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The first 100 days of Premier Kenney’s aggressive agenda to drive Alberta forward

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In his own words the government of Premier Jason Kenney has hit the ground running.  As the new provincial government hits it’s 100 Day Milestone Premier Kenney has released an update to Albertans touting the early accomplishments of his first mandate.  The video below shows a government running at break-neck speed to accomplish its goals.  Without further introduction, here’s a report from the province on the first 100 days of the Jason Kenney mandate.

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Government charges ahead as it hits 100-day milestone

As it reaches its 100-day milestone, Alberta’s new government is keeping another promise by introducing a $10-million fund to stand up for Indigenous peoples’ prosperity.

The new Indigenous Litigation Fund means groups that include Indigenous people can now apply for a grant to help with legal matters when advancing Alberta’s energy and natural resource development interests.

“This fund is yet another component of our Fight Back Strategy to stand up against the foreign-funded special interests landlocking Alberta energy. Indigenous peoples who favour energy development are often left out of the conversation, and this fund will help defend their right to be consulted on major projects and ensure their voices are heard too.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

Funding can be used to support a variety of legal actions, including researching positions, developing motions, participating in trials and appeals, or intervening in processes and legal actions.

The litigation fund, along with the creation of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, is part of the government’s vision to help shape a better future for Indigenous people in Alberta.

The fund’s introduction is one of 68 commitments the Alberta government has met in its first 100 days. Out of 375 commitments, the Alberta government has already completed 58, and a further 10 are underway.

Backgrounder: Promises made, promises kept

In reaching its 100-day milestone, Alberta’s new government has focussed on jobs and the economy, standing up for Alberta and making life better for all Albertans.

Over the course of the summer, the province:

  • Hosted and participated in important national meetings to bring the issues that matter most to Albertans to the forefront of the national agenda, including the:
    • Western Premiers’ Conference, chaired by Premier Kenney, which led to shared support for national resource corridors to facilitate oil and gas pipelines and to improve interprovincial trade.
    • Stampede Premiers’ meeting, where a coalition of Canadian jurisdictions met to discuss improving market access for Canadian products and creating jobs.
    • Council of the Federation meeting in Saskatoon, where Premier Kenney took the bold step of unilaterally dropping all of Alberta’s procurement exceptions to the 2017 Canadian Free Trade Agreement, and secured support from 12 of 13 provinces and territories for resource corridors.
  • Continued to fight alongside several provinces against the imposition of a federal carbon tax that would hinder economic growth and punish Albertans for living ordinary lives.
  • Stood up to federal policies that are damaging Alberta’s economy with letters from several ministers to their respective federal counterparts. These letters reiterate Alberta’s positions and outline the actions that should be taken to support the province’s people, industries and economy.

Alberta has also made substantial progress on its Fight Back Strategy to defend the province’s oil and gas sector and economic interests against unfounded attacks:

  • As part of its commitment to standing up for Alberta against foreign-funded efforts to landlock Alberta’s energy resources, government has launched a public inquiry into the defamatory campaigns to landlock Alberta oil.
  • A team led by the award-winning oil and gas journalist Claudia Cattaneo will develop a strategic plan aimed at restoring Alberta’s reputation in the fight to support the oil and gas sector that brings private investment and jobs to the province.

Promises kept

The following commitments have been implemented in three priority areas:

Getting Albertans back to work:

