About your Alumni Association
Meet the people and the vision behind the University of Calgary Alumni Association.
Your Alumni Association
All graduates become members of the University of Calgary Alumni Association – the official community of UCalgary alumni at home and around the world.
Your Association is led by the UCalgary Alumni Association Board of Directors – a group of dedicated volunteers – who undertake work to:
- Advise the university on matters related to alumni, and the development and execution of the alumni strategy;
- together with the university, develop and oversee systems, processes and programs to achieve the goals within the alumni strategy;
- develop a transparent and effective process to appoint alumni to the various positions specified by the university requiring alumni representation;
- work with the university to increase alumni recognition within the university and broader community;
- foster collaboration and community connections between alumni and the university’s research initiatives;
- build an environment in which alumni are supportive of the fundraising ambitions of the university; and
- engage in work and projects to help the University execute on the alumni strategy, where it is most beneficial for the work to be done by the board and not the university
We believe that an engaged alumni population enhances the reputation of the university, contributes to the lives of our alumni, and reinforces the connection between the university and the community.
UCalgary Alumni Board of Directors
Comprised of a group of dedicated and diverse volunteers, the University of Calgary Alumni Board provides the valued perspective of current and future alumni to meet the needs of members and support UCalgary’s priorities.
President: Vern Kimball, BA'81, MBA'90
Known as a “top difference maker” and one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential”, Vern Kimball retired in 2015 after a 29 year career with the Calgary Stampede and it’s Chief Executive Officer from 2006 – 2015. Vern continues to be engaged in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary and as a Director on the Board of Tourism Calgary. He was named 2012 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Calgary Alumni Association.
Rob Allen, BComm'82
Rob Allen is an innovator with deep international experience and is the CEO of Aligned Outcomes Corporation. Prior to this, Rob held leadership positions for 30 years with the IBM Company. He earned executive program certifications from the University of Western Ontario and Harvard Business School. Rob is an active community volunteer and also serves on the university’s Board of Governors and Haskayne’s Management Advisory Council.
Nauman Saeed Anwar, BSc'05, MBA'11
Nauman is currently working as a program manager with the oil & gas regulator's climate policy assurance program. Prior to this, Nauman has worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte in Calgary. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the University and Haskayne Business School's efforts to build a stronger alumni community, most recently playing an important role in the creation of Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance. He was also elected the inaugural graduate class ambassador the Class of 2011. His volunteer efforts have supported the 24 hour case competition, mentored students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and various non-for-profit organizations around Calgary
Brenda Marks, BN'86, MBA
A graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing, Brenda started her career as a registered nurse in Calgary. She then completed her MBA at the University of Western Ontario and moved into the medical device industry with Abbott Laboratories as a Sales Representative and then Clinical Consultant. In 2004, Brenda shifted into Product Management and has worked with successful Alberta companies including priMED Medical Products and Surface Medical Inc., working with production facilities in China and gaining international sales experience. Brenda is a former member of the Dinos track team and 5 year volunteer with the Faculty of Nursing Alumni Committee.
Helen Sunderland, B.Mus’87, MBA’92
In her “day job”, Helen Sunderland is a Business Architect with SAP Canada. She has been in various roles with this international software conglomerate since 1998, beginning her SAP career in Calgary, then subsequently living and working for seven years in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto, CA) and returning back to Calgary in 2015. She is as a subject matter expert in multiple SAP software solutions.In her recent volunteer experience, she served as Treasurer and then, subsequently, chair of the board for the Digital Moose Lounge, a Silicon Valley not-for-profit with a mission to connect Canadians in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to serving as the alumni liaison for the UCalgary’s alumni activities in the Bay Area, Helen is a director of the American Friends of the University of Calgary, a specialized fund-raising entity for US residents making donations to UCalgary.
Heather Treacy, BPE’82, BComm’84
Heather L. Treacy, Q.C. is a highly sought after and nationally recognized counsel whose practice is focused on civil litigation and dispute resolution. She is the Managing Partner of the Calgary office of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, a global law firm.
In 2014, Heather was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100. In 2016, Heather received the WILL Award for "Leadership in the Profession in Private Practice". In 2017, she was named a winner of the Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law.
Heather is active in the community and has a passion for the arts. She is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has previously served as the alumni representative on the Energizing Eyes High Strategic Planning Committee at the University of Calgary.
Robert Winstanley, BSc’85, MSc’89, MBA’00
Rob is well known within Calgary’s high tech community, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for the world’s largest electronic contract manufacturer. Prior to this, Rob worked with a variety of companies, including SMART Technologies, NovAtel Wireless and Harris Corporation. He has experience in interactive display technologies, wired and wireless communications, network solutions, asset tracking, law enforcement applications, wearables, and telemetry solutions. Rob also serves on the University of Calgary Schulich Engineering Alumni Council.
Ian Chiclo, BA’91
Ian Chiclo works in marketing and business development for Bamboo Shoots, a video and television production company. He was the founding editor and long-time publisher of Fast Forward Weekly, during which time he was named “Top 40 Under 40” in 1999 and again in 2002. He launched his career at the University of Calgary’s campus radio station, CJSW, as editor of VOX Magazine from 1991-1995. He also hosted a radio show at the campus station for over 20 years. Ian served as a Board Director for the Calgary Folk Music Festival for 12 years, four of which as board chair, and is actively involved with the Calgary Ski Club as a cross-country coach in the Jackrabbits program.
Jennifer Ishiguro, BComm’02
Jennifer Ishiguro is Managing Director of Customer Experience and Digital Transformation at ATB Financial where she creates, designs and transforms experiences for customers in the digital age.
She is a leader in digital transformation with more than 16 years industry experience during a thrilling time which saw the web turn traditional business models on their head with the rise of search engines, e-commerce, smartphones, social media and now artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. If you want to immerse yourself in her work, check out the interface design and seamless user experience the next time you check-in to a WestJet flight on your mobile phone, stream Shaw media on your iPad, or manage your financial life online at ATB.
She also sits on Bow Valley College’s Creative Technologies School Advisory board, as well as the Calgary Marketing Association board, where she advocates for lifelong learning, the importance of design and game-changing technology.
Renee Marx, BA’97, LLB’00
Renée Marx is a born and raised Calgarian. Her career background is as a regulatory lawyer and she has extensive experience in both the utilities and energy industries. She has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Currently, she is the Director of the regulatory development team at the Alberta Energy Regulator. During her time at the University of Calgary, her volunteer activities included being a member of the Senate and the Students’ Union Review Board. As a law graduate, she often volunteers with the Faculty of Law judging law student moots. Renée also serves as Chair of the Alumni Programs Committee.
Wilma Shim, BSc’07, JD’10
In 2003, Wilma was awarded the Chancellor Club Scholarship. While a student at the University of Calgary, Wilma was elected to the Students’ Union and elected the President of the Society of Law Students. She has previously served as the President of the Physical Education and Kinesiology Alumni Association.
In 2010, she received the President's Award for Excellence in Student Leadership and was also inducted into The Order of the University of Calgary. Currently, Wilma is Chair of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics Alberta and is a Director on the Board of the Association of Women Lawyers. She is a volunteer coach with Special Olympics Calgary. Wilma is an instructor with the Law School’s Trial Advocacy Course and volunteers as a guest judge. She is a member of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Class of 2015.