Joan Hertz, Q.C., ICD.D
Joan Hertz is an executive, lawyer and strategic consultant who has served as Interim President and CEO, as well as Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for NorQuest College. She built and practises in her own private practice of law and strategic consulting. She has served as Corporate Counsel, Strategic Affairs for Capital Health, as well as in private practice at McCuaig Desrochers LLP. A proven executive comfortable in the private and public sector, she has a passion for innovation and the building of winning strategies in transforming enterprises.
She has diverse professional experience in leadership positions, private law, in-house corporate counsel, strategic consultancy and board work, which combine to make her a strong advocate and strategic thinker. She has worked with many organizations in the establishment, development and execution of successful strategies and governance structures.
Joan is the Chair of ATB Financial Board of Directors, and previously served as a director at ATB Financial from 2008 - 2018, and as Chair of the Governance and Conduct Review Committee. She currently serves as Chair of the Board for Edmonton International Airport and former Chair of the Audit Committee and Governance Committee. She is Vice Chair of Covenant Health and chairs the Growth and Innovation Committee. She also sits as a public member on the national CPA Canada Board, as well as a private company board, Silvacom Ltd.
She teaches Legal and Fiduciary Duties of Directors at the Institute of Corporate Directors, and for over 25 years, has provided governance, legal and strategic advisory services to private sector and Crown clients, ranging from small to large institutional firms.
She has served as a public member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta Council, the Alberta Accountants Unification Agency and the Provincial Judicial Council. She is the former Chair of the Provincial Court Nominating Committee. She has also served on Alberta's Promise, and was formerly with Kid's Kottage Foundation and Edmonton Catholic Cemeteries Board, as well as numerous other boards.
Joan graduated from University of Alberta Law School with an LL.B., and Georgetown University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree (Magna Cum Laude) in International Politics, Law and Organization.
She’s also a wife, mom and a soccer player who believes whatever we do, we should have fun every day.