Board of directors
CMLC is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by The City of Calgary. The diversity and depth of knowledge that our Board members bring to our organization have been instrumental in our achievements and success.
Lyle Edwards, Chairman
Lyle, a chartered accountant, has been involved numerous successful business ventures. Formerly, he was President of Highfield Corporation Ltd., a real estate development company, and he is the founder, developer and owner of Cottonwood Golf & Country Club. Lyle has a long history of volunteerism in Calgary, serving as Chair of the Flames Ambassadors, a community service group, and as a director of the Flames Foundation for Life, a charitable organization.
President and Partner of ECCO Recycling & Energy Corporation, Alec has experience in a variety of railway, roadway and land development projects with structural, utility installation and relocation, and land stabilization elements. His professional career includes positions with municipal administrations, industry and consulting. Alec provides specialized expertise in project management, with emphasis on transportation, land development and waste management. He has also provided specialist advisory services for international projects, value-for-money audits, land development, solid waste collection and disposal, and mobile mechanical equipment management.
Arlene Strom, ICD.D
Arlene joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2012. She is currently Vice President of Sustainability & Communications for Suncor, providing leadership for sustainability strategy, stakeholder and Aboriginal relations, as well as communications. A resident of Calgary, Arlene is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, and she holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master of Arts from UBC as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity Western University.
Evan joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2012. He has been involved in the global oil and gas industry for more than 30 years, initially as a petroleum engineer and later as an investment banker. Evan currently serves as a director of a number of for-profit and community organizations including Gran Tierra Energy, Kaisen Energy, Opera American and the Calgary YMCA. Evan holds engineering degrees from Queen's University and University of Calgary, has an MBA from University of Michigan and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta. He resides in Calgary.
Larry joined CMLC’s Board of Directors in 2012. Currently, he is Executive Vice President, Western Canada at Cohn & Wolfe. For more than 25 years, Larry has specialized in integrated communication solutions, blending the science of management with the art of communication. In 1989, he formed Communication Incorporated, which was acquired in 2007 by RES PUBLICA, parent company of Cohn & Wolfe. Larry is a leader in forging strategic plans that reflect social, cultural and economic trends and that accurately translate management objectives and directions into communication strategies and action-oriented plans. He is an active member of the community and serves as Chair, Alberta Ballet, Chair, Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit and Director, Alberta College of Art and Design.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Mayor Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his second term and is Calgary’s 36th mayor. During his first term in office, Mayor Nenshi’s leadership resulted in many positive changes in Calgary to build better communities, keep Calgarians moving, and transform government to reinforce a culture of constant citizen-focused improvement at The City of Calgary. Prior to becoming mayor, he was Canada's first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management at Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business and a trusted business advisor to corporate leaders in Canada and the USA. His real passion is to make cities, especially Calgary, work better. He's the lead author of Building Up: Making Canada's Cities Magnets for Talent and Engines of Development and has long put his ideas to work in Calgary. Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and has lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.
As President and CEO of CMLC, Michael has led and steered the direction of the East Village revitalization plan vision since September 2011. In his role, Michael works closely with the Board of Directors, City of Calgary and key community and business partners to realize the successful completion of key infrastructure programs for East Village, along with pursuing new opportunities to deliver value to CMLC’s sole shareholder, both within the Rivers District and beyond. Previously he made a highly visible mark on Calgary’s cityscape as an associate VP with Matthews Southwest – the organization responsible for delivering Encana’s 58-story downtown tower, THE BOW and as vice president at Calgary Economic Development.
To deepen his connections to the Calgary community, Michael is the Chair of the Calgary Opera and serves as a member on several boards and committees such as the National Music Centre Building Committee, the Calgary Stampede Board – Strategy Committee, the Calgary Airport Authority – Business Development Committee and the Supervisory Board for reSITE - an international Community Development Festival in Prague.
With a global career that has taken Dr. Sandip Lalli, FCPA, ICD.D from Alberta to Singapore and many other countries along the way, Sandip was the President and Chief Executive Officer with Keystone Excavating Ltd, a 35 year leading company in Alberta’s Residential and Commercial construction industry.
Sandip holds an Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, a Doctorate in Business Administration degree, a Master’s degree and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant. Previous roles held by Sandip include her role as Operational Business Risk Advisor, Asia Pacific for a United States Multi-National organization based in Singapore; Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a Calgary-headquartered industrial gas manufacturing firm; and a number of financial management positions in the United States with a multinational.
Randy Magnussen joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2015. Randy has been active in the real estate industry for more than 35 years, most recently as Executive Vice President at Bentall Kennedy LP, Canada's largest real estate advisor. In this role he was responsible for acquiring more than $500 million in real estate and the development of more than 7 million square feet of commercial real estate worth more than $1.2 billion.
Martin Molyneaux joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2015. Martin is currently the Vice Chairman of FirstEnergy Capital Corp., a leading energy-focused, full-service, investment banking firm based in Calgary, Alberta. Martin was a founding member of FirstEnergy and managing director of the firm for over ten years and was widely recognized for his expertise in the Oil and Gas sector.