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Bryan Kwan

Bryan is a business immigration lawyer with McLennan Ross LLP with a particular interest in immigration and settlement policy.

Bryan was born and raised in Edmonton. His practice focuses on assisting employers and employees with coming to, and remaining, in Canada. Bryan has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal as well as the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He is currently the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association North Alberta Immigration Section.

Darrell Wiens

Darrell Wiens, CPA, CA is an accountant with MNP LLP. He gives straightforward business and tax advice to his clients to help them reach their financial goals. He has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for EMCN since 2011.

Brian Ladd

Brian works as a policy analyst with Alberta Health Services’ Healthy Public Policy team. An Edmonton resident since 2003, he previously spent several years in the United States with environmental non-profit organizations. Brian’s background is primarily in public health sciences and natural resources management. He serves on the EMCN Board as a representative of Holyrood Mennonite Church.

Cecilia Ran

Cecilia joined the EMCN as a Community Member in December 2012. She is a senior manager at Grant Thornton LLP practicing in the Assurance and Business Advisory Service Group. Her focus is primarily working with publicly accountable organizations, including public companies, non-for-profits, and school boards for their audits. Cecilia also has experience with large private companies in manufacturing and distribution, and real estate. Cecilia has extensive experience with financial reporting, complex accounting and auditing issues.

Cecilia was submitted to the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2006, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Currently, Cecilia serves as a member of Early Career CAs working group for ICAA.

Herb Kuehne

Herb Kuehne is Vice President of Civil Infrastructure and Vice President and General Manager of Ontario for Associated Engineering. Herb is a Director on the parent Board of Associated Engineering and has served in this capacity since 2005.

Herb’s 37 years’ of experience in the consulting engineering industry covers a diverse range of projects including water supply and distribution systems, sanitary sewerage systems, water resources, land development, transportation, asset management, infrastructure renewal, trenchless technologies and marinas.

As Vice President of Civil Infrastructure, Herb has Corporate Responsibilities, which include developing corporate strategies to expand the company’s Civil Infrastructure sector across Canada, technical development of human resources within the company, developing engineering capabilities through research and development, and reviewing partnerships, strategic alliances and acquisitions. He also provides leadership and guidance to the staff of Associated Engineering across Canada in civil/municipal infrastructure. As Vice President and General Manager of Ontario, Herb is responsible for the company‘s operations in Ontario.

Herb is a Past Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC) and a past President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA), organizations that represent consulting engineering firms nationally. Herb is also a past Moderator for First Mennonite Church in Edmonton.

Wray Steedsman

Wray Steedsman is a senior executive who worked at EPCOR for nine years, most recently as Divisional VP, Technologies, and previously as SVP, Business Services & CIO. During his nearly 30 years in the information technology, telecommunications, and utility industries, Wray has also held executive positions with TELUS and start-up telecommunications companies. Wray is a board member with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and as the current chair. He is also an executive member of the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. In his personal time, Wray enjoys boating and fishing with his family.

Anna Priemaza

Anna Priemaza is a lawyer with McCuaig Desrochers LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of immigration and family law.

Anna was admitted to the bar in 2011. She graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2010 and with a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in English from Queen’s University in 2007. She is a former clerk of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

Outside of practicing law, Anna values community involvement. Along with her role on the Board of EMCN, she is on the Board of Directors of Vanguard College, and she is a former Director of Kids On Track Association of Edmonton.

Kevin Guenther Trautwein

Kevin is a pastor at Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church, a position he shares with his wife, Sherri. He has a Master’s Degree in Theology from University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College, and a background in frontline support for street-involved communities and at-risk youth. His work involves outreach and engagement with community organizations. Over the last few years, he has been involved with the Edmonton Ecumenical Peace Network’s annual Prayer Walk for Peace, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights’ first annual Festival of Faiths, as well as the InterFaith Chaplains’ Association at the University of Alberta.

Outside of work, Kevin enjoys getting out into nature with his growing family, and catching live music whenever possible.

Jennifer Braun

Jennifer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on women’s leadership in agriculture, specifically examining how women are shaping agricultural policy and practice in the Canadian Prairies, and how they achieve success despite the inequitable gender ratio often found in the sector’s leadership. Jennifer is a representative of the Lendrum Mennonite Brethern Church, and is very excited to serve the community in this capacity by offering her expertise in critical gender analysis and leadership. She also serves on the Canadian Association of Food Studies Board.

In her free time (of which there is very little), Jennifer enjoys playing with her 2-year-old son, discovering new music, and cooking food for friends and family.

Bin Lau

Strategic Advisor to the Mayor

As a long-time communications practitioner, Bin has worked in the private sector and public service in Canada and internationally, including the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board, Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton and Edmonton Economic Development. He joined Mayor Iveson's team after his election as the 35th mayor of Edmonton in 2013. As a community member, he currently serves on the Ronald McDonald House board and is a 10-year volunteer at North America's largest and longest-running fringe theatre festival. Bin has an undergraduate economics degree and a graduate degree in Southeast Asian studies.

Nasim Charkhandeh

Nasim holds an MBA from Dalhousie University in Financial Services and a BA from University of Alberta. She has over ten years of experience in the financial industry and wealth management. Nasim has extensive experience in the development and implementation of comprehensive financial strategies encompassing investments, estate planning, tax planning, retirement planning and business succession planning. She is a member of The Advisory Group at The Schmidt Investment Group at CIBC Wood Gundy, where she assists in implementing and monitoring client wealth management solutions in accordance with clients’ financial plans and investment policies.

Nasim is passionate about making a positive and meaningful impact through her work and community involvement. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors at EMCN.

Bin Lau

Strategic Advisor to the Mayor

Employee Since: 2017

Which living person do you most admire?

The Dalai Lama. Even though he has so much political influence, he believes the most important way to create change is through being kind and compassionate in every moment with each person he comes across.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would like to be an exceptional ice skater, who could zip backwards and forwards across the ice.

What do you most value in your friends?

A fine balance between being accepting, while still asking questions that need to be asked. Bonus points if they also love Star Wars.

Who are your favorite writers?

Jane Austen, Lucy Maud Montgomery, J.R.R. Tolkein and J.K. Rowling

What book do you recommend most to people?

"Wherever you go, there you are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Derrick Schmuhl

Manager, Bridging and Training Programs

Employee Since: 2003 (consulting since 2001)

Which living person do you most admire?

Stephen Hawking

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I can change what I want to change and I don't waste energy worrying about things I can't.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My healthy, happy kids, Heinreich and Chieza.

Where would you most like to live?

Depends on what time in my life you ask. Right now, I'm right where I want to be.

What is your motto?

Start from Zero and do the work.

Lule Begashaw

Manager of therapeutic services

Employee Since: 2011

Which living person do you most admire?

My father.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Nothing, but I would like to learn many things...

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being a mother

What do you most value in your friends?

Genuine care for others

What is your motto?

Fulfilling God's purpose in my life.

Barry Andres

Executive Director for Addiction and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services

Barry Andres is the Executive Director for Addiction and Mental Health with Alberta Health Services. He is responsible for leading the coordination of addiction and mental health treatment and prevention services including supporting operational services through the development of policy and standards, care quality improvement, professional development and service reporting.  He has been involved in the development, delivery and evaluation of substance use treatment and prevention services throughout Alberta and has led initiatives advancing the integration of mental health and addiction services. Mr Andres participates on the Canadian Executive Council on Addictions, a national body that advance substance use treatment.  He is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Mr. Andres holds a Masters’ of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta along with bachelors’ degrees in Education and Psychology.