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Board of Directors

President - Acting Chair

H. Douglas McLaughlin  


A native of Manitoba, Doug brings long experience in business and non-profit management to the SMCA board. With a background in advertising and marketing, he worked in media and ad agencies until coming to Alberta twenty years ago: building a consulting practice, Doug focused on the non-profit sector. He made the move from Calgary to Edmonton in 2009 and served as SMCA Interim Executive Director through the summer of 2018, volunteering for the board when that service came to an end.


Vice President




Karen Harman


Shari Foster

Shari has lived in Alberta her whole life, with the last 30 years in the Edmonton area. She has been the Executive Director of Alberta Baton Twirling Association for 15 years and is excited to be a part of the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta Board of Directors. She brings her knowledge of non-profit sport and hopes to help SMCA in achieving its mission and vision. She loves youth sports and currently coaches baton twirling to boys and girls of all ages and abilities. She views coaches as teachers and thinks sport provides the perfect opportunity to learn many important life lessons, especially in younger athletes.  


Member at Large

Samantha Kernahan

Samantha is Associate Counsel at the Edmonton office of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP (formerly Davis LLP) where she specializes in corporate/commercial law with a sub-specialty in intellectual property and information technology law. Before returning to private practice seven years ago, Samantha served as in-house counsel at two post-secondary institutions in Alberta, where her mandates included governance, procurement and commercialization of intellectual property. Currently Samantha advises both private and public sector clients with respect to corporate organization and governance, commercial matters and intellectual property protection. 

Member at Large
Jim Klingle

Jim is a Partner in Emerging Directions Consulting Ltd., a two-person, Alberta-based consulting firm incorporated in 1999. He delivers responsive facilitation, evaluation, and research services to Alberta non-profit organizations. Jim has twenty-five years of experience as a private consultant serving a wide variety of non-profit agencies, boards and executive directors. He has served on the board of the following organizations: Community Connections, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Edmonton Community Loan Fund, Licensed Practical Nurses Educational Foundation, Connect Society of Alberta, Terra Association for Parent Teens, and Edmonton John Howard Society. On four of these boards, he was the Board Chair. Jim has also received training as a Board Development Program Facilitator and delivered this training as a volunteer instructor over a two year period.

Member at Large

Dave Kato

Dave has been with the Sport Medicine Council of Alberta since its inception in 1983. He is an active course conductor and serves as a master course conductor for SMCA. Currently Dave is an Assistant Professor at MacEwan University in the Physical Education Transfer program where he teaches Sport Injury Management, Anatomy, Physiology, Health Education, and Resistance Training. Dave did his undergraduate work at the University of Alberta, master’s work at Indiana State University, and PhD program again at the University of Alberta. Dave is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Exercise Physiologist (CSEP) and has worked with a wide assortment of athletes, professional, collegiate and recreational. He focuses more on the academic aspect of athletic training all the while keeping his clinical skills sharp volunteering at various events.

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