Alumni Advisory Council

The Faculty of Science Alumni Advisory Council’s primary role is to advise on alumni initiatives and services in the faculty so that a positive relationship can be fostered and maintained between the alumni community, the faculty and the university.  

The Faculty of Science has over 25,000 alumni champions around the world, who leverage the knowledge and skills they gained at UCalgary to make a positive impact in their community. The volunteer members of the alumni advisory council aim to foster a positive relationship between the alumni community, the faculty, and the university. They also act as ambassadors of the faculty, partner with the faculty on alumni outreach initiatives, and provide advice and counsel to the dean and alumni engagement staff in the Office of Advancement.

The members are appointed to their positions by the dean and council chair. Should you be interested in volunteering as a member, please contact

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.  

Rick Warters

Rick Warters, BSc’82 (Geology), P.Geo., led an active career in oil and gas exploration and development in Canada and the US that spanned 35 years until his retirement in 2017. Rick has held several senior leadership and executive positions at major multi-national companies, including Amerada Hess, Petro-Canada, Burlington Resources, ConocoPhillips and most recently Talisman/Repsol, where he retired as the Director of North American Subsurface Development and Vice President of Geosciences Canada. Rick was the founder of the UCalgary’s Geoscience Alumni Chapter (now part of the alumni advisory council) and was instrumental in creating the endowed Geoscience Alumni Scholarships. Rick is a passionate supporter of science, student employment, and the university/industry relations.

Tim Cruz

Tim Cruz, BComm’18 (Finance), is a data scientist and ecosystem builder, who also graduated from the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Program in Data Science and Analytics in 2019.  He is currently completing his Master of Data Science and Analytics at UCalgary . His area of interest focuses on applied machine learning solutions in the healthcare space, and he has conducted research with notable healthcare professionals to develop machine learning models to augment the diagnosis process of ear, skin and vocal cord disease. 

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Cam Chenier, BSc’05 (Computer Science)

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