Dr. Eran Kaplinsky

Research Director, Alberta Land Institute

Professor Eran Kaplinsky teaches in the areas of property law and planning law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Tel Aviv University, a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Toronto. Professor Kaplinsky is also a research affiliate of the City-Region Studies Centre. His teaching and research interests include: land-use planning and regulation, law and economics, municipal law and property law.



David Poulton

Director, Alberta Land Institute

Dave Poulton was appointed as the Director of the Alberta Land Institute effective June 1, 2016.  Dave is an experienced executive and consultant, leading his own consulting practice. He is also the Executive Director of the Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets (AACO), a forum to build shared understanding respecting the use of conservation offsets and the development of offset policy

Matthias Ruth

Chair - ALI Community Advisory Board

Dr. Matthias Ruth is Vice-President (Research) at the University of Alberta, and Chair of the  of the Community Advisory Board. He is also a professor in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts at the U of A. Dr. Ruth was the director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He holds a master's degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany and a PhD from the University of Illinois. His research focus is dynamic modeling of natural resource use, industrial and infrastructure systems analysis, and environmental economics and policy. His theoretical work draws on engineering, economics and ecology

Alan Breakey

ALI - Community Advisory Board

Alan Breakey has recently retired from a 40 year career in mining, mineral exploration, and oil and gas exploration/ development. He began his career working for multinationals such as Shell and Cominco and in the last 15 years he has been involved in starting up junior, public and private, oil and gas companies mostly in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Through his career, he has had the opportunity to work in Africa, South America and throughout Canada and the United States. He earned a geology from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in economic geology from McGill University.

Partly because of his career in resource extraction and partly through his involvement with agriculture, Alan has had a long-standing interest in land use and the impacts of human activity on the landscape. He and his wife, Liz, operate a farm northwest of Bragg Creek in Southern Alberta where they raise a small number of commercial cattle and registered North Country Cheviots. Alan is past president of the Alberta Sheep Breeders Association and past Chair of the Sheep Committee of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. He is the current Chair of Action for Agriculture and sits on the board of the Bow River Basin Council where he is incoming Chair of the Science Committee.

Rick Blackwood

ALI Community Advisory Board

Mr. Blackwood is the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of Integrated Resource Management Planning Division for Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and the Stewardship Commissioner for the Government of Alberta’s Land Stewardship Act.

As ADM for Integrated Resource Management Planning, Rick is responsible for the development, design and implementation of integrated resource (air, land, water and biodiversity) management plans.  He maintains the relationships and engagement necessary to ensure continued dialogue for planning in Alberta.

As Stewardship Commissioner for the Alberta Land Stewardship Act, Rick is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, review and amendment of Land-use Framework regional plans.

Over the course of his career, Rick has held a variety of senior management positions within the department and was also seconded to the role of General Manager of the Foothills Model Forest in support of Alberta’s role in Canada’s Model Forest Network. Rick was previously the ADM for Fish and Wildlife. He is a Registered Professional Forester with the College of Professional Foresters of Alberta.

Tom Grabowski

ALI Community Advisory Board

Tom Grabowski is President, CEO and co-founder of The Silvacom GroupTM Group of Companies. Silvacom was founded in 1983 and has offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Cache. Silvacom’s consulting, software and data solutions have changed the way that Energy, Utility, Forestry, Mining and other resource sector companies and government agencies conduct their activities on the land. Tom moved to Alberta in 1977 to attend the University of Alberta. He graduated from the U of A with a B.Sc. and M.Sc., as well as an MBA. Tom serves on the board of the Alberta Chamber of Resources as well as a number of private corporations. He serves on the ACR Executive Committee and he chairs the ACR’s Responsible Development Committee.

Dr. F. L. (Ted) Morton

ALI Community Advisory Board

Dr. Morton has a B.A. from Colorado College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Dr. Morton is currently an Executive Fellow at The School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Morton most recently served as Minister of Energy for the Government of Alberta (2011-12). Prior to that, he served as Minister of Finance (2010) and Minister of Sustainable Resources Development (2006-2009). In 2001, he was the Director of Policy and Research for the Office of the Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons.

As Alberta’s Minister of Sustainable Resource Development, Dr. Morton oversaw the development of Alberta’s Land Use Framework (2008) and the passage of the Alberta Land Stewardship Act (2009). As Minister, he increased Alberta’s participation in the Robert Bateman Get-to-Know Your Wild Neighbors project; opened the Bow Habitat Station in Calgary (2010) and was the Founding Committee Chair of the Kids Can Katch Trout Pond (officially opened in 2012).

An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Morton has a long-record of supporting habitat conservation as the key to maintaining wildlife and fisheries. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Delta Waterfowl, Safari Club International and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Gerald Rhodes

ALI Community Advisory Board

Gerald Rhodes joined the AAMDC as Executive Director on May 1, 2003, following a lengthy career in municipal management at the Town of Devon, Town of Blackfalds, I.D. 15 (now Woodlands County), I.D. 17 East (now M.D. of Lesser Slave River) and I.D. 8 (now the M.D. of Bighorn).  Gerald is a Certified Local Government Manager, completing the Local Government Certificate and Senior Executive Fellows programs,  earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary with a major in Economics and completed his MBA in 2009.

Gerald is responsible for providing strategic advice to the AAMDC’s elected Board of Directors, ensuring that their direction is carried out through the AAMDC’s administration, and providing leadership to AAMDC staff.

The diversity of rural municipal issues and the challenge of learning from and speaking with municipal councillors and administrators on a daily basis has been one of the many reasons why Gerald has truly enjoyed his role with the AAMDC.

Gerald and his wife, Nadia, reside in Devon with their five children.

Peter Woloshyn

ALI Community Advisory Board

Peter was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Natural Resources Conservation Board in 2006. As chief executive officer, Peter is responsible for the ongoing regulation of Alberta’s confined feeding operations under provincial legislation. He is also responsible for scientific, technical and corporate support for Board reviews of proposed major natural resource projects. Peter co-chairs the multi-stakeholder Policy Advisory Group, which provides advice on policy related to the delivery of provincial regulations governing the confined feeding industry.

Peter grew up on a forage and beef farm in the Devon area. He has an extensive background in agricultural policy, economics and research, with Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Alberta.

Before joining the Natural Resources Conservation Board in 2006 as its chief executive officer, Peter worked for 22 years with Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AFRD). He joined AFRD’s Resource Economics Branch in 1982, where he worked on economic analyses of various agricultural land and resource use issues.

In his most recent position with AFRD as director of the Agricultural Research Division, Peter was responsible for Alberta’s livestock and crop research programs.

Peter also worked on secondment for two years with the Agricultural Financial Services Corporation, focusing on crop insurance issues and the initial stages of a new private sector reinsurance arrangement for Alberta.

His interests include photography, hiking the North Saskatchewan River Valley and backpacking the Rocky Mountains with his family.

Dr. Todd Zimmerling

ALI Community Advisory Board

Dr. Zimmerling has an undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc. and PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Zimmerling is a Professional Biologist with 19 years experience working on a wide range of wildlife and fisheries related projects across western Canada.  He started his career as an environmental consultant, founding his own company with his wife, and growing that company to 25 biologists in six offices across Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon Territory.

In April 2007, after 14 years as an environmental consultant Dr. Zimmerling became the President and CEO of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), where he oversees a staff of 80 and deals closely with government, industry and community stakeholders on a wide range of conservation related issues.

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