Membership & member profiles
Ms. Sue Mallon (Board Chair), Public Member
Ms. Mallon was appointed to the Board of Governors in December 2016 and was designated as Board Chair in September 2017. She is currently serving as the CEO, Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services). From 2001-2003, she was an independent consultant working on a variety of projects including the Catholic School Board reorganization of the HR function and Executive Director of Calgary HomeFront.
From 1980 – 2001, Ms. Mallon worked with the City of Calgary in various roles including City Commissioner/Executive Officer, Director of Human Resources, Manager, Benefits Society, Health & Safety and various roles in the Commissioner’s Office and Social Services Department.
Ms. Mallon holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and English) degree from McMaster University, a Master of Social Work (Clinical Specialty) degree from the University of Calgary and a MBA (Human Resources and Marketing) degree from the University of Calgary. She earned a CEB – Employee Benefits Specialist diploma from Humber College and is a Certified HI Coach (Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara).
Ms. Mallon is well connected within the Calgary community and has worked on several high profile projects including planning design and building the TELUS Convention Centre, restructuring of the Electric Utility and restructuring the City Benefit Society.
Mr. Paul Singh Kundan (Board Vice-Chair), Public Member
CEO and Founder of Stone West Homes Inc.
Appointed to the MRU Board in January, 2014, Paul Singh Kundan was named vice-chair in 2018. He is a successful and determined CEO with over 20 years of expertise in real estate and finance. His leadership and organization skills will ensure that when mandates are developed goals will be achieved.
A true entrepreneur, Mr. Kundan built his Calgary-based home-building business from scratch in 2008 using knowledge gained from time spent as a real estate professional. Prior to creating Stone West, Mr. Kundan founded and directed the Mortgage Alliance Walk In Centre after recognizing the need and deciding to fill it. His work in the community includes being the Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Sikh Network, which works to tackle important community issues, and he was also the Founding Member of the Dashmesh Mission, a non-profit organization focusing on youth initiatives.
Mr. Kundan is a member of the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, the Canadian Association for Accredited Mortgage Professionals, the Canadian Home Builders Association and the Progressive New Home Builders Association.
Dr. David Clemis, Faculty Member
Associate Professor of History, Mount Royal University
David Clemis was appointed to the Board of Governors in July 2015 as the nominee of the Mount Royal Faculty Association.
Dr. Clemis is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Humanities, where he teaches courses on early modern European social, cultural and economic history. His recent publications explore alcohol use and conceptions of addiction in early modern England.
Since coming to Mount Royal in 2001, Dr. Clemis has been a member of Academic Council (predecessor of the General Faculties Council), and served two terms as chair of Academic Program and Policy Committee. He was active in the establishment of Mount Royal’s General Education provision, and was the first chair of the Department of General Education. Dr. Clemis has served as second vice-president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. He has been a member of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, the Task Force on Faculty Roles and Responsibilities, the General Education Curriculum Committee; the Mount Royal Assessment Seminar; and the Task Force on Faculty Leaves.
Dr. Clemis holds a B.A. (philosophy) from Queen’s University in Kingston, an M.A. (history) from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D (history) from the University of Leicester. Prior to coming to Mount Royal he was a contract lecturer at the London School of Economics, the Open University (U.K.), and London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University).
Ms. Tracee Collins, Public Member
Commission Member, Alberta Utilities Commission
Tracee Collins was appointed to the Board of Governors in December 2016. Ms. Collins currently serves as a Commission Member of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). The AUC is a quasi-judicial independent agency established by the Government of Alberta, responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta’s utility service takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest. She also serves as a Director on the Board for the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) which is the system planner for the City of Calgary’s efforts to address homelessness. Tracee is also a member of the Calgary Stampede Corporate Relations Committee, which is responsible for producing and executing sponsor events and engaging current and future partners. Previously she served as President and Chairperson of the Board of the PBP Community Association, a not-for-profit organization providing programs and services to residents and members in Palliser, Pump Hill and Bay View neighborhoods.
Ms. Collins’ professional experience includes serving as Commercial Director at Calpine Energy in Boston (2001-2006), Management Program at Enron, Houston (1999-2001), Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse in London and Credit Suisse First Boston in New York (1995-1997) and International Bank Examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles.
Ms. Collins holds an MBA from INSEAD Global Business Program in Fontainebleau, France and a BA Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Her experience includes developing and overseeing capital and operating budgets for major energy and financial companies; recommending and administering expenditures and investment decisions in large scale energy projects; and utilizing strategic insights and understanding of commercial and stakeholder issues to develop programs and policies consistent with an organization’s stated mission.
Dr. David Docherty, President, Mount Royal University
Dr. David Docherty has been a member of the Board of Governors since his appointment as Mount Royal’s 9th President on August 1, 2011. As President, Dr. Docherty serves as ex-officio member on all of the Board’s Committees: Academic Affairs, Audit and Risk, Campus Development, Finance, Governance and Nominating, and Human Resources.
