Board of Directors & Chair Members
The Board of Directors is charged with maintaining Canadian Club’s vitality. Elected by the members, these dedicated board members have backgrounds that vary within our community. To ensure the organization meets all of our needs, the Board regularly meets to ensure our society is aligned with the needs of the members.
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CLUB PRESIDENT - Jermyn K.Y. Voon, BBA, Cert.BdGov, CPA Candidate | LinkedIn
Committees: Ex officio on Communications, Membership, Speakers, Nominations (Chair)
Jermyn is the President for the Canadian Club of Calgary after serving as the Interim President, Vice President and the Communications Committee Chair (4 years). He is a young business professional focusing on accounting and communications who is passionate about increasing community & political engagement. He is an active community volunteer; Jermyn has been either a member or volunteered with numerous political campaigns and community & non-profit organizations. Jermyn serves as the President on the board of the Canadian Club Calgary and on the boards of the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival and Federation of Calgary Communities, which represents 20,000 local volunteers. He is also a member of the Calgary Public Library Foundation Champions Council, Students’ Association of Mount Royal University Board Advisory Committee & Rotary District 5360 Communications Committee. He is a past board member of Variety Alberta, Société Macdonald-Cartier Society and Students Association of Mount Royal University & volunteers with various community organizations including Startup Calgary, Shaw Charity Classic & United Way Calgary.
His previous experience includes working at both the federal & provincial (Alberta) levels of governments, in addition to the private and non-profit sectors in accounting, administration, communications and marketing related roles.
Born and raised in Alberta, Mr. Voon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management (Marketing & Accounting focus) and a Business Administration Diploma, both from Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business. He has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD-Rotman) ‘Not-for-Profit’ Governance Essentials Certificate program from University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, onBoard Canada's Board Governance Fundamentals Certificate from Ryerson University and the Professional Accounting Program through SAIT. Jermyn is currently pursuing his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. He is a member of CPA Alberta.
PAST PRESIDENT 2016-2019 - Richard Hehr
Richard Hehr spent over 41 years in the Alberta public education system. His experience ranged from elementary schools up to universities. His service included teaching, administration and extensive involvement as a politician/bureaucrat with the Alberta Teacher’s Association.
The Hehr family is committed to public service in both community and political venues. Richard is an elected member of the Calgary Public School Board, representing Wards 8 & 9.
VICE PRESIDENT - Patricia O’Reilly, BA, DipJour
Pat was born in Ontario and moved to Calgary in 1995. She has been a history buff from a young age and appreciates the need to learn from the past and preserve the most important elements of it. Pat works for Suncor Energy where she engages with stakeholders on Suncor’s environmental and social performance and is responsible for sustainability reporting and environmental public policy. Before joining Suncor’s sustainability team, Pat lead Suncor’s communications and stakeholder relations function. She was also a founding member and served as vice president of the Suncor Energy Foundation. Pat has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Guelph and a diploma in journalism. Pat has served as a board member of Heritage Calgary since 2017 and is the Chair of the Evaluation & Review Committee.
VICE PRESIDENT - Tayler Amatto, BA (Econ) | LinkedIn
Tayler is a Manager in the Consulting & Deals practice at PwC Canada where she works with large scale public and private organizations to help transform their Finance Function including governance model design. In addition, she is currently a Founding Board Member and Chief Operating Officer for Flywheel Pro Bono Consulting, a national nonprofit that provides pro bono consulting to other nonprofits. Tayler has a strong legacy of working with nonprofits from both a strategic and operational standpoint as she currently serves as the Strategic Advisor to Ask Her YYC and sits on the People Committee with Ask Her YYC and Sustainable Funding Committee with CRIEC. Her expertise in strategic planning, governance model design and operating model implementations will make her a strong asset to the Canadian Club of Calgary's Board of Directors as.
Born in Windsor Ontario (where Hiram Walker’s Canadian Club Rye was developed!) Susan graduated from the University of Western Ontario. After completing her degree, she paddled the Mackenzie River ending up in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT.
