Members

Carolyn Graham, Board Chair

Terms of Office: August 15, 2019 – August 14, 2022 

Board Chair

Carolyn brings expertise in strategic leadership, finance and risk management to her leadership role on the board. She joined Canadian Western Bank in 2000 and currently serves as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. She also serves on the board of trustees of Melcor Real Estate Investment Trust. Carolyn received her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation in 1989 and was elected a fellow of CPA Alberta in 2011.

She is active in the community, contributing her time and expertise to several boards, including the Edmonton Symphony and Concert Hall Foundation and Canada West Foundation. She is the co-founder of Edmonton Women in Finance.

Carolyn was a public member of the MacEwan Board of Governors from 2011 to 2017. During her previous tenure on the board, she made many valuable contributions to university operations, leading the Audit Committee of the Board and overseeing enhancements in the university’s audit and financial processes. 

Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor

Terms of Office: Started August 1, 2020

President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Trimbee comes to MacEwan University after serving six years as the President of the University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg). During her time at the UWinnipeg, Dr. Trimbee demonstrated a strong commitment to the institution’s academic mission and to engaging with the entire university community.
 
Dr. Trimbee holds a PhD (ecology) from McMaster University, a MSc (botany) from the University of Manitoba and was a postdoctoral fellow (zoology) at the University of Alberta (UAlberta). Dr. Trimbee has long-standing ties to Edmonton. In addition to her time as a postdoctoral student at UAlberta, she spent nearly 30 years in the city building a distinguished career with the Government of Alberta. During this period, she held a number of senior leadership positions, including appointments as deputy minister with Advanced Education and Technology, the Treasury Board and Finance, and Service Alberta.

Cameron Barr, MD, CCFP

Terms of Office: June 28, 2020 – June 27, 2023

Public Member

Dr. Cameron Barr is a family physician working at the Boyle McCauley Health Centre and pathways to Housing Edmonton. He serves an inner-city clientele with a wide variety of medical needs, including addictions, mental health, and homelessness. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (BScH, ’02) and the University of Alberta (MD, ’06). Cameron is a clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta and has volunteered with the Physician Education Committee and the Managed Alcohol Committee.  Cameron chairs the Campus Planning Committee.


Linda Banister, B.Com, MPM, CMRP, FCMC, CE, ICD.D

Terms of Office: April 22, 2020 – April 21, 2023

Public Member

Linda is the former President and Founder of Banister Research and Consulting. She has practiced as a management consultant with a specialization in research for almost thirty years. She holds a Master of Public administration and business Administration degree and a Bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta, and also has her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is a National Credentialed Evaluator, Fellow of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Fellow of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants, Certified Market Research Professional and Certified Management Consultant.

Nina Christine Delling, MA

Terms of Office: April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2024

Non-academic Staff Member

Nina Christine Delling has extensive experience in public and community relations and is currently an education abroad advisor at MacEwan University. Ms. Delling has also worked in research coordination and policy analysis. Nina served as a staff representative on the MacEwan University Academic Governance Council and as chair for the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation. She has also supported a number of other local and provincial committees and associations. Ms. Delling has degrees in education, linguistics and literature from the Universität Leipzig, a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Alberta and has completed work toward a PhD in German Applied Linguistics.

Meghan DeRoo McConnan, Partner, CPA, CA

Terms of Office: October 30, 2019 - October 29, 2022

Public Member

Meghan is a partner at Grant Thornton LLP where she leads the publicly listed companies, and charities and not-for-profits industry teams in Northern Alberta. She has a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree (University of Alberta), and received her CPA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 2004. She volunteers with the NPO Collective, Catholic Social Services and Newman Theological College. She has a passion for education and is interested in ensuring that students have the opportunity to receive an education that will help them develop into well rounded, passionate community members. She is married with two kids and enjoys getting outside with her family whenever possible.

Myles Dykes, SAMU President

Terms of Office: April 27, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Student Member

Myles Dykes is the President of the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and a student member of the Board of Governors. In addition to pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Economics, Myles spent the last year representing MacEwan students as one of two student members on the Board of Governors.

From 2019 to 2020, Myles served as a Students’ Councillor and was awarded Councillor of the Year two years consecutively for his work. As the 2020/2021 President of MacEwan Rotaract, Myles had focused on strengthening and supporting communities through active service. He looks forward to continuing his advocacy on behalf of MacEwan students, to ensure the decisions made for students reflect their best interests. His priorities for his year as President are engaging our community, affordability and accessibility, and working towards inclusion.

Lucio Gelmini, PhD

Terms of Office:  January 8, 2020 – June 30, 2022

Academic Staff Member

Lucio is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Science at MacEwan University, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences (Chemistry). Lucio received his PhD from The University of Windsor in 1988, specializing in the preparation and reactivity of organometallic catalysts. During his tenure at MacEwan, he has been an active proponent of bicameral governance, serving on all the various forms of the Academic Governance Council (vice chair for one year). Lucio has been Chair of the Chemistry department (6 years). He has been on several community boards, including the local section of the Chemical Institute of Canada (Chair), Edmonton Science Outreach Network (Chair) and the Alberta Science Network (Board of Directors). He is dedicated to science literacy and outreach (helped establish the MacEwan Roadshow) and has performed science demos to over 200,000 students over the last 20 years.

Adam Guiney, BA

Terms of Office:  August 15, 2019 – August 14, 2022

Public Member

Adam is a MacEwan alumnus (BA Transfer, 2006) and a graduate of the University of Alberta (BA, Economics). He is the general manager of Antrim Industries, a general contracting and manufacturing company that serves construction and oil and gas companies. Under his innovative leadership, Antrim maintained its success and profitability through an economic downturn in Alberta by diversifying contracts and services, mitigating job loss through increasing product offerings, and employing careful financial management.

