Alberta's Post Secondary Learning Act establishes the Board’s membership which consists of a Chair selected from among the Public members, members from the external community (known as External or Public Members), members of the academic staff (nominated by GFC and AUArts FA respectively), members of the student body (nominated by the AUArts SA) and a member of the non-academic staff union (nominated by AUPE). AUArts elected and appointed members are known as Internal Members of the Board of Governors.
Current Alberta University of the Arts Board of Governors:
- Carol Ryder, Board Chair & External Governor
- Amanda Hu, Board Vice-Chair & External Governor
- Dr. Daniel Doz, Ex-Officio & President and CEO
- A. Stewart Hanlon, External Governor
- Ashif Merani, External Governor
- Chi Iliya-Ndule, External Governor
- John Faul, External Governor
- Patti Dibski, External Governor
- Shelia Taylor, External Governor
- Spilios Kousinioris, External Governor
- Susanne DiCocco, External Governor
- Dr. Cassandra Dam, Faculty Representative & Internal Governor
- Dr. Mark Clintberg, General Faculties Council Representative & Internal Governor
- Iain Howe, Staff Representative & Internal Governor
- Rickee-Lee Webster, Student Representative & Internal Governor
- Jamie Russett, Student Representative & Internal Governor
- Andrea Power, Secretary to Board of Governors
Alberta University of the Arts Board of Governors Bios
Carol Ryder, Board Chair & External Governor, is the AUArts Board of Governors Chair for a second term. Ms. Ryder has worked extensively in private enterprise, not for profit and with all three levels of government. She worked extensively with the Millennium Bureau of Canada and organizations around the world such as Greenwich 2000 to profile Calgary to Canada and the world. Ms. Ryder is the current chair of the Board of Governors of Alberta University of the Arts. Her leadership in post-secondary education include being past chair of the Council of Chairs for the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, past chair of the Board of Governors of Bow Valley College, member of the Bow Valley College’s Art Acquisition and Collection Committee, member of Campus Alberta and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. She served as a board member of the Alberta’s Promise – Premier’s Advisory Committee and was instrumental in bringing Calgary’s arts community together under one organization, Contemporary Calgary Arts Society.
She was awarded the Premier’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and volunteer service, as well as the Lighthouse Award from the Calgary Board of Education for outstanding community service. She is a recipient of the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of her community leadership. Bow Valley College bestowed their Distinguished Citizen’s Award for Leadership and Community Service for her service to the college and Albertans. She was the recipient of a 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her years of service to Alberta and Canada. She resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Amanda Hu, Board Vice-Chair & External Governor, leads a consulting firm specializing in medical support work and patient advocacy. Her diverse previous experience includes project management in medical technology at Vivametrica Ltd, assistant director at the Stride Art Gallery Association and in post-secondary education in technology support at the University of Calgary. She
A long-time volunteer in the arts community, she previously served as president of the Board of Directors at the Quickdraw Animation Society and Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary. She resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Dr. Daniel Doz, Ex-Officio & President and CEO, was recently appointed for a third 5-year term as President and CEO of Alberta University of the Arts. During his tenure, the institution transitioned from a college to a university (2019). Other pivotal initiatives included the establishment of the indigenous resource centre the “Lodgepole Center” (2016), the development of the institution’s first MFA in Craft Media (2015), and a major academic restructuring that saw the creation of four dynamic schools (2013).
Dr. Doz’s vision for the university’s future identifies AUArts as an Educational Leader, as an Academic Leader, and as a Community Builder. His views on the essential and unique role AUArts must play in contributing to economic, social and cultural prosperity – the three 3 elements of any healthy community.
Born in Montreal and educated in France, Dr. Doz has a wide range of academic experience that spans several disciplines including art, cinema, photography, theatre, and architecture. He holds a Doctorate in Theatrical and Cinematographic Studies from the Université de Paris-VIII and is licensed as an architect by the French government.
