Selection Committee

These executive leaders have lent their time and expertise to help us select the deserving men and women who are advancing women in Calgary

Ed Sims
CEO, WestJet
Rona Ambrose
NAFTA, TransAlta, Manulife Financial
Mick Dilger
CEO, Pembina Pipelines
Una Power
TC Energy, Teck Resources, Scotiabank
Marcos Lopez
CEO, Solium Capital
Susan Jones
Gibson Energy
Curtis Stange
CEO, ATB Financial
Tracy Robinson
EVP, TC Energy
Nadeem Velani
CFO, CP Rail
Céline Gerson
President, Schlumberger Canada
Michael Webb
EVP, Nutrien
Marie Delorme
CEO, Imagination Group
Eleanor Chiu
CFO, Trico Homes
Dr. Chen Fong
Founder, Creative Destruction Lab
Heather Culbert
Vice Chair, EDC
Nancy F. Foster
SVP, Husky Energy
Lesley Conway
Former President, Hopewell Residential
Dianne Wilkins
CEO, Critical Mass
Trent Edwards
COO, Brookfield Residential
Kate Thompson
CEO, CMLC
Karen Brookman
CIO, Western Can. Digital Imaging
Brad Shaw
Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications
Cathy Orr
CEO, RGO
Cal Jacober
Vice Chair & Assurance Partner, PwC

Ed Sims

CEO, WestJet

Ed Sims is the President and Chief Executive Officer for WestJet. As President and CEO, Ed is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations. Ed first joined WestJet in May, 2017 as Executive Vice-President, Commercial.

Since starting in the United Kingdom travel industry, Ed has enjoyed a varied career spanning more than 30 years in tourism and aviation across the European and Australasian markets. Prior to WestJet, Ed held senior commercial and operational leadership positions within the Tui, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Groups and served for ten years at Air New Zealand where he led the international wide-body business. His most recent role was as CEO of Airways, New Zealand’s air navigation service provider.

Throughout his career Ed has demonstrated that an emphasis on peoples’ development and transparent communication are the stepping stones to success. Drawn to WestJet’s culture, Ed guides his team based on professional values of accountability, resilience, authenticity, aspiration, and humility.

Rona Ambrose

NAFTA, TransAlta, Manulife Financial

Rona is a dynamic national leader who has received many awards for her advocacy and role in public policy. During her tenure as Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition, she gained the respect of parliamentarians of all political stripes, and led the Conservative Party of Canada to the highest membership in its history and set a new tone by becoming the first leader of the Conservative Party to back equal marriage and march in a gay pride parade.

As a key member of the federal cabinet for a decade, Rona served as a minister across nine departments & agencies. At the time of her appointment, Rona was youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history. As a federal minister, Rona created and chaired the federal advisory council for women on boards.

Today Rona is involved in bilateral trade and competitiveness issues. In addition to serving as an independent corporate director on several boards, Rona has also recently partnered with TD Securities. She is a Global Fellow at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute in Washington DC, and serves on the advisory council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

Rona is a passionate advocate for women in Canada and around the world and led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. Earlier this year, she was featured in the UN Women’s “She Innovates” campaign. Rona launched “#SheLeads”, a non-profit foundation in Alberta focused on encouraging women to run for office and participate in public life. She also created and co-chairs the Women’s Economic Council of Alberta, a high-powered group of women corporate leaders who provide non-partisan economic advice to high-ranking government and political officials.

She has spent her life passionately fighting for disadvantaged women and girls. She was one of the champions responsible for ensuring that aboriginal women in Canada were finally granted equal matrimonial rights. She successfully fought for the creation of a Canadian refugee program to bring Yazidi women and girls who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS to safety in Canada, working alongside Nadia Murad who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

When she’s not working (which is rare), Rona is usually found in the Rockies horseback riding, hiking or skiing with her husband, JP, and three kids.

Mick Dilger

CEO, Pembina Pipelines

Mick is President & CEO and a Director of Pembina Pipeline Corporation. Pembina is a leading North American energy infrastructure company operating a diversified asset portfolio with a fully-integrated value chain for crude oil, natural gas liquids & condensate; and with growth prospects in LNG and petrochemicals. The company has a market capitalization of $25 billion and an enterprise value of approximately $35 billion (TSX: PPL; NYSE: PBA).

