Board of Governors

Carla Madra


1st term: November 20, 2013 - November 19, 2016
2nd term: February 15, 2017 - February 14, 2020
3rd term: March 4, 2020 - March 3, 2023

Carla is a Partner with the Edmonton office of Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”). Carla is the Edmonton office leader of the Financial Accounting Advisory Services practice within the Assurance practice. In addition, Carla is the EY Edmonton People Leader and Chairs the office’s Professional Women’s Network.

Prior to joining EY in 2013, Carla spent 12 years with another big 4 accounting firm and led the finance and human resources teams as the Director of Finance at an Edmonton based private company that provided workplace drug and alcohol testing services across Canada. Carla is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.

Carla is passionate about giving back to the community and has volunteer with many local organizations. In addition to her involvement with NorQuest, Carla is a member of the Board of Directors of STARS. In addition, Carla has fulfilled two three-year terms, with the Mental Health Foundation as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and she also chaired the Foundation’s Audit & Investment Committee.

Carla resides in Edmonton with her husband Don and their young daughter Alex. Together the Madra family enjoys skiing, golf and travel.

Tina Naqvi-Rota

Vice Chair and Public Member

1st Term: May 12, 2021 – May 11, 2024

Tina Naqvi-Rota is the CEO of Cameron Corporation, an Alberta-based, real estate development company that is mainly focused on the development and management of grocery-anchored and power centre developments. Cameron has been instrumental in bringing many first-time retailers to Edmonton.

Tina achieved her Civil Engineering degree in 1990, and her MBA in 1995, both from the University of Alberta.

Over the years, Tina has used her education, life experiences, and love of giving back to the community with numerous organizations and committees, including: Compassion House Foundation, Catholic Social Services, Alberta School of Business Advisory Committee, Task Force Committee for University of Alberta, Gala Committee Chair for Autism Edmonton, and various mentoring opportunities for students and many industry-related organizations.

Tina has lived in and raised her three children in Edmonton. Alongside her business activity, she maintains a huge commitment to family, including her son, who has high functioning autism. She is passionate about giving back to the community, in particular to women, children, and newcomers to Canada.

Carolyn Campbell

President & CEO

Carolyn is a former Deputy City Manager, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Associate Dean of Executive Education at the University of Alberta. A proven leader with extensive experience coaching and mentoring other leaders, Carolyn has served on over 25 boards and committees over the past two decades. She has taught fine arts and graduate-level business courses, and combines a passion for education with considerable strategic, operational, and crisis management experience.

Carolyn was past Vice-Chair of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Board of Governors, Chair of the United Way Cabinet of the Alberta Capital Region, Board member and mentor of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, and Professional Development Advisory Board member of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Graduate Studies. Carolyn has two undergraduate degrees in Art and an MFA from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing her doctorate from the University of Oxford researching the board governance of major arts museums and the repatriation of Indigenous objects.

Carolyn is a practicing visual artist and is passionate about enhancing NorQuest’s impact in the community and beyond.

Jenny Adams

Public Member

1st term: April 22, 2020 – April 21, 2023

Jenny Adams is an award-winning communications executive and the president and founder of The Adams Agency, Western Canada's leading strategic communications firm.

For more than a decade, Jenny has worked with many notable and respected organizations — both public and private — throughout Canada, developing personalized reputation management strategies, guiding organizations through a crisis, or creating exceptional communication campaigns.

Jenny writes for magazines, and is regularly heard or seen as a panelist in Alberta's media scene. Jenny was recently recognized by Edify Magazine for her work as a positive role model for women, reaching out to the community, and exemplifying effective leadership, innovation, business growth and sustainability. In addition to her involvement with NorQuest, Jenny currently serves on several volunteer boards and committees including, Lois Hole Hospital Women’s Society, Stollery Children’s Hospital Tee up for Tots, Edmonton Mayor’s Business Roundtable and more.

Before founding The Adams Agency in 2009, Jenny had a successful career in the media as a public relations senior executive and television host and producer of a national show for more than ten years. She is currently completing an executive certificate at the Harvard Kennedy School in Public Leadership with a focus on crises and communications.