Prior to joining Mount Royal, Dr. Docherty served as Senior Advisor on Multi-Campus Initiatives in the Office of the Vice-President, Academic and Provost, at Wilfrid Laurier University. Before that, he was Dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Arts, and Chair of the Political Science Department.
He is an accomplished academic, author, administrator, and a recognized expert on parliamentary democracy in Canada.
Dr. Docherty has been instrumental in developing new undergraduate and graduate programs at Laurier; in 2005, he was named the Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar. Dr. Docherty obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University, his Master of Arts degree in Political Science from McMaster University, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
The author of two books and numerous articles on Canadian politics, Dr. Docherty has been a frequent commentator on regional and national radio, and his analyses of provincial and national politics are regularly cited in leading Canadian newspapers.
Ms. Corinne Jamieson, Public Member
Executive Director and General Counsel, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
Corinne Jamieson was appointed to the MRU Board of Governors in March 2017. Ms. Jamieson is the Executive Director and General Counsel at the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. In this role, she leads a complex and diverse organization, working with federally appointed judges, bargaining unit employees and managers from across Alberta Justice.
Ms. Jamieson holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan. She became a member of the Saskatchewan Bar in 1995 and joined the Alberta Bar in 2001. In 2009, Ms. Jamieson earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary. She received her designation as Queen’s Counsel in 2014.
Ms. Jamieson practiced law in both the private and public sectors in Saskatchewan before relocating to Calgary in 1989. She has held various roles at the Court of Queen’s Bench. Through her education and experience, she has developed significant experience in strategic planning, corporate governance and has extensive experience in leading successful policy and operational initiatives.
Ms. Jen Magnus, Public Member
President of Magnus Consulting Inc.
Jen Magnus was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2017. Ms. Magnus is self-employed as a workplace investigator, researcher, and leadership trainer working for Magnus Consulting Inc.
Ms. Magnus worked for the Calgary Police Service for 14 years before starting her own business. Her experience included investigating criminal complaints, building strong ties and relationships with community members, mentoring and coaching junior officers, and researching and instructing on special projects for the Calgary Police Service. Ms. Magnus believes strongly in standing up for what is right and ensuring all employees have a voice when it comes to issues surrounding bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Ms. Magnus is currently a member of the Canadian Anti-Bullying Association (CABA). As a member, she works with other business owners and members to discuss and work to implement legislation necessary to address issues in the workplace. Ms. Magnus is also a member of the Calgary Chapter of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), where she meets regularly with fellow workplace investigators to discuss current trends in workplace investigations and recent changes to provincial and federal legislation. She is also a member of and was key in bringing the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Conference to Calgary for August 2018. Ms. Magnus believes strongly in recognizing women in policing and the skills and successes they bring to the workplace.
Ms. Magnus holds a Justice Studies Degree from Mount Royal University as well as a Masters of Criminal Justice Studies from Boston University. She also recently completed a Doctorate in Business Administration: Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University where she was placed on the Golden Key International Honour Society for scoring in the top 15% of her University.
Mr. Andrew Nguyen, Student Member
President of the Students' Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU)
Andrew Nguyen was appointed to the MRU Board of Governors in May 2018.
As a student at MRU, Andrew was elected President of the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) in the 2018-2019 Executive Election. Prior to the election, Mr. Nguyen served as a board member on the Student Governing Board for the SAMRU where he was actively involved in various committees and working groups to ensure fiduciary responsibility within the organization. In addition to that, Mr. Nguyen’s familiarity in governance comes from being a board member at Lighthouse Community Church for over three years. Mr. Nguyen has sat as the student representative for the School of Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship Committee for over three years where he seeks to bolster student engagement in academic scholarship. Mr. Nguyen was a research assistant in 2017 where he engaged in knowledge translation for a chiropractic migraine study. Mr. Nguyen is a 2015 MRU Presidential Scholar and is currently completing his Bachelor of Nursing.
In addition to being a student, Mr. Nguyen works in the Recreation department for the City of Calgary and as an Undergraduate Nurse at the Rockyview General Hospital. He is an avid volunteer in various capacities, helping in the integration of Syrian refugees, pediatrics hospice care, and child abuse support.
Ms. Donna Palmer, Staff Member
Program Administrator, Mount Royal University
Donna Palmer was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2017 as the elected nominee of the Mount Royal Staff Association (MRSA). Prior to her appointment on the Board, she served on the MRSA Executive as a Director at Large.
Donna is a Program Administrator with the Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension, overseeing the Ministry approved programs. She is known as a progressive educational leader with a demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain long-term stakeholder relationships, including provincial associations and regulators. Her portfolio includes programs that integrate academic rigour, high impact practice, community outreach, and research, while maintaining an emphasis on student experience and the service culture.
She has been the recipient of the Distinguished Staff Award and is actively involved in the Mount Royal community, serving on numerous advisory, curriculum development and professional development committees. Prior to joining Mount Royal in 1996, she worked for a number of years with the Ministry of Advanced Education (Alberta) and with Alberta Health Services.
Donna is also actively involved in the animal rescue community in southern Mexico. She and her husband helped build an animal shelter in Playa del Carmen, MX and regularly support the rescue efforts in the region through donations, volunteering, supporting local Spay & Neuter campaigns, as well as fostering and adopting.
