CEO, Alberta College of Paramedics
Wendy was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she completed a degree in Human Resources before starting her career with a recruitment agency in Amsterdam. She met her husband Martin, a professional soccer player from Canada, when he was playing in her hometown. In 1997, he moved to Edmonton with Wendy following suit in 1999. They have two children and love to travel to the Netherlands frequently.
Wendy started her career with the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, where she found her passion for connecting community needs with donor’s philanthropic interests. She has since worked for the University of Alberta, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta where she gained extensive experience in fund development and stakeholder relations.
In 2010, Wendy joined the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation as President & CEO and led the organization through creating and implementing a comprehensive growth strategy. In addition, she focused on building organizational capacity and excellence through governance, strategic planning and organizational design to poise the Glenrose Foundation for continued success in years to come.
In July 2018 Wendy joined the Alberta College of Paramedics as CEO. Her goal is to streamline business processes and creating organizational value and excellence. As the regulator for all 9,200 members of the paramedic profession, the College recently created a new strategic plan with ambitious goals to increase performance and engagement province-wide.
She is an active volunteer for several charities and serves on the Board of the Alberta Federation of Regulated Health Professions and the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation. She is also a member of the Alberta EMS Service Medal Awards Committee. In 2012, she was selected as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40. She was also featured with husband Martin as one of Avenue Magazines Dynamic Duos in 2019.