WCB - Key Persons

Brian Frank

Brian Frank has over 35 years experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, both in Canada and internationally. He holds a BA in Economics and a Master's in Public Administration from Carleton University. Brian was previously President and CEO of BP Canada Energy Company, President of BP Energy Company (Houston), Chief Executive of BP International Oil (London) and President and CEO of Timberwest Forest Corp (now Mosaic Forest Management). His previous board experience includes service on the boards of Enbridge Income Trust, Corval Energy and Belletrix Exploration, as well as several corporate director positions in the not-for-profit sector. With a personal passion for music and the arts, Brian is also the current chair of the Calgary Arts Development Authority.

Brian McConkey

Job Titles:
  • Human Resources Leader
Brian McConkey is a human resources leader with more than 30 years of experience in sustainable forestry. Brian is Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. Brian has extensive industry association and not-for-profit governance experience. He currently serves on the board for CAREERS: The Next Generation and serves on committees of the Forest Products Association of Canada and the Forestry Futures Alliance partnership. He previously chaired the Alberta Forest Products Roadmap Labour Availability Task Force and has contributed to a number of community and minor hockey organizations.

Dr. Ray Block - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Leader in Alberta
Dr. Ray Block is a valued leader in Alberta, with over 30 years of leadership experience that includes nearly 10 years in various roles as President, CFO and V.P. of Administration at NAIT and as interim President of Olds College. Since his retirement in 2020, he has been working as a consultant and serves on three different boards. In addition to his role as WCB-Alberta Board Chair, he is the Vice Chair of uDigit Systems and serves as a member on the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Board. Dr. Block brings extensive board experience, including previous service on the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Mental Health and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology boards.

Mary Phillips-Rickey

Ms. Phillips-Rickey FCPA, FCA is currently a member on several boards including the Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is a past board member of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, Edmonton Arts Council and Friends of KSPS. Mary has held positions with the Edmonton Opera Association, Alberta Power Limited, Canadian Utilities Limited and the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. She is currently the Director of Finance for CKUA Radio.

Mike Boyle

Job Titles:
  • Director of Negotiations and Policy at Health Sciences Association of Alberta
Mike Boyle is the Director of Negotiations and Policy at Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). In this leadership role he coordinates and leads the strategic planning and execution of negotiations for HSAA, a union representing approximately 26,000 paramedical professional and technical health care workers throughout Alberta. Mike is a labour relations practitioner with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of labour relations including management, grievance handling, formal hearings, collective bargaining and all things in between. He has had the opportunity to work with many people in diverse settings including corrections, the department of Environment and Parks and now in health care. Mike enjoys working with people to create a positive and safe place to work.

Ron Helmhold - CFO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Financial Officer

Shawna Miller

Shawna Miller is an entrepreneur and business woman with over two decades of experience. As head of a number of family businesses, Shawna co-owns and operates a number of restaurants across northwestern Alberta, an oilfield service company and a property investment firm. Shawna has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including Grande Prairie United Way, Tiny Hands of Hope, Business Link and the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation. She served on the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors for eight years, including five years on the Executive Committee and two years as Chair. Shawna currently also serves as the Board Chair for the Alberta Chamber of Commerce and Director at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Tarick Ahmad - CTO

Job Titles:
  • Chief Technology Officer

Trevor Alexander

Job Titles:
  • Our President & CEO

Wendy King

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President, Operations and Innovation

William Ostapek - Chief Legal Officer

Job Titles:
  • General Counsel
  • Secretary