Jenny is the mom of two boys, an avid tennis player, and recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with a group of 12, raising more than $1,000,000 for the local children’s hospital.

Gayle Burnett

Public Member

1st term: February 12, 2019 – February 11, 2022

Ms. Gayle Burnett is the Chief Strategy Officer with the Alberta Medical Association. She has previously served as Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer with Bow Valley College, as well as Chief Operating Officer with Canada Diagnostics Centres.

Ms. Burnett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from McGill University and a Master's of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of Alberta. She is a Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Executives. Ms. Burnett is also a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Alberta. She resides in Edmonton.

Jennifer Cleall

Public Member

1st term: April 22, 2020 – April 21, 2023

Jennifer Cleall is a partner in DLA Piper’s Edmonton office and has over 20 years’ experience providing strategic advice to domestic and international clients in a broad range of commercial matters. Jennifer was recognized in 2009 with the prestigious Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40 award.

Jennifer acts as the Chair of the Steering Committee for DLA Piper Canada’s Legal Alliance for Women (LAW) and is the Canadian liaison to the Steering Committee for US LAW. Recently, Jennifer was appointed Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.), an honourary designation conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize their distinguished legal service and expertise in a particular area of law.

Jennifer has volunteered on various boards including Kids Up Front, The Support Network, and the Canadian Bar Association – Environmental Law Section (Alberta North).

Joette Decore

Public Member

1st term: April 29, 2020 – April 28, 2023

Joette Decore is an accomplished executive and management consultant with experience in corporate transformations, strategy and planning, human resources, and corporate governance. Joette retired from Stuart Olson, a publicly traded national construction firm, in January 2020 after a twelve year career as the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development. In this position, she was a member of the executive management team and led mergers and acquisitions, strategy, corporate communications, and human resources. Prior to this, Joette worked eight years as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a national professional services consulting firm. As a management consultant, she worked with many public and private organizations to develop and implement strategies to address leadership and performance challenges and improve profitability.

Joette currently serves as the Vice Chair for the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation Board and is a member of the Governance Committee. In June 2020, she was appointed co-chair of the Construction Industry Red Tape Reduction Taskforce for the Government of Alberta. In addition, Joette has been involved in other not-for-profits such as a serving on the Women Buildings Futures' board and working with the Loran Foundation. With a passion to give back, she actively volunteers in her community and in 2019, she was part of the first all-female hockey team in the Alzheimer’s Hockey Tournament.

Joette graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering), and the University of Alberta with a Master in Business Administration.

Joette resides in Edmonton with her husband Lyndon and their two children.

Supriya James

Public Member

1st Term: May 12, 2021 – May 11, 2024

Supriya James leads the Human Resources function for CWB Financial Group. With experience in diverse areas of Human Resource Management, Supriya’s expertise is in developing and implementing sustainable human resource strategies that align with and support strategic business growth for the organization. Supriya has lived and worked in four countries and has led the Human Resources function in several industries including financial services, retail, property development, hotels and the government. Supriya is passionate about building high performing teams. As a certified Executive Coach, her biggest reward has been the privilege of working with and developing some incredible, diverse talent, in the businesses she has been associated with. Her education background includes a Bachelor with Honour’s degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources Management.

Supriya grew up in India and after living in various parts of the world, she and her husband adopted Edmonton as their home fifteen years ago. Keshav and Supriya absolutely love living in the Prairies and are passionate about giving back to the community of Edmonton. Supriya has chaired the Board of Directors for the YWCA Edmonton and chairs CWB Global (an employee resource group for new Canadians). She enjoys working to advocate for empowering and supporting women in their lives and their careers, especially new Canadians, as they settle into our community. Keshav and Supriya enjoy supporting local musicians and continue to explore new countries and cultures through their travels.

