Biographies

2018 SDAB Member Biographies

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Appointed to the Board in 2018

Funmi Abiiba has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of South Africa and Master's in Business Administration (Specialisation in Finance) from Coventry University, United Kingdom. Her work experience spans over ten years with Governments in South Africa, United Kingdom and in the private sector in Canada. Giving back is a big part of Mrs. Abiiba's personal philosophy and she is very enthusiastic and genuinely interested in people. She has thus always been involved in volunteer services especially since arrival in Calgary whilst raising two extremely active and smart little children. She is currently Associate Vice President, Volunteer Management, Project Management Institute, Southern Alberta Chapter.

Appointed to the Board in 2018

Mr. Belecki is a lawyer who was employed full time by the Alberta Government in the Department of Justice as a Crown Prosecutor in Calgary for approximately 30 years. Following retirement as a Crown Prosecutor, Mr. Belecki served 12 years working in quasi-judicial administrative law boards, 5 years on the Criminal Injuries Review Board( 2 as Vice Chair) and 12 years on the Appeals Commission for Workers’ Compensation, 5 years as a full time Chair and 7 years as a part time member. Mr. Belecki has been active in a volunteer capacity in multiple organizations. Most recently he was elected Advocate for the Knights of Columbus at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church where he serves on the Knights of Columbus executive. He also serves as Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Communion at the church. Mr. Belecki enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, 3 adult children and 8 very active grandchildren.

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Kristi is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP). She holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Environmental Design (Community Planning) from the University of Calgary. She has also achieved a certificate in Urban Design from Simon Fraser University. Kristi is a Principal and co-owner of a successful urban planning and design company. With over twenty-five years of solid urban and rural planning experience, her career’s primary focus has been in the creation of new vibrant communities and in service to land development clients undertaking residential, commercial and industrial projects. Kristi has also undertaken work, and held planning positions, for several municipalities. As a result, she has a rich experience and knowledge of municipal land development and policy matters, as well as private sector land use planning approvals paths. In 2005, Kristi received an Alberta Centennial Medal for “Outstanding Contribution” to her community.

Kristi spends her spare time owning and caring for competitive sport horses that her two adult daughters have shown across North America and Europe.

Appointed to the Board in 2014

Katherine Camarta is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Politics, Queen's University in Law and Mount Royal University in Journalism. She has been practicing law in Calgary since 1979; firstly in private practice followed by practice in the oil and gas, pipeline and electricity industries. She has considerable experience in the areas of corporate finance, securities regulation, energy project development, energy and environmental regulation and corporate and commercial transaction work. Mrs. Camarta also currently sits on the Board of Directors of a charitable foundation promoting medical research.

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Mr. Chomik holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta. A registered architect with the Alberta Association of Architects and other jurisdictions across Canada, he has been involved in the design of over 600 buildings as well as the creation of a number of master plans worldwide over a span of nearly four decades. Currently working as a senior principal with a large international architecture and planning firm, Mr. Chomik has held a wide number of relevant community positions including member of the Calgary Planning Commission, chair of the Calgary Urban Design Review Panel, and board member on Calgary Economic Development. He also served as president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is currently president of a large condominium corporation as well as a member of the University of Calgary Senate.

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Tim Creelman MEDes enjoyed a rewarding 23-year career in urban and regional planning with The City of Calgary, retiring in July 2013 from the position of Manager, Regional Corporate Initiatives Division within the Planning, Development, and Assessment Department. Tim managed corporate activities related to The City's strategic regional interests mandated by City Council to proactively address these interests in the growing field of regional planning under the Province of Alberta’s new regional planning framework. Previous work within the planning department included annexation project management, community planning, strategic policy development, and industrial growth management policy development. Tim holds two degrees from the University of Calgary: Master of Environmental Design (Urban and Regional Planning), and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science).

