Meet our Convention Co-Chairs

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J. Todd Van Vliet, B.A., LL.B., has an International Baccalaureate from Lester B. Pearson United World College, a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, and a Law Degree from McGill University.   He had 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 no less than 7 states in the U.S.A. Todd has extensive experience advising corporations and owners, which has provided him with valuable insight into creating and attaining corporate performance goals. Todd’s extensive volunteer work includes scholarship committees, community leagues, sports coaching and refereeing, business association boards, and political work. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions. Todd was also President of the Alberta Liberal Party from 2011 to 2013.


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Bryndis Whitson is the Manager of Strategic Development and Member Relations at the Van Horne Institute. She oversees marketing and communications initiatives, research, conferences and events, and stakeholder relationship strategies at the Institute.

Bryndis joined the Van Horne Institute in August 2011. Before the Van Horne, she worked at the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), the Senate of Canada, and the City of Calgary. In 2010, Bryndis was named one of the Top 20 Compelling Calgarians by the Calgary Herald and was proud when her 2009 youth education program was recognized in the top 3 in the country by the Donner Foundation, which is affiliated with the Fraser Institute.

Bryndis has been active politically at the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal levels for 20 years.  Bryndis holds a double Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Geography, and Political Science with an equivalent minor in Transportation from the University of Calgary. She volunteers in the Calgary community, with organizations, such as Girl Guides of Canada, and is a Calgary Stampeders Season Ticket Holder.