Mick previously served as a Director of Trilogy Energy, a Calgary-based exploration & production company. He served on this board for a period of 14 years from inception until just prior to being sold to Paramount Energy. Mick served as Chairman of the HS&E Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee. Mick also previously served on the Board of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and was Co-Chair of the United Way of Calgary & Area's very successful 2016 campaign. Mick is a founding member of the recently established Business Council of Alberta.

Mick has over 25 years of midstream and oil & gas experience, approximately 20 years of which has been directly in the Canadian energy infrastructure space.

Mick was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pembina in January 2014. Mick joined the company in 2005 and previously served as President & COO; Chief Operating Officer; and Vice President, Business Development.

Mick has played a key role in profitably expanding Pembina's business. During his tenure the company's enterprise value has grown from approximately $2.0 billion in 2005 to $35 billion today. To position Pembina for future growth, Mick has overseen the development of an inventory of over $10 billion of high return, low risk, fee-for-service projects. He has also led a major transformation of the organization's backoffice systems and functions to support the substantial growth in the business. Mick was named as "CEO of the Year" in 2014 by Oil & Gas Magazine. In 2017 Mick oversaw the $10 billion acquisition and integration of Veresen Inc. to further diversify the company's assets and growth platform.

Prior to joining Pembina, Mick founded VISTA Midstream Solutions in 2000, a highly successful private Canadian midstream company that was sold to Talisman Energy. Prior thereto he worked in various executive finance and business development roles at NOVA Corporation and later TransCanada between 1994 and 1999. During this period, Mick was part of a founding team that established the first "midstream business" in Canada.

Mick started his career at Ernst & Young in 1987, where he obtained his designation as a Chartered Accountant. Thereafter in 1990, he worked at a large U.S. public oil and gas exploration and production company prior to moving into the energy infrastructure space.

Mick holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary, 1987

Una Power

TC Energy, Teck Resources, Scotiabank

Marcos Lopez

CEO, Solium Capital

Marcos began his career by teaming up with a fellow UofC alumni and starting his own company, Bitonic, shortly after graduating. Calgary-based Solium acquired Bitonic in 2002; with Marcos taking on the role of Chief Technology Officer, and what had begun as a bit of contract work became the beginning of a lifelong passion. Over the past 19 years, he has been on the Board of Directors and has held several leadership roles at Solium, most recently the role of CEO. Marcos has had the opportunity to watch the software he started building, evolve from a fledgling start-up platform with a handful of staff to a world class SaaS provider with over 800 employees globally. His long stewardship of Solium culminated in a recent acquisition by Morgan Stanley for $1.1B

Under his leadership Solium’s Shareworks platform has evolved into a world class suite of products and services, used by more than 3,000 companies spanning the globe – heavy hitters like Uber, Levi’s, Shopify, RBC, SpaceX, GM all use the Shareworks platform and it’s many features to simplify their equity plan management.

Marcos holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Calgary, and was the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the technology sector, Western Canada.

Susan Jones

Gibson Energy

Susan Jones is an experienced C-suite executive known for her visionary leadership, passion for diversity, and commitment to safety and the community.

Most recently Susan was Executive Vice President and CEO, Potash, and Executive Advisor to the CEO at Nutrien. She worked in a variety of other roles at Nutrien from 2005-2019, including Executive Vice President and President of Phosphate; Chief Legal Officer; Business Development and Strategy; Managing Director of the European Distribution Business; and Vice President of Wholesale Sales, Marketing and Logistics.

Susan is a member of the Board of Directors for Gibson Energy where she serves on both the Audit and Environmental Health & Safety Committees. She served on the United Way, the agricultural subsection of the Canadian Bar Association and has been an active member and supporter of women’s leadership groups and diversity at both Nutrien and Gibson Energy. In 2017, Susan was named Deal Maker of the Year at the Canadian General Counsel Awards.

Susan has a law degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She holds a Leadership Diploma from the University of Oxford and a Director Certificate from the University of Harvard. She is fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and English.

Curtis Stange

CEO, ATB Financial

If there's one thing that 30-plus years in the financial industry in Canada has taught Curtis Stange, it's that people are at the heart of everything. It's with courage, disciplined thought and precise action that Curtis leads 5,500 team members at ATB Financial as President & CEO. ATB is Alberta’s largest financial institution and provides personal, business, agriculture, corporate, investment banking, and wealth management services to more than 775,000 customers.

Curtis has led teams across diverse geographic markets and through various economic cycles. He has touched every major province in Canada—always with an inquisitive nature and a desire to get to know the people and places around him.