1. Passed Bill 1, The Carbon Tax Repeal Act. Introduced on May 22, 2019; received royal assent on June 4, 2019.
2. Enacted the Job Creation Tax Cut to reduce the general tax rate on businesses to eight per cent from 12 per cent. Introduced Bill 3, the Job Creation Tax Cut Act, on May 28, 2019; received royal assent on June 28, 2019.
3. Appointed a Minister for Red Tape Reduction to implement the Red Tape Reduction Strategy. Appointed Grant Hunter as the Associate Minister for Red Tape Reduction on April 30, 2019.
4. Passed the Red Tape Reduction Act to cut the regulatory burden by one-third and the time required for regulatory decisions to be made. Introduced Bill 4, the Red Tape Reduction Act, on May 29, 2019; received royal assent on June 28, 2019.
5. Launched a Red Tape Challenge website to seek public input on cutting job-killing regulatory requirements. Launched on June 24, 2019.
6. Passed the Fair Registration Practices Act as part of the Fairness for Newcomers Action plan to ensure fair and fast assessment of immigrants’ professional credentials. Introduced Bill 11, the Fair Registration Practices Act, on June 19, 2019; received royal assent on June 28, 2019.
7. Introduced a Job Creation Student Wage to reduce youth unemployment. Announced on May 27, 2019; took effect on June 26, 2019.
8. Returned to a holiday-pay qualifying period of 30 workdays in the 12 months preceding a general holiday to help create new jobs. Introduced Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, on May 27, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
9. Reinstated the mandatory secret ballot for union certification votes to restore workplace democracy. Introduced Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, on May 27, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
10. Secured agreement from other provinces and territories to increase interprovincial mobility for apprentices and skilled tradespeople. Premier Kenney advocated for this at the July 2019 gathering of Canada’s Premiers at the Council of the Federation and at the Western Premiers’ Conference on June 27, 2019.On July 26, 2019, Alberta signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario to enhance opportunities in the skilled trades and expand the apprenticeship model by promoting clear learner pathways.
11. Guaranteed in law that the royalty regime in place when a well is permitted will remain in place for that project to help restore investor confidence. Introduced Bill 12, the Royalty Guarantee Act, on June 20, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
12. Reclassified service rigs as off-road vehicles to help the struggling energy service sector. Came into force on June 28, 2019.
13. Appointed an Associate Minister of Natural Gas to give dedicated political attention to the challenges facing Alberta gas producers. Appointed Dale Nally as the Associate Minister of Natural Gas on April 30, 2019.
14. Appointed an Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Gas in the Department of Energy. Appointed David James as the Associate Deputy Minister of Natural Gas on April 30, 2019.
15. Kept the small business tax rate at two per cent. Announced on May 28, 2019.
16. Launched consultation with farmers and ranchers on the Farm Freedom and Safety Act. Launched on July 12, 2019.
17. Consulted on whether Alberta should return to an energy-only market, leading to a decision that was widely applauded by producers and consumers. Launched engagement; announced results on July 24, 2019.
18. Formed industry panels to identify unnecessary red tape in every sector of Alberta’s economy. Announced on Aug. 2, 2019.
19. Fought for market access and the reduction of interprovincial trade barriers to create jobs and grow our economy. Premier Kenney advocated for this at Council of the Federation in July 2019; Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen advocated for this during the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Minister of Agriculture meeting on July 19, 2019; Economic Development, Tourism and Trade Minister Tanya Fir sent a letter on July 31, 2019 to her federal counterpart.
20. Put foreign credential recognition on the agenda of the First Ministers Meeting to push for faster action on the “Pan-American Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.” This item was on the agendas of the Council of the Federation meeting in July 2019 and the Western Premiers’ Conference on June 27, 2019.

Making life better for all Albertans:

