Governance

Meet the Board

Learn about our Board Members.

David Arthur

With an educational background in Engineering and Education, Mr. Arthur has a passion for STEM and for helping to make sure the next generation is prepared for the future of work. His board experience includes director-level roles for the past 12 years, including the Chair of the Board of one of the largest NPOs in Alberta. He enjoys volunteering and has done so for many years. Currently he a member of the organizing committee for the Enbridge Tour of Alberta for Cancer.

Mr. Arthur is the father of 2 grown daughters, one of whom is an educator. He enjoys cycling, painting, the outdoors, travel and time with family. He has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Education in Physics and Mathematics. He is a Tax Partner at Deloitte LLP in Calgary

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Jennifer Aubin

Jennifer brings over 20 years of diverse experience with building high performing teams, inspiring employee engagement and creating positive, realistic people processes within fast-paced, energetic environments.

Currently, Jennifer is the Chief People & Culture Officer at Attabotics, an aggressively growing Automated Storage and Retrieval System company in Calgary. As employee #19, Jennifer has grown the company over to 300 employees in North America, while implementing numerous processes and strategies to ensure a high performing team.

Jennifer has founded two start-ups and has consulted with over 60 companies in the Calgary and area tech space, always with a strong focus on value creation in relation to people and business. She strongly believes that the best approach to success is a combination of passion, knowledge and attitude.

 

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Brent Bieber

Mr. Bieber is an experienced entrepreneur and finance professional. Mr. Bieber is currently the CoCEO and Co-founder of NuVessl Inc. whose mission is to enhance health and wellness through the application of its patented nanotechnology. Prior to founding NuVessl Inc., Mr. Bieber worked for over
10 years in private equity and investment banking.

Mr. Bieber holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario and a B.Mgt. from the University of Lethbridge.

As the father of four school aged children, Mr. Bieber is passionate about education and ensuring all children in the community have access to quality programs that are engaging and forwardthinking. Besides spending time with his family, Mr. Bieber enjoys triathlons, CrossFit and reading, mostly non-fiction.

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Ron Liepert

The Honourable Ron Liepert, ECA, is the Member of Parliament for Calgary Signal Hill.  Prior to entering federal politics, Ron held a variety of cabinet positions in the Government of Alberta. As Minister of Education Ron negotiated a five-year labour agreement with the Alberta Teachers Association and resolved the longstanding unfunded pension liability issue. As Minister of Health, Ron amalgamated 9 regional health authorities into Alberta Health Services – the largest integrated provincial healthcare system in Canada. Ron also served as Minister of Energy and Minister of Finance.

Ron has served as a director of the board of Calgary’s Pinebrook Golf Club and the Slopes Community Association. He is a committed community volunteer has donated his time to many community endeavours including organizing a number of fundraisers and sports celebrity dinners. Ron and his wife, Linda, have called Calgary home for more than 20 years.

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Michael McInTosh

Michael McIntosh is the founder of Denim & Smith Barbershops and since 2003 has also run a boutique Human Resources consulting company that supports the energy industry.

As founder of Denim and Smith Barbershops, Mr. McIntosh is responsible for the overall growth and success of the chain. Prior to 2003, Michael served in senior commercial and corporate leadership positions within the oil and gas marketing and trading sector. Mr. McIntosh has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and lives in Calgary with his two daughters.

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Sean Mclean

Sean is Partner-in-Charge of the Calgary office of a global, NASDAQ-listed human capital consulting firm and leads the firm’s Canadian Financial Officers Practice. Sean leads Board Assessment, Succession & Renewal and CEO/CFO Executive Search projects for large and mid-cap Canadian organizations. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on a range of topics including CEO Succession, Board Governance, DE&I, Indigenous Relations and Psychological Safety.
Over his nearly 30-year career, Sean has built and led teams, held P&L responsibility and driven successful new market entries. He has reported to, served on, and chaired numerous boards/committees during transformational periods including COVID, capital campaigns, facility construction, CEO succession and financial turnarounds.
Sean earned a B.Sc. from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1996 and was an Academic All-Canadian member and captain of the Varsity Men’s Basketball Team. He subsequently earned his M.S. in Educational Technology in 2003 from Walden University.

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Rebecca Ostrikoff

With a background in science and music and years of experience working with international schools in unique locations with unusual challenges she is an avid problem solver and passionate advocate for education.

Ms. Ostrikoff has a B.SC. with Advanced Major from St.Francis Xavier University and has completed an apprenticeship in Musical Instrument Repair.

Having held positions on school, sports, and community outreach committees around the world she is a firm believer in teamwork, inclusivity, and the importance of community. She has run after school activities on subjects including STEM, music, problem solving, and life skills.

The mother of two tweens who keep her grounded and constantly learning, she enjoys reading, travel, creating, and scuba diving. Having recently returned home to Canada after 18 years abroad with her husband and kids she is excited to contribute to this new school and community

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Kees De Ridder

Kees de Ridder has a general corporate practice with a focus on intellectual property as an Associate, Patent Agent with Bennett Jones. As a registered patent agent and lawyer, he supports clients with the commercialization and patenting of their technology. His experience also includes assisting Canadian and foreign clients on a broad range of matters, including privacy, cybersecurity, licensing, and IP-related transactions.

Mr. de Ridder has a keen interest in digital technologies, specifically decentralized financial systems, computer-implemented inventions, and data protection. Before law school, he was a computer programmer in the political and medical industries.

Mr. de Ridder serves as chair of the board of the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) Alberta Section.

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Dee-Ann Radford

Chair

As a clinical scientist and consultant in the field of Medical Physics, Ms. Radford Evans has collaborated with physicians, nurses, and academics and has presented her clinical work and research internationally.

She has trained graduate students, coordinated academic programs, and does science outreach to help kids access quality STEM programming. She has held various positions on sports and education boards and committees.

Ms. Radford Evans holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Calgary and an MSc in Medical Physics from the University of Texas. She currently works in the Medical Physics Department at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

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