Board of Directors

Calgary Arts Development is governed by a board of directors, appointed by and directly accountable to our shareholder, The City of Calgary, via City Council. The board of directors governs lawfully, observing the principles of a policy governance model, with an emphasis on strategic leadership and clear distinction of board and CEO roles.

The board also identifies the principal risks of Calgary Arts Development’s business, achieves a proper balance between risks incurred and potential returns, and oversees the development of policies and the implementation of appropriate systems to manage the risks.


The board carries out its responsibilities through the work of a number of committees. Each committee meets at least four times per year, and more frequently as necessary.

Board Committees

2022 Board of Directors


Jeff de Boer

Caitlyn Ducasse

Brian Frank, Chair (to June 2022)

Lisa Hari (as of June 2022)

Lisha Hassanali

Oliver Ho (to June 2022)

Barb Howard

Brian Krywulak

Sophia Lebessis (to June 2022)

Kathleen McNally Leitch

Kevin Littlelight (as of June 2022)

Kelly Morstad

Chima Nkemdirim, Chair (as of June 2022)

Peter Oliver (as of December 2022)

Cllr Courtney Walcott (to October 2022)

Cllr Terry Wong (as of October 2022)

The purpose of the finance and audit committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with regard to financial information, systems of internal controls, the internal audit process and investment management activities.


2022 Finance and Audit Committee Members


Caitlyn Ducasse

Lisa Hari

Colleen Jacobsen

Brian Krywulak (Committee Chair)

Peter Oliver

The mandate of this committee is to make recommendations to the board on matters affecting strategy and public policy, and to provide guidance and evaluation for the development and evaluation of alignment with our mission and vision, including facilitating the strategic planning process.


2022 Strategy and Public Policy Committee Members


Will Craig

Jeff de Boer

Barb Howard

Wil Knoll

Kevin Littlelight

Kelly Morstad (Committee Chair)

This committee concerns itself with governance matters, including management of the relationships between the board and the CEO and between Calgary Arts Development and the shareholder. It also has oversight of board policy review and development, human resources policy development, board recruitment, development and evaluation.


2022 Governance and Human Resources Committee Members


Brian Frank (Committee Chair)

Lisa Hari

Kathleen McNally Leitch

Terry Wong

This committee undertakes the process of reviewing and putting forward a slate of recommended nominees for the board as well as non-board members appointed to committees.


2022 Nominating Committee Members


Kathleenn McNally Leitch (Committee Chair)

Caitlyn Ducasse

Brian Frank

Kelly Morstad

Chima Nkemdirim


To oversee the bid for Calgary Arts Development in response to The City of Calgary’s RFP for a third party to assume the public art program, a public art subcommittee was created, made up of current and past Calgary Arts Development board members.


2022 Public Art Subcommittee Members


Jeff de Boer (Committee Chair)

Chima Nkemdirim

Peter Oliver


cSPACE Projects is a subsidiary of Calgary Arts Development in partnership with the Calgary Foundation. As such, a subcommittee of Calgary Arts Development board members undertakes specific focus on our relationship with cSPACE as the majority shareholder.


2022 cSPACE Subcommittee Members


Caitlyn Ducasse (Committee Chair)

Lisha Hassanali

Wes Jenkins

Brian Krywulak


Haider Ali, Communications Assistant

Rachel Anand, Executive Advisor to the President & CEO and Office Manager

Perpetual Atife, Grant Program Specialist (as of May 2022)

Angèle Bleackley, Digital Specialist (as of April 2022)

Chelsea Boida, Public Art Projects Manager

Gregory Burbidge, Research & Policy Manager

Heather Campbell, Public Art Project Lead

Aaron Chatha, Public Art Communications Specialist

Fatema Chowdury (summer student)

Van Chu, Grants Coordinator

Sayonara Cunha, Community Liaison

Brandy Dahrouge, Director, Public Art

Amy Jo Espetveidt, Content Manager (up to March 2022)

Nick Heazell, Communications Specialist

Lesley Hinger, General Manager

Helen Hu, Public Art Administrator

Ophelia Liew, Public Art Engagement Specialist (up to May 2022)

Marta Ligocki, Specialist, Arts Organizations

Maureen McNamee, Communications Manager (as of April 2022)

Helen Moore-Parkhouse, Director, Communications & Events

Lenka Plaskonova, Bookkeeper (as of March 2022)

Taylor Poitras, Specialist, Individuals & Collectives Program

Patti Pon, President & CEO

Morgan Possberg, Indigenous Program Specialist (as of May 2022)

Parisa Radmanesh, Public Art Engagement Specialist (as of December 2022)

Allan Rosales, Manager, Community Investment (as of August 2022)

Stephanie Solomon, Research & Policy Specialist

Sable Sweetgrass, Director, Engagement & Reconciliation

Melissa Tuplin, Director, Community Investment & Impact

Kari Watson, Communications Specialist



Kaley Beisiegel, Engagement Consultant

Jacilyn Blackwood, Public Art Project Lead

Joni Carroll, Spaces Consultant

Amanda Germain, Controller

Cherie McMaster, Events Consultant