Board Members

Members of the AIRB were recruited from across the province selected through a public, open competition managed by an outside executive search firm. Board members have various skill sets, and include an individual to represent the interests of consumers.

See the Board Meeting Schedule (updated yearly).

Mr. Allan Cleiren (Chair)

Allan CleirenMr. Cleiren is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of executive and financial management experience in both private and public companies. His experience includes that of CFO for a large publicly traded multidivisional company with international operations, Price Waterhouse Coopers where he earned his Charted Accountant designation and was engaged in audit and tax services, Afexa Life Sciences Inc. as Senior Vice President Operations/ Chief Financial Officer, and then Executive Director/Vice President and his most recent appointment to Universal Rail Systems Inc, as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for all support services groups including Human Resource, Safety, Risk Management, Warehouse, Fleet, Mechanical departments. Mr. Cleiren holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has held several director positions in not-for-profit and for profit boards.

Ms. Charlene Butler (Vice-Chair)

Charlene ButlerMs. Butler is currently an independent consultant focused on strategic planning, program evaluation, resource requirement assessments and non-financial risk management. Ms. Butler has worked for 11 years in the insurance industry, initially as an underwriter and later she worked in progressively more senior management roles: Regional Branch Manager for Intact Insurance (formerly ING Canada), Regional Branch Manager for Allianz Canada, culminating with Aviva Insurance Company of Canada, where she served as Assistant Vice President until 2007. Ms. Butler returned to University at that time and completed a MBA in 2009. Earlier qualifications included a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction), with concentration on Risk and Insurance Management and a Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Actuarial Science. Ms. Butler offers the Automobile Insurance Rate Board strong technical skills combined with energy, passion and a commitment to serve.

Mr. James Cuming

Mr. Cuming is currently the senior partner at Cuming & Gillespie, a boutique law firm in Calgary.  His area of practice includes representing clients dealing with automobile insurance claims. He offers the unique consumer perspective of the insurance claimant.  Additionally, James is familiar with various models of governance.  He serves as a Governor of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), is a former Executive member the Canadian Trial Lawyers Association and Past President the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Chris Daniel (Consumer Representative)

Mr. Daniel is a retired senior insurance executive with over 35 years in the insurance industry, most recently with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.  He has dealt with consumer organizations and has developed programs for their members. Mr. Daniel co-chaired the provincial “no fault” automobile insurance debate in the past.  His Board experience includes serving as a Director of the Insurance Brokers Association and several other community boards, including Wellspring Edmonton, Compassion House Foundation and Wizard Lake Watershed and Lake Stewardship Association.  His passion to make a difference in the community and his focus on fairness and consumer satisfaction was acknowledged when he was awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for service to the community.  Prior to joining the insurance profession Mr. Daniel served with the London, U.K. and Toronto police forces.

Ms. Maureen Higgins

Tracy EdwardsMaureen Higgins has served in an executive capacity at ALTALINK, since 2005. She currently is the Vice President, Integrated Network Operations and Information Services and previously held the position of Interim Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Higgins holds an MBA, a Bachelor in Economics and 25 years of progressive career experience. She has a strong interest in governance and recently completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.  She is a Director of the Calgary Public Library and serves their Finance and Audit Committee as well as the Governance Committee. Past Board experience includes the Bethany Care Foundation on both the Finance and Audit, and Investment Committees. Ms. Higgins is articulate, thoughtful and professional and brings to the Board strong leadership capabilities and understanding of a regulated environment.

Ms. Nilam Jetha (non-voting member)

Nilam Jetha is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Financial Sector Regulation and Policy (FSRP) with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance. This position includes the roles of Superintendent of Pensions, Superintendent of Insurance, and Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Nilam has been with FSRP for the past two years in a project management capacity, and brings over 25 years of Government of Alberta leadership experience to the role. Before joining FSRP, Nilam was the Executive Director for the Project Management Office with the Office of the Controller and project managed the government’s financial reengineering initiatives to streamline, integrate and consolidate program delivery across ministries to reduce duplication and increase efficiency.

Nilam’s other government positions have included Director of Budgets and Forecasts; Director of Financial Processes and Reporting, and Acting Executive Director of Financial Shared Services. Nilam holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

Nilam is a strong believer in working in partnership and collaboration with stakeholders and models the way to inspire a shared vision, challenges the process and enable others to act. She believes in giving back to the community and gets immense satisfaction from volunteering.