Organizational structure

Our senior management team

Laura J. Kilcrease, Chief Executive Officer

Portrait photo of Alberta Innovates' CEO Laura KilcreaseLaura Kilcrease is the Chief Executive Officer for Alberta Innovates, including its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies.

Recruited from Austin, Texas, Laura is the founder and former-managing director of the venture capital fund Triton Ventures, LP. She is widely recognized as one of the key figures in changing Austin’s economic landscape from one struggling with the economic ups and downs that come with oil dependence to a high-tech environment that is today recognized as one of the #1 Entrepreneur City and best place to live and work in the U.S.

She is the founder of the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), one of the United States’ first technology business incubators, and co-founder of the Austin Technology Council, a premier networking organization that cultivated the growth of the Austin economy. Laura also launched Capital Network, one of the largest angel investor networks in the U.S. with over $150 million in completed transactions.

Laura has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in commercializing technology, and a deep understanding of how to identify and build new business opportunities. Prior to accepting the role as Alberta Innovates’ CEO, Laura was a seven-year member of the Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, which guided the former Alberta Innovates’ corporations.

In Austin, she gave her time and expertise to a number of non-profit boards, including the Women’s Leadership Advisory Board of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, the Beyster Institute, World Congress for Information Technology 2006, and the IC² Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, among many others.

Laura has often been recognized for her outstanding achievements. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award, and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Women in Business Leadership Conference Trailblazer Award.

Born in London, Laura received her certification as a Chartered Management Accountant in the U.K. and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas. In her downtime, Laura enjoys cooking and fishing with her husband.

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Francisco Alhanati, Managing Director, C-FER Technologies

Francisco Alhanati portraitFrancisco Alhanati has been with C-FER Technologies since 1997. He became managing director in 2012, reporting to C-FER’s Board of Directors.In his role as managing director, Francisco works with his team to ensure C-FER has global impact on the evolving energy industry by advancing safety, efficiency and environmental performance in partnership with operators, equipment manufacturers and service companies.

Francisco also provides senior technical advice to a variety of projects to ensure the quality of their deliverables, and he nurtures long-term relationships with key clients, including identification of their R&D needs.

Francisco has spent most of his 38-year career in the industry on applied R&D. He was with Petrobras in Brazil from 1983 to 1996 prior to coming to Alberta in 1997.

Francisco received the 2013 SPE Production and Operations international award for distinguished contributions to petroleum engineering throughout his career. He is an industry expert in the area of artificial lift and has extensive technical knowledge of offshore production systems and reliability engineering applied to the Oil & Gas industry.

Francisco has a PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently, and holds a black belt in Judo.

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Lyn Brown, Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Lyn Brown portraitLyn Brown’s leadership is anchored to business strategy and communication systems. She brings a results-focus to brand reputation, issues management and transformational change along with commitment to start each day with a full cup of trust.

Marketing and Communications develops integrated plans that support the corporation’s purpose as the province’s innovation engine. The team focuses on:

  • public campaigns to foster understanding of priorities, programs and impacts;
  • social and media scanning to inform ongoing stakeholder relationships;
  • internal communications to engage employees around a values-based culture; and
  • omnimedia channels and content to provide optimal client and business marketing utility.

Lyn’s 30 years of change experience includes the overhaul of postal services in the 1980s, an initial public offering and telecommunications merger in the 1990s, and paper industry disruption and restructuring through the 2000s.

She led corporate responsibility for a decade at Catalyst Paper, during which time it was ranked among the Best 50 Canadian companies for seven years by Corporate Knights Magazine and earned five awards for disclosure from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Lyn served on non-profit boards including Quest Outreach Society; GreenBlue Institute; Canadian Business for Social Responsibility; and the International Association of Business Communicators. She is president of Canadian Public Relations Society Edmonton.

A lifelong learner, she holds an MBA from Royal Roads University, a B.A. from the University of Alberta, and a journalism diploma from MacEwan University. Lyn is IABC-accredited and attained the ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Management.

