Board of Directors

rebecca-morley-picture-215x300Through her more than ten years of experience in finance and money management, Rebecca provides a wide array of financial expertise to the Board.

In addition to her role on the Board, Rebecca was also the 4th Annual Gala YWCA WHYWHISPER Fundraising Gala chair and was the chair of the YWCA’s Finance and Audit Committee. Recently, Rebecca joined Rayne Capital as Vice President, Corporate Development.

Rebecca lives in Calgary with the love of her life, Wade and their two daughters. When she is not with her family, Rebecca can be found running quickly on pathways throughout Calgary. She has completed seven marathons and two half Ironman competitions with no plans of slowing down.

Kate-Thompson-215x300With a diverse portfolio in commercial design, construction, project management and communications, Kate Thompson brings her strengths of project development to the Board.

Kate is currently the Director of Development for the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and oversees all development for CMLC, including the East Village Project. Prior to this role, she worked with Sahuri and Partners Architecture Inc. as a project architect and with the University of Calgary as an instructor.

Kate moved to Calgary from Winnipeg in 1999 and has been a strong advocate for helping Calgary grow since that time. In her free time, Kate enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains and running along the beautiful banks of the Bow River.

Kate-Fischer-215x300Kate Fischer brings substantial contributions to the Board through her more than eight-year tenure in law practice.

Kate practices law for Talisman Energy Inc. in the area of international operations. Before her career at Talisman Energy, she was an associate at Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP.

Residing in Calgary, Kate also lends her time to two additional organizations where she volunteers as a board member.

Elaine-Wong-215x300Elaine specializes in assisting organizations with governance and risk management requirements and is thrilled to bring her more than 20 years experience in risk management, audit, finance and project management to the Board.

Elaine is a partner with KPMG’s Risk Consulting Advisory Practice and assists clients with the identification and management of key risks. A key member of KPMG’s Calgary office, Elaine has also has been a part of the KPMG Donation Committee for more than five years.

Elaine is a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce Program, Honours, at the University of Alberta. She is keenly involved in supporting the Calgary community and firmly believes that as citizens of our community, one of our roles is to support and give back to our city.

Amie-Blanchette-215x300As Director of Government Affairs for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Aime Blanchette contributes a variety of skills to the Board in the areas of city planning and infrastructure.

Prior to this role, Aime held a senior management position with the large American retailer Pier 1 Imports and attended the University of Manitoba where she graduated with her Bachelor of English Literature and a minor in Sociology.

Aime has always loved adventure. While she loves her work, Amie’s passion for travel and her love of reading provide renewal from her busy work and voluntary commitments. Aime lives in Calgary with her partner Gerald and his four children and enjoys trips to Florida annually to visit her parents.

Nancy-Foster-215x300Nancy Foster brings knowledge and experience to the Board in the areas of human resources, corporate services, information services and corporate responsibility.

Nancy is Senior Vice President, Human and Corporate Resources at Husky Energy. Prior to her role at Husky Energy, she worked with Nexen Inc. as Country Manager, Norway for Nexen Inc. and Senior Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Services.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. She has proudly served on a number of industry-related committees as well as many charitable organizations.

Mona-Jasinski.edit_-215x300Mona Jasinski brings more than 20 years of human resources and organizational effectiveness experience to the Governance Committee for the Board. Mona is currently Executive Vice President, People, at Vermillion Energy Inc. Prior to joining Vermillion, Mona spent five years with Royal Dutch Shell and

Mona is currently Executive Vice President, People, at Vermillion Energy Inc. Prior to joining Vermillion, Mona spent five years with Royal Dutch Shell and TransCanada Pipelines specializing in strategy and leadership effectiveness.

A graduate of the University of Calgary Master of Business Administration program, Mona resides in Calgary and enjoys volunteering while giving back to the community.

