Board of Directors

Up to fifteen volunteer Directors oversee the West Campus Development Trust.

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Bart Becker

University of Calgary, Vice-President Facilities Management & Development

Bart joined the University of Calgary in 2014 with 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, municipal projects and engineering consulting. In his previous role as Associate Vice-President of Facilities and Operations at the University of Alberta, he provided project oversight on major capital and planning projects with an annual capital budget of more than $100 million and an operating budget of more than $150 million. During his time with the University of Alberta, he led nearly $1 billion in major capital development on the campus. He also created and led a large team, empowering them to shape the mission and vision of the portfolio.

Previous to his work with the University of Alberta, Bart held positions as Operations Manager at Stantec Consulting Ltd. and as Project Director for the City of Edmonton’s South LRT Extension Project.

Bart is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Association of Physical Plan Administrators and the Society for College and University Planning. He has published papers on project management strategies and risk management planning. He has also served as a board member for the Francis Winspear Centre for Music, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the 2015 PanAm Juniors in Track and Field.

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Maurice(Mo)Bundon

Development Industry Member

Mr. Maurice Bundon is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Harvard Developments Inc. (The Hill Companies). Over the past 30 years, Mr. Bundon has developed a team that is responsive to the ever-changing dynamics of real estate. Together they have overseen the development and leasing of major office towers, retail projects, industrial land and residential land in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Mr. Bundon also serves as Chairman of the Board of Regents for Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, is a former Chairman of the University of Regina Board of Governors, and a current board member of Mother Theresa Middle School in Regina. In addition, he is co-founder and Director of One Life Makes A Difference, a charitable foundation created to assist Regina inner-city students with educational opportunities

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Elizabeth Cannon

University of Calgary, President & Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon has been closely linked to the University of Calgary for nearly three decades; first as a student, then as Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, and now as the President of the University of Calgary.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorate in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary. She has received honorary doctorates from Acadia University and the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Cannon is a Professional Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. Currently, she serves as the Chair of the Canada Research Knowledge Network and Chair of Universities Canada. Her work has been recognized with many national and international honours including the Johannes Kepler Award from the U.S. Institute of Navigation, APEGA’s Centennial Leadership Award and the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada in 2013. She is a passionate advocate for the importance of higher education in driving discovery, innovation and creativity, its power to solve the world’s greatest challenges, and its role in developing talented young people into successful leaders.

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Linda Dalgetty

University of Calgary, Vice President Finance & Services

As Vice-President (Finance and Services), Linda is responsible for a large portfolio that includes finance, human resources, information technology, risk, and the office of the internal auditor. She is the University’s Chief Financial Officer and helps the University pursue their Eyes High strategic direction by working closely and collaboratively with members of the University’s leadership teams to make informed, responsible and innovative decisions that optimize the use of University resources.

Linda joined the University of Calgary with more than 20 years of broad-based North American and international finance and business experience, most recently as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of an energy services company, where she was responsible for all of the financial functions of a global organization, including reporting, planning, operational accounting and information technology.

 

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Jim Dewald, Ph.D.

University of Calgary, Dean of Haskayne School of Business

Jim is the Dean of the Haskayne School of Business, and Associate Professor of Strategy & Global Management.

Prior to entering academics, Jim held several senior executive positions, including President & CEO of Walker Newby & Partners Inc., Hopewell Residential Communities Inc., and StoneCreek Resorts Inc. He is on the board of Boardwalk REIT, the West Campus Development Trust, CPA Alberta, and an Advisor to the Real Estate Development Institute. Previously, he was Deputy Chair of SAIT, Vice-Chair of Calgary Housing Company, Chair of HomeCo Inc., and Chair of the Urban Development Institute.

In 1999, Jim was named Calgary’s Citizen of the Year, and in 2011 the Alberta Real Estate Foundation named him a “Thought Leader”. He is an Honorary Member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada, has won best teaching and best paper awards. For several years he was the Real Estate columnist for the CBC Eye Opener, and urban design co-columnist for the Calgary Herald. Jim has several research and teaching awards, two books, two book chapters, over 20 academic papers, and over 50 newspaper articles to his credit.

