Lori Farquharson Persaud
Executive DirectorLori Farquharson Persaud provides the senior executive leadership for the Foundation staff and Board of Directors. Lori has tremendous experience from varied stakeholders in the non-profit, for-profit, and government environments who have represented Edmonton within local, provincial, national, and international markets. She is thrilled to be part of preserving Edmonton's history by leading the Foundation's vision to build capital projects and community initiatives at Fort Edmonton Park.
ConsultantJanet Tryhuba worked with the Fort Edmonton Foundation as Executive Director prior to retiring in Fall 2021. She is continuing to provide consulting services to the executive team. Her background includes a degree in Recreation Administration and has worked in the charitable sector as a fundraising professional for the majority of her career. She is passionate about sharing the history of Fort Edmonton Park and creating connections with the supporters of the park. Janet is an active member of the Edmonton Sunrise Rotary Club that meets at Fort Edmonton Park and carries on the connection with the visionaries of the Park.
Manager Corporate SponsorshipMarc’s background in arts facility management and programming brought him to Edmonton in 2002, and soon turned his fundraising skills toward social services such as disabilities, domestic violence and seniors needs. Returning to the cultural sector in 2017, Marc has been developing working relationships with local businesses, clubs and professional associations to support sponsorship opportunities at Fort Edmonton Park and the current capital campaign for Fort Edmonton Foundation.
What Marc likes most about the Park: “It’s not just for Edmontians and by Edmontians, it’s about Edmontians.”
Executive AdministratorMadeline supports the Foundation as the incoming Executive Administrator. Through volunteering, Madeline has developed a passion for working in the non-profit sector. She has been expanding her knowledge in volunteer and event management through continuing education. Madeline is delighted to be a part of the team that is helping bring Edmonton’s story to current and future generations.
Marketing and Communications DirectorJody Hrabiwchuk oversees all aspects of Marketing and Communications for the Fort Edmonton Foundation. She believes the essential ingredient for fundraising is connecting with people by storytelling through dynamic verbal, written, and visual elements. Her mission is to help the Fort Edmonton Foundation share their fascinating stories of Edmonton’s past and how Fort Edmonton Park came to fruition – and the importance of continually enhancing and preserving it for all generations to enjoy.
Marketing and Communications CoordinatorCurrently on temporary leave. Bio coming soon!
PresidentPrincipal, Otway Advisory Services
Andrew was born in Edmonton, and has been a fan of Fort Edmonton since his parents took him to the Park the year it opened.
A graduate of the University of Alberta and Athabasca University, Andrew retired from his role as President and CEO of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in 2020 after more than two decades.
Past board experience includes the AHS Inner City Health and Wellness initiative, the UofA's Womens and Children's Health Research Institute, and the Northern Alberta Mental Health Review Panel.
In his role as a consultant, he supports the charitable sector through the development of board governance best practices, organizational policy, and the development of fundraising programs and social enterprise initiatives.
Past PresidentVice President of Sales, Pleasant Solutions
Jason Clarke is the Past President of the Fort Edmonton Foundation, joining the board in 2017. He is currently the Vice President of Sales at Pleasant Solutions, an Edmonton-based software developer with clients around the world.
Jason fell in love with Fort Edmonton Park during a grade four field trip, especially entranced by the Bellerose School House on 1885 Street. He was inspired by the idea that the kids who attended this one-room schoolhouse with only blackboard slates and chalk grew up to help build and shape Edmonton and our region.
Serving on the Fort Edmonton Foundation's Board is important to Jason because of its dedication to preserving Edmonton's history at Fort Edmonton Park. He feels it is essential that all generations have the opportunity to find inspiration in the historical treasures at Fort Edmonton Park the same way he did.
Jason is an active community member and is passionate about children's education and history. He is married with two children, and every year on Father's Day takes a picture with his two sons at the same spot in Fort Edmonton Park.
TreasurerChartered Accountant/Partner, Crowe MacKay
Paul is the Treasurer of the Fort Edmonton Foundation. As a Partner at a local accounting firm, Paul brings his accounting and governance experience to the Foundation.
Paul is a Partner at Crowe MacKay LLP, assisting his clients with audit, tax, and advisory services. Paul is considered a specialist in the not-for-profit sector but also services a cross-section of industries.
Originally from the United Kingdom, he joined Crowe MacKay LLP in September 2009 when he moved to Canada. He attended the University of Southampton in England, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics in 2003.
He obtained his Chartered Accountancy qualification in the United Kingdom with F.W. Smith, Riches & Co. in London in 2006, before moving to a big 4 firm.