Alberta, with its broad diversity in both people and landscapes, is where Curtis calls home. Here, at ATB, he created a new line of business focused on Alberta entrepreneurs and played a key role in the transformation of ATB's banking systems—the company's biggest technology challenge in a generation.

Curtis is piloting ATB into Alberta's banking future—a future where he sees people and technology as equally as important. Because he believes behind every new technology disruption is a person with a bright idea to grow and develop and a customer who is expecting a remarkable experience.

Tracy Robinson

EVP, TC Energy

As Executive Vice-President and President, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines, Tracy Robinson has overall accountability for the growth, operation and profitability of TC Energy’s federally and provincially regulated natural gas pipeline assets in Canada.

Since joining TC Energy in 2014, Ms. Robinson has served as Vice-President, Transportation for the Liquid Pipelines business unit; Vice-President, Supply Chain; and Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines.

Prior to joining TC Energy, Ms. Robinson spent 27 years at Canadian Pacific, including executive roles spanning Operations, Finance and Commercial.

Ms. Robinson has held a number of industry and private board positions, currently serving as a member of the Business Council of British Columbia and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Edward’s School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan. She also represents TC Energy on the Board of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) and on the Board of the Canadian Gas Association.

Ms. Robinson holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She received her Institute of Corporate Directors designation in 2015.

Nadeem Velani

CFO, CP Rail

Nadeem Velani joined Canadian Pacific in March 2013 and served as Vice-President Investor Relations before becoming Chief Financial Officer in September 2016. Prior to CP, Nadeem spent 15 years at Canadian National (CN) where he worked in a variety of positions in Strategic and Financial Planning, Investor Relations, Sales and Marketing and the Office of the President and CEO.

As CP's Executive Vice-President and CFO, Nadeem is a key member of the senior management team responsible for helping plan the long-term strategic direction of the company. Other responsibilities include financial planning, investor relations, reporting and accounting systems as well as pension, treasury and tax.

Nadeem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Western University and an MBA in Finance/International Business from McGill.

Céline Gerson

President, Schlumberger Canada

Céline Gerson brings over 20 years’ experience in the energy industry with both entrepreneurial companies and Fortune 500 organizations. She is recognized for her focus on crafting and implementing disruptive strategies and for her unique blend of international business, global P&L management, legal and deep knowledge of trade and logistics experience. She is also passionate about mentoring startup companies with cutting edge technologies for the energy industry.

She was appointed as President of Schlumberger Canada Ltd in December 2017 where she is responsible for the oversight and strategic growth of all Schlumberger product lines. She joined Schlumberger via the acquisition of Cameron International where she was appointed by the CEO as the first female executive in Cameron International’s history to lead a global P&L. In her position as Vice President of Measurement Systems, Ms. Gerson managed a global business that designs and manufactures leading edge measurement, quality, and control instrumentation and systems for the energy, nuclear and military applications.

Earlier in her career, Céline also held the position of VP and Chief Compliance Officer for Cameron International and NATCO Group, global roles reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. She also advised on strategic and tactical action plans to address emerging external and internal critical cyber security risks.

Gerson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the European University in Brussels; a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston and is licensed to practice law in Texas, and she is a Harvard Business School Alumni. She is also a certified mediator and speaks four languages. She has served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations and currently sits on the boards of the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) and the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR). She is a member of the Schulich Industry Advisory Council at the University of Calgary and the Director of Marketing for the 70th Canadian Energy Executive Association. She is actively involved with promoting and mentoring women and is an Advisory Board member of Schlumberger’s ConnectWomen Network. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world.

Michael Webb

EVP, Nutrien

Mike Webb is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer for Nutrien responsible for Human Resources, Global Facilities, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Community Relations and Investment as well as Issues Management and Government Relations. Mike joined Agrium in January 2014 as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

Mike moved to Canada in 2010 following a 20-year career in the Asia Pacific region. He started in Hong Kong in financial services having worked for Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. While at Morgan Stanley, he served in senior HR roles in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and India. Later, he joined HSBC as Head of HR for their institutional businesses in the Asia Pacific region, which was comprised of 20 countries. Mike eventually became Global Head of HR for HSBC Amanah and worked throughout the Middle East.

In 2010, he became an International Executive for HSBC and moved to Vancouver to assume responsibility as Senior Vice President, HR for Canada before moving to Agrium in 2014.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Missouri in 1990. He has also served on a number of non-profit Boards the most recent being the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Society.

