Board of Directors

R. Scott Hutcheson
(Board Chair)

R. Scott Hutcheson is the Executive Chair of Aspen Properties, a fully integrated, privately held commercial real estate company based in the city of Calgary. Together with investment partners, Aspen owns and manages approximately $1.0 billion in assets, comprising 2.65 million square feet of downtown office space and 2,327 parking stalls in the cities of Calgary and Edmonton. The portfolio consists of seven buildings in downtown Calgary, one office building in the beltline, and two “AA” office towers in downtown Edmonton. Within the portfolio, an additional 1.2 million square feet of “AAA” LEED Gold office space has been approved for development. Aspen also owns the iconic Calgary Tower.

Prior to co-founding Aspen Properties in 1998, Hutcheson served as President of a real estate partnership in Florida that was financed by an ivy league university endowment fund. He was also previously employed as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and San Francisco. In addition to his position as Executive Chair of the Board of Aspen Properties, Hutcheson is an active member in the community, having served on numerous boards. He has most recently been named Chair of Calgary 2026. He is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of Arts Commons. He has served on various boards over the past decade which included Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Winterstart (the organization which operates both the men’s and women’s Alpine World Cup ski races at Lake Louise) and served as Chair of the Board of WinSport (the organization that owns and operates the legacy assets from Calgary’s ’88 winter Olympics). He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Own the Podium, a member of the Board of Governors of Shawnigan Lake School and a member of the Board of Directors of Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, the Co-Chair of Calgary Economic Development’s, Real Estate Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Gold). In the past decade, Hutcheson has served on five public company boards and has been an officer of three TSX companies. He was a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team (1978-1982), a first team All-America NCAA athlete and a member of four NCAA Championship Ski Teams.

Hutcheson earned a Master of Science degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Utah and holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Gregory Kudar

Greg Kudar is a Partner with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He founded McKinsey’s office in Calgary and serves as Location Manager. Greg has served clients around the globe in the public sector, petroleum, mining, forest products and transportation industries with a focus on strategic, organizational and operational issues. He is a core member of McKinsey’s Global Energy and Materials Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey, Greg was with Bain & Company, Canada in Toronto.

Greg attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario where he received a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Commission in the Royal Canadian Navy. Greg also attended the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he received a Masters of Business Administration and was an Ivey Scholar.


Jeff Boyd

As Regional President for Alberta and the Territories, Jeff Boyd has overall responsibility for Personal and Commercial Banking in the Region.

With RBC for more than 20 years, Jeff has progressed through a variety of positions including senior management roles in both Retail and Commercial Banking and National Sales Strategy.

Jeff is an active and dedicated community leader, including his involvement on the board of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, as well as Advisory Boards for the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haskayne School of Business, and the University of Alberta Business School.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University, and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program.

Fern Cyr

Fern Cyr is currently on the Board of the Institute of Internal Audit Canada (IIAC), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and is Advisor to the Audit and Risk Committee of the Mount Royal University (MRU) Board of Governors. She Chairs the LeaderImpact Calgary City Team, an NFP organization focusing on the integration of Leadership and faith. She has a Management Consulting Company LIVE Solutions Ltd and provides services in Leadership, Risk Management and Strategic direction.

Fern served as the Chief Audit Executive of a large integrated energy company, Imperial Oil, from 2011 to 2015, reporting to the Board Audit Committee. She also worked for ExxonMobil, which involved extensive international scope. As Finance Director of Mobil North Sea in Aberdeen, and then Operations Accounting Manager of ExxonMobil International in London, she oversaw significant changes during the merger of Exxon and Mobil. This experience, as well as a wide variety of other roles during her 35+ year career in the energy industry, has kept her intellectually curious, results driven and a student of leadership. Fern has an ICD.D, is a CPA, CGA, CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) and has an executive MBA from Haskayne.


Heather Campbell, P. Eng.

Procurement Development Manager, Renewables Development
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

As Procurement Development Manager, Heather Campbell supports the AESO’s efforts in development of the Renewable Electricity Program and other procurement development activities within ancillary services and bulk transmission.