A. Stewart Hanlon, External Governor, retired from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer with Gibson Energy Inc. in 2017. In his 26-year tenure with Gibson Energy, he filled senior roles in finance, business development and operations culminating within his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2009. He is the Chair of the Board of Questor Technologies Inc. and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hammerhead Resources Inc. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Edwards School of Business with the University of Saskatchewan, as well as a member of the Chapter Advisory Board of the Children's Wish Foundation for Alberta and the Northwest Territories. He also serves as a member of the Finance Committee with the United Way of Calgary and Area.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants in both Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Competencies required for members of The Board of Governors of Alberta University of the Arts include: leadership, governance, finance, human resources, legal, risk management and/or strategic planning. Stewart Hanlon was directly recruited and appointed on the basis of meeting the competencies, skills and attributes as described above.
Ashif Merani, External Governor, is a Calgary lawyer who specializes in corporate, commercial and securities law. He provides legal services on merger and acquisitions transactions, capital pool listings, asset and share purchase and sale transactions, conventional bank financings and structured real estate acquisition and development transactions.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary. He also earned his Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Arts from SAIT.
Competencies required for members of The Board of Governors of Alberta University of the Arts include: leadership, governance, finance, human resources, legal, risk management and/or strategic planning. Ashif Merani was directly recruited and appointed on the basis of meeting the competencies, skills and attributes as described above.
Chi Iliya-Ndule, External Governor, is a lawyer with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and advises Norton Rose’s clients on large commercial transactions and regulatory matters, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, recapitalizations, joint ventures, title review, and legal due diligence.
Chi obtained her law degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria in 2009 and a Master of Laws from the University of Calgary, Canada in 2015. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2013, Chi practised as a lawyer with one of Nigeria’s oldest firms.
Outside the practice of law, Chi serves on the boards of Antyx Community Arts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging youth through the arts, and the Calgary Black Chambers, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing mentorship and scholarships to foster the advancement of Black students. She also provides pro bono legal services through Pro Bono Law Alberta and mentors internationally trained lawyers through Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council.
John Faul, External Governor, is a practicing MD and expressive arts psychotherapist in a private practice in Calgary. He holds an MD from the University of Orange Free State and an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. His post-graduate studies are in Jungian psychology from Saybrook University. John is also a proud 2020 AUArts Alumni with a BFA and a painting major. Currently he is pursuing his MFA in Visual arts at Lesley University. His paintings are exhibit in corporate settings and private residences.
Patti Dibski, External Governor, is the owner of Gibson Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery, and partner at Interior Living, a boutique furniture & design store. An active Calgarian, Patti is well connected in the city's social, business, political, arts and recreation communities. She has involved herself in a variety of ways, including Leadership Calgary as a participant, Calgary Arts Development Authority as a director, Art a la Carte as the board chair, The Ranchmen's Club as a committee chair, several children's sports and school groups as a parent volunteer, and a numerous not-for-profit organizations as a fundraiser. Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters of Business Admin from the University of Calgary.
Sheila Taylor, External Governor, is the Chief Executive Officer at Parks Foundation Calgary, an organization dedicated to creating thriving communities and public spaces. Previously, she held leadership roles in the energy, education and nonprofit sectors. With a life-long passion for learning and active living, she served as Community Association President and as Trustee and Chair of the Calgary Board of Education. Sheila currently sits on the boards of Sport Calgary, the Sport for Calgary Foundation and the Alberta University of the Arts. In her free time, you’ll find Sheila outdoors, enjoying Calgary’s beautiful parks and pathways with her family and dog.
Spilios Kousinioris, External Governor, is the Vice President, Corporate Development with Inter Pipeline. Prior he held the position of Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions with Ernst & Young and was previously an advisor for the Royal Bank of Canada in both oil and gas commercial banking and strategic finance.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.
Competencies required for members of The Board of Governors of Alberta University of the Arts include: leadership, governance, finance, human resources, legal, risk management and/or strategic planning. Spil Kousinioris was directly recruited and appointed on the basis of meeting the competencies, skills and attributes as described above.
Susanne DiCocco, External Governor, Located in Calgary, Susanne DiCocco focuses on HR transformation in the energy industry. She brings over 20 years of HR and business transformation experience both in the public and private sectors. Through much of her consulting career, Susanne has also led large scale business transformation programs and technology implementations; she has also led several public sector efficiency reviews in Health care, transportation, and back-office functions.
