Bernie Kollman

Bernie Kollman is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building a stronger community, both economically and socially.

Bernie Kollman is a passionate leader who is dedicated to building a stronger community, both economically and socially. A devoted business advocate, Kollman is a Chair of MacKay CEO Forums in Edmonton, leading a peer mentoring group of executives to assist with their biggest challenges and to drive stronger business results.

In February 2018, Kollman was appointed as a director of Liquor Stores North America, a publicly-traded Alberta company responsible for distribution of controlled substances (alcohol and cannabis)  that operates approximately 240 stores in Western Canada and Alaska. In April 2018, she was re-appointed as chair of the Travel Alberta Board of Directors, having first joined the board in 2013. Kollman  is a dedicated champion of the tourism industry and its lasting economic impact for Alberta.

She is also a member of the board of Edmonton Global, the first fully regional economic development company for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, with a mission to strengthen the Region’s global competitiveness, growth and innovation. Kollman also sits on the board of United Way, Alberta Capital Region, is an advisory board member for Arrkann Trailer and RV Centre, an award winning Alberta distributor of camping and recreational vehicle equipment and she serves on the board of Compute Canada, which provides advanced research computing to  higher education institutions nationally.

Kollman holds an ICD.D designation, granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors. The ICD.D designation is a nationally-recognized program that supports directors with a lifelong commitment to excellence in the boardroom, a desire to stay current, and to be a more effective director. She is currently an executive committee member for the Edmonton chapter.

Kollman has a long history of successful leadership and innovation. She enjoyed a successful career as Vice-President for IBM’s Public Sector division in Alberta, representing one of IBM’s largest client groups in Canada, and has previously served as the Chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Alberta Centre for Advanced Studies, which facilitates research collaboration between the universities in Alberta and IBM.

She has been recognized as a Global TV “Woman of Vision”, one of the Top 50 Most Influential Albertans by Alberta Venture Magazine and by her alumni, University of Regina, for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service. She was also named a Fellow, Canadian Information Processing Society for her commitment to advancing the IT profession, particularly for young women.