The Faculty of Science’s Dean’s Circle is an advisory committee established to assist our dean in achieving strategic goals for the Faculty.
The Dean's Circle advises our dean on topics like:
- strengthening the reputation of the Faculty within the local, provincial, and national landscapes, and beyond;
- providing community and business expertise, and advising on industry trends;
- advocating for the Faculty and fostering research and learning opportunities for faculty and students within the broader community.
Peter Tertzakian is Chair of the Dean’s Circle. An economist, investment strategist, advisor, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy, he is also the Executive Director of ARC Energy Research Institute, where he applies his 30+ years of experience in the business of energy, from oil and gas to renewables, to providing his audiences thought-provoking advice on how to think about pressing issues on the transition to sustainable energy solutions. Peter’s two best-selling books, A Thousand Barrels a Second (McGraw-Hill, NY 2005) and The End of Energy Obesity (John Wiley & Sons, NY 2009) offer insight into the dynamic world of energy transitions through a thoughtful and highly readable examination of economic, environmental and geopolitical pressures.
Mark Blackwell is an Investing Partner and lead of the Canadian Office at Builders. Previously, Mark was a Product Manager at SolarWinds, which develops IT monitoring and network management tools. Mark joined SolarWinds when it acquired GNS3 Technologies, an enterprise networking startup where he was the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to GNS3, he was an Investment Manager at Cenovus Energy’s corporate venture fund. Mark is a proud graduate of the University of Calgary, where he studied Business, and received the Order of the University and the Alumni Association's Future Alumni Award. He went on to attend Venture Capital Executive Programs at both Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Calgary Herald named Mark among “Top 20 Compelling Calgarian” in 2012.
Don Clague retired in the summer of 2018 after a 35 year career in oil and gas. His experience includes technical, operational and leadership positions in conventional and unconventional developments in North America, oil sands, and in international theatres. His most recent position was Senior Vice President, Exploration and Production for Suncor Energy Inc. Don is a proud 1983 University of Calgary graduate, with a BSc in Geophysics. He is enthusiastic about joining the Circle, with interests in growing the student and faculty experience, further connecting the university with industry, and building on a great foundation in the Faculty of Science.
Pamela Cook Ellemers is the Manager - Mining Technical Services for De Beers Canada. In her 25+ years of career in the mining industry, she’s held a variety of leadership roles within exploration, laboratory services, project management, and mineral resource management within the De Beers Group of companies across Canada and internationally. As a passionate advocate for raising the awareness of geology and science amongst young people, Pamela is the programme manager of the De Beers Canada Inclusion and Diversity working group and in partnership with UNWomen has lead the development of a scholarship programme in support of women in STEM at UCalgary and across Canada. Pamela is accredited as a Professional Geoscientist in the province of Ontario.
Judy Fairburn is a trailblazer, business leader and eco-system builder for Canadian innovation, with a particular focus on Calgary’s resurgence. She has over 30 years of diverse executive and senior level industry experience in digital, venture capital, operations, environment, technology development and government / public policy. She proudly serves on the board of directors of Calgary Economic Development, Tundra Oil & Gas, Veerum Inc., Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the Public Policy Forum, and is also a Creative Destruction Lab Fellow and sits on the Global Advisory Council for Emerald Technology Ventures, a Swiss-based industrial technology fund. Holding a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from UCalgary, she has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was honoured for Canadian sustainable development leadership as a 2013 Clean 16 award winner.
Gordon Lambert is currently the Suncor Sustainability Executive in Residence at the Ivey School of Business and has established GRL Collaboration for Sustainability as a consulting practice. He was instrumental in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). He has 36 years of experience in the energy sector, including 17 years with Suncor as VP Sustainability and 15 years with Imperial Oil. He was a member of the Alberta Climate Leadership Panel reporting to the Environment Minister and Premier, and chaired the Alberta Climate Leadership Task Force on Technology and Innovation. Board member of the Alberta Energy Regulator and Alberta Innovates, he holds an Hon BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph and completed the Ivey Executive Program in 1997.
Owen McGoldrick hails from St. John’s Newfoundland, raised in Calgary, Alberta and continues to call the city and province home. Owen holds a BSc in Computer Science and a MBA in Finance and Global Energy Management and Sustainability, both from the University of Calgary. He has served in various leadership roles across diverse career interests including hospitality management, information technology, and currently in facilities management. Owen serves as the Chair of the Faculty of Science Alumni Association Council at the University of Calgary for the 2017/2018 academic year, and has served on the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) Board of Directors since 2007. A passionate Albertan, Owen enjoys spending time in the outdoors.
A metallurgical engineer by training, Joy Romero has held operating, consulting and project management roles in steel, coal, iron ore and oil sands industries on two continents. Currently the Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Canadian Natural Resources Limited, she joined the organization in 2001 and played a leadership role in the development, construction, commissioning and operation of Horizon Oil Sands operation. Joy also serves as Chair of the Clean Resource Innovation Network, Board Chair of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, and Vice Chair of the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada. Joy is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, an inductee into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame and a past member of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council for Canada.
Robert M. Schmidt is the President of reBox Creative Inc. where he leads his team to distill some of the finest and most successful B2B brands in Canada and beyond. With a degree in Cellular, Molecular and MicroBiology from the University of Calgary, years of studying buyer psychology, and an EMBA focused on value innovation, Robert works with his clients to combine the analytical rigor of science with the openness of psychology and the practicality of business. He is an internationally recognized expert on Value Innovation, Brand Positioning and B2B Marketing and has been a catalyst for more than $1B in growth for his clients. He is an entrepreneur mentor through Futurpreneur, serves as an innovation & entrepreneur judge with ACE Canada and Enactus, and is a Director with HopeShares Canada.
Idan Shoham founded M-Tech Information Technology Inc., and serves as its Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for defining product and technology strategy and the overall development of M-Tech’s solutions. He works closely with his talented team to ensure that the solutions that M-Tech delivers to the market are of the highest quality. Prior to founding M-Tech in 1996, he provided network security consulting services to large organizations such as Shell, Amoco, BP Canada and Talisman Energy. Idan holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both from the University of Calgary.
Greg Shyba obtained a BA in cultural anthropology from the University of British Columbia and his law degree from the University of Alberta. Greg has been a member of the Alberta bar for over 35 years. He has been a partner in several medical product manufacturing companies and is currently a shareholder and director of a medical supply business, STAT Healthcare Inc. Greg is currently the CEO of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area. Prior positions have included Interim COO of Calgary's Telus World of Science; Special Advisor, Water Initiatives, Alberta Research Council; Executive Director, Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research and CEO of Trout Unlimited Canada. Greg is active on many community boards, has a special interest in water and conservation, and a passion for the outdoors.
A graduate of the University of Calgary where he earned his BSc and PhD in Computer Science, Todd Simpson has started and grown several companies, and has been the CEO of both public and private companies in Canada and the US. He has a passion for innovation, both in startups and established businesses, and is currently a Venture Partner with Montreal based iNovia Capital. This gives Todd the opportunity to combine the best of Silicon Valley, where he lives, with the best technology startups in Canada. Todd is passionate about helping Calgary excel on the world stage.
Heidi Yang was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) on April 3, 2017. Heidi joined APEGA staff in July 2014 as Director, Member Services. Prior to joining APEGA staff, she served a three-year term on APEGA Council and was the volunteer Chair of APEGA’s Peace Region Branch. Heidi’s career includes two decades of leadership roles in engineering and operations at Weyerhaeuser in Grande Prairie. Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia. In her off hours, Heidi enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and baking with her husband and two daughters.