Calgary Girls Charter School Board
The Board of Directors is made up of volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Society and is responsible for the governance and overall operation of the Calgary Girls Charter School in accordance with the Society By-Laws, the Provincial Education Act and Alberta Education Regulations.
The Board is comprised of nine Directors, with up to a maximum of one third of Directors being parents of students attending the school and the other Directors being community members with an area of specific expertise who support the charter goals and overall mandate of the school. Directors are elected for a 3 year term. Directors also serve on various committees which make recommendations to the Board.
The Calgary Girls Charter School is a member of The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools. (TAAPCS)
To view important documents regarding Calgary Girls Charter School please see below.
All members of the public are invited to attend Charter Board meetings in the capacity of observers. Please RSVP to Susan Penner indicating your attendance. Individuals who wish to have an item placed on the agenda or who wish to make a presentation to the Charter Board are also asked to contact the Secretary-Treasurer at email@example.com at least 2 weeks in advance of the Board meeting.
September 21, 2022 – Regular Board Meeting
October 19, 2022 – Regular Board Meeting
November 16, 2022 – Regular Board Meeting
November 23, 2022 – Society Annual General Meeting
December 14, 2022 – Committee of the Whole (if necessary)
January 18, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
February 15, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
March 15, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
April 19, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
May 17, 2023 – Regular Board Meeting
May 24, 2023 – Society General Meeting for an Election (if necessary)
June 11, 2023 – Board Planning Retreat, Organizational Meeting and Regular Board Meeting
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Christine Jackson is the Director for Western Canada at SAS Institute (Canada), leading business development and sales teams as well as overall strategy for the region. She is a customer champion, an analytics enthusiast, and a passionate leader. With deep experience in the software and technology industry through R&D and Consulting, Christine spends her days collaborating with customers in various industries for solutions such as artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud analytics, data management, and visualization. She also has a global mandate, servicing customers throughout North America and Europe, and is the practice lead for advanced analytics solutions in risk management for energy, agriculture, and utility companies.
Christine holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business from Carleton University and is nearing the completion of a Master of Business Administration in Management Analytics at the University of Calgary. She is also a proud alumnus of the first graduating class of the Calgary Girls Charter 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.
Ashley Jensen has over 11 years of experience in the field of accounting and is most recently working as an audit and assurance manager for western Canada based accounting firm, Crowe MacKay LLP.
Ashley earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 2013 and has since passionately pursued a career in public practice accounting. Her specialty is in providing corporate audit and assurance services for compliance purposes, with many of her clients being not-for-profit organizations, including several education providers. In addition to her role as an audit manager, she is also involved with women’s initiatives and the recruitment and training of CPA articling students at her firm.
As part of the CGCS Board, Ashley hopes to help in any way she can to positively impact the education of young women and girls. She believes in the importance of giving back to the community and is an advocate for helping our future female leaders develop the skills and foundation necessary to be successful.
When she is not practicing accounting, Ashley enjoys travelling; some of her favorite destinations have included London, Greece, Italy and the Oregon coast. She is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys hot yoga, gym training, taking her two dogs to the park and snowboarding.
Mike Bolitho is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, one of Canada largest law firms. His primary area of practice is commercial real estate law. He regularly acts on matters involving commercial leasing, property acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development, construction contracts, real estate based financing and providing real estate advice on mergers and acquisitions. He also acts as the practice group leader for the Calgary commercial real estate group.
Mike is a local Calgarian, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (major in economics) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Calgary. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mike worked in the commercial real estate industry in a number of roles.
Mike daughter currently attends CGCS, where he has seen firsthand the positive impact that the school has had on her confidence and leadership skills. He also has an older son and a younger daughter. When not driving kids to various activities or coaching his kids sports, Mike enjoys travelling to Disneyland and elsewhere, and attending concerts.
Gary Care has over 25 years of progressive 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 to pursue a career with Telus. While at Telus, he began his 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 across the fields of marketing, product management, business development and strategy. He more recently made a transition into oil and gas with Suncor Energy, where he has led teams in the supply chain, finance & planning, and corporate security teams.
Gary’s daughter graduated from CGCS and he also has a younger son. Other passions for Gary and his family include travelling, downhill skiing, camping and biking.
