Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Director - Rob Cyrynowski (he/him)
Rob Cyrynowski is a multi award-winning, Canadian Music Industry Veteran, with nearly 30 years of Talent Buying, Booking Agency and Promoter experience and has been on the Canadian Country Music Association Board of Directors since 2017.
Rob is the President of both Livestar Entertainment Canada and Hotels Live. 2022 proved to be another banner year of working with Alberta Country Music Artists and Venue clients, booking artists of all levels at Cowboys Music Festival, Cowboys Dancehall, The Ranchmans, The King Eddy, Grey Eagle Event Centre & Casino, River Cree Casino, and WinSport Event Centre Arena, to name just a few…
Between 2014-2018, Rob was Vice President at Invictus Entertainment Group, where as an agent, he represented artists such as Brett Kissel, Gord Bamford, George Canyon, Emerson Drive, Emerson Drive, Cory Marks and Charlie Major. 12 CCMA’s were collectively won over that time at Invictus and one other was picked up in 1997, for Country Club of the Year at Cowboys Calgary, where Rob was Talent Buyer.
During these unprecedented COVID-19 times, Rob found a way to bring Live, in-person concert events safely back to the people with his business venture, called Hotels Live. Rob’s innovative entertainment concept, gave concert-goers a new way to experience live music by utilizing Hotel Balconies to safely view concerts, taking place from stage set-ups, on pool decks and in hotel atriums.
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.
Director - Jessica L'Heureux (she/her)
Director - Brendan Lyons (he/him)
Currently residing in Edmonton, Brendan is an established freelance player, engineer, producer and educator. He is currently the full time touring drummer for 26x CCMA Award winning, 2x CMA Award winning country artist Gord Bamford. Brendan also currently serves as VP Operations and Customer Success for Vancouver based company Sessionwire Communications Inc - a startup focused on bringing creatives together through their innovative communications platform. Brendan has worked with numerous artists from across Canada in many different genres including The Road Hammers, Andrew Hyatt, Kelly Prescott, Aaron Goodvin, Shawn Austin, Hey Romeo, Celeigh Cardinal, Jojo Mason, Sons of Daughters, Meghan Patrick and many, many more.
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."
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.
Director - Krista Wodelet (she/her)
Krista Wodelet is the drummer for award-winning 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 legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 2022, Krista was the first-ever female nominee for Drummer of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards.