Member Profiles

Alex Pourbaix

Alex Pourbaix (Board Chair and Public Member)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Cenovus

Alex Pourbaix was appointed Chair of the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in August 2019. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cenovus Energy, Mr. Pourbaix is responsible for establishing the strategic direction for the company and delivering strong financial and operational performance. He took on the company’s leadership role in November of 2017 and is also a Director of Cenovus.

Prior to Cenovus, Mr. Pourbaix spent 27 years with TC Energy and its affiliates in a broad range of leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for the company’s commercial activity and overseeing major energy infrastructure projects and operations. He also has experience in corporate strategy, business development, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as well as stakeholder relations.

Mr. Pourbaix earned both a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. He is active in the community, having sat on the boards of several local charities, including many years as a dedicated volunteer for the United Way. Mr. Pourbaix served on the board of Trican Well Service Ltd., was Board Chair for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and currently serves on the boards of Canadian Utilities Limited and the Business Council of Canada. He is also Chairman of the Board of Governors at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), and is a member of the Business Council of Alberta.

 


 

Chris Lee

Chris Lee (Board Vice-Chair and Public Member)
Vice-Chair and Member, Board of Directors, Deloitte

Chris Lee was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in August 2019. Mr. Lee is Vice-Chair and Member of the Deloitte Board of Directors and co-chair of the Clients, Industries and Markets Committee. He is also on the executive team of the Global Energy, Resources & Industrials industry committee.

Formerly, he was the Managing Partner of the Prairie Region; co-chair of the firms Marketplace committee; the national Energy, Resources & Industrials industry leader; and, Director of Operations for the Calgary Financial Advisory practice. 

Mr. Lee holds the distinction of being a former leader of the Deloitte & Touche LLP National Litigation Support Committee and the former President, Vice-President and executive member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.

His community affiliations include being Board Member of WinSport Canada, member of Global Business Forum planning committee, co-chair of the Canada’s Greatest Kitchen Party committee, Board Member of Makadiff Sports, Board Member of Theatre Calgary Endowment Foundation, and member of SAIT Business Advisory Council. Formerly, Chris was a Board Member on the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee, Chair of the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee and Board Member and Chair of Theatre Calgary.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba, a Chartered Accountant designation for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba and a Certified Business Valuator designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. 

 


 

Dawn Farrell (Chancellor)

Dawn Farrell (Chancellor)
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, TransAlta

Dawn Farrell was appointed Chancellor of Mount Royal University in July 2020 and was formally installed during convocation in November 2020. An accomplished leader with more than 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, Ms. Farrell was the President and Chief Executive Officer of TransAlta Corporation from January 2012 until her retirement in March 2021.

Previously, she served as TransAlta’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice-President, Commercial Operations and Development, in addition to being Executive Vice-President, Independent Power Projects and Vice-President, Energy Marketing and IPP Development. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Farrell served as Executive Vice-President, Generation at BC Hydro. From 2006 to 2007, she served as BC Hydro's Executive Vice-President Engineering, Aboriginal Relations and Generation.

Ms. Farrell sits on the board of directors of The Chemours Company and the Business Council of Canada. She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental, policy-oriented international forum. Her past board involvement includes the Calgary Stampede, the Mount Royal College/University Board of Governors and Foundation Board of Directors, Fording Coal Income Fund, New Relationship Trust Fund and Vision Quest Windelectric.

Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Master of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary. She also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. In 2019, she received an honorary doctorate of laws from Mount Royal.

 


 

Timothy Rahilly

Dr. Timothy Rahilly
President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Royal University

In May 2019, Dr. Tim Rahilly became Mount Royal University’s tenth President and first Vice-Chancellor, serving a five-year term. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing the University’s strategic plan.

Dr. Rahilly was Vice-Provost, Students and International at Simon Fraser University (SFU) since 2010 and held academic and administrative roles in the university sector starting in 1998. He has experience increasing domestic and international enrolment; developing policies and programs to improve health and wellbeing and prevent sexual violence; supporting Indigenous students; advancing varsity sports; and, overseeing large capital projects.

