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Former Norquest President Dr. Jodi Abbott takes over helm at University Hospital Foundation


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Edmonton, AB – September 11, 2019 – The Board of Trustees for the University Hospital Foundation announced today that Dr. Jodi L. Abbott has been selected as the Foundation’s new President and CEO.

Dr. Abbott is joining the Foundation after nine years as President and CEO of NorQuest College. During her term, Dr. Abbott led a number of strategic initiatives aimed at transforming the College, making it a more vibrant and successful post-secondary institution serving northern Alberta’s increasingly diverse population. As a result, NorQuest College grew dramatically over the past ten years, was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2018, and received the Alberta Chambers of Commerce award for Inclusion and Diversity. She was instrumental in establishing and championing ‘1000 Women: A Million Possibilities’ which has raised over $3.3 million to remove obstacles and enable NorQuest College students to pursue education and achieve their goals.

Highlights of Dr. Abbott’s career to-date include:

  •   Being named twice as one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” for her work in post-secondary education and healthcare
  •   Securing $170 million in capital funds for NorQuest to build the Singhmar Centre for Learning – a state-of-the-art facility that opens doors to thousands of students every year
  •   Chairing Health City on behalf of Mayor Iveson, including bringing in the University Hospital Foundation as a partnerWhile Dr. Abbott spent the past nine years in post-secondary education, her career started in healthcare. Prior to joining NorQuest, she served as a Senior Vice President with Alberta Health Services and, since then, has maintained a close connection to people and organizations in the health community in the Edmonton region and across the province.

    “We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Abbott to the University Hospital Foundation. The leadership of the President and CEO is vitally important to the success of the Foundation, and we’re thrilled to have someone with her experience, her passion and her close connections to the community help us continue raising funds to advance patient care.” – David Finlay, Incoming Chair (September 25th), Board of Trustees

    “I’m excited to join the University Hospital Foundation and grateful for the opportunity to take on this new challenge. The Foundation has done outstanding work and the quality of health care in our community is a direct result of so many of the initiatives they have supported. It’s a perfect time in my career to join an organization that is committed to innovation and to bringing the best new ideas, treatments, and technologies to our community.” – Dr. Jodi L. Abbott

News Release

Dr. Abbott will join the University Hospital Foundation effective January 6, 2020, following completion of her term at NorQuest College. She takes over from Joyce Mallman Law who is retiring from the Foundation at the end of September after an outstanding 32 year career with the Foundation. In the interim, Christy Holtby, VP of Strategic Partnerships, will be acting President.

University Hospital Foundation

The University Hospital Foundation raises and manages funds to push the boundaries of patient care, research and healthcare education at the University of Alberta Hospital, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic. For more information visit

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Male suspect involved in tragic incident between Beaumont and Edmonton sought by police; EPS release photos of suspect

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News release from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street.

Yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:40 p.m. various EPS resources were deployed to the area of 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW at the request of the RCMP. It was reported to police that RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspicious U-Haul in Beaumont, when the vehicle fled. The U-Haul subsequently travelled north on 50 Street into Edmonton, where it struck and killed a woman inspecting the exterior of her vehicle. Moments later the U-Haul came to rest just outside a gas station off of 22 Avenue and 50 Street.

After crashing the U-Haul, the male suspect then reportedly stole a Honda Civic that was parked outside the gas station with a child inside. Police did consider an Alert to the public at the time, though thankfully the child was located unharmed in the area of 66 Street and 25 Avenue minutes later. The suspect then fled the scene in the Honda Civic. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered outside of Edmonton.

The EPS and RCMP continue to actively seek the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect described as being approximately 5’11” who was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes. CCTV photos of the suspect are included below.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the tragic death of the innocent woman who was killed on 50 Street,” says Det. Nigel Phillips with the EPS Investigative Response Team. “Our hearts are with her family and friends who will now have to carry on with this unfathomable loss.”

“We are doing everything we can to track down the suspect and we trust the public will help us identify and locate him as soon as possible.”

Assist to identify and locate: Male suspect running in area of 50 Street & 22 Avenue SW
While the RCMP is leading this investigation, the EPS is assisting and working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity and/or their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

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Province forms Edmonton Public Safety Cabinet Committee in response to homeless encampment crisis

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Edmonton encampments: Deputy Premier Ellis

Deputy Premier Mike Ellis issued the below statement in response to Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi’s announcement of his intention to declare an emergency:

“In November, Premier Danielle Smith ordered that an emergency cabinet committee be created and convened in response to the issue of crime and gang-related activity within encampments across the City of Edmonton.

“Alberta’s government cares deeply about vulnerable Edmontonians and we will always ensure that anyone who wants shelter and supportive services will receive it. However, we will not stand by and watch as vulnerable Albertans and the general public continue to be extorted, taken advantage of and killed by gangsters and deadly drugs.

“The Edmonton Public Safety Cabinet Committee (EPSCC) is comprised of ministers from departments that oversee operations and/or administer programs that promote public safety and support the transition of Edmonton-based encampment residents into safe, secure and appropriate arrangements.

“The cabinet committee membership includes:

  • Danielle Smith, Premier (chair)
  • Mickey Amery, Minister of Justice
  • Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services
  • Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health
  • Ric McIver, Minister of Municipal Affairs
  • Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services
  • Searle Turton, Minister of Children and Family Services
  • Dan Williams, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction
  • Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“Also sworn into the committee are:

  • Cody Thomas, Grand Chief, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
  • Dale McPhee, Chief, Edmonton Police Service

“This committee has met continuously since its initial meeting on Nov. 29, 2023, to plan a joint response. Our government is working on an action plan alongside Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Police Service, the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and several departments from the City of Edmonton, including Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.

“Our government will continue to respond to these issues following the expected court decision on Jan. 16, no matter the outcome. We will have a more detailed statement regarding this response once the court decision is made.”

Additional quotes

“It is dangerous for the mayor and others to continue to suggest that vulnerable Albertans do not have anywhere to turn. This is false and will lead to more folks choosing not to seek out shelter because they fear they’ll be turned away. I have said before and will continue to say: there is safe space in shelters around the city and nobody will be turned away. We have more than enough room for every homeless person in the city of Edmonton to have a warm, safe place to stay. It is completely inappropriate and dangerous for the mayor, or anyone, to suggest Edmonton is out of capacity in our social services sector or our emergency shelter systems. Anyone needing shelter space will be kept care of.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

“I have been working and will continue to work diligently alongside the provincial government, in the spirit of reconciliation, for months on the serious action that is needed to get all people off the streets, including First Nations people. Encampments are not a safe place and letting people overdose and freeze in the cold is not reconciliation.”

Cody Thomas, Grand Chief, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations 

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