Board of Directors

Announcement – Board of Directors 2017-18


Natalya Nicholson, BSc, MSc

Chair

Natalya Nicholson is the President of Vision Financial Inc., a full service investment and insurance firm in Cochrane, Alberta. Natalya obtained her B.Sc. in Physics and Geophysics at McGill University in 1999 and her M.Sc. in Space Physics from the University of Calgary in 2001. She has been a long-time volunteer with numerous science and math outreach programs including a research project with participants from the Calgary Girls’ School.

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Margo Purcell

Vice-Chair

Margo Purcell founded Open To Possibilities Inc. in 2004, a company focused on helping individuals, teams and organizations explore and reach their highest potential. Her proven facilitating and team-building skills have garnered a reputation as an invaluable resource to her performance-focused and results oriented clients. She has a particular passion in the area of career leadership and is one of a handful of people certified to facilitate the LifePath career exploration workshop. In recent years, she has had the privilege of delivering LifePath to young adults and urban Aboriginal youth, which proved to be some of the most meaningful work she has ever done. Margo graduated from Brock University in 1994 with a B.A. Hnrs in Political Science. An active member of her community she volunteers with Bridges Social Development and continues to provide team development and leadership development to the staff of the Calgary Food Bank.

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Caroline Claussen

Director

Caroline Claussen has more than 10 years of experience working with both the public and non-profit sectors. Caroline has a background in community-based research; evaluation; outcome measurement capacity building; and project management. She completed both her undergraduate degree and her graduate degree in Sociology at the University of Calgary. She has worked with university research units, community organizations and large community funders in Calgary. From 2005 to 2010, Caroline was the lead evaluator at the United Way of Calgary and Area, building organizational capacity in the area of evaluation and outcome measurement. In 2010, she held the position of Manager, Operations and Evaluation. In 2011, Caroline established her own consultancy firm, C3 Inc. She specializes in research and evaluation for the public and non-profit sectors, primarily on issues such as violence against women and girls, education and poverty. Caroline is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, and has been a recurring guest lecturer in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary. She is also the proud parent of a Calgary Girls School student who started Grade 4 this past September.

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Geordie MacPherson, CPHR

Director

Geordie MacPherson is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) with over 12 years’ experience as a senior human resource professional that specializes in strategic organizational effectiveness, staffing, training & development, employee relations, and total rewards.

He is currently responsible for overseeing the evolution of human resource programs and processes at Tundra Process Solutions Ltd.  Tundra is a leader in providing solutions with a focus on in-house design and integrated packages to suit industrial, light industrial, and commercial process applications. In addition to his work on the Calgary Girls’ School Society (CGSS) Board, he is an advisor for Mount Royal University’s Human Resource Management Extension Certificate Committee, is an active member with the Human Resources Institute of Alberta (HRIA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), WorldatWork and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC).

Geordie has been a Board member for the CGSS since 2010, serves on The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) as the CGSS representative and is Chair of the Compensation Committee.


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Stanley Wong, CA, CPA

Director

Stanley is the CFO for a private real estate group which owns, develops and manages its own property portfolio. An avid skier from Montreal, Stanley sought the mountains and open terrain in Calgary where he obtained his chartered accountant designation. He’s also a certified public accountant with the State of Wyoming. With over twenty years in real estate, Stanley has dealt with a variety, including capital financing, risk management, governance and IT. He’s a member of the CGS Finance Committee since 2011 and previously, he served on the School Council in Scenic Acres School.

 

Christine Jackson

Director

Christine Jackson is an Engagement Manager for SAS Canada, with several years of experience in the software industry. With her R&D and Consulting background, Christine now provides sales and delivery leadership for risk management, customer intelligence and fraud solutions. She has a global mandate, servicing customers throughout North America and Europe, and works with teams to implement advanced analytics solutions for energy, agriculture and insurance companies.

Christine has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business from Carleton University. She is also a proud alumnus of the first graduating class of the Calgary Girls’ School bringing a unique perspective to the Board of Directors. In her spare time, Christine is an active member of the Calgary Highland Dance community.


Gary Care

Director

Gary Care has over 25 years of progressively more senior experience in the oil and gas and telecommunications industries. Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Saskatchewan and then moved to Alberta, initially to pursue a career with Telus. While at Telus he began a Master’s degree, graduating with an MBA in 1994. After leaving Telus, Gary moved to Bell where he spent 10 years in Manager- and Director-level roles in marketing, product management, business development and strategy. He more recently made a transition into oil and gas with Suncor Energy, where he leads a team of professionals responsible to provide monthly reporting, budgeting and long-range planning support to several of Suncor’s corporate executives and their teams.

Gary is the father of a daughter presently enrolled at CGS as well as a younger son. Other passions for Gary and his family are travelling, downhill skiing, camping and biking.


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Brad Takenaka

Director

Brad Takenaka is an 18-year Petroleum Professional experienced in General Management, Sales and Marketing, Business Development, and Operations.  Brad has extensive knowledge of various drilling, business, and cultural environments after having worked in Canada, Indonesia, and across Africa.  He currently is a Regional Manager for Varel Rock Bits Canada, a company that specializes in providing drill bits to the petroleum industry for use in oil and gas well drilling.

Brad’s first career was in Law Enforcement as a Constable with the Calgary Police Service.

Brad graduated from the University of Great Falls, Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and is currently completing an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.


Contact email: board.chair@calgarygirlsschool.com

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Sunday, June 10, 2018.  To view the agenda or previous Board meeting documentation please review the Governance section.

Contact wendy.juergens@calgarygirlsschool.com by Monday, June 4, 2018 to RSVP.

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