Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

  • Bruce Murray

    Bruce Murray


    Bruce is the President of Powder Mountain Energy, a junior oil and gas company focused on exploring, developing and strategically acquiring light oil resource opportunities in Western Canada. The company is a result of a merger between Passport Energy Ltd. and Amarok Energy Inc.

    Bruce is also the Chairman of Zorzal Incorporated, a start-up winery in Mendoza, Argentina.

    "The City of Calgary has been a tremendous place to live, work and bring up a family. I believe each citizen has the obligation to give back to their community. ARBI provides essential services to everyday Albertans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury or stroke. ARBI works hard and is successful at integrating these Albertans back into the community through their leading edge rehabilitation work."

    Bruce resides in Calgary with his wife, Kim, and their two sons.

  • Donald Staus

    Donald Staus


    Don received a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from Lakehead University in 1985 and has 27 years of oil and gas industry experience. Currently Don is founder, Chairman and CEO of Carrick Petroleum Inc. Carrick is a private oil and gas company focused in the Alberta foothills. Don founded Culane Energy Corp. (TSX-V) and served as President, CEO and a director of Culane from its commencement of operations in 2002 until its sale to Barrick Energy in July 2011.

    In May of 2007 Don suffered a dissection of his aortic arch. His prognosis was that survival was not possible. He did survive the surgery however, and spent the next two weeks in a drug induced coma. When he awoke it was apparent that he had suffered a stroke, resulting in brain injury that left the entire left side of his body paralyzed. This was devastating news for his family who was informed that Don would need to be transferred to Ponoka for stroke rehab. During his medical crisis, Don gained a special insight into the world of a stroke survivor. One day President and CEO of successful oil company, the next day, stroke survivor. He remembers that being unable to communicate was a terrifying experience.

    “I remember screaming inside my mind and no one being able to hear me. Then I was able to scream and became so violent that half of me had to be restrained but I still made no sense to anyone. With time I slowly started to recover and was able to communicate more and control my thoughts.” Over a period of two months the effects of the stroke diminished to the point where Don was able to regain most of the use of the left side of his body and the effects of the brain injury became minimal. Around this time Don met with long time friend, Bruce Murray. Bruce introduced him to ARBI. Shortly after this meeting Don joined the ARBI Board. In June 2012, Don became the Vice-President of ARBI. 

  • Brent Kraus

    Brent Kraus


    Brent is a partner of Bennett Jones LLP, a national law firm, where he focuses on public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions involving clients in the upstream and midstream energy and oilfield services industries. Prior to joining Bennett Jones, he served as law clerk to Mr. Justice J.C. Major at the Supreme Court of Canada. Brent is also a director of the Galileo Education Network.

    When asked why he joined ARBI’s Board of Directors he replies, “ARBI fulfills a unique role for its clients, providing a service not offered elsewhere. ARBI is dedicated to improving the quality of life of brain injury survivors. When you meet ARBI's dedicated staff, and see the differences that ARBI make in its client's lives, it is obvious that you've encountered something special.”

Members of the Board

  • Diane Beattie

    Diane Beattie

    Diane Beattie worked in the land development and home building industry for 27 years. She is currently a Partner at Oakmont Custom Builders. She was one of the co-founders of the GlenEagles Charity Classic, now known as the PriddisGreens Charity Classic, to support and raise money for prostate cancer.

    Diane joined ARBI’s Board of Directors in 2009 and was Chairman of the Golf Committee working with the Willow Park Charity Classic to raise over $460,000 for ARBI. She continues to co-chair an annual fundraising golf tournament for ARBI that has raised over $537,000 in the past four years.

    Diane is a longtime friend and supporter of ARBI. She joined ARBI’s board because she believes in the services. “The ARBI staff and volunteers are so caring and offer amazing rehabilitation. I wanted to be a part of such a great organization and give back to the community.”

  • Cheryl Bourne

    Cheryl Bourne

    Cheryl first became aware of ARBI as a teenager back in the seventies when her good friend’s mother started working with a young man with a brain injury, whose family was told there was no hope for recovery.  Over the years, Cheryl saw the incredible results that Audrey Morrice was achieving with survivors. Cheryl followed ARBI’s successful transition into a United Way sponsored Agency. When given the opportunity to join the board, Cheryl was thrilled.

