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.

Read the ESAB Terms of Reference

Board Members

Chris McLeod, Chair

Chris McLeodChris acts as the Chief Marketing, Business Development and Communications Officer for Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business. Before working with AU, Chris spent a decade with the City of Edmonton in communications, media relations and special project roles. In his last project with the City, he managed all aspects of the City’s centennial. Chris also has experience in community leadership roles, having served on several boards of directors, including St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Ski Patrol, the Trans Canada Trail Relay and as Chair of the ITU Edmonton World Cup Triathlon media relations committee. Chris is the head of marketing and business development for the Business of Hockey Institute.

David Niebach, Vice-Chair

David NiebachDavid 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 PCL Construction as Manager, Finance and Administration and is a contract instructor at the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT.

Paul Lanni, Member

Paul LanniPaul is the President of Averton, a private real estate development company based in St. Albert. Never settling for the conventional, 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 2, 4 and 6.

Margaret Mrazek, Member

Margaret MrazekMarg is a lawyer in private general law practice, with an emphasis on 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 healthcare 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.

Julie Quantz-Kovac, Member

Julie Quantz-KovacAfter going through the marketing program at NAIT and working as an area sales manager for a popular telecommunications company, I decided it was time to go into business for myself and fulfil my dream of entrepreneurship.  My husband and I started Oil City Signs as a home-based business five years ago and now have a 5000 sq. ft. shop in Riel Business Park.  We have grown significantly since moving into St. Albert and I am very excited to be a part of the business community here.  As a business, we offer support to local community groups such as SAIF, SAMFA, Operation Friendship Senior Society and Kaleo.

Rick Sloan, Member

Rick SloanRick’s career in public sector economic development spans five decades.  He began working for a small group of municipalities, then joined the province’s northern regional development agency.  In the mid-1990s he was promoted to Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Economic Development where he led various economic development groups and initiatives.  His retirement job, slated for one year (but turned out to be six) was with the City of Edmonton, focuses on marketing and industrial land development.  Rick is retired and lives in St Albert with his bride of 45 years, Eunice.

Curtis Crouse, Member

Curtis CrouseCurtis Crouse is the 2nd Vice-Chair of the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Sheyanne live in St. Albert with their daughter, Sloan and dog, Chaos. Curtis graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2006 and bought A-1 Heating from its founder in 2012. Curtis is also a proud member of the St. Albert Canadian Progress Club.

Dan Holman, Member

Dan HolmanDan 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 co-creator and facilitator of the Wealthy Retailer Series – a successive in-depth look at key areas for growing and nurturing retail stores to maximize their profit potential.

Alyssa Tintinaglia, Member

Alyssa TintinagliaAlyssa has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta and has lived in St. Albert for over 10 years. She works at Edmonton Global where she is the Manager, Strategic Initiatives. Alyssa has been very involved in the local community, having volunteered with Star Literacy and the St. Albert Citizen's Patrol. She enjoys playing hockey, soccer, and golf.

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Last edited: February 11, 2020