While thoroughly enjoying retirement with his wife Susan, Tim’s post-retirement activities include periodic planning consulting, and he worked on City Council’s Ward Boundary Commission studying Council governance matters. Tim also completed a 3-year term on the University of Calgary Senate, and is a current member of the U of C President’s Award Committee for Student Leadership.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Carolyn Dahl Rees has over 30 years experience as a regulatory and commercial lawyer in Alberta, with a career that has spanned private, corporate and public practice. She has focused for a number of years on the electricity industry, with her current role involving the management of legal, trading compliance and operations compliance functions for a major electricity generator, with a focus on electricity market rules and reliability standards across North America. Prior to her current role, Ms. Dahl Rees was Vice-Chair of the Alberta Utilities Commission and led the Commission as its Acting Chair upon its formation in 2008. She is a seasoned adjudicator in regulatory proceedings in Alberta, having also served over a 20-year period as a Member of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, as an Acting Member of the Alberta Natural Resources Conservation Board and for other provincial and federal agencies as well, while practicing law in energy and commercial transactions. Ms. Dahl Rees was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1982 after completing her studies at Rice University (BA) and the University of Toronto (MA, LLB).

Appointed to the Board in 2019

Brent graduated from the university of Guelph’s BCOMM - Real Estate & Housing Program, and has obtained his Post Graduate Certificate in Valuation (PGCV) from the University of British Columbia. He is also a licensed Commercial & Residential Realtor. In Brent’s current role, he represents commercial property owners at the assessment review board to ensure fair & equitable assessments for taxpayers. Brent is also an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) Candidate Member.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Sean MacLean holds a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. He is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and Member of the Canadian Institute of Planning (MCIP). Sean brings extensive experience in urban and regional planning in both urban and rural communities throughout Western Canada. Leading complex projects, Sean has a vast breadth of knowledge in development planning, outline plans, urban redevelopment, regional planning, zoning, land use policy and the development of long range plans.Sean has worked on a diverse array of projects including evaluating the development potential of the north section of Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit, planning Calgary’s first greenfield Major Activity Centre, and planning land for over 62,000 people and 16,600 jobs through the City of Calgary’s Developer Funded Area Structure Plan pilot project. Sean’s project experience ranges from large regional and sub-regional plans to local development permit applications.

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Paul Mazumdar holds graduate degrees both in architecture and planning. He has earned executive diplomas on Planning Law, Mediation & Conflict Resolution and Public Engagement. For many years he worked as a Planner for The City of Calgary. After retiring from The City he worked as a planning consultant in the private sector. He has over 35 years of experience and knowledge in land use, planning and development, and has insightful understanding of planning policies. He has been increasingly engaged in providing academic mentorship and visiting lectureship at various universities in recent years. He has served as a board member at the Calgary Regional Arts Foundation, and the Alberta Housing Co-operative and is involved in the activities of Canada’s Cooperative Housing Federation. He is also been credited with dozens of new age and world music albums collaborating with lead Canadian musicians.

Appointed to the Board in 2014

Mr. Merchant graduated from the University of Michigan and is a registered Architect with over 35 years experience in commercial and residential projects. Past vice-president and council member of the Alberta Association of Architects, Mr. Merchant is an active member of a community association assisting in planning related issues. He has volunteered on several City of Calgary planning committees including the Industrial Zoning Review, Restaurant/Drinking Establishment/Entertainment Facility Review, Commercial Zoning Review and Third Party Signage Review.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Michael Meredith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from McGill University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick. He has been practicing law since 2006 in the jurisdictions of Ontario, the United Kingdom, and Germany. In 2009 he returned to his hometown of Calgary. He has experience in the areas of banking, corporate law, and commercial law at both national and boutique firms. Currently his focus is on corporate law, real estate, wills, and estates. He is involved in his community association and volunteers with public legal education and teaches adaptive skiing for people with disabilities.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Andy Orr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Guelph and a Certificate in Community and Regional Planning from Mount Royal College in Calgary. He is a former Senior Planner with over 33 years experience working for the City of Calgary and retired in 2015. During his tenure he represented The City as a Development Authority on numerous subdivision and development appeal board items and presented land use amendments to City Council.

