Board & Committees
To achieve the Association's objectives, the DBA relies on the support of its Board of Directors and four distinct advisory committees.
The Board of Directors plays a pivotal role in directing the areas of the Downtown Business Association’s operations, including Planning, Marketing and Events, Economic Development and Finance, and Management. The members on the Board of Directors are appointed by City Council and represent the diverse needs and interests of the Association's constitution and Downtown Edmonton. The Board of Directors meet regularly to review Committee actions and approve the priorities for future Association endeavours, as well as approve and implement the strategies and tactics developed in the Strategic Plan.
DBA 2017 Board of Directors:
CHAIR - Alyson Hodson, zag Creative Group Inc.
VICE CHAIR - Gord Rajewski, Williams Engineering Canada
TREASURER - Rick Mussenden, KPMG LLP
Director - Robert Bothwell, Bennett Jones
DIRECTOR - Patrick Saurette, The Marc Restaurant
Dr. David Atkinson, Grant MacEwan University
Teresa Clouston, ATB Financial
Joumana Ghandour, The Westin Edmonton
Chris Graham, Shoppers Drug Mart
Ian Large, Leger Marketing
Michael MacBeath, EPCOR
Sheldon Magnes, Imperial Parking
Casey McClelland, Colliers International
Linda Wedman, The Works Society
EX-OFFICIO - Walter Trocenko, City of Edmonton - Sustainable Development
Executive Director - Ian O'Donnell, Downtown Business Association of Edmonton
Business Recruitment Committee
The Business Recruitment Committee is part of the Economic Development function of the Association. This project originated as an initiative of the Capital City Downtown Plan. The purpose of the committee is to promote and encourage business development in the downtown by:
• Business Development – To assist new businesses starting up in the downtown core. The main objective will be to provide services that will assist in fast-tracking the process to establish a positive downtown business environment.
• Business Retention – To retain existing businesses in the downtown core. This objective involves encouraging businesses to stay downtown by providing them with any information they require to make educated, well-informed decisions.
The Executive Committee is within the management function of the Association. Its purpose is to recommend policy, monitor the implementation of the Strategic Plan, review Committee Reports, make recommendations to the Board of Directors and provide input on overall staff operations. The Executive Committee is also responsible for the finances and financial procedures of the Association.
The Marketing Committee is a key component of the Marketing, Communications, Promotions and Special Events function of the Association. The committee is made up of marketing and media professionals from a broad range of downtown businesses who donate their time and expertise.
The objective of this committee is to give input on the marketing of events and promotions that create and support the downtown image; as well as publications and programs that promote networking opportunities for businesses and local residents. The goal is to consistently create the image that Downtown Edmonton is the preferred place to live, work, shop, play, and learn.
The Operations Committee works extensively with various departments of the City of Edmonton regarding infrastructure and security issues. The objectives of the committee include proactive projects and monitoring in the areas of downtown beautification, maintenance, parking, safety, security, and operational matters in both public and private sectors.