee, Professional Committee, Third-Party Funding Taskforce and Trust Funds Taskforce. Mr. Nemetz is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2002.
Ann Rooney, FCA, ICD.D
Ms. Rooney became a Member in April 2013 and serves on the ASC’s Governance Committee. She has 25 years experience in the accounting profession and became a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1996. She is a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and has served on many of the provincial and national committees involved in the governance of the profession. Ms. Rooney has been a director on a number of corporate and not-for profit boards and is presently a director of Parkbridge Lifestyle Communities, Blackbridge, Horizon North Logistics Inc, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. In addition to her education in accounting, Ms. Rooney also has a Masters in Environmental Science.
Richard A. Shaw, Q.C., ICD.D
Mr. Shaw became a Member in May 2011, is Chair of the ASC's Governance Committee and serves as the Lead Independent Member. He has close to 40 years of experience providing legal advisory services in a number of areas including boards of directors, independent and special committees, director and officer liability, corporate governance, shareholder rights plans, securities and corporate finance. Mr. Shaw is a former senior partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Calgary and former Chair of the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Governors of Mount Royal University and is a director of Inter Pipeline Fund, Enmax Corporation and a number of private companies.
Fred R. N. Snell, FCA
Mr. Snell became a Member in May 2011 and serves on the ASC's Audit Committee. He has more than 40 years of experience in the accounting field with an extensive background in securities regulation, accounting, auditing and finance. A former partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Mr. Snell held the position of Chief Accountant at the ASC from 2001 to 2009. He was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA) in 1998 in recognition of his service to the profession. He served as President of the Institute in 1998-99.