With a special interest in the Canadian Arctic, Susan lived in “Tuk” for the next eight years. Here, she enjoyed everything the North has to offer, including competing in and winning world class dog sledding events. She then settled in Calgary where she raised her family, and was an instructor at Bow Valley College for 26 years prior to retiring.
Susan loves driving and has travelled by car and truck from coast to coast to coast in Canada, visiting most of the towns in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and seeing more of the Arctic than most people who live there. She is passionate about Canada and loves working as a Co-Chair of the Speakers Committee. It is her honour to invite luncheon speakers from all walks of life to add to Canada’s mosaic and to the Canadian Club of Calgary.
Previous volunteer work includes being a Board Member of the Nose Hill Liberals, fundraising for the 50th anniversary of Bow Valley College, and volunteering at Fort Calgary.
SPEAKERS COMMITTEE, CO-CHAIR - Sally Lewis, B.Comm.
Sally Lewis was a “Headhunter” for 30 years who, prior to her retirement, managed the Western Canadian operations of an international search firm. Now focusing on a new chapter in her life, Sally joined the Canadian Club of Calgary’s Board of Directors in 2016 as Co-Chair of the Speakers Committee. With family roots in Canada going back 5 generations, her interest in “all things Canadian” runs deep, and she has a keen desire to contribute to the community around her.
Her background includes being a member of the Board of Directors of a private golf and country club in Calgary, a member on the board of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association, District Treasurer for the Girl Guides of Canada, participation on numerous professional technology committees and offering her time on countless volunteer committees. Spare time is spent golfing, biking, hiking and skiing. Other interests include travelling throughout Canada and the world at large including over 30 countries outside of North America.
Sally maintains there is still “no place like home”, and to date she has enjoyed travelling in every province and territory in Canada, including trekking across Baffin Island’s Auyuittuq National Park, without confronting a single polar bear.
TREASURER & ACTING SECRETARY - Brandon Schur, BA (Hon), BComm, JD, LLM (Candidate) | LinkedIn
Brandon Schur is a practicing lawyer at WestJet Airlines, where he serves as counsel in the legal department, working primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law.
Previous to joining WestJet, Brandon was an associate at Torys LLP, an international business law firm, where he practiced corporate and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, private equity, and corporate finance.
Brandon completed his legal education at the University of Calgary and is currently studying international corporate and commercial law at King’s College London. Brandon has served as treasurer of the Club since 2016.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, CHAIR - Qingyuan "Ching" Li, B.Comm. | LinkedIn
Ching is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary in 2017, with a concentration of Marketing from the Haskayne School of Business. Ching is always striving consistently to learn, develop and grow in a professional business environment as well as seeking opportunities to apply his current knowledge to real world experiences especially in digital marketing or analytics related fields.
Ching is known as a friendly, easy-going person who enjoys puns as well as helping others in need to the best of his abilities. Aside from school, Ching also enjoys participating in philanthropic and skill based volunteer opportunities to help his community.
MEMBERSHIP, CHAIR - Vincent St. Pierre, BA | LinkedIn
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Vincent has been passionate about the Canadian Club for the majority of his adult life. First joining the board in 2013 until 2017, he served as a board member and Publicity Chair. He is now in the role of Membership Chair (2020).
He is a proud graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in History (War and Society). This has led to a passion for history and politics. While attending the university he served on the Board of Governors of the institution and also as a student representative of the Arts Faculty.
A national award winning blogger (Canada’s #1 Political Blog in 2012 and 2013 at the Canadian Blogging Awards, and Canada’s #2 Political Blog in 2012 at the Canadian Weblog Awards), Vincent has been an active participant in Calgary’s politics for over ten years. He has managed multiple campaigns, such as a successful campaign for the School Board managing Judy Hehr’s candidacy in the 2013 municipal election (where she won with 67% of the vote). After campaign he took a senior role in Hon. Kent Hehr’s team where he was a key person in electing the first Liberal Member of Parliament in Calgary since 1968.
He has worked in constituency offices for MLAs, the leaders office of a provincial political leader, as a staffer on campaigns, a political aide in Ottawa, and served as the Western Desk for the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.
