Board of Directors
Robert A. Seidel, Chair
Robert Seidel, Q.C., is the Firm Managing Partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. He has deep experience in all aspects of energy law, environmental law, natural resource law, corporate/commercial and M&A law, real estate law, forestry law, commercial lending and infrastructure & project finance.
Robert works with clients in both the private and public sectors, with an emphasis on providing legal and strategic business advice to senior executives, boards of directors and elected officials.
The establishment of board governance and accountability frameworks in the private and public sectors is an important segment of Robert’s practice. He regularly provides opinions to elected and senior public officials in all levels of government relating to their obligations and duties as representatives of government, as well as advice on other matters including land assembly, energy, environment and natural resource matters. Robert regularly provides guidance on decision-making, judicial challenges and strategies including the development and analysis of public policy. Robert is a member of the Board of Public and Private Corporations.
Business leader and community builder Naseem Bashir is president and CEO of Williams Engineering Canada and Chairman of the Board for the Williams Group of Companies. Williams is a prominent western and northern Canadian professional engineering services company with a 38-year history in the marketplace. As president, Naseem is responsible for the development and execution of strategy and managing the day-to-day business.
Naseem currently serves as a director with the Edmonton International Airport Board and is a member of the executive committee for the ICD Edmonton Chapter. He is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Alberta Chapter, a member of the University of Alberta Business Advisory Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises and a Past President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. In 2011, Mr. Bashir was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
A committed supporter of charitable organizations, Mr. Bashir is a past member of Alberta’s Promise. Mr. Bashir has served on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees where, during his last year, he served as Vice-Chair of the Board. He is a past director of the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation as well as past Chair of MacEwan University’s Mad Hatter’s campaign.
In 2012, Mr. Bashir received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was recognized as one of NAIT’s Top 50 Alumni.
Professor David T. Lynch, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FEC, FEIC, FCIC
David Lynch was born in the coal-mining town of Minto, New Brunswick, received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1977, and completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1982. He was appointed to the faculty at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in January 1981, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1988. He has carried out research in the area of catalytic reaction engineering including a stay in Germany during 1987-88 where he held a Humboldt Research Fellowship.
Under Dr. Lynch’s leadership as Dean of Engineering from 1994-2015, the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta became a leading Faculty of Engineering in North America and beyond. Notable accomplishments during his 21-year tenure as Dean of Engineering are:
- a more than doubling of total engineering undergraduate and graduate student enrollments to approximately 6,000 students (4,400 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students),
- the hiring of over 280 new engineering professors,
- the establishment of over twenty NSERC Industrial Research Chairs and more than thirty other Chair positions, including over twenty endowed faculty positions,
- the construction of five new buildings, and the major renewal of an existing building, over the period 2001 to 2015 encompassing over 1.5 million square feet of new, and renewed, space for engineering education and research,
- leadership to establish several major initiatives such as, for example, the National Institute for Nanotechnology, the Helmholtz – Alberta Initiative, the Imperial Oil – Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Oil Sands Innovation, and the Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies, and
- the obtaining of over $900 million in funding (donations, specials grants, etc.) to support the above special initiatives and expansions of the Faculty of Engineering, along with an incremental increase of over $600 million in external sponsored research funding resulting in a total of over $1.5 Billion in incremental funding for teaching, research and facilities in the Faculty of Engineering over the 1994-2015 period.
Dr. Lynch has received numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the APEGA Centennial Leadership Award, the ASTech Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community, and he was named the “Resource Person of the Year” by the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
David Lynch is a member of several advisory, management, not-for-profit and corporate boards including, among others, the Boards of Directors of Waste Re-solutions Edmonton, Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions, the Pure North S’Energy Foundation, and the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research. Following the end of his term as Dean of Engineering on June 30, 2015, Dr. Lynch has continued to be an active member of the faculty at the University of Alberta as a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering.
William R. McKenzie
Bill McKenzie is a senior executive with a strong background in infrastructure, private equity and venture capital investment, plus corporate development in a significant operating company. Bill McKenzie has contributed to management development, finance, risk management, governance, plus business strategy and implementation as a corporate director, executive and investor. Bill has served as a director of more than 20 private and public companies. Bill has led more than 25 infrastructure, private equity and venture capital investments, with an aggregate value in excess of $2.5 billion.
Bill has held executive positions as: Senior Vice President, Infrastructure and Timber Investments and as a member of the Executive Committee of AlMCo, a $71 billion institutional investor; Vice President of one of Canada’s largest private equity investors; and Vice President, Corporate Development of a publicly-traded construction and industrial services firm.
Bill McKenzie currently serve as a director of a private equity and venture capital investment fund, an infrastructure investment fund, and a private debt fund, plus several operating companies.
Bill holds professional designations as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and an ICD.D professional director, and has also completed an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Monica A. Norminton
Monica Norminton is currently CFO and General Counsel for a private family trust, and serves on a number of boards and audit committees. She has held executive positions with the Alberta government and private enterprises.
Monica’s formal education includes Bachelors of Arts and Law, and Masters of Business Administration degrees and she is a Chartered Accountant, with a specialization in information technology. Monica also has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management and a Master’s Certificate in the Neuroscience of Leadership.
In 2008, Monica was recognized by the Globe and Mail and the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada’s most powerful women.
In 2009, Monica was recognized by her peers for her contributions to the legal community and appointed Queen’s Counsel.
S. Amanda Rosychuk
Amanda Rosychuk holds the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Services for EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EPCOR) where she is responsible for Human Resources, Information Services, and Public and Government Affairs. Within this role she is accountable for the corporate policies and direction required to recruit, develop, retain and engage the company’s workforce, for overseeing the planning and implementation of IT systems as well as ongoing operation of those systems. Her role is also accountable for oversight for internal and customer communications, government relations, and for enhancing the company’s brand and reputation within the community.
Amanda has also held the positions of Senior Vice President, Field Services, responsible for Supply Chain Management, Project Management and Workforce Planning, Corporate Health, Safety and Environment and Divisional Vice President, Municipal Water and Wastewater Operations, responsible for the operation of EPCOR’s Canadian water and wastewater utilities outside Edmonton. During her 23 years with EPCOR she has also held several senior positions including Vice President, Energy Services, Vice President, Distribution and Transmission, and Vice President, Customer Care and Billing.
Amanda sits on the Board of Directors of Women Building Futures. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both obtained from the University of Alberta.