CUI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the City of Chestermere providing safe and efficient water, waste water, storm water, solid waste and recycling services to residents and businesses located in Chestermere, Alberta. The Utility was established as a standalone corporation in 2012 operating at arms-length from the municipality. CUI manages $110 million in assets, over $17 million in annual revenue and has planned $30 million in growth projects in the coming years.


Chief Executive Officer

Leigh-Anne Palter


Board of Directors

All Director appointments to the CUI Board of Directors are approved unanimously by our shareholder, the City of Chestermere.

Cathy Burness

Ms. Burness joined the CUI board in February 2018. Cathy has lived in Chestermere for 7 years and was elected to Chestermere City Council in October 2017. She is heavily involved in the community and has served on various Boards and Committees here in Chestermere. Cathy has years of management experience and is currently the Assistant Director of the Chestermere Public Library.

Mike Derbyshire

Mr. Derbyshire comes to CUI with a diverse background in municipal policing, enterprise risk management, marketing and communications. He has served on the board of directors of publicly traded, privately held and not for profit corporations.

Lou Doiron

A long time Chestermere resident, Mr. Doiron is keen to lend his extensive board and executive leadership experience to the work of CUI. His operations, safety, business development and major project management experience is a tremendous asset to the CUI Board.

Mel Foat

Mr. Foat was appointed to the Board in February 2018. Mr. Foat has lived in Chestermere for 10 years and was elected to Chestermere City Council in October 2017.  In addition to his professional experience developed in the agribusiness industry, Mel is known for his commitment to community service.  Prior to his election to Council and appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mel served as a Director and Chair of the Chestermere Regional Community Association, as a Councilor in Sexsmith, and as a member of the South Peace Planning Commission.

Brian Milne

Mr. Milne is a Chartered Accountant with broad domestic and international utility industry experience at the CFO and board levels. He brings deep experience building financial control systems for multi-million dollar projects, enterprise risk management and successfully resolving complex regulatory proceedings.

Randy Soifer

Mr. Soifer has more than 25 years experience as a senior, strategic advisor working with various levels of government and related agencies. CUI benefits from his knowledge in the areas of; utility cost of service & rate making best practices, risk assessment, performance management & measurement, process improvement and business & strategic planning.



Our Mission

A trusted community partner stewarding precious resources and delivering safe, efficient utility solutions — everyday.


Our Vision

A leader in stewardship through the innovative delivery of essential services in Alberta.


Our Values

We make sure everyone is able to get from home to work and back safely
Responsible to the shareholder, community, environment
Every single team member is dedicated to a thoughtful/meaningful customer experience
We are collaborative – with our industry, community, peers and staff
We are innovative – we make big things happen
We do the right thing


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