MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Anoushka Fernandes (Chair)
Anoushka 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.
Brent Kelly (Vice Chair)
Brent 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.
Rhiannon 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.
Preet Daly (Treasurer)
Preet 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.
Meghan Smook (Communications)
Meghan is a Social Policy and Innovation Advisor for Strathcona County. She is passionate about helping to shape public policy that supports the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Meghan has also spent some time out east working with the federal government. When not working, you can find Meghan on long walks with her 11 year old pug and best friend, spoiling her nephews or testing out a new recipe.
Nicin Varghese (Communications)
After living most of her life in India, Nicin moved to Edmonton. From watching her first snowfall, the blue sky, the mountains, a multitude of cultures, and the taste of a variety of cuisines, she immediately fell in love with this country. Nicin started her career in India as a part-time TV host and has held multiple roles from Content Editor to Communications Lead. She is a passionate storyteller and has experience in media production, strategic communication and content creation.
(Member at Large)
Annik has 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.
Adam Pantelimon (Member at Large)
A Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Adam’s career spans both the public and private sector in a variety of places including Europe, Québec, Nunavut, and most recently Alberta. Adam’s experience includes leadership roles in municipal government, and serving in a variety of different roles for the Government of Alberta including the Ministry of Environment and Parks, Ministry of Infrastructure and most recently, Ministry of Seniors and Housing.
(Member at Large)
Nathalie is a practitioner-scholar. She has worked for more than 20 years in Indigenous health and is currently the A/Regional Director, Strategic Health Intelligence, Programs and Benefits at First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Indigenous Services Canada in Alberta. An Athabasca University alumni, she focused her doctoral research on health care collaboration between First Nations, federal and provincial governments.