Lougheed House Conservation Society Board of Directors
Jessica Park is a policy, governance and advocacy professional with an interest in helping organizations make evidence-based decisions, a passion for municipal and civic affairs, and more than a decade of experience working with public, non-profit, and private organizations in a range of industries and sectors. In addition to her position with Lougheed House Conservation Society, she serves on the Heritage Calgary Board of Directors and is a long-time volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. Jessica holds a BA and BEd from the University of Calgary and a masters degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of Victoria.
Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair
Jennifer McColl is the Director of People and Culture with Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research. She is a creative non-profit leader and human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Jennifer is a Certified Professional in Human Resources and holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Leicester and a non-profit management certificate from Mount Royal University. She joined the Board of Directors of Lougheed House out of a lifelong interest in history and museums, along with a strong belief in the importance of the preservation of our built heritage and an interest in contributing to that work in our community.
Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
Bio to come.
Secretary and Fund Development Committee Chair
Kathleen MacPherson is currently Senior Director, Development with the University of Calgary. She is an alumnus of the University and a dedicated fundraising professional with over 20 years of experience. Kathleen has also held the roles of Vice President of Campaign and Resource Development with the United Way of Calgary and Area and Vice President, Philanthropy with the Calgary Health Foundation. During her career, Kathleen was directly involved in raising more than $900 million for various organizations across Calgary. She has mentored and coached hundreds of staff throughout her career, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2017.
Cassidy Bishop is a lawyer with a passion for history. She considers it an honour to contribute to the small but mighty Lougheed House organization, as it seeks to tell the stories of our collective local history through an inclusive lens. When Cassidy is not working or volunteering, she can be found spending time with her wife and two children, or curled up with a good book (historical fiction of course!)
Harpreet Dhanjal works in strategy and economic development, and has a diverse and varied background in health research, education, and programming in the museum space. She has a passion for history, storytelling, community building, and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility. She has been a member of the Lougheed House Reimagined community advisory committee since its inception in 2021, and is excited to continue to support the work of Lougheed House in a new capacity. Harpreet is a born and raised Calgarian, and the oldest of five. She enjoys travel, tea, and time spent with family and friends.
Jackie Mattock Howard
Jackie Mattock Howard has more than 30 years’ experience in fundraising and the nonprofit sector in various capacities including Vice President, Resource Development, Principal gifts, and as a consultant. More recently, she has worked in innovation, and she led the development of a non-profit business start-up. Jackie is passionately committed to the Calgary community and a champion for change. A native Calgarian, Jackie is a graduate of the University of Calgary with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She is married and mother of two amazing young people.
Following a 26-year career in teaching and school administration, Jean Kruse became the general manager for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Alberta Division). She has also been a volunteer interpreter at Heritage Park, sharing stories about the history of Calgary, for the past 15 years, and is presently vice chair of the Calgary Stampede Royalty Committee. She has volunteered on the boards of the Famous Five Foundation, Alberta Horse Industry, Red Cross Alberta, and the University of Calgary Alumni Association. She holds a Master of Education Administration and Leadership from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Educational Administration specializing in Human Resources Management and recently completed the Indigenous Canada course delivered by the University of Alberta.
Karla Palardy has been on the board of Lougheed House since 2019, and previously held the role of Development Committee Chair. She holds a BA from Concordia University and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary and a B.A. at Concordia University in Montreal and has worked with Canadian energy companies in ESG and business development, and in developing low-carbon solutions across the spectrum of renewable energy sources, including the development of hydrogen production facilities throughout North America. As a Beltline resident, she is passionate about the gardens at Lougheed House, community building, and the preservation of Calgary historic sites.
Yisha Pang is currently the Manager, Consolidations and Financial Reporting at Enbridge. Yisha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary, a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. She began her career in public accounting, providing services to public and private organizations across Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and currently has more than a decade of experience in financial accounting and reporting, management reporting, corporate risk management and internal controls. Yisha was a long-time resident of the Beltline and frequent visitor and admirer of Lougheed House, as well as being a casual history enthusiast, and has been a board member since June 2021.
Colin Reid’s professional background is in sales, marketing and finance, and he’s a Canadian history buff whose parents collected antique cars, so he spent his formative years riding in the back of pre-1920 Brass Era vehicles, a hobby which meant he spent lots of time at museums and historical sites. Since 2012 he’s lived less than a block from Lougheed House, and as he learned more about the society it seemed like a perfect fit for both his love of the area and neighbourhood, his passion for Canadian history and his desire to see heritage buildings in Calgary survive and thrive.
David Rothwell has more than 15 years of experience working in corporate governance and compliance in both the private and public sectors, working with organizations including Alberta Health Services and TC Energy and most recently Parkland Corporation as a Regulatory Compliance Specialist. David’s skills span governance, finance, risk management, and stakeholder engagement. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional, holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University, and a Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from the Stanford University Centre for Professional Development. David’s previous board and volunteer experience includes being past president of the Mount Royal University Policy Studies Alumni Chapter, and he is passionate about Calgary’s heritage.
Samantha (Sam) Stokes is a litigation lawyer at Rose LLP, primarily practicing in the areas of planning and development, commercial and construction litigation. Prior to law, Sam obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University. In addition to volunteering with Lougheed House, Sam is the Director of Development – Elboya on the Elboya Britannia Community Association. She has a particular passion for the preservation of heritage sites and local culture, and as a prior Beltline resident she knows the importance of Lougheed House to the area and to Alberta in general.
Naomi Grattan is originally from Ottawa and has worked at a senior level with the Canadian Museums Association, National Gallery of Canada, and Canadian War Museum. She developed the foundational direction for the Calgary Stampede’s SAM Centre, served as Interim Executive Director for the Hangar Flight Museum and led Fort Calgary through the pandemic as President and CEO. Naomi currently serves on the Alberta Museums Association Board of Directors and the Bank of Canada Museum’s national advisory board. She has a BA in Rhetoric & Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo, an MA in museum leadership from Royal Roads University, and has taught museum management for the University of Calgary and the Alberta Museums Association.