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Board of Trustees

Andrew Milne

Andrew’s 20+ year investment career includes nine years at Standard Life Investments, five years at Raymond James and five years at Credential Securities. He’s held a range of roles, including Investment Advisor, Head of Mutual Fund Research, Head of Portfolio Services, and VP, National Accounts. He joined Picton Mahoney in 2012, holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM).

Jennifer Hayes Starratt

Jennifer grew up in New Brunswick and received her education at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie).  Jennifer moved to Calgary in 1996 in order to build a career in pipeline integrity.  The last 4 years of this career was as director and president of her consulting company, Hayes Consulting Inc.


For the past 8 years,  Jennifer has worked tirelessly on raising and caring for her son Alex, who has a rare genetic condition called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).  Through this journey of maintaining Alex’s strengths, she came across the Anat Baniel MethodTM .  After seeing the positive effects on Alex’s quality of movement, she decided to pursue the training in the United States to become a practitioner of ABM NeuromovementR to support her son and others with special needs.


Jim Dinning

Jim Dinning is Chair Emeritus of the Foundation having served as our chair from 2010 to 2013 and on our board since 2003. He serves as a corporate chair and director of a number of public and private companies and not for profits.

Mr. Dinning is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2002, and is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary.

Until December, 2004, Mr. Dinning held the position of executive vice president, TransAlta Corporation. Prior to joining TransAlta in 1997, Mr. Dinning held several key positions during his 11 years as a member of the legislative assembly in Alberta. Of note is Mr. Dinning’s service as provincial treasurer from 1992 to 1997.

In 2015, Jim was named a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was honoured by Canada’s Public Policy Forum in 2014 when he received the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy In 2011, Mr. Dinning was presented with the TaxFighter Award by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (awarded to individuals who have shown a commitment to taxpayer emancipation.)


Mr. Dinning is married, has four children and an ever growing number of ‘grands’ and resides in Calgary.

Joanne Cuthbertson

Joanne was the first elected Chair of EducationMatters - Calgary’s unique public education trust, founder of SPEAK (Support Public Education - Act for Kids), and recipient of the Calgary Award in Education.  She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Calgary, Co-chair of the U of C Scholars’ Academy she established upon retirement, and member of the BHSc Strategic Advisory Board and the EVDS Dean’s Circle.  Ms. Cuthbertson serves on the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation Board and as a Fellow of Glenbow Museum, and is a Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.  She is recipient of the QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal, U of C Top 40 Alumni Award and Calgary Board of Education Distinguished Alumni Award.

Mark Starratt

Mark is a Director, Wealth Management, Portfolio Manager and Partner with Richardson GMP, where he co-leads Starratt Wealth Management with his brother Scott.  With over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and a variety of professional designations, (CFP, CIM, FCSI, AIFA).  Mark also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

As one of Rotary International’s youngest District Governors since 1905 (2008/09), Mark led and motivated Rotarians throughout Southern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan, advised the organization on philanthropic gifts and provided motivation and education through a variety of district and zone roles.  Passionate about advancing the stewardship of post-secondary education, Mark served on the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors for three years. Prior to this post, he spent 6 years as a University of Calgary Senate connecting the University to the community. In 2009/10, Mark was privileged to serve as the Chair of the University's Joint Committee to select its 12th Chancellor. While Governor, he served on the University’s Executive and Budget Committees and as Vice-Chair of their Investment Committee, which oversees $1.7 billion in assets.

​Mark was the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Banff Sports Hall of Fame for almost seven years, recognizing individuals who represent sports and mountain leisure excellence in the categories of Athlete, Builder, Pioneer, and Achievement.  Mark has continued his passion for sport and helping those with disabilities by serving as Director of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada.

Among Mark’s awards include being named to Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, receiving Inclusion Alberta’s Community Inclusion Award and being admitted to the Order of the University of Calgary.


Nuvyn Peters

Nuvyn is a seasoned executive with a track record of achievements in development, donor relations, and capital campaigns. Most recently Nuvyn was the associate vice-president, Development and Campaign Operations at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where she managed all aspects of the university’s $1.5 billion campaign, including committees, communications, data and analytics.

Nuvyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from Landegg International University in Switzerland.

She is also a passionate community leader: she has provided conflict resolution and negotiation seminars for staff at the United Nations, designed choreography for a local dance company, and volunteered as an inner-city piano teacher. In 2006, she was also named one of Canada's top newsmakers of the week by Maclean's magazine.

As vice-president (development and alumni engagement), Nuvyn will help the university pursue its Eyes High strategic direction by leading the single most ambitious program ever undertaken by the Development Office. While leading the university’s dedicated team of fundraising professionals, she will focus on building a culture of philanthropy at the University of Calgary that creates fundraising professionals, superb donor experiences and contributes significantly to the priorities of the university and our donor community.

Steve Allan

Steve Allan is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta.  He practiced in the area of corporate restructuring, insolvency and forensic accounting and throughout his career was involved in some of the most high profile and complex files in Alberta.  He is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a B.Comm degree and holds the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Steve is Chair of Calgary Economic Development, the Calgary Stampede Foundation and McMahon Stadium Society, Board Vice-Chair of the Neyaskweyahk Trust of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, a Governor of the University of Calgary, Chair of the University’s Finance and Property Committee and a Member of the Human Resources and Governance Committee and the Executive Committee of the University.  Steve served as Chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission (now known as Destination Canada) for seven years. He also served as Co-Chair of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative and chaired the Committee to Refresh Calgary’s Economic Strategy.

He is Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and has volunteered for the Institute (now CPA Alberta) throughout his career.  

Steve has been a committed member of the Rotary Club of Calgary since 1980 and served as Club President in 1994-95.  He served as Governor of Rotary District #5360 in 2009-10. He remains active with Rotary as a mentor in the club’s Stay in School program and is one of the stewards of the Rotary Tom Jackson Stay in School program, focused on First Nations students.

Steve has served as Trustee of the Calgary Zoological Society, a Director of the Calgary Foundation, a Director of University Technologies Inc., and was a member of the Committee to End Homelessness in Calgary.  

Steve has been a volunteer of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede since 1974 and served as Chairman of the Board and President of the Stampede from 2005-2007.

Steve was recognized as Calgary's 'Citizen of the Year" for 2006. He also was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was named Distinguished Alumni of the Year by the Calgary Board of Education in 2009. He is also an Honorary Treaty Seven Chief, “Rides Many Horses”.

A former marathoner, Steve still enjoys running, fitness, skiing, cycling and golf. 

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