Donna Palmer holds a B.A. (sociology; psychology) from the University of Calgary. As a champion and student of lifelong learning, she is completing graduate courses in addition to personal and professional coursework in Adult Education, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Data Science. Once finished her Masters degree, she intends to tackle Spanish. Her studies have taken her from MRU, U of C, Royal Roads, Cornell and MIT edX.
Ms. Shannon Ryhorchuk, Public Member
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Shannon Ryhorchuk was appointed to the Board of Governors in June 2018.
Shannon is a Partner with the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in providing assurance services. With over 33 years of experience in public practice, Shannon has extensive experience serving both US and Canadian based public companies primarily in the energy sector.She is the former managing partner of the Calgary Assurance Practice and member of the Canadian Assurance leadership team for PwC Canada.
Throughout her career, Shannon has been very active in volunteering and serving on boards of not for profit and community organizations including the United Way of Calgary and Area.
In March 2018, Shannon was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta for outstanding contributions to the community and the profession through her volunteer roles.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CPA, CA.
Ms. Keri Smith, Public Member
Director, Strut Creative
Keri was appointed to the Board in December 2016. She is a Mount Royal University alumna having earned her Bachelor of Communication, Public Relations in 2012.
She has worked as an independent business consultant in Calgary for the past eight years, providing services to marketing and communications departments, across multiple sectors, including health, finance and energy. She is focused on helping clients solve complex business problems and specializes in strategic planning and operations management.
Keri recently joined Strut, where she is responsible for the leadership and overall direction of the accounts department and managing senior client relationships. Prior to joining Strut, Keri was the Director of Client Strategy at Edelman, where she led national marketing programs for health and consumer clients.
Keri is a strong proponent of higher education and supports accessible, affordable and quality advanced learning opportunities for all Albertans. In addition to her communications degree, Keri has also completed her MBA at American University in Washington D.C., the Canadian Securities Course, and a Certificate in Digital Strategy from the University of British Columbia.
Ms. Whitney Smithers, Public Member
Whitney Smithers was appointed to the Board in December 2016. She is an experienced leader who is committed to making a difference in her community. Until January 2016, Ms. Smithers served as a Director in Planning, Development and Assessment at The City of Calgary. Prior to that, she held leadership roles at The City in land use planning, business planning and budgeting and systems transformation. She has worked in the consulting and not for profit sectors in addition to her experience at The City.
Ms. Smithers holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts – Geography (Urban Development) from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Environmental Design (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, and a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University.
Ms. Smithers is active in the Calgary community as a public appointee on Alberta Health Service’s regional Health Advisory Council. She is the vice-president of her community association, and a member of the Foothills Nordic Ski Club facility planning committee. Ms. Smithers is a mentor both with the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada, and Connections: Mentorship Circle, a group formed to empower and support young professional women through discussion, mentorship and skills-building. She is also working with other Nordic ski clubs in Calgary to create an umbrella organization to provide advocacy and support opportunities for Nordic sport in Calgary.
Ms. Michèle Stanners, Public Member
Michèle Stanners was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2017. Trained at the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT, Michèle leads an advisory practice specializing in growing the resilience of organizations and teams through community building, learning development, stakeholder engagement, and sustainable brand value creation. She has served as a Special Advisor to the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and worked with organizations including Alberta Ballet, Crow’s Theatre, Honens and the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is sought out for her unique talent to embrace and leverage the power of diversity in response to complex cultural and operational challenges.
Ms. Stanners’ current community involvement includes acting as a Director at Softrock Minerals Ltd., and as the Communications Chair for the Calgary Chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
Ms. Stanners is fluent in English and French and semi-fluent in Spanish and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Combined Bachelor or Law/Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta, as well as a Fellow/Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and a Master of Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University.
Ms. Susan Swan, Public Member
Susan Swan was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2017. Ms. Swan is an experienced senior oil and gas executive. In her career with Imperial Oil she was known for her expertise in organizational management, external relations and strategic community investment.
Since her retirement in 2015, she has continued to lead in the not-for-profit sector participating as a board member and volunteer focusing on post-secondary education and community giving. Susan is currently an Elected Public Director for Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICAN) representing the energy sector. She is Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council and is also an ex-officio board member of the United Way of Calgary and Area.
Ms. Swan spent the majority of her career with Imperial Oil Limited beginning as an economist in the head office in Toronto in 1983. Over her 32 year career with the company she took on increasingly senior roles in corporate, downstream and upstream departments. The last ten years of her career were spent in external roles including Investor Relations Manager, Public and Government Affairs Manager and President of the Imperial Oil Foundation. She retired in late 2015 serving as Imperial’s Energy Policy and Planning Manager.
Ms. Swan was a well-known executive mentor within the company and helped launch Imperial’s Women’s Leadership Network and PRIDE organization.
Ms. Swan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in economics from the University of Manitoba and a Masters of Arts degree specializing in oil and gas economics from the University of British Columbia.