AGAT Foundation


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John DeSanti


John DeSanti serves as the Executive Chairman of AGAT Laboratories Ltd., a National Canadian privately-owned laboratory network headquartered in Calgary; operating 12 scientific divisions, with 44 locations coast to coast and an international outreach.

John graduated from Concordia and McGill University and started his career in Quebec before joining Price Coopers in Calgary in 1981. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned to Applied Geoscience and Technology (AGAT) Laboratories as Vice President then President in 1984, where he set a path to expand the geography and accreditation scope of AGAT Laboratories to become the leading analytical testing provider it is today.

Under John’s leadership, AGAT Labs has bolstered its participation in community engagement and social stewardship projects that bring forth education and knowledge in the sciences, pursue poverty alleviation initiatives, promote and support key advances in medical research and raise awareness about critical health issues. With the creation of the AGAT Foundation, John and the AGAT team hope to create partnerships and a vehicle for sharing knowledge, increasing community research and development in the medical sciences while investing in community charitable causes and initiatives.

A strong advocate for Canadian scientific excellence, John has forged a partnership bringing together the AGAT Foundation, AGAT Laboratories, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC), and the University of Calgary to initiate programs designed to develop Artificial Intelligence in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancers while at the same time enhancing research into PMSA solutions for targeted responses. In addition, a recent endeavour brings together AHS Doctors from the PCC and Sheldon Chumir, City of Calgary Police, and Calgary Schools and Teachers. The team has developed a youth program to encourage scientific literacy with junior high students through tours and presentations aimed at educating students and parents about the dangers of Opioids.

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Allan Kostanuick


Allan Kostanuick serves on the Board of Directors of AGAT Laboratories Ltd., a National Canadian privately-owned laboratory headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.

Allan graduated with a B. Comm degree from Concordia University in Quebec. He articled with a Quebec firm of Chartered Accountants on his way to a CPA designation and later assumed the position of Financial Controller for a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific where he rose to the position of assistant Vice President and Treasurer. During his tenure at CP consulting, Allan gained exposure and experience in transportation, telecommunications, hotel and resource management.

In 1991, Allan joined AGAT Laboratories where he subsequently held several senior management and executive positions, including the position of CEO, before being appointed to AGAT’s board. His decades of experience and teamwork helped grow AGAT’s position as a diversified, Canadian analytical laboratory with multiple science and technology divisions. Allan’s financial oversight was instrumental in providing sound leadership during AGAT’s growth and diversification strategies. Over the years Allan was a key driver in the development of AGAT’s, Accounting and Information Systems and its tightly linked Laboratory Information Management System that drives all processes and workflows across company operations to this day.

A strong advocate of Canadian excellence in science and technology along with community responsiveness, Allan’s tenure at AGAT has enshrined economic stewardship for AGAT Laboratories along with fundamental values of re-investment in communities throughout Canada.

As a volunteer at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Allan served, helping to bring comfort and hope to patients and families undergoing treatment services. As a Director of the AGAT Foundation, Allan’s past experience at AGAT Laboratories along with community activism forms an important part of the vision and mandate of the AGAT Foundation as it seeks to bridge science, technology and innovation with the real world issues facing many of our Canadian communities.

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Tom Crist


Tom Crist served as a Former President/CEO, of Eecol Electric Corp and is now a director of the Crist Family Foundation .

Under Tom’s leadership EECOL Electric which began as Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd. in 1919 grew to become one of Canada’s premier full-line distributors with approximately $900 million in annual sales, 57 locations across Canada and 20 in South America, and more than 20,000 customers.

EECOL’s South American operations dated back to the establishment of a joint venture in Chile in 1996. Prior to its sale to Wesco ,the company developed operations in Argentina, Peru and Ecuador as well.

In November 2012 , A subsidiary of WESCO International, Pittsburgh, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EECOL Electric Corp., Calgary, Alberta, and various affiliated companies.

Since 1991 the Crist family has invested $7.3 million in the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Their first gift  was made as a tribute to the care that their late wife, mother and Grandmother Janice Crist received at the Tom Baker Cancer Center.

Along with his daughters Nicky and Mandy, sons Dallas and Robbie, and their spouses and children, Crist and his family have donated millions to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation since 2003 for neonatal care, as well as a new centre for child and adolescent mental health. The Crist’s have also supported the Tomorrow Project, the largest health research study ever undertaken in Canada that works towards discovering more about what causes cancer so that it may be prevented in the future.

They’ve also supported numerous other local organizations including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Children’s Cottage Society, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Ronald McDonald House and the Calgary Zoo.

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