Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Graeme Harrison

Chair

Graeme Harrison recognizes the importance of science education in today’s world. He believes that science centres help the public, especially young people, better understand how our complex world works.

Through his legal and corporate governance experience, Graeme looks forward to volunteering his time as a member of the board to help TELUS Spark carry out its mission. He wants to see Calgary's economy and culture diversified and believes that

Spark contributes to this diversification by encouraging people of all ages to expand their minds and engage in a wider variety of pursuits.

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Kirstie Boyle

Vice Chair

A leader within the technology and entrepreneurship community, Kirstie brings a different perspective to the Board. Her experiences helping grow innovative organizations align well with TELUS Spark’s vision of a community transformed by a culture of curiosity, risk-taking and problem solving. Having experienced the challenges and successes of supporting and growing for-profit and non-profit organizations and initiatives, Kirstie looks forward to applying these learnings to help support Spark’s goals.

Kirstie’s career path into science and technology was significantly impacted by her regular visits to local science centres while growing up. She recognizes that being encouraged in science through exploration and play helps foster an innovative mentality, and believes that Spark is inspiring an innovative mindset in future generations. As a member of the Board of Directors, Kirstie looks forward to helping Spark continue to drive positive change in the community through innovation.

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Sophia Langlois

Treasurer

Sophia Langlois recently retired from KPMG where she was an audit partner, corporate services leader for the Calgary office and national audit people strategy leader for Canada. She hold designations from CPA-CA, ICD.D and CPHR. She joined the board of Alaris Royalty Corp. to serve as a corporate director and member of both the audit and compensation committees.

She recently served as the Vice-Chair of the Board and the Audit Committee Chair at SAIT, and previously served on the board of Operation Eyesight Universal(vice chair and audit committee chair), Kids up Front Foundation (audit committee chair) and the Calgary Counselling centre (audit committee chair).

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Sean McLean

Past Chair

As managing partner of a global leadership advisory firm and with a background as an educational leader, Sean brings valuable private and public-sector expertise.

In an increasingly dynamic and connected world, Sean believes it is critical to develop curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving capacity in children and youth. Spark’s vision, mission, values, history and, most importantly, the ability to make broad and positive impacts, both locally and globally, aligned perfectly with those beliefs.

A third generation Calgarian with three children, Sean has personally experienced the impact of Spark. He sees Spark as a catalyst of innovation and inquiry that drives positive change.

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Nancy Brennan

Board Member

Nancy L. Brennan joined Keyera as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in 2019. She is responsible for leading Keyera’s Legal & Corporate Secretarial matters, Environmental, Social & Governance (“ESG”) strategy, External Relations (Government Relations, Indigenous Relations and Land) and Communications functions.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and Human Resources & Compensation Committee designation from McMaster University. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. Ms. Brennan is active in the community, and also serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary.

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Anthony Giuffre

Board Member

Anthony Giuffre has long believed in supporting community initiatives that bring people together in innovative ways. He sees education and cultural diversity as paths to a brighter future for children everywhere and has invested time and knowledge into organizations that support learning, sport, and community building, including UNICEF, The Calgary Public Library Foundation, and The Olympic Foundation. Anthony is the Founder and CEO of Avenue Living, one of western Canada’s largest owner-operators of multi-family residential housing, and actively serves a variety of roles in over a dozen businesses, from Co-founder to Executive Chairman to mentor.

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Jason Green

Jason Green

Board Member

Jason is currently a Managing Director and Partner with Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Calgary. Prior to joining BCG, Jason was a Partner with McKinsey and Company and began his career as an engineer in the environmental services sector. He has a BSc in civil engineering and an MEng in environmental engineering from the University of Alberta as well as an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Jason is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.

Jason has always had a passion for science and technology. He believes that science centers can play a pivotal role in making STEAM topics more accessible and exciting for students considering STEAM-related careers, while also creating a platform to engage and excite the broader public on STEAM-related topics.

Jason’s aspiration for Calgary is to become an even more influential and diversified hub in the global energy and technology sectors. He firmly believes that TELUS Spark plays an important role in creating exciting and immersive science and technology learning experiences for children and adults to help Calgary pursue its future aspirations.

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Asanga Gunatillaka

Board Member

Asanga is a senior executive with strong general management experience as well as expertise in leading product marketing and development, commercial management, technology strategy and architecture, business development and strategy.

Asanga brings 20 years of diverse international technology and business leadership experience across a variety of companies including Accenture and Virgin Media. Asanga and his Calgarian wife moved to Calgary from Sweden in 2016 to start a family. After moving to Calgary, Asanga joined ATCO and currently leads Business Development and Sales in its Global Electricity Business, charged with growth through new transformation offerings.

Asanga has spent most of his career transforming media and telecommunications companies underpinned by the introduction of new products and business models. He joined the TELUS Spark Board in 2018 and is committed to growing further the reach and relevance of Spark in the local community and beyond.

Asanga believes that a focus on Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) in both early and lifelong learning will be a key enabler in diversifying the Calgary and wider Alberta economy. Asanga sees Spark having a key role to play in driving this STEAM agenda as part of inspiring and engaging the next generation of innovators who will incubate new companies and initiatives to drive economic growth.

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Bhushan Ivaturi

Board Member

With over two decades of international leadership, Bhushan Ivaturi has shaped, led and transformed the business of technology and services in several industries.

Bhushan is Senior Vice President for global Technology & Information Services at Enbridge (NYSE/TSE: ENB) and the Chief Digital and Information Officer. He leads all functions of Information Technologies; Cybersecurity; Business Process Simplification; Operational Technologies, Data Management and Digital functions. As part of shaping the automation, digital strategy for Enbridge, Bhushan built the Technology + Innovation organization that is delivering significant value across all business units. He has transformed the CIO functions, integrated operations and information technologies resulting in operational efficiency and making technology a strategic enabler for the company. Bhushan also is executive sponsor for the Embedded Growth Framework to achieve business plans through capital light initiatives.

