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MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans; Calgary-Varsity

Father, we are thankful for MLA Ms.
Donna Kennedy-Glans and her service to the people of Calgary-Varsity. We ask
that you would lead and guide her as she interacts with her colleagues and as
they make important decisions for Albertans. Increase her ability to be the
visionary you have called her to be. Bless her and her family, in Jesus name,

Donna Kennedy-Glans was elected as the Member of the Legislative
Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity on April 23, 2012. Donna chairs the
all-party Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship is a member of Treasury
Board, and sits on the Alberta government´s Ministerial Working Group on
Natural Resources and Environment. In addition, Donna is a member of the
Pacific Northwest Economic Region committee, which connects stakeholders from
across the U.S. and Canada to discuss economic questions that relate to the

Donna was born near Tillsonburg, Ontario, and was raised on a cattle
farm in rural southwestern Ontario, where her parents and extended family
continue to farm today. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the
University of Western Ontario in 1984.

Since moving to Calgary in 1984, Donna has worked as a lawyer,
businesswoman and leader in the energy sector. Highlights of her 28-year career
in this sector include serving as
  • A
    lawyer and negotiator with TransCanada Pipelines´ exploration and
    production company during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1980s;
  • A
    corporate executive and first female Vice-President with Nexen Inc., an
    upstream oil and gas company, where she was responsible for managing above
    ground risks in domestic and international projects from 1991-2001; and
  • An
    independent consultant, advising global energy operators on how to manage
    non-technical risks in resource projects over the past decade.
In addition, Donna founded Bridges Social Development in 2002, and
served as its executive director until 2011. Bridges is a volunteer
organization that brings together local champions and Canadian experts to train
and mentor community leaders in health care, law, journalism, education and
politics in countries like Yemen, Egypt, Oman, India and Nepal. In 2008, a
global youth social entrepreneurship initiative was launched, focusing on
training youth leaders in Canada, including youth from Diaspora, First Nations
and Métis communities.

Donna is lead author of Corporate Integrity: A Toolkit for
Managing beyond Compliance
, published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. Her
second book, Unveiling the Breath: One Woman´s Journey into
Understanding Islam and Gender Equality
 was published in 2009. In
2007, Donna was awarded a Global Woman of Vision award and was named a
‘Compelling Calgarian´ by the Calgary Herald in 2010. Donna is
a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Calgary´s Haskayne School of

While Donna has worked in more than 35 countries around the world, she
has lived in Calgary-Varsity for the past 20 years with her husband, Laurie
Glans. Together they have raised three sons, who are either attending, or have
graduated from, university. In addition to volunteering with local community,
inter-cultural and interfaith groups, she enjoys hiking, biking and working in
her garden.

September 25, 2013