BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring that we fulfill the mission and purpose of YW Calgary through strong governance, effective planning and sound fiscal management. You can read more about how our board operates in our Board Bylaws (PDF).
Join the Board
We recruit for our board of directorsprior to the end of each fiscal year on March 31. To learn more about how you can join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re a past YW board member interested in reconnecting, please get in touch for more information about opportunities to re-engage.
Meet our Board Members
Through 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 on pathways throughout Calgary. She has completed seven marathons and two half-Ironman competitions with no plans of slowing down.
Board Vice Chair
With 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 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 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.
As Director of Government Affairs for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, Amie Blanchette contributes a variety of skills to the Board in the areas of city planning and infrastructure.
Prior to this role, Amie 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.
Amie 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. Amie lives in Calgary with her partner Gerald and his four children and enjoys trips to Florida annually to visit her parents.
Cheryl is the President and CEO of Indigenous Centre of Energy working closely with First Nations on leaking oil and gas orphan/legacy wells. Cheryl brings experience and passion, through current and past roles for Aboriginal youth leadership, economic development for Indigenous communities and ongoing support to help bridge the gap between First Nations and government, industries and other First Nations Communities.
Her volunteer work includes her work to increase graduation rates among Aboriginal youth through the Alberta Women in Science Network and as a Board Member with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
Jasdeep K. Dhaliwal
Jasdeep is the Principal Owner of the Jasdeep K. Dhaliwal Professional Corporation through which she instructs in various business degree programs at SAIT and the Chartered Professional Accountants Prerequisite Program as well as supporting individuals, venture capitalist and corporations with operational and financial strategic planning. As a dedicated member of her community, Jasdeep is a member of the Board of Directors for McMan Youth, Family and Community Service Association as well as volunteer consultant for Khalsa School Calgary.
Jasdeep has been recognized not only as a Chartered Accountant but also for her significant contributions to the community as a volunteer.
Penny received her Bachelor of Arts and Law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked as a litigator and commercial lawyer since 1991 in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. In 2017, Penny transitioned to the role of Vice President of Land and Indigenous Relations for TransCanada and is responsible for engagement, strategy, policy and governance for Indigenous & Land relations through Canada and the United States as well as governance on Mexico projects.
Throughout Penny’s roles she continues to apply the principles of early respectful engagement, respect for the special legal and governance rights Indigenous communities have; respect for land interests and desires to find mutually beneficial commercial opportunities.
Nancy 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.
Jacqui has a diverse background, working in four different industries including packaged goods, technology, financial services and oil and gas. Through all she has brought her knowledge and skills to bear developing and implementing human resource strategies, maximizing organizational capacity and helping leaders effectively lead and manage change. Her experience has allowed her to stretch beyond Human Resources and incorporate communications, marketing and sales skills within her repertoire.
Jacqui has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Western Ontario and an international MBA from Manchester Business School and McGill University.
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 YWHISPER Fundraising Gala and currently volunteers at the YWCA and PSSAW (PeerSupport Services for Abused Women, in a mentorship role). She 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 and a desire to “give back and pay it forward” to her role on the board of the YWCA. Lynn enjoys golfing and travel with her husband of 26 years, and looks forward to time with family, including her three daughters and three grandchildren.
Lara 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.
She spends her downtime in the exhilarating Rockies and in the serenity of the Inglewood wildlands, whether flakes are flying or the mercury breaks zero.
Georgine 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. She’s also the President of a small consulting firm, Churchill Strategies Inc.
Shannon 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’s a member of her community association board and is currently the director responsible for both community safety and community events.