Whilst at the big 4 firm, he also worked overseas in Auckland, New Zealand, before moving to Canada to join Crowe MacKay LLP in the Edmonton office.
Paul is a past Treasurer of the Rainbow Society of Alberta, a charity dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of Alberta children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
Fort Edmonton Park was the first attraction Paul visited when he arrived in Canada. As a father of three young children, Paul and his family enjoy riding the train, and visiting all the different attractions at the park.
DirectorHolli Bjerland has spent her career in the not for profit sector. She has 25 years of experience working as a professional fundraiser with experience in social services, community development, post secondary and healthcare settings. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Holli is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. She is passionate about local history and has helped to organize local history events. She is pleased to be a member of the Fort Edmonton Foundation’s Board of Directors.
DirectorMBA Candidate, Alberta School of Business
Alle has been a Board Member of the Fort Edmonton Foundation since 2020. She is deeply passionate about the preservation and exhibition of the Arts and Culture Sector in Edmonton.
Alle is currently an MBA Candidate at the University of Alberta School of Business. She has previously worked for the Fringe Theatre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Royal Alberta Museum working in Community Engagement, Logistical Organization, and Brand Ambassadorship.
While sitting on the Fort Edmonton Foundation’s Board, Alle also sits on the Walterdale Theatre’s Board of Director serving as Co-Front of House Director. On this Board, she chairs the Walterdale Mentorship Committee that facilitates mentorship through all departments of the theatre, in addition to her responsibilities of Acting Treasurer.
As a lifelong attendee of the Fort, Alle is passionate about ensuring the Park will be sustainable for generations to come and that it remains a jem in the cultural crown of Canada.
DirectorRegional Manager Indigenous Banking, TD Bank
Angela Ferguson is a proud Cree/Metis women with Northern Alberta roots who has honed her career to work alongside Indigenous people and communities in both a social and economic development capacity. After 19 years with the Federal government and 3.5 years with the Provincial government, Angela moved to the private sector. Angela has delivered financial services to Indigenous communities for the past six years and is currently a Regional Manager for Indigenous Banking with TD Bank Group with a territory that includes Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Appreciating the value of strong relationships and partnerships, Angela works collectively with her colleagues in Retail and Commercial banking as well as Wealth and HR to name a few.
Angela holds her Masters in Business Administration in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. She was also selected as one of 15 Indigenous women from across Canada to attend and participate in the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Francis Xavier University in 2016.
When she is not at work, she's a super proud hockey Mom to two teenage sons. Outside of the hockey season, she actively enjoys golf, slo-pitch and camping at the lake.
DirectorGrace joined the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board of Directors in 2017 and quickly became involved with the Gala Committee and Online Auction, and also serves on the Finance Committee.
After more than thirty years, Grace retired from the Financial Services industry, working for two of the most highly rated Canadian life insurance companies. While working she earned industry designations of Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, and Certified Senior Advisor.
She also served on the Board of the Edmonton Estate Planning Council for six years, and is a firm believer in the numerous benefits of Legacy Gifting.
Grace enjoys cultural experiences through food and travel, reading and running. A lifelong learner, she takes courses in all types of genres, including art and personal development.
Grace's first experience of Fort Edmonton Park was at age seven. What puts a smile on her face is hearing the steam train's first whistle on opening day, the taste of tiger ice cream from the Ukrainian Bookstore, and Bannock from the fires with the Indigenous interpreters.
For Grace, to be a Director of the Fort Edmonton Foundation is a means of giving back to one of Edmonton's most special gems and Western Canada's largest living history interpretive museum.
Stephen Lau, BCom, LLB
DirectorFounder, Edmonton Home Pros Real Estate Group (RE/MAX Real Estate)
Stephen Lau was born and raised in Edmonton, and graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws. He started his career in the commercial real estate industry and soon expanded his work into the residential real estate sector with excellent results. He has been consistently ranked in the Top 5% of Realtors in Edmonton since starting his career in 2008.
Participating in community service and philanthropic work is meaningful to Stephen, and he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Riverview since 2005. He added to his roster of community work by joining the Fort Edmonton Foundation’s Board in 2016. The Foundation’s efforts to preserve Edmonton’s history at Fort Edmonton Park struck a chord with Stephen because he feels our city has so much to offer and has a significant history that forms the fabric of our country.
