The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park (GRPP) and other lands that possess important heritage and ecological value. Established in 2007 by the Harvie Family, our Mission is to protect and promote Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park through engagement, education, collaboration and conservation. Our Vision is to make Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park one of the most inspiring, accessible and healthy protected urban parks in North America.
We are dedicated to the protection and preservation of lands that possess important heritage and ecological value.
We believe strongly in creating stewardship in all those who visit this beautiful and important Park. Our educational programming brings grassland, pond and archaeological programming to nearly 5,000 area children each year. In partnership with Alberta Parks, we maintain the health of the Park’s fragile ecosystem through a robust and effective Vegetation Management Program. Our volunteers and small staff work tirelessly to protect and promote Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. Our Foundation relies solely on grants and donations and does not receive financial support from the Government of Alberta.
Meet Our Team
The Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation (GRPF) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park (GRPP) and other lands that possess important heritage and ecological value.
Prior to joining the Board, Mark served as Interim CEO of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation from January through September 2017. He has held similar leadership positions in the immigration and addiction& mental health sectors as well as helping other private enterprises with strategic support and business development expertise.
As well as practicing law, Andy has been active in many not-for-profit activities including board positions on Simon House Residence Society, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, Lakehead University, Alberta Lawyers Assist Program, Charities Intelligence, the Canadian Land Mine Foundation and many others.
Along with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation and Park Board, he serves on the Edge School Foundation and chairs the Cochrane Foundation. He enjoys travelling and regularly plays hockey in the winter and golf in the summer.
Her professional career began with the Calgary Airport Authority. Over the span of 16 years, she states she had all the “cool” projects from the tourism displays on the luggage carousels, to Spaceport, and to business and land development initiatives including her role as president of the Authority’s sub company for aerospace. A most rewarding endeavour was working with Rotary and the Parks Foundation on the development of Calgary Rotary Challenger Park on airport land.
Myrna joined Parks Foundation Calgary as CEO in 2009 and retired in December of 2016. The Foundation’s mandate to further green the city’s environment as well as provide additional recreational opportunities for the residents of Calgary provided numerous entrepreneurial opportunities. The Rotary/Mattamy Greenway – a 138 km park and pathway network circling the city – resulted, with more than $50 million raised to complete the fundraising for this iconic project. The success is the result of multi public and private partners who shared the vision and contributed to this world-class initiative. Myrna was selected as one of Alberta’s Most Influential People in 2014.
Myrna states most importantly her personal life continues to grow with riches. A beautiful marriage to Gabe for 50 years until his sudden sad passing in July 2014, Myrna is close to her five children, who are all married and her 11 amazing grandchildren. And her beautiful life continues with her marriage to Jack Thompson in December of 2016.
Having held multiple leadership roles he has been recognized for his ability to get multifaceted organizations to work towards common goals and achieve results.
Georg was a member of several boards and community organizations. He also serves as a member of the Cochrane Planning Commission.
Georg intends to use his career and board experience to contribute to the efforts to protect and preserve the unique landscape of the Glenbow Ranch.
Georg is an avid hiker and skier. Along with his wife Louise, they have walked or cycled every path within the Park in all four seasons.
In his role as a senior manager (retired) with Calgary Parks Doug has managed Parks operations, Urban Conservation, Parks and Open Space planning Program, Water Management and Prior to his retirement Manager of Capital Planning and Infrastructure for Calgary Park management portfolio projects have included the Enmax Legacy Park Program, Ralph Klein Park, Haskayne Park, Nose Hill Park Master Plan development and pathway and trail plan implementation. Doug is also involved at the Provincial Level as a Board Director with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association as well as the Founding and past president of the Alberta Low Impact Development association. Doug also serves as a member of the Town of Cochrane Parks and Recreation Committee.
Doug is currently President of DS Marter and Associates and is a Major Project Consultant for Parks Foundation Calgary
Kim served Glenbow Museum as Vice President, Advancement and the University of Calgary as Associate Vice-President, Development. With the University of Calgary, Kim held a number of lead development positions over her 15-year tenure ranging from posts with the Faculty of Kinesiology, the Schulich School of Engineering and the Haskayne School of Business, as well as Principal Gifts for the university as a whole. With Glenbow, Kim led in the development and implementation of the museum’s ground breaking $175 million capital campaign, Glenbow Reimagined. Kim has also held positions with the Mount Royal College Foundation and the United Way of Calgary and Area. She continues to provide fundraising consulting services to organizations in the not-for-profit sector.
A born and raised Albertan, and a long-time resident of Bearspaw, Kim is passionate about securing our natural settings for the enjoyment of our citizens today and for the benefit of future generations.
Michelle is a passionate leader with a vision to create a healthier future for all generations. With over 18 years in the recreation and community development industry, she has a strong programming, project management, operational management, and strategic development background. As an active volunteer, Michelle's experience varies from boots on the ground to the board of director level.
When Michelle is not working or volunteering, you will find her with her family somewhere outside, adventuring, hiking, skiing or cycling.
With a background in administrative support and customer service Holly has been an asset in helping run the back end of the foundation. Moving into a new and exciting role will help drive Holly’s passion for helping create an amazing experience for all the visitors to the Park.
Stephanie brings 15+ years of full-cycle data management and accounting experience in public practice and has experience in a vast array of industries. Stephanie is an app and technology enthusiast who is always looking for a way to create efficiencies in full cycle accounting procedures so that clients can focus on what they do best.
Statement Of Purpose
To help Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park protect, preserve and enhance the diverse natural and human history found in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
Objectives of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation:
- To acquire, hold and/or manage ecologically sensitive land within Alberta, in order to protect, preserve and enhance the heritage value of such land and its ability to sustain vegetation, water courses, standing waters and animals.
- To protect and preserve Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and other lands which possess important heritage and ecological value.
- Perform any manner of actions as are incidental or ancillary to the attaining of the abovementioned objects of the Foundation.