21. Proclaimed the Education Act to modernize Alberta’s school system. Introduced Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, on June 5, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019; comes into force on Sept. 1, 2019.
22. Retained the general $15/hr minimum wage. Retained
23. Returned to a regular/irregular workday distinction for calculating holiday pay to give workers more flexibility. Introduced Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, on May 27, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
24. Reversed the change in 2018 that eliminated the option for workers and employers to develop straight-time banked hours arrangements to help create new jobs. Introduced Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, on May 27, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
25. Strengthened new provisions in the Labour Relations Code that have reduced the duplication of employment claims in multiple forums (such as labour relations, employment standards, arbitration and privacy). Introduced Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, on May 27, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
26. Retained recent labour law changes to new procedural powers given to the Labour Relations Board, Employment Standards, and labour arbitrators such as those that allow the focusing of complaints. Retained
27. Retained new procedures relating to the duty of fair representation (e.g. obligation of a union and its process to properly represent a union member). Retained
28. Retained the current essential services legislation. Retained
29. Retained new forms of leave adopted in recent legislation. Retained
30. Appointed an independent expert to determine why construction has not yet begun on the Springbank Dam. Appointed lawyer Martin Ignasiak on May 3, 2019.
31. Ensured all major economic development proposals continue to be subject to mandatory environmental impact assessments. Being done.
32. Respected the constitutional right to separate schools. Introduced Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, on June 5, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
33. Made tourism the responsibility of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade. Announced on April 30, 2019.
34. Ended costly subsidies for intermittent forms of power production. Minister Savage communicated the conclusion of the program to Alberta Electric System Operator on June 10, 2019.
35. Appointed an Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Appointed Jason Luan as the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions on April 30, 2019.
36. Saved $640 million by cancelling the unnecessary ‘Superlab’ and the nationalization of laboratory services. Announced on June 20, 2019.
37. Amended the Municipal Government Act to allow municipalities to offer property tax incentives to attract investment and development. Introduced Bill 7, the Municipal Government (Property Tax Incentives) Amendment Act, on June 4, 2019; received royal assent on June 28, 2019.
38. Passed the Alberta Senate Election Act to hold elections for senatorial nominees in 2021. Introduced Bill 13, the Alberta Senate Election Act, on June 26, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
39. Supported safe schools that protect students against discrimination and bullying with amendments to the Education Act. Introduced Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, on June 5, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
40. Maintained the most generous charitable tax credit of any province in Canada to encourage charitable giving. Maintained
41. Passed a motion allowing free votes for MLAs on everything not deemed a confidence vote or key platform commitment. Motion passed during spring session 2019.
42. Passed a motion requiring MLAs wanting to cross the floor to resign and seek a byelection. Motion passed during spring session 2019.
43. Amended Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly to raise the bar of civility and decorum and to stop desk-thumping in the Legislative Assembly. Standing Orders effective May 30, 2019.
44. Relaxed regulations that required enclosed events like folk festivals to keep people having a drink within unreasonable narrow zones such as fenced-in beer gardens. Announced on May 16, 2019.
45. Created a $10-million litigation fund to support pro-resource development groups that include Indigenous groups. Announced Aug. 7, 2019
46. Amended the Education Act to implement the Leadership Quality Standards. Introduced Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, on June 5, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
47. Facilitated the creation and operation of new charter schools by removing the cap in the Education Act. Introduced Bill 8, the Education Amendment Act, on June 5, 2019; received royal assent on July 18, 2019.
48. Advocated for a federal Indigenous consultation process that provides clear timelines and legal certainty for project proponents, consistent with the federal government’s constitutional obligations. Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson sent a letter to the federal ministers of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, and Indigenous Services Canada on Aug. 6, 2019.
49. Launched a performance review of Alberta Health Services. Announced hiring of contractor to conduct review on July 18, 2019.

Standing up for Alberta:

50. Proclaimed Bill 12, Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act to defend Alberta’s vital economic interests. Announced May 1, 2019.
51. Challenged the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax by filing a judicial reference, and supported similar challenges by Saskatchewan and Ontario. Announced Aug. 2, 2019.
52. Launched a public inquiry into foreign sources of funds behind the anti-Alberta energy campaign, headed by Commissioner Steve Allen. Announced July 4, 2019.
53. Asked the Alberta energy industry to significantly increase its advocacy efforts. Announced June 7, 2019.
54. Held a summer session of the legislature. Session ran from May 21 to July 5, 2019.
55. Appointed the MacKinnon panel – an independent blue-ribbon group of experts to conduct a deep dive into Alberta’s fiscal situation. Announced May 7, 2019.
56. Lobbied for reforms to Canada’s Employment Insurance program so that Albertans who lose their jobs are treated more fairly by the system. Labour and Immigration Minister Jason Copping sent a letter to the federal minister of Families, Children and Social Development on Aug. 7, 2019.
57. Led by example by reducing Premier’s salary by 10 per cent and MLAs’ salaries by five per cent. Announced Aug. 6, 2019.
58. Building an interprovincial coalition which supports jobs, pipelines and the energy industry as evidenced by the Stampede Premiers’ Meeting, the joint letter opposing Bill C-69, and communiques from the Western Premiers’ Conference and Council of the Federation. Recent activities include Western Premiers’ Conference and Stampede Premiers’ meeting.

