Andrea Froese was born in Churchill, Manitoba, and raised in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan, graduating from high school there in 1991. She obtained her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts (Great Distinction), and in 1997 with a Bachelor of Laws (Great Distinction and second in her graduating class). Andrea was awarded numerous scholarships throughout her undergraduate and law degrees, and served on the Editorial Board of and was published in the Saskatchewan Law Review.
Andrea commenced her law career in Calgary. In 1997, she clerked at the Court of Queen’s Bench and Court of Appeal of Alberta, and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1998. In 1998, she commenced working at Bennett Jones LLP, an internationally recognized leading Canadian law firm, where she continues to practice today. She is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Her focus is in health law, representing Alberta physicians in litigation and professional disciplinary matters at all levels of Alberta courts and in front of various tribunals. She lectures in Calgary and nationally on medical-legal issues, and is recognized for her expertise in medical negligence issues by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. She serves on a national committee concerning physician health and wellness. In addition to her health law practice, Andrea acts as external counsel for the Chief Constable of the Calgary Police Service on various matters, and represents companies and individuals in complex energy disputes.
Andrea is a past member of the Calgary Regional Arts Foundation, a municipal body that awards funding to various artistic and cultural groups in Calgary, and is a Director for the Medical Legal Society of Calgary.
Andrea is married to Chad Froese, also from Saskatchewan. They have two children together, Declan and Fiona.
Kenny Shields was born on October 24, 1947 in Nokomis, Saskatchewan. This is where his love for music began and turned into a lifetime career.After Kenny graduated from Nokomis School, he moved to Saskatoon to attend university and joined a local band, Witness Incorporated, which toured the country opening for the likes of Roy Orbison and Cream. Following the dissolution of Witness Incorporated, Kenny moved to Winnipeg, began performing with local musicians, and soon formed his most influential band, Streetheart.
Streetheart would top the Canadian charts with hits including Action, Hollywood, Snow White, Teenage Rage, One More Time, Tin Soldier, Here Comes the Night, What Kind of Love is This, and Under My Thumb. At their peak, Streetheart toured with Chilliwack, Rush, Toronto, Harlequin, Aldo Nova, April Wine, Headpins, Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, Blue Öyster Cult, and AC/DC.
Streetheart earned six gold albums, four platinum albums, a double platinum album, a gold single, two Ampex Golden Reel Awards, a Music Express People's Choice Award as the most popular Canadian Act, and a Juno Award. In 2003, Kenny Shields and Streetheart were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame.
Kenny was as good as anyone on the planet at what he did, and his unique voice helped give Streetheart its own identity. His ability to work an audience was legendary. He was an influence on others, both vocally and how they approached the music industry.
Despite his notoriety, Kenny lived his life with the utmost humbleness. His kindness, generosity, and ability to make everyone feel special were only a few of the traits that attributed to Kenny lighting up every room that he entered. Kenny is remembered for his kind heart, gentle soul, warm smile, big hugs, firm handshakes, and contagious laugh.