Marie Delorme

CEO, Imagination Group

Eleanor Chiu

CFO, Trico Homes

Eleanor Chiu, FCPA, FCA is a prominent leader in the business and philanthropic community in Calgary. She is genuinely passionate about ensuring her contributions make a significant difference. Her long list of volunteer roles have included sitting on the Mount Royal University Board of Governors, Alberta Children’s Hospital Board, and treasurer of Immigrant Access Fund Board. She is also the founder of Trico Charitable Foundation and serves as one of their directors. In her role as Trico Group’s Chief Financial Officer, she helped build the Company from a small business in Calgary to one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies-a testament to her business acumen, and professional and personal strengths. She also held directorship of various public and private for-profit companies.

Eleanor’s passion for entrepreneurship and keen awareness of the need for creative solutions to ensure sustainability in the non-profit sector has played a key role in setting the Trico Charitable Foundation’s mission - provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship. The Bow Valley College’s Chiu School of Business was named after their family. In 2016, she and her husband, Wayne Chiu, are the recipients of the CASE Benefactor Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to community colleges.

Dr. Chen Fong

Founder, Creative Destruction Lab

Heather Culbert

Vice Chair, EDC

With over 27 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Ms. Culbert has held senior positions in the oil and gas sector and was formerly the Senior Vice President of Corporate Services at Enerplus, a mid-sized oil and gas company.

Heather currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Export Development Canada (EDC) and was recently appointed as Chair of Alberta Research and Innovation and Advisory Council (ARIAC). She serves as a director on the Board of Whitecap Resources Inc., as Chair of the United Way World Leadership Council, and is a member of the She Leads Economic Council of Alberta.

In 2018, Heather founded the Women on Boards initiative in Calgary. She completed two terms as Chair of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in December of 2018.

Ms. Culbert has been recognized for her leadership and community service and on March 26th, 2019, was awarded the Governor General’s Sovereign Volunteerism Medal to recognize her exemplary philanthropic efforts in Canada. In June of 2019 she was appointed a Presiding Judge for Canadian Citizenship Ceremonies.

Nancy F. Foster

SVP, Husky Energy

Nancy was appointed Senior Vice President & Special Advisor to the CEO on August 1, 2019. Prior to that Nancy was Senior Vice President, Human & Corporate Resources, a role she was in since July 2011. She was responsible for Human Resources, Diversity, Real Estate, Corporate Services, Information Services and Corporate Responsibility. She is an experienced human resources practitioner with extensive oil and gas experience, both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining Husky, she was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services at Nexen, responsible for strategic oversight and operation of all human resources functions for a global employee base. She also provided oversight of the supply management and corporate administration functions.

Lesley Conway

Former President, Hopewell Residential

Lesley has spent the last 22 years of her 30-year career in the real estate industry in Alberta with Hopewell Residential. She led the organization as President for 14 years. Over this period the company realized rapid growth and profitability and won numerous industry awards. In recognition of her corporate success and philanthropic activity, Lesley received the Order of the University of Calgary, the Haskayne School’s MAX (Management Alumni Excellence Award), the YWCA Woman of Vision Award and has been inducted into the Women’s Executive Network Hall of Fame having been voted 4 times as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Conway’s strong leadership, strategic planning, financial, marketing, branding and communication skills led Hopewell through two decades of unprecedented growth. She and her team grew the company from $2.5M in gross revenue in 1995 to well over $300M in 2014 dramatically impacting the residential real estate industry in Alberta. Over her tenure with the company, gross revenue totaled over a billion dollars. Lesley has extensive experience in syndicated financings, equity, debt, joint venture and hybrid transactions. She negotiated numerous land acquisitions and secured third party management contracts with the company. In 2013, Lesley vertically integrated Hopewell’s housing and land development companies. In 2014, the successful merger resulted in the company selling 1,037 developed lots, 548 single-family homes and 112 multifamily homes. In addition, the company was consistently, under Lesley’s tenure, ranked in the top 5 developer/builders in the province.

Dianne Wilkins

CEO, Critical Mass

In her 21 years with Critical Mass, Di has held many influential positions—managing director, coach, entrepreneur and leader for teams and clients. During her tenure, Critical Mass and its affiliate organizations have grown from 25 people in Canada to 950 employees working in numerous locations around the globe. The vision and values that define her leadership have likewise propelled Critical Mass to continued and consistent success. Today, Critical Mass is widely recognized for its breadth and depth of services, its vibrant agency culture, its purpose-driven mindset, and its unwavering commitment to client service.

