Board Members


Peggy Garritty is the President and owner of PG Communications Ltd. She works with a variety of clients to provide expertise and advice on brands, marketing, communications and leadership. She is an advisor to and facilitator for several organizations and private sector companies in the Edmonton community. For more than ten years, Peggy was the Chief Reputation and Brand Officer for ATB Financial, responsible for helping build ATB’s reputation, articulating ATB’s brand story and differentiating ATB in the marketplace, marketing ATB’s services and raising its profile and reputation with Albertans, and telling ATB’s stories through various forms of media. Peggy is also a member of several boards in the Edmonton Metro region including the Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She joined the ESIO board in December 2018 and became Chair in January 2020.


Andrea is CEO and Founder of ROAR Transitions. Her experience includes: public member and Vice Chair of the University of Alberta Senate, Chair of the University of Alberta Nomination of Chancellor Joint Committee, Member of the Alberta School of Business Advisory Council, and former director of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.


Kristina is the President of Valhalla Angels, one of Canada’s most active angel investing groups and an Executive/Co-Founder with Valhalla Private Capital. As well as being an angel investor herself and an A100 member, she spends time supporting the entrepreneurial eco-system in Edmonton by both mentoring and participating on the Board of Advisors with Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) a world-renowned mentoring program with a local branch operating at the University of Alberta. Kristina is also on the Board of Directors for the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO). Kristina received Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and is a CPA/CA.


Carman is a Counsel in Dentons Canada LLP’s Edmonton office. His law practice is primarily focused on taxation and corporate law, and providing strategic advice to enterprises and their Boards. Carman is a member of the Board of private corporations, and currently serves as a Director for the Edmonton Regional Airport Authority and as Chair of the Alberta Advisory Board for Fire & Flower Inc.  He has previously chaired and participated in a range of not for profit organizations, including Co-Chair of the 2017 United Way Campaign, Past Chair of the Edmonton Community Foundation, Past Chair of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair of the Edmonton Metro Mayor’s Advisory Task Force, and Past Member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Eliminating Poverty. Carman and Averie are also active supporters of a wide range of social, health and cultural charities and not-for- profit organizations in our community.


Tony Briggs is the Executive Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Executive Director of the Technology Commercialization Centre, at the Alberta School of Business. He co-founded the [email protected] and eHUB initiatives, is a founding board member of the Venture Mentoring Service and co-authored the University of Alberta Impact Report. Born in Edmonton, Tony worked at Harvard Medical School, and consulted for leading innovators like Dow Agrosciences and DuPont. Tony received a doctorate in business administration from Boston University, an MS in management (MIT Sloan), an MBA in finance (UBC) and a BSc Hons. (University of Alberta.)


In addition to his CPA, CMA, and MBA, Scott brings over 20 years of professional experience to the Board in traditional finance & accounting positions as well as corporate strategy, business operations, marketing, and service development roles. His career has spanned a variety of sectors including interactive entertainment, telecommunications, construction, biotechnology, and cultural industries. He currently manages finance and operations for the Edmonton office of UK-based start-up Improbable. Prior to this, Scott spent several years at Electronic Arts – supporting BioWare locally as well as other Studios across North America.


Tina is the Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation at the Edmonton Public Library where she leads technology services, research and assessment, marketing, fund development and system wide teams in implementing the EPL Business Plan and other organizational priorities. She has experience in a broad base of business disciplines including product and solution marketing, strategy, market analysis, and business development. She holds an executive MBA from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a CPA – CMA. In 2013, she was named Capital Communicator of the Year by the International Association of Business Communicators, Edmonton Chapter. In 2011, she was honoured as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker as well as one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine.


Lynette is Vice President, Strategy and Innovation for Edmonton Global where she leads regional competitiveness and innovation, business partnerships and strategic foresight for the organization. Lynette is an experienced senior public affairs professional with a broad network that spans government, non-profit, economic development and private sectors. She brings a diverse background in advocacy, strategic planning, policy development and marketing and communications from working in senior roles within various levels of government and private sector in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.


Samantha Kernahan is an Intellectual Property and Corporate/Commercial lawyer at the Edmonton office of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. Samantha has extensive experience in the protection and commercialization of intellectual property and has acted for both innovators as well as those seeking to capitalize on innovation. Information technology procurement as well as compliance with respect to e-commerce and data management are key areas of her practice. In support of her client’s commercialization needs, Samantha also maintains a practice in business law, including incorporations, shareholder matters, franchise compliance and agreements and secured lending transactions. Samantha has served as in-house counsel at two post-secondary institutions in Alberta, where her mandates included governance and decision-making with respect to traditional and IP assets, policy drafting, public procurement and management of material agreements with vendors.


Rod is CEO of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund (ATRF).  ATRF has assets of C$18 billion and provides pension services to 80,000 active and retired teachers in Alberta. Rod has more than 30 years’ experience in the investment and finance field. Prior to joining ATRF he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Treasury and Risk Management for the Province of Alberta where he had responsibility for the treasury and risk management and insurance operations of the Province, as well as policy areas dealing with capital markets and financial institutions. Rod has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the University of Alberta as well as a CPA (CMA) designation, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC). Rod has served as a Director on the Board of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Board of the Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP). He was a member of the Asset and Liability Committee for the Alberta Capital Finance Authority (ACFA) and has served on the Investment Committee of the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Advisory Committee for the Government of Alberta’s Long Term Disability Plan.


Darryl is a visionary, entrepreneurial executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in the sports, media and entertainment industry. Darryl has embarked on a consulting/advisory career focused on the trend towards independent executive assignments. His clients are based in industries such as Life Sciences, Luxury Resorts, Industrial, Venture Capital/Start-ups, and Entertainment. His prior experience included serving as a key member of the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) executive team from 1996 to 2018, most recently as COO and EVP Corporate Strategy & Business Development, and previously as CFO. Darryl continues to serve on various strategic corporate advisory boards, while maintaining his commitment to the community serving on not for profit boards such as the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria, Make a Wish Foundation, Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, and many others. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the University of Alberta in Economics.


Kerry Day is an experienced business lawyer with Parlee McLaws LLP who assists businesses, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and government-related entities resolve legal issues related to financing, acquisition or divestiture of significant assets, the development of new lines of businesses, regulatory compliance and internal governance. Kerry returned to private practice in 2009 following a 14-year legal executive career in the telecommunications and financial services industries. In addition to her legal training, Kerry has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Partners, Directors and Officers Course offered by the Canadian Securities Institute. Kerry received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2006. She received ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors in June 2009.

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