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.
Learn more about ESAB including its board objectives, member roles and responsibilities and election process in the ESAB Terms of Reference
2021 Board Members
Troy Huot, 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.
Sean Warshawski, Vice Chair
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 the 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.
David Niebach, Past 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 as 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.
Mark Claffey, Member
Mark Claffey is an investment advisor in St. Albert with Edward Jones, with a focus on helping business owners and other professionals who aspire to a work-optional lifestyle. Mark currently sits on the board of Hockey Alberta - North Zone Referees Committee and is an active referee from minor up to elite levels of youth hockey. His personal time is generally spent with his wife and two children, his church community, and a few charitable organizations throughout Edmonton and surrounding area.
Christopher Drobot, Member
Prior to becoming a commercial mortgage broker and partner with Designer Capital Inc., Christopher worked a lengthy career in retail operations management in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, during which time he completed an MBA through Athabasca University. Through these experiences, he developed skills that have allowed him to think creatively, to solve problems with clients and colleagues alike, with the resources at hand, and with the long run in mind. More importantly, by partnering with his network within the mortgage and real estate industries, he brings investor connections and insight from across Western Canada. He has been a Director on the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, has been a Leadership Excellence Award recipient and has been an active partner in community initiatives all along the way.
Having lived in St. Albert since 2003 with his wife and two children, he is a long-time resident of the city with a passion for the arts, an appreciation for our abundant, natural beauty and a constant love for great cup of coffee.
Rajesh Jaiswal, Member
Rajesh has been involved with Edmonton region’s rich innovation/entrepreneurship ecosystem for over 12 years. He took the role of Executive Director at Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) in October 2020. This unique sector-agnostic business incubator enables early-stage tech and service companies to grow and succeed. Prior to this, he worked with Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (2010-2020) where he successfully executed initiatives and projects in the areas of innovationentrepreneurship, tourism and conventions, and economic development. He cherishes his role of managing Edmonton Research Park (2017-2020), where in a span of about two years, his team transformed a disconnected community of tech companies into a strongly connected entrepreneurial ecosystem. This attracted advanced tech companies in the Park, enabled them to leverage the community's knowledge and networks, as well as Edmonton’s ecosystem support to achieve national/international accolades and market growth. The ecosystem is active and growing sustainably. Rajesh earned multiple degrees including an MBA from University of Alberta and a PhD from University of Saskatchewan, achieved scientific records, and won merit awards. He ran a successful food business while studying in Saskatoon, SK. Rajesh continues to be a passionate and active member of Edmonton region’s innovationentrepreneurship ecosystem.
Susan Keating, Member
Susan is a real estate development professional with extensive experience in residential, industrial and commercial property development. She has a proven success record in land acquisitions, project financing and cash management, engineering and construction management, urban planning and design, as well as managing joint venture corporations. Susan is the Vice President of Community Development for Edmonton and Area with Melcor Developments.
Her ability to form and nurture relationships has allowed her to work closely with local politicians, lead a team of managers and administrative staff, and be active in her community. Susan serves on the board of the Urban Development Institute of Edmonton, and is involved with various charities and non-profit organizations.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and her Masters in Construction Engineering and Management, both obtained at the University of Alberta.
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.
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.
Last edited: January 27, 2022