Board of Directors & Chair Members
PAST PRESIDENT - Richard Hehr
Richard Hehr spent over 41 years in the Alberta public education system. His experience ranged from elementary schools up to universities. His service included teaching, administration and extensive involvement as a politician/bureaucrat with the Alberta Teacher’s Association.
The Hehr family is committed to public service in both community and political venues. His wife, Judy, is presently a trustee with the Calgary Board of Education. His children Kent and Kristie are both lawyers. Richard looks forward to his third term as President and is committed to ensuring its more than 110 year mandate of providing a memorable speaker series to the Canadian Club of Calgary's membership.
Richard is an elected member of the Calgary Public School Board, representing Wards 8 & 9.
Jermyn is the Vice President for the Canadian Club of Calgary after serving 4 years as the Communications Committee Chair.
Jermyn is a young business professional, focusing in communications/marketing and accounting as well as a community leader. He has work experience at both the federal & provincial (Alberta) levels of governments, in addition to the private and non-profit sectors. Jermyn brings a strong strategic business background with a wide breadth of functional and technical skillsets in accounting, communications and public relations, customer service, event management, social media and marketing. While attending university, he took on various student leadership roles such as when he served as the Commissioner to VP Student Life & the Business Faculty Academic Representative of the MRU Students’ Association, where he participated in the Strategic Planning Focus Group & the Council Engagement Committee.
Jermyn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management (Marketing & Accounting focus) and a Business Administration Diploma, both from Mount Royal University's Bissett School of Business. He has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors ‘Not-for-Profit’ Governance Essentials certificate program offered by Rotman School of Business (2019) & onBoard Canada's 'Not-for-Profit' Board Governance Fundamentals certificate course from Ryerson University (2018) and is currently completing the Accelerated Professional Accounting Program through SAIT. He also participated in Board Leadership Calgary.
Active in the community, Jermyn has been either been a member or has volunteered with numerous political campaigns and community & non-profit organizations. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Calgary Communities (Finance & Audit Committee Member) & the Canadian Club of Calgary (Communications Committee Chair) in addition to serving as a Rotary District 5360 Communications Committee Member. He has served as a Board of Director for Variety Alberta (Communications & Finance Committees), Société Macdonald-Cartier Society (Founding Director) & Calgary+Acumen Chapter (Treasurer) and volunteers with various community organizations including Startup Calgary, Shaw Charity Classic, MSBCA Calgary & United Way Calgary.
Susan loves driving and has travelled by car and truck from coast to coast to coast in Canada, visiting most of the towns in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, and seeing more of the Arctic than most people who live there. She is passionate about Canada and loves working as a Co-Chair of the Speakers Committee. It is her honour to invite luncheon speakers from all walks of life to add to Canada’s mosaic and to the Canadian Club of Calgary.
Previous volunteer work includes being a Board Member of the Nose Hill Liberals, fundraising for the 50th anniversary of Bow Valley College, and volunteering at Fort Calgary.
SPEAKERS COMMITTEE, CO-CHAIR - Sally Lewis, B.Comm.
Sally Lewis was a “Headhunter” for 30 years who, prior to her retirement, managed the Western Canadian operations of an international search firm. Now focusing on a new chapter in her life, Sally joined the Canadian Club of Calgary’s Board of Directors in 2016 as Co-Chair of the Speakers Committee. With family roots in Canada going back 5 generations, her interest in “all things Canadian” runs deep, and she has a keen desire to contribute to the community around her.
Her background includes being a member of the Board of Directors of a private golf and country club in Calgary, a member on the board of the Calgary Ladies Golf Association, District Treasurer for the Girl Guides of Canada, participation on numerous professional technology committees and offering her time on countless volunteer committees. Spare time is spent golfing, biking, hiking and skiing. Other interests include travelling throughout Canada and the world at large including over 30 countries outside of North America.
Sally maintains there is still “no place like home”, and to date she has enjoyed travelling in every province and territory in Canada, including trekking across Baffin Island’s Auyuittuq National Park, without confronting a single polar bear.
SECRETARY- Greg Whiteside, BA (Hon), JD
Greg Whiteside is a student-at-law at Bennett Jones LLP and the newest member of the board at the Canadian Club. Over the last four years, Greg has focused his career on several areas of law, including criminal defence, environmental regulatory matters, and civil litigation. Greg graduated from Queen’s University with an undergraduate degree in Canadian history and German language studies in 2009 and from the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law in 2018. He has also studied abroad at the Ruprecht-Karl University of Heidelberg in Germany, as well as the University of Salamanca and the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain. Greg speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
Before his career in the legal profession, Greg worked as an expedition guide, working across the North and spending his winter dogsled racing in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He has now settled in Calgary, AB, because of its rich cultural environment and proximity to the Rocky Mountains. He spends much of his free time exploring these mountains through alpine climbing, having summited many of Canada’s highest and most difficult peaks.
Greg has also been an active member of the community in Calgary, having actively participated throughout law school with Student Legal Assistance, helping start western Canada’s first health/justice partnership with a downtown community health centre. Furthermore, he played a key role in the executive committee at the University of Calgary’s Environmental Law Society.