Sheri is the Director of Marketing at Rockpoint Gas Storage, the largest independent owner and operator of natural gas storage in North America. Sheri has 20 years of experience in natural gas marketing and trading. She is responsible the long-term marketing strategy and customer portfolio for her organization. She leads the cross-functional coordination and resolution of all regulatory, technical, engineering, business development, commercial and risk issues for the organization’s natural gas storage assets.
Sheri holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan.
Sheri’s daughter recently graduated from the Calgary Girls Charter School and she has seen first-hand the positive impact of an all-girls learning environment. She is excited to be a part of a school board that celebrates young women and encourages them to break through stereotypes, find their voice and achieve greatness. When she’s not busy being a career woman or a mom, you will find her out running, biking or weightlifting.
Sharon Fleming, MBA, is the Director of Calgary Transit at The City of Calgary. Formerly the Director of Fleet Services, she led an award-winning team of over 200 employees and was responsible for managing nearly 4000 vehicles and equipment. As Director, she will be focusing on Calgary Transit ridership recovery and innovation. With significant public sector experience in both Calgary and Toronto, her strengths in strategic planning, business management, process improvement, and IT strategies coupled with operational experience and a citizen-centric approach helps deliver the services that make The City of Calgary a great place to live.
Sharon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Sharon has also recently completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.
Sharon is no stranger to all-girls education. Having attended Holy Name of Mary School in Mississauga – an all-girls high school and Camp Mi A Kon Da – an all-girls camp, Sharon has benefited from the learning, independence, and confidence an all-girls environment offers to young women and is looking forward to offering the same opportunity to her three daughters of which one is currently a CGCS student. Sharon has also been a committed unit leader and advisor in the Girl Guides of Canada organization where she has established herself as a role model for the next generation of leaders.
Barbara Holden brings three decades of passion and experience in the field of Education to her role as Director. Her interest in this role is rooted in her work with students and families as a classroom teacher, special education coordinator, school administrator and district leader. Barbara has championed Diversity and Inclusion throughout her career and is particularly drawn to the development of Women in Leadership. Gaining insight through her own experiences, Barbara values the impact of the Board on the quality of education of students within a school system. Barb remains committed to working with the members of the CGCS organization to have that positive impact.
Barbara received a Bachelor of Education with a double major in ELA and Special Education from the University of Regina in 1988 and a Master of Education, Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2009.
Retirement from her full-time position made space for Barbara to enjoy teaching pre-service teachers as a Sessional Instructor, pursue her writing, and – most importantly, spend time and give attention to her family including two very special grandchildren.
Carmen Jeam has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and management both in Canada and overseas. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics. Her current role is Business Development Manager for the global firm International SOS, where she has built a reputation as a creative, strategic thinker who also has the organizational skills to execute projects from start to finish.
As a graduate of Canada’s oldest all-girls school (Bishop Strachan) and a parent of a CGCS student, Carmen is passionate about the benefits of an all-girls academic environment. When not working full time and helping to manage her husband, teenage son and daughter – Carmen gives back to the community. Carmen has served as the Vice Board Chair at the Child Enrichment Centre and is the Vice Chair at Mount Royal Junior High Parent’s Council. She is a dedicated volunteer for Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, delivering the “Economics of Staying in School” program to Grade Nine students across the city. In her own neighborhood, Carmen is an active organizer of events such as Big Drew’s Big Ride for ALS and events for the Marda Loop Community Association.
Kerri counts over 20 years of progressive experience in the field of corporate communications. Currently, she is employed at The City of Calgary, supporting the City Manager’s Office on corporate strategies, storytelling, and leadership communications. She has dedicated much of her career to public service and non-profit organizations.
She brings experience in writing, strategic communications and media relations through her past positions at Innovate Calgary, Arts Commons and Science Alberta Foundation. Kerri welcomes opportunities where she can help identify solutions, and learn from stakeholders. She studied both journalism and public relations at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
Both of Kerri’s daughters attended CGCS and benefited from the outstanding learning environment nurtured at the school. Outside of work, after spending countless hours in skating arenas with her kids, Kerri is an avid volunteer within the provincial figure skating community. She and her husband enjoy traveling, renovations and supporting the arts.
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