Board Members

The composition of the Board is mandated by the Post-Secondary Learning Act and consists of twenty-one members comprised of two ex officio members, ten members appointed by an Order in Council (including the Chair) and nine members nominated by constituent groups and appointed by Ministerial Order, as follows:

  • The Board Chair
  • The Chancellor of the University
  • The President of the University
  • Two alumni of the University nominated by the alumni association
  • One member of the University Senate nominated by the Senate
  • Two members of the academic staff of the University, one of whom is nominated by the general faculties council and one of whom is nominated by the academic staff association
  • Two students nominated by the council of the students association
  • One graduate student nominated by the council of the graduate students association
  • One member of the non-academic staff nominated by the non-academic staff association
  • Nine members representative of the general public


Current Board Members

Board members may continue to hold office after the expiry of their term of office until they are reappointed, their successor is appointed or a period of 3 months has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 01-Sep-2017

Term End: 14-Aug-2025 (second term)

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 26-Jan-2022

Term End: 25-Jan-2025 (second term)

Appointment: General Faculties Council

Term Start: 09-Nov-2021

Term End: 08-Nov-2024 (second term)

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 12-May-2021

Term End: 11-May-2024

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 29-Jul-2020

Term End: 28-Jul-2023

Appointment: Chancellor, ex-officio

Term Start: N/A

Term End: N/A

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 22-Jul-2020

Term End: 21-Jul-2023

Appointment: TUCFA

Term Start: 04-Jul-2022

Term End: 03-Jul-2025

Appointment: AUPE

Term Start: 30-Sep-2020

Term End: 29-Sept-2023

Appointment: President, ex-officio

Term Start: N/A

Term End: N/A

Appointment: Alumni Association

Term Start: 12-Sep-2022

Term End: 11-Sep-2025

Appointment: Students' Union Member at Large

Term Start: 16-Jun-2022

Term End: 21-Oct-2022

Appointment: Graduate Students' Association

Term Start: 01-Jun-2022

Term End: 30-May-2023

Appointment: Student's Union President

Term Start: 01-May-2021

Term End: 30-Apr-2023

Appointment: Senate

Term Start: 04-Sep-2020

Term End: 03-Sep-2023

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 13-Dec-2020

Term End: 12-Dec-2023

Appointment: Alumni Association

Term Start: 12-Sep-2022

Term End: 11-Sep-2025

Appointment: Public

Term Start: 31-Oct-2017

Term End: 30-Oct-2023 (second term)

Appointment: Public

External Members

External Members are members of the public who have been appointed to a Committee by the Board for their particular skills and expertise.

Kent co-heads the investment team and is responsible for deal origination, structuring and execution, portfolio monitoring and exit, as well as working closely with ARC's portfolio companies on corporate strategy, risk management, strategy execution and financial matters. He is a member of ARC's Executive Committee and currently represents ARC on the board of Deltastream Energy Corporation.

Kent joined ARC in 2011 with prior experience as an engineer at a major multi-national energy company with assignments in drilling and new business development. He has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science in Engineering from the Robert Gordon University, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Calgary and is a Professional Engineer.

Lesley has spent the last 28 years of her 31-year career in the real estate industry in Alberta. She spent the majority of her career with Hopewell Residential as Vice President and President.

Lesley’s strong leadership, strategic planning, financial, marketing, branding and communication skills led Hopewell through two decades of unprecedented growth. She and her team grew the company from $2.5M in gross revenue in 1995 to well over $300M in 2014 dramatically impacting the residential real estate industry in Alberta. Over her tenure with the company, gross revenue totaled over a billion dollars. Lesley has extensive experience in syndicated financings, equity, debt, joint venture and hybrid transactions. She negotiated numerous land acquisitions and secured third party management contracts for the company. In 2013, Lesley vertically integrated Hopewell’s housing and land development companies. In 2014, the successful merger resulted in the company selling 1,037 developed lots, 548 single-family homes and 112 multifamily homes. In addition, the company was consistently, over the past decade, ranked in the top 5 developer/builders in the province. In December of 2017 Lesley retired from the Hopewell Board of Directors.

Lesley is currently serving on the Boards of Section 23 Developments, The Triumph Real Estate Investment Fund, The Calgary Stampede and The Calgary Health Trust. She also serves on the Strategy and Sequential Development Committees of the Stampede Board, The Property and Finance Committee of the University of Calgary, the Management Advisory Committee of the Haskayne School of Business, The Property and Land Committee with Winsport and is the Co-Chair of the Newborns Need Capital Campaign with the Calgary Health Trust (raising much needed funds for the Foothills Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). She has been on the judging panels for the Distinguished Business Leader Awards for the past five years and was most recently a judge for the Lifetime Achievement and Social Enterprise Awards with the newly created and highly successful Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards.

Glenn McNamara has more than 40 years of oil and gas exploration and production experience in North and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. He received his MBA from the University of Calgary in 1988 and his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1978. Mr. McNamara currently serves as a director of Whitecap Resources Inc. and Parex Resources Ltd.

Mr. McNamara is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and a past Governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. From 2010 to 2016, he was CEO of Petromanas Energy, an internationally focused small-cap company exploring with Shell in Albania. From 2005 to 2010, he was the President of BG Canada and responsible for all aspects of BG Canada’s business, including Western/Northern Canada and Alaska. Prior to that, Mr. McNamara held several senior executive positions with ExxonMobil, ExxonMobil Canada, and Mobil Oil Canada, including President of ExxonMobil Canada West from 2000 to 2004. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Allison is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Invico Capital Corporation and has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance in both private equity and financial advisory services. She is a registered Portfolio Manager (PM) and has been actively involved in the assessment of investments, ongoing regulatory compliance and accounting on behalf of the Invico managed investment offerings. In 2021, Allison was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women and a Top 100 Award winner in the BMO Entrepreneurs category by the Women's Executive Network (WXN) and was the proud recipient of the Wealth Professional Female Executive of the Year Award at the 2019 Women in Wealth Management Awards.

Chad Van Norman is a registered portfolio manager and manages relationships for institutional and private wealth clients in Canada and the United States.

Chad's prior experience includes General Manager of Investments for ATB Financial, where he was responsible for establishing and managing the investment planning group. Chad has also worked with Merrill Lynch Investment Management and Canada Trust. 

Chad is a member of the Management Advisory Council at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and is on the Calgary Stampede Parade Committee. He is an active member of his community and has coached numerous ringette, soccer & hockey teams over the past decade.