Board of Directors

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President - Bill Hanson (he/him)

Bill Hanson has been a member of Country Music Alberta since its inception and has been a board member for the past 2 years. He has been in the music industry for 38 years. Bill began as a lead vocalist/bass player for numerous touring bands including 15 years with the band Kidd Country. He has continued in the industry as a manager, tour manager, sound tech, merch salesman, and almost everything in between. He is currently the Owner/CEO of H Factor Productions (formally known as Hanson Productions) and has been running the company full time for the last 16 years. He is also a proud father of 4 fabulous children, Jesse, Billie, Brett and Camryn. Bill continues to play with 3 of his children in The Hanson Jeans.

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Vice-President - Megan McKay (she/her)

A life-long music lover, Megan McKay found her place at OCL Studios as the Studio Manager. After joining the team, Megan's new-found passion for the Canadian music industry led her to Toronto and the Canada's Music Incubator Manager program, which she completed in 2017. Always keen to learn, Megan can often be found at industry events around town and is a big supporter of the Alberta music industry. Megan is very proud to be part of the incredible team of creatives at OCL.

Chard Morrison
Treasurer & Secretary - Chard Morrison (he/him)

Creative, committed, focused, and passionate are a few words to summarize Chard’s dedication to the country music industry over his career as a professional songwriter.  Being a songwriter, he has developed unique talents in being able to orchestrate the process details from song idea to marketing strategy, and also collaborate with and learn from all levels of music the industry from established Icons to the newest independent artists. Chard’s range of creative and business experience has qualified him to become one of Western Canada’s most sought after consultants for numerous boards both in the music industry and private sector in governance and strategy. He prides himself on being accountable and serving as a translator between all sectors and experience levels involved in a project or initiative all while on the lookout for the next perfect rhyme.

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Director - Dan Clapson (he/him)

Dan Clapson is the founder of Blue Jay Sessions and creative director of Eat North, a Prairie-based food media and events company. Through both of those avenues, Clapson aims to uplift diverse voices and celebrate inclusivity and all things Canadian. He is also The Globe and Mail restaurant critic/columnist for the Canadian Prairies and has contributed to many notable online and print publications over the years including Air Canada enRoute, Vice, Ricardo Magazine, Food Network Canada, Avenue, and more.

In addition to a successful career in writing and event planning, he has over 10 years of extensive experience in media and public relations. Clapson is a guest expert on tv shows like Global Calgary, Global Edmonton, CTV Morning Live (Calgary and Saskatoon) and Cityline as well as radio stations like 660 News and 770 CHQR.

When Clapson is not writing, running an event or traveling across Canada, he’s probably relaxing at a pub with some friends or watching reruns of Dawson’s Creek.

Tera Lee Flaman
Director - Tera Lee Flaman (she/her)

Tera Lee Flaman is an Alberta-based music industry professional whose superpower is relationships. With an extensive background in radio, her passion is to help Canadian Country artists navigate their careers, radio releases, and the music industry in general. She has worked with artists at every level including Gord Bamford, Nice Horse, Ryan Langlois, The Prairie States and more.

Flaman has worn many hats throughout her career including singer, songwriter, and musician, receiving a CCMA nomination for Rising Star in 2004.  As a radio personality she is a five-time CCMA On-Air Personality of the Year winner. She is an accomplished live show producer and has produced all eight of the CCMAs Legends Show and the past three Country Music Alberta Awards shows.

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Director - Ed Harris (he/him)

Ed Harris is a 40-year veteran of the music industry. He has worked for both major and independent labels, including thirteen years as Country Music Marketing Manager for Universal Music. During that tenure, he was responsible for marketing the albums and tours of several of Nashville’s biggest stars including Reba, Vince Gill, George Strait, and The Mavericks. He signed and helped develop the careers of Jason McCoy, Farmers Daughter, and Joel Feeney. Ed worked for thirteen years with several prominent Canadian artists in his marketing role at Royalty Records, including Gil Grand, Gord Bamford, Lisa Brokop, and Aaron Pritchett. 

