Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta - Discipline and Appeal Tribunals Roster of Public Members
Steven Armstrong obtained a Master’s of Science from the University of London. Steven spent 22 years in the Canadian Army as an infantry soldier and retired in 1998 as a Company Sergeant Major. Steven has also worked with the Canadian Red Cross, planning and leading relief and recovery responses for the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, the 2013 Alberta floods, the 2011 Slave Lake fires, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and others. Steven also has extensive experience serving quasi-judicial and judicial bodies as an investigator, an adjudicator and a governance advisor.
Erika Bottcher was counsel with both the Department of Justice, Canada, later known as PPSC and the Attorney General of Alberta. She represented the Crown in all levels of Court after obtaining her LLB in 1988. As Crown Counsel, she has considerable quasi-judicial experience and has proven ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including but not limited to government regulatory and investigative agencies.
Shari-Anne is a small business owner with a 20-year background in municipal administration and consulting. She provides governance training and has held several provincial appointments as a municipal inspector to evaluate municipal processes, legislative compliance and the conduct of officials in various Alberta communities. Shari-Anne has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and is a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb).
Stephanie Fleck has completed a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Geology, and a Masters of Science in Environmental Practice. Stephanie is currently a Regulatory Affairs Advisor with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists. She has experience in environmental projects related to the oil and gas industry as well as agriculture and geological projects in the energy industry.
Adam Letourneau, QC is a lawyer, arbitrator and mediator who works with clients and parties to help them solve their legal disputes. He has significant board and committee experience as a Bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, a Director of Legal Aid Alberta, and ADR Institutes of Alberta and Canada. Adam is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator and was appointed as Queen's Counsel by the Minister of Justice. He holds a Juris Doctor (Alberta) and postgraduate LLM from University of London in international dispute resolution.
John Lindsay is a retired property assessor/appraiser and senior manager. He was employed by The City of Calgary, Assessment business unit for purpose of property assessment/taxation, and liaised with the public, all levels of government, corporate management and various provincial government and private interest groups. John has a diploma in Property Appraisal and Assessment Administration and numerous post-secondary certificates related to the property appraisal field. He holds a professional designation of Accredited Municipal Assessor of Alberta (AMAA), with the Alberta Assessors’ Association which is registered under the Professional and Occupational Associations Registrations Act (POARA). John is registered with two industry associations where, as a member, has been engaged in numerous governance activities including board president, director, and committee appointments. He has served as a board member on several member discipline hearings under (POARA).
Tammy McCorkell is the Executive Director of a Provincial Harm Reduction Agency. The role furthers her work with strategic direction, governance and advocacy for vulnerable populations. As a CPHR, she specializes in corporate training and strength based leadership development. She has spent the last decade working within the Justice System, providing training to quasi-judicial boards in areas such as leadership, conflict resolution, administrative law, natural justice and the Youth Criminal Justice Act. She has extensive experience in community development, crime prevention, sentence adjudication, interpreting policy and legislation as well as program development and facilitation. Tammy has previously served on the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Income Support Appeals Boards. She currently sits on the City of Calgary’s Assessment Review Board and on the Council of the College of Alberta Denturists Regulatory Board. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) and holds a Degree in Communication and Culture (BCC) from the University of Calgary.
Barbara McKinley attended the University of Alberta and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Music degree. As owner of The Worker's Advocate, Ms. McKinley has over 20 years of experience assisting Albertans who have been injured on the job. She has volunteered for the Royal Alberta Museum and the Northern Alberta Co-operative Housing Association and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hromada Housing Co-operative. She is a public member of the Alberta Consumer Appeal Board and Vice-Chair of the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board. Ms. McKinley was awarded an honourary membership to Local 110 of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers for her years of assistance to members suffering from the effects of asbestos exposure.
Debi Piecowye is a lawyer who has extensive administrative law experience. She has appeared before many tribunals and all levels of the Alberta Courts. She provides legal advice on a variety of matters to the Edmonton City Council and senior management. In addition to attaining an LLB with Distinction, she also earned an MBA from the University of Alberta. She holds a Certificate in Negotiation from Osgood Hall Law School of York University and a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan.