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Rollie Dykstra, Executive Vice President, Impact; and Vice President, Investments (interim)

As our executive vice president of Impact, Rollie Dykstra is accountable for aligning strategy development and implementation for Alberta Innovates. To ensure investments are well-focused and provide consistent value for Albertans, Rollie works with all business units to drive toward impact and exceptional return. He also plays a pivotal role in stakeholder relationships with governments, academia and industry.

He has 35 years of experience in the Information & Communications Technology sector and business development roles with industry and government. A former sales executive with NORTEL, TELUS Communications, and Williams Communications, Rollie leads development of mechanisms and relationships that accelerate research and innovation for the province through active collaboration, business development, access to capital and international markets.

In his interim role as VP of Investments, Rollie provides oversight and direction for the Entrepreneurial Investments and Post Secondary Investments business lines, and the Investment Services team.

Rollie’s focus is on building the knowledge-based sectors of the Alberta economy, primarily in high tech, and encouraging and supporting regional innovation throughout the province. He and his team are dedicated to advancing Alberta entrepreneurship and new ventures through carefully leveraged public support, consortia networks and innovation system infrastructure. Business development coaching for emerging tech companies helps to move research to commercialization.

Rollie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta, and certificates in Telecommunications Management and Computer Programming.

A sense of humour and a passion for making a difference guide Rollie, and he embraces the crucial role relationship building plays in the development of any innovation system.

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Maureen Lomas, Vice President, Finance

Maureen Lomas is a tenacious, energetic and driven leader with accountability for Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Planning & Portfolio Management, and Performance Management & Evaluation.

Maureen has more than 20 years of progressive accounting and managerial experience and has worked in various industries including oil and gas, mining and manufacturing, and health.

Her public and private sector expertise includes full cycle accounting; inventory control and valuation; analysis of balance sheet and cash flow; operational and management reporting; efficiency and process improvement identification for profitability gains; and annual/quarterly financial disclosure.

Her prior roles include vice president of finance for an arctic marine transportation company and vice president and general manager for the Canadian operations of Wood Group Pressure Control, a downstream oil services provider. She also holds experience with international drilling and exploration companies.

Maureen has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and served on the university’s alumni association in various roles including as president. Maureen contributes her expertise as treasurer to various community organizations and is an Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute board member.

Since her first job with Corning Cable Systems, the importance of innovation has stayed with Maureen and influenced her career decisions.

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Steve McMahon, Chief Operating Officer, InnoTech Alberta

Steve McMahon portraitSteve McMahon is a professional engineer and systems thinker who brings a passion for solutions to leadership of InnoTech Alberta. He has extensive background in information technology and technical systems, specializing in resolving enterprise interoperability challenges and industry-wide integration.

His experience spans telecommunications, oil & gas, manufacturing, retail and distribution, and government, including specialization in healthcare systems.

He brings a track record of integrating business processes, information technology, standards, platforms and solutions encompassing multi-stakeholders, sectors, industries and jurisdictions to his current role.

Steve joined Alberta Innovates in 2018 as executive vice president, a role in which he:

  • provided oversight of Bio, Clean Energy, and Health business lines, as well as InnoTech Alberta;
  • established the Integration Management Office, a temporary initiative to drive key corporate integration and transformation projects; and
  • conducted the operational review and realignment of InnoTech Alberta.

Formerly a partner with Deloitte Consulting, Steve led the National Healthcare Digital Integration Practice and cross-sector Digital Integration Practice in Western Canada.

For more than a decade, he’s been involved in large-scale projects that connect the collective healthcare systems including Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario and in the USA.

Steve served as a member of Canada’s Health Informatics Association, and as a board member of the Alberta Network for Health Information Exchange and the Health Information Technology Association of Canada. He also sat on the advisory committee for the Canadian Health Informatics Executive Forum.

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Tim Murphy, Vice President, Health

Tim Murphy portraitIn his role, Tim Murphy oversees the Alberta Data Institute, and guides the Health Innovations and Health Platforms teams at Alberta Innovates. He brings a deep commitment to partner collaboration and community asset development to the intricate work of health care transformation through data and digital technologies.

He is a proven executive with more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in a variety of roles in health and health research organizations across three provinces in Canada.

