UCalgary Alumni Board of Directors

Comprised of a group of dedicated and diverse volunteers, meet the UCalgary Alumni Board of Directors.

Your Alumni Association

All graduates become members of the University of Calgary Alumni Association – the official community of UCalgary alumni at home and around the world.

Your association is led by the UCalgary Alumni Association Board of Directors – a group of dedicated volunteers – who undertake work to: 

  • Advise the university on matters related to alumni, and the development and execution of the Alumni Strategy;
  • together with the university, develop and oversee systems, processes and programs to achieve the goals within the Alumni Strategy;
  • develop a transparent and effective process to appoint alumni to the various positions specified by the university requiring alumni representation;
  • work with the university to increase alumni recognition within the university and broader community;
  • foster collaboration and community connections between alumni and the university’s research initiatives;
  • build an environment in which alumni are supportive of the fundraising ambitions of the university; and
  • engage in work and projects to help the university execute the Alumni Strategy, where it is most beneficial for the work to be done by the board and not the university.

UCalgary Alumni Board of Directors

Comprised of a group of dedicated and diverse volunteers, the University of Calgary Alumni Board provides the valued perspective of current and future alumni to meet the needs of members and support UCalgary’s priorities.

President: Vern Kimball, BA'81, MBA'90

President: Vern Kimball, BA’81, MBA’90

Known as a “top difference maker” and one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential,” Vern Kimball retired in 2015 after a 29-year career with the Calgary Stampede and its Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2015. Vern continues to be engaged in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary and as a director on the board of Tourism Calgary. He was named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Calgary Alumni Association.

Nauman Saeed Anwar, MBA'11

Nauman Saeed Anwar, MBA’11

Nauman Saeed Anwar is currently working as a program manager with the oil and gas regulator’s climate policy assurance program. Prior to this, Nauman had worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte in Calgary. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the university and Haskayne School of Business efforts to build a stronger alumni community, most recently playing an important role in the creation of Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance. He was also elected the inaugural graduate class ambassador for the Class of 2011. His volunteer efforts have supported the 24-hour case competition, mentored students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and various non-for-profit organizations around Calgary.

Chris Carlson, MBA’10

Chris Carlson, MBA’10

Chris Carlson’s successful career in project management and technology has led him to his current role as chief information officer at Brightsquid Secure Communications. He has been a strong champion for the University of Calgary and the Haskayne School of Business since graduating with his Executive MBA in 2010. He is co-founder of the EMBA Alumni Alliance, served as chair of the Haskayne Alumni Advisory Council and recently was a member of the Management Alumni Excellence (MAX) Selection Committee. He also served as one of the Distinguished Graduate speakers at convocation in June 2018.

Ian Chiclo, BA’91

Ian Chiclo, BA’91

Ian Chiclo works in marketing and business development for Bamboo Shoots, a video and television production company. He was the founding editor and long-time publisher of Fast Forward Weekly, during which time he was named CalgaryInc. magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 1999 and again in 2002. He launched his career at the University of Calgary’s campus radio station, CJSW, as editor of VOX Magazine from 1991-1995. He also hosted a radio show at the campus station for more than 20 years. Ian served as a board director for the Calgary Folk Music Festival for 12 years, four of them as board chair, and is actively involved with the Calgary Ski Club as a cross-country coach in the Jackrabbits program.

Jennifer Ishiguro, BComm’02

Jennifer Ishiguro, BComm’02

Jennifer Ishiguro is managing director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation at ATB Financial where she creates, designs and transforms experiences for customers in the digital age.

Jennifer is a leader in digital transformation with more than 16 years of industry experience during a thrilling time which saw the web turn traditional business models on their head with the rise of search engines, e-commerce, smartphones, social media, and now artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. If you want to immerse yourself in her work, check out the interface design and seamless user experience the next time you check in to a WestJet flight on your mobile phone, stream Shaw media on your iPad or manage your financial life online at ATB.

She also sits on Bow Valley College’s Creative Technologies School Advisory board, as well as the Calgary Marketing Association board, where she advocates for lifelong learning, the importance of design and game-changing technology.

Brenda Marks, BN'86, MBA

Brenda Marks, BN’86

A graduate of the UCalgary's Faculty of Nursing, Brenda Marks started her career as a registered nurse in Calgary. She then completed her MBA at the University of Western Ontario and moved into the medical device industry with Abbott Laboratories as a sales representative and then clinical consultant. In 2004, Brenda shifted into product management and has worked with successful Alberta companies including priMED Medical Products and Surface Medical Inc., working with production facilities in China and gaining international sales experience. Brenda is a former member of the Dinos track team and five-year volunteer with the Faculty of Nursing Alumni Committee.

