Kennedy – Glans and the expertise she brings to her role in our Alberta
Legislature. Thank you that you have called her to this important work and that
she has much to contribute to the decision making process in meetings with both
colleagues and constituents. Continue to grant her wisdom and for her and her
family we ask for peace and well-being. In your Name, Amen
Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity on April 23, 2012. On December 13,
2013, she was sworn-in as Associate Minister – Electricity and Renewable
Energy, a position she held until March 17, 2013.
Alberta’s Economic Future. She formerly chaired the Standing Committee on
Resource Stewardship. As well she was a member of Treasury Board and also sat
on the Alberta government’s Ministerial Working Group on Natural Resources and
Environment. In addition, Donna was 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 region.
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.
businesswoman and leader in the energy sector. Highlights of her 28-year career
in this sector include serving as
lawyer and negotiator with TransCanada Pipelines’ exploration and
production company during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1980s;
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
independent consultant, advising global energy operators on how to manage
non-technical risks in resource projects over the past decade.
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.
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.