//About CMLC

Governance

CMLC is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the City of Calgary. The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall stewardship of CMLC, approves all significant decisions that affect the Corporation and reviews the results. Our relationship with The City of Calgary is governed by our Unanimous Shareholder Agreement and as sole Shareholder, The City of Calgary has the exclusive right to appoint the directors and the auditor for CMLC, amend our articles of incorporation and write our bylaws.  The Board has the authority and responsibility to manage the business affairs of CMLC within our business plans and budgets approved annually by City of Calgary Council.

Board of directors

The extraordinary diversity, experience and depth that our Board members bring to our organization have been instrumental in our achievements and success to date. CMLC’s Board of Directors participate in standing committees tasked with oversight in Corporate Governance, Audit, Compensation & Human Resources, and Environment, Health & Safety.

Randy Magnussen, Chair

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.

Other Affiliations:

  • Casadona Investments (Director)

Michael Brown

As President and CEO, Michael has led the strategic direction of the organization since 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 delivery of key infrastructure programs in support of the East Village Master Plan and the broader Rivers District Master Plan, along with pursing new opportunities to deliver value to CMLC’s sole shareholder, outside of the Rivers District.

Michael is actively involved in the Calgary community, providing his expertise to both business and cultural environments as a member on several boards and committees, including Calgary Economic Development’s Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF); the Event Centre Assessment Committee (EVAC), to explore a proactive vision for an event centre in east Victoria Park; Chair of Calgary Economic Development’s Strategy Place Committee; and past Chair of the Calgary Opera.

Councillor Ward 5, George Chahal

As a born and raised Calgarian, Councillor George Chahal has lived and worked in Calgary for over 40 years and is an active volunteer in the Calgary community. Prior to joining office in 2017, George was a successful small business owner and entrepreneur equipped with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Master of Environmental Design.

Other Affiliations:

  • Attainable Homes (Director), Oxford Land Development & Consulting Ltd. (Director), Charan Development Ltd. (Director), 1981447 Alberta Ltd. (Director), 1923846 Alberta Ltd. / Chahal Corp. (Director), 1248184 Alberta Ltd. (Director)

Larry Clausen

Corporate Governance Chair

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 contributes to the Alberta College of Art and Design as Vice Chair on the Board of Governors.

Other Affiliations:

  • Charitable Impact Foundation (Director)

Shannon Doram

Audit Committee Member
Environment, Health & Safety Committee Member

Shannon Doram joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2019. She is currently the President and CEO of YMCA Calgary, working with more than 3,000 staff and volunteers to optimize the operation of 1 million square feet of infrastructure. Shannon recently led the organization through a two-year transformation, doubling in size to service the well-being of Calgarians. To achieve YMCA’s goals of healthy and vibrant communities, Shannon works with a diverse array of partners, including government, public and private organizations, sponsors, and donors. Driven by a passion for community-building and mobilizing leadership, she is actively involved in leading numerous leadership and YMCA initiatives across Canada, the US and internationally. Shannon holds a BSc from the University of Calgary (Kinesiology) and MSc from the U of A’s School of Public Health.

Lyle Edwards, Past Chair

Audit Committee Chair

Lyle, a chartered accountant, has been involved in 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; he previously served as a member of the Flames Ambassadors, a community service group, and was formerly the director of the Flames Foundation for life, a charitable organization. 

Other Affiliations:

  • JKL Investment Ltd. (President & Director), Micromech Inc. (Director), Serious Labs Inc. (Director)

Councillor Ward 3, Jyoti Gondek

Corporate Governance Committee Member

Councillor Jyoti Gondek was appointed to the CMLC Board of Directors by City Council in April 2018. As Councillor for Ward 3, Jyoti was lived, worked, volunteered and raised a family in the communities of northwest Calgary for the past 20 years. An active community supporter, Jyoti has served on numerous boards and committees, including a board member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alberta, and served as an advisor on the National Executive Forum on Public Property and Calgary Economic Development’s Commercial Real Estate Committee. 

Prior to taking office in 2017, Jyoti was the Director of the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. For 12 years prior, she provided research-based consulting services ranging from creating complete communities to fostering healthy corporate cultures.

Rod Graham

Environment, Health & Safety Committee Chair
Corporate Governance Committee Member

Rod Graham joined the CMLC Board of Directors in 2019. As current President and CEO of Horizon North, Rod is responsible for the company’s overall operations and management. Prior to his work at Horizon North, Rod was the President and CEO of ZCL Composites Inc from 2010-2012. Other prior work experiences include roles at Northern Plains Capital Corporation (where Rod served as co-founder and Managing Director), Peters & Co., and ARC Financial Corporation. Rod holds an HBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a CFA and MBA (Ivey Scholar) from the University of Western Ontario. He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Thompson Rivers University, has served on several public, private and not-for-profit boards, and is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Business Council of Canada.

Sandip Lalli

Corporate Governance Committee Member
Compensation & Human Resources Committee Member

Dr. Lalli, FCPA, ICD.D is a senior executive with a vast array of financial management and global business experience. Currently, she serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this role, she was the President and CEO of Keystone Excavating Ltd, a leading Alberta construction company. Further, she has held positions as an Asia Pacific Operational Risk Advisor based in Singapore, Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a Calgary-headquartered industrial gas manufacturing firm and she has also held a number of financial management positions in the U.S. with a multinational.

Other Affiliations:

  • Royal Canadian Mint (Director), Global Transportation Hub (Director)

Martin Molyneaux

Compensation & Human Resources Chair
Environment, Health and Safety Committee Member

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.

Other Affiliations:

  • HOP Compost Ltd. (Board Member), The Grand Theatre (Board Member), 1089302 Alberta Ltd. (President & CIO/Board Member), Raintree Land Development Corp. (President & CIO/Board Member)

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Mayor Naheed Nenshi is currently serving his third 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.

Adam Pekarsky

Audit Committee Member
Compensation & Human Resources Committee Member

Adam Pekarsky is the Founding Partner of Pekarsky & Co., an award-winning, Calgary-based, independently owned and operated executive search firm. Adam has been recruiting executives, advising boards and offering thought leadership in western Canada for nearly 20 years. Prior to founding Pekarsky & Co. in 2009, Adam was a Client Partner in the Calgary office of Korn/Ferry International, where he was a member of the firm’s Global Industrial Market’s Energy Sector, as well as the firm’s Legal Center of Expertise. Adam holds an LL.B. from the University of Alberta and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University in Boston. Adam previously served five years on Tourism Calgary’s Board of Directors, and presently sits on the YMCA Calgary Board of Directors, where he chaired the Strategy Committee, sits on the Governance Committee and leads the Camp Chief Hector Endowment Committee. Adam is also a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.