Duane brings diverse experience to the Prairie Sky Team as an exceptional strategist, relationship builder and trusted advisor who has worked across multiple sectors including energy, real estate, education, business development and technology.
Most recently, Duane worked as the Administrator/ Principal Advisor to the Chair of the board of the Real Estate Council of Alberta. He was tasked by the Minister of Service Alberta to reshape the regulatory body which oversees 17,000 licensed Residential/Commercial Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Property Managers and Condo Managers. With a staff of 65 in conjunction with the Alberta Government and the impacted Associations, Duane managed to make necessary changes to the Industry.
Prior to RECA, he was Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at MEG Energy. Duane was a key leader in the strategic planning and government relations initiatives, following his earlier role as Vice President of Public Relations. Prior to MEG, Duane led media and public relations at Compton Petroleum and led strategic business development at Telvent.
Internationally, Duane has built a strong network of global business and political relationships over several decades. He has been active in the Halifax International Security Forum since 2010 and participated in numerous federal, provincial and municipal delegations to the United States, Europe and China.
Duane has been educated in multiple disciplines. Starting with a background in economics, he transferred into Education and worked in the Education system in Quebec, Alberta and Korea for 5 years. In the mid 90’s Duane went back to school at SAIT Polytechnic to become a system engineer and worked in sales in the Energy and Environmental sectors. While working, Duane continued to take Executive training courses at the University of Alberta and Queens.
Duane has been a connector all his life, starting with his work at Edmonton Northlands in public relations, he transitioned into sales and his passion for politics led him to work on successful federal and provincial leadership campaigns.
Duane is a proud Albertan who believes strongly in the value of community. He has been a board member of the China Alberta Petroleum Center, the YMCA of Calgary and was the Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Calgary with his wife and daughter.
At Prairie Sky Strategy we develop the strategy to bridge the gap between where your organization is today, and where you want it to be tomorrow.
You have growth objectives. You may have regulatory challenges. You may be headquartered in another jurisdiction and need “boots on the ground” in-market providing local insights, analysis and execution. That’s where Prairie Sky comes in.
We assist local, national and international organizations to identify barriers to success, and develop and implement a strategic roadmap to capitalize on the endless opportunities in Western Canada and beyond.