board of directors
Past Chair: Rae-Ann LajuenesseRae-Ann has spent her career with the Alberta Public Service within the social services sector and has a passion for employee engagement and mentoring. She is committed to lifelong learning and the continued evolution of organizations. She is a huge proponent of systems thinking and innovation that serves to improve the lives of Albertans, which inspired her involvement with IPAC
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: 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.
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:Catherine Lee-HannleyCatherine is a marketing and advertising professional with 10 years’ experience delivering complex and multi-faceted strategies through effective leadership. Her experience spans across diverse organizations and industries from small not-for-profit to multi-national Fortune 500 organizations, as well as the public sector. Being a creative, driven, and result-oriented leader, she is not only used to wearing many hats, she truly enjoys it.
Communications: Michael ShiplackMichael is a Marketing Coordinator for the Government of Alberta, and runs a freelance writing business. As a marketing expert, he specializes in radio, print and developing multimedia communication strategies. He has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a diploma in Creative Advertising.
Knowledge: Kimberley SimmondsKim Simmonds is a “pracademic” who is passionate about using evidence to inform policy and practice. She is the Director of Health Evidence & Policy at the Ministry of Health. Kim is an adjunct professor at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta.
Knowledge: Brendan BoydBrendan is an assistant professor at MacEwan University where he teaches classes on Canadian politics, public administration and public policy. He is interested in why and how governments learn from each other when responding to policy challenges. Brendan has been a member of IPAC chapters in Winnipeg, Victoria and Calgary.
Relationships: Paul LamoureuxPaul is passionate about public service and supporting greater employee engagement. He joined IPAC Edmonton to help raise the profile of and collaboration among public servants. He has held a number of senior and executive management positions since joining the Alberta Public Service in 2001. His interests include mountain biking, snowmobiling, motorcycling and travelling.
Relationships: Maryann RabyKnown for her passionate enthusiasm, Maryann is a proud public servant and a devoted advocate in the career development of her colleagues. She is growing her experience in the Alberta Public Service ranging from front-line work to strategic policy. Maryann looks forward to meeting, and supporting future-current-and-former public servants across the region.
Member at Large: Carolyn VeitchCarolyn is the Principal Human Resources Consultant for Western Economic Diversification Canada. Through strategic partnerships and collaboration, she works behind the scenes to develop and retain a high performing and diverse workforce.
Member at Large: Noha EldahshanNoha is a management consultant who works as a Strategic Planner for the City of Edmonton. In her capacity, she ensures the strategic alignment of the organizational vision with people’s needs. Noha has an MBA from the University of Alberta and is a candidate for the fellowship of the Institute of Canadian Management Consultants.
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: Nilam JethaNilam is an Assistant Deputy Minister with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women. She is a strong believer in working in partnership and collaboration with stakeholders and models the way to inspire a shared vision, challenges the process and enable others to act. She believes in giving back to the community and gets immense satisfaction from volunteering.
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.