The following commitments are also well underway:

59. Using the persuasive power of the Premier’s “bully pulpit” to tell the truth in both official languages across Canada and around the world about how Albertans produce energy with the world’s highest environmental, human rights, and labour standards. Ongoing via social media, speeches, statements, etc.
60. Consulting on an Alberta version of Clare’s Law, which ensures Albertans at risk have fuller awareness of an intimate partner’s history of domestic violence. Initial engagement sessions were held in Calgary and Edmonton in July 2019.
61. Reversing the plan to spend $3.7 billion leasing rail cars. Announced on June 27, 2019.
62. Minimizing the red tape burden on farmers and ranchers. Several actions announced at Cut Red Tape.
63. Reversing four years of reductions in the fight against the mountain pine beetle by increasing funding by $5 million to $30 million annually. Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen sent a letter on July 5, 2019 to the federal ministers of Natural Resources, Environment, and Public Safety, requesting federal funding.
64. Supporting the recommendation of the Canadian Artists’ Representation to have Parliament amend the Copyright Act to require that a five per cent royalty be paid to visual artists on the resale of their work. Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Minister Leela Aheer discussed this in a meeting with the federal minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism during the June 2019 meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for culture and heritage.
65. Reviewing the Connect Care contract and My Health Care Records to reduce potential duplication of services and ensure maximum effectiveness. Issued an RFP on July 12, 2019.
66. Maintaining existing GoA capital plan for 2019-20 through 2022-23. Ongoing support for capital projects including sending endorsement letters to the federal government in support of projects that qualify for funding from the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
67. Requiring all universities and colleges to develop, post and comply with free speech policies that conform to the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression. Announced ongoing work with universities and colleges on July 29, 2019.
68. Seeking exemption from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) stress tests. Premier Kenney raised this in meetings with Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal minister of Finance in Ottawa on May 2, 2019.

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How an Alberta energy company voluntarily restores caribou habitat in northern Alberta

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Helicopters dropping tree planters into forest corridors.  This is not an image that typically comes to mind when we speak about energy production in Canada.   Truth is, voluntary initiatives like the Caribou Habitat Restoration Project by Cenovus are very much part of everyday life for Alberta energy companies.

Let’s support our families, our neighbours, and our communities by taking a minute to learn about this particular effort.  If you’re already well aware of the environmental focus of Alberta energy companies, you can help by sharing information like this with people you know and encouraging them to do the same.  Just by taking the time to learn something new and sharing this information you are helping to make a difference at home in Alberta, across the country, and around the world!   Thank you for supporting your community, your province, and your country!

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Caribou Habitat Restoration Project

Our 10-year Caribou Habitat Restoration Project, announced in 2016, is a voluntary environmental initiative that represents the largest single area of boreal caribou habitat restoration undertaken by a company anywhere in the world.

We use proven reforestation techniques to restore old seismic lines, access roads and other linear disturbances. During 2017, we treated approximately 270 kilometres of these linear features in an area comprising about 276 square kilometres. Our restoration program is helping to reduce fragmentation in the Cold Lake caribou herd’s habitat, where our Foster Creek and Christina Lake oil sands projects are located.

