ABJHI Welcomes Three New Board Members

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The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute is pleased to announce the addition of three Board members. The Board provides leadership for carrying out ABJHI’s mission to be a source of truth for improving bone and joint health of Albertans. The members were appointed to the ABJHI Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting on February 23, 2021.

Karen Wichuk:


With more than a decade in executive leadership positions in the public and post-secondary sectors, Karen had led and championed complex initiatives, guided organizations through transition and change, and built long-lasting local, national and international relationships rooted in multi-sector engagement. Karen was a key driver in the realization of Edmonton’s Health City, a multi-stakeholder economic development initiative launched in 2017. Over the course of her career, Karen has worked to advance the provincial and national science, research, and innovation agenda and has secured funding for new national programs and major capital projects. Karen has also served as Associate Vice-President (Government & Corporate Relations) for the University of Alberta and was seconded to the Government of Alberta to serve as Assistant Deputy Minister (Operations and Machinery of Government) in Executive Council.

Karen is currently the CEO of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board where she works with the 13 member municipalities that make up the Board to implement the region’s 30 year growth and servicing plans. She is also the Founder of Deep Strategies Inc. Karen serves on the Glenrose Hospital Foundation Board, ST Innovations Business Advisory Board and Covenant Health’s Growth and Innovation Board.

Randy Goebel:


R.G. (Randy) Goebel is currently professor of Computing Science in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta, Associate Vice President (Research & Innovation), and Fellow and co-founder of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). He received the B.Sc. (Computer Science), M.Sc. (Computing Science), and Ph.D. (Computer Science) from the Universities of Regina, Alberta, and British Columbia, respectively.

Professor Goebel’s theoretical work on abduction, hypothetical reasoning and belief revision is internationally well known; his recent research is focused on the formalization of visualization and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI), especially in applications in legal and medical reasoning. He has worked on optimization, algorithm complexity, systems biology, and natural language processing, and automated reasoning.

Randy has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Waterloo, University of Tokyo, Multimedia University (Kuala Lumpur), Hokkaido University (Sapporo), visiting researcher engagements at National Institute of Informatics (Tokyo), DFKI (Germany), and NICTA (now Data61, Australia); is actively involved in collaborative research projects in Canada, Japan, China, and Germany.

Murray Smith:


Murray serves as a Director of Williams (WMB.NYSE), Surge Energy (SGY.TSX and a number of private companies. He is President of Murray Smith & Associates Limited, providing strategic advice to clients in the North American energy sector. He currently serves as chair and patient representative for the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute’s MAP to MOTION Governance Committee. Murray Smith is a past member of the Energy Advisory Board of TD Securities Inc. and the Advisory Board of Hatch, a Canadian based, global engineering firm.

Murray was appointed as the first Official Representative of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in 2005. Murray was an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Canada and served in four Cabinet portfolios Energy, Gaming, Labour and Economic Development over a 12 year period. As Minister of Energy (2001 to 2004), Murray was responsible for gaining global recognition of Alberta’s 176 billion barrels of established oil sands reserves.

Before running for elected office in 1993, Murray was an independent businessman, owning and operating a number of Alberta-based energy service companies including drilling fluids, service rigs, oilfield contracting and consulting.

Murray is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named as one of the Top 40 Alumni in the past 40 years at the University of Calgary. Murray was recognized as one of Alberta Venture newsmagazine’s 50 most influential Albertans (2006). Murray was also recognized for his work with First Nations in Alberta and is named “Seven War Bonnets Man”.

Murray is a past Director of the Calgary Stampede Board and the TELUS community Giving Board.

A graduate of the London Business School’s Senior Executive Program, Murray also holds a B.A. (Economics & Political Science) from the University of Calgary. He is a graduate of Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.