Senior Organizational Effectiveness Advisor, Suncor Energy
Why am I part of the Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance? One of the key values I took away from my MBA at Haskayne was my network of cohorts and fellow Alumni. This group of like-minded individuals are what continues to support the community as well as ensure we push beyond our boundaries, professionally and personally. I want to take the time to give back to this worthwhile community as well as continue to grow and develop and meet some great people along the way!
Richard de la Cruz
Marketing Strategies, William Joseph Communications
I joined the Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance for the opportunity to develop a thriving alumni network that connects one another with opportunities, and for the Haskayne MBA program to be regarded as one of the elite MBA programs in North America. Before diving into the marketing agency world, I developed a wide array of expertise from time spent in diverse roles in financial services, retail, and aviation, from treasury analyst and operations manager, to Lean Six Sigma champion and marketing coordinator.
Senior Advisor, Calgary Technologies Inc.
I work as a Senior Advisor with Calgary Technologies Inc., consulting with startups on marketing strategy, product development, and fundraising. My career began as Project Manager with Shell Canada, directing over 25 global IT projects that reduced operational costs and made daily work safer and more efficient. I hold an MBA from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Computer Science, from the University of Regina. I live in Calgary, Alberta with my wife Kelly and daughters Brooklyn and Harper. I am a PADI-certified Adventure Diver and hand tool woodworker.
Program Coordinator for Cancer Screening Programs, Alberta Health Services (AHS)
President, Safety Financials Solutions Corp
After graduation from Haskayne School of Business in 2005, I worked in financial service business and started my corporation in 2006. Through study by myself, I got CFP, CLU, RRC, EPC and TEP financial designations. I become top of table (TOT) at Million Dollar Round Table(MDRT) in the past several years. Currently, I am focusing on high net worth clients (both individual and corp-owners) services in risk management(including life insurance), investment planning, tax-advantage planning, retirement planning and estate planning.
Senior Project Manager, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services (AHS)
I am a project leader who is passionate about project management in both professional and personal life. I facilitate planning and execution of business changes through the use of technology. I enjoy complex projects involving multiple stakeholder groups, working with cross functional project teams and resulting in transformational changes. I support Haskayne MBA Alumni Alliance in a role of a corporate secretary of the board of directors. I became involved with the Alliance because I want to help develop creative opportunities for MBA alumni to network and come together as a community.
Portfolio Manager, MD Private Investment Counsel
I have been in the investment industry for over twelve years counselling individuals on investments and wealth management. I have always been fascinated with Finance and decided upon a career in portfolio management. I enjoy teaching others to become financial literate and advise on “investments and” various areas of financial planning. I completed my undergraduate degree at the Haskayne School of Business with a double concentration in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance. A decade later, I decided to complete my MBA here as due to the global nature of the program along with the diversity of the University of Calgary. It’s great to be able to continually learn and be a part of a great Alumni group of leaders.
Managing Partner, Vermax Group Inc.
I am one of the two founding partners of Vermax Group Inc. I have been representing companies on Business and Corporate Immigration matters for the past 12 years. I graduated from the Haskayne School of Business MBA program in 2002 and joined the MBA Alumni Alliance in 2017 because I wanted to contribute to building a community of professionals with shared interests.
Talent & Organizational Development Analyst, WestJet
Competitor and Portfolio Analyst
Jenny Yu joined CNOOC-Nexen as the senior executive assistant to CEO in August 2014. She is responsible for the day to day operation of the President’s office and works closely with the CNOOC HQ. In this role, Jenny gained a unique experience to work beside the senior executives, learn up how important decisions are made and witness the transformation upon completion of CNOOC-Nexen takeover. Prior to join Nexen, Jenny was a senior consultant for DNV in Shanghai and Singapore, leading asset risk management projects. Having worked abroad as well as with the teams across the globe, Jenny built a strong understanding of the business and culture in South East Asia, Northern Europe, Middle East and North America. Jenny started her career in PetroChina Planning and Engineering, Beijing, and involved in the development of Corporate 11th Five-year Plan and National Energy Security Blueprint. Jenny holds a Master of Engineering degree from National University of Singapore (2004) as well as a MBA from University of Calgary (2014).
Director of Operations, Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network
Nauman Saeed Anwar
Advisory and Program Delivery Manager, Alberta Energy Regulator
Nauman is currently working as a manager for program delivery and policy advisory with the oil & gas regulator’s climate policy assurance program. Prior to this, Nauman has worked with the likes of SNC Lavalin and Deloitte in Calgary. Passionate about alumni engagement, he has consistently supported the University and Haskayne Business School’s efforts to build a stronger alumni community, most recently playing his role as a UCalgary Alumni Board member. He was also elected the inaugural graduate class ambassador the Class of 2011. His volunteer efforts include mentoring students through the HSB/CCAL Mentorship Program, and supporting various non-for-profit organizations around Calgary.
Abhinav Krishan Khanna
Financial Aid Manager, University of Calgary
I was born and raised in New Delhi, India and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Compute Engineering. Prior to joining the MBA program, I was working in the technical consulting industry for three plus years with major multi nationals. I graduated from the MBA program in 2016 with a specialization in Finance. I joined the Haskayne Alumni Association to strengthen the alumni network and build the Haskayne MBA brand nationally and internationally. Outside of work, I am passionate about traveling, sports and console gaming.
Grants & Proposals Manager, CUPS Calgary
Currently leading the Grants/Proposals process at CUPS Calgary. CUPS has been walking alongside vulnerable Calgarians since 1989, serving close to 10,000 struggling Calgarians every year. In 2017, CUPS was ranked as one of the top 10 organizations in Canada most impactful at changing lives of vulnerable children, families and individuals. I have also had the privilege to serve as a sessional instructor at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, teaching strategic business analysis. I would like to facilitate alumni and students who are interested in participating in the rapidly evolving non-profit sector in Calgary.
Digital Innovations, ENMAX Corporation
Experienced leader within IT leading transformation projects and managing teams of technical individuals. Skilled in DevOps, .NET development and Microsoft Azure IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions. Strong engineering professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Finance from The University of Calgary.
Relationship Manager, Benevity
Bradford (Brad) G. Gaulin, P.Eng., MBA, is the CEO of GOmentr, a Calgary internet start-up that has developed a unique experiential “peer” mentoring SaaS application targeted at helping universities grow funding by giving all students access to alumni as mentors, not just a chosen few. Brad has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, an MBA specializing in Entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary & is a lifetime member of APEGA. Brad has more than 30 years of experience as a professional engineer, business executive & entrepreneur. He has started 5 companies of his own and is currently a cofounder with 3 technology startups.
President and Principal Engineer, Couto Consulting + Engineering
A Professional Engineer with 10+ years of experience in engineering and consulting in a range of industries. Accomplished in Project Management, electrical and instrumentation design, and control system integration. Originally from Kitimat B.C., James moved to Calgary in 2007.
Client Relationship Manager, Benevity
Operations Manager, Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel
I am a Haskayne MBA Alumnus with work experience in partnerships, sales/direct marketing, sales management, staffing/recruitment, public relations and marketing strategy execution. I believe in getting the job done and I never shy away from hard work, but I believe even the most difficult tasks can be accomplished in a fun way. I believe in innovative thinking, open-mindedness and the power of a team, while keeping the big picture in mind. “Doing the right thing” and following your heart is the single most important thing I believe I can do as a leader. I live by my beliefs.