Academically active, Dr. Rahilly taught courses and supervised graduate students at SFU, University of Manitoba, Royal Roads University, Technical University of British Columbia and McGill University. His most recent publications include co-authoring contributions to  “University Pathways: A Global Perspective” and  “Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education: Models and Practices for Success.”

He holds a PhD in Educational and Counselling Psychology from McGill University, a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and Counselling from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Education) from Concordia University.

 


 

Brenden Hunter

Brenden Hunter (Public Member)
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Brenden Hunter was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in September 2020. A partner with the multinational law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Mr. Hunter’s career in private practice focuses on assisting energy companies in regulatory proceedings. His project experience includes acting for and advising applicants on high-voltage electrical transmission facilities, renewable energy projects, telecommunications facilities, and oil and gas extraction facilities and pipelines. He also advises and assists regulated utilities with their rate-related applications, including rate design and tariff applications.

Mr. Hunter is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, one of Alberta's largest Cree First Nations. His great-great-grandfather Onchaminahos or “Little Hunter” was a signatory to Treaty 6. With significant experience engaging with First Nations and other Indigenous groups, Mr. Hunter also advises on Indigenous consultation.

Prior to joining Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Mr. Hunter was with a boutique Aboriginal law firm, worked as a field inspector for the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board and was a field operator at a major heavy oil extraction facility.

He holds a B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, and a J.D. from the University of Victoria law school.

 


 

Karl Johannson

Karl Johannson (Public Member)

Karl Johannson was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in August 2019. He has extensive commercial and operational experience in the upstream and midstream energy market segments, including natural gas and energy pipelines, electricity generation and specialty chemicals. 

Mr. Johannson joined TransCanada in 1994 and held various leadership roles, including Senior Vice-President, Power Commercial; Senior Vice-President, Canadian Power; Senior Vice-President, Canada and US Northeast Pipeline; President, Natural Gas Pipelines; and most recently Executive Vice-President and President, Canadian and Mexico Gas Pipelines and Energy. Until 2018, Mr. Johannson was the Chair of TC Pipelines L.P.

He currently is chair of the Alberta Electric System Operator Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of ClearStream Energy Services Inc. Mr. Johannson was Chair of Cancarb Limited’s Board and served on the Board of Directors for Bruce Power LLP., the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Canadian Gas Association and the Canadian Electric Association.

Mr. Johannson holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Calgary. He is also a graduate from Harvard Business School’s General Management program.

 

 

 

 


 

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Morgan Loberg (Staff Member)
Coordinator, Transfer Articulation, Mount Royal University

Morgan Loberg was nominated by the Mount Royal Staff Association to serve on the Board of Governors in June 2021. Ms. Loberg’s career has been focused in the post-secondary sector. She worked for the University of Buckingham, England prior to returning to her alma mater, Mount Royal, where she is coordinator, Transfer Articulation. 

Ms. Loberg is passionate about education and its ability to create diverse thinkers and members of the community. She is co-chair of the Connect Committee within the Students Division, working to create a culture that enhances inter-divisional collaboration and provides the opportunity for professional development to employees. She is proud to do this work alongside committee members who are representatives of 13 different University departments.

Ms. Loberg is also involved in the community at large. She sits on two boards dedicated to supporting the development of inclusive community spaces.  

She graduated from Mount Royal in 2015 with a Bachelor of Business Administration – General Management degree (minors in International Business and Finance & Economics).

 

 


 

Carrie Lonardelli

Carrie Lonardelli (Public Member)
Chief Financial Officer, Bonnetts Energy Corp.

Carrie Lonardelli was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in August 2019. As Chief Financial Officer with Bonnetts Energy Corp, she has been responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction of Bonnetts since 2014.

Before joining Bonnets, Ms. Lonardelli owned and operated an enterprise that provided CFO services to owner-managed businesses in Calgary. Prior to this, she was the Vice-President of Finance for Phoenix Technology for eight years and spent seven years with KPMG in Winnipeg and Calgary. She is a Director on the Source Energy Services Board.