Stuart Weatherill is a lawyer and partner with the Emery Jamieson LLP law firm. Stuart is a former Council member of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Art Gallery.
Michael D. Baron is a Tenancy Dispute Officer who adjudicates landlord and tenant disputes at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS). Michael has conducted numerous discipline and appeal hearings for CPA Alberta (formerly ICAA) as a public member. He has certification in Tribunal Administrative Justice and Arbitration and is a Qualified Mediator. Michael holds a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology fro the University of Winnipeg. He also holds a Management Development Certificate from the University of Alberta.
Geoff Chow has a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and holds a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) designation from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice. He is a retired Professional Biologist and is a retired Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (M.C.I.P.) and the Alberta Professional Planners Institute. Geoff has served on the Chartered Professional Accountants Alberta (CPA) Discipline and Appeals Tribunal Roster for several terms and is cross-appointed for Alberta Institute of Agrologists Hearing Tribunals and Complaint Review Committee. His previous work in the field of environmental regulatory management included hearing management and participation, which provided tribunal process and panel member experience. This has been supplemented by the completion of the CPA Tribunal Roster Training.
Leo Flaman is a retired Engineer who had worked in the design and construction, and electric power generation facilities. Leo has committee experience with the APEGA Investigative and Discipline Committees and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Natural Resources Committee. He is a registered professional engineer, a fellow of Engineers Canada and a fellow of the Canadian Society of Senior Engineers. Leo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Jim McCartney is an arbitrator and mediator who works with parties to resolve disputes outside of the court system. Jim is a director of ADR Institute of Canada and Centre for Public Legal Education in Alberta. He has also been a director of ADR Institute of Alberta and Alberta Law Foundation. He was Chair of the OCO '88 insurance committee and Vice President of Udderly Art. Jim is a Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Mediator (ADR Institute of Canada).
Sharon McMullan-Baron is a teacher and has extensive board expertise in education, literacy, public libraries, public radio, social services and the arts and culture community. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg. She had also received the Alberta Library Trustees Award, Pride of Strathcona Award and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Tom was elected to Whitecourt Town Council in October 2017. In addition to Landfill, Victim Services, Compensation, and Municipal Planning Board positions, he is also Chair of the Protective Services Committee. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science. In 2005, Tom retired from the RCMP and has recently retired from a Safety Management position. Tom is a member of ALERT’s Civilian Advisory Board, and the Alberta CPA Discipline Board. In 2017, he received the Governor-General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers.
Patricia Wheadon is the Assistant Registrar of the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists. She has experience on the Chartered Professional Accountants Discipline and Appeal Tribunals Roster. Patricia is a certified Investigator/Inspector and holds a Certificate of Tribunal Administrative Justice (CTAJ).
Randy Yatscoff is the Exec VP of TEC Edmonton, a business whose purpose is to accelerate growth of emerging tech-based companies. Randy Yatscoff has served as a director on many boards, and is currently serving for BioAlberta, Knights of Columbus and Edm Christmas Bureau. He has also served as a public member on a disciplinary committee for CPA Alberta since 2011. Randy Yatscoff is also an Adjunct Professor at the U of A. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from McMaster and received the Nat'l Life Time Achievement Award from Start-up Canada.
Charmaine Coutinho is a lawyer specializing in administrative law. In addition to her private practice, she also volunteers with Calgary Legal Guidance. Before she started her legal practice, Charmaine earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Jurisprudence. Her career has given her opportunities to understand regulatory agencies, frameworks and mandates, and administrative decision-making. During her career, Charmaine has acted in both impartial and advocacy roles – accustomed to the standards of collegiality and fairness in advocacy, and the requirements of fairness, impartiality, and open-mindedness in adjudication. In addition to acting as pro bono legal counsel with CLG, Charmaine volunteers with Junior Achievement as a teacher.