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 Indigenous 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.
Academic Staff Member
1st term: June 21, 2013 – June 20, 2015
2nd term: June 17, 2015 - June 16, 2018
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.
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
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.
1st term: May 18, 2011 – May 17, 2014
2nd term: July 8, 2014 - July 7, 2017
Todd Walker is a commercial real estate specialist, providing commercial real estate advisory services in the Edmonton office market. With over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience Todd is a founding Principal and Vice President of Newmark Knight Frank Devencore (Edmonton), a commercial real estate brokerage firm. Previously, Todd was a senior partner with Cushman and Wakefield.
Throughout his career Todd has been involved with different boards and volunteer organizations, ranging from president of his community league to sitting on the board of Events Edmonton, a non-profit organization role that oversees the annual presentation of Taste of Edmonton. Todd is a former Rotarian, past member of the Edmonton Executives Association and active certified hockey coach, providing leadership within the Initiation, Novice, Atom and Pewee levels of the Edmonton Minor Hockey Association since 2004. All of Todd’s family members are educators, including his parents who had careers in the development, delivery and administration of adult education programs, which is the foundation of Todd’s beliefs about and dedication to equal access to post-secondary education.
1st term: January 30, 2015 – January 29, 2018
Brian Hjlesvold is a retired RBC banker with over 30 years experience as a Senior Account Manager in commercial markets, serving late in his career as Manager of Aboriginal Markets for Alberta, NWT, and Yukon. Brian has a strong desire to see Indigenous people succeed, to share in the country’s resources in a responsible and respectful way, and to live in healthy communities. He received his Professional Economic Developer designation from the Council of Advancement of Native Development Officers in 2010, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He sits as a Director on the Goodfish Lake Business Corp – a successful First Nation-owned enterprise of the Whitefish Lake Band, and is a Director of the Aboriginal Financial Officers of Alberta. He is also Chair of the Metis Entrepreneurial Fund, Past Chair of Child and Family Services Region 6, Past Chair of Apeetogosan (Metis) Development Inc. Brian is of Ojibway and Scottish descent and lives in Bon Accord. He and his wife have four children and six grandchildren. He is an avid reader and golfer.
1st term: April 22, 2015 – April 21, 2018
David is currently CEO of Mach Ten Enterprises, an Edmonton-based private equity firm. He is also the founding partner of 3D Capital Inc., a financial and strategic advisory firm. David’s career includes leadership roles in public, private, crown, and not-for-profit enterprises.
David was born in Winnipeg where he completed a BA in Mathematics at the University of Winnipeg in 1978. He attended the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he completed his Masters of Management degree in Finance and Accounting in 1980. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
David began his career with the TD Bank in Toronto in the National Accounts Division. In 1984 he moved to Calgary where he was responsible for recovering the Bank’s $1.2B exposure to Dome Petroleum. Following a short stint in Toronto as AGM Corporate and Commercial Credit Risk Management, David was appointed Vice President TD Bank Edmonton Centre and Branch Manager TD Securities in Edmonton.
In 1999, David moved to Edmonton as President and CEO of McCoy Bros. Most recently, he spent nine months as interim President and CEO of the Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta, the provincial regulator of credit unions in Alberta.
David’s board career started in 1991 with the Northern Alberta Childrens’ Hospital Foundation. Since then, he has been a member of over 30 boards in a variety of private, public, Crown, and not-for-profit enterprises.
1st term: January 30, 2015 – January 29, 2018
Lillian Ruptash’s career in finance spanned over 45 years with the Toronto Dominion Bank. As a banker, she was able to practice a wide range of financial skills including credit functions, marketing, administration, and customer service. Lillian is a former member of the Alberta Student Finance Board and the Lakeland College Board of Trustees. She is a recipient of provincial and national service awards and has dedicated much of her life to volunteering in her community – ranging from youth groups, political campaigns, her church council, the United Way, and the University Hospital Festival of Trees. She also has a strong interest in post-secondary education and believes that everyone should have access to learning opportunities. Lillian and her husband Larry have three children, two granddaughters, and live in Vegreville. They enjoy sports, dancing, theatre, and family vacations.
Melissa is a lawyer with the Edmonton firm Jomha Skrobot LLP. She primarily practices family law with a secondary interest in residential real estate.
Melissa is fluent in both French and English in her day-to-day life. Melissa obtained a Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology from Concordia University in Montreal. Her thesis, Modernity and the Catholic Church: Religious Advertisements in Quebec 1895-1960, explored politico-legal theories on Quebec culture.
She is a graduate of the National Program of Law at the University of Ottawa, having completed a civil (LL.L.) and a common law (JD) degree. Upon the completion of her legal studies, Melissa and her husband returned to Alberta and they began establishing their lives and careers in Edmonton.
Melissa currently serves on the executive committee of the Citie Ballet Society, where she has taken an active role in helping the company achieve its mission of elevating the art of dance in Edmonton. She has also enjoyed a long-standing management role as a director of her family’s business, Willowbend Resort at Lac La Nonne. Melissa enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends in Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, and beyond.
Non-Academic Staff Board Member
First Term: March 9, 2015 – March 8, 2017
Khalid Hashi works in the Faculty of Foundational, Career, and Intercultural Studies at NorQuest College overseeing financials for federal and provincially funded contracts and contribution agreements. Khalid has a strong interest in community development and empowerment, especially as it relates to higher education. He volunteers as a mentor helping immigrant youth on basic employability skills and has served on various committees NorQuest. Past board duties include being a member of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012. Upon his election to the NorQuest Board of Governors, he was serving as a Site Coordinator for the annual Make Tax Time Pay (MTTP) tax clinics at the Westmount Campus. Khalid attended Queen’s University where he received a BA in economics and is currently enrolled in a B.Comm program at Athabasca University working towards an accounting designation. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Hayat and son Adnan and is an avid soccer fan.
Student Board Member
First Term: June 27, 2016 - June 26, 2017
Crystal Thompson is an Indigenous student at NorQuest in her second year of the Social Work Program. She holds a position as one of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies Representatives on Students’ Council. In addition to her role on Students’ Council she also sits on Academic Council as a student representative, is a member of the Social Work Program Advisory Committee and is a highly active member of the College’s RBC Indigenous Mentorship Program.
She is passionate about advocacy and takes her role of supporting students seriously. As a member of the Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), the Edmonton Coalition of Post-Secondary Institutions and the Edmonton Student Alliance (ESA) she ensures that the voice of NorQuest students is heard on both a provincial and municipal level.
Crystal loves to see others succeed and gain confidence; she does her part both at the College and in the Community to help people. Her compassion for others shines through both her community involvement. She contributes to reconciliation by sending inner-city indigenous youth to camp and does work on an indigenous inner city housing initiative. Crystal is an avid reader, enjoys movies and values spending time with her two children and large family.