Tim is an inspirational leader, known for achieving high performance teamwork that delivers results. A consummate coalition-builder, Tim is skilled in the processes required to motivate and mobilize an organization and community toward collective action. Evidence of his success includes making Alberta one of the first partners in the federal Strategy for Patient Oriented Research program.

Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with health research clients and charitable foundations including:

  • CHILD Foundation;
  • Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability; and
  • Movember Foundation.

Tim was the inaugural senior vice president at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, a provincial research organization based in Vancouver. He also spent 10 years in senior management with the Princess Margaret Hospital prior to joining the British Columbia Cancer Agency in 1997.

Tim is a Certified Management Accountant. He has a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Queen’s University; a Master of Health Administration from the University of Toronto; and an MBA from Queen’s University.

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Katherine Salucop, Associate Vice President, Organizational Development

Katherine Salucop portraitHuman Resources and Facilities Services are at the heart of an organization, giving shape and form to core processes and functions. As the AVP of Organizational Development, Katherine oversees these areas and the nurses’ office. She leads a diverse team of professionals dedicated to keeping healthy wellbeing and engagement at the forefront of operations and daily corporate life. She works with leaders at all levels of the organization to identify strategies that strengthen business operations and enable employee success within the corporation.

Katherine is co-sponsor of the corporation’s culture initiatives, and successfully co-championed introduction of intentional values and an inaugural culture day for employees and leaders.

She has more than 15 years of progressive experience in human resources with demonstrated competencies in organizational design, talent acquisition, employee career development, labour relations, performance management and total rewards.

Katherine led negotiations with three union locals to reach a single collective agreement; consolidated human resource systems, processes, and service delivery; launched an employee engagement survey and follow up actions; transformed the human resource team from tactical administrative support to solution-focused service delivery; and redesigned the performance management programs.

She holds an MBA and B.Comm from the University of Alberta, and is an active member of CPHR Alberta’s Professional Development committee.

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Alec Silenzi, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Alec Silenzi portraitAs approachable as he is knowledgeable, and practical as he is professional, Alec provides guidance to corporate governance and risk management practices.  He leads our legal team and navigates the corporation through contract management, regulatory information management and research ethics.

He has more than 25 years of legal and business experience, both as in-house counsel and in private practice. Alec has significant experience in corporate, commercial litigation, oil & gas, mergers, acquisitions, securities, compliance, employment law, as well as in corporate and international business development.

He held General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer roles since 2007 with international exploration and production companies and domestic oilfield service companies.

Prior to moving into corporate practice, Alec was a corporate and securities partner at the national law firm Gowlings LLP.

He led several large public and private M&A transactions as well as equity and bank financings during his career, and as a commercial litigator conducted several trials at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Provincial Court of Alberta.

Alec received his B.A. from the University of Calgary in 1990 and his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1994. He was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Alberta in 1995.

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John Zhou, Vice President, Clean Resources

John Zhou portraitJohn’s role has expanded from Clean Energy to encompass oversight of program investments directed to Agrifood, Cleantech, Energy, Environment, and Forestry. He also leads Alberta Innovates’ advice and services to Emissions Reduction Alberta in the identification and selection of its portfolio of projects.

As an inventor with seven U.S. patents, two of which led to multimillion-dollar commercial success, John developed and is driving the vision for Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC), as a transformative effort to create a multibillion-dollar advanced materials industry in Alberta using its vast bitumen resource.

John has over 25 years of innovation and management experience in energy and sustainability innovation including 10 years as manager for Advanced Materials at the Alberta Research Council. He was the founding director of the international industry consortium, Materials and Reliability in Oil Sands (MARIOS).

John was executive director, chief technical officer, and acting CEO of Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. He led key initiatives including carbon capture and storage, the SAGD water conservation study, and dilbit transportation, and oversaw bitumen recovery and partial upgrading programs.  John was expert witness to Canadian House of Commons and Senate Committees on Energy and Sustainability.

He is a board director of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada, a guest director of the Alberta Chamber of Resources, and a steering committee member of Clean Resource Innovation Network. He was an Energy Futures Lab Fellow. John was the recipient of the 2018 PTAC President’s Award.

He has a B.Sc. from Jilin University (China) and a PhD from the University of Western Ontario.

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