Published On: May 10, 2023

Message from Stephanie Dobson, Chair, Board of Directors:

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Byron Chan’s appointment to Executive Director, Alberta Law Foundation, beginning July 1, 2023.

Byron’s appointment is the result of a several-month Executive Director recruitment and orderly succession process undertaken by the board of the Law Foundation in anticipation of the planned retirement of Deborah Duncan.

Byron brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our organization, and we are thrilled to have him join us. He has a proven track record of success in the non-profit sector through his previous role as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Kindred Connections Society and their fundraising arm, the Unlocking Potential Foundation. During his tenure, he led the development and execution of the organization’s strategic plans, revamped its community relations strategy to sustain it through and beyond COVID-19 and was the architect behind the organization’s successful rebranding.

In addition to his recent experience, Byron contributed to humanitarian efforts with Hands at Work in Africa, an international non-governmental organization that aids vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, he worked in commercial banking law as an associate with Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP.

Byron, a born and raised Calgarian, is a devoted husband and father to three young children, who keep him busy with their various athletic and extracurricular activities. In his leisure time, he enjoys coaching his children’s teams and contributing to his community by volunteering on the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation’s Calgary Community Board.

Our board believes Byron’s history with strategic planning, commitment to community, and unique mix of skills and leadership qualities position him for success in leading our organization forward. He will work closely with our staff, board, and stakeholders to ensure we continue to lead and support accessible justice for all Albertans.

On behalf of the board, I congratulate Byron on his new role with the Law Foundation.

On behalf of the board, I also sincerely thank Deborah Duncan for her dedication to the organization for the past 15 years, including the last 8 years as Executive Director. We wish her all the best in her upcoming retirement.

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