The Leadership Team

Facilities and Operations


Andrew Sharmen

Vice President, Facilities & Operations: Andrew Sharman

Andrew leads Facilities and Operations and is the Executive Lead of the Public Health Response Team.

Andrew has worked in a number of senior leadership roles in Alberta's health sector. In 2013, he was appointed Deputy Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of Executive Council, working for three successive premiers. Most recently, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health and Government Facilities Division with Alberta Infrastructure.

Andrew has a MSc in Defence Logistics Management from Cranfield University, graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and spent 22 years in the British army. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Chief of Staff: Gordon Weighell

After completing his training and certifications to become a commercial pilot, Gordon instead developed a passion for the public sector. He worked for the Government of Alberta in ministries ranging from health to employment, training to workplace standards, for 20 years.

He holds an MBA specializing in Executive Management and Management Consulting. Gordon joined the senior leadership team in 2017.

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AVP Asset Management and Operations: James Allen

James brings a depth of leadership and strategic planning experience from serving in the Canadian Army for over 24 years. He has also managed complex portfolios within the Government of Alberta in several senior executive positions.

James has a BBA from CMR Saint-Jean and a MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies. He currently chairs the U of A's Safety and Security Committee and is a member of the Public Health Response Team.

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AVP Campus Services: Katherine Huising

Katherine joined the Facilities and Operations senior leadership team in April 2017. She leads the team that enhances the campus experience for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Prior to her appointment, Katherine worked with the Government of Alberta, most recently as the Chief of Protocol. She earned a BA degree in History from the U of A and is serving on the Public Health Response Team.

AVP Integrated Planning and Partnerships: Lara McClelland

Lara is a highly collaborative and supportive leader. With over 25 years in health care and post-secondary, Lara brings strong acumen in strategy, planning and effective and efficient service delivery in public sectors. She has earned an MSc. and MBA and is currently completing her Qualified Mediator designation.

While at the U of A, she serves on boards and committees related to health service delivery and education.

VPFO senior leadership Rob Pawliuk
AVP Support and Recreation Services: Robert Pawliuk

With over 32 years of design, construction, and project management experience, Rob brings a wealth of knowledge from both private and public sectors. 

Rob has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U of A and spent 16 years in consultation and design in the private engineering sector. During his time at the university, Rob has served on many diverse committees and teams.

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AVP Utilities: Mike Kohlenberg

Mike's team operates one of the largest campus district energy systems in North America. He has worked in leadership roles in many different areas across both the private and public sectors. He has experience in the oil and gas industry, utility management, project management and engineering. 

He has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from U of S as well as a MSc in Process Control from U of A.