Since 2013, we’ve cumulatively treated more than 700 kilometres of these linear disturbances and planted more than 850,000 trees. As part of our 10-year project, we plan to take that total to 3,500 kilometres treated within an area of 3,900 square kilometres – about five times the area of the city of Calgary. We plan to have planted approximately 4 million trees by 2026.

Our project uses techniques such as mounding the ground, planting trees on these mounds, adding woody debris and leaning tree stems into the pathways to help cover historical corridors cut into the forest for seismic work, access roads and other activities. By closing these long open stretches, our work aims to make it harder for wolves to hunt caribou. Woodland caribou are listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.

We continue to measure and monitor the results of our restoration work and share what we learn with others through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. For example, we’re a member of the Regional Industry Caribou Collaboration, where producers work collaboratively across individual company tenures and lease boundaries to coordinate habitat restoration in the Cold Lake and East Side Athabasca River caribou herds and conduct research on caribou ecology and how wildlife respond to habitat treatments. We also work on a coordinated caribou approach with our peers at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

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Deirdra Dionne one of 14 to be inducted to Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

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Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Introduces 2020 Inductees

Red Deer claims Deidra Dionne as their own, and so they should.  Her skiing career took off – literally – when she moved with her family to the city in 1982 and joined the Red Deer Freestyle Club at Canyon Ski Resort. It wasn’t long before she began excelling on a provincial, national, and eventually, international stage.

“We are proud to welcome these new Honoured Members into the Hall,” said Kinsella. “Their contributions to sport in our province are incredible and humbling. They have truly earned the right to have their names added to our Hall.” – Tracey Kinsella, Executive Director, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. On May 29th, an induction banquet and ceremony will be held at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre where this group will officially be welcomed into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Included are five athletes, four builders and five award winners.

The newest athletes joining the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame are:

Deidra Dionne (Athlete, Skiing); Bronze medalist in women’s aerials at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Chris Phillips (Athlete, Hockey): A stay-at-home defenceman and the longest-serving player in Ottawa Senators franchise history.

Kelly Sutherland (Athlete, Chuckwagon Racing): Twelve-time Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championships, and seven Calgary Stampede Aggregate titles.

Michael Robertson (Athlete, Snowboardcross): Silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This year’s builders include:

Jan Ullmark (Builder, Figure Skating): Jan is an elite coach whose skills have made an indelible mark on the sport of figure skating in Canada.

Terry Morris (Builder, Curling): Terry has been active in the promotion and development of the sport of curling in Alberta and across the nation for the better part of four decades.

Ken Babey (Builder, Hockey): In his nearly three decades behind the bench of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Trojans men’s hockey team, Ken Babey guided the team to unparalleled success.

Derek Douglas (Builder, Soccer): The first soccer referee from Alberta to attain the position of FIFA International Referee in 1986, Derek has also been instrumental in growing the game in Sherwood Park, Edmonton and throughout the province.

This year’s Award winners are:

Nancy Southern & Ian Allison (Bell Memorial Award): As the team who pioneered equestrian sport broadcasting in Alberta, they are the first duo to be awarded the Bell Memorial Award.

John Currie (Achievement Award): As president of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games, John led the development and funding of the game’s flagship facility – the Repsol Sport Centre.

Stan Wakelyn (Pioneer Award, Soccer): In 1922, Calgary Hillhurst FC won the Dominion of Canada Football Championship, with Stan, a centre forward, as team captain.

Dennis Kadatz (Legacy Award): At 22, Dennis guided the Edmonton Huskies Junior Football Team to three consecutive Canadian Championships in 1962, 1963 and 1964. In 1964, Dennis became head coach of the University of Calgary’s fledgling football program.

For more information, please contact Tracey Kinsella, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director, at (403) 341-8614 or via email at tracey@ashfm.ca.

