Board of Governors
Carol Ryder is the ACAD Board of Governors Chair for a second term. Ms. Ryder has worked extensively in private enterprise, not for profit and with all three levels of government. She worked extensively with the Millennium Bureau of Canada and organizations around the world such as Greenwich 2000 to profile Calgary to Canada and the world. Ms. Ryder is the current chair of the Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art and Design. Her leadership in post-secondary education include being past chair of the Council of Chairs for the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes, past chair of the Board of Governors of Bow Valley College, member of the Bow Valley College’s Art Acquisition and Collection Committee, member of Campus Alberta and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. She served as a board member of the Alberta’s Promise – Premier’s Advisory Committee and was instrumental in bringing Calgary’s arts community together under one organization, Contemporary Calgary Arts Society.
She was awarded the Premier’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and volunteer service, as well as the Lighthouse Award from the Calgary Board of Education for outstanding community service. She is a recipient of the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of her community leadership. Bow Valley College bestowed their Distinguished Citizen’s Award for Leadership and Community Service for her service to the college and Albertans. She was the recipient of a 2012 Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her years of service to Alberta and Canada. She resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Amanda Hu was appointed to her first term to the Board of Governors at Alberta College of Art and Design in February 2017. She leads a consulting firm specializing in medical support work and patient advocacy. Her diverse previous experience includes project management in medical technology at Vivametrica Ltd, assistant director at the Stride Art Gallery Association and in post-secondary education in technology support at the University of Calgary.
A long-time volunteer in the arts community, she previously served as president of the Board of Directors at the Quickdraw Animation Society and Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Calgary. She resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Camille Porcheron is the ACAD Student Association President and Representative to the Board of Governors.
Dale Turri is a fund development professional and has been involved with the arts community for over 25 years, both as an employee and a volunteer. She is currently a Business and Resource Development Strategist with Dale Turri Consulting. She has been employed as Director of Development with Theatre Calgary, TELUS Spark, EducationMatters, and Vertigo Theatre. Prior to this, she worked for the Department of Justice, Courts Services for 20 years, including two years as Assistant to the Chief Justice (Court of Appeal).
Donna Barrett is the ACAD Staff Representative to the Board of Governors. She is deeply embedded in the Calgary and Alberta art communities. Since 1993, she has studied, apprenticed, volunteered and exhibited while concurrently working as an arts administrator. Demonstrating high standards of ethical conduct combined with her ability to innovate have lead to success when faced with major governance and financial challenges. Barrett has been publicly credited with reversing the financial difficulties of two Alberta public galleries. Currently, Barrett is the Operations Specialist for ACAD Continuing Education as well as an ACAD Alumni, donor and volunteer. She received her BFA (with Distinction) in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1995. her significant experience with not-for-profit governance was utilized by the Alberta Government’s Board Development Program, assisting other Alberta not-for-profit organizations with best practices, policy development and financial management.
Donna completed her first billboard project in Saskatoon as part of her 2006 MFA. She was listed as one of Calgary’s top 12 art exhibitions of 2008. In 2014, Barrett’s work was included in the Glenbow exhibition, “Made in Calgary: The 2000’s”. Barrett was most recently exhibited in the 2013 Alberta Biennial. Barrett’s works can be found in several collections throughout Alberta and the Prairies.
Ian Fitzgerald is the faculty representative to ACAD’s Board of Governors, currently serving his second three-year term. He is a lecturer in the School of Communication Design and has taught at ACAD off and on since 1986. Alongside teaching, Ian has enjoyed a career in advertising that has touched radio, television, print and on-line media, culminating with a dozen years as Principal/Creative Director at AdFarm, a Calgary-based specialized ad agency. AdFarm is the subject of Ian’s book Horse of a Different Wheelbase, published in 2005. Currently Ian complements his teaching with a consulting practice called Ad Coach, sharing his years of experience and expertise with agencies and clients.
Ian holds a C.A.A.P. diploma and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication and has been a Calgary resident for over 30 years. His research specialization is ad agency specialization. He has been involved in community affairs, minor sports, community theatre, political campaigns and poetry groups. Prior to joining ACAD full-time, Ian taught in Communications and Business at Mount Royal University.
James Stanford O.C, was reappointed for a three year term to the Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art and Design in December, 2016. He is the President of Stanford Resource Management Inc. and a retired president, chief executive officer and director of Petro-Canada. He is also a past chairman and director of Nova Chemicals Corporation and OPTI Canada Limited and has served as a director on the boards of EnCana Corporation, Inco Limited, Fortis Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc. Mr. Stanford is actively engaged in the community and has served as a governor of the University of Alberta, chair and director of the Calgary Philharmonic Society and as director of the Mount Royal College Foundation. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004 and he is the recipient of numerous accolades including the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
He holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta and Concordia University and Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering and mining from Concordia University. He resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Larry Clausen. An entrepreneur and civic leader, Mr. Larry Clausen has considerable experience in the arts, board governance and management. Mr. Clausen is currently an Executive Vice President with Cohn & Wolfe/West, which specializes in reputation and issues management, crisis communication, client consultation, and strategic planning. Prior to his current role, where he also served as Vice President and Managing Partner, and managed his own communications consulting firm for 18 years.
He has been an active member of Alberta’s arts community as chair and member of the Alberta Ballet and as a member of the Honen piano competition. A resident of Calgary, Mr. Clausen was a key contributor to the Calgary Downtown Association, chaired the Bill Brooks Prostate Cancer Benefit and is a board member of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.
Natasha Pashak was reappointed for a three year term to the Board of Governors of Alberta College of Art and Design in January 2017. She is a director of the Flanagan Foundation, the chair of the Nominating committee of the Contemporary Calgary Arts Society, and previously served on the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alberta College of Art and Design and a Master of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal. She resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Patti Dibski, new to the ACAD Board of Governors, is the owner of Gibson Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery, and partner at Interior Living, a boutique furniture & design store. An active Calgarian, Patti is well connected in the city's social, business, political, arts and recreation communities. She has involved herself in a variety of ways, including Leadership Calgary as a participant, Calgary Arts Development Authority as a director, Art a la Carte as the board chair, The Ranchmen's Club as a committee chair, several children's sports and school groups as a parent volunteer, and a numerous not-for-profit organizations as a fundraiser.
Reid Cummings. A lifelong dedication to leadership, client service and business process has led Mr. Reid Cummings to seek an appointment to the board of directors of the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). Mr. Cummings has 25 years professional experience with a focus on Finance and Audit. He is currently a Director within Encana Corporation’s Internal Audit function where he leads Corporate Internal Audit and training related to business code of conduct, conflict of interest, and anti-fraud. Furthermore, he has helped establish teams and structure processes for Encana’s business units, while implementing several cross-division initiatives to enhance company services, project management, and governance. Mr. Cummings’ experience also includes a Senior Manager position with PwC LLP.
Sondra Musa graduated from ACAD in 1992 and received her BFA in 1996 with a major in Metal Smithing and Jewelry. She started her art career teaching expressive arts at In-Definite Arts Society to mentally/physically/ developmentally challenged adults. Over the years, she has been a business owner, supervisor, teacher, mentor, public speaker, Safety Officer and Emergency Medical Responder. Through her many careers, she has gained amazing insight and experience with people. Sondra has strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Looking back at her life, there are two things she has the greatest passion for; helping and supporting people, and a passion for art. Sondra hopes to combine her unique approach to most situations, her personal trials and tribulation, her education, background and life experiences, to truly have a positive impact on the people she will serve.