Since working on the Foundation’s Board, he has seen the rejuvenation of Fort Edmonton Park to make dramatic strides in offering the public a deeper and candid look at some of Canada’s darker history, its racism, and its ongoing struggle to create a harmonious and fair society. In particular, the new Indigenous Peoples Experience fosters a deeper understanding of our history. Learning how the Indigenous people of our country lived before and after engaging European settlers will form the basis of reconciliation of the unfathomable injustices they were subjected to.
As a member of an ethnic minority group, Stephen can identify with how marginalized people feel when society builds structural roadblocks that impede their life potential. Bringing a broader cross-section of participation and engagement with the community-at-large are key reasons why working with the Fort Edmonton Foundation is important to him.
DirectorCo-Founder and Partner, Canadian Strategy Group
Michael Lohner is an accomplished government relations consultant with a strong record of achievement in the public, private and political sectors. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.
Michael is a trusted advisor and strategist for many large companies and associations when navigating both federal and provincial governments. He co-founded Canadian Strategy Group in 2008, and before that, spent seven years leading pharmaceutical government relations for Johnson & Johnson in Western Canada. He is a former Chief of Staff to the Klein government in Environment, Agriculture, and Infrastructure.
Michael was in the war room for the 2008, 2012, and 2015 provincial elections and has managed campaigns at all government levels. He is frequently called upon to provide operational expertise, candidate training, and advice to candidates and elected officials. He regularly provides media commentary on politics, government, and policy. His strategic advice is sought-after by many associations and executives.
Born and raised in Camrose, Michael’s first memory of Fort Edmonton Park was visiting on school field trips with his mother volunteering to be a chaperone. He remembers the old-fashioned candy, and for some reason, not feeling like he was allowed to have as much as he wanted.
Working with the Fort Edmonton Foundation is important to Michael because he would like his children and other youth to experience the history of our community in a high quality, fun, and interactive way. He would like to see Fort Edmonton grow and expand its offering and facilitate access to those who otherwise would not be able to afford to visit.
DirectorProtocol Officer, Government of Alberta
Tim Marriott has a degree in western Canadian history from the University of Alberta, with minors in Canadian politics and in philosophy.
For many years, he was the co-ordinator of interpretive programming at Fort Edmonton Park, being variously responsible for daily programming, school programmes, adult programmes, and special events. This included the development of programmes from concept to piloting to being included in FEP’s ongoing programme repertoire. As well, he was responsible for staff training and development.
He integrated music and drama into the Fort’s daily programme, including commissioning original plays, interpretive vignettes, and designing special events. In 2007, he worked with colleagues and Indigenous partners on the “Sacred Self” series of art workshops.
With the restructuring of City of Edmonton Attractions, he performed similar roles at the Valley Zoo, Muttart Conservatory and John Janzen Nature Centre.
While employed with the City of Edmonton he was an instructor at Metro College and at Lakeland College (Sherwood Park) in eco-tourism and in heritage interpretation.
He has been employed by the Alberta Protocol Office, the Government of Alberta office which works with foreign ambassadors visiting Alberta, since 2007.
Tim Marriott was a member of the Board of the Alberta Museums Association from 1996 to 2000, and again in 2005 to 2010, serving as president in 2008-2009.
He is a past president of the Edmonton and District Historical Society, past Chair of the Edmonton Historical Board and was a member of the founding board of the Edmonton Heritage Council. He is past chair of the Edmonton and District Heritage Fair, which programme he was co-founder of in Edmonton (1996). At present, he is President of the Historical Society of Alberta (from 2019). He has been a member of the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board since 2018.
A lifetime participant in theatre as an actor and backstage, he has twice been President of Walterdale Theatre Associates and was a board member of the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival. Tim has performed in, directed, or worked backstage on more than fifty productions.
His contributions to the various communities in which he has been involved have been recognized by the Alberta Museums Association Award of Merit, the Walterdale Theatre Jack Wilson Award (Lifetime Contribution) and the Edmonton Historical Board Historical Recognition Award.
DirectorPresident, Micol Consulting
Michael is Past President of the Fort Edmonton Foundation, joining the board in 2016, and loving every moment of the challenges and the rewards of being a board member.
Michael grew up in Edmonton and, with his wife and three children, loved the annual visits to the Fort and making a day of it.
His past board involvement as President includes EJCCF, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and Glenora Community, as well as being on the boards of Royal Alexandra Foundation, Royal Alexandra Ethics, Junior Achievement, Sports Medicine Council of AB, and Beit Horim. His down time included coaching for over a decade soccer and basketball teams of all ages.
With a background in the financial sector, he hopes that his knowledge helped the Foundation navigate its tremendous growth in the past few years.
