Board & Staff
Board of Directors:
Co-Owner, Neo Juicery and Neo Cafe
Kareema Batal is a Food Scientist and entrepreneur, co-owner of Neo Juicery and Cafe Neo in Jasper Place. Kareema is passionate about creating opportunities in local markets for food businesses to thrive and contribute positively to the community. Kareema's philosophy is “local-first” and she uses that lens in both her business approach and community development. Kareema co-founded the Sustainable Food Initiative, a student non-profit at the University of Alberta in 2011; was elected to the Board of Growing Food Security in Alberta (now Alberta Food Matters) in 2016 and now sits on the Appeal Tribunal for the Agriculture Products Marketing Council since 2017 through appointment by the Minister of Agriculture.
Owner, The Flag Shop
Phyllis and her husband bought The Flag Shop in 1994, and she became involved in the Jasper Place Gateway Foundation. They were all volunteers, but had a great time planning events for the area. Phyllis took some time off from volunteer work, and in the interim, the SPR BIA came into being. Phyllis was happy to become re-involved a few years ago. The last while has been challenging, but to celebrate 20 years of being on Stony Plain Road, they are transitioning into the Flag Shop Alberta and will supply all of Alberta with flags, banners, and flagpoles. The love of Phyllis' life, other than her family, is her 3-legged rescue dog from Taiwan, Hibo. That's why she's still working at 68, but she's also working because she loves to work, she loves flags, and she loves SPR.
Director of Development, Redemptive Development
Bretton was born and raised in Edmonton's west end and for the past 10 years, he and his wife have been proud to call Meadowlark home. He spends his personal time with his wife, Miranda, and dog, Ghost, in the river valley, as well as playing soccer, building/riding motorcycles and real estate investing. As the Director of Business Development at Redemptive Developments (RD), Bretton oversees many aspects of the organization (innovation, sales, process/program building, marketing, business direction and expansion, etc.). RD is a non-profit organization formed in 2011, which offers employment to individuals experiencing poverty and reinvests proceeds back into its local communities. RD is based in Edmonton’s west end and employs over 40 employees through Junk 4 Good (full-service junk removal), Evergreen Recycling (mattress recycling in Edmonton and Calgary), and formerly Salvage Reclaimed Furniture.
Stephanie Hendin (Treasurer)
Manager, Anexco Properties Ltd.
Stephanie and her family have been a part of the SPR area since 1959 when the first Davis Automotive store opened and the area was known as Jasper Place. As a commercial property owner in the 167th street area, Stephanie is hoping for continued improvements and positive action, that will assist in enabling the many and varied SPR businesses to enjoy successful operations.
Salim Keshwani (Past Chair)
Owner, Arctic Car Wash
Salim Keshwani owns and operates Arctic Autowash on Stony Plain Road. He built this 11 years ago. Salim is a Professional Engineer specializing in Project Management. His vision is to see Stony Plain Road become a thriving community of Business supported by the four communities surrounding the road as well as a go to place to find well-run Independent Business that cater to various needs of the community. He would like to see more boutique style business come to the road and make this area attractive and walkable. He is also very keen to bring more permanent artwork to the road which reflects the history of Jasper Place.
Branch Manager, ATB Financial
Branch Manager of ATB Glenora since July 2020, previously managed Alberta Avenue Branch where she held a position as Treasurer for AABA for the previous 2 years. Suzanne has over 20 years experience in banking having spent 18 years with TD Canada Trust. She has been a volunteer in many organizations over the years, with her church, Big Brother's and Sisters, her children's schools and with the Edmonton Food Bank to name a few. She was raised in Edmonton and is passionate about supporting our community and province. Suzanne is a mom of 3 kids, 2 girls, (12 & 14) and a son, (9). She keeps busy with her kids in sports, loves to travel and be active with her dog Tobi. Suzanne is looking forward to growing and supporting the Stony Plain Road BA.
Owner, Mortgage Alliance Lending Advisors
Douglas Lim brings a unique skill set when it comes to contributing ideas to Stony Plain Road and Area BIA. Doug owns and operates a Mortgage Brokerage Firm - Mortgage Alliance Lending Advisors where his continuous search to improve the well being of his network & business partners remains a top priority. In addition to his focus in operating a successful mortgage brokerage, Doug has served the community through various Non Profit Organizations such as the Lions Club International, Malaysia Singapore Association and Edmonton Chinese Garden Society. The diverse exposure has given him the proficiency in contributing ideas and precedence in helping to improve the status of our community.
Brandon Schatz (Chair)
Owner, Variant Edition
Brandon Schatz is the co-owner of Variant Edition Graphic Novels + Comics, which won the 2019 Joe Shuster Award for Most Outstanding Comics Retailer in Canada. We moved the business to the Stony Plain Road area in 2016, identifying the area as one with huge potential, especially with the LRT soon to come through. Brandon believes that the best way to create lasting, meaningful change in this world, it’s to build connections and points of strength within your community and be part of smaller changes that build up and out.
Partner, Coldwell Banker
Mark Wilbert is a Partner at Coldwell Banker Venture Realty and has over 10 years of experience in both Commercial and Residential transactions. Focusing on investment properties from distressed assets to apartment buildings. He has received many accolades in the real estate market.His background includes Real Estate Investment, Commercial Banking, and International Logistics. Mr. Wilbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and graduated from the Department of International Relations at Fudan University in Shanghai.Mr. Wilbert was born and raised in Edmonton, and has assisted in making Edmonton home for several international clients, as well as businesses looking to expand into the Edmonton & surrounding markets.
Todd Janes brings over 25 years of experience working within not-for-profit organizations, primarily at the senior level; and joined SPR in September 2019. Janes is deeply involved in community and volunteers in leadership roles and at local and national levels. He has actively volunteered since the age of 12 and believes that if we don't like aspects of our community, we should work collectively to make things better. He is excited to lead this organization to significant transformational change over the next five years as we navigate building a destination Mainstreet for Jasper Place and west-central Edmonton. He is deeply curious about many things and loves listening to people and thinks community-initiated projects are powerful.
Megan Lala joined the Stony Plain Road Business Association as their Communications Coordinator in February of 2020. Megan graduated from MacEwan University in 2018 with her degree in Communication Studies with a focus in Professional Communications. In 2021, Megan also took on the role of Editor for the Stony Plain Road Business Association’s community newspaper, SPANN. Megan is passionate about building strong communities with a strong sense of identity and belonging.
At the beginning of 2021, James Wilson joined the team as an Intern at the Stony Plain Road Business Association. James is a second year student, currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce Program at Macewan University. He plans to graduate University with his Bachelor's Degree in 2023 - Majoring in Supply Chain Management with a Minor in Finance. James has been primarily focusing his efforts toward providing support to existing members, while also attracting new businesses to the area.