Lynn Molvik bio pic

Lynn is passionate about seeing women excel and succeed, becoming all they were created to be.  Lynn is thriving in a 38-year career with RBC including 18 years of leadership within the financial industry. Lynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling, (Honors with Distinction in Grief & Conflict Mgmt)  and a Business degree, with major in Marketing and Finance. Lynn was the YWCA’s  Impact speaker at YWCA WHYWHISPER Fundraising Gala and currently  volunteers at the YWCA and PSSAW (PeerSupport Services for Abused Women, in a mentorship role).  Lynn has taught “Business 101” at Victory College, educating and equipping first-year students with a focus on finances, equipping life skills and corporate preparation.  Lynn currently sits on the board of Calgary Community of Faith, supporting finances & women’s leadership.

Lynn brings her experience working in domestic abuse, desire to give back and pay it forward, to her role on the board of the YWCA.

Lynn enjoys golfing & travel with her husband of 26 years, and childishly looks forward to time with family, including her three daughters and three grandchildren.

LaraLara co-founded Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. in 2008 with business partner, Karen Ryan, to create a more approachable, transparent and educational firm within the construction industry.  Now functioning as the Director of Business Development for Ryan Murphy Construction Inc., Lara serves on two additional boards, several committees and as a mentor to SAIT’s School of Business students. Each year, Lara and Team Ryan Murphy honour their community involvement in the Charity Challenge as part of the Scotia Bank Calgary Marathon.  Downtime is spent in the exhilarating Rockies and in the serenity of the Inglewood wildlands, whether flakes are flying or when the mercury breaks zero.

Georgine-Ulmer-215x300Georgine Ulmer contributes her knowledge of government relations and economic development to the Board through her 20-year career with the Federal Government.

A native of Medicine Hat, Georgine attended universities in Calgary and Kingston and has held various positions with Industry Canada, the Calgary Economic Development, and Calgary Inc. During her time with Calgary Inc., she oversaw the work of four economic development agencies.

Currently, Georgine devotes her time to the not-for-profit sector and various volunteer positions and is also the President of a small consulting firm, Churchill Strategies Inc.

Shannon YoungShannon Young is a senior regulatory counsel and advisor.  She has practiced regulatory, environmental and indigenous law for nearly two decades in both private and corporate practice. Most recently Shannon led a team as the Director, Regulatory, Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations for a large energy firm.  Her focus and expertise is in leading the development and implementation of strategies for integrating risk management for projects, developing and strengthening relationships with stakeholders, and managing complex regulatory, environmental and indigenous issues.

Shannon was the President of the Canadian Energy Law Foundation in 2014 and 2015 and an active board member of that organization from 2008 to 2016.  She was named by Alberta Venture as one of ten Albertans to watch in 2014, and in 2013 was named by Lexpert as one of the Canadian legal community’s Leading Lawyers under 40.

Community involvement is also important to Shannon. She is a board member of her community association and is currently the director responsible for both community safety and community events.

ST-2016Chief Executive Officer YWCA of Calgary As Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Calgary, Sue Tomney is responsible for the strategic leadership of more than 300 diverse team members who offer shelter, housing, counselling and education programs to some of the most vulnerable women and families in the Calgary community. A proven leader and strategic thinker Ms. Tomney, along with her team, supports and advocates for healthy relationships, equity for women and a safe community where women thrive.

Ms. Tomney has held senior-level positions with both nonprofits and corporations prior to joining the YWCA in December 2010; VP, Marketing and Communications for Imagine Canada; Director of Communications and External Affairs at TransAlta Corporation; and Manager, Public Relations & Community Investment for Canadian Airlines International.

Ms. Tomney is currently on the board of directors for CanadaHelps and is a member of the Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy. Recent voluntary sector experiences include serving on the Joint Table on Awareness for the Government of Canada’s Voluntary Sector Initiative; board member for Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations; cabinet member for Calgary’s United Way Campaign; governor for Education Matters – Calgary’s Public Education Trust; and executive committee member of the 2008 Governor General’s Leadership Conference.