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MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans, Calgary-Varsity

Father we pray for MLA Donna Kennedy-Glans today, asking that she would be
strong and full of courage as she faces the many needs of those she serves. May
she always be known for the kindness and compassion she shows. Bless her as she
comes and goes throughout her day and favour her with good friends and close
family. In Jesus name, Amen

Donna Kennedy-Glans was elected as the Member of the Legislative
Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Varsity on April 23, 2012. Donna chairs the
Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and is a member of the Special
Standing Committee on Members´ Services. As well, she is a member of Treasury
Board and the Alberta government´s Ministerial Working Group on Natural
Resources and Environment.

Previously Donna served as a member of the Standing Committee on Private

Donna was born near Tillsonburg, Ontario, and was raised on a cattle
farm in rural southwestern Ontario, where her parents and extended family
continue to farm today. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a
bachelor of arts degree in 1981 and earned her bachelor of laws degree from the
University of Western Ontario in 1984.

Since moving to Calgary in 1984, Donna has worked as a lawyer,
businesswoman and leader in the energy sector. Highlights of her 28-year career
in this sector include:
  • Lawyer
    and negotiator with TransCanada Pipelines´ exploration and production
    company during the deregulation of energy markets in the 1980s;
  • Corporate
    executive and first female vice-president with Nexen Inc., an upstream oil
    and gas company, where she was responsible for managing above ground risks
    in domestic and international projects from 1991 to 2001; and
  • Independent
    consultant, advising global energy operators on how to manage
    non-technical risks in resource projects over the past decade.
Donna founded Bridges Social Development in 2002, and served as its
executive director until 2011. Bridges is a volunteer organization that brings
together local champions and Canadian experts to train and mentor community
leaders in health care, law, journalism, education and politics in countries
like Yemen, Egypt, Oman, India and Nepal. In 2008, a global youth social
entrepreneurship initiative was launched, focusing on training youth leaders in
Canada, including youth from Diaspora, First Nations and Métis communities.

Donna is lead author of Corporate Integrity: A Toolkit for
Managing beyond Compliance
, published in 2005 by John Wiley & Sons. Her
second book, Unveiling the Breath: One Woman´s Journey into
Understanding Islam and Gender Equality
 was published in 2009. In
2007, she was awarded a Global Woman of Vision Award and was named a
‘Compelling Calgarian’ by the Calgary Herald in 2010. Donna is
a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Calgary´s Haskayne School of

While Donna has worked in more than 35 countries around the world, she
has lived in Calgary-Varsity for the past 20 years with her husband, Laurie
Glans. Together they have raised three sons, who are either attending, or have
graduated from, university. In addition to volunteering with local community,
inter-cultural and interfaith groups, she enjoys hiking, biking and working in
her garden.

March 18, 2013