Board of Directors

2018-19 Board of Directors

Vivek Warrier, Chair

Vivek is a partner with the law firm Bennett Jones; he completed his education in Calgary and Edmonton and was called to the bar in Alberta in 2001.  Vivek practices in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, from exploration through marketing; he also teaches Oil and Gas Contracts Law at the University of Calgary, and publishes extensively on oil and gas legal topics. He is sought out by clients for complex purchase and sale transactions and other contractual issues including ownership and service agreements. 
Vivek is a lifelong Calgarian and has been extensively involved in community development. He has served as a director of the Distress Centre and currently is involved as a volunteer for the Calgary Stampede and as a United Way leader. 
Farrah Sunderani, 1st  Vice Chair

Farrah is a lawyer with ConocoPhillips Canada.  She practices in a variety of areas including employment, privacy, regulatory and corporate/commercial.  Farrah previously worked with the Hudson’s Bay Company in Toronto advising on various labour  & employment related matters including strategically managing one of the largest terminations in Canadian history due to the closure of Zellers. Farrah completed her B.A. (Honours) at Queen’s University and her LL.B. at the University of Western Ontario. As a born-and-raised Calgarian, Farrah is an avid volunteer and has been involved with several community organizations, such as The Calgary Foundation and the Calgary Drop-In Centre.
Hans Luu, 2nd Vice Chair

Hans is a strategy, management system, and policy professional with expertise in environment and sustainability. Hans has over a decade of experience working with organizations in the public and private sectors to formulate and implement strategic responses to business and sustainability issues in order to improve their performance and manage risks. Mr. Luu possesses a strong business consulting background, combined with technical training and education in the environmental sciences, allowing him to bring a science-based approach to helping organizations navigate sustainability challenges. His professional experience includes deep knowledge and works in the areas of strategy development and implementation, risk management, environmental management, climate change strategy and policy, environmental reporting, non-financial assurance, business process improvement, organizational transformation, and environmental performance improvement. Having come to Canada as a refugee himself, Hans is also deeply passionate about building a strong, unified, and diverse community through supporting and empowering new citizens, especially youth, and has previously spent ten years working with new immigrant youth and their families on settlement issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Commerce, and a Master of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.
Muhammad Ashraf, Treasurer

Muhammad is a banking professional with nearly six years of experience in retail, private & commercial banking.  Currently working at a Canadian Bank as a Commercial banker where he is involved in business lending to diversified industries including, Energy Services, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Agriculture.  Being an immigrant himself, he has a strong passion for serving the community and has worked with CCIS, Junior Achievement Southern Alberta, and United Ways. Muhammad holds an MBA from Queen's University with a focus on global business and leadership.
Roxanne Israel, Past Chair 
Roxanne is a partner with EY’s People Advisory Services based in Calgary. She also practices immigration law as a partner of EY Law LLP and has served on the executive committee of both local and national Immigration Bar Associations. She is currently the Treasurer for the National Immigration Section of the Canadian Bar Association.  Roxanne provides strategic advice to corporate clients with respect to Canadian and U.S. immigration matters, including visas, work permits, permanent residency, and citizenship, as well as policy development global immigration program management and corporate compliance.  She completed her B.A. at McGill University, her LLB at the University of Victoria, and her MST in International Human Rights at Oxford University, and was called to the bar in Alberta in 2003 and Massachusetts in 2017. Roxanne joined the Board in 2012. 
Sangeetha Varghese​, Secretary

Sangeetha has significant consulting and general management experience in diverse industries including energy, retail, and telecom and spanning across the areas of safety, information solutions, shared services operations, supply chain, and logistics. Having worked in India and Canada, both in entrepreneurial and corporate environments, she brings with her a multi-dimensional perspective. Sangeetha’s consulting practice focuses on Asset Management, Business Process Management, Change Management, Organizational Development, Project Management and Strategic Planning.
Aleem Dhanani 

Aleem has been an active community member contributing his knowledge and skills including strategic support and direction with a number of community organizations, financial training, and life skills for students, operational and strategic support in various international development projects, and raising awareness, participation, and funds for development projects in Africa and Asia.
Aleem is currently the Managing Director of the real estate development company BRI-MOR Developments.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Business Administration from the London Business School.  
Mark Hopkins

Mark  is a Calgary-based theatre artist and community-builder. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, Calgary‘s leading purveyor of fearless site-specific theatre. He’s also thrilled to be associated with the Calgary Foundation, the Centre for Newcomers, Human Venture Leadership and VoteKit Calgary, and is the founder of We Should Know Each Other.

Some of Mark’s honours and awards include the Creative Placemaking Award (2016 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 and the Calgary Herald’s 20 Compelling Calgarians.
Shawnette Fraser
Shawnnette was born in British Guyana, South America and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She started as a Full-time agent with TD Bank, Easy line/Phone Channel after finishing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Alberta.  While completing her B.Comm., she also completed multiple courses related to banking including working towards her Professional Financial Planning designation. 
Throughout her tenure with TD, Shawnnette has been recognized multiple times for her outstanding leadership in sales management, business results and has a personal brand of attracting and developing our leaders of tomorrow.  She is known for her ability to motivate and engage teams to exceed objectives in sales and customer experience and because of this she has heled progressively more senior roles with TD Canada Trust, in various cities (Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver,  various cities within Alberta North and South) and across multiple business lines.

Tyler Cleveland

Tyler has 30+ years experience and a track record of success across a wide variety of roles and organizations. After obtaining his MBA with an HR major from McMaster University, he began his career in healthcare where he played a key role in the restructuring of healthcare in Alberta, initially as the HR lead to plan and execute the simultaneous merger of 11 separate organizations into a single entity as part of the consolidation of healthcare services in the 1990's in NW Alberta, and later as the Director of HR Planning for the Calgary Health Region during a time of critical shortages of healthcare professionals.
Following a decade in healthcare Tyler transitioned to the private sector where he has worked in senior HR and leadership roles in the oil and gas sector. Most recently Tyler was the first employee hired to help create and build a new organization resulting from a international joint venture partnership in the oil sands where, in addition to HR, Tyler was also responsible for IT, Communications, and Facilities as the company grew rapidly to over 300 employees in less than 3 years.  Currently Tyler is an Independent Consultant and Coach.  Naturally inquisitive and always focused on the 'big picture', Tyler's passion lies in building and developing teams, programs and processes to not only further the organizations success, but utilizes an open/empowering leadership philosophy to support and mentor the development and success of individual team members.

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