Ms. Campbell has a diverse energy industry career spanning two decades, having held technical, commercial, and business advisory positions within petrochemicals, oil and gas, energy consultancies, and energy industries. Heather gained her foundation skills by working with NOVA Chemicals, ARC Resources, ICF International, and through the leadership and operation of Enthalpic Strategies, a consultancy specialized in management, business, and technical advisory for energy policy, energy strategy, and energy development. Prior to joining the AESO, Ms. Campbell was a Regional Director with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) acting to nurture, build, launch, and grow successful Canadian clean technology companies.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Laws in Energy Law and Policy from the University of Dundee. She is a licensed Professional Engineer practicing in Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Campbell is an engaged, lifelong community volunteer, actively sharing her talents, resources and time by participating and often leading a purposely diverse range of organizations. Heather is a member of the Advisory Council for Western Engineering, and is vice-president of the board of Downstage Theatre, theatre that creates conversations around social issues.


David Dunlop

David Dunlop is a senior finance professional with more than 20 years experience in the energy industry. He is currently Vice-President, Finance at Veresen Inc., an energy infrastructure company.

David started his career with Ernst & Young where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. He moved into the energy industry with Talisman Energy where he worked for 18 years in senior Finance management roles. He is a recent graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program.

David is active in his local communities and he is an avid supporter of the Calgary arts community. He sits on the Environment Grants Advisory Committee for the Calgary Foundation, and is a Director of Calgary Opera.


Megan Fielding is a global communications leader with more than 15 years of experience working across the telecommunications, financial services, and agriculture sectors. She is passionate about cultivating world-class teams and driving impact for organizational reputation and culture through the power of communications. Megan is the Vice-President of Brand & Culture Communications for Nutrien – a leading global agriculture company. Over the past year, she has developed an international team, strategy, and operating model for communications at Nutrien, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this role, Megan was the Director of Communications for TELUS, leading all consumer and health communications for the company. As a new Calgarian, when Megan is not sequestered in her at-home office, she enjoys skiing, hiking with her two fur babies, and attempting to scoot around the city. She very much looks forward to seeing people in real life again and exploring Calgary’s arts and culture scene. Megan joined the Arts Commons Board in 2021.



Sam is the President of Alsa Road Construction Ltd.

Being born in Calgary to immigrant parents was the beginning of Sam’s apprenticeship into the world of business. His parents taught him to work hard and be philanthropic. He cofounded Alsa Road Construction 40 years ago with his brother and together they built one of the largest independent road construction companies in Calgary that supports 130 families. Though he enjoys working he still finds the time to fly his airplane into the backcountry to fish and reconnect with nature. While his parents taught him the importance of philanthropy, his wife exposed him to the arts in a way that he hadn’t experienced it before. 



Salimah is the Downstage Board Representative and Executive Director of the Sunrise Community Resource Centre. Salimah is an empathetic, resourceful and driven leader who is determined to make meaningful impacts on the people and systems in Calgary. Driven to envision and execute strategy, galvanize resources, track results, and make lasting shifts in society, Salimah is a trusted collaborator and innovation co-conspirator within Calgary’s social impact and economic development networks. She is a subject matter expert in policy development, asset-building, poverty reduction, community economic development and behavioural economics.

Salimah is a key player in launching, building and executing Calgary’s poverty reduction plan and Canada’s national financial empowerment movement. Salimah is currently the Executive Director of Sunrise Community Resource Centre, supporting an amazing team of compassionate people serving citizens living on low incomes in South East Calgary. Salimah is the President of the Board at Downstage Theatre, a board member with Cornerstone Youth Centres and volunteers with the Ismaili Muslim community.

Arun Lakra

By day, Arun Lakra is an ophthalmologist. He completed his medical school and residency at the University of Toronto and his internship at the University of Hawaii (where he learned how to surf and to suture himself up after surfing). Mr. Lakra returned to his hometown of Calgary in 1997 and is presently in private practice at the Calgary Ophthalmology Centre.

Mr. Lakra also wears the hat of a writer. He wrote the multi-award winning play Sequence, which was produced by Downstage Theatre/Hit and Myth Productions at The Big Secret Theatre in 2013. Sequence won the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play and the Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Best New Script.

When he is not examining eyeballs or pursuing creative endeavors, Mr. Lakra is an exhausted father of two great kids.