DirectorSenior Business Advisor, Business Development Bank of Canada
Josh Ramsbottom has been involved with the Fort Edmonton Foundation in various board roles since 2015. As a second-generation Edmontonian, one of his earliest memories of the Fort was riding the steam engine through the river valley while sitting on his parent's lap. Even today, he is thrilled every time he steps back through time into the Fort of 1846, imagining what it would be like to live in the past.
Having completed his education in England, Josh witnessed firsthand the importance of celebrating history and the historical spaces that shape communities. Fort Edmonton allows people of all ages to learn and share the struggles, triumphs, and achievements that made Edmonton and Northern Alberta what it is today.
"We have incredible stories about Edmonton, and the Fort allows people to learn those stores by walking in the footsteps of history – it also is an incredible place for young people to let their imaginations run wild. We don't have to go anywhere else – Fort Edmonton in a magical place right here in the city."
Today, Josh continues to share his love for Fort Edmonton with his daughters, Darien, Laura, and Morgan, and son Everett, all of whom have participated in various Fort Edmonton programs and fundraising activities over the years. His youngest daughter Morgan has also become deeply involved with the Fort Edmonton Foundation, starting in junior high and continuing through high school) leading several student volunteer activities and fundraising opportunities.
DirectorEPCOR Divisional Vice President, Drainage Construction and Operations Drainage
Clayton Tiedemann has been a member of the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board of Directors since 2017. He currently chairs the Chief Factor’s Breakfast Committee and co-chair the Capital Campaign Cabinet committee. He is a professional engineer and currently works for EPCOR Utilities Inc. as the Divisional Vice President Construction and Operations for EPCOR Drainage Services. He has over 30 years experience in leading and managing water and wastewater utilities.
Clayton was educated at the University of Alberta and holds a bachelor and master degrees in Civil Engineering (geotechnical), as well as a master degree in Public Management. He began his career with the City of Edmonton as a Geotechnical Engineer and moved into the Water Utility in the early 1990’s. He transitioned from the City of Edmonton to EPCOR Utilities when it was incorporated by the City of Edmonton Power and Water utilities in 1996 and has held senior operational roles in EPCOR Water, EPCOR Generation, EPCOR Technologies and EPCOR Drainage Services since then.
Clayton's career as a utility leader has provided many opportunities to serve on industry boards including the Canadian Public Works Association, Western Canada Water, Canadian Association on Water Quality and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. The skills and experience he received by serving on these boards are directly transferable to his role on the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board.
Studying Canadian history has been a lifelong passion which led to many visits to Fort Edmonton Park since arriving in Edmonton in 1974. When the opportunity to join the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board of Directors presented itself in 2017, the decision was an easy one since the role provided a direct connection to his interest in Canadian history, as well as providing an opportunity to give back to the community that he lives and work in. Clayton is proud to be part of the Fort Edmonton Foundation Board of Directors and the work they do to support Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton’s “living history” museum.
DirectorLawyer, Wachowich and Company
Jim Wachowich is a lifetime and third-generation Edmonton resident and a second-generation lawyer. He and his family have been involved in many charitable and community board roles in Edmonton and Alberta communities. Jim's family and friends played an integral part in instilling the belief that everyone is obligated to give back to our community. His close friend's mother once said, "those who give never want."
Fort Edmonton Park is important to Jim as it is part of the history of Edmonton, Alberta, and Canada. His first memory of the Park was marveling that the modern Fort was being constructed using traditional methods, manual labour, and hand tools. From the start, the community support for the Fort was significant as it signaled that Edmonton has a history worth celebrating and preserving. When Jim joined the Fort Edmonton Foundation, he was happy to know major upgrades and initiatives would carry the Fort well into the future. One of the most significant new initiatives is the new Indigenous Peoples Experience built to recognize the much earlier history of our region and its people.
Jim is proud to be a part of the Foundation and strives to continue honouring the work of the original visionaries and the spirit of the community. The original builders saw the value in establishing the new Fort as a place to recognize where we had been and how far we had come. That pride is enhanced today as Fort Edmonton Park is world-class and globally recognized. It is an amazing place to gather, inform, and educate. The expanded activities and community support of the Park place it on a solid foundation to maintain and promote our history and preserve important parts of the past of the Canadian prairies.
Jim is pleased to contribute and do his small part to support this significant and worthy cause.