Detailed bios of each athlete:

Deidra Dionne –Skiing Athlete

Deidra Dionne was a trailblazer for today’s athletes competing in the sport of freestyle skiing in Canada. Born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Deidra’s skiing career took off – literally – when she moved with her family to Red Deer in 1982 and joined the Red Deer Freestyle Club at Canyon Ski Resort. It wasn’t long before she began excelling on a provincial, national, and eventually, international stage. Her accomplishments are exceptional: silver at the 2008 Canadian Freestyle Championships, 2000 World Cup Freestyle Rookie of the Year, bronze medals at both the 2001 and 2003 World Championships, and a bronze medal in women’s aerials at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Despite breaking her neck in a training accident in September 2005, Deidra battled back to compete at the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Chris Phillips – Hockey Athlete

Calgary’s Chris Phillips began his junior hockey career at the age of 15 with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), before joining the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Prince Albert Raiders in time for the 1995-96 season. In 61 games with the Raiders, Chris scored 10 goals and added 30 assists on his way to winning Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Midway through the 1996-97 season, the Raiders traded Chris to the Lethbridge Hurricanes, where he helped lead the Hurricanes to the Memorial Cup Final, which they lost to the Hull Olympique. Chris won two gold medals as a member of Canada’s World Junior Hockey Team in both 1996 and 1997. Chris was drafted first overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, and would spend his entire NHL career with the team. Chris began his career during the 1997–98 season and retired following the 2015–16 season, after spending the entire season on the injured list. A stay- at-home defenceman, Chris played 1,179 games with Ottawa in the regular season and playoffs, making him the longest-serving player in Senators franchise history. During his NHL career, Chris scored 71 goals to go along with 217 assists.

Kelly Sutherland – Chuckwagon Racing Athlete

You have to look no further that Kelly Sutherland’s nickname to understand the impact he had on his chosen sport of chuckwagon racing: “The King.” He was racing at the age of 14, driving by the age of 16, and winning at the age of 22. With a career that spanned five decades, Kelly remains one of the most important influences in the sport’s history. He won an astounding 12 world championships – his first in 1974 and his final one in 2011 at the age of 60. Kelly is perhaps best known for his success at the Calgary Stampede. Over the course of his career, he won 12 Calgary Stampede Rangeland Derby Championships, and seven Calgary Stampede Aggregate titles. He also won nine Ponoka Stampede titles and one in his hometown of Grande Prairie. In 2010, Kelly was the first torchbearer of day eight of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games torch relay and in 2011 he shared the sport with Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit to the Calgary Stampede. Kelly retired from racing in 2017. In his 48 seasons behind the reins, he placed in the top 10 overall 41 times.

Michael Robertson – Snowboardcross Athlete

Michael Robertson was always a gifted athlete – he played hockey and soccer from the
age of five before transitioning to competitive snowboarding at the age of 13. A member of a small team from Rabbit Hill Snow Resort, just south of Edmonton, Mike became provincial champion in his age group at the age of 14. Two years later, he transitioned to the sport of snowboardcross, where his competitive nature and dedication to his chosen craft, allowed him to quickly excel at the sport. Michael joined the National Development Team at 17 before progressing to the National Team, where he would remain until his career was cut short by injuries at the age of 27. During his career on the World Cup tour, Michael was often in the top 10, earning two silver and one bronze medal along the way. Heading into the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Michael was ranked fifth on the tour. In his semi-final, Michael avoided an early collision involving the other three competitors to run away with the race. In the final, Michael got out to the early lead and held it until Seth Wescott caught him at the second last turn to deny him the gold. Since his retirement, Michael has coached a number of Alberta snowboardcross teams, the National Para Olympic team, and acts as an ambassador to Kidsport.

