Chris Sheard - Board Chair
Christopher Sheard spent the majority of his career as an executive in the ATCO Group of Companies. After graduating in 1975, he was in the private practice of law, then counsel to the Alberta Public Utilities Board, and then as regulatory counsel for the Canadian Utilities Limited regulated subsidiaries, including Northwestern Utilities Limited, Canadian Western Natural Gas Company Limited and Alberta Power Limited, as well as companies in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon. Following his career as counsel, Mr. Sheard was a senior executive in the ATCO Group, including as President of ATCO Gas. In general, since 1979, when he joined the Alberta Public Utilities Board, Mr. Sheard's career has primarily centered on the energy industry, emphasizing regulatory policies and practices.
In recent years, Mr. Sheard has been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, responsible for economic development in Edmonton, and Chair of the Citadel Theatre, one of Canada's most successful regional theatres. From 2008 until 2011, as the founding Chair, Mr. Sheard led the creation of the Capital Region Board, with a mandate to build a regional planning organization for the municipalities in the greater Edmonton area. In April 2017, after a five year term, Mr. Sheard stepped down from the volunteer position of Chair of the Board of the River Valley Alliance, an organization comprised of seven Edmonton area municipalities bordering the North Saskatchewan River and dedicated to creating a contiguous park stretching from Devon to Fort Saskatchewan.
Mr. Sheard currently chairs the Physician Compensation Committee, a body created jointly by the Alberta Provincial Government and the Alberta Medical Association with broad decision making responsibilities for physician compensation in Alberta.
Jordon Copping - Chief Officer
Jordon is a skilled external affairs professional with extensive experience in policy development, process management, corporate communications and team leadership. He spent 8 years of his career at the Alberta Legislature, beginning his time in Edmonton as research officer for private government members, writing speeches, researching legislation and helping shepherd several bills through the legislative process. He then spent 3 years as the Executive Assistant to Premier Stelmach, responsible for providing daily briefings and strategic advice to the Premier. He then spent 2 years as the Chief of Staff to the Minister of Employment and Immigration, providing advice to the Minister on operational, policy, legislative, communications, budgetary and political matters. In 2011 Jordon left Government and began a successful 6-year career in the oil and gas sector in Calgary, leading the Government Relations teams at both BP Canada and Cenovus Energy.
Liisa Tipman - Project Manager Land Use
Liisa is an experienced land use planner with a broad understanding of all facets of the planning process. Over her career, Liisa has become an expert in municipal policy development and long-range municipal planning. She has been a lead analyst and policy planner for numerous annexations, municipal development plans, growth studies and strategic planning sessions for urban and rural municipalities in Alberta, including in the Edmonton and Calgary regions. She has also project managed industrial, institutional, natural resource, residential and mixed use development projects in municipalities across the province. After receiving her Masters of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary in 2007, Liisa was employed with B&A Planning Group, a planning consulting firm, progressing to Associate in 2014. Her role as a planning project manager involved leading communications, engagement and approval processes for projects while considering the interests of clients, approving authorities, technical specialists, community groups and indigenous stakeholders.
Jaime Graves - Project Manager Intermunicipal Servicing
Jaime is an experienced environmental consultant providing project management expertise to multi-disciplinary teams for development and environmental management projects in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Northwest Territories. Jaime has served clients in many sectors including federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, heavy rail, oil and gas, power, legal and real estate clients. Jaime received a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. Prior to joining the CMRB, Jaime was with Golder Associates Ltd. for 16 years where she progressed through field engineer, project manager and project director roles. Jaime was named an Associate at Golder in 2014. Jaime maintains Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional designations from APEGA and the Project Management Institute, respectively.
Shelley Armeneau - Office Manager
As Office Manager for CMRB, Shelley Armeneau oversees the office operations and manages the Board and Committee administration. Shelley brings with her 11 years of experience from the Calgary Regional Partnership, as well as several years working in the legal field.
JP Leclair - GIS Analyst