Di started with Critical Mass in Stockholm, leading Saab on a global basis. After two years, she relocated to Calgary and was promoted to CEO in January 2006. Prior to that, she received an MBA while pursuing a career as a golf pro. Her passion for the game is one of the things that attracted her to Critical Mass in its early days, a time when the agency designed instructional CD-ROM’s for golf but had ambitions to do much more. Di immediately recognized the potential of both the fledgling agency and digital and never looked back. While her golf handicap has suffered, the Critical Mass team and their clients have benefited from well over a decade of her strong leadership and strategic vision.

Under Di’s leadership Critical Mass has been recognized across its industry as an A-List Agency, Best Engagement Agency, Top UX Design Agency, Best Agency to Work For, and Employer of the Year. Di herself was recently included among Campaign’s 40 Over 40 list and named Top Boss in the Digiday Worklife Awards. Industry comments and POVs from Di have been published in The New York Times, Forbes, Ad Age, Adweek, The Drum, and Campaign, and she's been interviewed on a number of podcasts, including Real Famous, A Call to Action, and Fearless Creative Leaders

Di is also currently Chair of the Board at Fast & Female, a charity whose mission is to empower girls through sport. She is also a past board member at the House of Anansi Press and currently works with a number of startups as both a strategic advisor and investor. In addition, Di is the co-founder and Managing Partner of a private activist investor fund that has set out to prove that public companies with a female CEO are inherently more diverse and achieve stronger financial performance as a result.

Trent Edwards

COO, Brookfield Residential

Kate Thompson

CEO, CMLC

Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead the Construction & Development division in delivering the master plan vision for East Village and the Rivers District. Earlier this month, CMLC announced that Kate will succeed Michael Brown as the organization’s President & CEO when he exits the post in January 2020.

Kate’s exceptional leadership and foresight have been instrumental in the success of many of Calgary’s major infrastructure and development projects over the past six years, including the new Central Library. She is highly regarded in the industry for her deep expertise, uncompromising standards and unwavering commitment.

As CMLC embarks on the next phase of its development in the Rivers District with the master plan guiding the creation of Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District in east Victoria Park, Kate will lead the development management of the BMO Centre Expansion and planned Event Centre, along with critical infrastructure projects in the district. Kate works closely with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Stampede, project consultants and stakeholders.

A registered member of the Alberta Architects Association (AAA) and active Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Kate manages architectural controls for East Village, ensuring all plans for new development align with CMLC’s vision for the neighbourhood.

Kate is active in the community through her role as Board Chair of the YWCA Calgary Board of Directors and as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design (EVDS) at University of Calgary, where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2014. In both teaching and practicing architecture, she continues to highlight the importance of a well-built urban fabric and support projects that strengthen Calgary’s urban spaces.

Karen Brookman

CIO, Western Can. Digital Imaging

Karen Brookman is an entrepreneur and executive business leader with a proven track record for building successful services organizations. She is well-recognized for her ability to develop business strategy, cultivate strong leadership teams and bring innovative technology offerings to market.

In September 2018, Karen returned to Calgary to join her family’s business, West Canadian Digital Imaging. As President and CEO, her mandate is to build the next generation of the company and to lead the development of a business and marketing strategy to grow the business across Canada. Karen is currently spearheading cross-functional innovation initiatives to advance the company’s technology capabilities and competitive advantage.

Before joining West Canadian, Karen was the President and co-founder of Commonwealth Legal, based in Toronto. Under her leadership, the company grew from a regional Toronto-based imaging company to an industry-leading, multi-million-dollar, national eDiscovery company. In 2014, Commonwealth Legal was acquired by Ricoh Canada and became their highest performing business unit. Karen was then appointed Vice President, Services for Canada where she oversaw multiple business units with combined revenue of over $100 million.

Karen has a B.A. from Ryerson University and is a graduate of several executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School. She also has an ICD designation from the Director’s Education Program at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Karen is passionate about diversity and the advancement of women in the workplace and is an Advisory Board Member for Women of Influence.

Brad Shaw

Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications

Since 2010, Brad Shaw has led Shaw Communications through a series of transformative and strategic transactions that have positioned Shaw as a leading Canadian connectivity company. Overseeing Shaw’s senior executive team, Brad’s vision for a modern Shaw is rooted in sharpening the company’s focus to deliver exceptional experiences to customers and creating opportunities to generate long-term, sustainable growth for all stakeholders. Under Brad’s direction, Shaw has become an agile, growth-oriented and customer-focused digital, wireless and IP broadband provider bringing disruption and innovation to the marketplace through groundbreaking product launches.

