Dean's Circle

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.
Don Clague

Don Clague is Chair of the Dean’s Circle. Don 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

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.

Gordon Lambert

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

Council Chair

Owen McGoldrick, BSc’01 (Computer Science) & MBA’08 (Finance and Global Energy Management and Sustainability), hails from St. John’s Newfoundland, raised in Calgary, Alberta and continues to call the province home. He has served in various leadership roles across diverse career interests including hospitality management, information technology, and currently in facilities management. As the Chair of UCalgary’s Faculty of Science Alumni Advisory Council, he is also a member of the Faculty of Science Dean’s Circle. A passionate Albertan who loves the outdoors, Owen and his family live in Canmore.  

Katie McLean

Katie McLean has worked in Sales and Marketing for high growth companies such as Google, Oracle and HP and has been a key catalyst for revenue growth in tech start ups and scale ups. Trained in Cloud and SaaS, Katie is most comfortable on the leading edge of ideas and technologies. She is the founder and CEO of TuskHub and brings best in class resources to collaboratively generate purpose driven sustainable growth for tech start ups and scale-up companies. Katie has a degree in Communications from Carleton University and served on the Board of the Alberta Cancer Foundation for six years, chaired and founded Joe’s Team Calgary and raised over $1 million for cancer research in Alberta.

Joy Romero

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 Schmidt

Cam Chenier, BSc’05 (Computer Science)

Idan Shoham

Igor Zdravkovic, BSc’08 (Biochemistry) & PhD’16 (Biological Sciences)

Greg Shyba

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.