Renée Marx, BA’97, LLB’00

Renée Marx, BA’97, LLB’00

Renée Marx is a born-and-raised Calgarian. Her career background is as a regulatory lawyer and she has extensive experience in both the utilities and energy industries. She has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Currently, she is the director of the regulatory development team at the Alberta Energy Regulator. During her time at the University of Calgary, her volunteer activities included being a member of the Senate and the Students’ Union Review Board. As a law graduate, she often volunteers with the Faculty of Law judging law student moots. Renée also serves as chair of the Alumni Programs Committee.

Ian Minnifee, BA’94

Ian Minnifee, BA’94

Ian Minnifee is a community-builder, a promoter of diversity, a sports advocate and a wealth strategist with Sagium, a Calgary-based independent financial planning firm. Minnifee has worked in the financial services industry since 1997 helping successful families prudently grow, manage and preserve their wealth. In 1988, he started his varsity basketball career, eventually becoming team captain while receiving numerous individual conference and national awards. After graduating, Minnifee continued his impact by working closely with the University of Calgary to promote the basketball community, becoming a founding member of the Dinosaur Basketball Foundation. From 2009 to 2015, he served on the University of Calgary Senate, where he was a prominent ambassador of the Dino Athletics program. Among his many contributions to the Senate, he sought to find unique ways to highlight the accomplishments of Dinos athletes and coaches to the Senate. Minnifee helped create the Senate Service Award for student athlete community volunteerism and co-founded a leadership program that connects the award recipient to a Senate mentor. In June 2018, he was awarded the Order of the University of Calgary for his record of exemplary and distinguished service to UCalgary.

Susan Shaw, BSc’89

Susan Shaw, BSc’89

Sue Shaw is a senior IT Leader, an internationally recognized Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) expert and a user group advocate. Her experience ranges from developer to IT director, enabling a unique perspective across the IT landscape, from business processes to integrations and infrastructure. Shaw is currently an enterprise applications architect at ATCO, a large Oracle Cloud customer. She volunteers with the Quest Oracle Community in various capacities, including currently holding the position of vice-president of the Quest ERP Cloud Special Interest Group and she is a co-host of the Quest Leadership Community, Alberta Chapter; she is also a past Quest President. Shaw is currently on the Executive Committee Board for the Canadian Regional User Group and chairs the Alumni Affinity Communities Committee.

Wilma Shim, BSc’07, JD’10

Wilma Shim, BSc’07, JD’10

Wilma Shim is a lawyer with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. In 2003, she was awarded the Chancellor's Club Scholarship. While a student at the University of Calgary, Wilma was elected to the Students’ Union and elected the president of the Society of Law Students. She has previously served as the president of the Physical Education and Kinesiology Alumni Association.

In 2010, she received the President's Award for Excellence in Student Leadership and was also inducted into The Order of the University of Calgary. Currently, Wilma is chair of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Alberta and is a director on the Board of the Association of Women Lawyers. She is a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Calgary. Wilma is an instructor with the Law School’s Trial Advocacy Course and volunteers as a guest judge. She is a member of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Class of 2015.

Renée Marx, BA’97, LLB’00

Helen Sunderland, BMus’87, MBA’92

In her “day job,” Helen Sunderland is a business architect with SAP Canada. She has been in various roles with this international software conglomerate since 1998, beginning her SAP career in Calgary, then subsequently living and working for seven years in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, Calif.) and returning back to Calgary in 2015. She is a subject matter expert in multiple SAP software solutions. In her recent volunteer experience, she served as treasurer and then, subsequently, chair of the board for the Digital Moose Lounge, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit with a mission to connect Canadians in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to serving as the alumni liaison for UCalgary’s alumni activities in the Bay Area, Helen is a director of the American Friends of the University of Calgary, a specialized fund-raising entity for U.S. residents making donations to UCalgary. 

Heather Treacy, BPE’82, BComm’84

Heather Treacy, BPE’82, BComm’84

Heather L. Treacy, QC, is a highly sought-after and nationally recognized counsel whose practice is focused on civil litigation and dispute resolution. She is the managing partner of the Calgary office of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, a global law firm.

In 2014, Heather was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100. In 2016, Heather received the WILL Award for Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice. In 2017, she was named a winner of the Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law.

Heather is active in the community and has a passion for the arts. She is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously served as the alumni representative on the Energizing Eyes High Strategic Planning Committee at the University of Calgary.

Robert Winstanley, BSc’85, MSc’89, MBA’00

Robert Winstanley, BSc’85, MSc’89, MBA’00

Robert Winstanley is well known within Calgary’s high tech community and is currently a senior system engineer for the world’s largest electronic contract manufacturer. Prior to this, Rob worked with a variety of companies, including SMART Technologies, NovAtel Wireless and Harris Corporation. He has experience in interactive display technologies, wired and wireless communications, network solutions, asset tracking, law enforcement applications, wearables, and telemetry solutions. Rob also serves on the University of Calgary Schulich Engineering Alumni Council.