Board of Governors
NorQuest College's Board of Governance is made up of 14 members.
Board Chair: December 19, 2014 - December 18, 2017
Vice Chair: February 3, 2014 - December 18, 2014
1st term: February 3, 2011 – February 2, 2014
Alan Skoreyko is a seasoned entrepreneur with an interest and expertise in both finance and governance issues. He has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate development. Alan has been the recipient of many outstanding builder/developer awards over his career in the development industry. His business experience includes running a $120 million entertainment operation, staging large events and hosting 850,000 paid visitors yearly. Alan has been appointed to a number of corporate and not-for-profit Boards, including the Alberta Tourism Partnership Corporation, the Glenora Rotary Club and the Hope Foundation of Alberta, Gem Cabinets, Alberta Custom Tee, and many others. He currently serves as a governor Vice-Chair of the Board at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club. He is familiar with international immigration programs designed to promote investment into Canada and has a strong network of contacts within the provincial and federal governments.
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott
President and CEO
Dr. Jodi L. Abbott became NorQuest College's President and CEO in 2010. Jodi has a proven track record for delivering results in senior management positions in health care starting in 1999. This includes executive roles with the Canadian Diabetes Association (Prairies Area), Alberta Health, and Alberta Health Services.
Since her arrival at NorQuest in 2010, Dr. Abbott has successfully evolved the college by:
growing credit and non-credit programming to over 10,200 learners in 2013/14
introducing a Workforce Advisory Council, consisting of industry partners, to ensure college programming is workforce relevant and meets industry needs
introducing the Landmark Group Centre for Value Improvement to maximize efficiency and profitability of Alberta business and industry
launching new innovative partnerships that build and leverage partner relationships, including the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Careers Centre
securing funding for and initiating construction of the new Centre for Learning
enhancing brand recognition
In addition, the NorQuest College Board of Governors released the 2025 Strategic Plan in 2014.
Outside of her work at the College, Dr. Abbott maintains a strong volunteer commitment to the sport of figure skating. Her work as a judge on behalf of Skate Canada and the International Skating Union includes judging at the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In 2011, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity named Jodi to its list of Canada's top 20 most influential women in sport. In 2012, Jodi received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal twice acknowledging her significant local, provincial, and national contributions in sport and post-secondary education. Jodi also serves as a board director with the Sinneave Foundation and is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.
1st term: December 17, 2008 – December 16, 2011
2nd term: December 17, 2011 - December 16, 2014
Brent Agerbak is a Market Vice President with CIBC, and is responsible for managing CIBC’s Commercial Banking business dealing with companies in Edmonton and across Northern Alberta and the Northern Territories. With more than 15 years of experience in senior debt and corporate finance, Brent advises companies on best practices, financing structures and solutions, and growth strategies. In addition to serving on NorQuest College’s Board of Governors, he is involved in numerous community-related and charitable events in Edmonton. Brent is a graduate of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta, with a B.Com. degree in Finance and Marketing. He lives in Edmonton with wife Erin and their three children, Olivia, Mathew and Andrew.
Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
1st term: April 22, 2008 – April 21, 2012
2nd term: April 22, 2012 - April 21, 2015
Christopher Burrows is presently the Chief Financial Officer of K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., a publicly traded laundry and linen processing company. Prior to joining K-Bro, he was with the Edmonton office of KPMG LLP and from 2007 through 2010 was the Vice-President Finance, Administration & Tax with The Churchill Corporation. Chris holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Chartered Accountant (CA), an American Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and a Certified Director (ICD.D). He has served on the Boards of or in leadership positions with organizations including the University of Alberta, the Sinneave Family Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Alberta, and the Lifesaving Society, as well as other professional organizations and committees throughout his career. Chris lives in Edmonton with his family. He is an avid black and white photographer and enjoys downhill skiing, cycling and golf.
