BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul McLauchlin is a professional biologist and has been an environmental scientist and consultant for over 26 years. He is a fourth term Ponoka County councillor and is currently the Reeve of Ponoka County and President of the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Concurrently, he is in his fourteenth year as the facilitator for the Battle Lake Watershed Synergy Group, which is a mechanism for resource developers (oil and gas) and communities to discuss issues, concerns, and mutually beneficial development goals.
Paul works as a field biologist, an environmental scientist, in public consultation / communication and as a resource / conservation management specialist. His consulting business concentrates in the areas of project management, multi-stakeholder programs, predevelopment assessment and public consultation for large and medium scale resource and energy projects. Paul holds an MBA in Finance with the University of Leicester that researched the barriers and motives of renewable investment of households in rural Alberta. His office is a hyper energy efficient, net positive, standalone building on his farm where he and his wife Melinda grow amazing quality hay for the equine market in their spare time. He has bees too!
Kara was elected as the RMA Vice President in 2017 and is currently a councillor with Brazeau County where she has served for eight years. Kara represents the RMA on several committees including the RMA / AUMA Joint Operating Committee, the Alert Civilian Advisory Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Interim Alberta Police Advisory Board. Kara also serves as Chair of the RMA’s Resolutions Committee.
Amber Link has deep roots in rural Alberta. She grew up on her family farm and ranch near Rockyford and, except for a few years of university to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree, she has lived in Wheatland County her whole life. She and her husband, Kevin, a paramedic moved to an acreage in Namaka in 2007 because they knew it was the best place to raise their five children.
The majority of Amber's current work is in governance. As Reeve of Wheatland County, she is responsible for chairing Council meetings, media relations, acting as the spokesperson, and frequently representing Council at public events. She has experience in strategic planning, visioning, service capacity review, policy development and review, and human resource management (hiring, performance review, and contract negotiations).
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Kathy was elected to the RMA board from District 3 in 2017. Kathy has been on the County of Wetaskiwin’s Council for nine years, five of which she served as Reeve. At the RMA, Kathy serves on a variety of committees and boards including the Clean Air Strategic Alliance Board of Directors, the Local Authorities Election Plan Stakeholder Consultation Group, the Cancer SCN Core Committee, the Municipal Excellence Awards Review Committee, and the Safety Codes Council Technical Coordinating Committee.
Tom has served as an RMA Director since 2008 and has served as an elected official in the MD of Greenview since 2001. Tom represents the RMA on committees across the province including the Power and Natural Gas Consumers Panel, the Safety Codes Council Board of Directors, the Forest Research Improvement Association FireSmart Advisory Committee, the Water North Coalition, the Alberta Fire Chiefs Recruitment and Retention Committee, the AER’s Multi-Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee, and the Bitscho Lake Caribou Sub-regional Task Force.
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Soren has served as an RMA Director since 2010. He was elected Councillor in the County of Two Hills in 2007. Soren represents the RMA on several boards and committees, including the Local Authorities Pension Plan, Alberta Data Partnerships, the RMA / AUMA Joint Operating Committee, the Government-Industry Joint Geophysical Steering Committee, and the Cold Lake Caribou Sub-regional Task Force.