Chris Lavin

Public Member

1st term: October 16, 2019 - October 15, 2022

Chris Lavin is a Partner in MNP Consulting practice based in Edmonton and the Regional Managing Partner for the Prairies Consulting Region of MNP. He has over 20 years experience in consulting services and has worked on projects throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and France. He is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant and is the former Past President of the Institute of Certified Consultants of Alberta. He served as a Director of CMC-Canada's National Board and a former sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta's School of Business.

Chris holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen's University.

Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika

Public Member

1st term: October 16, 2019 - October 15, 2022

Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika is a full professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Department of the University of Alberta. She is actively involved in community building as a resource person to many community organizations, service providers, and public agencies and has served on the senate of King's University College. She is a former member of the Women's Advocacy Voice of Edmonton. She has earned many academic, professional, and community awards locally and in international circles.

She earned her Ph.D. in Education from Dalhousie University and holds a Master of Science degree in Economics, a Master of Education degree in Educational Management and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Brad Pickering

Public Member

1st Term: May 12, 2021 – May 11, 2024

Brad Pickering is a retired Government of Alberta Deputy Minister, having served 17 years in various senior leadership roles as Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs, Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Agency, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Deputy Solicitor General/Deputy Minister Public Security, and Deputy Minister of Sustainable Resource Development. He also served on a number of Boards during his tenure with the Government of Alberta including Travel Alberta, Alberta Capital Finance Authority, and the Alberta Bio Diversity Monitoring Institute. Prior to joining the Government of Alberta, Brad spent 20 years in the municipal government sector.

Brad lives in Sherwood Park. He and his wife Ronda have two children and three grandchildren. He enjoys camping, is an avid golfer and enjoys playing pickleball.

Megan Schwann

Public Member

1st Term: September 29, 2021 – September 28, 2024

Megan is the Vice President of Finance at Gallagher Benefit Services (formerly Optimum Talent). Megan spent several years at Optimum working with clients with a focus on strategic planning, change management, and post-merger integration projects. As the firm evolved, Megan joined the Corporate Services team to shift her focus internally to corporate development and growth initiatives. She has been an integral resource in expanding operations across the nation, both organically and through acquisition. In her current role, Megan is responsible for overseeing the firm’s financial performance and leading a team that delivers robust financial reporting, budgeting, and analysis.

Passionate about supporting her community, Megan has played an active role in many local initiatives. She served as a member of the Stollery Women’s Network Fundraising & Donor Recognition Committee, President of the Junior League of Edmonton and Treasurer of Edmonton’s YWCA. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta, along with a Certified Professional Accountant designation.

Leslie Sayer

Academic staff member

1st term: January 9, 2020 to January 8, 2023

Leslie Sayer is an experienced academic leader teaching in the Academic Upgrading department at NorQuest College since 2000. Currently a classroom instructor, Leslie has extensive experience with faculty development, e-learning, educational technology, and instructional design.

Leslie has enjoyed the challenge of leadership roles as a Team Lead and as an Associate Chair, as well as serving on the Faculty Association’s Executive Committee for two terms as the Vice President of Faculty Welfare, and two terms as the President, stepping down from the latter in May 2019. It was during this time that Leslie became part of the Faculty Evaluation and Development steering committee – a three-person team tasked with developing the framework for faculty engagement and reflection of teaching practices to emphasize the six teaching competencies.

In May 2019, Leslie was elected to the Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association (ACIFA) Executive Committee as its Executive Vice President. Leslie has bachelor degrees in education and science from the University of Alberta, and has interests in video production and website design.

Maria Bavaro


1st Term: July 29, 2020 – July 28, 2022

Maria began working at NorQuest College in August 2005 as the scholarships and awards advisor. She was responsible for managing scholarships, awards and bursaries, and also administered the student emergency funds and food bank.

In 2013, Maria moved into her current position as a student navigator in the Student Services department. A student navigator is the central point of contact for all applicants and students from application to graduation, and Maria excels in this role. As a student navigator she provides students advice and guidance to help students make informed decisions about their future goals. Prior to working at NorQuest, Maria worked at Alberta College as an English as a Second Language instructor and a student advisor from 1996-2005.

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