As a MacEwan student, Adam served as the president of the Students’ Association on MacEwan University (SAMU) during the 2005/06 academic year. He initiated a number of programs and plans that still benefit students today, including the U-Pass and a fund toward the SAMU building. He currently serves on the boards of the Beaumont Credit Union and the Edmonton Petroleum Club.

 

Reg Joseph, B.Sc., MBA

Terms of Office: April 21, 2021 – April 24, 2024

Public Member

Mr. Reg Joseph has served as the CEO of Health City since February 2018 with a focus on “economic development health innovation.” Reg is no stranger to the health ecosystem and brings a wealth of expertise in both the biomedical sciences and business development. He served as the Vice President of the Health portfolio at Alberta Innovates, led the provincial strategy for health innovation and drove industry and non-profit collaborations with the Province. Reg has 20 years of experience spanning the biotechnology and high technology sectors. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of BioTalent Canada, sits on BioAlberta’s policy committee, and serves as President of the Board for the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE). Reg has a B.Sc. in Physiology and an MBA in Finance.

Scott Kashuba, BSc, MA, MBA

Terms of Office: July 15, 2020 – July 14, 2023

Alumni Member

Scott studied in the Arts and Science Transfer program at MacEwan and is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. He completed a Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and MBA from U Alberta. He is the Director, Risk and Assurance Services, with Alberta Blue Cross where he is responsible for enterprise risk management, corporate policy, regulatory compliance and reporting, business continuity, fraud, complaint and dispute resolution, ethics and insurance. Scott has served as a Chair, Vice-Chair and Director of Government of Alberta public agencies/crown corporations. He was the Senior Manager of the Premier’s Public Agency Governance Task Force, where he wrote the Public Agencies Governance Cabinet Policy, which later became the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act. He currently sits on the Alberta Motor Association Corporation Investment Committee, Insurance Services Corporation as Director and the Edmonton Regional Board as Vice-Chair.
 

Samantha Kernahan, LLB, BA

Terms of Office:  August 15, 2019 – August 14, 2022

Public Member

Samantha is Associate Counsel at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, where her areas of practice include corporate/commercial law and intellectual property and technology law.

Samantha previously served as General Counsel at MacEwan University, where she led management through negotiation of the institution’s first comprehensive intellectual property policy as part of a collective bargaining agreement with the faculty association.

Samantha’s commitment to her community is demonstrated by her wide-ranging volunteer positions, includes serving on the boards of Little Warriors, Women in Occupational Health & Safety Society and Elevate Aviation.

Dr. Julian Martin, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD

Terms of Office: June 28, 2020 - June 27, 2023

Public Member

Julian Martin taught the history of science and medicine at the University of Alberta for nearly twenty years. He trained at the University of Cambridge and was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. While at the University of Alberta, he chaired the University's Library Committee, and several long range development and facility planning committees. Between 2008 and 2014, he was Director of the federal Cabinet Ministers' Regional Office for Northern Alberta. He has served on various public boards, for example, as a member of the Alberta Surface Rights Board and the Land Compensation Board, the Board of Governors of the Royal Military  College St. Jean, and the Boards of MindFuel (formerly Science Alberta Foundation) and Early Music Alberta.

Jasmine Nuthall, CPA, CFE

Terms of Office: June 28, 2020 – June 27, 2023

Public Member

Jasmine is a MacEwan University alumna of the Applied Business Administration program and holds certifications as a management accountant and fraud examiner. She is Director, Financial Compliance with the Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General where she leads with strong accountability and integrity in regards to financial matters and policies. She has had a distinguished career in accounting that includes expertise in risk assessment, fraud detection, audit, and developing a strategic audit plan.
 
Jasmine has volunteered within the MacEwan community as a member of the University’s Accounting and Strategic Management Program Advisory Committee. She also contributes to the vibrancy of the greater community by lending her financial expertise to organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alberta and St. Albert Soccer.

Aimee Skye, PhD

Terms of Office: September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2022

Academic Staff Member

Aimee is member of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Aimee received her PhD from McMaster University in 2008, and her area of specialization is in understanding the role that cognitive processes play in our social interactions, and in our health-related preferences and actions. During her tenure at MacEwan, she has been an active proponent of bicameral governance, serving on AGC, the Executive of her Faculty Council and on the working group to oversee the review and revision of AGC. She also spent several years serving the Faculty Association (GMUFA), first as Vice President and followed by 4 years as President, helping the GMUFA grow to be a proactive, engaged and informed association that advocates for the needs and interests of faculty members at the University.

Tracy Sopkow

Terms of Office: July 15, 2020 – July 14, 2023

Alumni Member

Tracy is a graduate of MacEwan's Public Relations program. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Foundation, which partners with the community to invest in transforming health care at 20 acute care hospitals, long term care facilities and hospices across Alberta. Tracy led the redesign of Covenant Foundation, merging five charities into a single legal entity within the confines of the Hospitals Act. She spearheaded the growth of the organization from supporting three facilities to 20 facilities across the province. Tracy has recently been appointed as a board member with Greater Edmonton Foundation Seniors Housing, and is an ex-officio member of the Bonnyville Health Foundation, Killam & District Health Care Foundation, Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation, Mary Immaculate Hospital (Mundare) Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital, (Camrose) Foundation and St. Mary’s (Trochu) Foundation.

John Stelter, FCPA, FCA

Terms of Office: June 28, 2020 – June 27, 2023

Public Member

Mr. John Stelter is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Audit Partner with KPMG LLP. He is a member of of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta Bylaws & Rules Committee, former Vice Chair of the CPA Western School of Business, former Chair of the Audit Committee of the CA School of Business, and former external member of MacEwan's Audit Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) degree from the University of Alberta.