President's Cabinet

The AUArts President’s Cabinet is the strategic leadership body of Alberta University of the Arts advising the President + CEO on all issues related to delivering academic excellence.

Cabinet is a standing committee responsible to the President, composed of Vice Presidents and Directors who have full budget authority for their respective programs and departments and who have significant leadership and planning responsibilities. Cabinet works within the context of AUArts’s mandate to advance all priority directions with respect to business related matters and the academic experience at the university.

Terms of reference

Current President's Cabinet Members

  • Dr. Daniel Doz, President and CEO
  • Jamie Leong-Huxley, Vice President Advancement
  • Scott Powell, Vice President Finance and Operations
  • Dr. Janis Goldie, Dean, Academic Programs
  • Nicole Hamilton, Dean, Innovation, Learning and Development
  • Dr. Alex Link, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
  • Wendy Harding, Executive Director, People and Culture
  • Carissa Cameron Matthews, Director, Academic Resources
  • Andrea Power, University Secretary

President's Cabinet Members Bios

Jamie Leong-Huxley, Vice President Advancement

As Vice President, Advancement, Jamie provides leadership and overall management of the communication, marketing, government relations, fund development, alumni engagement and community relations areas. As a member of the President and CEO’s Cabinet team, and the University’s Leadership team, she also contributes to the strategic success of the organization.

Jamie joined AUArts in September 2018. She has enjoyed a wealth of career experiences in corporations, non-profits and consulting firms, having worked in almost every sector including innovation, technology, energy, agriculture and travel.

Previously she worked with Zinc Ventures on the creation of a new regional innovation centre designed to advance Calgary in the digital age and build a better ecosystem for innovation. With the same firm, she helped with legislative changes and education that made payday loans less harmful.   

As a fourth-generation western Canadian, Jamie has made significant community contributions. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA), sits on a grant committee at Calgary Arts Development (CADA), grant committees at Calgary Foundation, and the Tomorrow's Chinatown Advisory Committee, was a founding board member of the National Music Centre, and was a founding partner of Social Venture Partners that brought venture philanthropy to our community. 

Jamie holds an MBA from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Public Relations and Certificate in Gerontology, both from Mount Royal University. She has professional designations in advertising (CAAP), public relations (APR), and is just one of 100 Canadians to achieve a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society. She has received international, national and local awards for her work, and was a Top 40 Under 40.

Scott Powell, Vice President Finance and Operations

Scott brings over 20 years’ experience in finance and business management to this role. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA).  Highly regarded for business acumen and specialized excellence in finance and operations, Scott has worked with multiple federal and provincial ministries and brings a wealth of knowledge from positions in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors including industries such as the performing arts, Indigenous healthcare, and power and utilities.
Scott is a strong and collaborative leader with a track record of mentoring and developing employees, creating operational efficiencies, and bridging cross-functional priorities. Scott passionately contributes to the community and has supported various organizations through Board work.

Dr. Janis Goldie, Dean, Academic Programs

As Dean, Academic Programs, Dr. Goldie brings over ten years of experience in strategic and operational leadership as well as a proven track record of building post-secondary programs and institutional synergies from Huntington University. As former Chair and Professor of Communication Studies, she has extensive experience in university academic program development and community relations. She developed and implemented applied and experiential academic pathways such as Work-Integrated-Learning and articulation/transfer agreements with academic partners. Dr. Goldie’s university and community governance experience includes chairing the University Senate and Research Ethics Boards, leading internal and external institutional quality program reviews, developing campus EDI initiatives and participating on numerous university committees and community organizations as a Director.

Dr. Goldie has demonstrated passion for creating an exceptional and inclusive experience for diverse learners and team members. She was awarded the Edward J. Conroy Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, was co-director of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre at Huntington University and has taught over 20 unique courses in various modes of delivery. Her scholarly research applies critical communication analysis to a range of discursive mediums. Recent books published include ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Teaching Dystopia, Feminism, and Resistance across Disciplines and Borders (2019, Rowan and Littlefield) and New Perspectives on the War Film (2019, Palgrave). 

Nicole Hamilton, Dean, Innovation, Learning and Development

Nicole Hamilton has 20 years experience in higher education.  She has served as a National Vice President Academics and Board Chair for the Canadian Institute of Management, and in several executive roles and directorships in private and entrepreneurial education,  trades and apprenticeship, and at one of the country’s oldest mid-western comprehensive universities, the University of Manitoba.   As a seasoned senior leader, Nicole has launched a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at growth and innovation including the development of centres for teaching and learning, program development and innovation, and internationalization. She has successfully secured more than $2 million in funding for one-of-a-kind proposals that have won unanimous approvals with funders.  Nicole is passionate about setting expectations that obligates quality assurance at a provincial and institutional level.    Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts, a  Masters’ in Business with “summa cum laude” distinction, and a Master’s in Education earned with distinction.  She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Alex Link, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Alex Link has served Alberta University of the Arts in a wide variety of capacities since joining as a faculty member in 2005, including School Chair, Academic Council Chair, Faculty Association President, and Interim VP Academic Affairs. He maintains an active research practice in the study of comics and popular culture, with over a dozen scholarly articles appearing in internationally recognized journals and book publications, a complete list of which can be found here.

Wendy Harding, Executive Director, People and Culture

As the Executive Director, People and Culture, Wendy provides leadership, strategic direction, and overall management of the areas of HR Services, Payroll, and Legal. Her role is responsible for advancing and championing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for faculty and staff.

Wendy joined AUArts in 2019 and has over 17 years of experience in human resources from the University of British Columbia and City of Calgary. The specialty areas of her professional practice include labour relations, leadership coaching and advisory services. She is an alumnus of the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and a SHRM - Senior Certified Professional.

Carissa Cameron Matthews, Director, Academic Resources

As Director, Academic Resources, Carissa provides leadership to academic affairs, studio technical resources and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta University of the Arts. She has twenty years of higher education experience holding a variety of roles in academic programs, theatre management and senior administration. With almost a decade of experience at AUArts, Carissa continues to work collaboratively with academic and administrative leadership to incorporate high-impact practices into everyday operations including the development of an institutional data analysis program to support academic planning and innovation.

Carissa is an alumna of the University of Waterloo studying Drama and Theatre Arts focusing on performance and costume construction. Her professional career has focused on leading initiatives in arts management, strategic planning and academic enterprise development.

Andrea Power, University Secretary

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 Past Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Lung Association and previously served as the Chair, Board of Directors, Lung Association of Nova Scotia.