Michael Brown, President & CEO
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.
Kate Thompson, Vice President, Development (Architect, AAA, MRAIC)
Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead the Construction & Development division in delivering the master plan vision for East Village and the Rivers District. As CMLC embarks on the next phase of its development in the Rivers District with the master plan guiding the creation of Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment District, Kate’s leadership will guide the development management of the BMO Centre Expansion and planned Event Centre along with critical infrastructure projects in the district. Kate works closely with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation and the Calgary Stampede, project consultants and stakeholders.
A registered member of the Alberta Architects Association (AAA) and active Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Kate manages architectural controls for East Village, ensuring all plans for new development align with CMLC’s vision for the neighbourhood.
Kate is active in the community through her role as Board Chair of the YWCA Calgary Board of Directors and as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design (EVDS) at University of Calgary, where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2014. In both teaching and practicing architecture, she continues to highlight the importance of a well-built urban fabric and support projects that strengthen Calgary’s urban spaces.
Kondwani Bwanali, CPA, CGA, Vice President, Finance & Corporate Services
Responsible for the stewardship of CMLC’s financial strategy which includes managing the Community Revitalization Levy and other revenue streams. Ko oversees and coordinates the annual budgeting process while also managing the cash flows for CMLC. He is responsible for providing strategic direction to help fulfill the Information Technology needs of the organization. Ko and his team are responsible for the development of timely and accurate financial reporting. Together with managing administration, he is accountable for the organization’s Enterprise Risk Management and Human Resources functions.
Trained with Ernst and Young Chartered Accountants, his work experiences include working in the development industry for several years with Assured Developments and Pointe of View. Ko has had experience in managing the accounting & administrative functions, including the development and implementation of business processes and controls. He has worked on U.S. projects and was ultimately responsible for all the job cost analysis and financial and joint venture reporting functions for a U.S. division.
In addition to Ko’s responsibilities at CMLC, he is a Board Member with the Association of Zimbabweans in Calgary.
Ko’s positive attitude, diligence and attention to detail have proven key to CMLC’s success.
Clare LePan, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Clare is equipped with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, Public Relations and is responsible for marketing communications within East Village. Clare brings extensive agency experience to the team.
Previously, Clare worked for a local marketing agency that specialized in providing strategic communications plans and marketing activities to land developers within Canada and the US. Clare's knowledge of the local Calgary developer audience is a critical strength, but it’s her charm and quick wit that we cherish most!
Shaney Pap, Executive Assistant To The President & CEO
Shaney Pap joined CMLC in July 2013 and is responsible for providing executive support for the President & CEO and Board of Directors of CMLC. With over twenty years of experience in the field, Shaney excels at cultivating business relationships, and is dedicated to providing the highest standard of administrative service.
Shaney is equipped with a diploma in Business Management / Accounting from Ecole Commerciale Paul-Emile Dufresne and has a wide variety of experience through work with Shaw Communications, Hockey Canada, the Jovalco Group Corporation, and Jacques Whitford Environment Limited.
Shaney is an integral part of the daily operations at CMLC and earlier this year, she completed an online Project Management course with FutureBuilder Careers. In her spare time, Shaney loves to spend time with her 3 teenage boys.