Representative of the interests of employers

Alex McPherson

Dr. Alex McPherson is an Edmonton resident with diverse experience after many years in the medical profession, with both public and private experience. He was president and chief executive officer of Biomira Inc., from 1991 to 2006, and professor of medicine for 25 years at the University of Alberta. He is currently professor emeritus at the University of Alberta.

Alex has served on several boards of both private and public companies. He currently serves as a board member for IR2DX Inc., lead director and board member, NovaBay Pharma Inc., and lead director and board member, CleanKeys Inc. He is also chair and member of the Executive Committee for the Institute of Corporate Directors (Edmonton Chapter).

Erna Ference

Ms. Ference is currently chair of the Alberta Chicken Producers and during her time with this organization she has served on several committees. She acted as chair of the Joint Venture Group, ensuring the implementation and delivery of the On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program, and chair of the Western Provinces, which deliberate about and collaborate on issues that affect the industry.

Nationally, Erna has been a director with the Chicken Farmers of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Erna’s background includes working in the legal and oil and gas industries and she is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Philip Hughes

As a leader in Canada’s energy sector for the past 25 years, Mr. Hughes has served as president and chief executive officer of five energy companies across Canada and has extensive North American and international experience. Currently, he also serves as Chairman of Naikun Wind Energy Group Inc. and of Kineticor Resources Inc., and is on the Boards of Instream Energy Systems Corp. and Beothuk Energy.

Philip has extensive corporate, public sector and not-for-profit board and governance experience and has served on a number of corporate, community, partnership and association boards both in Canada and internationally.