Ms. Lonardelli serves on the board of Open to Grow, an organization providing microcredit loans and empowering women to build businesses in Guatemala. She is also on the Board (Audit Committee Chair)  of Source Energy Services, a public company specializing in oilfield logistics, and is the Advisory Board Chair for Make a Wish Canada Southern Alberta. Ms. Lonardelli is a Post  Committee member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and was on the Advisory Board for the Children’s Wish of Canada Alberta Chapter.   

Ms. Lonardelli holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and has a Chartered Accountant designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba.

 


 

Denise Man

Denise Man (Public Member)
Chief Technology Officer, ATB Financial

Denise Man was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in September 2020. As Chief Technology Officer with ATB Financial, she leads the organization’s technology, innovation and engineering teams.

Ms. Man has more than 20 years of technology and leadership experience, ranging from artificial intelligent speech recognition research to the development of the 64-bit Itanium microprocessor at Hewlett Packard. During this time, she was awarded seven patents and has several publications with the U.S. Patent Office. Prior to joining ATB Financial, Ms. Man served in a variety of roles at Enbridge Pipelines, including leading the technology and operations teams as Chief Technology Officer.

She believes in the importance of being a mentor, role model and sponsor. Ms. Man is active in technology working groups and participates in events that give back to the community. She promotes diversity equity and inclusion, and serves as a mentor to others interested in careers in STE(A)M. In 2019, Ms. Man gave the keynote address at Mount Royal’s Women in Leadership During a Time of Disruption event.

A University of Calgary alumni, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering.

 


 

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Dr. Jacqueline Musabende (Academic Staff Member)
Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende was nominated by the Mount Royal Faculty Association to serve on the Board of Governors at Mount Royal University in July 2021. Dr. Musabende is an Associate Professor of International Business in the Bissett School of Business.

Passionate about teaching and learning, Dr. Musabende’s pedagogy focuses on nurturing innovation and building entrepreneurship ecosystems as tools that instill economic growth, create business opportunities and help businesses identify international opportunities. Her research interests include public financial management, international institutions and emerging markets, international development, experiential learning in higher education, and information technology.

Dr. Musabende has extensive global professional experience, having worked for organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the African Development Bank, in addition to working for international banks (BNP Paribas and La Société Générale) and multinational corporations.

She is a board member, and currently the chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Decolonization (DEI&D) committee, of the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER). In partnership with the UN Canada Association, she established the How2BeU© program that connects universities and communities/businesses in Calgary through students’ initiatives to address UN Sustainable Development Goals.

She holds a PhD degree in International Business and a master’s degree in Geographical and Spatial Information Systems. She also has a project management designation (PMP®) and is bilingual.

 

 


 

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Joseph Nguyen (Student Member)

Joseph Nguyen was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in May 2021. As Vice-President of Student Affairs with the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU), Mr. Nguyen is the student voice representing and lobbying non-academic issues. 

He served as a student leader throughout high school and has sat on the boards of non-profit organizations as an executive member. Mr. Nguyen has also continued his board work as an executive member of Mount Royal’s Education Undergraduate Society.

Mr. Nguyen attends Mount Royal University undertaking his Bachelor of Education — Elementary. He believes in the importance of being a role model to future generations and is committed to actively giving back, both at the University and in the broader community. He serves as a mentor to students through the Mount Royal’s MAPS Peer Mentorship Program, effectively integrating first-year students into the University. Mr. Nguyen also serves as a tutor for Free Mind to further practice his passion for building up the next generation(s). In addition, he volunteers with a variety of organizations that directly support toddlers, children and youth.


 

Thomas O’Leary

Thomas P. O’Leary (Public Member)
Partner, Dentons

Thomas P. O’Leary was appointed to the Mount Royal Board of Governors in December 2019.  He is a partner in Dentons’ Calgary office. 

Mr. O’Leary is a member of the Litigation group and his advocacy practice includes energy litigation, regulatory hearings, environmental claims, class actions, and a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, including construction and insurance-related disputes.  

