Meet The Team
Wendy Adam; President:
Taught at U of A for 3 yrs. in the School of Medical Technology. Moved to Vancouver General Hospital as a Clinical Chemist and co-directed the installation of the first Laboratory Computer System in Canada. Moved to Calgary and Foothills Hospital as Laboratory Manager with the responsibility of development and management of operating and capital budgets. Moved on to ranching – raising purebred cattle, marketing genetics and starting a pasture to plate partnership with a local restaurant.
Participation on Cattle Industry Boards – lobbying activities to the Provincial and Federal Government including changing the checkoff regulations for the cattle industry, BSE recovery plans, and federal species at risk legislation and its impact on the beef industry.
Participation on many political Boards both federal and provincial in many roles from president to sub-committee advocacy and/or advisory, political campaigns as both Campaign manager and campaign volunteer, non-profit Boards and service clubs in Okotoks and Calgary dedicated to the needs of the vulnerable and/or the community.
Ryan Nix; 2nd VP:
Ryan grew up living in south Calgary and moved to Okotoks in 2017. He is married and has 2 kids. He has a degree in Business Management with a specialty in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Lethbridge. Ryan and his team were the first students to win the U of L KPMG Business Competition in their 3rd year of studies and the first to repeat again in the fourth year. Ryan owns and manages two small businesses operating in Calgary serving Southern Alberta and has been doing so since 2009. The businesses have grown from 3 to 10 employees, and the franchise business was awarded Canadian Franchise of the Year in 2017. Ryan’s family is a foster family for AARCS and helps rescue dogs find their forever homes.
Naydene Lewis; 1st VP
Has worked, played and lived in Okotoks since 2003. As mom of 4 and a Kinship mom of 3 more, she spends her time devoted to her children and the Community through volunteering with various non profit organizations. She is currently the Admin for a facebook group in the region but history tells us that she is Certified in Renewable Energy & Conservation, used her Paralegal education to help non-custodial parents and her Business Administration background to be an entrepreneur in the past. As an Okotoks Town Councillor from 2007-2010, she gained valuable knowledge of the inner workings of the Town. As a Federal Union activist through her job at Stats Can, she was also an Adult Educator and supporter of the Accountability of Employees of the Federal Government.
Udo Adam; Treasurer:
Spent 3 yrs. as credit manager in an Edmonton steel fabrication company. Moved to Vancouver as a cost accountant for a major BC manufacturing company, managing the design and installation of a Bill of Material Processing Computer system in the plant. Moved back to Calgary and employed for 15 years in the oil patch, computerizing accounting and business systems, the last 5 years as VP Finance and CFO of a major oil and gas supply company, including 2 major mergers. Retired to participate in a ranching operation raising purebred cattle and selling genetics in the US and Canada; including the development of a pasture to plate partnership with a local restaurant
Participation on federal and provincial political boards and campaigns, non- profit Boards, community organizations and service club boards dedicated to the needs of the vulnerable and/or community., usually in the capacity of CFO.
Erin Risdon; Secretary:
Born and raised in southern Alberta. Lived in Calgary, Strathmore and moved to Okotoks in 2002. Went to college in the US for 2 years before returning home to work as a Registered Dental Assistant. For the past 26 years has worked predominantly in the dental field as a chairside assistant, dental administrator, manager and dental assisting instructor at a local college. Has volunteered in the community with FCIS (Foothills Community Immigrant Services assisting with large events such as Canada Day Events at the Recreation Centre, Light Up Okotoks and many more. Worked in a volunteer position with Scouts Canada as the Foothills Area Scout Registrar for 3 years.Volunteered with OMHA, High River Flyers and High Country Rockies as a hockey parent volunteer. Very recently (November of 2019) went into business with family by opening a children’s clothing store in the heart of downtown Okotoks. A completely new venture!
Is a retired Banker and stay at home mom and joined this group to try and help make a difference.
Business owner for 30 years in Calgary and Okotoks, married 30 yrs with 3 children
Proud member of the Blood Tribe Kainaiwa. My father is Hugh Dempsey, a renowned Alberta historian, curator of Glenbow Museum for many years, and writer who focused on native history.
My grandfather was the first treaty First Nation senator in Canada and was featured on Canada’s commemorative 150 anniversary $10 bill.
Property owner and landlord, including a historic house on Elma Street. Involved with the Okotoks Historical society and interested in the preservation of our local heritage.
Member of the Town of Okotoks Roger Brooks Downtown Steering Committee, member of Olde Towne Okotoks (volunteer, Membership Director and Vice President), founding member of the Okotoks Elma Street Business Group, and have an ongoing interest in the revitalization of our downtown.
Local Social media influencer with 5000 Facebook followers. Manager of several Facebook pages and Instagram accounts.
Member of local non profit organizations that focus on History, the Arts, Entrepreneurship and Business.
Shawn Boylan; Board Member:
A resident of Okotoks since Halloween 2000 where he raised two girls who attended Christ the Redeemer school division. Joined the Ratepayers Association to lend his voice to support the local municipal government. He is a determined believer in personal freedom above all else and that local governments is the best opportunity for direct interaction with our political decision makers.
Luzia Montens; Board Member:
Presently working at being retired from a 34-year career with Canada Post Corporation. Positions held included Postmaster at various communities in southern AB, Area Manager in Medicine Hat (territory north of Medicine Hat encompassing offices on the #9 Hwy, south to the US border, east to the SK border, and west to Bassano and Area Manager based in Okotoks (encompassing offices south of Calgary to Lethbridge and west to Lake Louise and points south along the Foothills to Hwy #3, east to Brooks) and Retail Business Manager in Calgary. Experience in these jobs included financial and business acumen with managing yearly budgets into the millions on the cost side with labour, facilities, & services and yearly budgets into the millions in revenue generation. Experience include customer service, private sector franchise and contracts, labour relations in working with various unions, human resources (including hiring and performance management), training & coaching, procurement including contractors & facilities, retail and contract sales, and project management.
Other activities include being a councillor in Rockyford, AB, being on the executive of various community associations including the past group in Sandstone neighborhood, various volunteering in groups including canvassing for Heart and Stroke, Cancer, and Diabetes. Familiar with AB landlord and tenant act due to owning rental property.