About Us & Our Story

We are dedicated to the protection and preservation of lands that possess important heritage and ecological value.

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 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.

Board Chairman

Mark Olson

Mark is President and Managing Partner of Osborne Group Contract Executives Corp., a professional services firm based in Calgary that provides senior interim management, strategic planning and business advisory services to small and medium enterprises in the private and not for profit/social enterprise sectors.

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.

Past Board Chairman

Andy Crooks

Andy has been involved with the Harvie Family from the early visioning for the Park to the opening. Andy led the foundation during the critical buildout phase. The foundation construction over 30 kilometres of trails, a visitor’s information centre, installed all interpretive signage and “opened the park to the public”. More recently Andy has been very active with Rocky View County in developing the Glenbow Ranch area structure plan which will be a unique and world-leading example of urban planning to protect park environments. Andy has also collaborated with the Town of Cochrane and the City of Calgary to ensure full and complete integration at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park with those two urban settings and their park systems.

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.

Board Member

Cam Crawford

Cam has worked with the Harvie Family for over 30 years on many projects, including the creation of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the Glenbow Ranch Area Structure Plan, and has been on the Glenbow Ranch Park and Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation Boards since inception. He is a partner with the Catalyst Group of Calgary where he currently serves as Chairman of the firm. He has an expertise in a variety of industries with a a focus on strategic projects, corporate finance, and transaction services, providing support in dealing with his clients’ most significant opportunities and challenges. Cam’s dedication to the accounting profession has earned him a Distinguished Service Award and the designation as a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants. Cam has also served many community and non-profit organizations, currently including his role as vice-chair of the National Music Center. He is also on the board of Rocky Mountain Dealerships (TSX.RME).
Board Member

Tim Harvie

Tim grain farms and ranches in the Cochrane area. He is a graduate of the U of Alberta with a degree in Agriculture and was involved with farm organizations for many years.

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.

Board Member

Myrna Dube-Thompson

Myrna, self-describes her life as a wonderful journey, both professionally and personally.
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.

Board Member

Jim Stomp

Jim has been retired for the past three years after completing a 44-year career with Provincial Parks ( 7 years in Manitoba and 37 in Alberta). During this time he served as a Chief Park Ranger in a number of Alberta locations including Dinosaur World Heritage Site, Elbow and Fish Creek Districts and for a three year period, as the Field Operations Coordinator for Kananaskis Country.

The final thirteen years of his career was spent as the Calgary Area Manager which included overall supervision and management of Fish Creek and Glenbow Ranch Provincial Parks. Jim was the initial Parks representative involved in Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park from its establishment, through initial development and finally opening operations. Throughout his career, Jim has actively promoted public participation, volunteerism and NGO partnerships, in order to assist Government, in delivering excellence in Park development and operations.

As a member of the Board, Jim hopes to contribute his past combined knowledge of both Urban and Provincial Parks operations and Volunteer initiatives and assist in promoting the vision and goals of the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation.

Board Member

Paul Vaillancourt

Paul is a graduate of Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program and is a CFA Charterholder.

Paul is a Partner and Director, Investment Services with Letko Brosseau and Associates, one of Canada’s most reputable investment management firms. Over the last 25 years, he has held senior leadership positions in the investment management industry, has served on a number of community and national Not-For-Profit Society Boards and has coached football, baseball and hockey in Cochrane. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Vaillancourt has developed expertise in executive leadership, strategic planning and tactical implementation.

Paul’s favorite pastimes are coaching, training with his son Xavier, hiking with his daughter Gabriella and travelling with his wife Jennifer.

Board Member

Doug Marter

Doug is a Senior Professional with over forty years of experience in parks and open space planning, project development and management. Doug has a demonstrated history working in Public Infrastructure Planning and Development with extensive experience in Park Development Planning, Capital Project Development and implementation of public park infrastructure projects. His experience includes infrastructure and Park Design and Development projects throughout Western Canada and the United States.

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

Board Member

Kim McKlyor

Kim McKylor is an elected official for Rocky View County representing the Springbank area. Kim is a native Albertan originally from Edmonton. After completing her education she was transferred to Winnipeg to manage the IT department for a major life insurance company. After 3 years in Manitoba, she was transferred to Calgary and made this her home. From her beginnings in the life insurance industry, to major utilities and oil & gas, Kim has learned that the only way to achieve success is through communication, cooperation and compassion when working with each other. Kim has always been actively involved in the community having been a part of countless boards, groups, clubs and advisory teams. Kim's professional career saw her in senior leadership roles in oil and gas working in I.T. customer service. With experience in managing large budgets, complex projects and large member teams, she enjoys working in a team environment working towards collective goals in a positive way.

Kim has been married to Dr. Brian McBride, a Calgary Veterinarian for 25 years and they have an adult daughter living in Calgary. Together, they have lived on an acreage in Springbank for 20 years and have a houseful of pets including 3 dogs and 2 cats. While both Kim and Brian continue to enjoy their occupations, they take time to explore the natural beauties of Alberta hiking with their dogs, traveling throughout western Canada and the USA in their converted Sprinter van and exploring other countries and cultures.

Executive Director

Sarah Parker

Sarah was appointed as the Executive Director in September of 2017. Before joining GRPF, Sarah spent five years working for Alberta Environment and Parks in Issues Management. Prior to that, she worked with Parks Foundation Calgary as a Communications / Outreach Coordinator and Grant/Project Manager.

Sarah holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton. Sarah is fluent in French. Sarah resides in Calgary with her husband Andrew and their two daughters, Emma and Olivia.

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.

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