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ATRF welcomes four new board members

January 17, 2017 ATA News Staff

The Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund has four new board members. Marvin Romanow is the newest appointee of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, while three new members have been appointed by the provincial government.

Overall, the board has eight members — four appointed by government and four ­appointed by the Association. Here is a brief biography of each new member.


  Marvin Romanow
Marvin Romanow is a corporate director and executive in residence at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also chairman of Freehold Royalties, a commissioner of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing ­Commission and the former CEO of Nexen Inc.
John Butler
John Butler’s 37-year career includes having been a partner at the law firm Torys LLP, a senior executive at Barrick Gold Corporation and, for the last 11 years of his career, the senior managing director, general counsel and corporate secretary of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Butler is currently also a director of BristolGate Capital Corporation and Badminton Canada.
Catherine Connolly
Catherine Connolly is the founder and president of Gist Solutions, a strategic planning, project management and change integration firm. Connolly was previously CFO of several junior oil and gas companies and formerly a vice-president at the Ontario Municipal Retirement System (OMERS). Previously, Connolly held a variety of positions with Canadian Pacific Railway, including responsibility for the defined benefit pension plan. She holds a PhD from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queens University.
Kareen Stangherlin
Kareen Stangherlin is the co-founder of Zelos Capital Ltd., an investment and advisory firm focused on facilitating inbound Canadian investment for foreign capital. She was previously the CFO and CCO of several private equity and alternative investment firms. Stangherlin currently serves on the Canadian CFA Societies’ Advocacy Council and is a board member for the Calgary Search and Rescue Association as well as the Lougheed House Conservation Society. Stangherlin is a chartered professional accountant, a chartered financial analyst and a certified financial planner.

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