Board of Directors

 


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Natalya Nicholson, BSc, MSc

Chair

Natalya Nicholson is the President of Vision Financial Inc., a full service investment and insurance firm in Cochrane. 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 is 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.

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Natalie Kwadrans, CMA, MBA, PMP

Director

Natalie Kwadrans is an accomplished leader with a unique track record in strategic planning, business management and capital and operational budgeting.

Natalie is recognized as a leader, coach and “doer”. She is a creative thinker and problem-solver who successfully aligns strategies with overall organizational goals. As the Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications at Roynat, she is responsible for developing and implementing its strategic initiatives in the areas of sales operations management, client experience and marketing.

Over the course of her career, she has partnered in the development and management of multi-million dollar capital programs (up to $100+ million) to support key strategic initiatives, as well as launched numerous transformational operational initiatives. She has successfully lead teams of 85+.

Her proven track record can be credited to her ability to understand the organization’s needs and the competitive landscape, anticipate and mitigate potential risks and mobilize resources to achieve success.
Adaptive and responsive to changing environments, Natalie has a natural ability to manage complex programs by maximizing the strengths and talents of her team to produce quality results.


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Wayne Marshall

Director

Wayne Marshall has over 30 years of experience on both the private and regulatory sides of the energy industry. Wayne began his career in the natural gas industry as a Senior Environmental Specialist on several major natural gas pipeline projects, including two international projects. Wayne then moved to the Federal Government where he has held several leadership positions, including his current dual role as the Senior Official of the Northern Pipeline Agency, and as a senior Technical Leader with the National Energy Board.

Wayne has extensive and unique expertise in the areas of life cycle regulation, from conception, planning, and implementation through to performance review. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a Specialization in Resource Management from the University of Guelph.

Wayne grew up in the Ottawa Valley before moving to southern Ontario and then on to Calgary. He is an active volunteer and has held director positions in both southern Ontario and Calgary. Wayne’s other passions are downhill skiing, hiking, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits with his family. Wayne is an avid champion of the Calgary Girls School, as he is the parent of 4 daughters, 3 who currently attend CGS in grades 8 and 9 and one who graduated in 2015.


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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: boardchair@calgarygirlsschool.com

Board meetings are held once a month, normally on the second Wednesday of each month, at 6:00 PM.

The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 pm.  This meeting will be held at the Board Office. To view the agenda or previous Board meeting documentation please review the Governance section.

Contact wendy.juergens@calgarygirlsschool.com by Monday, April 10, 2017 to RSVP.

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