Board of Directors
Evan J. HazellChair
Mr. Hazell has been involved in the global oil and gas industry for over 30 years, initially as a petroleum engineer and laterally as an investment banker. At present, he primarily serves as a Director of a number of for profit and community organizations including Calgary Opera, CAWST, Oryx Petroleum, CMLC and the Calgary YMCA. Mr. Hazell holds engineering degrees from Queen's University and the University of Calgary, has an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta. He resides in Calgary.
Marilyn MilavskyPast Chair
Fashion designer Marilyn Milavsky has spent the past 18 years involved with many community projects. As a community leader Marilyn has volunteered her time and creativity to fundraising projects for organizations such as Hospice Calgary, Stars Air Ambulance, the Glenbow Museum, Esther Honens, Alberta Ballet and Calgary Opera. Ms. Milavsky recently served as co-chair of the TELUS Community Board and as President of the Alberta Canada Day Committee as well as a Calgary Ambassador for the 2010 Olympics. Her other community involvements include the Banff Centre National Campaign Cabinet, the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Advisory Committee, and the Sheep River Health Trust Advisory Committee. Ms. Milavsky is a member of the Calgary chapter for the International Women’s Forum.
Donald C. EdieSecretary
Don Edie was born in Edmonton, but quickly moved south and was raised and has since resided in Calgary, with the exception of his legal education back in Edmonton, graduating in 1976. Don is Counsel to the firm of Carscallen LLP, where he practices law, primarily in the Canadian and international energy sectors and before Canadian regulatory boards. Don has been active with Calgary Opera, as a subscriber for more than two decades, as a director for some years and as a member of the Calgary Opera Chorus for more than 20 years. He also sings with the Scarboro United Church choir and with the EnChor chamber ensemble. Don’s passion for music is shared by his family.
Janice Woodward has been a Chartered Accountant for 25 years, and her work experience has included leadership roles as an assurance manager and leader of staff recruiting in the Calgary office of a national accounting firm. More recently, she has worked on a contract basis for various Calgary businesses. Janice is active in the community and has served on the Boards of the Calgary Patriots Swim Club, the Calgary West Electoral District Association of the Conservative Party of Canada, and in various capacities with other community organizations.
As President and CEO, Michael has led CMLC and steered the direction of the East Village revitalization plan vision since September 2011. In his role, Michael works closely with the Board of Directors, City of Calgary and key community and business partners to ensure the successful delivery of critical infrastructure programs for the Rivers District. Along with overseeing the day-to-day operations of CMLC, he is charged with leading the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan which will chart a course for CMLC’s future growth and development projects. Previously he made a highly visible mark on Calgary’s cityscape as an associate VP with Matthews Southwest – the organization responsible for delivering Encana’s 58-story downtown tower, THE BOW. Prior positions include vice president at Calgary Economic Development and director of business development at Cushman and Wakefield – the world’s largest privately held commercial real estate services firm. To deepen his connections to the Calgary community, Michael serves as a member on several boards: the Calgary Arts Development Remarkable Experiences Accelerator Program, Heritage Park’s Master Planning and Finance Committees, and Calgary Opera.
Claudia CattaneoChair, Impresario
Claudia Cattaneo is the Western Business Columnist at the National Post, where she covers business and policy issues shaping enterprise across the West. During her 30-year career in journalism, Ms. Cattaneo also served as the Financial Post’s Calgary Bureau Chief and worked at the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette and the Toronto Star. Born and raised in the Valle d’Aosta region of Northern Italy, Ms. Cattaneo has a degree in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto and an MSc in Political Science from the Universite de Montreal. She is a director of Hospice Calgary and a member of the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Cattaneo’s two children are studying to be performing artists.
An avid supporter of local arts and culture, Brent Cooper is a partner at McLeod Law and head of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Brent’s practice is primarily focused on business law litigation, employment matters and defective condominium construction litigation. He represents businesses of all sizes and in a number of industry sectors, including energy, real estate and financial services. He has also acted for school divisions, police departments, municipal governments and other organizations.
Terence Dalgleish, Q.C. is counsel in the Calgary office of Davis LLP, a national law firm. He specializes in energy regulatory matters before provincial and federal tribunals. Past and present board experience includes the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (past chair), the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, the Van Horne Institute and business corporations listed in Canada and New Zealand. Terry and spouse Judith are Calgary opera keeners, with Judith having served on the boards of both Calgary Opera and the Southern Alberta Opera Development Foundation.
Matias Grum was born in Buenos Aires and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Master's Degree in Economics from the UBA University in Argentina, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary. He has 10 years of experience in Wealth Management as an Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns, and has worked as an economist for Shell and for the Government of Argentina. Matias also serves on the Haskayne MBA Alumni Counselling Board, and is a former Member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Council for the Americas.
