The Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society (also referred to as the "Jubilee Society") is a not-for-profit organization that emphasize on extraordinary patron services, and fostering cultural development in both Edmonton and Calgary facilities. The Jubilee Society is led by a Board of Directors with representatives from across Alberta. As volunteers from the community, Board members work for the betterment of the Jubilee and strive to promote the importance of art and culture.
To entertain, enlighten and educate Albertans through world-class arts and culture.
To define and support arts and culture in Alberta for patrons, performers and the public.
For patrons: to provide exceptional customer experience as Albertans celebrate arts, culture, and community.
For performers: to support all onstage activities with safety, integrity, and creativity.
For the public: to empower and educate young Albertans through the performing, visual, and technical arts.
The Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society values integrity, inclusion, professionalism, creativity, passion, collaboration, and legacy.
Meet the Chair of our AJAS Board of Directors, Dr. Maureen Toews!
Dr. Maureen Toews is a post-secondary academic leader, recently retired as Associate Vice President, Teaching, Learning and Research, after a 35-year career at Red Deer Polytechnic. Maureen holds a PhD in Education (Dissertation: Postsecondary Instructor Experience Teaching in Flexible Learning Spaces, 2014) and a Master of Library Science.
Meet the Vice-Chair of our AJAS Board of Directors, Anne Green!
Anne has extensive experience as both a funder at all three levels of government, and as working within the sector. In her most recent role as Director of WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, she brought it from concept to reality. She provided the leadership to build and grow upon the inaugural Festival event bringing it to internationally recognized standing. She stepped down from the organization after 15 seasons at the end of 2010.
Anne has been a cultural sector professional since her late teens when she co-founded Edmonton’s then second professional theatre, Theatre 3 (later known as The Phoenix). She has been the recipient of Arts Festival Recognition for the XV Olympic Winter Games and Woman of the Year Award from the City of Edmonton for her contribution to the arts. As an Honorary Alumna of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre, Wikwemikong, she was the first person to be so recognized who did not work at the company. She received the prestigious 2004 Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management and the 2009 Calgary Award for Contribution to the Arts and was honoured with The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Meet our AJAS Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Audit Board Committee, Adam Conrad!
Adam is the CFO & VP Finance at Leede Jones Gable Inc., which is one of Canada’s leading independent investment dealers providing a full range of investment products and services to clients all across Canada. Adam leads the accounting and finance team at Leede, which entails all aspects of financial and regulatory reporting. The financial sector is a highly regulated industry and dealer members are subject to extremely strict reporting requirements and undergo numerous regulatory and government audits. From this environment Adam has developed a skillset which would serve as an asset to the Jubilee.
Adam received his Charted Accountant designation in 2013. He began his career as an articling student at the public accounting firm MNP LLP, and specialized in public and large private company audits in all different industries including not-for-profit, financial services and oil & gas. His not-for-profit audit experiences has served as an excellent foundation for Adam’s role on the Jubilee’s finance committee. A strong set of financial and analytical skills along with an interest and appreciation for the arts make Adam an excellent fit as director.
Meet our AJAS Board Secretary, Laura Inglis!
Laura is a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, an internationally recognized Canadian law firm. Laura practices in the areas of Labour & Employment and Health Law. She routinely works with clients across a range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, energy, education, information technology, and health care. Laura has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, as well as various tribunals.
In addition to her practice, Laura is a regular presenter on a range of topics including new developments in employment law, privacy, corporate governance, and EDI initiatives. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to policy development, risk management, and strategic oversight to the AJAS Board.
Michael is a business development professional who has worked in corporate development, market research and project management roles with technology companies in Canada and in Silicon Valley. He serves as a Board member, company advisor and a mentor to entrepreneurs as they strive to build their business.
Meet the Chair of our AJAS HR&G Board Committee, Darryl Boessenkool!
Darryl is a visionary, entrepreneurial professional with over 30 years of executive leadership experience. Darryl currently owns a advisory/consulting company focused on the trend towards interim executive assignments. His clients are based in industries such as Life Sciences, Healthcare, Industrial, Aviation, 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, as COO/EVP Corporate Strategy & Business Development, and previously as CFO for the OEG group of companies. Darryl continues to serve on various strategic corporate boards, while maintaining his commitment to the community serving on not-for-profit boards such as the Edmonton Elks Football Club, Edmonton Screen Industries Office, 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 from the University of Alberta (Economics).
Meet the Chair of our AJAS New Initiatives and Community Engagement (NICE) Board Committee, Dana Inkster!
Dana Inkster is an artist who was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She has worked in the education and cultural sectors since 1995. She recognizes storytelling as the primary tool that shapes our communities. Dana has been profiled by numerous publications; and journalists and cultural theorists from around the world have lauded her documentary film work. Her documentary, 24 Days in Brooks (2007) was co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and CBC Newsworld. She continues to make independent and experimental documentaries and media art that explores personal and cultural histories of BIPOC and LGTBQ communities. She has served as faculty at colleges and universities in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta and played key roles in fund development campaigns for several institutions. Dana specializes in fund development, magazine publishing and documentary production and currently works as Donor Stewardship Advisor with the Calgary Foundation.
Valerie McDougall is a member of the Tsuut’ina Nation. She is Dene and Cree. Valerie has 4 grandchildren, two children and has been married for 38 years. Valerie has been an educator for 19 years. Receiving her Bachelor of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Master of Education in School Administration at the University of Gonzaga and is currently work on her Doctor of Education at the University of Calgary. She is currently employed with St. Mary’s University as a Faculty member. Valerie has sat on the College of Alberta Superintendent Schools, First Nation Metis and Inuit Action Committee board and the Calgary Consortium Professional Development Board. Valerie is excited to be part of the Alberta Southern Jubilee Auditorium Society and looks forward to collaborating with all members.