Director Profiles


Trudy Harrold

Trudy is a multidisciplinary person with experience in business, education and the arts and a commitment to building community.

She is business manager of a five-generation family farm, a writer and editor, and partner with her husband in a photographic business.

Born in Calgary, she grew up in Toronto and Edmonton where she completed a degree in Early Childhood Education. He practice has included work with preschoolers, youth, adults and online instruction.

She and her husband were instrumental in the formation of a local arts council and she has sat 15 years on the board of a hospital.

A lifelong learner and mentor, she is currently in the Eight Shields leadership program. She lives in Lamont, Alberta, near the north entrance to Elk Island National Park.

Wayne Macdonald

Wayne is Program Manager of the Information Access & Privacy Protection program of the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.

This program, which trains/certifies Access & Privacy professionals, is recognized nationally and internationally. Wayne has served in this role for more than a decade. His responsibilities include organization of Canada’s signature Access and Privacy conference, a major annual revenue generator for the Faculty.

Earlier Wayne served as a senior manager in the Saskatchewan and Alberta public services, administering annual budgets of $10 million.

Wayne is also a historian who has organized public events on heritage themes. These include a series of Titanic programs featuring the ship’s youngest survivor, the late Millvina Dean (d. 1909).

David Watts

Founder and Coordinator of Canadian Classroom, David has taught all levels from pre-school to post-secondary and written curriculum for each. He has been a public servant for 12 years and freelance writer for 35. Many of his commentaries appear in Canwest newspapers.

He was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, grew up in Calgary and has lived in Edmonton 37 years. He has lived and taught in Québec, BC and the UK. He travelled east of the prairies—and first saw the Canadian Shield—on exchange to the University of New Brunswick. He holds degrees in Political Science, Education and History.

David has crossed Canada many times by rail and organized tours by rail in Alberta, BC and the Northwest Territories. His parents were both involved in leadership education, a commitment he continues.