    Cheryl, a chartered accountant with over 30 years experience, held positions ranging from CFO of numerous small public companies to Director, Finance at AltaLink. She believes she can add value to ARBI’s board with financial oversight. Cheryl’s interests include squash, water polo, fitness, x-country skiing, cycling and bridge.  Her sports passion was put on hold for many years when she suffered a saddle pulmonary embolism and stroke in 2005.  She understands the commitment and hard work that survivors undergo to get their life back to an optimal working state.  Although she was not a client of ARBI, she is extremely moved by the services that ARBI provides.

  • Randy Fowler

    Randy Fowler

    Before Randy’s car crash in 1982, he had an aspiring career in professional football. He played with the Calgary Colts, Calgary Mohawks and the Medicine Hat Rattlers. In his final year with the Rattlers, Randy was invited to the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s training camp. However, all of Randy’s dreams came to an abrupt halt when he suffered a traumatic brain injury due to driving under the influence of alcohol. He was involved in a serious car crash that killed his best friend and left him in a coma. When he awoke from his coma, he learned he had sustained a severe traumatic brain injury. 

    In 1985, Randy began a rehabilitation program at ARBI. He made tremendous strides during this time and his incredible motivation to overcome the next hurdle had a ripple effect on the other clients in the program.

    Randy is a compelling motivational speaker and his message has a lasting impact on audiences. He is a preferred keynote speaker at national brain injury conferences and a sought-after presenter by United Way of Calgary & Area during their annual campaign. Randy also volunteers his time assisting ARBI and other non-profits with annual fundraising events.

    One of Randy’s many outstanding contributions is his more than 20 years of dedicated volunteer work with the PARTY (Prevention of Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program, educating students on the importance of making safe choices. His personal story and positive approach leaves an incredible impact on these young people and their future decisions.

    In 2012, Randy received the Prime Minister’s Award for life-long volunteer achievement for his work in educating youth about the risks of drinking and driving.

  • Darrell Haase

    Darrell Haase

    After visiting ARBI several years ago, and helping out with the annual ARBI Charity Classic, Darrell became a true fan of what ARBI does for the community and the clients they help. “How could I not get involved after meeting the wonderful staff and volunteers and seeing the huge difference they make in the lives of the clients?”

    Darrell has over 30 years’ experience in the home building industry in the Calgary area. In 2001, he was the founding partner of what became a very successful custom home building company. By customer referral, the award winning company grew to building over 30 custom homes a year. Darrell sold his interest in the rapidly growing company in 2013 deciding to get back to the grassroots of what custom home building means to him, constructing fewer homes with direct personal service, and Oakmont Custom Builders was born.

  • Steve Hager

    Steve Hager

    Steve Hager is a Geologist and Senior Exploration Analyst for Canadian Discovery Ltd., an oil and gas consulting company (since 1994).

    Born in Detroit, Michigan, he has lived in Calgary since 1967.

    Steve’s son Mike became an ARBI client after sustaining a severe brain injury in an automobile crash in November 2006. Inspired by ARBI’s vision, he joined the Fund Development Committee and became an ARBI board member in 2007.

    Steve has two sons; Jim and Mike, one daughter; Christina and two granddaughters. 

    Steve enjoys golf and cherishes his role as a grandparent.

  • Lorn Howes

    Lorn Howes

    Lorn Howes worked for the Calgary Fire Department for 33 years.

    He retired in 2004, but not before he began to volunteer for ARBI’s On-site program.

    He started volunteering with his brother Nonnie, after Nonnie sustained a severe brain injury on his farm. Three days a week Lorn volunteered to help Nonnie with his rehab. Nonnie has since graduated ARBI’s On-site program. Thirteen years later, Lorn still volunteers twice a week. He has worked with many clients, helping them achieve their goals.

    Lorn joined ARBI’s Board in 2006, because he truly believed in ARBI’s services. His unique perspective, from both a family member of a survivor, and a volunteer, has made his relationship with ARBI a dedicated and enthusiastic one.

  • Brandy Hunter
  • Meghan J. Meger

    Meghan J. Meger

    Meghan Meger is the President of National Bank Private Banking 1859 Western Canada.

    Meghan has almost 30 years of experience in providing services to ultra-high-net-worth families at BMO Private Banking and Royal Bank of Canada and an established network in Western Canada. Because she personally cultivated long-term client relationships with key community leaders, significant families and business owners, she has been a keen insight into the unique needs of the clientele, and is able to translate her specialized skillset, strong work ethic and drive for success into the professional development of her team.

