Calgarian with ww experience in corp, NFP & public sectors. Curious about all things energy,leadership,governance,citizen voice, integrity.
Over the course of her 30+ year career, Donna has served in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Donna was born near Tillsonburg, Ontario, and was raised on a cattle farm in rural southwestern Ontario, where her parents and extended family continue to farm today. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1984. Donna is curious about all things energy, change leadership, governance, citizen voice, equality and integrity.
Donna was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity in 2012 and served in that role until April 2015. During her tenure as MLA, she championed citizen voice in provincial decision-making, and acted in several capacities, including: Associate Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy; Chair of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship; Member of Treasury Board; Chair of the government’s Results Based Budgeting review of all economic diversification programs; Government founder of First Nations and Métis Women’s Councils; Member of the government’s Ministerial Working Group on Natural Resources and Environment; and Member of Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
Since moving to Calgary in 1984, Donna has worked as a lawyer, businesswoman and leader in the energy sector, on projects in more than 35 countries. Highlights of her career in this sector include serving as:
• A lawyer and negotiator with TransCanada Pipelines’ exploration and production company during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1980s;
• A corporate executive and first female Vice-President with Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company, where she was responsible for managing above ground risks in domestic and international projects from 1991-2001; and
• An independent consultant, advising global energy operators on how to manage non-technical risks in resource projects over the past decade from 2002-2012.
In addition, Donna founded Bridges Social Development (canadabridges.com) in 2002, and served as its executive director until 2011. Bridges is a volunteer organization that brings together local champions and Canadian experts to train and mentor community leaders in health care, law, journalism, education and politics in Yemen. In 2008, a global youth social entrepreneurship initiative was launched, focusing on training youth leaders in Alberta, including youth from Diaspora, First Nations and Métis communities.
Donna is lead author of Corporate Integrity: A Toolkit for Managing beyond Compliance, published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. Her second book, Unveiling the Breath: One Woman’s Journey into Understanding Islam and Gender Equality was published in 2009.
In 2007, Donna was awarded a Global Woman of Vision award; was named a ‘Compelling Calgarian’ by the Calgary Herald in 2010; received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People, 2014 by Alberta Venture; and one of Canada’s 50 Most Powerful Business People in 2014 by Canadian Business.
Donna is a frequent keynote speaker. Audiences include industry associations, professional organizations, international conferences and workshops, individual companies, women’s groups, faith communities, post-secondary institutions.
Donna has called Alberta home for more than three decades, living in Calgary with her husband, Laurie Glans. Together they have raised three sons. In addition to mentoring youth leaders and volunteering with local community, inter-cultural and inter-faith groups, Donna enjoys hiking, photography and digging in her garden.
When it comes to climate change and energy choices, many people think they know what it is that Albertans think and what Albertans want. I wasn't so sure that we had actually heard from the citizens of Alberta, and a group of others agreed. This past September, we launched a short-term initiative called ViewpointsAB to find out.