Jim Laycraft

OYR Board Representative
Lawyer, Wilson Laycraft


Alex MacWilliam

Alex is a partner and the leader of the Canada Environment and Climate Change Practice Group at the global law firm Dentons LLP. He advises Canadian and international clients on all legal issues relating to the environment and is regarded as a leading environmental law practitioner. In 2017, Alex was re-appointed by the Government of Alberta as Chair of the Environmental Appeals Board.

Recommended by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in the area of Environmental Law, Alex is profiled in The Lexpert American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Who's Who Legal, and in Best Lawyers and is rated by Practical Law Company as a recommended Environmental Lawyer. He has appeared before the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Alberta Energy Regulator, Natural Resources Conservation Board, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Federal Court of Canada and all levels of Court in Alberta. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary and an LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.

Alex advises Dentons’ clients in respect of all matters of an environmental nature, including the management and minimization of liability arising from environmental risks, environmental management systems and other risk management tools. When environmental incidents do occur, Alex is experienced in the legal aspects of emergency response and crisis management and has extensive experience in resolving disputes arising from such incidents through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation.

An avid supporter of the arts sector, Alex was a member of the Board of Directors of The Calgary International Film Festival (2006-2013) and is a current member and Past-President of the Board of Directors of Alberta Theatre Projects. Alex has been a Leader of the United Way of Calgary and Area for many years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bridgeland Riverside Community Association.

Rodney McCann

An experienced entrepreneur, Mr. McCann has been involved in numerous businesses in a diverse number of industries.

Through his holding company, North American Resource Management Inc., Mr. McCann oversees the operations of several mining and energy-focused enterprises, including: Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc., an industry-leading supplier of natural sodium sulphate; SOMIN Compania Minera de Sonora, S.A.P.I. de C.V., a company developing a thenardite (sodium sulphate) mine in the State of Sonora, Mexico; Aristos Energy Inc., a sour gas processing and production company; Airborne Clean Energy Ltd., a company with proprietary flue gas scrubbing and sodium upgrade technologies; and Alsask R.E. S.A. de C.V., a company involved in real estate and land development in Latin America.

Mr. McCann has been involved in numerous sectors at various stages of maturity including startups and turnarounds. An active participant in community events, Mr. McCann is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, a Director of the Hospice Calgary Foundation as well as a mentor in the Washington State University Mentors Program. Additionally, Mr. McCann has been a long-time sponsor of, and volunteers at St. Mary’s Feed the Hungry program.


James Morton

James Morton is a partner in Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited’s office in Calgary. James joined the firm’s Toronto office in 1998, reaching the level of partner in 2001 and relocated to Calgary in 2006. Prior to joining Jarislowsky, Fraser, James spent four years working as a management consultant for Monitor Company and NatWest Bank in London, England. Prior to that, James spent three years working in a variety of roles for Barclays Bank of Canada in Toronto. James has a B.A. in Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from London Business School. James is also a board member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Valour Canada.


Chima Nkemdirim, QC

Chima Nkemdirim, Q.C. is Vice President of Government Relations at Shaw Communications and is responsible for managing Shaw’s relationships at the federal, provincial and municipal orders of government. He joined Shaw earlier this year after serving for seven years as Chief of Staff to Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary. Prior to entering politics, Chima practiced corporate law at Dentons LLP and was appointed as Queen’s Council by the government of Alberta. Chima currently serves on the boards of The Walrus Foundation and Alberta Theatre Projects and also volunteers at the Calgary Foundation and Calgary’s Olympic Advisory Committee.


Randy Pettipas

As President & CEO, Randy Pettipas provides strong strategic policy advice and delivers tangible results to Global’s clients in all major industries, including energy, natural resources, telecommunications and transportation. He continues to be a trusted advisor to the leaders of many of Canada’s largest corporations.

Randy joined Global Public Affairs in 1997. Since then, Global has expanded its reach beyond Ottawa, establishing offices in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, and Washington DC. Global now operates in federal, provincial and municipal jurisdictions, providing a team-based, fully-integrated public affairs service offering to clients across Canada and internationally.