Jan Ullmark – Figure Skating Builder

Since arriving in Alberta in 1973, Jan Ullmark and his elite coaching skills have made an indelible mark on the sport of figure skating in Canada. As the Director of Skating at Edmonton’s Royal Glenora Club, Jan elevated the club to prominence as one of the country’s top training centres. Under his tutiledge, the club began to consistently produce national and international competitors. Among the athletes who benefited from his guidance were Michael Slipchuk, who won the 1992 Canadian Championship; Jane Gray; as well as the team of Jaime Sale and David Pelletier, who went on to win gold in pairs figure skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games. With his induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, Jan joins his former proteges Slipchuk, Sale and Pelletier as an honoured member. For the past 20 years, Jan and his wife, Cynthia, have hosted a skating camp in Canmore which welcomes skaters from across the province to train under their guidance.

Terry Morris – Curling Builder

Terry has been active in the promotion and development of the sport of curling in Alberta and across the nation for the better part of four decades. During that time, most of Terry’s exploits have flown under the radar, including his efforts to unite the sport’s governance structure which led to the establishment of the Alberta Curling Federation, as well as the Northern Alberta Curling Association. His incredible administrative and organizational skills allowed Terry to play an integral role on the organizing committees of every major curling event held in Edmonton since 1987, including the 1987 Brier, the 1999 Brier, and the 2005 Brier – the largest and most successful Brier in its history. He has also played an important role in the success of the 2007 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, and the 2009 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials. Today, Terry continues to work with as an event manager with Curling Canada.

Ken Babey – Hockey Builder

In his nearly three decades behind the bench of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Trojans men’s hockey team, Ken Babey guided the team to unparalleled success on and off the ice while becoming the most successful coach in Canadian post-secondary hockey history. From 1987-2014, Ken picked up a total of 534 regulation and playoff wins, nine Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) championships, seven ACAC Coach of the Year awards, one Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) title (2000), and two CCAA silver medals (1992 and 1997). He also set over 15 ACAC career coaching records.

In June 2014, Ken announced he was stepping down as the Trojans coach, walking away with a career winning percentage of .681. Following a brief retirement, Ken was recruited to step behind the bench of the national men’s para ice hockey (previously known as sledge hockey) team. It didn’t take long for him to make his mark – the team took back-to-back silver medals at the world championships in 2015 and 2016 before winning gold at the 2017 championships in South Korea. At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang,

Ken led Team Canada to the gold medal game, where they lost 2-1 to the United States in overtime. Ken was previously inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.

Derek Douglas – Soccer Builder

Derek Douglas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1942 with a love of football – a love he brought with him when he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1957. In his family’s adopted hometown of Vancouver, BC, Derek would hone his goaltending skills playing on teams alongside his brothers. In 1973, Derek was relocated to Edmonton for work, settling in Sherwood Park with his young family. As soccer was so new in the growing community, Derek and his wife found roles as coaches with their children’s teams. Derek also began officiating soccer that same year, and would serve two terms as president of the Sherwood Park District Soccer Association between 1975 – 1979. In 1981, Derek’s hard work and dedication to the sport were recognized when he was promoted to the position of National Soccer Referee. By 1982, Derek was officiating professional soccer games in the North American Soccer League, while also maintaining his commitments to soccer in his home community. In 1986, Canada Soccer promoted Derek to the top position a soccer official can become: a FIFA International Referee, the first one from Alberta. In an officiating career that lasted from 1981-2000 at the national and international level, Derek officiated games across North and Central America. Following the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, Derek shifted his focus to the development of female soccer officials locally, nationally, and internationally. At the age of 75, he continues to grow the sport locally as a part-time referee coordinator in Sherwood Park.