Prior to Enbridge, he was Vice President and global CIO at AP Moller Maersk, where he led and transformed the global data, cybersecurity, information and industrial technology and built the digital strategy. Before Maersk, Bhushan served as an executive at General Electric (GE) for 15 years. Prior to GE, Bhushan drove outcomes in the high-technology sector, leading demand and supply chains and performed in various roles including product management, technology management and software engineering.

Bhushan has a track record of raising the competitiveness, differentiation and scalability of any business, developing winning teams and talent.

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Mario Mele

Board Member

Mario Mele is Vice President Corporate Strategy and Controller at TELUS. He has an extensive background as Chief Marketing Officer in telecommunications and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

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Nuvyn Peters

Board Member

Nuvyn is a passionate community leader and seasoned executive with a strong record of achievements in development, community engagement and capital campaigns. Prior to joining The ESG Bank as CEO of Community and Retail Banking, Nuvyn was Vice-President (Advancement) at the University of Calgary. Under her leadership, the ambitious Energize Campaign exceeded its $1.3 billion goal, raising a milestone $1.41 billion. Nuvyn’s unique vision to develop a culture of lifelong philanthropic engagement earned the University of Calgary a place on the Globe and Mail’s list of the top 25 fundraising institutions in Canada.

Nuvyn first earned her reputation as a philanthropic leader as Development Director of the Tahirih Justice Center where she advocated for the rights of vulnerable women and girls. Through subsequent leadership positions, including management of Georgetown University’s $1.5 billion campaign, Nuvyn continues to be an influential leader in the philanthropic community, working with donors and organizations throughout North America.

As CEO of Community and Retail Banking with The ESG Bank, Nuvyn is leading development and implementation of a new financial platform to harness capital for social impact. Integrating her extensive experience and leadership in philanthropy, Nuvyn connects values-oriented people, businesses and services to instill environmental, social and governance principles to create an exponential impact in the world.

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Duane Schellenberg

Board Member

Duane, his wife and their son, Parker, have been TELUS Spark regulars since before Parker was two years old. He believes that Spark provides an incredible environment, particularly for kids, to build interest in concepts driven by science, engineering and math, and to engage with them in a way that can build critical and creative thinking. As a member of the board, Duane hopes to contribute to fostering these types of stimulating learning experiences that help build innovative thinking and understanding of science across our community.

Duane has seen the way Calgary has changed in recent years, particularly within the energy sector. He recognizes that much of the innovation driving these changes is happening in scientific and technology fields that require not just a strong fundamental foundation, but an ability to marry those capabilities with creative thinking. It is Duane’s hope that Calgarians can utilize the culture and capabilities that have driven our innovative achievements in energy to also build leadership in other future-oriented fields like technology and medicine. He believes that Spark can help foster greater understanding of science across our community, as a place for conversation about, and inspiration for such innovative ideas.

The top item on Duane’s bucket list would be to run the Marathon du Médoc, a marathon through the Bordeaux region of France, complete with costumes and refreshment stations featuring oysters, cheese, steak, and of course, lots of wine.

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Kelly Schmitt

Board Member

Kelly Schmitt is Chief Executive Officer at Benevity. Having spent most of her career working in the technology industry, Kelly is passionate about expanding the Calgary economy and seeing multiple industries flourish. She believes that Calgary is a great city –with one of the highest qualities of living in all the large Canadian cities – but she wants to see it get even better.

As a member of the Board, Kelly wants to give back to the community and help Calgary reach its full potential. Watching her two young children learn and explore has helped Kelly recognize the importance of science centres in our community. She believes that TELUS Spark’s focus on science and technology make it a great place to facilitate learning and that it will help inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs in Calgary.

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Linda Shea

Board Member

With more than 30 years of senior management experience in the oil and gas, utilities and telecommunications industries, Linda has an extensive background in human resources management, organizational change and effectiveness, leadership development, mergers and acquisitions.

Linda has served on a number of boards as well as on the HRG Committee for AltaLink. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University and a MSc in Organizational Development from American University. Her experience in HR and Governance align well with TELUS Spark’s vision. Linda believes that TELUS Spark is a center of inspirational conversations that inspire innovation and creativity, whether on a topic that is of importance to the City, the Province or local businesses.

Her aspiration for Calgary is that it be a diverse business hub that attracts many new businesses and becomes a destination for business people and tourists alike. She believes that TELUS Spark plays an important role in being a destination and a centre for inspiring conversations on a diverse variety of topics.

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Jana Taylor

Board Member

In addition to being a passionate supporter of social impact initiatives, Jana is an accomplished tech executive, consultant and life-long learner, whose career adventures have included senior roles in strategy, marketing and people operations. She’s worked in both large enterprises and startups, in the telecom, energy and software/web services sectors, from Silicon Valley to Calgary.

Jana is grateful to have had stints in the early days and maturation of companies like iStockphoto and as part of the original team at Benevity, which are great Calgary examples of homegrown innovation and ‘constructive disruption’ at scale. More recently she has advised and guided numerous early and growth stage companies that are building the future of tech in our province.

A believer in building a better world through prosocial investment, Jana is passionate about STEAM education, science literacy and women in tech, among other causes.

The challenges of the pandemic have reignited Jana’s lifelong affinity for science as the pandemic has highlighted both the triumphs of science and the need for greater science literacy. Jana has logged many happy hours at the Telus Spark Science Centre with her two children, and is very keen to get involved and work collectively on the vision to build Spark into one of the top ten most visited science centres in the world.

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