Our team

  • Aaron JonesDirector - Western Chapter

    Cybertech Automation

    Aaron Jones P.Eng. has 17 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer designing, commissioning and managing control system projects in forest products and oil and gas industries.  Prior to joining Cybertech Automation, he worked at Weyerhaeuser and Talisman Energy in Grande Prairie, AB.  He has worked over the years in numerous provinces and states and brings a wealth of information on various technologies and industries and currently holds Engineering permits in Alberta, British Columbian and Ontario.  He has recently led his company in the incorporation of their American operation.

  • David GambleDirector - Western Chapter

    David is a natural leader with a background in communications, business analysis, and academia. After earning two graduate degrees and teaching for several years at the post-secondary level, David sought out new challenges in the corporate sphere. In 2011, he moved from London, Ontario to Calgary, Alberta and applied his advanced academic training first to technical writing for Talisman Energy, and then to business analysis for Pembina Pipeline. As David transitioned from creating department-level documentation to company-wide management systems, he was quick to notice the integral role that effective knowledge management plays in the success of expanding companies. In 2012, David and Lee combined their unique skill sets to create Dandly, Inc., a full-service management consulting company with a reputation for excellence and integrity.

    David’s roles, but particularly at Talisman (working in North American Operations) and Dandly, have included extensive experience with creating documentation, communications, and consulting for American jurisdictions. His role at AMCHAM Canada (West) includes a focus on marketing, communications, and active participation on the board in general. He chairs the Communications Committee.

  • Bryant AndrusChair - Western Chapter

    Vice President Canadian Operations – KeatsConnelly

    Bryant is President of KeatsConnelly, the largest cross-border wealth management firm in North America that specializes in helping Canadians and Americans realize their dreams of a cross-border lifestyle. In this role, Bryant develops, coordinates, and implements his clients’ comprehensive cross-border financial plans and services. In addition, Bryant is responsible for business development activities in Western Canada, where he also serves as a member of Rotary International, and as the Chair of the western chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Canada. Bryant is a frequent speaker on topics that include: Canadians owning real estate in the US, cross-border retirement planning, and cross-border living, and conducts TEC presentations in both the US and Canada throughout the year. Bryant and his family relocated to Calgary in May of 2012 to open and run the Canadian arm of KeatsConnelly.

  • Todd VanVlietVice Chair - Western Chapter

    President and General Counsel – Frac Shack

     J. Todd Van Vliet, B.A., LL.B., has 20 years of experience in the private practice of law before joining with the other founding shareholders to form Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc.  In 2011, he took their new invention, called the “Frac Shack™” to market in a new spinoff venture which resulted in being awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Prairie Region for Emerging Entrepreneurs in 2015. This business now operates in Western Canada and five U.S. states. Todd has extensive experience advising corporations and owners, which has provided him with valuable insight into creating and attaining the performance goals for Environmental Refuelling Systems Inc. and also now Frac Shack International Inc.

  • Jim RowlingTreasurer - Western Chapter

    Partner, KPMG Canada

    Jim is the partner-in-charge of the US Corporate Tax Services practice in KPMG’s Calgary office. With nearly 30 years of US corporate tax experience, he specializes in advising Canadian-based multinational clients with structuring their business operations in the US in a tax-efficient manner as well as helping them navigate through the complex US federal and state tax regimes. Jim was based in Detroit, Michigan for ten years, followed by over three years in Sydney, Australia and nearly two years in Toronto, Ontario before joining KPMG’s Calgary office in 2002.  Jim specializes in advising Canadian multinational clients with cross-border transactions involving the U.S., including setting up, expanding, divesting and financing business operations in the U.S.  He has worked with a variety of clients in different business sectors, including Energy, Mining, Construction, Technology and Agriculture.  Jim is a member of the International Fiscal Association’s U.S. branch and the Canadian Petroleum Tax Society. He is also Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada – Western Chapter as well as a director on the national board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

  • Paul WaddellSecretary - Western Chapter

    Senior Business Development,  Cole International

    Paul is a native Calgarian whose career has spanned over 35 years in the third part party logistics industry.  Paul has an in-depth knowledge of Canadian and U.S. customs brokerage regulations as well as domestic, trans-border and international freight forwarding.  He has been employed for the past 25 years at Cole International, Inc.  – a wholly Canadian owned 3PL company – in the role of  Senior Business Development.  Paul is a Public Relations graduate from Mount Royal University.  He was an active member of The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA), where, for seven years he acted as an accreditation instructor, and served as President- CIFFA Prairie Division /CIFFA National Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995. Paul was also actively involved in the Calgary Chamber of Commerce as Chairman of the Transportation and Logistics Committee from 2004-2006 and recognized as Chair of the Year in 2006.  Paul subsequently served on the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2007-2013.  In 2015 he participated in revising the Competency Standards for International Trade Practitioners for the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).  FITT is a non-profit organization that provides international business training and professional certification as a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP).

  • Carla CampbellExecutive Director - Western Chapter

    Carla Campbell has a 25-year career building for profit and not-for profit organizations with expertise in marketing, business development, leadership and organizational strategy. Her experience includes private and non-profit organizations including Calgary Economic Development, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Petroleum HR Council, National Research Council of Canada (Industrial Research Assistance Program), Industry Canada & International Trade Canada, Shell Canada and the Alberta Science & Technology Leadership Awards Foundation. In these roles, she was able to grow organizations and lead industry, economic and arts development strategies in Canada and in the US.

  • Don CallisDirector – Western Chapter

    Manitoba Trade & Investment

    Don Callis is the President and CEO of Manitoba Trade and Investment, the lead provincial agency for international business development within the Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade.  Manitoba Trade and Investment worked with over 500 Manitoba companies last year and can provide service in 17 languages. After spending over five years working in the U.S., Don completed an MBA at the Asper School of Business in 2003.  Don began his career in government in 2004.  In 2010 Don assumed his current position as President and CEO, Manitoba Trade and Investment. Don holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and has completed executive education training at Queens University. Don is also an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business.

  • Saul AbramsDirector – Western Chapter

    Shea Nerland Calnan LLP

    With more than a decade of experience advice to Canadian investors with respect to tax efficient investment in US real estate, cross-border estate planning for families with members and assets in multiple jurisdictions and advice to US and Canadian businesses seeking tax efficient financing methods. Whether advising private equity funds, multi-national businesses, families or other clients, Saul’s focus is always on what is the client trying to accomplish rather than what legal options are available.  Mr. Abrams education includes Georgetown University Law Center, 2005, LL.M (Taxation) and University of Maryland School of Law, 2003, Juris Doctorate.

  • Shannon WilsonDirector – Western Chapter

    Shea Nerland Calnan LLP

    Shannon Wilson is an associate in the Business Law group at Shea Nerland Calnan LLP. She has experience working on a broad range of transactions for private and public entities, including private placements, going public transactions, corporate reorganizations, amalgamations, mergers and acquisitions, shareholders agreements, employment agreements, partnership matters, debt financing transactions for borrowers, securities enforcement and compliance matters and general corporate and commercial contract negotiations. Shannon provides practical and business-minded advice to owners, management teams, executives and employees. Shannon focuses on all aspects of employment law, including recruiting, hiring, managing the employment relationship, termination, employment standards, compensation and workplace investigation matters.