Board of Directors

Kirstie Boyle – Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Envirosoft

Kirstie Boyle is a leader in the technology and entrepreneurship community who leverages new technologies to solve complex problems. She has been recognized by the United Nations Global Innovation of Change program, Women of Influence in Calgary, and the Rising Stars program of the Daily Oil Bulletin.

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Jason Green

Jason Green - Vice Chair

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Jason Green 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 specializes in diversification and strategy in global energy and technology and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.

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Graeme Harrison – Past Chair

Founder & CEO, Nutana Power Ltd

Graeme Harrison is a lawyer and entrepreneur, who worked at a major national law firm in Calgary prior to starting an energy storage technology company set on revolutionizing Canada’s energy future.

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Sophia Langlois – Treasurer

Corporate Director, Alaris Equity Partners

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 recently served as the Vice-Chair of the Board and the Audit Committee Chair at SAIT.

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Nancy Brennan – Corporate Secretary

Senior VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Keyera Corporation

Nancy Brennan is responsible for leading Keyera’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, external relations and communications functions. She holds an LLB degree from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of Alberta. She is active in the community and also serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary.

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Asanga Gunatillaka - Board Member

Commercial & Product Director, TalkTalk

Asanga Gunatillaka is a senior executive currently based in the UK with 20 years of experience in transforming media and telecommunications companies with the introduction of new products and business models. He brings 20 years of diverse international technology and business leadership experience across a variety of companies including Accenture and Virgin Media.

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Bhushan Ivaturi - Board Member

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Enbridge

Bhushan Ivaturi has shaped, led and transformed the business of technology and services in several industries. Prior to moving to Calgary, 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.

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Mario Mele - Board Member

VP Corporate Strategy, TELUS Communications Inc.

Mario Mele 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 BCom degree from the University of Alberta.

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Nuvyn Peters - Board Member

CEO, Community and Retail Banking, ESG Bank

Nuvyn Peters is leading the development and implementation of a new financial platform to harness capital for social impact. Prior to the ESG Bank, she was Vice-President, Advancement, at the University of Calgary where under her leadership, the Energize Campaign exceeded its $1.3 billion goal, raising $1.41 billion. She first earned her reputation as Development Director of the Tahirih Justice Center where she advocated for the rights of vulnerable women and girls, and later as the leader of Georgetown University’s $1.5 billion campaign.

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Duane Schellenberg - Board Member

Managing Director, ARC Financial Corp

Duane Schellenberg co-heads the investment team at ARC Financial, is a member of ARC's Executive Committee and currently represents ARC on the boards of Convergent Oil Corp. and Longshore Resources Ltd. Duane joined ARC in 2007 with prior experience at a global investment bank. He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a BCom in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Kelly Schmitt - Board Member

Chief Executive Officer, Benevity

Kelly Schmitt became Chief Executive Officer at Benevity after serving as Chief Financial Officer and, prior to that, as CFO at Calgary tech companies including Solium and Smart Technologies. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BCom degree from the University of Calgary.

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Linda Shea - Board Member

Linda Shea has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the oil and gas, utilities and telecommunications industries, and an extensive background in human resources management. She served on the board of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and Hospice Calgary, as well as on the HR Committee for AltaLink, where she was the former Senior Vice President of Human Resources. She holds a BA from Mount Allison University and a MSc in Organizational Development from American University.

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Jana Taylor - Board Member

Chief People & Culture Officer, StellarAlgo

Jana Taylor is a passionate supporter of social impact initiatives and an accomplished tech executive whose career adventures have included senior roles in strategy, marketing and people operations. She was part of the original team at Benevity and more recently she has advised and guided numerous early and growth stage tech companies in Alberta. Jana is currently the Chief People & Culture Officer at StellarAlgo.

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Leadership Team

Roderick Tate

Interim CEO

Rod Tate has worked for more than 20 years in the development and execution of world class attractions, events and experiences. Prior to joining the Spark team, Rod provided the strategic direction for the delivery of all entertainment programming as part of the annual Calgary Stampede. This included the Grandstand Evening Show, park-wide entertainment, midway and attractions, lotteries, retail programs and regional and national broadcasts. Rod also led the strategic development and implementation plan for both ENMAX Park and Calgary Stampede Youth Campus as part of his tenure with the Calgary Stampede. Rod is a musician and performer by trade.

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Angela Stinson

Director, Strategic Projects

Angela Stinson is an interior designer with a bachelor of interior design degree from Ryerson University and 15 years of design and project management experience working in real estate development and large-scale commercial interiors. Prior to joining Spark, Angela led the design and construction for the cross-Canada expansion of Canadian retailer, Simons. Her portfolio includes a number of award-winning projects, with a focus on public-facing spaces that incorporate sustainable design and renewable energy.

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Pamela Todd

Director, Marketing and Brand

Pamela Todd is a strategic marketing and brand professional with over 25 years of experience in both big-box retail and small business. Pamela ran an award-winning small business for over 10 years, and was voted one of Alberta’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs by Venture Magazine and awarded best Retail Business in Canada by the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association. Prior to joining Spark, she grew her career at the Canadian Tire Corporation, leading large scale projects and progressing into increasingly senior roles in communications, marketing and digital innovation at FGL Sports, SportChek and Mark’s. Pamela is a Métis mixed media artist who graduated from the Alberta University for the Arts with a BFA in Drawing and Digital Media. She also holds a certificate in Social Media Management from Babson College in Boston.

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Laurie Shinkaruk

Director, Advancement

Laurie Shinkaruk has more than 25 years in leadership positions in the areas of post-secondary advancement and not-for-profit management and fundraising. She led the Calgary office as Assistant Dean, Advancement, for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta for a decade and was subsequently an integral member of the campaign planning team for University of Calgary’s $1.3 billion campaign.

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Cicilia Hartley

Executive Business Partner, Office of the CEO and Board Liaison

Cicilia Hartley has more than 20 years of experience providing C-suite executive support. As the Executive Business Partner in the office of the CEO at Spark, she works closely with the executive team and the Board of Directors, managing organizational and communications priorities. Her role provides a direct connection between the CEO and the Board with external stakeholders. Over her career, Cicilia has worked in both the corporate and non-profit world as an administration and governance specialist with a passion to create community impact.

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