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Stephanie Felesky, Vice-Chair

Development Industry Member

Stephanie Felesky is a member of the Calgary Police Commission and of the Investment Committee and the Senior Compensation Committee of the University of Calgary. She is also the Co-Chair of the Calgary Children’s Initiative and a founding director of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. She is a past director of the Canada Lands Company (a Crown Corporation involved in real estate development) and of Star Choice Communications Ltd. (a communications company wholly owned by Shaw Communications Inc. and previously TSX-V-listed) and several charitable and community based organizations including the United Way, Calgary Inc. and the Calgary Convention Authority.

Stephanie received her Bachelor of Education with distinction from the University of Calgary. In 2004 she became a member of the Order of Canada and, in 2005, received the designation of ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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Murray Fox, Chair

Development Industry Member

Murray Fox has served on a number of public and private company boards of directors. He is a recognized leader with extensive business experience in real estate development, senior management, strategic planning, all areas of finance and administration and corporate debt restructuring. He was Executive Vice President of Jayman Master Builder Inc., home building and land development (2000–2009). Murray was appointed Vice Chairman & Director of Canada 2005 Exposition Corporation — a corporation established by the City of Calgary to pursue the 2005 World Fair (1995–1997).

From 1983 to 1995, Murray was the well-known Director, President and CEO of Consolidated Carma Corporation, a public real estate development company. Prior to that, he was Corporate Controller of NuWest Group Inc., a public real estate development company.

Formerly an articling student and senior accountant of Arthur Andersen, Chartered Accountants, he received his CA designation in 1975 and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, from the University of Saskatchewan in 1973.

Stephan Guscott

University of Calgary Student Representative (Undergraduate Students' Union)

Stephan Guscott was born and raised here in Calgary, and tries his best to be an optimist about the weather. Prior to his time at the University of Calgary, Stephan first became involved in student leadership during high school. He took a leadership role on his school spirit council, rugby team, and diving team for several years.

While not dressed up as a fuzzy character, or cracking “humerus” jokes, Stephan loves spending time in the mountains. His passion for the outdoors and his curiosity to gain knowledge about human physiology led to his choice of exercise and health physiology as his major. In the Faculty of Kinesiology, he has spent the past five years honing his ability to educate others about neat facts of the human body.

Stephan’s time on the organizing committee of the 2013 Kinesiology Games and his experience as an Orientation Leader encouraged him to delve deeper into leadership opportunities on campus. While it isn’t every day that an experience in a cadaver lab would result in a desire to join the race for student politics, Stephan sees the value in practical and meaningful learning opportunities, and the importance of including the student voice in decisions that affect students.

Disputing the myth that kinesiology students aren’t all jocks, Stephan served as the SU’s Faculty of Kinesiology Representative during the 2014-15 year, and then served as the Vice President Academic for the 2015-16 year. As the SU President this year, he is inspired to build upon his experience, representing the undergraduate student voice to the local community, all three levels of government, and the University of Calgary.

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Sam Hossack

University of Calgary Student Representative (Graduate Students' Association)

Sam Hossack is entering the final year of her Master’s of Strategic Studies at the Centre for Military, Security, and Strategic Studies, studying the relationship between military intelligence and policy making. As the current President of the Graduate Students’ Association and former VP Finance and Services, Sam is interested in learning about the development process and contributing to the advancement of a vibrant community on the edges of the University of Calgary academic campus.

Karen Leeds

Karen Leeds

Development Industry Member

Karen Leeds brings extensive business experience in real estate development at the senior management level, where she has been responsible for all areas of finance and administration management. Karen received her nursing diploma from the Foothills Hospital in Calgary before attaining her MBA from the University of Alberta. From there, she received her Chartered Accountant designation and was the Chief Financial Officer for a number of prominent development companies.

