Board of Directors
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.
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.
David Dunlop, CADirector
David is a senior finance professional with more than 20 years experience in the energy industry. He is currently Vice-President, Finance at Veresen Inc., an energy infrastructure company. David started his career with Ernst & Young where he obtained his Chartered Accountant designation. He moved into the energy industry with Talisman Energy where he worked for 18 years in senior Finance management roles. He is a recent graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. David is active in his local communities and he is an avid supporter of the Calgary arts community. He sits on the Environment Grants Advisory Committee for the Calgary Foundation.
Donald C. EdieDirector
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 recently retired as Counsel to the firm of Carscallen LLP, where he practiced 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.
Sharie HunterCo-Chair, Special Events Committee
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.
Jay is a founding partner of Structured Abstraction, a technology company focused on developing online solutions for ‘social innovators’ in the arts, culture, non-profit and education sectors. Jay brings an innate ability to identify specific business and strategic requirements and translate them into effective technical deliverables. His passion for music, arts, and culture extend to his volunteer work. Jay is a current Director of Calgary Opera, Past Chair of the One Yellow Rabbit Board of Directors and Creative Capital Fund, a former Director of the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Past Co-chair of the ‘Art Centre Transformation’ Steering Committee, and is a member of the Save Our Salmon Fundraising Committee.
Jacqueline PykeChair, Revenue Committee
Jackie has 28 years experience in upstream oil and gas with a focus in the areas of marketing, finance, planning and strategy including over 20 yeas at Talisman Energy. She is a long time community volunteer and is currently board chair of Social Venture Partners Calgary. Jackie has a BA from the University of Calgary and an MBA from University of Western Ontario. In addition to opera Jackie is also passionate about vizslas and yoga.
Ruth Ramsden-WoodChair, Nomination and Governance Committee
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 SloanChair, Capital Campaign Committee
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.
Jerilyn WrightCo-Chair, Special Events Committee
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.