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 directors prior to the end of each fiscal year on March 31. To learn more about how you can join, contact

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

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 Vice President Development at 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.

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.

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.

Shannon Young is the Director of External Affairs at Petronas Energy Canada Ltd.  In this role, Shannon works with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public. She focuses on the development and implementation of government policies and regulations, and working collaboratively with stakeholders.

Prior to joining Petronas, Shannon led teams as the Managing Director of External Affairs at a power generation company and as the Director, Regulatory, Stakeholder & Aboriginal Relations for a large energy firm.  Shannon practiced regulatory, environmental and Indigenous law for nearly two decades in both private and corporate practice. Her expertise is in leading the development and implementation of strategies integrating risk management in projects, developing and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and managing complex regulatory 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.

Shannon is actively involved in her local community as a board member and vice-president of her community association. 

Sharon Carry is a passionate visionary who has transformed post-secondary education for adult learners. Her determined commitment has been showcased in her achievements as a leader at Calgary’s Bow Valley College and a myriad of community groups.

From 1997 to 2017 Sharon served as President and CEO of Bow Valley College, overseeing its transformation from a quiet vocational school under direct day-to-day management of the Alberta Government when she took the role, to the largest college in the province and an entrepreneurial leader in online learning today.

Sharon has never stopped volunteering and continues to be passionate about supporting community organizations. Sharon has been described as a woman of outstanding vision, dedicated to improving the lives of Albertans and was invested with the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2014.

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.

Claire Galvin is a chemical engineer who has more than 40 years of experience in the energy industry throughout North America at both technical and executive levels. Throughout her career she has focused on the design, construction and operation of oil and gas production facilities.

Recently retired from Husky Energy, Claire was the Chief Petroleum Engineer where she was responsible for engineering career development initiatives while leading a team of senior reservoir engineers working on Husky’s more technically complex reservoirs.

Claire is a graduate from the University of Toronto and is passionate about helping women excel in STEM careers. She is a mentor to young professionals at Husky and sits on the Steering Committee of Husky’s Women’s Leadership Network.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys tennis, skiing, travel, reading and is an avid supporter of the arts.

As the Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Aalia is responsible for leading projects providing a functional focus on strategy, operations and organization. Aalia joined McKinsey after pursuing her MBA at INSEAD where she studied in both France and Singapore. Aalia is passionate about the complexity of the challenges facing her clients and the long-term impact of her work.

A chemical engineering graduate from the University of Calgary, Aalia began her career with Husky Energy, where she managed a $76 million capital development program, while coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of geologists, engineers, landmen and operations staff.

Aalia is passionate about giving back to the community through mentorship. She has led workshops for current and future female business leaders across Western Canada, is a Volunteer Board Member for the Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for the Prairies and a consultant on a number of pro-bono projects.

As the current Manager of Human Resources and Corporate Services, Michelle brings more than 20 years of experience in managing human resources, event planning and maintaining a strong corporate culture at Birchcliff Energy. Michelle is responsible for mentoring, coaching and leading Birchcliff’s employees so they are effective as a team and as individuals.

Michelle is a passionate community supporter who has long advocated for the development of young women in our community, particularly those employed in male dominated industries. Michelle also chairs a committee at Birchcliff overseeing the personal and business development of women.

Michelle is a longtime supporter of YW Calgary and had a direct hand in raising more than $115,000 for the organization and firmly believes in giving back to the community.

Lisa is an innovative entrepreneur and chartered accountant with experience in international finance.

As the CEO of Neal’s Yard Remedies Canada, Lisa is the strategic leader and visionary for development and operations across Canada. With vast experience ranging from public accounting to B2C sales and strategic consulting, she also shares her passion and expertise as a Senior Consultant at Citrus Capital Partners where she provides business planning support and coaching.

Lisa is a graduate from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce. She is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce Finance and Audit Committee, the Director of the 4th Street Calgary Business Improvements Area and Treasurer of REAP Calgary.