Most recently, Karen was the Executive Vice President for Brookfield Residential Properties. In this role, Karen was responsible for transition issues during the corporate reorganization and merger with Brookfield Homes, creating a new public company listed on the NYSE and TSX with operations in 10 principal markets across North America.

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Alison Taylor Love

University of Calgary, Board of Governors

Ms. Love has over thirty years’ experience as a corporate and securities lawyer, including extensive experience advising boards of directors. Most recently and until her retirement in 2013, she served as Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President at Enbridge Inc. Prior to joining Enbridge Inc. in 2005, she held senior positions in the law departments of TransAlta Corporation, Canadian Pacific Limited and TransCanada PipeLines Limited.

Ms. Love currently serves on the Board of Directors of Inter Pipeline Ltd., and is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Human Resources Committee of that Board. Ms. Love has been involved with a number of community organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary, the Board of Directors of the Kahanoff Centre for Charitable Activities, as well as the Executive Committee of the Calgary Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Calgary Foundation and on the Boards of Directors of the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) and the United Way of Calgary and area. She holds a law degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Doug Porozni

Doug Porozni

Development Industry Member

Doug Porozni has lived in Calgary for almost 30 years and is a partner with Ronmor Developers Inc. Since joining the company, he has managed the acquisition, development and operation of more than one million square feet of commercial space, consisting of retail, office, industrial, and mixed-use residential. Ronmor’s first major mixed-use project was the redevelopment of North Hill Centre in Calgary. Ronmor has developed and continues to own projects in nine Western Canadian jurisdictions including Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kelowna, Whistler, Sylvan Lake, and Rocky Mountain House.

Doug has also been responsible for managing Ronmor’s significant land bank and various joint ventures, which include the development of the residential neighborhoods of Silverado, Sage Hill and various mixed-use developments in suburban markets. He graduated with an Honours BA and a Master in Economics from the University of Alberta and currently sits on the Commercial Committee for the Urban Development Institute of Calgary. Doug also serves on various industry committees and forums including those initiated by the City of Calgary.

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Allan (Al) Rasmuson

Community Representative

Allan Rasmuson has over forty years’ experience in the energy industry and is currently the President of Bearpaw Business Solutions Inc., a company providing consulting services in energy production and processing facility optimization, strategic planning, regulatory and environmental management and software design. He is an active member in several community and non-profit organizations including: Chairman, South Shaganappi Area Strategic Planning Group (SSASPG); member, St. Andrews Heights Community Association; member, South Shaganappi Area Development Council (SSADC); President, Dinosaur Research Institute (DRI); and member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

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James Robertson

West Campus Development Trust, President & CEO

James Robertson is the inaugural President and CEO of West Campus Development Trust. The Trust was established by the University of Calgary to develop the 200 acres of vacant land west of the University into a vibrant 9 million s.f. mixed-use community called the University District. Since joining the Trust in 2011, Mr. Robertson has steered the development of the University District master plan which applies the best ideas in city design, adapted to Calgary’s unique local urban fabric. The University District –which will be a LEED-ND community - will offer a complete city life, with diverse housing and offices, varied retail, an inspiring public realm and dynamic community amenities.

Mr. Robertson has unique and broad experience gained in private and public sectors within Canada’s most vital real estate markets. As City of Calgary Director of the Office of Land Servicing and Housing, and President of the Calgary Housing Company, Mr. Robertson led an over $400 million portfolio that contributed significantly to the growth and transformation of Calgary’s urban fabric. Such projects include the dramatic expansion of the City’s affordable housing portfolio, enhancement of its industrial program as well as development of business parks and transit-oriented development sites. Prior to this, Mr. Robertson worked with IBI Group, an international planning, architecture and design firm, establishing its planning practice in Ottawa. With decades of specialized experience in development planning and approvals, Mr. Robertson is a proven expert in developing successful and complete communities that foster a high quality way of life.

Mr. Robertson is an active volunteer as a board member of ULI Alberta, a past board member of the Manitoba Institute of Professional Planners, and a past member of numerous non-profits boards for affordable housing. He is also a current member of UDI, the Canadian Institute of Planners and NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.