Appointed to the Board in 2018

Rijalda Ozulu is a certified project management professional, spending over a decade working on engineering and technology projects within utilities, various levels of government and United Nations. Rijalda holds a diploma in Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (civil major) and is member in good standing with the Project Management Institute. She is a devoted community member with a solid understanding of the intricacies of municipal governance, planning and development.

Appointed to the Board in 2016

Jim Palmer has held a variety of senior corporate and operations business and finance manager positions over a 34 year career with a major integrated oil & gas company. He has served on his community association board for over 12 years in various capacities. From 2010-2012, Jim served on the Wood Buffalo Subdivision and Development Appeal Board and as vice chair and chair for the latter two years. He has led many projects both on a professional and volunteer basis related to business process and systems design through to implementation as well as projects focused on business governance and controls. Jim has served as executive member for sports, church and YMCA boards in Calgary and Fort McMurray, and received a number of awards for volunteer and professional accomplishments.

Nabeel Peermohamed is in his seventh year of practice with Brownlee LLP and was recently named as one of the Lawyers to Watch in Alberta by Lexpert. He focusses on insurance defence litigation. Nabeel is also a member of the first national Board of Directors for the Canadian Bar Association serving as Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Investment Steering Subcommittee. Nabeel had the honour and privilege of attending the annual CBA/Supreme Court of Canada dinner with all nine justices of the Supreme Court. Nabeel recently completed the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Nabeel has achieved successful results for his clients in Alberta’ s Court of Appeal, Court of Queen’ s Bench, and Provincial Court.

Appointed to the Board 2015

Michelle Pink is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA), holds her Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, as well as her Real Estate License. With a decade of experience in both residential and commercial real estate, Ms. Pink currently works in the asset management and leasing department for a large public landlord with a portfolio spanning over western Canada. She has been active in her community, as well as sitting on various committees within the commercial real estate industry. In addition to her career and various endeavours, Ms. Pink enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle with her young family.

Appointed to the Board in 2014

Ms. Steele has lived and worked in Calgary for over 35 years. Most of her career has been in the municipal government sector, particularly associated with the administration of subdivision and development appeals. She also has experience as a former member of a provincial quasi-judicial tribunal and has represented citizens before quasi-judicial boards. She has volunteered extensively and held office for various organizations in and around Calgary.

Appointed to the Board in 2015

Mr. Tait holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of Alberta and a Master of Environmental Design degree in Planning from the University of Calgary. Jaydan is a registered professional planner and a full member of the Alberta Association of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is active as a volunteer in his community and has worked for over 12 years in planning and development for companies in Calgary. Currently he is Vice President of a major residential development corporation.

Appointed to the Board in 2017

Katherine Wagner is an architect and associate with the national, integrated design firm DIALOG and has undertaken projects within the cultural, institutional and educational sectors. She was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for demonstration of great dedication to bettering her community and profession.

Katherine is a board member of Calgary Arts Development Authority, Chair of the Governance and Human Resources Committee and served two terms as Chair of the Cultural Spaces Investment Process Assessment Committee. Katherine has served on The City of Calgary East Village Design Review Panel, acted as assessor for the Canadian Architectural Certification Board Accreditation Team and participated on the Advisory Committee for Canada Council for the Arts. She is past president of the Alberta Association of Architects and served five years on the Association Council. Katherine recently completed five years as a sessional instructor with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

Jacob holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (Civil Engineering) and certificate in Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo. His career has spanned the real estate spectrum, taking on a variety of roles in development and asset management projects throughout the Americas.

Jacob is a member of the Board of Directors for Horizon Housing Society in addition to a number of real estate industry organizations and frequently volunteers with local arts groups. He is currently the Vice President of Development at a Calgary based real estate development and property management firm.

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