Board of Governors

NorQuest College's Board of Governance is made up of 14 members.

Alan Skoreyko

Board Chair

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 is the President and CEO of NorQuest College. Since joining the college in 2010, Dr. Abbott has grown NorQuest’s credit and non-credit programming; unveiled innovative partnerships like the Landmark Group Centre for Value Improvement, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute, and the Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centre; and enhanced NorQuest’s brand recognition. Under Dr. Abbott’s leadership, the college began construction for the new Singhmar Centre for Learning slated to open for fall term classes in 2017. The centre is part of a larger expansion project which includes a retrofit of the existing downtown main building and the development of green space.

Dr. Abbott is the Chair of Edmonton’s Health City. She is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Gold). In addition, she has a longstanding involvement with figure skating, including as an Olympic judge in 2010 and 2014. In 2011, Dr. Abbott was included in the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity’s list of Canada's top-20 most influential women in sport. In 2013, she received the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in recognition of her international work with figure skating and for championing improved health-care services. Dr. Abbott is also a two-time recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant local, provincial, and national contributions in sport and post-secondary education. In 2015, she was named as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), receiving the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award for women who are either the first in their field or have made a major impact on it. In 2016, Dr. Abbott was named among the Top 50 Most Influential People in Alberta by Alberta Venture magazine. Most recently, she received the first-ever District 99 Toastmaster Award in Leadership and Communication.

Carla Madra

Public Member 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.

Brian Hjlesvold

Public Member

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.

David Dominy

Public Member

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.

Lillian Ruptash

Public Member

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 Bourgeois

Public Member

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.

Khalid Hashi

Non-Academic Staff Board Member

First Term: March 9, 2015 – March 8, 2017

Second Term: April 5, 2017 – April 4, 2019

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.

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