He has represented many of the largest players in the energy and financial sectors and has appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, the Federal Court of Canada, Newfoundland Court of Appeal, as well as before numerous administrative tribunals and financial industry regulators.  Mr. O’Leary has acted as counsel in over 100 mediations and arbitrations.

For the community, he served as a director on the board of the Calgary Stampede from 2010 to 2020.  Mr. O’Leary also coaches both minor hockey and baseball and has been involved with many professional and community organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.  He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1991 and has been a Partner since 1999.

 


 

Kenna Olsen

Dr. Kenna Olsen (Academic Staff Member)
Professor, Department of English, Languages, and Cultures, Mount Royal University

Dr. Kenna Olsen was nominated by the General Faculties Council to serve on the Board of Governors at Mount Royal University in June 2019. Dr. Olsen is a Full Professor of Medieval English literature and languages in the Department of English, Languages, and Cultures, where she teaches history of the English language, medievalism and medieval English literature in its manuscript context.

Since hired at Mount Royal University in 2008, Dr. Olsen has been a consistent member of the General Faculties Council and has served on several institutional-level committees, including the Executive Committee of General Faculties Council and the Scholarship Review Committee of the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement. She actively participates in curriculum development, and Tenure and Promotion Committees in her Faculty.

Dr. Olsen holds a PhD (Medieval Literature) from the University of Calgary, an MPhil (Medieval English Studies) from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Medieval Studies) from the University of Victoria.

 


 

Shannon Pestun

Shannon Pestun (Alumni Member)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pestun Consulting Inc.

Shannon Pestun was appointed to the Mount Royal Board of Governors in September 2019. Ms. Pestun is the founder and chief executive officer of Pestun Consulting Inc., a company that supports the advancement of women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. She works collaboratively with organizations to identify existing barriers and create systems that enhance women's economic empowerment through leadership and entrepreneurship. As a Métis woman, she promotes economic reconciliation through her work.  

Formerly, Ms. Pestun spent nearly a decade with ATB Financial, first as a relationship manager, then as director, women’s entrepreneurship. Prior to that, she served as director, marketing and communications with Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Alberta for almost four years.

Ms. Pestun’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is widely recognized. In 2019, she was appointed to the Government of Canada’s women’s entrepreneurship expert panel. That same year, she was named a SHEInnovator by SHEInnovates Alberta, a pilot chapter for UN Women, and was a finalist for the Diversity Ambassador of the Year Award — Women in Finance Canada.

A longtime supporter of Mount Royal University, Ms. Pestun has served as a member of the Alumni Relations Advisory Committee and Marketing Partnership Council. She is co-chair of the board of directors for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – Canada and has volunteered with Canadian Women in Communications and the Calgary Stampede. 

Ms. Pestun holds a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge and a diploma in marketing from Mount Royal University.

 


 

Sue Riddell Rose

Sue Riddell Rose (Public Member)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Perpetual Energy Inc.

Sue Riddell Rose was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in August 2019. Ms. Riddell Rose is President and Chief Executive Officer of Perpetual Energy Inc. and predecessor Paramount Energy Trust since inception in 2002. 

She has more than 30 years of experience in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry, beginning her career as a geological engineer with Shell Canada. From 1990 until 2002 Ms. Riddell Rose was employed by Paramount Resources Ltd. in various capacities, culminating in the position of Corporate Operating Officer. 

She serves on the board of Paramount Resources Ltd., Tervita Corporation, AltaLink, L.P. and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Ms. Riddell Rose is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

She is actively involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations, including UNICEF Canada and Fulbright Canada. Ms. Riddell Rose served as Board Chair of United Way of Calgary and Area, served on the Board of Queen’s University, and chaired Alberta’s Promise. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Geological Engineering) from Queen’s University.

 


 

David Routledge

David Routledge (Alumni Member) 
Vice-President and Head of Western Canada Office, Oxford Properties Group

David Routledge was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in September 2019, nominated by the MRU Alumni Association. 

