Our leadership team and board of directors guide ABJHI core responsibilities through policy and strategic planning.
With more than a decade in executive leadership positions in the public and post-secondary sectors, Karen had led and championed complex initiatives, guided organizations through transition and change, and built long-lasting local, national and international relationships rooted in multi-sector engagement. Karen was a key driver in the realization of Edmonton’s Health City, a multi-stakeholder economic development initiative launched in 2017. Over the course of her career, Karen has worked to advance the provincial and national science, research, and innovation agenda and has secured funding for new national programs and major capital projects. Karen has also served as Associate Vice-President (Government & Corporate Relations) for the University of Alberta and was seconded to the Government of Alberta to serve as Assistant Deputy Minister (Operations and Machinery of Government) in Executive Council.
Karen is currently the CEO of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board where she works with the 13 member municipalities that make up the Board to implement the region’s 30 year growth and servicing plans. She is also the Founder of Deep Strategies Inc. Karen serves on the Glenrose Hospital Foundation Board, ST Innovations Business Advisory Board and Covenant Health’s Growth and Innovation Board.
As the Honorary Chair of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Ann is committed to continuing the work of her late husband, J.R. (Bud) McCaig, who founded ABJHI in 2004 with a donation of $10 million. Ann and Bud were married for 21 years and shared a vision to build a world-class health and medical system in Calgary.
Ann is well-known for her commitment to the not-for-profit sector and, in particular, her passion for youth, education and health. She serves as Chair Emeritus of the Calgary Health Trust and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and as Chair of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). She is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, a Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and a former Trustee of the $400-million Killam Estate.
Over the past two decades, Ann has led several large capital campaigns for major institutions in Calgary. She was Co-chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital campaign, helping to raise more than $52 million to build a state-of-the-art pediatric facility in Calgary, and chaired a campaign that raised $9.6 million for AARC.
Ann is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the University of Calgary Education Partnership Award and was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan with an Alumni Humanitarian Award. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Award, the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Alberta Centennial Award, the Rotary Integrity Award, the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotary International Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Award of Exceptional Recognition from Calgary’s Chief of Police. In June 2012, Ann received the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Calgary in honour of her contributions to the community.
Martin is responsible for setting strategic objectives, securing the resources ABJHI requires to meet its long-term priorities, and building productive, mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders in bone and joint health care. These stakeholders are diverse and numerous, and include surgeons, physicians and other health care providers, patients, researchers, educators, Alberta’s Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Health.
He works with ABJHI’s Board of Directors to set business priorities that are aligned with our mission and mandate. He also ensures ABJHI has effective financial controls and meets all regulatory requirements related to our work and to our status as a charitable organization.
Martin is a biomedical engineer and credentialed clinical scientist. In addition to his role with ABJHI, he holds senior administrative and academic positions at University of Alberta, including Vice-principal, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Vice-provost (Strategic Initiatives), and Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine. His academic career has centred on studying secondary complications of physical disability and their causes to reduce their incidence.
Martin holds a BSc in physics from Exeter University and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom.