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.
About Us & Our Story
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.