Friends of KSPS Board Member
Mary Phillips-Rickey, Edmonton Representative
Mary is an Edmonton Chartered Accountant who started out in public practice, moved to utilities during their deregulation period and, most recently, ran a not for profit charity – Edmonton Opera. She has been an external auditor, internal auditor, long range planner and general manager. She currently teaches at Grant MacEwan University part time, is active in the arts scene in Edmonton and sits on the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Board.
Mary was raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta and received a Bachelor of Commerce degree was from the University of Alberta. She completed her articles with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Edmonton and moved to the Winnipeg office. In both locations she chose to do a large number of northern audits.
Mary moved to Canadian Utilities in 1980 and began as an internal auditor. This multi business conglomerate afforded a diverse number of internal audit types and locations. In 1987 she transferred to Atco Electric in the Rates and Planning department. In addition to coordinating the budget she was also responsible for a portion of rate submissions and was project manager for changes to the computerized budget system. Mary then moved to the Strategic Planning department of Atco. She was pleased to be trained in long term scenario planning by Global Business Networks and was fascinated by the deregulation of electricity in Alberta.
In 1998 she joined Edmonton Opera Association as Chief Financial Officer. The move allowed her to manage her hours so she could drop off and pick up her two boys from school.
In 2003 she (along with her supportive husband and children) accepted the position of General Manager with Edmonton Opera. In the seven years she has been at the opera she has guided it through a year away from their regular venue, introduced new programmes, purchased sets and had good financials. October of 2010 will mark the end of her time there.
Mary serves on the Board of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and is presently the Chair of the Audit and Finance committee. She will continue to teach accounting at Grant MacEwan University for the Arts Management Program. She has been active in the arts community serving on various organizations’ boards and on juries and still sings with Richard Eaton Singers.