Susanne has a successful track record delivering business outcomes while mitigating risk. She is certified as an executive coach with a collaborative style and is known by clients as a relationship builder. She has a dynamic and high energy leadership style and she strives to foster collaboration within teams. In addition to HR Transformation, she is recognized for change and stakeholder management, governance, and coaching.
Specific to higher education, Susanne has worked with the federal higher education policy makers on the Canada Student Loans Program; with SAIT and NAIT on a combined governance approach to funding training; and with the University of Saskatchewan on a road map to implement changes to their internal back-office functions. Most recently Susanne has been working with the Government of Saskatchewan on an HR Roadmap that included an efficiency review.
Dr. Cassandra Dam, Faculty Representative & Internal Governor, is a sessional instructor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies teaching art histories, visual culture and visual representations of death. She is an interdisciplinary researcher examining artistic practices in non-artistic environments with a focus on photography and hermeneutic aesthetics.
She completed her Ph.D. in Communications and Culture and her Masters of Studies in Art History and Visual Culture from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art and Classics from the University of Guelph.
Dr. Mark Clintberg, General Faculties Council Representative & Internal Governor, is an artist who works in the field of art history. He is represented by Pierre François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal, Canada, and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History at Concordia University in 2013, where he was also an Assistant Professor, LTA.
In 2010 he conducted Ph.D. research at Oxford University, St Peter's College, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He completed his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), his B.F.A. at the Alberta College of Art & Design (2001), and was an exchange student at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (1999-2000). He is also an International Counselor for the V&A Waterfront / Zeitz MOCAA Curatorial Training Programme (Cape Town, South Africa). His research interests include installation, artist's cinema, edible art practices, sensory design in museums, and queer theory.
Member of ACAD Faculty since 2015.
Iain Howe, Staff Representative & Internal Governor, is a Business Process Analyst with Alberta University of the Arts. For five years, he has worked in the Student Affairs department of the Office of the Registrar, where his focus has been on the administration of the Banner Student Information System. Prior to this, his career focused on digital storytelling, including game design, research and screenplay writing for a variety of major industry companies including Sony, Hasbro and Rage Games.
Rickee-Lee, Student Representative & Internal Governor, is a creative enthusiast who plays an active role in conceiving and implementing projects both individually and collaboratively. Volunteering to build houses in the Dominican Republic launched Rickee-Lee’s interest in the human spirit, inspiring her to co-found and chair multiple non-profit organizations. She is grateful to have recently been elected as the President of the AUArts Students’ Association and is committed to advocate for an inclusive and transparent learning environment. Rickee-Lee is in her 3rd year at AUArts where she loyally devotes herself to absorbing information and multiple perspectives while creating deep connections within the community and a faithful practice.
Jamie Russett, Student Representative & Internal Governor, is in her 4th year at AUArts, happily residing in the drawing program - she also works for the Students’ Association executive team as the Vice President of Student Life where her work includes organizing community and student group led events/programming amongst many other things! Her goal for the year is to continue building a welcoming and inclusive community through open communication and programmed events that focus on mental and physical wellness while acting as an advocate for the student body during this unique time we find ourselves in.
Andrea Power, Secretary to Board of Governors, as the inaugural University Secretary for AUArts, Andrea is a senior leader providing governance advice and strategic direction to the AUArts Board of Governors and General Faculties Council. As the Secretary, Andrea demonstrates exceptional judgment and strategic intellect as well as having the presence and superior interpersonal skills to act as a trusted member of and advisor to the senior leadership team at AUArts. As Secretary, she is also the repository for information on all matters relating to these bodies and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors and of the General Faculties Council, and their various committees. Andrea is also the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Coordinator and the Legislative Compliance Officer for AUArts.
Andrea has a demonstrated history of working in higher education and other business organizations and, over the years, she has earned numerous certificates in addition to her Business Foundation Computer Systems Diploma, Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Public Administration.
Andrea has a passion for Not-for-Profit organizations; assisting them to move forward to be successful. She is currently Chair, Board of Directors of the Canadian Lung Association. She recently was the President, Professional Managerial Association at Dalhousie University and Chair, Board of Directors for the Lung Association of Nova Scotia.