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.
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.
Kelly Schmitt is President and Chief Financial 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.
Alex has spent most of his career working at the intersection of science and policy. Since joining the Board in 2015, he has made it a priority to highlight the importance of increasing the social relevance of TELUS Spark.
He brings 30 years of diverse technical and management experience within the energy and government sectors. His broad exposure to issues related to the application of science and its use in policy and regulation as well as the management of knowledge and technology innovation make him ideally suited to his role.
Alex recognizes that science and innovation will be critical to solving some of society’s most significant challenges and that Spark has an important role to play in inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators who will make valuable contributions to a more sustainable future.
He sees the need for a platform for broader public dialogue surrounding climate change, sustainable energy systems and the impact of evolving technology on our way of life. He believes science centres have a unique opportunity to be a source of credible and unbiased scientific information and a place for engagement and respectful discussion of issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin has extensive experience serving on boards which makes him very suited to join TELUS Spark’s Board of Directors. Colin comes to the Board with over 40 years experience of leading arts and cultural institutions. His strength in operations, governance, strategy and visioning make Colin a welcomed addition to Spark’s Board. Colin has a strong acumen in business development and holds an MPA from Harvard University. Colin enjoys working with his board colleagues on continuous improvements in the area of governance practices.
Colin’s passion for Calgary is clear and believes that Spark can be one of the civic institutions where people can drop their differences and engage in the rich future that is before us. He believes that science centres along with arts centres are places of gathering, where people can increase knowledge and expand their imaginations. Colin believes TELUS Spark has a role to play on where we as a community can define, refine and engage.
Colin’s aspirations for Calgary is that we be a city of deep compassion and that we have high expectations for each other in our human journey. In the words of the past Governor General, David Johnston “that we be a smart and caring community”.
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).
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.
Nuvyn is an experienced fundraiser and community champion with diverse knowledge and experience. Nuvyn is passionate about increasing the collective knowledge and understanding about how science impacts the world around us and bridging the gap between understanding the scientific value and assumptions.
Nuvyn believes science centres combat ignorance and lay the groundwork for future leaders, propelling the community towards greater innovation and collaboration.
Nuvyn sees Spark as a place to create opportunities for collaborations and partnerships, demonstrating value to the community, and facilitate scientific and cultural thought, experience and dialogue.
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.
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.
Ex Officio Board Member
Mary Anne Moser has built a career where science meets society. She worked as a journalist prior to taking a degree in zoology, then worked as an award-winning graphic designer, editor and before long, serial social entrepreneur. She was the founding editor of Banff Centre Press in 1995, started her PhD in 2000, created the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, then Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and Beakerhead in 2012. She was president and co-founder of Beakerhead for its first six years and is now President and CEO of TELUS Spark, Calgary’s science centre.
She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology: Art and Virtual Environments and Science, She Loves Me. Her PhD is, not surprisingly, interdisciplinary and combined science, technology and society.