advisory board



Brian Jean

Brian Michael Jean served as Leader of the Official Opposition in Alberta from May 2015 until July 2017. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Fort McMurray-Conklin from May 2015 until March 2018. Prior to serving as a provincial representative, Brian served as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Fort McMurray-Athabasca from 2004 to 2014. During his tenure, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Before entering public service he dedicated 11 years to private legal practice as partner at a large Northern Alberta law firm, primarily as a litigator. Brian’s areas of practice included: corporate/commercial, criminal, constitutional, real estate, personal injury, family, wildlife, and First Nations law. Before becoming a lawyer, Brian continuously pursued entrepreneurial endeavors, he founded the Fort McMurray Business Revitalization Zone and served as Director of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce, and wasPresident of the Downtown Business Association.


Emanuel “Bert” Bertolin

Emanuel “Bert” Bertolin, is currently the General Manager of San Francisco based AppDirect’s Monetization Platform and Services and is a member of the AppDirect leadership team. AppDirect offers a comprehensive digital commerce platform enabling distributors, enterprises and manufacturers to build agile digital businesses through digital transformation, value-added marketplaces for software and services. Previously, Emanuel was the CEO of Wmode, a mobile software company that rebranded to AppCarousel during the early days of IoT. He also worked at Telvent (now Schneider Electric) managing their sales team. Emanuel is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a degree in computing science, holds a diploma in electronics engineering from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and has a strong passion for Disruptive Technologies.


Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsey is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Calgary office and is the leader of its Calgary Tax Group. He practices in the area of tax law, with a focus on corporate acquisition and reorganization tax planning. Greg has extensive experience in: High-net-worth, succession, family office and related tax planning, mergers and acquisitions for tax planning, private equity and hedge fun formation and structuring, public offerings, takeover bids, financings and executive compensation plans. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Greg was a partner at a nationally-recognized, Alberta-based boutique tax firm. He has also completed his chartered accountant designation. His community involvement includes Membership in Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Canadian and Calgary Bar Associations, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, Canadian Petroleum Tax Society and Canadian Tax Foundation.


Grant A. Bartlett — P.Eng. PhD.

Grant A. Bartlett is an Executive In Residence at WaterNext, a Western Canada water business accelerator. He has more than 40 years of diversified national and international experience and stewardship in industry, government and academia, all associated with petroleum producing basins and the oil and gas industry worldwide. Over the years he has consulted extensively to national and international integrated energy companies, as well as federal and provincial governments in Canada.

Dr. Bartlett has held various senior executive positions and has served on the Boards of Directors with several energy and technology companies. He is a member of several Professional, Scientific, Engineering and Technical Associations. He continues to lecture internationally on “Creativity and Innovation” and has traveled extensively to present “Lessons for Living” to diversified business, charity and academic audiences. He also spends several hours each week advising and mentoring a highly skilled group of professional Millennials.

 Dr. Bartlett has also served on the Boards of several not for profit organizations including the National Advisory Council for the Mazankowski Heart Institute, the Board of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Public Art Committee of the Calgary Stampede, and as a Patron of the Alberta Ballet, and the Alberta College of Art and Design. He is listed among the “New Titans” in Peter C. Newman’s book entitled “Titans – How the New Canadian Establishment Seized Power”, and is recognized as an “Oilpatch Warrior” in Gordon Pitts’ recent book entitled “The Codfathers – Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite”


Margot Micallef

Margot Micallef is the President of Oliver Capital Partners, a company founded in 2003 to invest in private companies looking for expansion capital or an outright sale. Since its inception Oliver Capital Partners has invested in a number of diverse businesses and manages the franchise development rights for Domino’s Pizza, Subway and Taco del Mar. Prior to founding Oliver Capital Partners, Margot was a Senior Vice-President of Shaw Communications, a Partner with Russell and DuMoulin and co-instructor for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia. Margot has also served as an Adjunct Professor in governance and ethics for the MBA Program at the University of Alberta and was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2002. She is the recipient of the 2009 Excellence in Leadership Award from the Canadian Women in Communications, a Western Canada Finalist for the 2010 RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards and was names one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011.