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On a personal note, McKinnon has
a lovely wife and two teenaged daughters.
He jokes that the safety of Alberta’s
roads is even more important to him
now that he’ll have two more drivers
in the house. He is excited about the
world opening up again post-COVID,
with travelling with his family a priority.
Closer to home, he’s looking forward
to attending Roughrider games
(sorry Edmonton, but Saskatchewan is
in his blood), Oilers games, ARHCA golf
tournaments and spending more time
in the community.
Read on to learn more about how
McKinnon became involved with
ARHCA and some of his innovative
ideas about the value of associations as
well as the future of our highways – and
why we need to invest in them.
How did you become involved with
Ian McKinnon (IM): I first became
involved with ARHCA in the early-tomid
2000s when I was asked to join a
task group with Alberta Transportation.
I then joined the board of directors as a
member-at-large and worked on multiple
committees. All in all, my involvement
with ARHCA happened almost
organically. I think once you join an
organization like ARHCA, you really
start to see the value in networking
and sharing ideas with others in your
industry. Now, as a member of ARHCA’s
Executive Committee, I am excited to
help the association with everything
from advocacy and government relations
to member outreach.
What do you think is the biggest
benefit to being a member
IM: All those things you hear people
say about the strength of an association
are true. ARHCA represents a
single voice for members of our industry,
and a meeting place for us collectively
to voice common challenges
and shared experiences, and then turn
that into effective advocacy. As single
member companies, we can advocate
as much as we want, but my involvement
with ARHCA has shown me
that an association is a more effective
vehicle for addressing concerns and
When the time comes, what do you
want to get out of your year as chair
of the ARHCA?
IM: Now that I’ve spent time on the
board of directors and have had my
onboarding, my focus is on supporting
the current chair, Jonathan Hamilton,
and providing him with the best advice
For my year as chair, I hope to continue
to get our membership back on
track and accelerate that work by continuing
to show existing and potential
members the value of ARHCA membership.
We have some of the lowest
membership dues of associations
in Western Canada, but we need to
continue to demonstrate the immense
value of our association.
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