 Ed is a past-Director of the CCMA, where he served for six years and is past-President of Alberta Recording Industry Association. He is currently the President of High Note Marketing, offering entertainment consulting to artists, event organizers, and Canadian record labels. He served as Entertainment Consultant to the Calgary Stampede, and is Producer of the Chinook Stampede Breakfast. 

In 2013 he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, receiving the Stan Klees Builder Award at Country Music Week in Edmonton. Mr. Harris was recognized for his ongoing 35-year career as an industry champion.

Chris Melnychuk
Director - Chris Melnychuk (he/him)

Chris Melnychuk is the Director of Festival Operations & Marketing at Trixstar Productions and has been involved in the events industry for almost 20 years with a large part of that time having been spent in the music festival side of things primarily at the Big Valley Jamboree.

"In working with the Country Music Alberta board, I hope to continue on the work to create more opportunities for all members while furthering the development of country music in  Alberta, and Canada for that matter, and showcasing it to the world, while bringing a unique perspective from a music festival background, along with other events.

"It is my belief that the the work of this organization provides tools and opportunities for all generations of Alberta artists that produce and promote music. This will, in turn, nurture the drive, determination, and undeniable talent that is present and demanded by the industry to continue to create a solid foundation to build a world class association with world class artists and talent."

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Director - Sarah Scott (she/her)

I’m Sarah Scott and it's a privilege to contribute to Country Music Alberta on the Board of Directors. Over the last 3.5 years, you’ve known me from 99.7 Sun Country/AM1140 and 104.5 More Country, Made in Alberta and One to Watch Wednesday. I currently host and produce Studio B Podcast. 

 In a time where in most cases, radio play feels like a luxury, I want to help artists (and industry) break down that barrier, help them find their fit and take advantage of the radio stations that will take notice of their work at the different levels or singles of their career, help them with the communication and presentation, EPKs and press kits, talk about radio trackers and give them resources, so they feel confident and comfortable approaching PDs, MDs or on-air personalities.

Many of us view the future with some fear and concern, but look at us – we have faced challenge, after challenge, but we adapted and helped each other overcome. It may not feel like it, but we’ve grown exponentially. We continue to promote CMAB members to people and companies positively, and continue to learn, share and use the unique strengths of each member and others.  It would be a pleasure to continue to nurture this and grow networks, tighten relationships and build new ones. I will work with you as a liaison for creative collaboration between industry and artists to learn from each other; listen to each other and do cool things together.

Bradly Tucker
Director - Bradly Tucker (he/him)

Bradly Tucker is an Alberta-born singer-songwriter that loves our music. A self proclaimed hillbilly honkytonk lover he is proud to support all kinds of Alberta country music. In his “free time” he is also a contributing editor for Canada’s premier hot rod and custom magazine, doing voiceover work for the Still Shots Television program, and being a brand ambassador for a dozen different local and international companies. His policy has always been family first, whiskey & friends a close second. Priding himself on always being available to help in any way he can, he is excited to take on his new role with Country Music Alberta.

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Director - Krista Wodelet (she/her)

Krista Wodelet is the drummer for CCMA-nominated all-female country band Nice Horse. A multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Krista got her start in classical music, with degrees in orchestral wind playing from the University of Toronto (B.Mus.) and the University of Southern California (M.Mus.). Alongside a busy freelance career playing in orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic and the Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Santa Monica, and Okanagan Symphonies, she formed one half of electro-pop duo Sidney York, lending keys, bassoon, and vocals to the project. Krista’s diverse musical path has taken her to perform at major festivals around the world, including SXSW (Austin, TX), AmericanaFest (Nashville, TN), BIGSOUND (Australia), Music Matters (Singapore), Reeperbahn (Germany), and plenty at home in Canada - Boots & Hearts, the Calgary Stampede, Big Valley Jamboree, and more. She currently drums full-time as a core member of Nice Horse, who first made their mark in early 2017 touring as direct support for Canadian icon Tom Cochrane, and more recently for the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.