Esther Ondrack (nee Nielsen), born and raised in Edmonton, graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA (Honours) in 1963.
Esther was employed in the oil and gas industry for over 40 years, initially as a summer student and ultimately as a director and senior officer of Chieftain International, Inc., which was sold in 2001 when Esther retired from active employment. Esther also served as a private sector member of the Government of Canada’s Enterprise Development Board; as a public member of the Board of Governors of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, as a director of TELUS Corporation and on the Board of The Canada Council for the Arts.
As a volunteer, Esther has served on boards and committees of several organizations including the Alberta Performing Arts Stabilization Fund, the Caritas Health Group, the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the Edmonton Petroleum Club (former Chair), the Edmonton Symphony, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, Pro Coro Canada, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region (former Chair), the University of Alberta’s School of Business Advisory Committee, YMCA Canada and the YMCA of Edmonton. She is currently a member of the Boards of the Alberta Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Edmonton YMCA Foundation, the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society and the Rocky Mountain Heritage Foundation.
Esther enjoys country living, very near Edmonton, with her husband Jack who is Chairman of Boreal Laser, Inc. Her interests are centered on family, music, travel, the garden and long walks, some of them involving golf.