Under Brad’s leadership, Shaw Communications has been recognized among Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2018),
Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2018), Alberta’s Top Employers (2018), Canada’s Top Family-Friendly Employers
(2018) and Indeed’s Best Places to Work in Canada (2017).

Brad sits on the Board of Directors of CableLabs, an international non-profit research and development consortium dedicated to creating innovative ideas in the cable industry. Active in his community, Brad contributes to the viability of Food Banks across Alberta, sits on the Patrons’ Council of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and has been instrumental to the success of Calgary’s Shaw Charity Classic, one of the pre-eminent stops on the PGA TOUR Champions and a cornerstone of funding the province’s children’s charities. Brad and his family live in Calgary.

Cathy Orr

CEO, RGO

Cathy attended Central Memorial High School and is a proud second generation Calgarian. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, majoring in Clothing and Textiles with a minor in Business.

While in University, Cathy worked for the Royal Bank of Canada. Upon graduation in 1983, she joined her father’s privately held business, RGO Products Ltd. in the Window Coverings division. At the time, Window Coverings was a small division with only 2 sales people. Calgary won the bid for the 1988 Olympics and RGO Window Coverings won the contract for the Olympic skating oval. That put RGO Window Coverings on the map.

In 1994, Cathy was promoted to Manager of the department - and then promoted to Vice President of Window Coverings and Corporate Initiatives in 2008. RGO Window Coverings has grown into the largest window covering dealer of it’s kind in Canada - offering both state of the art commercial and residential window coverings. In 2016, Cathy was appointed President and CEO at RGO. Today, Cathy works closely with the Senior Management team to build even more diversity within the company, ensuring RGO achieves initiatives within their 5 corporate goals; Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, Growth of RGO / Profitability, Health & Safety & Culture.

In the over 50 years of existence, RGO has grown to an employee head count of over 250 people in Calgary, Edmonton and Canmore, Alberta. Since opening in 1966, RGO continues to diversify and is now the largest company of it’s kind in Western Canada. RGO is the leading dealer for its key manufacturers; Lutron, Hunter Douglas, Steelcase, Shaw Contract, Milliken and Kyocera. We strongly believe in offering the right solutions, perfect service and excellent knowledge – all on time and on budget.

In recent years, Cathy has become involved in many of RGO’s corporate initiatives which include marketing, philanthropic initiatives, employee incentives and leading the redevelopment of RGO’s 50,000 sq ft premises in 2012. Cathy’s passion for people, both clients and employees, keeps her connected with RGO’s Human Resources initiatives. Her inner philanthropist continues to blossom as RGO continues to support the Calgary community by making significant contributions to organizations such as the Calgary Performing Arts, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Heritage Park, Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Feed the Hungry, Woods Homes, YWCA Sherriff King, United Way Calgary, Habitat for Humanity, Pregnancy Care Centre, Christian Adoption and World Vision.

Since 2014, Mrs. Orr has served as a public member of the Bow Valley College Board of Governors. She also sits on the Bow Valley College Human Resources & Governance Committee, is the Chair of the Campus Evolution Committee and took part in the 1000 Women Rising Committee as well as the Advisory Committee for the Interior Design Program. She is a member of BOMA, the Calgary Construction Association, MacKay CEO Leadership Forums and International Women’s Forum, Calgary Chapter.

Cathy has a strong heart for Calgary and it’s people – especially the marginalized. She loves the United Way slogan “For Calgary to be a great place, it has to be great for everyone!”
Cathy is married to David Orr and they have one daughter.

Other interests include spending time with her family, travelling, golfing, reading and quilting.

Cal Jacober

Vice Chair & Assurance Partner, PwC

Cal has been working in the PwC Calgary office for 33 years, 22 of them as a partner. He has always worked in the PwC energy practice and as a result, has a large wealth of experience and expertise in dealing with energy issues.

Cal is the PwC Vice Chair of Western Canada. Prior to this, Cal was the Calgary office managing partner for 6 years. He was also part of the national PwC extended leadership team during that period. Prior to this role, Cal lead the Calgary assurance practice and was part of the national assurance leadership team.

Cal is known for his pragmatic, practical approach while providing sound, reasoned business advice. He is transparent, focuses on quality and utilizes a ‘hands-on’ approach in dealing with his clients.