E4C Announces New CEO
The E4C Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Barb Spencer as its new Chief Executive Officer. After a thorough search and careful consideration, the Board determined that Ms. Spencer’s career, leadership and experience have uniquely prepared her for the role of CEO.
Ms. Spencer’s recent leadership at the Zebra Child Protection Centre established a national reputation for excellence in the area of child abuse investigations, interventions, child supports and prosecutions. She is recognized for advocating for the rights of children in our community that must journey through the criminal justice system on matters of child abuse. The Zebra Centre experienced significant growth during her tenure and her operational insights concerning a community based response to child abuse allegations have fundamentally and significantly informed the community driven child advocacy centre movement across Canada.
The Board was impressed with Ms. Spencer’s passionate leadership and commitment to the premise that an organization must consistently focus on its accountability and alignment to its mission and the people it serves.
Ms. Spencer will begin with E4C on September 16th, 2013. She shared her thoughts on her new role, “For me, this is about finding ‘a home’ with the values and mission of this amazing and resilient organization called E4C. I thank the E4C Board of Directors for entrusting me to lead this organization, which respects and values each child, youth and adult we serve in our community. I consider it a privilege to join the staff, volunteers and our community partners as we seamlessly collaborate to change lives.”
E4C has experienced great success this past year through the strong leadership of Interim CEO Kourch Chan. His dedication and tireless efforts during this interim period provided essential stability for the organization and staff. The Board is pleased to welcome him back into his role as Chief Operating Officer.
To learn more about Barb Spencer, please find a full biography below.
Barb Spencer B.Sc.
Barb Spencer was born in Consort, Alberta and attended the University of Alberta. She completed her undergraduate studies at the U of A, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree. Barb currently resides in Edmonton.
During her 17 years with the Alberta Department of Tourism & Small Business, Barb held progressively more responsible and significant roles in the organization including the Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister and Executive Assistant to the Minister of Tourism.
She was then elected to the Board of Directors of the Independent Order of Foresters in 2001. During her 4 year term on the Board she was a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Fraternal Committee and Board Governance Committee.
After deciding to try her hand outside of government, Barb worked for a short time for TELUS Marketing Services Inc. as a Senior Business Consultant. She then joined the Alberta College of Chiropractors as CEO. She remained with this regulatory/association body for 3 years.
In 2002, she joined the Zebra Child Protection Centre (Society) remaining with this organization 10.5 years. Under her passionate and compassionate leadership, the Zebra Child Protection Centre has established a national reputation for excellence in the area of child abuse investigations, interventions, child supports and prosecutions. Barb is recognized for advocating for the rights of each child in our community that must journey through the criminal justice system on matters of child abuse.
Throughout Barb’s career, she has been the recipient of: the Premier’s Award of Excellence for quality programming, leadership and innovation, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and the Alberta Centennial Medal.
Barb is known as a passionate leader. She is committed to the premise that an organization must consistently focus on its accountability and alignment to the mission and the people it serves.