    She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). In addition, she holds the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) and PFP® (Personal Financial Planner) designations and the FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) certification from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

    Meghan's commitment to her clients is a passion that extends well beyond the workplace. She has sat on family boards and acted as a special advisor providing financial information and advice to prominent Canadian families. She joined the ARBI Board in 2015.

  • Bruce Shultz

    Bruce Shultz

    Bruce Shultz has been involved with the Oil and Gas Industry in Canada and Internationally for over 35 years. He graduated from University of Waterloo with an Honours BSc in Earth Sciences in 1979. After several years in Mineral Exploration, Bruce came to Calgary as a Petroleum Geologist with Gulf Canada Resources. Bruce has held various technical and management positions with large and medium sized oil and gas producers. In 1997 Bruce struck out to start his own private exploration Company; Rubicon Energy Corporation. Rubicon was sold to a publicly traded company in 2003; after which Bruce started a second private exploration company, Huron Energy Corp. That company was successfully sold in 2012 to another publically traded oil and gas producer.
    Bruce is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Huron Resources Corp. Huron is a private, exploration focused Oil and Gas Company, active in Alberta and N.E.B.C. portions of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
    Bruce has volunteered for many non-profit organizations over the years. Including the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; the Calgary 88 Winter Olympic Organizing Committee and most recently as a Board Member with Glenbow Art Museum.
    Bruce has three daughters and two grandchildren. All live in Calgary.
  • Bob Steele

    Bob Steele

    Bob Steele is an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a professional engineer and is currently an independent businessman with over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. 

    He has previously held senior management roles with Imperial Oil Limited and Canadian Hunter Exploration Limited. In 1994 Bob resigned from Hunter to form Stellarton Energy Corporation. The company grew successful and was sold in 2001. In 2002 Bob became the CEO of a technology company that was transformed in 2003 into Berens Energy Ltd.  Berens was successfully built and sold in early 2010. Currently Bob is a director of three TSX listed companies, Technicoil Corp., Bengal Energy Ltd. and Skywest Energy Ltd. as well as a member of several private company and charitable boards. 

    Bob joined the ARBI Board in 2010 after he and his wife, Pat, had been supporters for about a decade. In fact Pat had been one of the volunteers in the late 1990s. He believes the organization is fulfilling a real and critical need and doing it very effectively and efficiently. It was time to help further!

  • Doug Webb

    Doug Webb

    Doug Webb has been an active member of the Calgary community for most of his life and enjoys participating in various local charitable causes, events and activities with his family.

    Doug has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Leicester. Previously, Doug was the Managing Partner of SDS Consulting Corporation where he enjoyed working with numerous companies facilitating business consulting, training or auditing engagements. Doug sold his ownership in the company and then moved to Phoenix Technology Services where he is currently employed as the Global Quality, Health, Safety & Environment Manager and Compliance Officer. 

    Doug has served on several non-profit boards and was introduced to ARBI through a friend and past board member. Doug received a tour of the organization and was really taken with the passion of ARBI’s staff and volunteers. Learning about the holistic approach to rehabilitation for the clients and their families coupled with the level of personal care being provided was truly inspiring. Doug served for a year on the Fund Development Committee and then joined the Board full-time in 2012.

Non-Voting Members

  • Mary Ellen Neilson
    Executive Director, ARBI

    Mary Ellen Neilson

    Executive Director, ARBI

    Mary Ellen's career prior to ARBI was as a financial services executive at BMO with expertise in wealth management, private equity, corporate finance and risk management. Her leadership strengths include operations expertise and client relationship management, with a solid governance background achieved through board experience in both public and non-profit sectors. Her education includes the Institute of Canadian Directors (ICD.D), Master of Business Administration from York University (Schulich), Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calgary and CMA designation from Society of Management Accountants. Mary Ellen is a native Albertan originally from a farm in the Carstairs area. She is married with two adult children. 

  • Derek Bechthold
    Fund Development & Communications Director

    Derek Bechthold

    Fund Development & Communications Director

    Derek comes with a myriad of experience having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. He has fundraised for the social services sector; the arts and post-secondary institutions; for agencies with budgets of $500,000 to $20 million; and in large fundraising departments to the single person shop. He has also volunteered through numerous Board and committee opportunities – from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Calgary Chapter to Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, Kinsmen Club of Calgary and Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial. 

    Throughout his career, Derek has had a deep commitment to the nonprofit sector and fundraising profession – ultimately creating synergies between donors and the organizations they love.