Board of Directors

Heather Culbert

Board Chair / President

Heather Culbert is the former Senior VP of Corporate Services of Enerplus Corporation, a mid-sized oil and gas company. Over her 27 years in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior management positions at Cody Energy, Suncor and for clients of her own IT Management Consulting firm. During Heather’s tenure at Enerplus, she developed significant expertise in all aspects of the oil and gas business, including a specialization in merger and acquisition integration, strategic planning and corporate performance.

Heather currently serves as Board Vice Chair and Chair of the HR Committee for Export Development Canada,  as  Chair of ARIAC (Alberta Research and Innovation Advisory Council), as a Director of Whitecap Energy, as Chair of United Way Worldwide Leadership Council and is past Board Chair of the SAIT Board of Governors.

Ms. Culbert was most recently appointed as a Board Member of the Fraser Institute and as a co-fellow of the Jarislowsky Foundation, benefiting the MBA program of the Haskayne School of business at the University of Calgary.

Heather also has the distinction of being the co-founder of Board Ready Women and Axis Connects,  both organizations whose purpose is to the advancement of women – one focused on boards and the other to advance career opportunities for women through network connections.   

As a recipient of the Governor General Award for volunteerism, she is proud to have the privilege of being a presiding judge for Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies.

Heather is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has achieved the ICD.D designation.

In 2014 Heather was awarded a SAIT Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree. She is a graduate of the Queens Executive Program, SAIT Computer Technology and  technology management courses at Northeastern University.  She has also completed her Not for Profit Governance course through ICD.

 

Jennifer Koury

Director

Jennifer has more than 35 years professional experience including C-suite leadership roles and international experience, with the world’s largest mining Company, BHP Billiton, as well has worked with Enerplus Resources and Exxon Mobil as a senior executive.

Although Jennifer’s core skill is in the Human Resources discipline, she also has extensive business leadership, management and governance experience working with large global organizations as well as mid-size and early stage companies which has developed her broad range of business acumen skills. 

Currently, Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for Crescent Point Energy, chairing their HRC and member of the ESS Committee, the Calgary Zoo, the University of Alberta, Faculty of Business Advisory Board, and the Women In Mining Canadian Board in Toronto.   In September 2017 Jennifer was appointed Co-Chair of the first public/private partnership for the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a branch of the United Nations.  Based in New York, Jennifer led the GICC which is group of twenty-five global companies and institutions supporting and empowering women and girls in innovation. 

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (honors) from the University of Alberta and has her Directors Designation, ICD.D, from The Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

Catherine Samuel

Director / Corporate Secretary

Cathy is a partner in the Business Law and Technology Groups of McCarthy Tétrault LLP where she currently leads the national Procurement Group and is Alberta Chair of the Inclusion Now PRIDE Committee. With over 20 years’ experience, Cathy’s practice focuses on complex M&A and commercial transactions, acting for early stage and mid-market companies as well as large Canadian and international clients in the energy, telecommunications, technology, retail, cannabis, financial services and healthcare industries. Cathy is recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Chambers Canada in the area of Corporate/Commercial (Alberta) and by Lexpert in the areas of Corporate Mid-Market, Computer & IT Law and Technology Transactions.

Cathy currently serves on the board of Theatre Calgary, where is she is Chair of the HR Committee and a member of Governance & Nominating Committee. She is also a director of Apollo Endosurgery Canada Ltd. She is the Corporate Secretary for Pulse Seismic Inc. (TSX: PSD) and Baby Gourmet Foods Inc.

Sippy Chhina

Director / Treasurer

Sippy is a Senior Partner in Deloitte’s Calgary Practice who, in addition to her client responsibilities, serves as a member on the Board of Deloitte Canada and is a Vice Chair of the Firm. Sippy’s practice is primarily focused on growth oriented companies in the energy and related services sector. She has extensive industry and professional services experience, deep technical expertise in financial reporting matters and has served as strategic advisor to many of her clients. Her diversified experience coupled with her keen interest in business and a commitment to success of her clients enables her to bring value added insights to her clients.

She has a track record of leadership excellence, a proactive, “straight talk” communication style and an exceptional ability to act as an advisor to senior executives and directors.

In her role as a Senior Partner in Deloitte’s Calgary office and as Vice Chair, Western Canada Deloitte Private and mid-market, Sippy works closely with senior executives and Boards of Deloitte clients on a variety of assurance and advisory matters with a razor focus on their success. She strives to ensure that the breadth and strength of Global Deloitte is brought to the table in our local client service delivery model so as to bring new ideas, insights and best practices to local businesses. She also undertakes client service and market assessments with a view to develop intelligence, refine training and identify continuous process improvements.

Linda Hohol

Board Advisor

Linda Hohol serves on the boards of NAV Canada (NAV), Canadian Western Bank (CWB) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). She Chairs the Board of the ICD, Chairs the Audit and Finance Committee of NAV Canada and serves on both the Risk Committee and the Human Resource and Compensation Committees of CWB. She was the President of the TSX Venture Exchange at the TMX Group Inc. from 2002 until 2007. Prior to this she was Executive Vice-President, Wealth Management, CIBC and Senior Vice President Alta and NWT, CIBC. Ms. Hohol has served on numerous for-profit, not-for-profit boards and Crown Corporations, including Export Development Canada, ATB Financial, Calgary Airport Authority, Canada Foundation for Innovation, EllisDon Construction, Alberta Health Services and the United Way of Calgary, which she chaired. Ms. Hohol received the distinguished business leader award from the Haskayne School of Business in 2005.