Community Advisory Council
Executive Director, CUPS
Carlene Donnelly has more than 25 years as an executive leader and consultant in the non-profit and social services sector. She has led an organization through significant change and growth, participated in high profile research and advocacy projects and is asked to speak internationally about her work and experience.
Donnelly believes that non-profit and social sectors have much more potential to scale up positive outcomes for children and families and that by adopting a business framework and applying current brain science, they will be able to be achieve larger impact.
Professor, Department Head, Community Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Calgary
Brenda Hemmelgarn is a nephrologist and health services researcher at the University of Calgary. Hemmelgarn’s research interests are in the study of chronic medical conditions including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as strategies to improve management of these conditions. She also has expertise in integrated knowledge translation, including strategies to elicit patients’ research priorities. She is the recipient of the Roy and Vi Baay Chair in Kidney Research and is head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.
Vice-President, Creative Aging
Cathy Hume has been in seniors housing for more than 30 years – first starting her career in long term care and then moving over to retirement living. Hume was with Revera, as the Corporate Director, Marketing and Sales, Western Canada for 13 years where she was responsible for 20 retirement communities. She then worked at AgeCare Communities, as the National Director, Sales, Marketing and Communication. She has extensive experience in private and public regional health authority partnerships, seniors functional programming, the commissioning of retirement communities and the complete refurbishments of buildings.
Currently she is the Director, Strategic Partnerships – Western Canada for Pharmacare Pharmacy, a division of Centric Health - Canada's largest and most comprehensive independent provider of healthcare services . As a volunteer, she is the President, Calgary Seniors Housing Forum Society and is a board member of the Creative Aging Society.
Former Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
Bonnie Johnston has dedicated her career to serving children and families. She recently completed a five-year commitment as the inaugural CEO of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and is now engaged in consultant work focusing on issues that impact vulnerable children, youth and families.
Johnston began her career as a nurse in an aboriginal community in northern Alberta. She has held a variety of increasingly responsible roles in the public health and acute care sectors, including Director of Child and Adolescent Health for the Calgary Health Region. In that role, she was responsible for paediatric inpatient and critical care health services at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and paediatric inpatient services at the Peter Lougheed Centre. She most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer for Calgary & Area Child and Family Services from 2002 to 2012, responsible for programs including Child Protection Services, Family Support for Children with Disabilities and Child Care Licensing and Subsidy. During 2012, Bonnie also served in the role as Acting Assistant Deputy Minister for the Child and Family Service Delivery Division, Ministry of Human Services.
She holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from the University of Calgary. Her focus is on continuous improvement of outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families thru collaboration, innovation and leading practice.
President, of Grand Central Properties Inc.
Randy Mabbott serves as board member and President of Grand Central Properties Inc. In addition, he is a lawyer with the law firm Mabbott & Company.
Mr. Mabbott has extensive experience acting for individuals, private and public companies, locally, nationally and internationally. He has experience with start-up private companies through taking companies public. He also has extensive experience in technology issues having served as general counsel to a technology company publicly listed on the NASDAQ exchange.
Mabbott is a registered trade-mark agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a former member of the Licensing Executive Society, past Chairman of the Canadian Bar Association, Technology and Intellectual Property Subsection (Calgary) and past member of The American Society of Corporate Secretaries.
He is also very involved in community activities. He is a former member of the University of Calgary Senate and former President of the Cochrane and District Chamber of Commerce. He is past Chairman of the Student Financial Assistance Appeal Committee, Calgary, the former Chairman of the Town of Cochrane Subdivision and Development Appeal Board. Mabbott received the commemorative medal for the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada.
Senior Operating Officer, Rural Health & Executive Lead for Professional Practice & Research, Covenant Health
Sheli Murphy currently provides leadership to 11 Covenant Health rural health facilities located in four of the five Alberta Health Services zones. As well, she serves as the Executive Lead for Professional Practice, Clinical Learning, Research and Libraries.
Murphy has held leadership roles in Catholic health care for more than 20 years. She has served as Acting President of Caritas Health Group, Vice President for the Misericordia Community Hospital and concurrently Chief Nursing Officer with Caritas Health Group leading academics and research. She has extensive clinical experience as a registered nurse in pediatrics and emergency care and has been an educator, research assistant and front-line manager.
Murphy's education includes a Masters of Science in Nursing and Business Administration Healthcare Management, and a PhD in Business Administration specializing in Leadership and Administration with a focus on Social Return on Investment.