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR - Jessie Mann
Jessie Mann is an associate in the Calgary office of Torys LLP. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on oil and gas and infrastructure transactions. She has experience advising energy companies on all aspects of routine and transactional corporate and commercial matters, including ongoing business planning and governance issues, both in Canada and internationally.
Jessie’s legal expertise is supplemented by business experience in a diversified, Canadian-based, international group of companies, providing corporate governance advice and corporate secretarial assistance to the subsidiaries of three TSX-listed issuers. Jessie has advised clients on both domestic and international projects and transactions. Her business experience gives her a unique insight into the challenges faced by various oil and gas companies.
Staying active in the community is very important to Jessie. Before starting her legal career, she volunteered at the YMCA and Food Bank, non-profits, charitable organizations, and helping vulnerable Canadians. She is currently a member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary Bar Association and Association of Women Lawyers.
During her spare time, Jessie enjoys reading, hiking, exercising, doing yoga, playing soccer and watching movies.
COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS, CO-CHAIR - Qingyuan "Ching" Li, B.Comm
Ching is a recent graduate from the University of Calgary in 2017, with a concentration of Marketing from the Haskayne School of Business. Ching is always striving consistently to learn, develop and grow in a professional business environment as well as seeking opportunities to apply his current knowledge to real world experiences especially in digital marketing or analytics related fields.
Ching is known as a friendly, easy-going person who enjoys puns as well as helping others in need to the best of his abilities. Aside from school, Ching also enjoys participating in philanthropic and skill based volunteer opportunities to help his community.
CITIZENSHIP, HISTORY AND HERITAGE CHAIR - Sharon Howe, BA
Canadian History, Citizenship and Heritage are a part of Sharon’s upbringing. Her mother informed her of the historical aspects of this country. Sharon was born in Calgary, and lived in the Devenish Apartments, (a declared Historic Sight), until her father rejoined the RCAF and they were sent to Baden Sollingan Germany. They were the first Canadian Family at that base after WWII. While her father served overseas, Sharon was able to see how Canadians are loved and respected internationally.
Sharon was employed by the Federal Government in the Departments of Immigration and Citizenship in the Passport and the Ministry of Transport at the old Calgary Airport prior to registering at the U of A where she majored in Canadian History and Political Science. Sharon has been active politically running both Provincially and Federally.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Wayne Cao
Wayne Cao spent 25 years in petroleum industry, working in engineering, IT and Management, and then 20 years in politics, elected as legislator MLA for 5 terms, Chair of Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House, Alberta Legislative Assembly.
As member of government, he introduced several legislations that improve the economic and social life in Alberta. He was chair of several committees and sat in government cabinet as Policy Chair. He represented Alberta and Canada at national and international conferences and retired from public life in 2015.
During his corporate and public career, Wayne lived, worked and travelled in many parts of the world: South East Asia, Australia, USA, Western Europe, South America, and in Canada: Maritime East Coast, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Iqaluit.
Wayne spends time in traveling, reading world history and learning new hobbies. He likes playing music, skiing, fishing, light sport activities. He and his wife are in retirement and participate in charity and community organizations.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Ivanka Ruseska
Ivanka has a Medical Degree from the University of Skopje, Macedonia. Following her interest in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Ivanka joined the team of the late Dr. J. William Costerton, Professor at the Department of Microbiology, University of Calgary, referred to as the “Father of Biofilm”.
Ivanka was fortunate to join the team at a time of the emerging “Biofilm Theory” now highlighted by a worldwide Biofilm research within the global scientific community. Working independently on a multitude of Biofilm associated projects, Ivanka authored and co-authored numerous scientific papers.
Following retirement, Ivanka became volunteer with the Alberta Provincial Liberal Party as well as the Federal Liberal Party, holding variety of executive positions including President of the Federal Liberal Association of Nose-Hill, Vice-President of the Liberal Party of Canada in Alberta and Election Readiness Co-chair (Southern Alberta).
Ivanka joined the Canadian Club of Calgary in 2012 as chair of the Membership Committee, remaining in that position until 2016. Ivanka now serves currently as a Director-At-Large.
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Gary Vegelis
Gary has been a member of the Canadian Club for 5 years, and a Member at Large since 2015.
He was in various aspects of the Construction Industry for over 50 years including General Construction, Roadbuilding, Pipeline, Gas plants, Mining and Fracing. As a Business Agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 955, Gary negotiated contracts on behalf of the members.
Gary represented the Building Trades of Alberta on the Executive Board of the Alberta Construction Safety Association. As an Executive Board Member of the Calgary Fort PC Association, he worked with their MLA for five terms.
Since retiring in 2010 he has been involved in community volunteer work. His personal interests include travel in his RV across Canada and northern USA, boating, and fishing, but not necessarily catching anything!
DIRECTOR AT LARGE - Margaret Eaton
Margaret grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and moved to Calgary in l969. Except for periods of time in Ontario, British Columbia and Belgium she has lived here for almost 50 years.