Natural Resources Conservation Board
Daniel Heaney has 30 years of experience on various aspects of sustainable agriculture including manure management in crop production systems. Dan has been a member of the academic staff at the University of Alberta, a research leader with Alberta Agriculture, senior executive positions in private industry, and served on various not for profit and corporate boards. Dan holds a Ph.D. in soil science from the University of Alberta and designations as a P.Ag. and C.C.A.
Dan has served on eight tribunals as an acting NRCB board member since October 2017.
Sandi Roberts has been a part-time NRCB board member since 2020 and was an acting board member from 2017 to 2020. She was an approval officer with the NRCB from 2002 to 2010. Sandi served as town councillor for Carstairs from 2010 to 2017, acting as chair or as a member on numerous committees including Policy and Governance, Municipal Development and the Municipal Planning Commission. She currently is a board member for an Assessment Review Board and for an Intermunicipal SDAB. Sandi holds a B.Sc. in agricultural engineering and is a P.Eng.
Earl Graham is a member of the Parkland Planning Services - Subdivision Appeal Board and of the Blue Mountain Power Co-op Board. Earl served on AAMDC (now RMA) from 2014 to 2017, as a Clearwater County Council member from 2004 to 2017 and was Deputy Reeve from 2009 to 2015. Earl currently serves as a board member for the Caroline Museum and the Caroline Chamber of Commerce, as Chair for the Caroline Volunteer Ambulance Board, and as a volunteer for the Caroline Ag Society. Earl has owned various businesses serving the Caroline community.
Walter Ceroici has experience with NRCB's quasi-judicial processes and has led policy development in several environmental areas, including risk management and groundwater assessments. Walther was involved in numerous provincial and federal committees charged with development of environmental guidelines for soil and water quality. Walter has a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo in Earth Sciences and is a member of APEGA.
Rich Smith is an agricultural engineer with over 40 years experience in the public and private sector working on resource management, strategic planning, and board governance for livestock producers and producer organizations. Rich is a member of the Board of Directors of the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA) and Ag for Life, and is a member of the NRCB/AOPA Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Rich is a Professional Engineer who holds a BSc. and MSc. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Alberta.
Darin Stepaniuk has worked in the legal and resource management fields for over 30 years and served as the Director of the Environmental Law Section of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General from 2009 to 2018. He received his King's Counsel designation in 2020. His extensive experience includes private law practice, work in the mining sector, post-secondary teaching, and representation of clients before public interest tribunals. Darin received his law degree and M.Sc. (renewable wildlife and rangeland resources) at the University of Alberta.