Meet the Team
Tim Keating, MBA RPP MCIP
Tim was raised on a small mixed farm near Estevan in southeastern Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with Advanced Degrees in Rural and Urban Development and Economics in 1995 with a Municipal Planning Option Specialty Track. Tim went on to work in positions across rural Saskatchewan from Community Development Manager with the Mainline Rural Development Corporation of Broadview Saskatchewan to Assistant Manager of MidSask Community Futures Development Corporation of Outlook Saskatchewan.
Tim moved to Alberta in 1998 to begin work with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development in Falher as Business Development Specialist for the Peace Region of Alberta. Tim later accepted a position in Red Deer with AVAC Ltd. as New Venture Development Officer in 2001 and then returned to Alberta Agriculture as Senior Development Officer with the Processing Investment Attraction Branch.
Tim furthered his education by completing a Graduate Diploma in Management in 2003 and Master of Business Administration in 2006 from Athabasca University. Tim is also a professional planner and member of both the Alberta Association and Canadian Institute of Planners.
Tim has a breadth of experience in commercialization, investment and project development with expertise in rural economic development and primary and value-added agriculture processing. Tim was responsible for investment attraction and commercialization as Senior Development Officer with the Bio-Industrial Development Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Food working in the area of bio-energy and bio-industrial development and is now president of Keating Business Strategies Ltd.
Shan Van Maarion, BComm
Shan graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Over the years she has worked for a variety of mid size businesses such as not-for-profit daycare, furniture store, auto dealership and trucking company. She has kept the offices organized doing PR, payables, receivables, government reports and other duties as required. Most recently, she has taken courses at Red Deer College to upgrade her skills in MS Word and Excel. Shan contributes to the efficient day-to-day operations of the KBS office and supports the work of management and other staff. She continues to progress in her career by continually upgrading her skills and having an enthusiasm for getting a job well done.