“ARBI provides an atmosphere that is caring and client oriented. The staff and volunteers have a level of optimism, enthusiasm and passion that is not often found elsewhere.”

- Arlin Pachet, PhD, CPsych

Our Team & Board

Together, We Achieve…

ARBI’s team of experienced personnel and dedicated volunteers have diverse professional and educational backgrounds. Our medical professionals, who have extensive experience in neurorehabilitation, include:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Community Rehabilitation Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Rehabilitation Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

Brain injury survivors and their caregivers are also an integral part of the ARBI team. Working together creates an atmosphere of respect and trust with the clients’ goals at the forefront. This synergy has helped individuals achieve their goals, regain their independence and live their best possible life.

“The multidisciplinary staff of ARBI is committed to integrating the most current brain research with informed clinical practice in a setting that is respectful, caring, and fully dedicated to the well-being of all their clients and families.”

Donald H. Saklofske, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean Research, University of Calgary

Board of Directors

ARBI’s Board of Directors work tirelessly to see our vision come to life, supporting the needs of our team, and helping our clients gain access to the resources they need.

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree and holds his Certified Human Resources Professional designation with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross Gilker, Acting President

Ross is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education degree and holds his Certified Human Resources Professional designation with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta.

Ross is the owner and President of Gilker McRae Ltd. He leads the overall management and business development of the company and he provides transition and consulting services. Ross has prior experience in business ownership in the career transition and franchising industry which he readily shares with those interested in pursuing entrepreneurship. With qualifications and certifications in several psychometric assessment tools he has assisted many individuals to find their passion and to identify their ideal work.

After a stroke in 2007, Ross has dedicated himself to raising money for various charities through his cycle club, CycleTherapy. This group has supported the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, MS Bike Ride and more recently has sponsored their own annual 100 km ride with funds going to support KidSport and the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. For his commitment to community service, he was honored with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta’s Community Champion Award in 2013.

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik is currently an MD student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. In July 2020, Erik completed his PhD in neuroscience specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik Fraunberger, Secretary

Erik is currently an MD student at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. In July 2020, Erik completed his PhD in neuroscience specializing in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Having a father who suffered a severe TBI and understanding the difficulty of the rehabilitation process, Erik wanted to do what he could to facilitate the recovery of other individuals suffering from an acquired brain injury. Erik worked with numerous clients over his four-year term as a volunteer, gaining an understanding of the value that volunteers bring to the ARBI community and the integral role they play in making ARBI the success that it is.

Erik is a member of the Scientific Review Panel for the Branch Out Neurological Foundation and is the current Chair of the Student Run Clinic at the Mustard Seed in downtown Calgary.

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA who articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson Ross, Treasurer

Orson has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA who articled with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Orson has held various senior leadership roles including director, treasurer and vice president with public companies in Calgary such as Talisman Energy, Petro-Canada, Suncor, Canexus, TransAlta and Source Energy. Orson is currently the Vice President Finance at Dexterra Group Inc (formerly Horizon North) where he has responsibilities for financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and analysis and tax compliance.

Orson is a finance professional with 20+ years of experience in both public accounting and industry, predominantly with public companies.

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard has worked and studied in the field of human services for 45 years, retiring from public service in 2018.

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard

Dr. Alex Hillyard has worked and studied in the field of human services for 45 years, retiring from public service in 2018. Alex has an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.

During his career, Alex has had frontline and senior executive leadership positions working across the lifespan from infant and preschool intervention programs to public education and adult services. The first 25 years involved infant and preschool intervention, mental health services, and public education. The last 20 years were spent with disability services in positions as Chief Executive Officer for the North East Alberta Community Board (1998 – 2005), the Calgary Region Community Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (2005 – 2014) and as Regional Director, Disability Services, Calgary Region (2014-2018).

The core of Alex’s passion has been to help build the capacity of communities and family/social networks to support children, adolescents, and adults to have a meaningful life. Alex has served on advisory committees for the Community Rehabilitation Programs at Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton), University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University (Calgary). Alex has received awards of recognition and appreciation from parent groups, service providers/organizations and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service.

Brandy Hunter

Brandy Hunter

Brandy’s passion for health and rehabilitation began in 1997 when she started volunteering with ARBI.

Brandy Hunter

Brandy Hunter

Brandy’s passion for health and rehabilitation began in 1997 when she started volunteering with ARBI. Seeing firsthand the difference organizations like ARBI can make to people's lives inspired her to pursue rehabilitation as a career. This led to her experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in neurology and mental health for 5 years.

Brandy is currently the CEO and co-founder of Sleep Culture, a company dedicated to improving quality of life through sleep. She leads the strategic direction and business development of this fast-growing start-up. Sleep Culture has enabled her to give back in a larger capacity by combining her education, a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, and previous corporate, health and rehabilitation experience to shift the way organizations view sleep and facilitate change to ensure sleep is a priority.

Previously, Brandy was the Vice President of Operations for a multiproduct SaaS Company where she was responsible for the integration of acquisitions, right sizing and scaling for new products by driving the vision and go-to-market strategies.

She has always believed in people and community first and received Calgary's Top Manager award in 2013 for her excellence in this arena.

Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 1982. Jim is a Calgary-based independent businessman with over 35 years of experience.

Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, from the University of New Brunswick in 1982. Jim is a Calgary-based independent businessman with over 35 years of diverse oil and gas industry, technical, managerial, and board experience.

Jim was previously Founder and Chairman or CEO of four publicly listed oil and gas exploration and production companies: Twin Butte Energy Ltd., Prairie Schooner Petroleum Ltd., Great Northern Exploration Ltd., and Ionic Energy Inc.

Jim previously served as Chairman of the Board of Savanna Energy Services and as a Director of RMP Energy Inc., both publicly traded (TSX) companies. Jim acted as an advisor to three private equity funds specializing in emerging opportunities in the energy services business.

Jim’s historic volunteer activities have included The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, Alberta Alpine Ski Association, and United Way of Calgary.

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

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.

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

Randy Fowler, Lifetime Director

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 and Area during their annual campaign. Randy also volunteers his time assisting ARBI and other non-profits with annual fundraising events.

Randy’s 20+ years of volunteer work with the PARTY (Prevention of Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) Program has been spent 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.