Mr. Routledge has 30 years of experience in real estate investment, management and development. He currently oversees Oxford Properties’ 6 million square foot mixed-use property construction and management portfolio in Calgary and Vancouver. Under Mr. Routledge’s leadership, the Western Region’s team of 150 employees supported the successful development of seven office projects totaling 4 million square feet.

Since 2011,  Mr. Routledge has served on the Board of Directors at the Calgary Health Foundation and on their Finance and Audit Committee. He was  appointed Board Vice-Chair in 2018. 

Mr. Routledge holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and a Business Administration Studies diploma from Mount Royal University. He also holds the ICD.C designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors, a program committed to excellence in the boardroom, the desire to stay current to be a more effective director and best­ in-class governance and leadership capacity.

 

 


 

Shannon Ryhorchuk

Shannon Ryhorchuk (Public Member)
Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Shannon Ryhorchuk was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in June 2018. Ms. Ryhorchuck is a Partner with the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in providing assurance services.  

With over 35 years of experience in public practice, she has extensive experience serving both U.S. and Canadian based public companies in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, construction and real estate. In addition to serving clients, Ms. Ryhorchuk leads the National Independence Office and sits on PwC's Global Network Independence leadership team.  She is the former Managing Partner of the Calgary Assurance Practice and currently serves as a member of the extended Canadian Assurance leadership team for PwC Canada.  

She has been a very active volunteer, serving on boards of not for profit and community organizations, including the United Way of Calgary and Area, where she chaired the Finance and Audit Committee and the Community Investment Committee.

Ms. Ryhorchuk received the Distinguished Service Award by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta for her outstanding contributions to the community and the profession through her volunteer roles.  

Ms. Ryhorchuk holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Public Accountant and Chartered Accountant.


 

Spirit River Striped Wolf

Spirit River Striped Wolf (Student Member)

Spirit River Striped Wolf was appointed to the Mount Royal Board of Governors in May 2020. Mr. Striped Wolf is from the Piikani Nation (Aapatohsipikani) which helps make up the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi). His Blackfoot name is Iyimakoyiomahka which describes an enduring running wolf. Mr. Striped Wolf, in his own journey, has learned from his own experience of colonial trauma. He has dedicated his life to improving the conditions of Indigenous Peoples through advocacy, activism, volunteering, and leadership initiatives since his adolescence.

He currently attends Mount Royal University undertaking his BA in Policy Studies. He, along with a professor, co-founded a social enterprise called Otahpiaaki which focuses on supporting and empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs and realizing the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board’s report, Reconciliation: Growing Canada’s Economy by $27.7 Billion. Recently Mr. Striped Wolf was elected as President for the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University and will serve in this role for one year.

Mr. Striped Wolf is a public speaker, a workshop facilitator for Indigenization & Decolonization, as well as for Anti-Racism training.

 


 

Salimah Walji-Shivji

Salimah Walji-Shivji (Public Member)
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, AgeCare – Communities of Care & Wellness

Salimah Walji-Shivji was appointed to the Mount Royal University Board of Governors in September 2020. Ms. Walji-Shivji is Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at AgeCare, Communities of Care and Wellness. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary where she teaches a course she wrote: Social Work & The Law.

Previously, she was with the former Calgary Health Region (joining in 2003) and Alberta Health Services. Her roles included Legal Counsel, Associate General Counsel and General Counsel. She is also a registered social worker.

She has received Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 Award, the Women in Law Leadership Award and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Community Builder Award. Ms. Walji-Shivji is Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Health Law Section.

She spends countless hours volunteering in the Ismaili Muslim (Aga Khan) community and has held seats with the FOCUS Canada Humanitarian Assistance Board, the South Calgary Primary Care Network, the United Way and the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Ms. Walji-Shivji holds Ministerial Appointments to the Family Violence Death Review Committee and the Law Enforcement Review Panel. Ms. Walji-Shivji holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters in Clinical Social Work, both from the University of Calgary, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba.