board of directors
Chair: Anoushka FernandesAnoushka is an experienced public servant who has also worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors. She has held a variety of strategic policy and operational delivery roles, and is currently Executive Director of a logistics coordination branch for the Government of Alberta. She is passionate about inspiring excellence in leadership and client service.
Vice Chair: Brent KellyBrent is a policy advisor in Alberta Environment and Parks, focusing on issues relating to climate change. Previously he has worked in the Ministries of Energy and Seniors and Housing, in research and executive coordination roles. He also draws experience from volunteer roles in the Edmonton community and at the University of Alberta.
Secretary: Rhiannon StrombergRhiannon is a Director of Business and Budget Planning at the City of Edmonton. She is interested in comparing public administrative approaches used by different orders of government and passionate about building capacity in cities as they address complex problems.
Treasurer: Preet DalyPreet is an accounting professional who currently works as a Finance Officer with the Alberta Capital Finance Authority, where she manages both the accounting of this Crown corporation and financing arrangements to provincial local authorities. In joining IPAC Edmonton, she is looking forward to expanding her professional experience to encompass the non-profit sector.
Communications: Chisom OkonkwoChisom is a policy wonk who gets excited about public policy and system interactions. She is enthusiastic about finding and designing creative solutions that can make a difference.
Communications: Claire LaingClaire started her career as a designer after she graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in Art and Design. After years in the field, she later followed this up with an MA in Mass Communications from London Metropolitan University and has subsequently been working as a Communications professional. She still considers herself a designer and harnesses the curiosity and approach to problem solving that this field is known for to all of her work.
Member at Large: Annik Foremanhas a varied leadership background in the provincial government in education, disability services, social statistics and children’s services, bringing an understanding of a diverse range of policy issues. She has also worked on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the United States. She is currently Canada’s representative on two international education projects, one with the UN and one with the OECD.
Member at Large: Margaret Langeis the Director for Industry Opportunities at Alberta Economic Development Trade and Tourism (EDTT). She joined the GOA in 2015 after a number of years in economic development with the Government of Canada. Margaret is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan.
Member at Large: David PeaceDavid is an Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Justice and Solicitor General. Previously, he held leadership positions in the Ministries of Justice and Solicitor General, Economic Development, and Finance and Enterprise. Prior to joining the APS, David was a senior officer and pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force for 25 years.
Member at Large: Kevin RamnarineKevin is passionate about driving innovation and change. As Manager, Policy, Western Economic Diversification, he works on a wide array of socio-economic issues. As a key lead on complex initiatives, such as the federal government’s Western Canada Growth Strategy or Alberta’s implementation of the UNDRIP, Kevin is a true collaborator.