Senior Operating Officer, Peter Lougheed Centre
Janice Stewart has worked in health care in Calgary for 30 years. She holds degrees in nursing and health administration from the University of Manitoba and Central Michigan University. During the course of her career, Stewart has had the opportunity to work in both acute care and community roles. She has been the Director of Home Care and Executive Director of Cardiac Sciences under the former Calgary Health Region, Executive Director for Surgery and Women’s Health at the Rockyview General Hospital and is currently the Senior Operating Officer of the Peter Lougheed Centre.
Senior Operating Officer/Vice President, Foothills Medical Centre
Shawna Syverson is a senior healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience in public and private sector healthcare. Syverson is the Senior Operating Officer/Vice President of the Foothills Medical Center, a position she has held for the last eight and a half years. Shawna recently accepted a one-year secondment during this tenure in 2016. She was the Chief Operating Officer for Calgary Lab Services. She has held several senior roles in the Calgary Zone in the areas of Surgical Services, Cardiac Sciences and Bone and Joint.
She is a native Calgarian and has graduated from the University of Calgary with the Bachelor of Arts degree (Major in Psychology). She also has Post Graduate Professional Managers Certificate from University of Calgary and Post Graduate Certificate of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Director, Bow Valley Community and Rural Health
Barbara Shellian is a registered nurse committed to nursing practice, health care reform and people. She is Director Rural Health – Calgary Zone Alberta Health Services and is located in Canmore, Alberta. Barb is a graduate of the Foothills Hospital School of Nursing and earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Calgary.
Shellian has also been very active in professional and community organizations. Since 1980, she has been involved in the provincial professional association and served as President of the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses from 1995 - 1997. She has presented many papers on clinical and professional issues across Alberta and at national and international conferences. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing and has been instrumental in establishing a national association for rural and remote nurses and was elected as the first President of the Canadian Association of Rural and Remote Nurses in 2004. She is currently a co-chair of the International Council of Nurses Rural and Remote Nursing Network.
She has been the recipient of several awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of contribution to Canada and nursing. Shellian is the past president of the Canadian Nurses Association (2016-2018).
Senior Communications Manager, UCalgary Nursing
Karen Cook is a communications generalist with more than 30 years’ experience working in both the private and public sectors. Her roles have included positions with the Red Cross, Western Canada Lottery Corporation and the Calgary Public Library. She discovered a passion for the field of post secondary education advancement (alumni, communications, event planning, fundraising, marketing) during her six years as a communications coordinator for the University of Manitoba. She joined the University of Calgary in 2001 and has not looked back: she is now Senior Manager, Communications in the Faculty of Nursing and has a dual reporting role to the dean and to the university’s University Relations department.
Cook is a proud alumna of UCalgary with a MA in Canadian Literature. She also has a BA (Hons) in English and a Certificate in Public Relations (Communications).
Dean, UCalgary Nursing
Dr. Sandra Davidson PhD joins the University of Calgary from the University of Alberta, where she was the associate dean for undergraduate programs (ADUP) in the Faculty of Nursing.
She joined the University of Alberta in 2013 and assumed her role in mid-2016. In her role as ADUP she oversees the largest portfolio within the faculty. Davidson co-led the Curriculum Renewal Project that resulted in a renewed curriculum which will be launched this fall.
Prior to her current appointment, she served in a variety of positions in the United States, including dean of nursing and then senior director of academic affairs for Carrington College based in Phoenix, Ariz., and as the director, Master of Healthcare Innovation program at Arizona State University. Davidson is originally from Lethbridge, and has considerable practical experience as a nurse before entering an academic career.
Davidson has also served as the organizational development and clinical education specialist for Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Goodyear, Ariz. In this position she worked with the vice-president of patient care services and nursing staff to implement and evaluate an innovative adaptable care delivery model on the inpatient oncology unit. She has served in a wide range of academic and practice environments that span private for-profit, private not-for profit, and both large and small public universities.
Director of Development, UCalgary Nursing
Stephanie Ng has worked in development, marketing and communications in the non-profit sector for more than 12 years. She began her career at the University of Calgary in May 2011 with an advisor role with the Principal Gifts team that provided strategic recommendations and support to the President and Vice-Provost, and executive team members of the University of Calgary.
From there she transitioned to a front-line fundraising role with the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary supporting initiatives in population health, global health, indigenous health, and community engagement.
Stephanie is a native Calgarian and a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.