Nancy Southern & Ian Allison – Bell Memorial Award

As the team who pioneered equestrian sport broadcasting in Alberta, Nancy Southern
and Ian Allison are the first duo to be awarded the Bell Memorial Award. Since opening in southwest Calgary in 1975, Spruce Meadows has raised the profile of show jumping on a provincial, national and global level. Nancy and Ian helped develop the first digital TV studio in 1990, which was quite progressive at the time. Before opening the studio, Nancy and Ian spent as much time as they could learning from the experts. During the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the duo had the opportunity to shadow a number of ABC Television producers. The next year, Nancy attended the Electronic Festival in Cannes as a guest of ABC. She used her time to learn about the necessities to build a top-flight studio. In the studio’s early years it attracted the attention of CTV’s Wide World of Sports, which televised Spruce Meadows’ Grand Prix. This led to the “Spruce Meadows Today” series, which aired on the network for 25 years. Ian, “the Voice of Spruce Meadows,” lends his talents to the CBC broadcast team covering the Spruce Meadows events, and was the colour commentator for the show jumping events at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was also the co-announcer at the 2017 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Today, Spruce Meadows Television Production Unit produces over 130 hours of programming for distribution in over 110 countries worldwide.

John Currie – Achievement Award

John Currie’s vision and dedication to Alberta amateur sport is unquestioned. John was a pivitol figure as president of the 1983 Western Canada Summer Games in Calgary, helping in the development and funding of the game’s flagship facility – the Repsol Sport Centre (previously known as Lindsay Park Sports Centre and then Talisman Centre). At the time it was constructed, the RSC was the largest multi-sport complex of its kind in Canada. During the games, over 2,500 athletes from the four western provinces and the Northwest Territories competed in 23 summer Olympic sports. Since then, the centre has been the training ground for countless amateur athletes, as well as numerous Olympic and Paralympic athletes. John commitment to amateur sport in Calgary and throughout Alberta allowed him to lend his expertise to countless boards and foundations, including the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The John Currie Amateur Sports Legacy Fund, a lasting legacy of the games, has awarded bursaries to over 100 amateur athletes since 2013.

Stan Wakelyn – Pioneer Award

If you are a successful soccer player in Alberta, you can trace some of that success back to Stan Wakelyn. Born in Sunderland, England, Stan moved to Calgary at the age of 15 and remained there until his death in 1976. Throughout the 1910’s and 1920’s, Stan, three of his brothers, and his father were members of the storied Calgary Hillhurst FC Soccer Club. Stan’s time with the club was interrupted during World War I, where he served alongside five of his brothers. In 1922, Calgary Hillhurst FC won the Dominion of Canada Football Championship, with Stan, a centre forward, as team captain. It was the only time in the championship’s first 60 years that it was won by a team hailing from Alberta. From 1922-24, Stan guided Hillhurst to three straight Bennett Shield provincial titles. He also played on a Calgary all-star team that faced off against a number of international teams from England and Scotland that were touring Canada. Stan worked for Canada Post for 38 years and was also a member
of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 Branch. In 1950, Stan was a finalist for the Canadian Press Best in 50 Years Footballers; in 2012, as part of the Canadian Soccer Association’s Centennial, Stan was honoured as one of the country’s top 100 Men’s Footballers; and in 2018 he was elected to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

Dennis Kadatz – Legacy Award

Raised on his family’s farm southeast of Edmonton, Dennis played football at the University of Alberta while pursuing his Bachelor’s of Physical Education. At 22, Dennis became the head coach on the Edmonton Huskies Junior Football Teams, guiding them to three consecutive Canadian Championships in 1962, 1963 and 1964. At the 1965 Canadian championship, the Huskies narrowly missed a fourth national title, losing 2-1. In 1964, Dennis’ legacy on the gridiron would be cemented when he was hired as head coach by the University of Calgary to help launch their fledgling football program, a role he would hold until 1968. Dennis was appointed as U of C’s first Athletic Director in 1966 and would remain in that position until 1985. He would also add the title of Associate Dean in the Faculty of Eduction in 1980, where he oversaw the design of both Jack Simpson Gym and the Olympic Oval. In 1985, Dennis was recruited to oversee another group in its infancy – the Calgary Olympic Development Association. First as general manager (1985-1992) and then as president (1992-1999), Dennis grew CODA into the most-successful post-Olympic organization in the world. Dennis was previously inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 as a member of the 1962-1964 Edmonton Huskies and in 2010 with the 1983-85 University of Calgary Dinos.

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