Christel JohanssonChair, Corporate Development
Christel Johansson has 36 years of experience in the banking industry, seven years in the international division of Union Bank of Finland and 29 years of commercial banking with The Bank of Nova Scotia in Calgary. She grew up in an environment with a strong focus on the arts and music which became a passion at an early age. Ms. Johansson’s intent is to take an active part in the effort to widen the interest in opera in Calgary and especially to reach young audiences and people who have not been exposed to opera.
Verne JohnsonChair, Major Gifts
Graduating in Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1966, Verne Johnson has over 40 years of involvement in the oil and gas industry. Initially he worked with Imperial Oil in Canada and EXXON in New York until 1981 when he left to join the independent sector where he ran a number of junior and intermediate energy companies ending with the sale of ELAN Energy in 1997. Since then he has undertaken a number of advisory roles and Board directorships in public and private companies. He is presently an advisor to Statoil Canada and is a director of Fort Chicago Energy Partners, Gran Tierra Energy, Petromanas Energy Inc., and Earth Energy Resources.
Lachlin McKinnon is a Managing Director at Boyden global executive search, where he recruits leaders in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Active in the community, Lachlin also serves as the board chair of The Doorway, and is a member of the human resources committee of the Heritage Park Society. Lachlin enjoys sharing a love of music with his two young daughters, whose lung capacities would be well-suited to the opera stage.
Pat MenziesChair, Advocacy
Pat Menzies is a long-time Calgary Opera volunteer and has contributed to a broad range of not-for-profits and art organizations. She is a Director of Art a la Carte, a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Community Advisory Board and a past member of the Calgary Region Persons with Developmental Disabilities Board. Ms Menzies is President of Menzies Strategies, a strategic planning and consulting company. Other organizations she has been involved with include Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Hospice Calgary, Rescue Mission for breast cancer and Storehouse. Ms Menzies views Calgary Opera as an integral piece in Calgary’s cultural life, and is excited to be a part of the innovative and vibrant Calgary Opera community.
Formerly a teacher and Principal in the Calgary Board of Education, Ruth has recently completed 14 years as President and CEO of United Way of Calgary. Ruth has been actively engaged in the Calgary community. She is the Past President of the Calgary Chapter of the International Women's Forum. Ruth is currently a member of the Board of Governors for Mount Royal University, the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Crown Corporation of the Museums of Civilization and War Museum, the Board of the Calgary Opera and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership, the Calgary Greenway Patrons Council, and of the Alberta Champion Society.
Monica Sloan is Managing Director of JKS Holdings and past CEO of Intervera Data Solutions, a firm specializing in strategic information management for the energy sector. For much of Ms. Sloan’s career she has helped to build and sustain innovation within existing and new business and community ventures. Ms. Sloan is a member of a number of public, private and not-for profit boards, including past Chair of Calgary Opera. She has a BSc in Applied Earth Sciences, a BA in Economics, an MSc Engineering all from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard University. She loves to volunteer and hopes that in her next life she will come back as an Italian mezzo-soprano.
Don Swystun was born in Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering. He is currently the Executive Vice-President of Refining, Marketing, Transportation & Development for Cenovus Energy. He has 30 years of experience in the energy industry in diverse engineering and leadership roles in Canada and internationally. Don is a member of APEGGA and served on the University of Alberta Business Advisory Council. Don is inspired by his father, a choir director and operatic tenor, to strongly support Calgary Opera.
John Torode calls Calgary home but has lived in a number of Canadian cities. Born in Big Spring, Texas of Canadian parents, he lived the majority of his life in Canada and after completing high school in Edmonton, attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC and Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Torode has been in the real estate business in Calgary since 1972. In 1973 he founded Torode Realty. Mr. Torode has consolidated his businesses under Torode Realty Advisors, a company that syndicates commercial real estate projects. He personally allocates 100% of his time to sales, marketing and development. He created the boutique hotel, Hotel Arts, built the arriVa tower and added a number of public art pieces to the downtown real estate landscape. Mr. Torode is active in the arts community and has served on the boards of Theatre Calgary, the Calgary Centre of Performing Arts and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently on the Board of Theatre Junction.
Jerilyn WrightChair, Special Events
Jerilyn Wright owns one of Alberta’s leading Interior Design firms, Jerilyn Wright & Associates, for 28 years. Strong passion for design has earned her firm a reputation in the marketplace for excellence, creativity and versatility. She has been consistently recognized by her peers and critics having earned several Design Awards across the country. In 2012 Jerilyn won the Business in Calgary magazine’s “Leaders of Tomorrow” award. Community involvement is very important to Jerilyn. She currently sits on the board for the Abilities Society assisting them in their goals. In the past, Jerilyn worked with Habitat for Humanity and also chaired Mount Royal University annual fund raiser “Feast of Sound and Song” for four years to assist young underprivileged musicians with their education and career development.