Kimberly Nevala, "The Governance Guru"
Director of Business Strategies, Business Intelligence/Analytics, Data Governance/EIM

Kimberly Nevala is the Director of Business Strategies for SAS Best Practices. Kimberly brings 19 years of on-the-ground experience advising clients worldwide to help organizations maximize their data potential. She is responsible for market analysis, industry education, emerging best practices and strategies in the areas of business intelligence and analytics, data governance and management. A speaker and author, Kimberly is often consulted on the topic of strategic enablement and organizational dynamics. Her work has been featured on Information Week, CIO Asia, Knowledge World and TDWI. Kimberly is the author of the Anatomy of an Analytic Enterprise, Sustainable Data Governance and Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a Data Governance Program.

Dr. Carl Amrhein, MCIP, RPP
Deputy Minister, Alberta Health and Professor,
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Carl Amrhein was appointed Deputy Minister, Alberta Health on August 4, 2015. Prior to this, he was the Official Administrator for Alberta Health Services.

Dr. Amrhein holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from Pennsylvania State University (1978) and a Ph.D. in Geography from State University of New York at Buffalo (1984) with research interest in economic geography, labour markets, decision theory, migration, and quantitative methods.

Dr. Amrhein currently is a member of Fulbright Canada: Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America; and a Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

Dr. Amrhein served as Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta from 2003 to 2014. Dr. Amrhein came to the University of Alberta following his 17 years at the University of Toronto.   He has also served as Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, Haidian, Beijing, China, during October, 2012. For 2013-2015 he served as Special Executive Advisor to the Conference Board of Canada.

Dr. Amrhein was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.   He received an Eagle Feather to honor his contributions in advancing the role of Traditional Knowledge of the First Nations in university programming in 2014.  Also in 2014 he was awarded the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration.

Dr. Stafford Dean
Sir Program Officer, Alberta Health Services

Stafford Dean is the Senior Program Officer of Analytics at Alberta Health Services. He has been using administrative and clinical data to support decision making for 25 years in Alberta’s health system. Stafford has also had data and analytic roles at the Alberta Ministry of Health, Calgary Health Region, and the Health Quality Council of Alberta. The analytics role is to enable decision making by providing timely, relevant data and reporting services.

Stafford’s research interests include health system planning models and clinical analytics to support continuous quality improvement. Stafford has a PhD in Health Research, a master’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science.


Tim Grant
Deputy Minister, Service Alberta

The Deputy Minister’s Office (DMO) provides advice and support to the Minister and is the interface between the Minister and the department. This includes leading the strategic and corporate services necessary to carry out the ministry’s priorities; support of its core businesses and program/service delivery; and achieving its business plan goals. The DMO furthers the strategic corporate agenda for government and the public service.

Tim Grant is a graduate of the University of Guelph. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces on graduation, retiring in 2008 as a Major-General. He has planned and led operations at home and abroad. He commanded the army in western Canada and Canadian troops in Afghanistan.

Mr. Grant has a strong background in policy development and program implementation. During his career, he interacted with all levels of government, from municipal to federal, both domestically and internationally. He is an Officer in the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General for his leadership in Afghanistan.

Mr. Grant joined the Alberta Public Service in August 2008 as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Energy. He was responsible for electricity, alternative energy, and carbon capture and storage policies and programs. Mr. Grant was the Deputy Minister of Alberta Transportation from October 2011 to November 2012. He was appointed Deputy Solicitor General in December 2012 and in September 2013, appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. On July 6, 2015, Mr. Grant was appointed Deputy Minister of Service Alberta. In addition, he is taking a lead role in the review of the 300 Agencies, Boards and Commissions in the province

Doug Horner
Chairman and Partner, Canada Asia Synergy Group

Mr. Horner has held numerous positions with the Government of Alberta, including Deputy Premier, President of Treasury Board, Senior Advisor to the Premier on Internal and Federal-Provincial Relations, as well as Ministerial portfolios in Finance, Advanced Education and Technology, Innovation and Agriculture.  He is a strong proponent of the commercialization of Alberta’s knowledge base, research and technology and has led many trade and investment missions to emerging markets.  His business background includes experience in the banking and agriculture industries.  Mr. Horner is accredited by the Institute of Canadian Bankers and holds the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Armann Ingolfsson
Associate Professor & Academic Director,
The Centre of Excellence in Operations, University of Alberta

Armann Ingolfsson is an Associate Professor of Operations Management, the Roger H. Smith Professor of Business, and the Academic Director of the Centre for Excellence in Operations at the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He received a PhD in operations research from MIT and he recently received a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) designation from INFORMS. His research interests focus on operations management in the service and health care sectors and developing methodology to analyze congested systems. He has published articles on these topics in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management. He is former Editor-in-chief of INFORMS Transactions on Education and an Associate Editor for INFOR and the Journal for Quantitative Analysis in Sports . He has taught operations management, analytics, and statistics to undergraduate, MBA, executive education, and PhD students. He is a past President of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS) and has served in various other roles for CORS.

Event Details

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Registration & Breakfast:
7:30 a.m. -- 8:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion:
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

World Trade Centre Edmonton,
#600- 9990 Jasper Avenue,
Edmonton, AB T5J 1P7

Please contact Nina Connell

(403) 802-4481

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