Academic Staff Member
1st term: June 21, 2013 – June 20, 2016
Sherry (M.Ed., R.Psych.) is an Education Counsellor at NorQuest College. She has worked as a post-secondary counsellor and instructor for over 20 years. In addition to her work in post-secondary, Sherry has provided psychological support for diverse client groups and concerns in private practice, including: trauma recovery, play therapy, workplace stress, and addictions. She enjoys being able to connect with and support students and colleagues through workshop presentations and seminars. Being the mother of two very active sons has offered many opportunities to serve her community of Stony Plain as a member of numerous sporting associations. She has also served as Chairperson for School Councils in Parkland School Division for 8 years and provided representation on their behalf to the School Board, as well as the Alberta School Council Association. Most importantly, Sherry has a passion for learning and personal growth and feels honoured to witness this process in others.
Board Vice Chair: January 20, 2015
Chair, President & CEO Evaluation & Compensation Committee
1st term: March 8, 2012 – March 7, 2015
David is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., with a B.Comm in Accounting and Finance. He has been in the financial services industry for 25 years and is currently employed with Canadian Western Bank as an Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager. David oversees the management of the West Point Branch and promotes the growth of the Bank’s commercial and real estate business in West Edmonton and communities north and west of the city. He is active in the business community and currently sits as President of the West Edmonton Business Association. David resides in the Town of Stony Plain with his wife Terri.
Chair, Governance Committee
1st term: March 8, 2012 – March 7, 2015
Cameron John is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Di-Corp, a leading distributor of specialty chemicals, parts and accessories serving the energy, mining, and drilling industries. Prior to joining Di-Corp, Cameron was with Deloitte, and prior to that an investment banking transactions boutique advisory firm. Cameron has served a number of private and public organizations in the areas of strategic planning, growth initiatives, mergers & acquisitions, raising capital and corporate financial planning. He is an active guest speaker with the University of Alberta School of Business, and has been involved with a number of charitable and community organizations. Cameron has both a B.Sc. degree and M.B.A. from the University of Alberta, and holds the Corporate Finance Designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accounts. Cameron lives in Edmonton with his wife Heather and their daughters Hadley and Brynn. Cameron and his family are avid downhill skiers, as well as any other activities involving nature and the outdoors.
1st term: November 20, 2013 - November 19, 2016
Carla is a Senior Manager with the Edmonton office of Ernst & Young LLP. Carla is the Edmonton office leader of the Financial Accounting Advisory service line within the Assurance practice. Previous to joining Ernst & Young in 2013, Carla spent 12 years with Deloitte and led the finance and human resources teams as the Director of Finance at CannAmm Occupational Testing Services. Carla is a Chartered Accountant and obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Carla is currently the Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Foundation and she also chairs the Foundation’s Audit & Investment Committee. Previously she was involved as the Treasurer of Westend Community Play School and was a Champion Mentor for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Carla resides in Edmonton with her husband Don and daughter Alex. Carla enjoys yoga and together the Madra family enjoys skiing, golf and travel.
Non-Academic Staff Member
1st term: November 25, 2010 - November 26, 2013
2nd term: February 6, 2013 - February 5, 2015
Krista Perreault has worked at NorQuest College for more than five years. She started as a Career and Employment Consultant within the Student Career and Employment Services department and in 2009 became the department's Team Leader. The department helps students explore and choose suitable career paths and support them through the entire job search process. Krista has a BA from the University of Alberta and a Career Development Diploma from Concordia University College of Alberta. An avid sports fans, Krista follows the Edmonton Eskimos, the Edmonton Oilers and the NFL. She also enjoys travelling and going to the gym.
1st term: May 18, 2011 – May 17, 2014
Todd Walker is a senior broker with DTZ Edmonton and has specialized in the office leasing market for the last 17 years. He has extensive knowledge of the Edmonton office market, commercial real estate and tenant representation. Todd is a member of the Edmonton Executives Association and sits on the board of Events Edmonton. He has a BA and B.Comm from the University of Alberta. As a certified coach, he has provided leadership within the Initiation, Novice and Atom levels of the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association since 2004.