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.  

Cam Chenier

Cam Chenier, BSc’05 (Computer Science), has a dynamic career in technology focusing on software for professional services. He has worked with organizations across Canada to deliver digital communication transformations. Cameron has a passion for bringing people and technology together through project management and product design. He is also active in the community through mentorship programs and governance boards. Cameron has previously sat on the UCalgary Computer Science Alumni Chapter board.

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. 

Stephanie Laflamme

Stephanie Laflamme, BSc’12 (Pure Mathematics) and BEd’14, is a passionate education professional with diverse contributions to the field. With a strong interest in removing barriers to accessible education, Stephanie has worked as a classroom teacher, teaching assistant, as well as in Open Educational Resource development. She now applies her skills in project coordinating and problem-solving to the field of fundraising and philanthropy, while remaining active and engaged in community organizing. Stephanie is passionate about mathematics, post-secondary education, and looks forward to giving back to the University of Calgary community. 

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.

Igor Zdravkovic

Born in Croatia, Igor Zdravkovic, BSc’08 (Biochemistry) & PhD’16 (Biological Sciences), moved to Canada as a teenager and finished high school in Winnipeg. While training with the National Water Polo team, he completed his BSc at UCalgary in 2008. After taking a year off working in the oil and gas industry as an analyst and project coordinator, Igor returned to UCalgary and graduated with his PhD in computational biochemistry in 2016. Igor worked at a hedge fund and RBC, finally settling down at his current role at an oil and gas start-up as a general manager. Igor has stayed active in the UCalgary community and has served on the Alumni Advisory Committee since 2014. He still plays water polo and enjoys running and spending time with his family.