CITIZENSHIP AND HERITAGE COMMITTEE CHAIR - Margaret Eaton
Margaret grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary in 1969. Except for periods of time in Ontario, British Columbia and Belgium she has lived here for almost 50 years.
She was a teacher and administrator with the Calgary Board of Education for 34 years. While seconded to the staff of the NATO International School in Belgium, she was active in Remembrance Day activities at European battle sites from both World Wars. She was part of the Canadian delegation to Poland following Canada’s sponsorship of Poland into NATO.
During the 1988 Olympics she was Vice-Chairman of Hosting for Figure Skating and Hockey, supervising thirty multi-lingual hosts. She is an active skier and golfer and is currently Assistant Director of the Calgary Music Makers Senior Choir. She and her husband David travel extensively and have visited over forty countries.
Margaret has been a member of the Canadian Club for over ten years. As the newest member of our Board of Directors, she is eager to contribute to the operation of the Canadian Club.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Ivanka Ruseska
Ivanka has a Medical Degree from the University of Skopje, Macedonia. Following her interest in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Ivanka joined the team of the late Dr. J. William Costerton, Professor at the Department of Microbiology, University of Calgary, referred to as the “Father of Biofilm”.
Ivanka was fortunate to join the team at a time of the emerging “Biofilm Theory” now highlighted by a worldwide Biofilm research within the global scientific community. Working independently on a multitude of Biofilm associated projects, Ivanka authored and co-authored numerous scientific papers.
Following retirement, Ivanka became volunteer with the Alberta Provincial Liberal Party as well as the Federal Liberal Party, holding variety of executive positions including President of the Federal Liberal Association of Nose-Hill, Vice-President of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta and Election Readiness Co-chair (Southern Alberta).
Ivanka joined the Canadian Club of Calgary in 2012 as chair of the Membership Committee, remaining in that position until 2016. Ivanka now serves currently as a Director-At-Large.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Gary Vegelis
Gary has been a member of the Canadian Club for 5 years, and a Member at Large since 2015.
He was in various aspects of the Construction Industry for over 50 years including General Construction, Roadbuilding, Pipeline, Gas plants, Mining and Fracing. As a Business Agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 955, Gary negotiated contracts on behalf of the members.
Gary represented the Building Trades of Alberta on the Executive Board of the Alberta Construction Safety Association. As an Executive Board Member of the Calgary Fort PC Association, he worked with their MLA for five terms.
Since retiring in 2010 he has been involved in community volunteer work. His personal interests include travel in his RV across Canada and northern USA, boating, and fishing, but not necessarily catching anything!
DIRECTOR AT LARGE, Communications - Deborah Mebude, BA, DipJour
Deborah is a first-generation Nigerian-Canadian. She holds a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree from the University of Calgary and an Honours Journalism diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. During her time as an undergraduate student, Deborah travelled to Guatemala to produce a series of short documentaries and photos for the international NGO Mayan Families, and spent time in Rwanda serving in refugee camps alongside the UNHCR. These experiences allowed her to hone her skills as a journalist and reinforced the importance of understanding how history affects present-day socio-political dynamics.
Her recent work includes serving as the refugee rights intern and then communications coordinator at Citizens for Public Justice in Ottawa, framing the messaging and promotion of various advocacy campaigns on social policy issues. Deb is a contributing author for a forthcoming book on Canadian politics for Millennials, a 2020 G(irls)20 Young Director, an Advisory Board member at Leading in Colour, and the Writing and Content lead at TRAD Magazine. She is currently studying Public Policy and Management through Dalhousie University's Executive Education program and, in her spare time, volunteers as a youth mentor with the Calgary Immigrant Women's Association. Deb is driven by a passion for learning and believes strongly in the importance of centering marginalized voices.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE, Communications - Andrea Burke
Andrea Burke is an aviation enthusiast and community activist. Her tandem pursuit of a commercial pilots’ license and a gender studies degree has led her to advocate for gender equity within the aviation sector and beyond. She is currently serving as the Executive Director for re:give, a local non-profit, while furthering her formal education on the intersections of gender, race, and the workforce. She is also a G(irls) 20 Young Director.