Economic Sustainability Advisory Board
Economic Sustainability Advisory Board (ESAB) members help the City implement its Economic Development Action Plan to build and diversify St. Albert's economy. These members are a diverse group that brings a wide range of expertise, experience, and energy to the board.
Now Accepting Applications
Join ESAB today by downloading the application form below and emailing your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on June 11, 2021.
Learn more about ESAB including its board objectives, member roles and responsibilities and election process in the ESAB Terms of Reference.
David Niebach, Chair
David has over two decades of experience in Accounting, Finance, Enterprise Risk Management, Strategy Development and Execution and Leadership Development and Coaching. He delivers Leadership Development courses at the post-secondary level as well as in corporate settings. He is chair of the Accounting Advisory committee at NAIT and sits on the BBA Advisory committee at NAIT. He also serves on the board of directors and treasurer for St. Albert Track and Field, and on the CPA Alberta Nomination Review Committee. He currently works for Aligned Ventures Innovative Fund as CFO, and is a contract instructor at the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT.
Troy Huot, Vice-Chair
As an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Troy provides access to an all-encompassing range of services to help build and protect his client’s wealth. Troy harnesses his team’s industry knowledge and nine years of investing experience to develop comprehensive wealth management solutions for his clients. He has a diploma with a major in finance from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and holds the QAFP designation.
Prior to joining the financial services industry, Troy ran an electrical contracting company. Troy is an avid golfer and a member of the Glendale Golf & Country Club. When he’s not on the links, he enjoys camping with his family out at Lac La Nonne and working out. Troy and his wife, Kristin, live in St. Albert with their dog, Charger. Charger was named after Troy’s favorite football team, the Los Angeles Chargers. Troy loves the NFL and is also an Edmonton Oilers fan.
Chris McLeod, (Past-Chair)
Chris McLeod is Edmonton Global’s Vice President of global marketing and communications and has a lead role in building an international brand and investment strategy for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in markets around the world. An experienced leader and active community volunteer, Chris has a strong track record of bringing people and ideas together. He helped found the Business of Hockey Institute, is the past chair of St. Albert’s Economic Sustainability Advisory Council and has served on several boards including the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce. Chris currently sits on Invest in Canada’s Pan Canadian marketing committee, Consider Canada Cities Alliance communications committee, and on the organizing committee of Canada’s first-ever international nanotechnology conference with NanoCanada. He has played a key role in raising more than $40 million for community projects across the Edmonton region. Chris is an avid cyclist and as a volunteer leads the Canadian Ski Patrol at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park. He has a BA in political science from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Athabasca University.
Curtis Crouse, Member
Curtis Crouse was born in Grande Prairie, graduated from University of Lethbridge and has lived in St. Albert for over 25 years. He is married to his wife, Sheyanne and they have one child, daughter Sloan. An avid sports fan, Curtis loves the NFL and the Oilers. He is a bandwagon Raptors and Jays fan, as well. Curtis sits on the board of Directors for the St. Albert and Area Chamber of Commerce and owns a mechanical contracting business in St. Albert.
Dan Holman, Member
Dan has spent more than 25 years in the retail and service industries. Specializing in marketing & business development, inventory planning, operations and customer driven sales management.
He is an award-winning business coach with a proven understanding of what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur. Dan spent 16 years in senior management and ownership roles with multi-store retailers before joining Canadian Retail Solutions as their CEO, Director of Retail Planning. Dan works directly with clients coast to coast representing hundreds of retail categories. He is the founder of The Wealthy Retailer®, a boutique consulting firm guiding independent retailers to market growth, improved profitability and better cash flow.
Stacy Johnson, Member
A former small business owner herself, Stacy’s entrepreneurial mindset continues to positively impact her life. Through her current role with RBC Group Advantage, she works closely with business owners throughout the city and northern Alberta to help drive employee engagement, attraction and retention.
Stacy is excited to contribute her experiences and perspectives for the betterment of our fantastic community. Together with her husband and daughter, Stacy moved to St. Albert from Ontario five years ago. Living and working in St. Albert continues to be a fantastic experience, allowing her to accomplish a number of personal and career goals.
Deb Kalyn, Member
Deb is the Vice President of a construction company that specializes in municipal underground utilities installation. The company has recently expanded its services to include land development and residential home building.
Deb’s career also includes over 13 years’ experience as a small business developmental lender. As a strong advocate of small business growth and development, Deb has developed and delivered numerous small business workshops, conducted feasibility studies and written comprehensive business plans. St. Albert has been home to Deb and her husband for over 26 years.
Paul Lanni, Member
Paul is the president of Averton, a private real estate development company based in St. Albert.
Never settling for convention, Averton has emerged as a leader for innovative residential design and progressive community vision. Paul’s greatest satisfaction is in his family life, where he and his wife are raising three wonderful children, aged two, four and six.
Stephen Moore, Member
Stephen is the president and owner of Orion Plastics and has more than 20 years of experience in the plastics industry; having been involved in all aspects of the business – operating manufacturing lines, supervising production, quality control, production scheduling, purchasing, product development, contract negotiation, corporate management and finance.
He has served as a board member on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Plastics Sector Council (CPSC) developing essential skills tools for the plastic manufacturing industry.
Stephen graduated NAIT's Plastics Processing Technician Program and has completed the Management Essentials Program offered through the University of Alberta's School of Business. He is an active member of TEC Canada and a founding member of KEY545, focusing on professional development, best practices and business development.
Margaret Mrazek, Member
Marg is a lawyer in private general law practice, with emphasis in health law and corporate law matters. Now semi- retired, she previously was a senior partner with Reynolds, Mirth, Richards & Farmer LLP and corporate counsel for The Good Samaritan Society. With a background in health care also, having held various positions including vice-president of Patient Care Services at the Misericordia Hospital and staff nurse at Wetaskiwin General Hospital.
Marg has an extensive history of community involvement including member and vice-chair of Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, vice-chair and interim-chair of the Board of Governors of Athabasca University and lecturer for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
She has also served as a member of the board of St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce and currently chairs the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber. Marg has been an advocate for a business-friendly environment fostering increased economic development in St. Albert. She has lived in St. Albert since 1972.
Scott Nameth, Member
Scott Nameth moved to St. Albert four years ago with his family. Originally from Ontario, Scott holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has worked for nearly 15 years with Siemens Canada in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. He is a CPA and is currently the Controller for Dresser-Rand Canada, ULC. When not at work, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, travelling and playing sports.
Zobayur Rahman, Member
Zobayur is a dynamic professional with 23 years of experience in the Civil and Geotechnical engineering field. His career highlights include numerous positions of leadership and engineering roles, which were held in major international consulting companies. He owns and operates Espira Engineering Ltd. out of St. Albert. He is a board member of APEGA and IDEA. He is a proud resident of St. Albert with his lovely wife and two daughters since 2012.
Sean Warshawski, Member
Sean Warshawski has been practicing law for over 10 years, over seven of them in St. Albert. He is a founding partner of Ritzen Warshawski LLP. Sean has served in various not-for-profit roles, including as a board member of the St. Albert Community Village and Food Bank and as a committee member with Y.E.S.S. He is active in Business Network International Alberta North region assisting a St. Albert chapter and its members with networking and referral marketing. He is married and has two boys, ages six and four, and when he’s not busy with all of the above, Sean enjoys playing hockey, golfing occasionally, and spending time together with his friends and family.
Last edited: May 18, 2021