Professional Development Advisory Board

The Advisory Board members act as advocates for graduate students, and serve as a sounding board and think tank that assists FGSR to refine its professional development program offerings and better support graduate students.

Background

In 2015, the Government of Alberta awarded grants to four Alberta universities to better prepare graduate students for careers after they graduate. After developing a program proposal with the guidance of experts and professionals from within and outside the university, UAlberta was awarded $6.3M over three years to deliver programming in four areas: professional skills development; entrepreneurship and mentorship; internships; and curricular change. 
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) is responsible for delivering this program, and is partnering with groups at UAlberta and in the broader Edmonton community to ensure the needs of graduate students are met and they are well-prepared to start their careers and be successful in whatever they pursue.

Purpose and Goals

With the grant program now in its second year, FGSR has established an Advisory Board to guide and provide advice to the Professional Development team and the Dean at the Faculty, and to assist with opening doors for graduate students. The Advisory Board members act as advocates for graduate students, and serve as a sounding board and think tank that assists FGSR to refine its professional development program offerings and better support graduate students. Advisory board members use their diverse, unique experience to guide FGSR toward better decisions for UAlberta master’s and doctoral graduates. In turn, members will be given the opportunity to influence the future career success of UAlberta graduate students. 

Members

Todd Babiak

Todd Babiak

Director and Co-Founder 
Story Engine

 

Mary Pat Barry, MA, ABC

Mary Pat Barry

Past-President
University of Alberta Alumni Association 

 

 Ashlyn Bernier

Ashlyn Bernier

Director of Finance & Operations 
Visio Media Inc. & SAM Inc.

 

Ayaz Bhanji

President
University of Alberta Alumni Association 

 

 Heather Caltagirone

Heather Caltagirone

Assistant Deputy Minister
Curriculum, Alberta Education, Government of Alberta

 

 

Carolyn Campbell

Deputy City Manager 
Communications and Engagement, City of Edmonton

 

Curtis Clarke, PhD

Curtis Clarke

Deputy Minister
Alberta Education, Government of Alberta

 

 Mohamed El Daly

Mohamed El Daly

Acting Director
Member Services, APEGA

 

Jan Fox

Executive Director
REACH Edmonton

 

Ken Freier, MA

Ken Freier

Human Resources Director 
Office of the Auditor General of Alberta, Government of Alberta

 

Shafraaz Kaba

Shafraaz Kaba

Principal Architect 
Manasc Isaac Architects

 


Richard Kanyo

President 
Postdoctoral Fellows Association, University of Alberta

 

Firouz Khodayari

Firouz Khodayari

Vice-President Academic
Graduate Students' Association, University of Alberta

 

Naomi Krogman, PhD

Naomi Krogman

Associate Dean
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

 

Cathy McLean, CPA

Cathy McLean

Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Management,
Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada

 

Katie McLean

Katie McLean

President
Envoke Communications

 

Kristina Milke

Kristina Milke

President 
VA Angels, K-Gar Consulting 

 

Aly Moorji

Aly Moorji

Team Lead
HR Recruitment, City of Edmonton

 

Catrin Owen

Catrin Owen

CEO 
Calder Bateman Communications

 


Tina Thomas

Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation
Edmonton Public Library

 

Tony Valente, P.Eng

Tony Valente

Owner
Valente Design & Engineering

 

Heather Zwicker, PhD

Heather Zwicker

Vice-Provost and Dean 
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta