Governance, Board of Directors & Affiliations


River Valley School operates as a not-for-profit educational institution. It is governed by a parent Board of Directors with a strong community of educators, students and parents. The independent Board of Directors was formed in 2003 and is governed by Private School Regulations under the Alberta School Act, the Societies Act and the River Valley School By-Laws.

Thank you to those who were able to join us for our 2022 Annual General Meeting – 2022 AGM Meeting Minutes.

Board of Directors

As a not-for-profit charitable society, River Valley School has a Board of Directors that oversees the governance of the organization. Their primary focus is long-term strategic work for the school, maintenance of our mission and vision as well as ensuring that we are operating in compliance with the legal requirements of a charitable society and a private school under the School Act. The Board and Head of School work together in these areas and the Head of School reports monthly on the operational components of River Valley School.

Learn more – board overview.

River Valley School Board of Directors:

Rich Lee

Board Chair

Rich worked as a production engineer and project manager for 10 years at Shell, in Germany, the Netherlands, and Canada. He now works in construction and owns a general contracting and fencing company; Greenstone Construction. With a passion for sustainable construction, the company has most recently built seven major child care centres in Calgary and Edmonton. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics as well as a Master’s of Science in Finance and Management from Loughborough University.

Rich has two children who are currently enrolled at River Valley School.

Eric von Engelbrechten

Eric von Engelbrechten, CPA, CA joined AltaGas in 2012 and became Vice President and Controller in 2018. Prior to AltaGas he worked at Ernst & Young (EY) from 2006 to 2012. He was recognized as one of EY’s Top Alumni Under 40 in 2018. Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary. He has two children both enrolled in River Valley School (ages 5 and 7), and his children started attending the school in 2019. He joined the River Valley School Board in June 2021.

Scott Crews

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Heather Draper

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Bill Hu

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Adam Phillips

Adam is the Senior Pipeline Project Manager and Technical Coordinator at ILF Consultants, Inc. where he is accountable for the oversight and coordination of concept development and front-end engineering for a technically complex and unique design-build pipeline project in western Canada. Adam holds a Bachelors of Science (with Distinction) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. He is a sports enthusiast and has served as a coach/assistant coach on many of his son’s minor league sports teams. His two sons are currently enrolled in River Valley School in Grade 3 and Grade 5.

Jason Schultz

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Isaac Wing

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Tatum Woywitka

Tatum serves as the Canadian Legal Counsel at Schlumberger Canada Limited and is recognized as a key member of the senior management team. Prior to Schlumberger Canada Limited, she worked at Bennett Jones LLP as an associate in the Litigation department. With a blend of in-house and law firm experience, Tatum proves to be a valuable asset to the River Valley School Board of Directors. She has a child currently enrolled in River Valley School.

Accreditation & Affiliations

River Valley School is accredited by Alberta Education.

Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services since 2016.

River Valley School is the only school in Alberta that offers the Arrowsmith Program; a scientific approach to help students overcome learning disabilities and challenges. Arrowsmith certified teachers focus on the science of neuroplasticity to retrain the brain and give students the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and life.