Debra Deane

WRC Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient 2007

WRC Award Recipients


Debra Deane is a successful business woman with a strong background in strategy, business development, marketing and communications and operations. Debra is a member of the executive team at Zedi, an oil and gas servicing company that designs advanced well monitoring and production operation solutions that deliver meaningful information directly from the wellhead to the desktop. Since joining Zedi in 2004, Deb has served the executive leadership team as vice president, customer service, investor relations and most recently has taken on the role of vice president, marketing. Deb's skill and approach to business along with her positive character contributes to the high respect her employees, coworkers, peers and members of the community at large hold for her. She is a true leader, whose opinions and values people often seek out before they make important business decisions. 

Away from the office, Deb gives back to the community with her numerous volunteer commitments. Debra is the past president and director of the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. She began volunteering with the House in 2003 and joined the board as a director, co-chairing the Fund Development Leadership Committee in 2004. As president, Debra sat on the Capital Campaign Cabinet, the New House Committee and is presently the chairing a committee to develop a Ronald McDonald House Family Room in Red Deer and the co-chair of our organization's inaugural Rock the House Run event. In 2006 Debra contributed approximately 650 volunteer hours with the Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta. There are many weeks where she spent 40 hours volunteering as well as balancing her career and family. 

Debra's other current volunteer work in the Calgary community includes being a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Chicago and Director on the Salvation Army Board of Governors for Community Services (Calgary). She also volunteers her time speaking at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business MBA, EMBA and BCOMM classes. Debra is also a member of the Calgary Masters Swim Club and has recently completed a marathon. 

Debra was a member of the inaugural class of the Alberta/Haskayne Executive MBA. Debra was a key class member during our EMBA studies, which she earned through hard work, intelligence, insight and leadership.  Her no nonsense style and respect for individuals are trademarks of her success that exemplified her contribution to the graduating class of 2007. After graduation Deb volunteered for the Haskayne School Alumni Association. Seeing the value of the programs offer at the school and a need to keep Alumni informed and involved, Deb took on the role as President of the HSB Alumni Association in 2004.