Originally from Calgary, Randy’s experience includes a number of senior positions in the federal government. Prior to joining Global, Randy served as a senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (1990-1994) and as Chief of Staff to Ministers in two different departments.

Randy currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He is also actively involved as a volunteer in the Calgary community, currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of Hospice Calgary. He is also on the Business Development Advisory Board to the Calgary Airport Authority and on the Board of Trustees of the Calgary Zoo.



Theatre Calgary Board Representative


Stu Reid

Stu brings over 30 years of fund development experience to the projects and organizations he works with. A recipient of AFP’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional award in 2009, Stu recently retired from Kids Cancer Care as Chief Development Officer after holding senior leadership positions with KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.), the University of Calgary and McMaster University.

Stu is a recognized speaker and presenter at the national and international level and is strong ambassador for our city, province and country. Helping improve the lives of children and teens has long been one of Stu’s passions. His volunteer involvement has included the Calgary Stampede’s Grandstand Show Committee and Nominating and Shareholder Relations Committee, Pearson College of the Pacific, Arts Commons (formerly the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts) and Youthlink –the Calgary Police Interpretive Centre and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He currently serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A graduate of McMaster University, Stu is married to Vicki (Director of Community Relations at Cenovus) and has two adult children – Jamie and Tori.

Patricia van de Sande

Patricia van de Sande is currently the Vice President, Finance at Parkland Fuel Corporation after previously serving as the Vice President Investor Relations and Compliance. In her current role, she leads professional teams that are responsible for corporate reporting, technical accounting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit and risk management, operational finance as well as financial projects. Her focus is on driving continual improvement while supporting large acquisitions through her role on the Integration Steering Committing at Parkland. With a career spanning over two decades, Ms. van de Sande has held a variety of senior roles in corporate finance, investor relations, compliance, risk management, and internal audit. She also worked for several large multi-national organizations while living in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ms. van de Sande is a Chartered Accountant and holds the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional International designation. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Ms. van de Sande is a longtime passionate supporter of all forms of the arts.


Holly Schile

Holly Schile is the Fine and Performing Arts Consultant with Instructional Services, at the Calgary Catholic School District. She oversees all forms of the fine and performing arts for levels K-12. She holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University where she studied music performance, the visual arts and education and completed a Master’s of Education from Concordia University. Ms. Schile has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught all grade levels, including diverse learners, Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate. She was honored to be a recipient of a Shepherd Leadership Award and an Alberta Provincial Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ms. Schile coordinates and delivers professional development to teachers and is involved with the arts community personally, professionally, and educationally through various stakeholders across Canada.

One of her key focus areas and passion is arts integration. She feels strongly that the arts are an integral part of the community and loves the impact and power the arts have when opportunities imbed cultural richness and beauty through sharing one’s story.


David Smith

David Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer of Keyera Corp. He has held senior management roles with Keyera and its predecessors since the company's inception in 1998.

David has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in Canada. He began his career with Imperial Oil Limited in 1982 and joined Gulf Canada Resources Limited in 1991. David is a Director of Keyera Corp. and is a Director of Crew Energy Inc.

He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University and the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Henry W. Sykes, QC
(past board chair)

Henry is currently a director of a number of public and private entities. Prior to 2015, Henry was President and Director of MGM Energy Corp. He was President of ConocoPhillips Canada from 2001 to 2006 and prior, was Executive Vice-President, Business Development of Gulf Canada Resources.

Henry is a lawyer by training. He began his career in 1983 as an associate with the Calgary firm of Bennett Jones, eventually becoming a partner and member of the firm’s management committee. While at Bennett Jones, Henry specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate law.

Henry was born in Montreal, speaking only French until his parents moved to Calgary in the mid-sixties. He finished high school in Calgary and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in economics from McGill University in Montreal, and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta as well as the Law Society of England and Wales. He has served as a director of various public and private corporations and not-for-profit groups, including the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.




Alex Sarian
President and CEO

Colleen Dickson
Chief Financial Officer

Greg Epton
Chief Development Officer


Leslie Biles
Director, Venue Operations

Kaija Dirkson
Director, Marketing & Sales

Jennifer Johnson
Director, Programming

Tasha Komery
Corporate Communications Strategist