DirectorDirector of Stakeholder and Government Affairs, Edmonton International Airport
Lynn Wyton has lived in Edmonton for the last 20 years, and in that time, he has fallen in love with the region and its extraordinary, diverse heritage. Lynn currently serves as Director of Stakeholder and Government Affairs with Edmonton International Airport (EIA). His primary focus is developing and executing business partnerships with local, national, and international organizations. These relationships serve as a foundation for EIA’s role as an economic driver for the region, province, and country. Lynn’s work includes positive outcomes in both the public and private sectors in various fields, including aviation, education, tourism, manufacturing, and energy.
His passion for Fort Edmonton Park is grounded in the Park’s ability to provide reconciliation, community connections, and good fun for locals, Canadians, and global visitors. Lynn enjoys exploring and hiking with his wife, two daughters, and dog in his leisure time.
The Rotary Clubs of Edmonton have been a pillar of support for Fort Edmonton Park from its inception.
Without Rotary, Fort Edmonton Park would not exist!
The Rotary Clubs of Edmonton are valuable founding partners and stewards to our development and fundraising achievements. Contributions by local clubs in the first five decades of the Fort Edmonton Foundation have totalled more than $500,000. Their contributions have included: Fort Edmonton, Henderson’s Barn, Kernohan’s Millinery, Hutchings & Riley Harness Shop, Henderson’s Farmhouse, Threshing Bee, Harvest Fair, Case Steam Tractor, Jasper House Hotel, Railway Station, Rumley Oil Pull, Motordrome, and the A-1 Business car. Other smaller projects were also funded. For our current Capital Campaign, Rotary has committed $2 million for the 1920 Street enhancement of the Hotel Selkirk, Windsor Block and Albion Block.
Capital Campaign Cabinet
The Capital Campaign Cabinet is a collaborative steering committee of volunteers representing both Boards of Directors – Fort Edmonton Foundation (FEF) and Fort Edmonton Management Company (FEMCo), the City of Edmonton, the province of Alberta, as well as community stakeholders.
Clayton Tiedemann – Chair
Experienced financial experts ensure effective communication with internal and external auditors, management, and the board. Responsibilities include ongoing review of statements, reports, policies, budgets, insurance policies, indemnities and investment performances.
Paul Harris, Chair
This committee governs the process for board member recruitment, orientation and education. They oversee committee assignments, succession planning, and board evaluations as well as governance best practices, bylaw changes and reviews. It is also their duty to develop succession plans for senior personnel and to generate a selection committee for the position of Executive Director.
Andrew Otway – Chair
External Community and Government Relations Committee
The ECGR Committee is responsible for high-level strategic stakeholder relations planning including relationship development with government, policymakers and policy influencers, community service clubs, and volunteers. This committee identifies, develops and maintains the coordination and support of these relationships in the interests of the Foundation, capital project initiatives, and strategic plan priorities.
Tim Marriott – Chair
Operational Oversight Committee
The Operations Oversight Committee provides a forum for ongoing communication and strategic direction and support for the Executive Director. Formal performance evaluations, compensation and succession planning for the Executive Director are reviewed and completed.
Jason Clarke, Chair
Light the Midway Committee
Michael Lohner, Co-Chair
Ryan Young – Co-Chair
Chief Factor’s Breakfast Committee
This annual breakfast has become a community highlight, hosted by the current Honorary Chief Factor. The breakfast celebrates the ambassadors we can be, inspired by the influential hospitality of our first Chief Factor, John Rowand. This group of people demonstrate the leadership and commitment that brings community together.
Clayton Tiedemann, Chair
Aaron Paquette, Honorary Chief Factor
Fall for the Fort and Online Auction Committee
Anne Brown, Co-Chair
Grace Kallal, Co-Chair
Rotary Legacy Committee*
Lynn Wyton – Chair
*2020 event cancelled due to Covid19
50th Anniversary History Book Committee
Generating the capacity to put together a history book about the past 50 years of the Fort Edmonton Foundation was made possible by this group of knowledgeable and dedicated members of our community. We thank the following individuals for bringing the stories to life and holding them safe on the pages of Our Living History: The First 50 Years of the Fort Edmonton Foundation.
- Jason Clarke
- Sue Currie
- Lyndon Decore
- Judi Kendall
- Marg Korby* In memory book dedication (1937-2018)
- Tim Marriott
- Michael Paull, President
- Carolina Roemmich, Author and Historian
- Cassie Peters, Graphic Designer
- Tim Spelliscy, Honorary Chief Factor
Volunteers are instrumental in bringing our initiatives to life.
Our volunteers have a passion for Fort Edmonton Park and belong to a vibrant community.
We recognize and appreciate the charitable giving of time! Fort Edmonton Foundation volunteers have transformed the lives of participants and visitors through their hands-on and caring service, contributing to something much bigger than themselves.