Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who come from many different disciplines. The Board for the 2016-2017 years is very representative of all the faculties at MacEwan. This coming spring, the GMUFA will have positions open. We will be holding nominations beginning in February 2017 and we encourage all interested parties that believe they possess the right skills to put your name forward.
Board of Directors
Chris Hancock, President
Chris arrived at MacEwan in 1984 after completing a BEd at U of A and teaching in the public school system for two years. He is a Continuing Faculty member that has taught at several post-secondary institutions and has delivered many training programs to industry. Having a business background enables him to teach computerized accounting, integrated systems, strategic management, project management, finance, and leadership for the School of Business. He completed his MBA through the University of Southern Queensland online.
Chris serves as Vice-Chair for the School of Business Council and is an Academic Governance Council member on the Executive Committee. He is active in leadership development through his committee work on and off campus. In addition to this, he is devoted to professional development by facilitating Instructional Skills Workshops (ISWs), and mentoring new faculty. As President of the Faculty Association, he feels it is important to listen to faculty concerns and coordinate people with the resources needed that can resolve their issues.
Chris is active outside MacEwan as a volunteer within his community (Community League Past President and Water Cooperative President), providing leadership to non-profit organizations, serving as an executive member over the last 25 years. Chris likes to remain current in his field by coordinating eBusiness projects for organizations developing data driven web portals and assisting with change management.
Shannon Digweed, Vice President
Welcome, my name is Shannon Digweed, I am an Assistant Professor and hold a joint faculty position in the Departments of Psychology and Biological Sciences. I teach a variety of courses and conduct research in the areas of animal communication, animal cognition and animal behaviour.
In addition to teaching and research, I have been active on a variety of committees for MacEwan University. Currently, I am Chair of the Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB). During my time at MacEwan, I have served as the Board of Governors Representative, VP Finance, and VP Communications on the Faculty Association Board, been the faculty liaison for the undergraduate Psychology student group, Students’ Psychology Network, sat as a committee member on the Arts and Science Research Committee, and was the Science Advisor for the Department of Psychology.
Bob Graves, Secretary Treasurer
Bob Graves is an Associate Professor in the School of Business. Since the beginning of his career in post-secondary education, Bob has served as a full-time faculty member at a number of post-secondary institutions including Keyano College, the University of Manitoba, and Acadia University. His primary teaching interest is marketing and strategic management. His primary research interest is management decision making, particularly in the context of marketing and strategic management.
Since joining MacEwan University in 2007, Bob has made an active contribution to institutional service. He was a program chair from 2008 to 2011. He has served on a number of committees including the Business Curriculum Committee, the School of Business’s ad hoc committee to draft standards for academic titling, the MacEwan Curriculum Committee, and the University Rank and Title Committee. Currently he is a member of the School of Business Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee.
Bob has been involved with the Faculty Association since he became Treasurer in 2008. He served two terms as the Vice-President of Dispute Resolution and is currently the Secretary-Treasurer.
He has also been active with the Alberta College & Institutes Faculties Associations (ACIFA). He served two terms as the Vice-President of Finance and Records and is currently the Executive Vice President
Aimee Skye, Board of Governors Representative
Aimee has a PhD in Experimental Cognitive Psychology, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at MacEwan since 2008. The most attractive feature of MacEwan then and now was a climate that truly values all three professoriate roles (teaching, scholarship, and service), and an ability to be relatively dynamic and nimble institution.
Aimee has been involved with the Faculty Association for most of her time at MacEwan, serving first as Vice President and then as President of the Board from 2012 to 2016. Aimee takes a rather progressive and proactive view of what the Faculty Association is, how it can participate in creating an excellent environment for those who work at the University, and how it can be involved in advocating for post-secondary education.
Michael Brisbois, Sessional Representative
Michael J Brisbois has been working as Contract Academic Faculty since 2003 and has worked at MacEwan University since 2010. He has taught classes at the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta.
He serves as a sessional representative for the Department of English and has worked with the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English's sessional working group to advocate for CAF across Canada.
Richard Pereschitz, School of Continuing Education Representative
Richard is an instructor in the University Preparation program from the School of Continuing Education at MacEwan University. He has been teaching biology and chemistry courses at several MacEwan campuses since 2003. Richard has served as the University Prep Member-at-Large on the Faculty Association Board in 2010, as the Faculty Association VP Finance from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the University Prep member on the FA Board.
Rickard Enstroem, School of Business Representative
Dr. Rickard Enstroem, a native of Sweden, holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Alberta’s School of Business, M.Sc. (Eng.) in Civil Engineering and B.Sc. in Built Environment from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. He is a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) of the Canadian Institute of Management. As Chair of the Department of Decision Sciences and an Associate Professor, he oversees the Supply Chain Management COOP Major in the Bachelor of Commerce program. Apart from an interest in the Built Environment, as manifested by a Visiting Research Fellowship at Uppsala University’s Institute for Housing and Urban Research, his research interests revolve around Judgment and Decision Making and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. He has served on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations and is the current Secretary of The Canadian Initiative for Nordic Studies (http://www.cins.ualberta.ca). He has teaching, research, and consulting experience from North America and Europe. His research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Journal of Real Estate Literature, and Frontiers in Psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, music, and cross-country skiing.
