Lara is a graduate of Queens University with an honours degree in Politics. Lara then went on to earn a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Lara spent several years working with two major law firms, one in Calgary and the other in London, England. Lara also had the unique opportunity of working as legal counsel to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Calgary to join Imperial’s law department.
Lara is a founding member of the Internationally Trained Lawyer’s Program and she is actively involved in the Civil Claims Duty Counsel Program offered by Pro Bono Law in Calgary. Lara has held various not –for-profit director positions prior to joining the board of the CPO. Lara, along with her husband and two daughters, enjoy spending as much time in the mountains as they can.
Michael has a second career as a professional singer. He first gained international recognition as the winner of The Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Rose bowl in 1984, and 1st prize winner in the 1988 CMC International Stepping Stones Competition. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with virtually every Canadian orchestra plus symphonies in the United States.
A native of Toronto, Michael is a graduate of the prestigious Curtis Institute Of Music in Philadelphia. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys watching hockey, and repairing his old Toyotas.
His extensive experience includes Strategy & Roadmap Development, IT Service Delivery, Organizational Transformation, Restructuring, Regulatory Compliancy, Negotiations, Acquisitions, & Integrations.
Miguel Kanafany is also the President of the Calgary Chapter of the CIO Association of Canada, and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
As part of his philanthropic work, he volunteers for “Inn From The Cold” Calgary & Cochrane, and has been a board member for a number of not-for profit organizations over the years.
Among many other certifications, Miguel holds certifications in Executive Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.
Dornian has also contributed to the Canadian cultural scene as a performer, instructor and arts advocate. As a clarinetist, he is familiar to audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician, including nine seasons with the chamber ensemble Aubade, and has been featured on CBC Radio in both capacities. Dornian continues to teach private students at the Conservatory and is part of the Morningside Music Bridge faculty.
An active and community-oriented leader, Dornian has served as a long-time board member and as Board Chair for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, a board member for the Calgary Arts Development Authority and a member of the Honen’s International Piano Competition Artistic Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Prairie Regional Council for the Canadian Music Centre, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new Canadian music.
Sheila is currently executive advisor at Cenovus Energy Inc. From December 2009 to September 2015 she was Executive Vice-President, Environment & Corporate Affairs, responsible for the company’s environment strategy and relations with key stakeholders.
Prior to her role at Cenovus Sheila was Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications at Encana Corporation and from 1985 to 2001 served as Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Canadian Pacific Limited.
Sheila has an MBA from McGill University. She earned her ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2012 and is a director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a member of the Haskayne School of Business Management Advisory Council.
Ann Calvert is Special Advisor to the Provost, Leadership, and Professor in the doctoral program in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Calgary, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts for 10 years.
Ann studied art and education at the University of Alberta, received her PhD from the University of Oregon and an MBA from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She holds a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada.
Ann’s research interests lie in social enterprise leadership, the relationships between arts organizations and business, and post-secondary leadership. She was instrumental in establishing the federal granting program, Research/Creation, that provides high level funding for university based arts researchers.
Ann has worked to strengthen the artistic life of the city in a range of arts policy, business and advocacy activities through her community Board positions including the CPO, Calgary Opera, and the Honens International Piano Competition.
Heather Treacy, Q.C., Chair
Heather has been recognized as a Litigation Star and as a pre-eminent lawyer by numerous guides to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada. In 2014, Heather was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100.
Heather has a passion for the arts. She has Associate Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T.) and Associate Mount Royal Conservatory (A.M.R.C.) diplomas in piano. Heather has also been a past member of the Board of Directors and Corporate Secretary of the Alberta Ballet Company, Theatre Junction and the Calgary Region Arts Foundation.
Joan is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE).
Joan has served on the board of the Calgary Philharmonic Society since 2012.
Walt and his wife Irene have enjoyed the CPO as subscribers for more than 30 years. This included joining Amadeus and then in 2011 to establishing the DeBoni New Works Program. This program has contributed to three children’s programs and several adult works including Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation. In 2014 he was asked to join the CPO board and is glad to be a contributing member.
Prior to pursuing a career in law, Keith obtained a B.Mus. (Hon.) from St. Francis Xavier University in 1998 with a split major in theory and performance; and was a practicing musician and session instructor for the Music Diploma Program at the Red Deer College.