Board of Directors

Heather Culbert

Board Chair / President

With over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior positions and was formerly the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services at Enerplus, a mid-sized oil and gas company. 

Heather serves as Chair of the SAIT Board of Governors, as well as serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Export Development Canada (EDC). She is a director on the Board of Whitecap Resources Inc., on the Board of the United Way World Leadership Council and is an Ex Officio member of the Board of United Way Calgary and Area. 

With over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior positions and was formerly the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services at Enerplus, a mid-sized oil and gas company.*of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, as a founder of C5 (Concerned Citizens for the Calgary Cancer Centre), Board Chair of the Alliance to End Violence, and Campaign Chair of the SAIT Promising Futures Campaign (phase II).

 

Jennifer Koury

Director

Jennifer has more than 35 years professional experience including C-suite leadership roles and international experience, with the world’s largest diversified resources company, BHP Billiton, as well, with Enerplus Resources and Exxon Mobil as a senior executive. Jennifer has extensive business leadership and governance experience in highly complex and dynamic international working environments. Working with large global organizations as well as mid-size and early stage companies and has developed Jennifer’s broad range of business acumen skills.

Currently, Jennifer sit on the following Boards:   Director and HRC Chair for Crescent Point Energy, Director and HRC Chair Calgary Zoo, Director Women in Mining Association Canada, Dean’s Advisory Council, Business School, University of Alberta.   Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (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.

Andrea Goertz

Board Advisor

Andrea is a corporate executive with 30 years of strategic, results-oriented performance across Canada and internationally in finance, business development, communications and corporate strategy. Most recently, Andrea was Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer at TELUS, leading a large and diverse national portfolio comprised of TELUS’ real estate, including the highly significant projects TELUS Garden and TELUS Sky, provincial government relations, privacy, social and media relations, creative and corporate services, sponsorships, community investment and sustainability. Andrea’s visionary leadership earned TELUS repeated recognition on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and she achieved coveted positions on the 2012 and 2014 WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards, as well as recognition by Canada Clean 50 in 2013. Andrea’s past Board experience includes Alberta Ballet, Theatre Calgary, and the Haskayne School of Business Advisory Council. She is pursuing for-profit Corporate Board positions and is a keen advocate for increased female representation on boards. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) degree and an MBA, both from the University of Alberta, and expects to earn her ICD.D designation in 2019.