Safina McIntyre, Faculty of Nursing Representative
Safina has been a Nurse Educator at MacEwan since August 2011. Prior to her experience at MacEwan she was a community health nurse for 10 years, completed her Master of Nursing Degree and was a research associate at the University of Alberta. Safina has served as a member on Health and Community Studies Faculty Council and the MacEwan Faculty Development/Sabbatical Leave Committee. Within the nursing program, she is an active member of many committees and has served as team lead for the community health nursing teaching team. She would like to offer her expertise about the nurse educator perspective as she expands her involvement to the wider university community.
Trudi Ohki, Sessional Representative
As a long term sessional and currently the Introductory Psychology Coordinator (IPC) for the Department of Psychology I have much to offer in the way of diversity of experience for the Board position of Sessional Member. I am very interested in sessional issues and because my IPC role is full-time I will have no problems with devoting time to the Board position with the support of my Chair. Both my roles support the function of the Department of Psychology by providing academic and administrative support for Introductory Psychology courses and by maintaining and updating the online systems used for delivery of materials and evaluations and supervision of a team of student teaching assistants. Finally, I have extensive committee experience at MacEwan University
Ross Shaw, Faculty of Arts and Science Representative
Ross developed an early interest in fish and fish disease as an undergraduate at the University of Alberta. From there he moved to the East Coast to complete a degree in Marine Biological Resources. During this time he worked with the salmonid aquaculture industry and the School of Aquatic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maine. As a doctorate researcher Ross moved to the West coast, again working with the salmonid aquaculture industry and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. Most recently, Ross has focused his research projects towards captive growth of corals from natural reef systems.
Ross joined MacEwan in early 2000 and has served in various service rolls. A few pertinent examples include: Academic Governance Council, Academic Staff Appointment Committees, Adjudicator, Biological Sciences Chair, Dean of Continuing Education Recommendation Committee, Faculty of Arts and Science Executive Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Faculty Standards Committee, Research Ethics Review Committee, Sabbatical Leave Committee (Division & University), Senior Faculty Advisor, and Research and Faculty Development Committees (Division & University Level). External service examples include work with the Solar Energy Society of Alberta (Board Member) and Alberta Aquarium (Board Member).
Teaching is at the heart of Ross’s work here at MacEwan University. Ross was recognized recently for these endeavours by receiving a MacEwan University Distinguished Teaching Award (2016).
Scott Spidell, Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications Representative
Scott arrived at MacEwan in August of 2015 after a brief stint of teaching in Texas. He has an MFA in Sustainable Performance Design from York University, a Bachelor of Environment Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Diploma of Applied Arts in Technical Theatre from Niagara College. Scott’s research and creative work includes work in intermedial performance — the fusion of differing media into live performance. Scott is also a professional set, lighting, and projection designer. As a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, he was part of a three-member team that recently completed contract negotiations for a new, five-year, national agreement. He is also quite interested in building design for performance spaces. Scott is a member of both the Curriculum and Research Committees in FFAC, and the MacEwan Sustainability Committee.
Scott has worked for more than 30 years in entertainment across Canada. Over that time, he has worked in almost every aspect of theatre, film and television, from driving and loading tour trucks, writing scripts for TV shorts, working sound on a Papal tour, a tailor's apprentice, Equity actor, carpenter, scenographer, video designer, camera assistant, getting shot by Charles Bronson, lighting designer, props master, producer, stage manager, and all ‘round lover of the art. He was an active director of the Ontario Section of the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology as well as the president of the board of Inter Arts Matrix, a not-for-profit that fosters development and dissemination of interdisciplinary art. Scott has also taught at the Universities of Waterloo, Windsor, Guelph, and Ryerson.
Tara Stieglitz, Professional Resource Faculty Representative
Tara Stieglitz has been a librarian at MacEwan University since 2010. She has served on numerous committees within the university and within the broader library community. At MacEwan, Tara served 4 years as the PRF representative on Research Council, two of those years as chair. She is currently the library representative on the Undergraduate Student Research Initiative and the Arts & Science Faculty Council. Externally, Tara has served as Workshop Coordinator of the Alberta Association of Academic Libraries and is presently the representative for the western region on Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative Professional Development Committee.
Paul Chahal, Health and Community Studies Representative
Paul started at MacEwan in 1990, Department of Physical Education. He received B.PE and B.ED from University of Calgary and M.Sc and Ph.D from University of Alberta. His research has been in cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, and occupational task related fitness standards & exercise training programs. He has taught variety of courses in anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, health and fitness, sports, and coaching. Paul advocates active life-style, use it or lose it.
For many years at MacEwan Paul was a term (sessional) instructor. On a part-time bases he taught for Edmonton schools, Alberta Sport Connection (National Coaching Certificate Program) and worked at U of A as a Research Associate.
Paul is a member of HCS “ARPC” (Appointment Review and Promotion Committee), and HCS “Curriculum Committee” (starts in September 2017). He also serves as a board director for an Edmonton Private School.